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Andrew McGregor with Simon Heighes and Ariane Todes

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

Proms Composer: Handel
Each Saturday during Summer Record Review, one of the programme's stalwart chooses five indispensable recordings of a great composer featured in the Proms. Today, Simon Heighes plays his top five Handel discs and tells us why you need to hear them.

Ariane Todes compares 2 CD boxes of recordings made by some of the most legendary of violinists: a 15-CD set of Joseph Szigeti and a 10-CD set of Max Rostal, both for Milestones of a Violin Legend.

Proms Recording:
Each week during Summer Record Review, we select a major work from the Proms and play you the current Building a Library recommendation. Today, it's an extract from Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream performed by Kathleen Battle and Frederica von Stade as first and second fairies and Dame Judi Dench as the narrator with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Seiji Ozawa.

3 hours, 13 minutes

Music Played

  • Johannes Brahms

    Ein Deutsches Requiem iv. Wie Lieblich

    Orchestrator: Iain Farrington. Ensemble: Yale Schola Cantorum. Conductor: David Hill.
    • Hyperion.
  • Wilhelm Stenhammar

    Romeo And Juliet Suite Op. 45: iii. Gavotte

    Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • BIS.
  • Louis Couperin

    Suite in E minor

    Performer: Christophe Rousset.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Leos Janáček

    Glagolitic Mass

    Singer: Hibla Gerzmava. Singer: Veronika Hajnov. Singer: Stuart Neill. Singer: Jan Martiník. Choir: Pražský filharmonický sbor. Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek.
    • Decca.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Dixit Dominus Opening Chorus

    Ensemble: Taverner Choir and Players. Conductor: Andrew Parrott.
    • EMI.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Athalia: Act 3; Final scene

    Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music. Choir: Choir of New College Oxford. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
    • Decca.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto Grosso Op.6 No.5/iv & v (Largo / Allegro)

    Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Andrew Manze.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Alcina/Act 3 'Sta nell'Ircana'

    Performer: Della Jones. Ensemble: City of London Baroque Sinfonia. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • EMI.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto a due cori HWV 333 in F

    Orchestra: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: Petra Müllejans. Conductor: Gottfried von der Goltz.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    Violin Concerto in D Op. 35 ii. Romance

    Performer: Baiba Skride. Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Santtu-Matias Rouvali.
    • Orfeo.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Some other time

    Performer: Stephen Higgins. Singer: Thomas Allen. Singer: Lucy Crowe.
    • Champs Hill Records.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Singer: Kathleen Battle. Singer: Frederica von Stade. Narrator: Judi Dench. Choir: Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Seiji Ozawa.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.

Summer Record Review



Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem (chamber ensemble orchestration by Iain Farrington)

Yale Schola Cantorum

David Hill

Hyperion CDA68242



Stenhammar: Sangen

Charlotta Larsson (soprano)

Martina Dike (alto)

Lars Cleveman (tenor)

Fredrik Zetterström (baritone)

Children’s Choir of Norrköpings musikklasser

Gothenburg Symphony Chorus

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Neeme Järvi

BIS BIS2359 SACD (Hybrid SACD)


Louis Couperin: Suites for Harpsichord

Christophe Rousset (harpsichord Ioannes Couchet du Musée des Instruments)

Harmonia Mundi HMM902501.02 (2 CDs)


Janáček: Glagolitic Mass, Sinfonietta, Taras Bulba and The Fiddler's Child

Czech Philharmonic

Jiří Bělohlávek

Decca 4834080 (2 CDs)



9.30am – Proms Composer: Simon Heighes on Handel


Handel: Carmelite Vespers (1707)

Taverner Choir and Players

Andrew Parrott

Erato 5615792 (2CDs),0724356157927/parrott-andrew-handel-carmelite-vespers


Handel: Athalia

Emma Kirkby (soprano)

Joan Sutherland (soprano)

Aled Jones (treble)

David Thomas (bass)

Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor)

James Bowman (counter-tenor)

The Academy of Ancient Music

Choir of New College, Oxford

Christopher Hogwood

Decca 4832049 (2 CDs)



Handel: Concerti grossi Op. 6 Nos. 1-12 HWV319-330

Academy of Ancient Music

Andrew Manze

Harmonia Mundi HMG50722829 (2 CDs)!/albums/246



Handel: Alcina

Arleen Augér (soprano)

Eiddwen Harrhy (soprano)

Patrizia Kwella (soprano)

Della Jones (mezzo-soprano)

Kathleen Kuhlmann (mezzo-soprano)

Maldwyn Davies (tenor)      

John Tomlinson (bass)

Opera Stage Chorus & City of London Baroque Sinfonia

Richard Hickox

Warner Classics 0880212 (3CDs)



Handel: Concerti a Due Cori

Freiburger Barockorchester

Petra Müllejans

Gottfried von der Goltz

Harmonia Mundi HMM905272!/albums/2318


10.20am – New Releases


Debussy: Preludes; Satie: Gymnopedies, Gnossiennes

Fazil Say (piano)

Warner Classics 9029570567,0190295705671/fazil-say-debussy-preludes-satie-gymnopedies-gnossiennes



American Concertos

Bernstein: Serenade for Violin, Strings, Harp and Percussion (after Plato's "Symposium", 1954), Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Korngold: Concerto D major op. 35 for Violin and Orchestra, Rózsa: Concerto op. 24 for Violin and Orchestra

Baiba Skride (violin)

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra

Santtu-Matias Rouvali

Orfeo C932182A (2 CDs)



September Songs

Includes Bernstein's Some Other Time, Cole Porter's Just One of Those Things, Gershwin's Someone to Watch over Me

Thomas Allen (baritone)

Lucy Crowe (soprano)

Stephen Higgins (piano)

Champs Hill Records CHRCD144



10.55 - Reissues: Ariane Todes on great violinists


Max Rostal - Milestones Of A Violin Legend

Max Rostal (violin)

Documents 600473 (10 CDs)



Joseph Szigeti - Milestones Of A Violin Legend

Joseph Szigeti (violin)

Documents 600465 (10 CDs)



11.45am – BAL Proms Choice Mendelssohn's Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream as chosen by Richard Morrison on 25th June 2005



Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream - incidental music, Op. 61

Kathleen Battle (soprano)

Frederica von Stade (mezzo-soprano)

Judi Dench (narrator)

Tanglewood Festival Chorus

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Seiji Ozawa                          

DG 4398972  


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