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Andrew McGregor rounds up the best new and recent releases, and in Building a Library Caroline Gill compares recordings of Vivaldi's Gloria RV589.

with Andrew McGregor.

Building a Library: Caroline Gill listens to and compares some of the available recordings of Vivaldi's Gloria,

Although Vivaldi wrote 3 settings of the Gloria (RV588-RV590), it is RV589 that has become known simply as 'The Vivaldi Gloria', owing to its enduring popularity. It is thought to have been composed in 1715 for the Pio Ospedale della Pietà, the orphanage, convent and music school in Venice in which Vivaldi taught. Not only is the Vivaldi Gloria strongly influenced by the operatic style of the day, but it also mimics the prevalent concerto grosso style in its alternating episodes for tutti choir and solos. Above all, Vivaldi's Gloria has gained its popularity because of its vibrant musical personality.

Andrew McGregor discusses new and recent releases of organ music with Oliver Condy.

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

3 hours, 13 minutes

Music Played

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Christmas Overture

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Martin Yates.
    • Dutton Epoch.
  • Trad.

    Dives and Lazarus

    Music Arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams. Choir: Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Conductor: William Vann.
    • Albion Records.
  • Dieterich Buxtehude

    Cantata 'das neugeborne Kindelein' BuxWV 13

    Choir: La Petite Bande. Conductor: Sigiswald Kuijken.
    • Accent.
  • Hector Berlioz

    L'adieu des Bergers (l'Enfance du Christ)

    Performer: Luke Fitzgerald. Choir: Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. Conductor: Geoffrey Webber.
    • Delphian.
  • Trad.

    Christmas Eve Reel/Christmas in America/Old Christmas

    Ensemble: Apollo’s Fire. Director: Jeanette Sorrell.
    • Avie.
  • Joan Alfonso i Orfila


    Ensemble: Barcelona Symphonic Band. Conductor: Salvador Brotons.
    • Columna Musica.
  • Arthur Sullivan

    The Light of the World: Part 1. Bethlehem

    Singer: Robert Murray. Singer: Kitty Whately. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Choir: BBC Symphony Chorus.
    • Dutton Epoch.
  • Cecilia McDowall

    O Oriens

    Choir: Sonoro. Conductor: Neil Ferris.
    • Resonus Classics.
  • Charles Wesley

    Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

    Music Arranger: Annuzio Mantovani. Orchestra: The Mantovani Orchestra. Conductor: Mantovani.
    • Decca Eloquence.
  • Anonymous

    Chiaccona a 4 in C

    Singer: Céline Scheen. Ensemble: L’Arpeggiata. Director: Christina Pluhar.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Franz Tunder

    Ein kleines Kindelein (Aria)

    Singer: Céline Scheen. Ensemble: L’Arpeggiata. Director: Christina Pluhar.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Johann Ludwig Krebs

    Toccata and Fugue in A minor

    Performer: Manuel Tomadin.
  • Padre Antonio Soler

    Concerto No. 1 in C major

    Performer: Jeremy Joseph - Jurgen Essl.
  • César Franck

    Chorale No. 1

    Performer: Ben van Oosten.
  • César Franck

    Pieces posthumes: Allegretto non troppo

    Performer: Ben van Oosten.
  • Julius Reubke

    Sonata on the 94th Psalm

    Performer: Joseph Nolan.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    The Firebird

    Performer: Oxbridge Organ Duo.
    • Regent.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Trio Sonata No. 4 BWV.528

    Performer: Lucas Pohle.
  • Paul Edwards


    Performer: Stephen Moore.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    Messe de la Pentecote

    Performer: Louis Thiry.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    Dieu parmi nous (La nativite du seigneur)

    Performer: Richard Gowers.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    Dieu parmi nous (La nativite du seigneur)

    Performer: Louis Thiry.
    • La Dolce Volta.
  • Claude Debussy

    Nocturnes: 1. Nuages

    Conductor: François‐Xavier Roth. Orchestra: Les Siècles.
    • Debussy: Jeux, Nocturnes, Prélude à l'aprés midi d'un faune.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 3.
  • Claude Debussy

    Nocturnes: 2. Fêtes

    Conductor: François‐Xavier Roth. Orchestra: Les Siècles.
    • Debussy: Jeux, Nocturnes, Prélude à l'aprés midi d'un faune.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 4.
  • Claude Debussy

    Nocturnes: 3. Sirènes

    Conductor: François‐Xavier Roth. Orchestra: Les Siècles. Choir: Les Cris de Paris.
    • Debussy: Jeux, Nocturnes, Prélude à l'aprés midi d'un faune.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 5.

