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Andrew McGregor with Ben Walton and Marina Frolova-Walker

Ben Walton surveys the available recordings of Rossini's Petite messe solennelle and Marina Frolova-Walker reviews recent releases of Russian orchestral music.

with Andrew McGregor

09.30
Building a Library: Ben Walton surveys the available recordings of Rossini's Petite messe solennelle.

The great opera composer Rossini died 150 years ago this week. According to popular legend he more or less stopped composing after completing his operatic masterpiece William Tell and spent his final years in a sybaritic and depressed retirement. However he did compose two glorious works of religious music during this final period: the Stabat mater and the Petite messe solennelle. The Mass is famously neither little nor solemn. It is a large-scale work with a stream of lyrical arias and energetic choruses. Originally scored for 12 voices, 2 pianos and a harmonium; it is also sometimes performed in a fully orchestrated version. Rossini said of his final masterwork, "Dear Lord, here it is finished, this poor little mass. Have I just written sacred music, or rather, sacrilegious music? I was born for opera buffa, as you well know. Not much technique, a little bit of heart, that’s all. Blessings to you and grant me Paradise."

10.30
Marina Frolova-Walker reviews a recording of the sacred opera, Moses by Anton Rubenstein and recent releases of Russian orchestral music including symphonies by Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Weinberg.

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

3 hours, 13 minutes

Music Played

  • Franz Schubert

    Symphony No.6 in C, D589: III. Scherzo (presto)

    Orchestra: B'Rock. Conductor: René Jacobs.
    • Pentatone.
  • Christoph Graupner

    Le Desire (Overture in F)

    Performer: Peter Barczi. Ensemble: Capricornus Consort Basel.
    • Christophorus.
  • Christoph Graupner

    Cantata: Demüthiget euch nun (opening)

    Performer: Peter Barczi. Singer: Miriam Feuersinger. Singer: Franz Vitzthum. Ensemble: Capricornus Consort Basel.
    • Christophorus.
  • Heinrich Isaac

    Vanitas! Vanitatum Vanitas!

    Singer: Dorothee Mields. Ensemble: Lautten Compagney. Conductor: Wolfgang Katschner.
    • Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.
  • Friedrich Hollaender

    Wiegenlied an eine Mutter

    Singer: Dorothee Mields. Ensemble: Lautten Compagney. Conductor: Wolfgang Katschner.
    • Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.
  • François Couperin

    Premier Livre, Deuxieme Ordre Nos 21 & 22

    Performer: Carole Cerasi.
    • Metronome.
  • Witold Lutosławski

    Symphony No.1: I. Allegro giusto

    Orchestra: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Hannu Lintu.
    • Ondine.
  • Vincenzo Bellini

    Norma: Act 1, Aria. 'Ah! Bello a me ritorna'

    Singer: Marina Rebeka. Orchestra: Orchestra Sinfonica del Teatro Massimo di Palermo. Choir: Coro del Teatro Massimo di Palermo. Conductor: Jader Bignamini.
    • Prima Classic.
  • James Francis Brown

    Trio Concertante (opening)

    Performer: Benjamin Nabarro. Performer: Rachel Roberts. Performer: Gemma Rosefield.
    • Resonus Classics.
  • Cécile Louise Chaminade

    Pierette - air de ballet, Op.41

    Performer: Mark Viner.
    • Piano Classics.
  • Anton Rubinstein

    Moses: Scene 1. 'Du harre hier am Strand'

    Singer: Malgorzata Walewska. Orchestra: Polish Sinfonia Iuventas Orchestra. Conductor: Michail Jurowski.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Anton Rubinstein

    Moses: Scene 2 (opening)

    Choir: Chór Filharmonii Narodowej. Orchestra: Polish Sinfonia Iuventas Orchestra. Conductor: Michail Jurowski.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Anton Rubinstein

    Moses: Scene 6. 'Erheb' die Augen, Israel'

    Singer: Stanislaw Kuflyuk. Choir: Chór Filharmonii Narodowej. Orchestra: Polish Sinfonia Iuventas Orchestra. Conductor: Michail Jurowski.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Anton Rubinstein

    Moses: Scene 6 (ending)

    Choir: Chór Filharmonii Narodowej. Singer: Chen Reiss. Choir: Atos Children's Choir.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Symphony No.2 in C minor, Op.17 'Little Russian'

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski.
    • LPO.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Polish Symphony No.3 in D, Op. 29

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski.
    • LPO.
  • Mieczysław Weinberg

    Serenade, Op.47 No.4: III. Adagio

    Orchestra: Siberian State Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Lande.
    • Naxos.
  • Mieczysław Weinberg

    Symphony No.13, Op.115

    Orchestra: Siberian State Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Lande.
    • Naxos.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Symphony No.8 in C minor: III. Allegro

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda.
    • LSO Live.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Symphony No.8: V. Allegretto

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda.
    • LSO Live.
  • Franz Schubert

    String Quartet No.14 in D minor, D810 'Death and the Maiden'

    Ensemble: Chiaroscuro Quartet.
    • BIS.

