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Andrew McGregor with Kate Kennedy

Kate Kennedy chooses five indispensable recordings of works by Edward Elgar, one of the featured composers at the 2018 BBC Proms, and explains why they need to be heard.

with Andrew McGregor

9.30
Proms Composer: Edward Elgar
As the Proms draw to a close to the inevitable strains of Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1, Kate Kennedy explores beyond the crowd-pleasing facade of Edward Elgar to reveal a private, complex and conflicted composer through five indispensable recordings of his music

11.00
Flora Willson picks highlights from a new box set of live recordings celebrating the centenary of legendary dramatic soprano Birgit Nilsson.

11.45
Proms Recording: Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 with Malcolm Proud (harpsichord) and the English Baroque Soloists conducted by John Eliot Gardiner.

3 hours, 13 minutes

Music Played

  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Piano Concerto No. 2 Op. 22 ii) Allegro scherzando

    Performer: Bertrand Chamayou. Orchestra: Orchestre national de France. Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine.
    • Erato.
  • Dilys Elwyn-Edwards

    The Cloths Of Heaven

    Performer: Jocelyn Freeman. Singer: Elin Manahan Thomas.
    • Ty Cerdd.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    String Quartet No. 1 Op. 12 in E flat i) Adagio non troppo - Allegro non tardante

    Ensemble: Doric String Quartet.
    • Chandos.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Ich bin in mir vergnügt, BWV 204: No. 7, Ein edler Mensch ist Perlenmuscheln gleich

    Singer: Carolyn Sampson. Orchestra: Bach Collegium Japan. Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki.
    • J.S. Bach: Secular Cantatas, Vol. 10.
    • BIS.
    • 207.
  • Edward Elgar

    Cello Concerto in E minor, Op 85: 1. Adagio; Moderato

    Performer: Steven Isserlis. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Paavo Järvi.
    • Hyperion: CDA68077.
    • Hyperion.
    • 1.
  • Edward Elgar

    Symphony No. 1 In A Flat Major Op.55: i. Andante

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • Chandos : CHSA 5181.
    • Chandos.
    • 4.
  • Edward Elgar

    Salut d'amour, arr. for violin and orchestraPC 3

    Performer: Tasmin Little. Music Arranger: Roger Turner. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • The Lark Ascending.
    • Chandos.
    • 8.
  • Edward Elgar

    The Dream of Gerontius, Op.37: Part II (excerpt)

    Singer: Dame Sarah Connolly. Singer: Stuart Skelton. Choir: BBC Symphony Chorus. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • Chandos.
  • Edward Elgar

    Introduction and Allegro Op. 47

    Performer: Emanuel Hurwitz. Performer: José‐Luis García. Performer: Cecil Aronowitz. Performer: Bernard Ricards. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Benjamin Britten.
    • Decca.
  • Franz Schubert

    Symphony No. 5 In B flat D485 i) Allegro

    Orchestra: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Soli Deo Gloria.
  • Claude Debussy

    La Chevelure (Chansons de Bilitis No. 2)

    Music Arranger: Jake Heggie. Singer: Joyce DiDonato. Ensemble: Brentano String Quartet.
    • Erato.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Symphony No. 2 'The Age of Anxiety' - i) The Prologue

    Performer: Krystian Zimerman. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Symphony No. 2 'The Age of Anxiety' - ii) The Seven Ages

    Performer: Krystian Zimerman. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Gerald Finzi

    Cello Concerto in A minor Op. 40 iii) Rondo

    Performer: Paul Watkins. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • Chandos.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto No 5 in D major, BWV 1050

    Performer: Malcolm Proud. Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Bach: Brandenburg Concertos, English Baroque Soloists.
    • Soli Deo Gloria.
    • 4.

