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Andrew MacGregor with Roger Parker and Anna Picard

Andrew McGregor rounds up the best recent releases and, in Building a Library, Roger Parker compares recordings of Handel's opera Ariodante.

with Andrew McGregor.

09.30
Building a Library: Roger Parker listens to and compares the available recordings of Handel's opera Ariodante.

Handel's operas were the talk of the smart set in early 18th Century London. The exotic mix of temperamental prima donnas and castrati with Handel's sublime music was a potent combination. And Ariodante was one of the very best of his operas. It contains a series of extraordinary arias for the title role from the mournful aria, "Scherza infida" to the joyful "Dopo notte" with exciting vocal acrobatics.

10.30
Andrew is joined by Anna Picard to discuss a group of recent orchestral releases by Chopin, Mendelssohn and Mozart; including a cycle of the Beethoven Piano Concertos from soloist Mitsuko Uchida and the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra conducted by Simon Rattle.

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

3 hours, 13 minutes

Music Played

  • Hector Berlioz

    Marche au supplice (Symphonie fantatstique)

    Performer: Jean‐François Heisser. Performer: Marie‐Josèphe Jude.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • François Couperin

    Les Nations, Second Ordre, L'Espagnole: I. Sonade

    Orchestra: Les Talens Lyriques. Conductor: Christophe Rousset.
    • Couperin: Les Nations.
    • Aparté.
    • 10.
  • Stef Conner

    O splendissima gemma

    Performer: Hannah Lawrence. Choir: The Blossom Street Singers. Conductor: Hilary Campbell.
    • Naxos.
  • Darius Milhaud

    Cello Concerto No.1 Op. 136: III. Joyeux

    Performer: Hee-Young Lim. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Scott Yoo.
    • Sony.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony No.3 in C major Op.52: II. Andantino

    Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris. Conductor: Paavo Järvi.
    • Sony.
  • Armas Järnefelt

    Song of the Scarlet Flower (Soundtrack): Chapter 4. A Young Man's Daring-Do

    Orchestra: Gävle symfoniorkester. Conductor: Jaakko Kuusisto.
    • Ondine.
  • Kevin Malone

    The People Protesting Drum Out Bigly Covfefe

    Performer: Adam Swayne.
    • Coviello Classics.
  • Morton Gould

    Boogie Woogie Etude

    Performer: Adam Swayne.
    • Coviello Classics.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Violin Concerto No.1 in B flat: III. Presto

    Performer: Nikolaj Znaider. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • LSO Live.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Violin Concerto No.3 in G major: II. Adagio

    Performer: Nikolaj Znaider. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • LSO Live.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Rondo Brillant in E flat major, Op.29

    Performer: Ronald Brautigam. Orchestra: Die Kölner Akademie. Conductor: Michael Alexander Willens.
    • BIS.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Piano Concerto No.2 in D minor: I. Allegro appasionato

    Performer: Ronald Brautigam. Orchestra: Die Kölner Akademie. Conductor: Michael Alexander Willens.
    • BIS.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata No.2: II. Scherzo

    Performer: Eric Lu. Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Concerto No.4: II. Andante con moto

    Performer: Eric Lu. Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Concerto No.3: II. Largo

    Performer: Mitsuko Uchida. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Berliner Philharmoniker.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Concerto No.4: III. Rondo

    Performer: Mitsuko Uchida. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Berliner Philharmoniker.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Concerto No.5: I. Allegro

    Performer: Mitsuko Uchida. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Berliner Philharmoniker.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Concerto No.1: III. Rondo. Molto allegro

    Performer: Mitsuko Uchida. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Berliner Philharmoniker.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    String Quintet No.5 in D major K593

    Performer: Harald Schoneweg. Ensemble: Klenke Quartett.
    • Accentus Music.

