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Andrew McGregor with Oliver Condy and Natasha Loges

New recordings with Andrew McGregor, Building a Library on Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony from Oliver Condy, and new song discs reviewed by Natasha Loges.

with Andrew McGregor.

09.30
Building a Library: Oliver Condy listens to and compares recordings of Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony

Mendelssohn sketched his Symphony No. 4 in A major, commonly known as the "Italian", on his tour of Europe from 1829 to 1831. From Rome he wrote to his sister Fanny: "The Italian symphony is making great progress. It will be the jolliest piece I have ever done, especially the last movement. I have not found anything for the slow movement yet, and I think that I will save that for Naples." The symphony was finished in 1833, but despite its success, Mendelssohn remained dissatisfied with it. It was not published until 1851; which is why it is numbered as his "Symphony No. 4", even though it was in fact the third he composed.

10.50
Andrew McGregor talks to Natasha Loges about new song recordings: recent discs of German Lieder and French melodies.

11.25
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

2 hours, 44 minutes

Music Played

  • Antonín Dvořák

    String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96, B. 179 "American": III. Molto vivace

    Ensemble: Albion Quartet.
    • Dvořák: String Quartet Nos. 5 & No. 12, "American - Suk: Meditation.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 203.
  • Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre

    Trio Sonata in G Minor: I. Grave - II. Presto - Presto - Adagio

    Conductor: Johannes Pramsohler. Ensemble: Ensemble Diderot.
    • The Paris Album.
    • Audax Records.
    • 101.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Double Concerto in A Minor, Op. 102: II. Andante

    Conductor: Antoni Wit. Orchestra: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra.
    • Brahms: Violin Concerto, Op. 77 & Double Concerto, Op. 102.
    • Naxos.
    • 202.
  • Hieronymus Praetorius

    Iubilate Deo a12

    Performer: Stephen Farr. Ensemble: Alamire. Ensemble: His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts. Director: David Skinner.
  • Enrique Granados

    Goyescas, Cuadro 2, Escena 5: El baile del candil "Siempre fue lindo el pie" (Ma

    Performer: Nancy Fabiola Herrera. Performer: Lidia Vinyes-Curtis. Performer: Gustavo Peña. Performer: José Antonio López. Conductor: Josep Pons. Choir: BBC Singers. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra.
    • Granados: Goyescas.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 106.
  • Franz Liszt

    Isoldens Liebestod, S447 (after Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner)

    Performer: Martin James Bartlett.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variations 16 - 17

    Music Arranger: Trio Zimmermann. Ensemble: Trio Zimmermann.
    • J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. Trio Zimmermann for Violin, Viola.
    • BIS.
    • 117.
  • Jonathan Dove

    Gaia Theory - iii. Dancing

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Timothy Redmond.
  • Franz Liszt

    Im Rhein, im schönen Strome

    Performer: Pascal Jourdan. Singer: Stéphanie d'Oustrac.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Hector Berlioz

    L'île inconnue

    Performer: Pascal Jourdan. Singer: Stéphanie d'Oustrac.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Franz Schubert

    An den Mond, D 259

    Performer: Gerold Huber. Singer: Anna Lucia Richter.
    • Pentatone.
  • Franz Schubert

    Totengräbers Heimweh, D 842

    Performer: Gerold Huber. Singer: Anna Lucia Richter.
    • Pentatone.
  • Robert Schumann

    Dichterliebe, Op. 48: I. Im wunderschönen Monat Mai

    Performer: Éric Le Sage. Singer: Julian Prégardien.
    • Alpha.
  • Robert Schumann

    Spanisches Liederspiel, Op. 74: IV. In der Nacht

    Performer: Éric Le Sage. Singer: Julian Prégardien. Singer: Sandrine Piau.
    • Alpha.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Mädchenlied

    Performer: Joseph Middleton. Singer: Carolyn Sampson.
    • BIS.
  • Henri Duparc

    Au pays Où se fait la guerre

    Performer: Joseph Middleton. Singer: Carolyn Sampson.
    • BIS.
  • Désiré Dihau

    Ça Ne Vaut Pas La Tour Eiffel

    Performer: Joséphine Ambroselli. Singer: Marie Perbost.
    • Harmonia mundi.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Les chemins de l'amour

    Performer: Joséphine Ambroselli. Singer: Marie Perbost.
    • Harmonia mundi.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Symphony No.7 'Sinfonia Antarctica' - ii. Scherzo: Moderato

    Performer: Graham Eccles. Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Choir: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir. Singer: Rowan Pierce. Narrator: Timothy West. Conductor: Andrew Manze.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Symphony No.9 - iv. Andante tranquillo

    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Manze.

