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Andrew McGregor and Laura Tunbridge

Mark Lowther chooses five indispensable recordings of the music of Proms composer Vaughan Williams and explains why they need to be heard. Plus the week's outstanding new releases.

with Andrew McGregor

Proms Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
This week Mark Lowther chooses five indispensable recordings of Proms Composer Vaughan Williams and explains why you need to hear them.

Laura Tunbridge unpacks some recordings of operas by Tchaikovsky

Proms Recording: Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 3 with pianist Vladimir Krainev, and The Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra under the conductor, Dmitri Kitayenko.

3 hours, 15 minutes

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Summer Record Review



Mozart: Piano Quartets

Daniel Barenboim (piano)

Michael Barenboim (violin)

Yiulia Deyneka (viola)

Kian Soltani (cello)

DG 4835255



The Princess & the Bear

Music by Richard Strauss, Beethoven and Glinka

Laurence Perkins (bassoon)

Sarah Watts (clarinet)

Martin Roscoe (piano)

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Sian Edwards

Hyperion CDA68263



Oratorio: Sacred Works by Scarlatti, Porpora, Bononcini & Gasparini

Blandine Staskiewicz (mezzo-soprano)

Les Accents

Thibault Noally (violin and conductor)

Aparté AP178



Trio Karénine: Fauré, Ravel & Tailleferre

Trio Karénine

Mirare MIR376



9.30am – Proms Composer – Mark Lowther on Vaughan Williams

The Vagabond and other songs by Vaughan Williams, Butterworth, Finzi and Ireland

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Malcolm Martineau (piano)

DG 4459462


Vaughan Williams: The Complete Symphonies

Felicity Lott (soprano)

Jonathan Summers (bass-baritone)

London Philharmonic Orchestra

London Philharmonic Choir

Bernard Haitink

Warner Classics 9847592 (7 CDs)



Vaughan Williams - Symphony No. 5 & Serenade to Music

Elsie Morison (soprano)

Marjorie Thomas (mezzo- soprano )

Duncan Robertson (tenor)

Trevor Anthony (bass)

London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Malcolm Sargent

Philharmonia Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli

Warner Classics 2161512



Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5 & other orchestral works

John Fletcher (tuba)

London Symphony Orchestra

André Previn

RCA G010001641756R



Vaughan Williams - Symphonies Nos. 4-6

John Williams (oboe)

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Constantin Silvestri, Paavo Berglund

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Alexander Gibson

Warner Classics 2161462


10.20am – New Releases


Bruch: Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46 / Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26

Joshua Bell (violin/director)

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Sony 19075842002



Songs of Vain Glory

Includes Britten: O the sight entrancing, Ives: Tom Sails Away, Gurney: Most Holy Night etc

Sophie Bevan (soprano)

Sebastian Wybrew (piano)

Wigmore Hall Live  WHLIVE0090



Sir Richard Rodney Bennett: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2

Concerto for Stan Getz, Symphony No. 2, Serenade, Partita

Howard McGill (tenor saxophone)

Gordon Rigby (timpani)

Scott Dickinson (viola)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

John Wilson

Chandos CHSA5212



10.45 - Reissues: Laura Tunbridge on Tchaikovsky Operas


Tchaikovsky: Complete Operas, Fragments and Incidental Music

Soloists of Bolshoi Theatre

Profil Medien PH17053 (22 CDs)



11.30: Reissues - Alicia De Larrocha box set

Alicia De Larrocha: Complete Decca Recordings

Alicia De Larrocha (piano)

Decca 4834120 (41 CDs + 1 DVD)



11.45am – BAL Proms Choice – Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Op. 26 as chosen by Marina Frolova-Walker on 6th May 2017


Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 - 5

Vladimir Krainev (piano)

The Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Dmitri Kitayenko

Melodiya MELCD1002227 (2 CDs)


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