Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

Andrew McGregor with Harriet Smith and Nicholas Baragwanath

Harriet Smith chooses five indispensable recordings of works by featured Proms composer Beethoven and explains why they need to be heard. Plus this week's outstanding new releases.

Proms Composer: Beethoven
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, Harriet Smith plays her top five Beethoven discs and tells us why you need to hear them.

11.00
Nicholas Baragwanath delves into the 64-CD box of the complete Deutsche Grammophon recordings made by Rafael Kubelik.

11.45
Proms Recording:
Continuing with a new feature for Summer Record Review, each week we select a major work from the Proms and play you the current Building a Library recommendation. Today, it's Scriabin's Poem of Ecstasy performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Muti.

3 hours, 12 minutes

Music Played

  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto In F Major Rv.574 For 6 Instruments And Orchestra

    Performer: Adrian Chandler. Ensemble: La Serenissima.
    • Avie : AV2392.
    • Avie.
    • 23.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Trio In E Flat Major Op.1`1 For Piano And Strings

    Ensemble: Trio Goya.
    • Chandos : CHAN 0822.
    • Chandos.
    • 3.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Concerto In C Major For Piano And Orchestra

    Performer: Louis Lortie. Orchestra: Toronto S O. Conductor: Peter Oundjian.
    • Chandos CHSA 5201.
    • Chandos.
    • 11.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Mass In D Major Op.123 (Missa Solemnis)

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Orchestra: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Singer: Lucy Crowe. Singer: Jennifer Johnston. Singer: James Gilchrist. Singer: Matthew Rose.
    • SDG : 718.
    • SDG.
    • 4.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Quartet In B Flat Major Op.130 For Strings Vers. Standard [1826]

    Ensemble: Takács Quartet.
    • DECCA : 470-849-2.
    • DECCA.
    • 9.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Sonata No. 21 In C Major Op.53 (Waldstein) For Piano

    Performer: Emil Grigoryevich Gilels.
    • DG : 477 6360.
    • DG.
    • 7.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Concerto In D Major Op.61 For Violin And Orchestra

    Performer: Bronislav Huberman. Performer: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Georg Szell.
    • APR : APR5506-.
    • APR.
    • 2.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No. 7 In A Major Op.92

    Ensemble: Ensemble Of The 18th Century. Conductor: Frans Brüggen.
    • GLOSSA : GCDSA-921116.
    • GLOSSA.
    • 8.
  • Gottfried von Einem

    Geistliche Sonate Op.38 For Soprano, Trumpet And Organ - i. Allegro

    Performer: Gábor Boldoczki. Performer: Iveta Apkalna.
    • Orfeo : C 929 181 A.
    • Orfeo.
    • 5.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Des Knaben Wunderhorn Vers. For Voice & Orch: Wo Die Schönen Trompeten Blasen

    Singer: Michael Volle. Orchestra: Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Christian Thielemann.
    • Munich Philharmonic : MPHIL0007.
    • Munich Philharmonic.
    • 4.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Des Knaben Wunderhorn Vers. For Voice & Orch: Lied Des Verfolgten In Turm

    Singer: Michael Volle. Orchestra: Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Christian Thielemann.
    • Munich Philharmonic : MPHIL0007.
    • Munich Philharmonic.
    • 5.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Le Tombeau De Couperin i) Prelude

    Performer: Philippe Thuriot. Music Arranger: Philippe Thuriot.
    • Warner Classics : 5419701254.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 1.
  • François Couperin

    Pieces De Clavecin - Le Tic-Toc-Choc

    Performer: Philippe Thuriot. Music Arranger: Philippe Thuriot.
    • Warner Classics : 5419701254.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 13.
  • François Couperin

    Pieces De Clavecin - Les Barricades Mistérieuses

    Performer: Philippe Thuriot. Music Arranger: Philippe Thuriot.
    • Warner Classics : 5419701254.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 12.
  • Bernhard Scholz

    Concerto In B Major Op.57 For Piano And Orchestra iii) Allegro

    Performer: Simon Callaghan. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony. Conductor: Ben Gernon.
    • Hyperion : CDA68225.
    • Hyperion.
    • 6.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    Ma Vlast [my Country] - Cycle Of Symphonic Poems: Vltava

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
    • DG 00289 483 5114.
    • DG.
    • 2.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic Dances - Series 2 Op.72, No. 5 in B-flat minor

    Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
    • DG 00289 483 5078.
    • DG.
    • 13.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    The Noonday Witch Op.108

    Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
    • DG 00289 483 5077.
    • DG.
    • 1.
  • Leos Janáček

    Sinfonietta

    Performer: Rafael Kubelík. Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
    • DG 00289 483 5086.
    • DG.
    • 9.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Serse - Opera In 3 Acts: 'Holdes Laubgezweig'

    Singer: Fritz Wunderlich. Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
    • DG 00289 483 5085.
    • DG.
    • 7.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Rigoletto - Opera In 3 Acts: 'Bella figlia dell'amore'

    Singer: Carlo Bergonzi. Singer: Fiorenza Cossotto. Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau. Singer: Renata Scotto. Orchestra: Orchestra of La Scala, Milan. Choir: Chorus of La Scala, Milan. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
    • DG 00289 483 5117.
    • DG.
    • 14.
  • Hans Pfitzner

    Palestrina - Act III 'Die Messe'

    Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau. Singer: Nicolai Gedda. Choir: Bavarian Radio Chorus. Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
    • DG 00289 483 5107.
    • DG.
    • 12.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen Vers.

