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Berlioz – The Ultimate Romantic

with Andrew McGregor

As part of Berlioz 150 Jeremy Sams chooses his five essential works by the composer in must-have recordings and explains why we need to hear them.

1 hour, 57 minutes

Music Played

  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Sonata No.2 in A flat major, Op.39: III. Menuetto capriccioso

    Performer: Paul Lewis.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Sebastiaan Koolhoven

    Au Suivant

    Performer: Flex Ensemble.
    • Au Suivant! Ravel, Fauré: Chansons for Piano Quartet.
    • CAvi-music.
    • 7.
  • Nicolas Gombert

    Media Vita

    Choir: El León de Oro. Director: Peter Philips.
    • Hyperion.
  • Friedrich Gulda

    Concerto for Cello, Wind & band Op.129: V. Finale

    Performer: Edgar Moreau. Ensemble: Les Forces Majeures. Conductor: Raphaël Merlin.
    • Erato.
  • Robert Schumann

    Grande sonate No.3, Op.14: I. Allegro

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
    • Chandos.
  • Hubert Parry

    Piano trio, No.3 in G major: III. Lento

    Ensemble: Leonore Piano Trio.
    • Hyperion.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Piano quartet in G minor, Op.25: IV. Rondo

    Orchestra: Gävle symfoniorkester. Conductor: Jaime Martín.
    • Ondine.

Record Review


Weber: Piano Sonata Op.39 No.2; Schubert: Piano Sonata D.575
Paul Lewis (piano)
Harmonia Mundi HMM902324!/albums/2495

‘Au Suivant’ – Ravel: Ma Mère l’Oye; Faure: Piano Quartet No.1 in C minor; French chansons arranged for piano quartet by Raptis, Pesson, Williamson, Koolhoven and Schollhorn
Flex Ensemble (piano quartet)
Avi Music AVI8553938

‘Amarae morti’ – lamentations and motets by Cardoso, Gombert, Lassus, Morales, Palestrina, Phinot & Victoria
El León de Oro (choir)
Peter Phillips (conductor)
Hyperion CDA68279

Offenbach: Grand Concerto for cello in G major ‘Concerto Militaire’; Gulda: Concerto for cello, wind orchestra and wind band
Edgar Moreau (cello)
Orchestra Les Forces Majeures
Raphael Merlin (conductor)
Erato 0190295526122,0190295526122/edgar-moreau-offenbach-gulda-cello-concertos

 9.30 – Building a Library – Jeremy Sams on his favourite Berlioz recordings

Composer: Hector Berlioz

Reviewer: Jeremy Sams


Recommended Recordings

‘Symphonie Fantastique’
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Harding (conductor)
Harmonia Mundi HMC902244

‘Les Nuits d'été’
Véronique Gens (soprano)
Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon
Louis Langrée (conductor)
Erato 5454222

‘Roméo et Juliette’
Margaret Roggero (mezzo soprano)
Leslie Chabay (tenlr)
Yi Kwei Sze (bass)
Harvard Glee Club (choir)
Radcliffe Choral Society (choir)
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Charles Munch (conductor)
RCA GD60681 (2 CDs)

‘Benvenuto Cellini’
Benvenuto Cellini - Nicolai Gedda (tenor)
Giacomo Balducci - Jules Bastin (bass)
Fieramosca - Robert Massard (baritone)
La Pape Clément VII - Roger Soyer (bass)
Francesco - Derek Blackwell (tenor)
Bernardino - Robert Lloyd (bass)
Chorus of the Royal Opera House
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Colin Davis (conductor)
Philips 416955 (3 CDs)

‘Les Troyens’
Dido - Joyce DiDonato (mezzo soprano)
Aeneas – Michael Spyres (tenor)
Chorebus – Stéphane Degout (baritone)
Narbal - Nicola Courjal (bass)
Ascanius – Marianne Crebassa (soprano)
Cassandra – Marie-Nicole Lemieux (mezzo soprano)
Anna - Hannah Hipp (mezzo soprano)
Choir of the Opéra national du Rhin
Badischer Staatsopernchor
Choeur Philharmonique de Strasbourg
Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra
John Nelson (conductor)
Warner/Erato 9029576220 (4 CDs + DVD

10.20am – New Releases

Schumann: Sonata in F minor Op.14, Faschingsschwank Aus Wien Op.26, Drei Fantasiestucke Op.111 & Gesänge Der Frühe Op.133
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)
Chandos CHAN 20081

‘Of arms and a woman’ – Medieval music for winds by Dufay, Binchois, Ciconia, Landini & Machaut
Blondel (wind ensemble)
Daniel Serafini (Slide trumpets, sackbut)
Louise Anna Duggan (frame drum, tabor, tamburello)
First hand Records FHR69

Parry: Piano Trio Nos. 1 & 3 + Partita in D minor
Leonore Piano Trio
Hyperion CDA68243

Brahms: Piano Quartet in G minor, Op.26 orch. Schoenberg; Parry: Elegy for Brahms
Gävle Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Martin (conductor)
Ondine ODE 1314-2


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