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Andrew McGregor with Sarah Devonald

Sarah Devonald with five indispensable recordings of works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the featured composers at the 2018 BBC Proms and explains, why they need to be heard.

with Andrew McGregor

Proms Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
This week Sarah Devonald chooses five indispensable recordings of the music of one of the best known and most prolific of all composers, whether child prodigy or mature master.

Proms Recording: Richard Strauss 4 Last Songs with soprano Felicity Lott and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Neeme Järvi.

3 hours, 12 minutes

Music Played

  • Ignazio Donati

    Maria Virgo

    Performer: Jamie Savan. Ensemble: The Gonzaga Band.
    • Venice 1629.
    • Resonus Classics.
    • 11.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Etudes-Tableaux Op33 No 9 in C sharp minor Op39 No 1 in Cminor

    Performer: Steven Osborne.
    • Etudes-Tableaux.
    • Hyperion.
    • 8&9.
  • Walter Piston

    Symphony No. 6: II. Scherzo. Leggerissimo vivace

    Conductor: Lance Friedel. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • American Symphonies.
    • BIS.
    • 102.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Il barbiere di Siviglia: Una voce poco fa

    Singer: Edita Gruberová. Orchestra: Münchner Rundfunkorchester. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
    • Edita Gruberová (Live).
    • BR-Klassik.
    • 801.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Serenade in B flat, K361 'Gran Partita': III. Adagio

    Ensemble: Nederlands Blazers Ensemble. Conductor: Edo de Waart.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No.35 in D major, K385: IV. Presto

    Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Mackerras.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Sinfonia Concertante in E-Flat Major, K. 364: II. Andante

    Ensemble: Arcangelo. Conductor: Jonathan Cohen.
    • Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos 1, 5 & Sinfonia concertante.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 108.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    The Marriage of Figaro: Act 1, 'Eviiva!... Non Piu andrai'

    Singer: Lorenzo Regazzo. Singer: Patrizia Ciofi. Singer: Angelika Kirchschlager. Singer: Simon Keenlyside. Singer: Kobie van Rensburg. Orchestra: Concerto Köln. Conductor: René Jacobs.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Concerto in G, K453: III. Allegretto

    Performer: Maria João Pires. Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
  • Franz Schubert

    Symphony No. 9 (8) in C Major, D. 944 "Great": II. Andante con moto

    Conductor: Mariss Jansons. Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
    • Schubert: Symphony No. 9 (8) in C Major, D. 944 "Great" (Live).
    • BR-Klassik.
    • 102.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No 79 in F major iv. Finale (Vivace)

    Orchestra: Kammerorchester Basel. Conductor: Giovanni Antonini.
    • Haydn 2032 Vol 6 Lamentatione.
    • ALPHA.
    • 012.
  • Kalevi Aho

    Wind Quintet No. 1: II. Vivace, leggiero - Allegro marcato

    Ensemble: Philharmonisches Bläserquintett Berlin.
    • Kalevi Aho: Wind Quintets Nos. 1 & 2.
    • BIS.
    • 2.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Symphony No.11 in G minor Op 103: iv. The Tocsin (Allegro no troppo)

    Orchestra: Boston Baroque. Conductor: Andris Nelsons.
    • Shostakovich:Symphonies Nos 4&11 "The Year 1905".
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 004.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Berceuse, Op 57

    Performer: Javier Perianes.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Radamisto: Act 2, Sc 2: Aria. 'Ombra cara di mia sposa'

    Orchestra: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: René Jacobs. Singer: Bejun Mehta.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Anon.

    Anakrousis (Orestes Stasimo) & Fragments of Contrapollinopolis

    Ensemble: Atrium Musicae. Director: Gregorio Paniagua.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

    Atys: Act 4, sc 5: Prelude. 'O vous prenez part' and Gavotte. 'la beaute la plus severe'

    Orchestra: Les Arts Florissants. Conductor: William Christie. Singer: Bernard Deletré.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Luciano Berio

    Laborintus II

    Ensemble: Ensemble Musique Vivante. Choir: Chorale Experimentale. Conductor: Luciano Berio.
    • harmonia mundi.
  • Richard Strauss

    Four Last Songs

    Singer: Felicity Lott. Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.

Summer Record Review



Venice 1629

Music by Castello, Monteverdi, Marini etc.

The Gonzaga Band

Resonus Classics RES10218



Rachmaninov: Études-tableaux

Steven Osborne (piano)

Hyperion CDA68188



American Symphonies

Walter Piston Symphony No. 6, Samuel Jones Symphony No. 3 ‘Palo Duro Canyon’, Stephen Albert Symphony No. 2   

London Symphony Orchestra

Lance Friedel

BIS BIS2118 (Hybrid SACD)



Edita Gruberová

Live recordings of Mozart, Michael Haydn, Donizetti, Bellini, Rossini, Handel, and Johann Strauss II

Edita Gruberova (soprano)

Munich Radio Orchestra

Regensburger Domspatzen

Mark Elder, Lamberto Gardelli, Leopold Hager, Marcello Viotti (conductors)

BR Klassik 900325


9.30am – Proms Composer – Sarah Devonald on Mozart

Mozart: Serenade in B flat, K.361 'Gran Partita' & Serenade, K.375

Netherlands Wind Ensemble

Edo de Waart

Philips 4207112


Mozart - Symphonies Nos. 29, 31, 32, 35 & 36

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Sir Charles Mackerras

LINN CKD350 (2 Hybrid SACDs)


Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos 1, 5 & Sinfonia concertante

Vilde Frang (violin)

Maxim Rysanov (viola)


Jonathan Cohen

Warner Classics 2564627677,0825646276776/frang-vilde-mozart-violin-concertos-nos-1-5-and-sinfonia-concertante



Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492

Patrizia Ciofi - Soprano

Véronique Gens - Soprano

Marie McLaughlin - Soprano

Elisabeth Rapp – Soprano

Nuria Rial - Soprano

Yeree Suh - Soprano

Angelika Kirchschlager - Mezzo-soprano

Kobie van Rensburg - Tenor

Antonio Abete - Bass

Lorenzo Regazzo - Bass

Simon Keenlyside - Baritone

Collegium Vocale Gent

Concerto Köln

René Jacobs

Harmonia Mundi HMC901818.20 (3 CDs)!/albums/731



Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K453, etc.

Maria Joao Pires (piano)

The Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Claudio Abbado

DG 4399412


10.20am – New Releases


Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C major, D944 'The Great'

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Mariss Jansons

BR Klassik 900169



Haydn 2032 Volume 6 - Lamentatione

Kammerorchester Basel

Giovanni Antonini

Alpha ALPHA678



Kalevi Aho: Wind Quintets Nos. 1 & 2

Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet

BIS BIS2176 (Hybrid SACD)



Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11 ‘The Year 1905‘

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons

DG 4835220 (2 CDs)



10.55am – New Releases – Jeremy Summerly on Harmonia Mundi 60th birthday boxes

GENERATION HARMONIA MUNDI – I. The Age of Revolutions (1958-1988)

HMX2908904.19 (16 CDs)!/albums/2333



GENERATION HARMONIA MUNDI – II. The Family Spirit (1988-2018)

HMX2908920.37 (18 CDs)!/albums/2336



11.45am – BAL Proms Choice – Strauss' Four Last Songs as chosen by Hilary finch on 13th April 2002


Four Last Songs and other works

Felicity Lott (soprano)

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Neeme Jarvi

Chandos CHAN 10075 (CD)



  • Sat 28 Jul 2018 09:00

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