    Performer: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
    • DG 00289 483 5088.
    • DG.
    • 6.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No. 9 - i) Andante comodo

    Performer: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
    • DG 00289 483 5097.
    • DG.
    • 1.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No. 6 In F Major Op.68 (Pastoral)

    Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
    • DG 00289 483 5066.
    • DG.
    • 5.
  • Alexander Scriabin

    Le Poeme De L'Extase Op.54 For Orchestra

    Performer: Frank Kadarabek. Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Muti.
    • Warner Classics 5677202.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 1.

Summer Record Review

9.00am

 

Vivaldi x2

Rachel Chaplin, Mark Baigent (oboes)

Peter Whelan  (bassoon)

Anneke Scott, Jocelyn Lightfoot  (horns)

Vladimir Waltham  (cello)

La Serenissima

Adrian Chandler (violin / director)
Avie AV2392
http://www.avie-records.com/releases/vivaldi-x2/

 

Beethoven - Three Piano Trios, Op.1

Trio Goya

Chandos CHAN 0822 (2 CDs)

https://www.chandos.net/products/catalogue/CHAN%200822

 

Vaughan Williams - Orchestral Works

Carla Huhtanen (soprano)

Emily D'Angelo (mezzo-soprano)

Lawrence Wiliford (tenor)

Tyler Duncan (baritone)

Sarah Jeffrey (oboe)

Teng Li (viola)

Louis Lortie (piano)

Elmer Iseler Singers

Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Peter Oundjian

Chandos CHAN 5201 (Hybrid SACD)
https://www.chandos.net/products/catalogue/CHAN%205201

9.30am – Proms Composer – Harriet Smith on Beethoven

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123

Lucy Crowe (soprano)

Jennifer Johnston (mezzo)

James Gilchrist (tenor)

Matthew Rose (bass)

Monteverdi Choir

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique

Sir John Eliot Gardiner

SDG SDG 718

https://monteverdi.co.uk/shop/beethoven-missa-solemnis

 

Beethoven: String Quartets: Op.59 Nos.1 - 3 'Razumovsky', Op.74 'Harp'

Takács Quartet

Decca 470849-2 (3 CDs)

https://www.deccaclassics.com/gb/cat/4708472

 

Emil Gilels - Beethoven Sonatas

Emil Gilels

DG 4776360 (9 CDs)

https://www.deutschegrammophon.com/gb/cat/4776360

 

Beethoven: Violin Concerto & Lalo: Symphonie espagnole

Bronislaw Huberman (Violin)

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

George Szell

APR APR5506

http://www.aprrecordings.co.uk/apr2/showentry.php?id=11

 

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Rebecca Nash (soprano)

Wilke te Brummelstroete (mezzo-soprano)

Marcel Beekman (tenor)

Michael Tews (bass)

Laurens Collegium & Laurens Cantorij

Orchestra of the 18th Century

Frans Brüggen

Glossa GCDSA921116 (5 Hybrid SACDs)

http://www.glossamusic.com/glossa/reference.aspx?id=297



 

10.20am – New Releases

 

Gottfried von Einem: Philadelphia Symphonie and other works

Ildiko Raimondi (soprano)

Iveta Apkalna (organ)

Gábor Boldoczki (trumpet)

Wiener Philharmoniker

Franz Welser-Möst

Orfeo C929181A

https://www.orfeo-international.de/pages/cd_c929181a.html

 

Mahler: Wunderhorn-Lieder

Michael Volle (baritone)

Münchner Philharmoniker  

Christian Thielemann

MPHIL recordings MPHIL0007

 

Ravel – Couperin: Philippe Thuriot

Philippe Thuriot (accordion)

Warner Classics 5419701254

http://www.warnerclassics.com/shop/4913581,05054197012549/philippe-thuriot-ravel-couperin

 

The Romantic Piano Concerto 76 - Rheinberger & Scholz

Simon Callaghan (piano)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ben Gernon

Hyperion CDA68225

https://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/dc.asp?dc=D_CDA68225

 

10.55am – Reissues – Nicholas Baragwanath on Rafael Kubelík DG recordings


Rafael Kubelík: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon

DG 4799959 (64 CDs + 2 DVDs)

https://www.deutschegrammophon.com/gb/cat/4799959

 

11.45am – BAL Proms Choice – Scriabin's Poem of Ecstasy as chosen by William Mival on 5th April 2008

Scriabin: Symphony No. 1 in E major, Op. 26, etc.

Philadelphia Orchestra

Riccardo Muti
Warner Classics 5677202

 

Broadcast

Why the music we love as teens stays with us for life

Why the music we love as teens stays with us for life

Cognitive neuropyschology can explain why we return to old favourites again and again.

CD Review

CD Review

Find all episodes before 2016