Record Review Listings

9.00am

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (Transcribed for two pianos by J-F Heisser)
Jean-Francois Heisser and Marie-Josephe Jude (Pleyel vis-à-vis piano, 1928)
Harmonia Mundi HMM 902503
http://www.harmoniamundi.com/#!/albums/2488 

Couperin: Les Nations
Les Talens Lyriques (ensemble)
Christophe Rousset (director)
Aparte AP197 (2 CDs)
http://www.apartemusic.com/discography/couperin-les-nations/

‘This Day – celebrating a century of British women’s right to vote’ – Songs by women composers including Weir, Bingham, Clarke, I. Holst and R. Panufnik + others
Vanessa Bowers (soprano)
Melissa Davies (soprano)
Ellie Martin (soprano)
Emily Wenman (soprano)
Phillipa Thomas (mezzo-soprano)
Hannah Lawrence (clarinet)
Annabel Thwaite (piano)
Anna Lapwood (organ)
Blossom Street (choir)
Hilary Campbell (conductor)
Naxos 8.573991
https://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=8.573991

Cello Concertos by Saitn-Saens, Lalo & Milhaud + Offenbach: Les larmes de Jacqueline & Massenet: Meditation from Thais
Hee-Young Lim (cello)
London Symphony Orchestra
Scott Yoo (conductor)
Sony 80358118425 

9.30am – Building a Library – Roger Parker on Handel’s Ariodante

Composer: George Frideric Handel

Reviewer: Roger Parker

 

Recommended Recording:


Joyce DiDonato (Ariodante)
Karina Gauvin (Ginevra)
Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Polinesso)
Sabina Puértolas (Dalinda)
Topi Lehtipuu (Lurcanio)
Matthew Brook (King of Scotland)
Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani (Odoardo)
Il Complesso Barocco (orchestra)
Alan Curtis (conductor)
Erato 0708442 (3 CDs)

 

Other Recommended Recording:

 

Dame Janet Baker (Ariodante)
Edith Mathis (Ginevre)
Norma Burrowes (Dalinda)
James Bowman (Polinesso)
David Rendall (Lurcanio)
Samuel Ramey (Il Re di Scozia)
Alexander Oliver (Odoardo)
English Chamber Orchestra
London Voices (choir)
Raymond Leppard (conductor)
Philips 4420962 

10.20am – New Releases

Sibelius: Complete Symphonies
Orchestre de Paris
Paavo Jarvi (conductor)
Sony 19075924512 (3 CDs)

Armas Jarnefelt: Song of the Scarlet Flower (full score to the 1919 film)
Gavle Symphony Orchestra
Jaakko Kuusisto (conductor)
Ondine ODE 1328-2D 

‘(Speak to me) New Music, New Politics’ – Gershwin: Preludes; Gould: Boogie Woogie Etude; Amy Beth Kirsten: (speak to me); Kevin Malone: The People Protesting Drum Out Bigly Covfefe & Frederic Rzewski: North American Ballads
Adam Swayne (piano)
Coviello Classics COV91818
http://covielloclassics.de/welcome/

 

10.50am – New Releases: Anna Picard on orchestral music & concertos

Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos.1, 2 & 3
Nikolaj Znaider (violin & direction)
London Symphony Orchestra
LSO Live LSO0804
https://lsolive.lso.co.uk/products/mozart-violin-concertos-nos-1-3


Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos Nos.1 & 2, Rondo brilliant in E flat major, Capriccio brilliant in B minor & Serenade and Allegro giojoso
Ronald Brautigam (piano)
Die Kolner Akademie (orchestra)
Michael Alexander Willens (conductor)
BIS BIS2264
http://bis.se/performers/brautigam-ronald/mendelssohn-piano-concertos-1


Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4, Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 & Ballade No.4
Eric Lu (piano)
Hallé Orchestra
Edward Gardner (conductor)
Warner Classics 0190295552152
http://www.warnerclassics.com/release/5604731,0190295552152/eric-lu-beethoven-piano-concerto-no-4-chopin-piano-sonata-no-2-ballade-no-4


Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1-5
Mitsuko Uchida (piano)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Simon Rattle (conductor)
Berliner Philharmoniker BPHR 180241 (3 CDs + Blu-Ray Video)
https://www.berliner-philharmoniker-recordings.com/beethoven-piano-concertos.html 

 

11.45am – Disc of the Week

Mozart: The String Quintets
Klenke Quartett
Harald Schoneweg (viola)
Accentus Music ACC 80467 (3 CDs)
http://accentus.com/discs/mozart-the-string-quintets-klenke-quartett-harald-schoneweg

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