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Andrew McGregor with Mark Lowther

Andrew McGregor rounds up the best new and recent releases, and in Building a Library Mark Lowther compares recordings of Bach's seven keyboard concertos, BWV.1052 to BWV.1058.

with Andrew McGregor.

09.30
Building a Library: Mark Lowther listens to some of the available recordings of Bach's seven keyboard concertos, BWV.1052 to BWV.1058, and makes a recommendation.

Bach's collection of concertos for solo keyboard are the only collection of concertos in his entire oeuvre aside from the Brandenburg Concertos. These 7 concertos, BWV.1052 to 1058, are thought to have been written in Leipzig during the 1730s, using arrangements made from earlier concertos that Bach wrote while he was still living in Köthen. They are amongst the earliest concertos written for keyboard.

11.00
Kate Molleson sifts through recent releases of orchestral works.

11.45
Tom chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

3 hours, 13 minutes

Music Played

  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Il Grosso Mogul concerto in D RV208a: I. Allegro

    Performer: Lina Tur Bonet. Ensemble: Musica Alchemica.
    • Pan Classics.
  • Johann Theile

    Der Sionitin Wiegenlied: 'Nun ich singe, Gott, ich knie'

    Ensemble: L’Arpeggiata. Director: Christina Pluhar.
    • Erato.
  • Bohuslav Martinu

    What Men Live by: Overture & Scenes 1-2

    Choir: Martinu Voices. Conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek. Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic.
    • Supraphon.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor Op.18: I. Moderato

    Performer: Daniil Trifonov. Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Symphonic Dances (opening)

    Performer: Sergey Rachmaninov.
    • Marston Records.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Symphonic Dances (opening)

    Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Dimitri Mitropoulos.
    • Marston Records.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Suite No.1 in G major BWV1007: Menuets & Gigue

    Performer: Kim Kashkashian.
    • ECM.
  • Rued Langgaard

    Symphony No.2: i. Allegro con anima

    Performer: Ana Komsi. Performer: Sakari Oramo. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic.
    • DaCapo.
  • Rued Langgaard

    Symphony No. 2: II. Lento religioso

    Performer: Anu Komsi. Performer: Vienna Philharmonic. Performer: Sakari Oramo.
    • DaCapo.
  • Rued Langgaard

    Symphony No.6: II. Thema (Versione II)

    Performer: Vienna Philharmonic. Performer: Sakari Oramo.
    • DaCapo.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Symphony No. 3 in F Op. 90: I. Allegro con brio

    Performer: Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Performer: Thomas Dausgaard.
    • BIS.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Symphony No. 3 in F Op. 90: IV. Allegro

    Performer: Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Performer: Thomas Dausgaard.
    • BIS.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Symphony No. 3 in F Op. 90: III. Poco allegretto

    Performer: Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Orchestrator: Thomas Dausgaard.
    • BIS.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Hungarian Dance No. 11 in D minor

    Performer: Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Performer: Thomas Dausgaard. Orchestrator: Thomas Dausgaard.
    • BIS.
  • Henri Dutilleux

    Symphony No. 1: III. Intermezzo

    Performer: Orchestre National de Lille. Performer: Jean‐Claude Casadesus.
    • Naxos.
  • Henri Dutilleux

    Metaboles: I. Incatatoire

    Performer: Orchestre National de Lille. Performer: Jean‐Claude Casadesus.
    • Naxos.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No. 40 in G minor K550: I. Molto allegro

    Performer: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Herbert Blomstedt.
    • BR Klassik.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No. 41 in C K551 'Jupiter': IV. Molto allegro

    Performer: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Herbert Blomstedt.
    • BR Klassik.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 43: I. Allegretto

    Performer: Chineke! Orchestra. Performer: Roderick Cox.
    • Signum Classics.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor Op. 30: I. Allegro

    Performer: Gerard Aimontche. Performer: Chineke! Orchestra. Performer: Roderick Cox.
    • Signum Classics.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Piano Trio No.4 in E minor Op.90 'Dumky'

    Performer: Lars Vogt. Performer: Christian Tetzlaff. Performer: Tanja Tetzlaff.
    • Ondine.