Record Review

9.00am

Dvořák: String Quartet Nos. 5 & No. 12, "American” - Suk: Meditation
Albion Quartet

Signum Classics SIGCD555
https://signumrecords.com/product/dvorak-quartets-nos-5-12-american/SIGCD555/



The Paris Album: The trio sonata in France before 1700

Campra, Clérambault, Brossard, Jacquet de la Guerre, Couperin
Ensemble Diderot

Johannes Pramsohler (director)

Audax Records ADX 13717
https://www.audax-records.fr/adx13717



Brahms: Violin Concerto, Op. 77 & Double Concerto, Op. 102
Tianwa Yang (violin)

Gabriel Schwabe (cello)

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Antoni Wit (conductor)

Naxos 8.573772
https://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=8.573772



Hieronymus Praetorius: Motets in 8, 10, 12, 16 & 20 Parts

Alamire

His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts

Stephen Farr (organ)

David Skinner (director)

Inventa Records INV001 (2 CDs)

https://www.resonusclassics.com/alamire-david-skinner/hieronymus-praetorius-motets-in-8-10-12-16-20-parts-alamire-hmsc-farr-skinner

9.30am – Building a Library – Oliver Condy on Mendelssohn ‘Italian’ Symphony No. 4

Composer: Mendelssohn

Reviewer: Oliver Condy


Recommended Recording:

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Edward Gardner (conductor)

Chandos Records CHSA5132


Other Recommended Recordings:

Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Yannick Nezet-Seguin (conductor)

Deutsche Grammophon 479 7337 (Hybrid SACD)



Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Andrew Litton (conductor)

BIS SACD1584 (Hybrid SACD)


10.20am – New Releases


Enrique Granados - Goyescas

Nancy Fabiola Herrera (soprano)

Lidia Vinyes Curtis (mezzo-soprano)

Gustavo Peña (tenor)

José Antonio López (baritone)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

BBC Singers

Josep Pons (conductor)

Harmonia Mundi HMM902609
http://www.harmoniamundi.com/#!/albums/2519



Love and Death

Bach, Schumann, Wagner, Liszt, Granados and Prokofiev
Martin James Bartlett (piano)

Warner Classics 0190295463205

http://www.warnerclassics.com/release/5609181,0190295463205/martin-james-bartlett-love-and-death


Bach – Goldberg Variations

Trio Zimmermann

BIS SACD2347 (Hybrid SACD)

https://bis.se/orchestras-ensembles/trio-zimmermann/bach-goldberg-variations 



The Orchestral Music of Jonathan Dove
Lawrence Zazzo (countertenor)

BBC Philharmonic

Timothy Redmond (conductor)

Orchid Classics ORC100097
http://www.orchidclassics.com/releases/orc100097-the-orchestral-music-of-jonathan-dove/


10.45 am – New Releases – Natasha Loges on song recitals

Sirènes
Liszt, Berlioz, Wagner

Stéphanie d'Oustrac - Mezzo-soprano

Pascal Jourdan - Piano

Harmonia Mundi HMM902621
http://www.harmoniamundi.com/#!/albums/2502



Heimweh (Schubert Lieder)
Anna Lucia Richter (soprano)

Gerold Huber (piano)

Matthias Schorn (clarinet)

Pentatone  PTC 5186722 
https://www.pentatonemusic.com/heimweh-schubert-lieder-anna-lucia-richter-huber-schorn



Dichterliebe, Op.48 (Schumann) and other songs by Robert and Clara Schumann
Julian Prégardien (tenor)

Sandrine Piau (soprano)

Eric le Sage (piano)

Alpha Classics ALPHA457
https://outhere-music.com/fr/albums/schumann-dichterliebe-alpha457


‘Reason in Madness’
Brahms, Schumann, Richard Strauss, Koechlin, Debussy, Duparc, Wolf, Schubert, Saint-Saëns, Chausson, Poulenc

Carolyn Sampson (soprano)

Joseph Middleton (piano)

BIS SACD2353 (Hybrid SACD)
https://bis.se/performers/sampson-carolyn/carolyn-sampson-reason-in-madness



‘Une jeunesse à Paris’: Mélodies, chansons et airs d'opérettes

Poulenc, Hervé, Kosma, Delettre, Hahn, Debussy, Serpette, Offenbach, Dihau, Messager, Weill, Lecocq

Marie Perbost - Soprano

Joséphine Ambroselli - Piano

Paco Garcia - Ténor

Solistes des Frivolités Parisiennes

Harmonia Mundi HMM916112

http://www.harmoniamundi.com/#!/albums/2500



11.20am – Record of the Week

Symphony No. 7 ‘Sinfonia Antarctica’ & Symphony No. 9 - Vaughan Williams
Rowan Pierce (soprano)

