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12/01/2019

Andrew McGregor rounds up the best new and recent releases, and in Building a Library Kate Molleson compares recordings of Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No 1 in D.

with Andrew McGregor.

09.30
Building a Library: Kate Molleson listens to and compares some of the available recordings of Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No.1,

Prokofiev began sketching his Violin Concerto No.1 in 1915 against a backdrop of war, and composed the bulk of it in the turbulent revolutionary year of 1917. It proved to be one of his first mature works. The Violin Concerto is a virtuosically brilliant work, that also captures the lyrical quality of the violin with searing melodies that rise above the orchestra. It was premiered on 18th October in 1923 by violinist Marcel Darrieux under Serge Koussevitzky at the Paris Opera, but was somewhat overshadowed in that concert alongside a performance of Stravinsky's Octet.

11.00
In this the 90th birthday year of conductor, composer and arranger André Previn, Andrew McGregor discusses with Andrew Mellor a new 55-CD collection from Sony Classical of the artist’s classical RCA and CBS discography, ranging from the early 1960s to the mid-1990s.

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

3 hours, 13 minutes

Music Played

  • Francesco Mancini

    Sinfonia (Alessandro il Grande in Sidone): i. Allegrissimo

    Performer: Dani Espasa. Ensemble: Vespres D'Arnadi.
    • Aparte.
  • Boris Mykolayovych Lyatoshinsky

    Symphony No.3 in B minor Op.50: III.Allegro feroce

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Kirill Karabits.
    • Chandos.
  • Giovanni Battista Bononcini

    L'eulo festeggiante nel ritorno...: Aria. 'Chiare faci al di cui lume'

    Performer: Dani Espasa. Singer: Xavier Sabata. Ensemble: Vespres D'Arnadi.
    • Aparte.
  • Franz Liszt

    La Leggierezza (Etude de concert No. 2)

    Performer: Boris Giltburg.
    • Naxos.
  • Étienne Moulinié

    Amis, enivrons-nous du vin d'Espagne...

    Conductor: William Christie. Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants.
    • Si vous vouliez un jour…airs serieux et à boire, Vol. 2.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 2.
  • Michel Lambert

    Amour, je me suis plaint cent fois

    Conductor: William Christie. Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants.
    • Si vous vouliez un jour…airs serieux et à boire, Vol. 2.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 3.
  • Marc‐Antoine Charpentier

    Amor vince ogni cosa: Pastoraletta 1

    Performer: Emmanuelle de Negri. Performer: Anna Reinhold. Conductor: William Christie. Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants.
    • Si vous vouliez un jour…airs serieux et à boire, Vol. 2.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 4.
  • Franz Schubert

    Symphony No.7 in B-Flat Major, D.759 'Unfinished': III. Scherzo

    Composer: Nicola Samale. Conductor: Stefan Gottfried. Orchestra: Concentus Musicus Wien.
    • Schubert: Symphony No. 7 in B-Flat Major, D. 759 "Unfinished", Lieder (Orchestra.
    • Aparté.
    • 10.
  • Franz Schubert

    Symphony No.7 in B-Flat Major, D.759 'Unfinished': IV. Finale

    Conductor: Stefan Gottfried. Orchestra: Concentus Musicus Wien.
    • Schubert: Symphony No. 7 in B-Flat Major, D. 759 "Unfinished", Lieder (Orchestra.
    • Aparté.
    • 11.
  • Hugo Wolf

    Italienisches Liederbuch: Nos. 33 & 15

    Performer: Helmut Deutsch. Singer: Jonas Kaufmann. Singer: Diana Damrau.
    • Erato.
  • John Dowland

    In this trembling shadow

    Choir: Stile Antico.
    • In a Strange Land.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 4.
  • Henry Purcell

    King Arthur (Trumpet Tune & Act V)

    Ensemble: Vox Luminis. Conductor: Lionel Meunier.
    • Alpha.

Record Review

9.00am

‘L’Alessandro amante’ – 18th century songs and instrumental pieces by Bononcini, Handel, Pescetti, Steffani, Draghi, Mancini, Vinci, Leo & Porpora
Xavier Sabata (counter tenor)
Vespres D’arnadi (ensemble)
Dani Espasa (director & harpsichord)
Aparte AP192
http://www.apartemusic.com/discography/lalessandra-amante/ 

Boris Mikolayovich Lyatoshynsky: Symphony No.3 ‘Peace shall defeat War’ & ‘Grazhyna’
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Kirill Karabits (conductor)
Chandos CHSA 5233 (Hybrid SACD)
https://www.chandos.net/products/catalogue/CHSA%205233 

Liszt: Études d'exécution transcendante, La Leggierezza & Rigoletto (Paraphrase de concert)
Boris Giltburg (piano)
Naxos 8.573981
https://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=8.573981

 

9.30am – Building a Library – Kate Molleson on Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.1 

Composer: Sergei Prokofiev

Reviewer: Kate Molleson

Recommended Recording:

Vilde Frang (violin)
WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
Thomas Søndergård (conductor)
Warner Classics 6844132

Other Recommended Recording: 

Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Lorin Maazel (conductor)
Warner Classics 2068602

 

10.20am – New Releases


‘Si vous vouliez un jour – Airs sérieux et à boire, Vol.2’ – Songs by Charpentier, Moulinié, Lambert & Camus
Les Arts Florissants (Ensemble)
William Christie (conductor)
Harmonia Mundi HAF 8905306
http://www.harmoniamundi.com/#!/albums/2490 

Schubert: Symphony No.7 ‘Unfinished’ & Lieder (Orch. Brahms & Webern)
Florian Boesch (bass baritone)
Concentus Musicus Wien
Stefan Gottfried (director)
Aparte AP189
http://www.apartemusic.com/discography/schubert-symphony-no-7-unfinished/ 

Hugo Wolf: Italienisches Liederbuch
Diana Damrau (soprano)
Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)
Helmut Deutsch (piano)
Erato 0190295658663
http://www.warnerclassics.com/shop/3255743,0190295658663/diana-damrau-hugo-wolf-italienisches-liederbuch 

‘In a Strange Land – Elizabethan composers in exile’ – Choral music by Dowland, Byrd, Philips, Dering, De Monte, Watkins & White
Stile Antico (choir)
Harmonia Mundi HMM 902266
http://harmoniamundi.com/#!/albums/2489

 

10.50am – Reisssues: Andrew Mellor on ‘The Classic André Previn’ box set from Sony

‘The Classic André Previn’
Sony 19075831672 (55 CDs) 

11.45am – Disc of the Week

Purcell: King Arthur
Sophie Junker (soprano)
Zsuzsi Tóth (soprano)
Stefanie True (soprano)
Caroline Weynants (soprano)
Olivier Berten (baritone)
Robert Buckland (tenor)
Daniel Elgersma (counter tenor)
Marcus Farnsworth (baritone)
Jan Kullmann (counter tenor)
David Lee (tenor)
Sebastian Myrus (baritone)
Vox Luminis (ensemble)
Lionel Meunier (conductor)
Alpha 430 (2 CDs)
https://outhere-music.com/en/albums/king-arthur-alpha-430

 

Broadcast

  • Sat 12 Jan 2019 09:00

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