Record Review

9.00am


Vivaldi: Concertos & Sonatas for violin

Musica Alchemica (ensemble)
Lina Tur Bonet (violin & direction)

Pan Classics PC 10391

 

‘Himmelmusik’ – sacred songs and cantatas by Theile, JC Bach, Bütner and Ritter

Christina Pluhar (theorbo & direction)
L’Arpeggiata
Céline Scheen (soprano)
Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor)
Jesús Rodil (tenor)
Dingle Yandeli (bass)

Erato 0190295634001

http://www.warnerclassics.com/release/3253479,0190295634001/christina-pluhar-himmelmusik

 

Martinů: What Men Live By (opera-pastoral in one act) plus Symphony No. 1
Ivan Kusnjer (Martin Avdeitch, baritone)
Petr Svoboda (Old peasant, bass)
Jan Martiník (Stepanitch, bass)
Lucie Silkenová (Woman with child, soprano)
Ester Pavlu (Old Woman, alto)
Jaroslav Brezina (Narrator, tenor)
Martinu Voices
Czech Philharmonic (orchestra)
Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)
Supraphon SU 4233-2
https://www.supraphon.com/album/419199-martinu-what-men-live-by-symphony-no-1

 

9.30am – Building a Library – Mark Lowther on Bach’s Keyboard Concertos

 

Composer: JS Bach

Reviewer: Mark Lowther

 

Recommended Recording:


Andreas Staier (harpsichord)
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Harmonia Mundi HMC 90218182 (2 CDs)



Other Recommended Recordings:

 

Below are other recordings that Mark Lowther also liked, although we can’t guarantee availability.

 

Richard Egarr (harpsichord)
Academy of Ancient Music
Andrew Manze (director)
Harmonia Mundi HMU 90728384

 

Bob Van Asperen (harpsichord)
Melante Amsterdam
EMI CDC7 54478-2

 

10.20am – New Releases

‘Destination Rachmaninov, Departure’ - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto Nos. 2 & 3; JS Bach: Partita for Violin No.3 in E Major, BWV 1006 arr. for piano
Daniil Trifonov (piano)
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor)
Deutsche Grammophon 483 5335
https://www.deutschegrammophon.com/gb/cat/4835335

 

Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances performed on the piano by the composer plus other early Rachmaninov recordings

Sergei Rachmaninov (piano)
New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Dimitri Mitropoulos (conductor)
Philadelphia Orchestra
Eugene Ormandy (conductor)
Nadezhda Plevitskaya (mezzo soprano)
American Symphony Orchestra
Leopold Stokowski (conductor)
Schola Cantorum (choir)
Benno Moiseiwitsch (piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Adrian Boult (conductor)
Natalia Rachmaninov (piano)

Marston Records 53022-2 (3 CDs)

https://www.marstonrecords.com/collections/frontpage/products/rachmaninoff


JS Bach: Six Suites for Viola Solo BWV 1007-1012

Kim Kashkashian (viola)

ECM 4817176
https://www.challengerecords.com/products/15307081746103

 

10.50am New Releases: Kate Molleson on orchestral releases

Rued Langgaard: Symphony Nos. 2 & 6, Upaaagtede Morgenstjerner; Jacob Gade: Tango Tzigane
Vienna Philharmonic
Sakari Oramo (conductor)
Anu Komsi (soprano)
DaCapo 6220653 (SACD)
https://www.dacapo-records.dk/en/recordings/langgaard-symphonies-2-6


Brahms: Symphony No.3, Six Songs by Schubert, Hungarian Dances & Alto Rhapsody
Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)
Anna Larsson (alto)
Johan Reuter (baritone)
Swedish Radio Choir
BIS 2319 SACD
http://bis.se/orchestras-ensembles/swedish-chamber-orchestra/brahms-symphony-no3


Deutilleux: Symphony No.1, Métaboles, Les Citations
Lille National Orchestra
Jean-Claude Casadesus (conductor)
BR Klassik 900164
Naxos 8.573746
https://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=8.573746

 

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 & Sibelius: Symphony No.2
Gerard Aimontche (piano)
Chineke! Orchestra
Roderick Cox (conductor)

Signum Classics SIGCD548
https://signumrecords.com/product/sibelius-rachmaninov/SIGCD548/

 

Strauss: Schlagobers suite Op.70 plus orchestral music by Debussy & Ligeti

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Jonathan Nott (conductor)

Pentatone PTC518
https://www.pentatonemusic.com/osr-nott-strauss-schlagobers-debussy-jeux-ligeti-melodien

 

11.45am – Disc of the Week

Dvorak: Piano Trios Nos. 3 & 4
Christian Tetzlaff (violin)
Tanja Tetzlaff (cello)
Lars Vogt (piano)
https://www.ondine.net/?lid=en&cid=2.2&oid=6129

 

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