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Andrew McGregor with Jeremy Summerly and Lucy Parham

Building a Library: Jeremy Summerly surveys recordings of Stravinsky's Mass. Lucy Parham reviews new releases of piano music and Andrew McGregor rounds up recent releases.

with Andrew McGregor

Building a Library: Jeremy Summerly surveys recordings of Stravinsky's Mass

Stravinsky's Mass was written between 1944 and 1948 and is one of the most austere and archaic works of his neoclassical period. Stravinsky incorporated elements of his Russian Orthodox faith but chose to set the text of the Catholic Mass out of a desire to create a liturgical work - an impossibility in the Russian Orthodox tradition, which forbids the use of instruments in church. The Mass is one of only a few of Stravinsky's works not to have been commissioned, which suggests that the work came about as a result of the composer's own renewed religious consciousness.

Lucy Parham reviews recent releases of piano music by composers including Debussy, Beethoven and Bartok.

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

3 hours, 13 minutes

Music Played

  • Edward Elgar

    Wand of Youth Suite: No.2: II.The Little Bells; III. Moths and Butterflies

    Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
    • Hallé.
  • Thomas Tomkins

    Barafostus Dreame

    Performer: Mahan Esfahani.
    • Hyperion.
  • Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson

    Louisiana Blues Strut (A Cakewalk)

    Performer: Rachel Barton Pine.
    • Cedille Records.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Concerto in B flat, K.450: III. Allegro

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet. Conductor: Gábor Takács‐Nagy. Orchestra: Manchester Camerata.
    • Chandos.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No.6: II. Scherzo

    Orchestra: MusicAeterna. Conductor: Teodor Currentzis.
    • Sony.
  • Franz Liszt

    Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh' S306

    Performer: Julius Drake. Singer: Allan Clayton.
    • Hyperion.
  • Cheryl Frances-Hoad

    Magic Lantern Tales: I. Marching

    Performer: Sholto Kynoch. Singer: Nicky Spence.
    • Champs Hill Records.
  • Hubert Parry

    English Lyrics Bk. 12: No.7 'The Sound of Hidden Music'

    Performer: Andrew West. Singer: Sarah Fox.
    • Somm Recordings.
  • Hubert Parry

    Symphony No.4 in E minor (original version): IV. Scherzo

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.
    • Chandos.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sinfonia in B minor

    Performer: Víkingur Ólafsson.
    • DG.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Organ Sonata, BWV 528: II. Andante

    Performer: Víkingur Ólafsson.
    • DG.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Partita No.3 in E major for Solo Violin, BWV 1006: II. Gavotte

    Composer: Sergey Rachmaninov. Performer: Víkingur Ólafsson.
    • DG.
  • Béla Bartók

    Improvisation on a Hungarian Peasant Song

    Performer: Florent Boffard.
    • Mirare.
  • Béla Bartók

    Out of Doors: Night music

    Performer: Florent Boffard.
    • MIRARE.
  • Béla Bartók

    Out of Doors: The Chase

    Performer: Florent Boffard.
    • MIRARE.
  • Alexander Scriabin

    2 Impromptus, Op.14: I. B Major

    Performer: Katya Apekisheva.
    • Champs Hill Records.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Impromptu No.3 in A flat, Op.34

    Performer: Katya Apekisheva.
    • Champs Hill Records.
  • Claude Debussy

    L'isle joyeuse

    Performer: Nikolai Lugansky.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Claude Debussy

    Jardins sous la pluie

    Performer: Nikolai Lugansky.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Claude Debussy

    Deux Arabesque, L. 66: II. Allegretto scherzando

    Performer: Jonas Vitaud.
    • Mirare.
  • Claude Debussy

    Fantasie for piano and orchestra: I. Andante ma non troppo

    Performer: Jonas Vitaud. Conductor: Clement Mao-Takacs. Orchestra: Secession Orchestra.
    • Mirare.
  • Claude Debussy

    Fantasie for piano and orchestra: III. Allegro molto

    Performer: Jonas Vitaud. Orchestra: Secession Orchestra. Conductor: Clement Mao-Takacs.
    • Mirare.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Clarinet Quintet in B flat major, Op. 34

    Performer: Julian Bliss. Ensemble: Carducci String Quartet.
    • Signum.

