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Andrew McGregor with Jonathan Cross

Jonathan Cross chooses five indispensable recordings of works by Proms composer Igor Stravinsky and explains why you need to hear them. Plus Jeremy Summerly reviews new releases.

with Andrew McGregor

Proms Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Jonathan Cross chooses five indispensable recordings of the music of Proms Composer Igor Stravinsky, one of the greatest and most influential of all 20th-century musical figures, and explains why you need to hear them.

Jeremy Summerly is spoilt for choice as he picks the plums from a two-box, 34-CD set celebrating Harmonia Mundi's 60th anniversary.

Proms Recording: Schuman Piano Quintet E flat major, Op.44 with Leif Ove Andsnes and the Artemis Quartet.

3 hours, 12 minutes

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Come to Me in My Dreams: 120 years of songs from the RCM - Songs by Howells, Dunhill, Ireland, Bridge, Britten, Gurney etc.

Sarah Connolly (mezzo)

Joseph Middleton (piano)

Chandos CHAN10944



365 Volume 1

Fiddle player Aidan O’Rourke's musical response to James Robertson's collection '365: Stories'

Aidan O’Rourke (violin)

Kit Downes (piano and harmonium)

Reveal Records REVEAL074CDX (2 CDs)



The Lily & the Rose: Music from late medieval England including the Missa Flos Regalis by Wlter Frye

The Binchois Consort

Andrew Kirkman

Hyperion CDA68228



Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets Vol. 1

Inventions: String Quartets nos.1, 3 & 4 op.18 | Piano Sonata no.9 op. 14 no.1 | no. 7 op.59  | no. 1 no.12 op.127 | no. 16 op.135

Cuarteto Casals

Harmonia Mundi HMM902400.02 (3 CDs)!/albums/2411





9.30am – Proms Composer – Jonathan Cross on Stravinsky

Stravinsky: Chant Funèbre & Le Sacre du printemps

Sophie Koch (mezzo)

Lucerne Festival Orchestra

Riccardo Chailly

Decca 4832562



Stravinsky conducts Stravinsky: Symphonies and Concertos

Benny Goodman (clarinet)

Isaac Stern (violin)

Philippe Entremont (piano)

Festival Singers of Toronto

Elmer Iseler (chorus master),

Columbia Jazz Ensemble

Columbia Symphony Orchestra

CBC Symphony Orchestra

Igor Stravinsky

Sony 88875126242 (3 CDs)



Stravinsky: Monumentum pro Gesualdo di Venosa ad CD annum, Mass, Symphony of Psalms & Choral Variations 'Vom Himmel hoch da komm' ich her'

Collegium Vocale Gent

Royal Flemish Philharmonic

Philippe Herreweghe

Pentatone PTC5186349 (Hybrid SACD)



Stravinsky: Pulcinella, Ragtime, Renard & Octet

Yvonne Kenny (soprano)

John Aler (tenor)

Nigel Robson (tenor)

John Tomlinson (bass)

David Wilson-Johnson (baritone)

London Sinfonietta

Esa-Pekka Salonen

Sony G0100012227616



Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps, Petrouchka

Les Siècles

François-Xavier Roth

Actes Sud ASM15



10.20am – New Releases


JS Bach: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 and Partita No. 2 in D minor

Daniel Lozakovich (violin)

Kammerorchester des Symphonieorchesters des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Radoslaw Szulc

DG 4799372



Bernstein: The 3 Symphonies and Prelude, Fugue & Riffs

Marie-Nicole Lemieux (mezzo)

Nadine Sierra (soprano)

Dame Josephine Barstow (narrator)

Alessandro Carbonare (clarinet)

Beatrice Rana (piano)

Coro e Voci Bianche dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

Sir Antonio Pappano

Warner Classics 9029566158 (2 CDs),0190295661588/pappano-antonio-bernstein-complete-symphonies-1-3



Ecoutez! Debussy, Cage, Takemitsu

Sheila Arnold (piano)

Avi Music AVI8553257



In Sorrow's Footsteps: Music by Gabriel Jackson, Palestrina, Allegri and James MacMillan

The Marian Consort

Rory McCleery

Delphian DCD34215  



James MacMillan: String Quartets 1-3

Royal String Quartet

Hyperion CDA68196


Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles

Julie Fuchs (soprano)

Cyrille Dubois (tenor)

Luc Bertin-Hugault (bass)

Florian Sempey (baritone)

Les Cris de Paris

Orchestre National de Lille

Alexandre Bloch

Pentatone PTC5186685 (2 Hybrid SACDs)




11.45am – BAL Proms Choice – Schumann Piano Quintet in E flat Op. 44 as chosen by David Fanning on 12th April 2008

Brahms & Schumann: Piano Quintets

Artemis Quartet

Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

Erato 3951432,0094639514328/artemis-quartet-schumann-and-brahms-piano-quintet



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