Record Review

9.00am

Schubert: Symphonies 1 & 6
B’Rock Orchestra
René Jacobs (conductor)
Pentatone PTC 5186 707 (Hybrid SACD)
http://www.pentatonemusic.com/rene-jacobs-b-rock-schubert-symphonies-1-6

Christoph Graupner: Duo Cantatas for Soprano & Alto
Miriam Feuersinger (soprano)
Franz Vitzthum (counter-tenor)
Capricornus Consort Basel
Peter Barczi (conductor)
Christophorus CHR 77427 

‘War & Peace 1618:1918’ – Chamber music and songs by Isaac, Scheidt, Schutz, Hammerschmidt, Hildebrand Albert, Hollaender, Franck & Satie
Dorothee Mields (soprano)
Lautten Compagney (ensemble)
Wolfgang Katschner (lute & direction)
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 19075868442 (2 CDs)

Francois Couperin: Complete works for harpsichord
Carole Cerasi (harpsichord)
Metronome METCD 110 (10 CDs)
https://www.metronome.co.uk/store/p121/www.metronome.co.uk/carolecerasi.html

 

9.30am – Building a Library – Ben Walton on Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle

Composer: Gioachino Rossini

Reviewer: Ben Walton

Recommended Recording:


Simon Bucher (piano)
Andreas Grasle (harmonium)
Kirchheimer Vokal-Consort
Tonu Kaljuste (conductor)
Carus 83.406

Other Recommended Recordings:

Riccardo Chailly (conductor)
Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna
Decca 444-134 2(2)

Robert King (conductor)
The King’s Consort (choir)
Gary Cooper & Matthew Halls (pianos)
Mark Williams (harmonium)
Hyperion CDA67570

Marcus Creed (conductor)
RIAS Kammerchor (choir)
Philip Mayers & Phillip Moll (pianos)
Ryoko Morooka (organ)
Harmonia Mundi HMC 901724

CBSO Chorus
David Nettle & Richard Markham (pianos)
Peter King (harmonium)
Simon Halsey (conductor)
Conifer CDCF184

10.20am – New Releases

Lutoslawski: Symphonies 1 & 4, Jeux Vénitiens
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Hannu Lintu (conductor)
Ondine ODE 1320-5 (Hybrid SACD)
https://www.ondine.net/?lid=en&cid=2.2&oid=6143

‘Spirito’ – Arias and scenes by Bellini, Donizetti & Spontini
Marina Rebeka (soprano)
Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Massimo di Palermo
Jader Bignamini (conductor)
Prima Classic PRIMA001
http://www.primaclassic.com/discography/spirito/


‘The Heavens and the Heart’ – Choral and orchestral music by James Francis Brown
Benjamin Nabarro (violin)
Rachel Roberts (viola)
Gemma Rosefield (cello)
Catriona Scott (clarinet)
The Choir of Royal Holloway
Orchestra Nova
George Vass (conductor)
Resonus Classics RES10227
https://www.resonusclassics.com/heavens-and-the-heart-orchestral-choral-james-francis-brown-res10227

Cécile Chaminade: Piano Music
Mark Viner (piano)
Piano Classics PCL10164
https://www.piano-classics.com/articles/c/chaminade-piano-music/

 

10.50am New Releases: Marina Frolova-Walker on Russian Music

Anton Rubinstein: Moses
Stanislaw Kuflyuk (Moses)
Torsten Kerl (Pharaoh)
Evelina Dobraceva (Asnath)
Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus
Warsaw Philharmonic Choir
Artos Children’s Choir
Michail Jurowski (conductor)
Warner Classics 01902 9558343 (3 CDs)
http://www.warnerclassics.com/shop/5521361,0190295583439/sinfonia-iuventus-moses

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 2 & 3
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski (conductor)
LPO 0109
http://www.lpo.org.uk/recordings-and-gifts/5292-cd-tchaikovsky-symphonies-nos-2-and-3.html

Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Symphony No.13 & Serenade, Op.47, No.4
Siberian State Symphony Orchestra
Vladimir Lande (conductor)
Naxos 8.573879
https://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=8.573879

Shostakovich: Symphony No.8
London Symphony Orchestra
Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)
LSO Live LSO0822 (Hybrid SACD)
https://lsolive.lso.co.uk/products/shostakovich-symphony-no-8-noseda

 

11.45am – Disc of the Week

Schubert: String Quartet No.14 in D minor ‘Death and the Maiden’ & String Quartet No.9 in G minor
Chiaroscuro Quartet
BIS-2268 SACD
http://bis.se/schubert-death-and-the-maiden

 

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