Record Review

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Elgar: The Wand of Youth Suite
The Hallé
Mark Elder (conductor)
Hallé CD HLL 7548

‘The Passinge Mesures’ – English virginal music
Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)
Hyperion CDA68249

‘Blues Dialogues’ – Violin music by black composers including David Baker, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, William Grant Still, Clarence Cameron White & Duke Ellington
Rachel Barton Pine (violin)
Matthew Hagle (piano)
Cedille Records CDR 90000 182

‘Mozart: Piano Concertos, Vol.3’ – Concerto in D major, KV451; Concerto in B flat major, KV450; Quintet in E flat major, KV452
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)
Manchester Camerata (orchestra)
Rachel Clegg (oboe)
Fiona Cross (clarinet)
Naomis Atherton (horn)
Ben Hudson (bassoon)
Gabor Takacs-Nagy (conductor)
Chandos CHAN 20035


9.30am – Building a Library – Jeremy Summerly on Stravinsky’s Mass


Composer: Igor Stravinsky

Reviewer: Jeremy Summerly


Recommended Recording:


Westminster Cathedral Choir
City of London Sinfonia
James O’Donnell (conductor)
Hyperion CDA66437

Other Recommended Recordings:



New York Church of the Blessed Sacrament Choir
Igor Stravinsky (conductor)
Andante AND1140 (1949)

Gregg Smith Singers
Columbia Symphony Winds & Brass
Igor Stravinsky (conductor)
Sony Classical SM2K 46 301

Gregg Smith Singers
Orchestra of St Luke’s
Robert Craft (conductor)
Naxos 8.557

Choral & instrumental virtuosity:

Netherlands Chamber Choir
Schonberg Ensemble
Reinbert de Leeuw (conductor)
Philips 454 477-2

RIAS Kammerchor
Musikfabrik (ensemble)
Daniel Reuss (conductor)
Harmonia Mundi HMC 801913


Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
London Sinfonietta
Simon Preston (conductor)
Decca 430 346-2

Choir of St Mary’s Edinburgh
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Duncan Ferguson (conductor)
Delphian DCD 34164



10.20am – New Releases

Mahler: Symphony No.6
MusicAeterna (orchestra)
Teodor Currentzis (conductor)
Sony 19075822952

Liszt: The complete songs, Vol.5
Allan Clayton (tenor)
Julius Drake (piano)
Hyperion CDA68179

‘Magic Lantern Tales’ – songs by Cheryl Frances-Hoad
Nicky Spence (tenor)
Sholto Kynoch (piano)
Champs Hill Records CHRCD146

Parry: 12 sets of English Lyrics, Volume 3
Sarah Fox (soprano)
Roderick Williams (baritone)
Andrew West (piano)
Somm Recordings SOMMCD 272

Parry: Symphony No.4; Proserpine; Three movements from ‘Suite moderne’
Ladies of BBC National Chorus of Wales
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Rumon Gamba (conductor)
Chandos CHAN 10994

10.50am New Releases: Lucy Parham on piano releases

Solo piano works and transcriptions by JS Bach

Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)
DG 4835022

‘Racines’ – solo piano works by Bartok
Florent Boffard (piano)
Mirare MIR410

Piano impromptus by Scriabin, Faure & Chopin
Katya Apekisheva (piano)
Champs Hill Records CHRCD135

‘Suite bergamesque’ – Debussy: L’Isle joyeuse, Deux Arabesques, Suite bergamasque, La plus que lente, Estampes, Images II, Hommage à Haydn
Nikolai Lugansky (piano)
Harmonia Mundi HMM902309!/albums/2447

‘Debussy: Jeunes Années’ -  early works for solo piano by Debussy
Jonas Vitaud (piano)
Mirare MIR392

11.45am – Disc of the Week

Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K.581; Weber: Clarinet Quintet in B flat Major, Op.34
Julian Bliss (clarinet)
Carducci String Quartet
Signum SIGCD552




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