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Andrew McGregor with David Owen Norris

Building a library on Vaughan Williams' On Wenlock Edge with David Owen Norris. Plus, Andrew McGregor reviews new releases of early music with Caroline Gill.

with Andrew McGregor

Building a Library: Vaughan Williams' On Wenlock Edge.

Vaughan Williams' song cycle, On Wenlock Edge, was premiered in London in November 1909 and sets six poems from the Victorian poet A. E. Housman's 1896 collection, A Shropshire Lad. His orignal setting of the Housman poems was particularly novel because of the scoring for tenor, piano and string quartet and, in 1924, he made an orchestral version of the cycle. The six poems from A Shropshire Lad that Vaughan Williams set are On Wenlock Edge, From Far, from Eve and Morning, Is My Team Ploughing, Oh, When I Was in Love with You, Bredon Hill, Clun.

Andrew talks about new releases of early music with Caroline Gill.

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

3 hours, 13 minutes

Music Played

  • Frédéric Chopin

    Nocturne No.13 in C minor Op.48/1

    Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes.
    • Sony.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Grabmusik K42/35a (original 1767): Nos.1 & 2

    Singer: Jacques Imbrailo. Ensemble: The Mozartists. Conductor: Ian Page.
    • Signum Classics.
  • George Enescu

    Octet for strings in C Op. 7: iv. Movement de valse

    Performer: Vilde Frang. Performer: Erik Schumann. Performer: Gabriel Le Magadure. Performer: Rosanne Philippens. Performer: Lawrence Power. Performer: Lily Francis. Performer: Nicolas Altstaedt. Performer: Jan-Erik Gustafsson.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Wilhelm Stenhammar

    Symphony No.2 in G minor Op.34: i. Allegro energico

    Orchestra: Antwerp Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Christian Lindberg.
    • BIS.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    "Moonlight" sonata in C sharp minor Op. 27/2: iii. Presto

    Performer: Pavel Kolesnikov.
    • Hyperion.
  • Luigi Boccherini

    Cello Sonata in G major G.5: iii. Tempo di minuetto

    Performer: Bruno Cocset. Ensemble: Les Basses Réunies.
    • Alpha.
  • Magnus Lindberg

    Tempus Fugit: Part 5

    Orchestra: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Hannu Lintu.
    • Ondine.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    Verklärte Nacht - 1st version (rev. 1943)

    Performer: Alisa Weilerstein. Performer: Geir Inge Lotsberg. Ensemble: TrondheimSolistene.
    • Pentatone.

Record Review


Chopin: Ballades & Nocturnes
Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)
Sony 19075822932 

Mozart: Grabmusik & Bastien und Bastienne
Anna Lucia Richter (Der Engel / Bastienne)
Jacques Imbrailo (Die Seele)
Alessandro Fisher (Bastien)
Darren Jeffery (Colas)
The Mozartists (ensemble)
Ian Page (conductor)
Signum Classics SIGCD547 

Bartok: Violin Concerto No.1 & Enescu: Octet
Vilde Frang (violin)
Orchestra Philharmonique de Radio France
Mikko Franck (conductor)
Vilde Frang (violin)
Erik Schumann (violin)
Gabriel Le Magadure (violin)
Roseanne Philippens (violin)
Lawrence Power (viola)
Lily Francis (viola)
Nicolas Altstaedt (cello)
Jan-Erik Gustavsson (cello)
Warner Classics 0190295662554,0190295662554/frang-vilde-bartok-violin-concerto-no1-and-enescu-octet


9.30am – Building a Library – David Owen Norris on Vaughan Williams’s ‘On Wenlock Edge’ 

Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams

Piece: On Wenlock Edge

Reviewer: David Owen Norris


Recommended Recording:

Andrew Kennedy (tenor)
Dante Quartet
Simon Crawford-Phillips
Signum  SIGCD112 (CD)


Other Recommended Recordings

Below are other recordings that David Owen Norris also liked, although we can’t guarantee availability.

Orchestral Choice:
Robert Tear (tenor)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Simon Rattle (conductor)
CDM7647312 (CD)

Historical Choice:
Peter Pears (tenor)
Zorian Quartet
Benjamin Britten (conductor)


10.20am – New Releases

Stenhammer: Symphony No.2 & ‘Music for A Dream Play by August Strindberg’

Antwerp Symphony Orchestra
Christian Lindberg (conductor)
BIS-2329 (Hybrid SACD)

Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata & other piano music
Pavel Kolesnikov (piano)
Hyperion CDA68237

Luigi Boccherini: Cello sonatas vol. 2
Bruno Cocset (cello)
Les Basses Réunies
Alpha 409 

Magnus Lindberg: Tempus Fugit & Violin Concerto No.2
Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin)
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Hannu Lintu (conductor)
Ondine ODE 1308-5


10.50am New Releases: Caroline Gill on Baroque 

Louis Couperin: Nouvelles Suites de clavecin
Christophe Rousset (harpsichord)
Harmonia Mundi HMM 902501.02 (2 CDs)!/albums/2440 

Giuseppe Tartini: Sonate Op.1
Evgeny Sviridov (violin)
Stansislav Gres (harpsichord)
Davit Melkonyan (cello)
Ricercar  RIC 391

Antonio Caldara: Maddalena ai piedi di Christo
Le Banquet Céleste (choir)
Damien Guillon (director)
Alpha 426 (2 CDs)

J.S. Bach: Harpsichord concertos transcribed for mandolin
Davide Ferella (mandolin)
Profil Barocchi (ensemble)
Dorina Frati (mandolin II)
Dynamic  CDS 7821 

J.S. Bach: Harpsichord Concertos Nos. 1, 2 & 3
Marcin Swiatkiewicz (harpsichord)
Zefira Valova (violin)
Anna Nowak-Pokrzywinska (violin)
Dymitr Olszewski (viola)
Tomasz Pokrzywinski (cello)
Channel Classics  CCS 40418


11.45am – Disc of the Week:

Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht & Haydn: Cello Concerto Nos. 1 & 2
Alisa Weilerstein (cello)
Trondheim Soloists
Pentatone PTC 5186 717



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