Summer Record Review

9.00am

 

Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 5 & pieces for solo piano

Bertrand Chamayou (piano)

Orchestre National de France

Emmanuel Krivine

Erato 9029563426

http://www.warnerclassics.com/shop/380332,0190295634261/bertrand-chamayou-saint-saens

 

 

Dilys Elwyn-Edwards: Songs

Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano)

Jocelyn Freeman (piano)

Ty Cerdd TCR019

https://www.tycerdd.org/mae-hiraeth-yn-y-mor-cd

 

 

Mendelssohn: Complete String Quartets, Vol. 1: String Quartet No.1, Op.12; String Quartet No.6, Op.80; String Quartet No.5, Op.44, No.3

Doric String Quartet

Chandos CHAN20122(2) (2 CDs)

https://www.chandos.net/products/catalogue/CHAN%2020122

 

 

JS Bach: Secular Cantatas, Vol. 10: Angenehmes Wiederau BWV 30ª; Cantata BWV204 'Ich bin in mir vergnügt'

Carolyn Sampson (soprano)

Robin Blaze (counter-tenor)

Makoto Sakurada (tenor)

Dominik Wörner (bass)

Bach Collegium Japan Chorus

Masaaki Suzuki

BIS BIS2351 (Hybrid SACD)

http://bis.se/orchestras-ensembles/bach-collegium-japan/js-bach-secular-cantatas-vol-10-bwv-30a-204

 

 

9.30am – Proms Composer: Kate Kennedy on Elgar

 

Elgar & Walton: Cello Concertos

Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85; Walton: Cello Concerto; Gustav Holst: Invocation; Imogen Holst: The Fall of the Leaf

Steven Isserlis (cello)

Philharmonia Orchestra

Paavo Järvi

Hyperion CDA68077

https://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/dc.asp?dc=D_CDA68077

 

 

Elgar: Symphony No. 1 & Introduction and Allegro

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Doric String Quartet

Edward Gardner

Chandos CHSA5181 (Hybrid SACD)

https://www.chandos.net/products/catalogue/CHSA%205181

 

 

Tasmin Little: The Lark Ascending

Including Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending, Elgar: Salut d'amour, Op. 12 and Moeran: Violin Concerto

Tasmin Little (violin)

BBC Philharmonic

Sir Andrew Davis

Chandos CHAN10796

https://www.chandos.net/products/catalogue/CHAN%2010796

 

 

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius & Sea Pictures

Sarah Connolly (mezzo soprano)

David Soar (bass)

Stuart Skelton (tenor)

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sir Andrew Davis

Chandos CHSA5140(2) (2 Hybrid SACDs)

https://www.chandos.net/products/catalogue/CHAN%205140

 

 

 

English Music for Strings

Includes Elgar: Introduction & Allegro for strings, Op. 47, Delius: Aquarelles and Bridge: Christmas Dance 'Sir Roger de Coverley'

English Chamber Orchestra

Benjamin Britten

Decca 4761641

 

 

10.20am – New Releases

 

Schubert: Symphony No. 5 and Brahms Serenade No. 2

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique

Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Soli Deo Gloria SDG729

https://monteverdi.co.uk/shop/schubert-brahms

 

 

Into the Fire: Live at Wigmore Hall

Including Heggie: Camille Claudel - Into the Fire, Lekeu: Molto adagio sempre cantante doloroso and Strauss: Morgen!

Joyce DiDonato (mezzo)

Brentano Quartet

Erato 9029564219

http://www.warnerclassics.com/shop/3252560,0190295642198/didonato-joyce-into-the-fire

 

 

Bernstein: Symphony No. 2 'The Age of Anxiety'

Krystian Zimerman (piano)

Berliner Philharmoniker

Simon Rattle

DG 4835539

https://www.deutschegrammophon.com/gb/cat/4835539?sort=newest_rec&SearchString=il+viaggio&per_page=50&flow_per_page=50&presentation=flow&UNBUYABLE=1

 

 

Finzi: Cello Concerto, Op. 40 etc

Paul Watkins (cello)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sir Andrew Davis

Chandos CHSA5214 (Hybrid SACD)

https://www.chandos.net/products/catalogue/CHSA%205214

 

 

 

 

10.55 - Reissues: Flora Willson on Birgit Nilsson centenary set

 

Birgit Nilsson: The Great Live Recordings

Sony 88985392322 (31 CDs)

http://www.birgitnilsson100.com/

 

 

11.45am – BAL Proms Choice Bach's  Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D BWV1050 as chosen by Sara Mohr-Pietsch on 23rd December 2017

 

Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 BWV1046-1051 (complete)

English Baroque Soloists

John Eliot Gardiner

Soli Deo Gloria SDG707 (2 CDs)

https://monteverdi.co.uk/shop/bach-brandenburg-concertos

Broadcast

  • Sat 8 Sep 2018 09:00

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