Timothy West (Narrator)

Ladies of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrew Manze (conductor)

Onyx Classics ONYX4190



Record Review

9.00am 

Dvořák: String Quartet Nos. 5 & No. 12, "American” - Suk: Meditation
Albion Quartet

Signum Classics SIGCD555
https://signumrecords.com/product/dvorak-quartets-nos-5-12-american/SIGCD555/



The Paris Album: The trio sonata in France before 1700

Campra, Clérambault, Brossard, Jacquet de la Guerre, Couperin
Ensemble Diderot

Johannes Pramsohler (director)

Audax Records ADX 13717
https://www.audax-records.fr/adx13717



Brahms: Violin Concerto, Op. 77 & Double Concerto, Op. 102
Tianwa Yang (violin)

Gabriel Schwabe (cello)

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Antoni Wit (conductor)

Naxos 8.573772
https://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=8.573772



Hieronymus Praetorius: Motets in 8, 10, 12, 16 & 20 Parts

Alamire

His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts

Stephen Farr (organ)

David Skinner (director)

Inventa Records INV001 (2 CDs)

https://www.resonusclassics.com/alamire-david-skinner/hieronymus-praetorius-motets-in-8-10-12-16-20-parts-alamire-hmsc-farr-skinner

9.30am – Building a Library – Oliver Condy on Mendelssohn ‘Italian’ Symphony No. 4

Composer: Mendelssohn

Reviewer: Oliver Condy


10.20am – New Releases


Enrique Granados - Goyescas

Nancy Fabiola Herrera (soprano)

Lidia Vinyes Curtis (mezzo-soprano)

Gustavo Peña (tenor)

José Antonio López (baritone)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

BBC Singers

Josep Pons (conductor)

Harmonia Mundi HMM902609
http://www.harmoniamundi.com/#!/albums/2519



Love and Death

Bach, Schumann, Wagner, Liszt, Granados and Prokofiev
Martin James Bartlett (piano)

Warner Classics 0190295463205

http://www.warnerclassics.com/release/5609181,0190295463205/martin-james-bartlett-love-and-death 


Bach – Goldberg Variations

Trio Zimmermann

BIS SACD2347 (Hybrid SACD)

https://bis.se/orchestras-ensembles/trio-zimmermann/bach-goldberg-variations 



The Orchestral Music of Jonathan Dove
Lawrence Zazzo (countertenor)

BBC Philharmonic

Timothy Redmond (conductor)

Orchid Classics ORC100097
http://www.orchidclassics.com/releases/orc100097-the-orchestral-music-of-jonathan-dove/


10.45 am – New Releases – Natasha Loges on song recitals

Sirènes
Liszt, Berlioz, Wagner

Stéphanie d'Oustrac - Mezzo-soprano

Pascal Jourdan - Piano

Harmonia Mundi HMM902621
http://www.harmoniamundi.com/#!/albums/2502



Heimweh (Schubert Lieder)
Anna Lucia Richter (soprano)

Gerold Huber (piano)

Matthias Schorn (clarinet)

Pentatone  PTC 5186722 
https://www.pentatonemusic.com/heimweh-schubert-lieder-anna-lucia-richter-huber-schorn



Dichterliebe, Op.48 (Schumann) and other songs by Robert and Clara Schumann
Julian Prégardien (tenor)

Sandrine Piau (soprano)

Eric le Sage (piano)

Alpha Classics ALPHA457
https://outhere-music.com/fr/albums/schumann-dichterliebe-alpha457


‘Reason in Madness’
Brahms, Schumann, Richard Strauss, Koechlin, Debussy, Duparc, Wolf, Schubert, Saint-Saëns, Chausson, Poulenc

Carolyn Sampson (soprano)

Joseph Middleton (piano)

BIS SACD2353 (Hybrid SACD)
https://bis.se/performers/sampson-carolyn/carolyn-sampson-reason-in-madness



‘Une jeunesse à Paris’: Mélodies, chansons et airs d'opérettes

Poulenc, Hervé, Kosma, Delettre, Hahn, Debussy, Serpette, Offenbach, Dihau, Messager, Weill, Lecocq

Marie Perbost - Soprano

Joséphine Ambroselli - Piano

Paco Garcia - Ténor

Solistes des Frivolités Parisiennes

Harmonia Mundi HMM916112

http://www.harmoniamundi.com/#!/albums/2500



11.20am – Record of the Week

Symphony No. 7 ‘Sinfonia Antarctica’ & Symphony No. 9 - Vaughan Williams
Rowan Pierce (soprano)

Timothy West (Narrator)

Ladies of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrew Manze (conductor)

Onyx Classics ONYX4190


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