Record Review


Vaughan Williams: Norfolk Rhapsodies Nos.1 & 2; The Bluebird; Music for an EFDS Masque; Variations for Orchestra plus David Matthews: Norfolk March
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Martin Yates (conductor)
Dutton Epoch CDLX 7351 (SACD Hybrid)


‘A Vaughan Williams Christmas’ – Christmas carols by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea
William Vann (conductor)
Albion Records ALBCD035

Christmas Cantatas by Buxtehude, Telemann & Bach
La Petite Bande
Sigiswald Kuijken
Accent ACC 24348


‘Cantique de Noël’ – Christmas music by Berlioz, Fauré, Gounod, Saint-Saëns, Roques, Noyon, Debussy, Guilmant & Massenet
Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge
Geoffrey Webber (director)
Michael How & Luke Fitzgerald (organ)
Delphian DCD34197


Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain’ – traditional Christmas music
Apollo’s Fire (ensemble)
Apollo’s Singers
Apollo’s Musettes
Jeannette Sorrell (director)
Avie AV2396


9.30am – Building a Library – Caroline Gill on Vivaldi’s Gloria


Composer: Vivaldi

Reviewer: Caroline Gill


Recommended Recording:

Collegium Musicum 90
Richard Hickox (conductor)
Chandos 0518

Other Recommended Recordings:


Schola Pietatis Antonio Vivaldi
Nadia Zwiener (conductor)
MP3s available online & DVD available on


Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
Academy of Ancient Music
Stephen Cleobury (conductor)
EMI Classics 5 57265

Taverner Consort and Players
Andrew Parrott
Virgin Veritas 0777 7 59326 2 1




10.20am – New Releases

‘Nadales arreu’ – Christmas music by Salvador Brotons, Mauel Oltra, Joan Alfonso, David Leon Fioravanti & Joan Casas

Banda Municipal de Barcelona (ensemble)

Salvador Brotons (director)

Coral Cantiga (choir)

Ulrike Haller (soprano)

Jordi Ricart (baritone)

Columna Musica 1CM0382

Folkjul II’ – Swedish folk music for Christmas
Ulrika Boden (singer)
Gunnar Idenstam (singer)
Sandra Marteleur (singer)
St. Jacobs Kammarkor
Gary Graden (conductor)

BIS-2334 SACD (Hybrid SACD)


Arthur Sullivan: The Light of the World
Natalya Romaniw (soprano - Mary, the Mother of Jesus)
Eleanor Dennis (soprano - Mary Magdalene/Martha)
Kitty Whately (contralto - an angel)
Robert Murray (tenor - a disciple/nicodemus)
Ben Mcateer (baritone – Jesus)
Neal Davies (bass - a ruler/a pharisee/a shepherd)
BBC concert orchestra
Kinder children’s choir
BBC symphony chorus
John Andrews (conductor)

Dutton Epoch 2CDLX 7356 (Hybrid SACD)


‘Christmas with Sonoro’ – Christmas music by Archer, McDowall, Spicer, Higgins, Joubert, Treseder, Howells, McGlade, Roe, Beamish, O’Carroll, Warlock, Rutter, Todd & Nicholson
Sonoro (choir)
Michael Higgins (organ)
Neil Ferris (conductor)

Resonus Classics RES10226


‘A song for Christmas’ – Christmas music arranged for orchestra by Mantovani
Mantovani and his orchestra

Decca Eloquence 484 0268


‘Himmelmusik’ – Sacred songs and cantatas by Theile, JC Bach, Butner & Ritter
L’Arpeggiata (ensemble)
Christina Pluhar (director)

Warner Classics 0190295634001,0190295634001/christina-pluhar-himmelmusik



10.50am New Releases: Oliver Condy on new organ recordings


Krebs: Complete Organ Music

Manuel Tomadin
Brilliant Classics 95363


Soler: Six concertos for two organs
Jurgen Essl & Jeremy Joseph
Cybele CYBELE SACD 031802


Franck: complete organ works
Ben van Oosten

MDG 316 2080-2


Organ music by Bach, Buxtehude, Mendelssohn & Reubke
Joseph Nolan

Signum SIGCD546

Music for organ duo by Ravel, Paulus & Stravinsky
Benedict Lewis-Smith
Julian Collings

Regent REGCD500


Works for choir, organ & orchestra by Bach & Krebs
Lucas Pohle (organ)
Britta Schwarz (alto)
Luise Haugk (oboe)
Dresdner Barockorchester

Rondeau ROP6160

‘Deo Gracias’ – Organ music by Paul Spicer, Paul Edwards, John Weaver, Jehan Alain, Marcel Dupre, Leo Sowerby, Iain Quinn, Percy Whitlock & Andrew Carter
Stephen Moore

Priory PRCD1199

Messiaen: Les Corps Glorieux, L’Ascension, Messe de la Pentecote, Apparition de l’Eglise éternelle, La Nativité & Le Banquet Céleste
Louis Thiry
La Dolce Volta LDV 49.1

Messiaen: La Nativité du Seigneur
Richard Gowers
King’s College KGS0025



11.45am – Disc of the Week

Debussy: Nocturnes, Jeux & Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Les Siècles

Les Cris de Paris

François-Xavier Roth - Conductor

Harmonia Mundi HMM905291!/albums/2469




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