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Andrew McGregor with Jeremy Sams and Katy Hamilton

Jeremy Sams chooses five indispensable recordings of works by Claude Debussy, one of the composers featured at the 2018 Proms, and explains why they need to be heard.

with Andrew McGregor

Proms Composer: Debussy
Each Saturday over the next nine weeks a different Record Review stalwart chooses five indispensable recordings of a great composer featured in the Proms. Today, Jeremy Sams kicks off the series by playing his top five Debussy discs and tells us why you need to hear them.

Katy Hamilton picks the plums from a 14-CD box bringing together the complete concerto and sonata recordings of renowned American cellist Leonard Rose in his centenary year.

Proms Recording: Also new for Summer Record Review, each week we select a major work from the Proms and play the current Building a Library recommendation, beginning with Mozart's Clarinet Concerto with Julian Bliss and the Royal Northern Sinfonia, conducted by Mario Venzago.

3 hours, 12 minutes

Music Played

  • Claude Debussy


    Performer: Sir András Schiff. Singer: Juliane Banse.
    • Songs of Debussy and Mozart.
    • ECM.
    • 004.
  • Claude Debussy

    String Quartet in G minor, Op.10; 2nd mvt, Assez vif et bien rhythme

    Ensemble: Quatuor Ébène.
    • Virgin.
  • Claude Debussy

    Bruyeres & General Lavine - eccentric (Preludes, Book 2)

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
    • Debussy: Complete works for piano vol.1: Bavouzet.
    • Chandos.
    • 17.
  • Claude Debussy

    La Mer, 3rd mvt jeux de vagues

    Conductor: Jos van Immersel. Orchestra: Anima Eterna Brugge.
    • Claude Achille Debussy.
    • Zigzag.
    • 003.
  • Claude Debussy

    Cello Sonata in D minor (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich. Performer: Benjamin Britten.
    • Rostropovich and Britten Recital.
    • Decca.
    • 10.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No.8 in F Op.93: i. Allegro vivace

    Orchestra: Wiener Akademie. Conductor: Martin Haselböck.
    • Alpha.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    La Clemenza di Tito (end of Act 2 Nos 24-26)

    Performer: Rolando Villazón. Performer: Joyce DiDonato. Choir: RIAS Kammerchor. Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Oliver Knussen

    Horn Concerto

    Performer: Barry Tuckwell. Performer: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: Oliver Knussen.
    • DG.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K.622 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Julian Bliss. Orchestra: Royal Northern Sinfonia. Conductor: Mario Venzago.
    • Nielsen: Clarinet Concerto - W.A. Mozart: Clarinet Concerto.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 4-6.

Summer Record Review



Crusell: Three Clarinet Concertos plus Introduction et Air Suédois
Michael Collins (clarinet)
Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Chandos CHSA 5187 Hybrid SACD

Mozart: Piano Concertos 25 & 26
Francesco Piemontesi (piano)
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Andrew Manze
Linn CKD 544

Rameau: Naïs
Florian Sempey (Jupiter)
Purcell Choir
Orfeo Orchestra
György Vashegyi (conductor)
Glossa GCD 924003 (2 CDs)

9.30am – Proms Composer – Debussy with Jeremy Sams

Songs of Debussy and Mozart
Juliane Banse (soprano)
András Schiff (piano)
ECM 1772


Debussy, Fauré & Ravel: String Quartets

Quatuor Ebène (string quartet)

Erato 519045-2,5099951904524/quatuor-ebene-debussy-faure-and-ravel-string-quartets


Debussy: Complete works for piano vol. 1

Jean- Efflam Bajouzet (piano)

Chandos CHAN10421


Debussy: La Mer, Images, Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Anima Eterna Brugge
Jos van Immerseel (conductor)

Zigzag ZZT313


Schubert, Schumann & Debussy: Works for Cello and piano

Britten Rostropovich (cello)
Benjamin Britten (piano)
Decca 4609742


10.20am – New Releases


Beethoven: Symphony No.8 and Piano Concerto in D major, Op.61a

Gottlieb Wallisch (piano)
Orchester Wiener Akademie
Martin Haselböck (conductor)

Alpha 477


Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito
Rolando Villazon (tenor)
Joyce DiDonato (mezzo soprano)
Marina Rebeka (soprano)
RIAS Kammerchor
Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor)
Deutsche Grammophon 483 5210 (2 CDs)

Oliver Knussen

Barry Tuckwell (horn)
London Sinfonietta
Oliver Knussen (conductor)
DG 474 3222


10.55am – Reissues – Katy Hamilton on new Leonard Rose Boxset

Leonard Rose: The Complete Concerto and Sonata Recordings
Leonard Rose (cello)
Sony Classical 88985490172 (14 CDs)


11.45am – BAL Proms Choice – Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A chosen by Sarah Devonald on the 25th March 2017

Mozart & Nielsen Clarinet Concertos

Julian Bliss (clarinet),
Royal Northern Sinfonia
Mario Venzago (conductor)


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