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Andrew McGregor with Erica Jeal and Errollyn Wallen

Erica Jeal on Schumann's String Quartet No 3 in A, Op 41 in Building a Library and Errollyn Wallen reviews the reissue on CD of the 1970s CBS Masterworks Black Composers series.

with Andrew McGregor

Building a Library: Erica Jeal picks a personal favourite from among the recordings of Robert Schumann's String Quartet in A major Op. 41, No. 3.

Dedicated to his friend Mendelssohn, Schumann's three Op. 41 quartets come from an intensive two months in 1843, before which Schumann had assiduously studied the string quartets from the great masters of the medium: Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. The third quartet betrays none of Schumann's frustration and gloomy moods as he struggled to come to terms with the shadow cast by his wife of nearly 3 years, the celebrated pianist (and main breadwinner) Clara.

Errollyn Wallen reviews the groundbreaking 1970s CBS Masterworks Black Composers Series, newly reissued for the first time on CD.

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

3 hours, 13 minutes

Last on

Sat 26 Jan 2019 09:00

Music Played

  • Kurt Weill

    Alabama Song (From "The Little Mahagonny")

    Music Arranger: Marijn van Prooijen. Ensemble: Oscillating Revenge of the Background Instruments.
    • ORBI: The Oscillating Revenge of the Background Instruments.
    • BIS.
    • 12.
  • Florence Price

    Symphony No. 4 in D Minor: 2nd movement; Andante cantabile

    Orchestra: Fort Smith Symphony. Conductor: John Jeter.
    • Price: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4.
    • Naxos.
    • 202.
  • Richard Strauss

    Romanze in F Major, TrV 118 (Version for Cello & Piano)

    Performer: Norbert Anger. Performer: Michael Schöch.
    • R. Strauss & Wagner: Werke für Violoncello und Klavier.
    • Oehms Classics.
    • 201.
  • Benjamin Britten

    A Hymn to the Virgin

    Choir: RIAS Kammerchor. Conductor: Justin Doyle.
    • Britten: Choral Works.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 108.
  • Jean-Baptiste Stuck

    L'Opéra des Opéras: Prelude (Méléagre)

    Orchestra: Le Concert Spirituel. Conductor: Hervé Niquet.
    • Alpha.
  • Jean‐Marie Leclair

    L'Opéra des Opéras: Du flambeau de la nuit (Scylla et Glaucus)

    Singer: Katherine Watson. Ensemble: Le Concert Spirituel. Conductor: Hervé Niquet.
    • Alpha.
  • Marin Marais

    L'Opéra des Opéras: Tempest (Alcyone)

    Singer: Renoud van Mechelen. Ensemble: Le Concert Spirituel. Conductor: Hervé Niquet.
    • Alpha.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    L'Opéra des Opéras: Lieux funestes (Dardanus)

    Singer: Renoud van Mechelen. Orchestra: Le Concert Spirituel. Conductor: Hervé Niquet.
    • Alpha.
  • George Crumb

    The Persistence Of Memory (Metamorphoses Book 1)

    Performer: Margaret Leng Tan.
    • Mode Records.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Orgie de brigands (Harold en Italie, Op.16)

    Performer: Tabea Zimmermann. Orchestra: Les Siècles. Conductor: François‐Xavier Roth.
    • Berlioz: Harold en Italie, Les Nuits d'été.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 104.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major Op.19

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


ORBI - the Oscillating Revenge of the Background Instruments - Symphonic rock & metal songs in unique arrangements. Composers include Bertolt Brecht, James Hetfield, Emil Tabakov, Kurt Weill and others.

Bram van Sambeek (bassoon)

Rick Stotijn (double bass)

Marijn Korff de Gidts (percussion)

Sven Figee (piano)

BIS BIS-2297


Florence Beatrice Price – Symphonies nos. 1 and 4

Fort Smith Symphony

John Jeter (conductor)

NAXOS 8.559827


Works for cello and piano by Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner

Norbert Anger (cello)

Michael Schoch (piano)



Benjamin Britten – Hymn to St Cecilia, Choral Dances from Gloriana and choral works

RIAS Chamber Choir

Justin Doyle (conductor)

HARMONIA MUNDI HMM 902285!/albums/2491

9.30am – Building a Library – Erica Jeal on Schumann’s String Quartet in A major, Op.43 no.3

Composer: Robert Schumann

Reviewer: Erica Jeal

Recommended Recording:

Takacs Quartet

Hyperion CDA67631

Other Recommended Recordings:


Zehetmair Quartet

ECM 4721692


Hagen Quartet

DG 4492142


Leipzig Quartet

MDG MDG3071610


Vertavo Quartet

Simax PSC1098


Gerhard Quartet

Harmonia Mundi HMN916108

10.15 - New Releases

Portraits – works by Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov, Barber, Mozart and others

Modigliani Quartet



L’Opéra des Opéras (devised by Benoit Dratwicki) – composers including  Rameau, Campra, Leclair Marais

Katherine Watson (soprano)

Karine Deshayes (mezzo soprano)

Reinoud Van Mechelen (tenor)

Le Concert Spirituel

Hervé Niquet (conductor)



George Crumb – Metamorphoses (Book 1), Five Pieces for Piano

Margaret Leng Tan (amplified piano, toy piano, voice and percussion)


Hector Berlioz – Harold en Italie, Les Nuits d’Ete

Tabea Zimmermann (viola)

Stephane Degout (baritone)

Les Siecles

Francois-Xavier Roth (conductor)

HARMONIA MUNDI HMM 902634!/albums/2487

10.50am – Re-issues: Errollyn Wallen on Sony’s Black Composers box

Black Composers Series including works by:

Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Ulysses Kay

Roque Cordero

José Maurício Nunes Garcia

José White Lafitte

David Baker

Olly Woodrow Wilson

George Walker 

Faye Robinson (soprano)

Sanford Allen (violin)

Doralene Davis (soprano)

Betty Allen (mezzo soprano)

William Brown (tenor)

Matti Tuloisela (bass baritone)

Morgan State College Choir

Janos Starker (cello)

Alain Planès (piano)

Aaron Rosand (violinist)

Richard Bunger (piano & electric piano)

London Symphony Orchestra

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

Paul Freeman (conductor)

SONY CLASSICAL M32781-10 (10 CDs)

11.45am – Disc of the Week

Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1-5
Mitsuko Uchida (piano)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Simon Rattle (conductor)
Berliner Philharmoniker BPHR 180241 (3 CDs + Blu-Ray Audio and Blu-Ray Video)


  • Sat 26 Jan 2019 09:00

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