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Andrew McGregor with David Owen Norris and Kate Molleson

A round-up of the best new classical recordings plus, in Building a Library, David Owen Norris compares recordings of Edward Elgar's Violin Sonata and picks a favourite.

with Andrew McGregor.

09.30
Building a Library: David Owen Norris compares recordings of Edward Elgar's Violin Sonata in E minor, Op. 82 and picks a favourite.

During the First World War Elgar dutifully did his king-and-country bit with a succession of tub-thumping patriotic numbers. But Elgar was profoundly affected by the war and as it drew to its end he embarked on a series of three often intimate, restrained and enigmatic chamber works including the Violin Sonata. Technically difficult but not overtly virtuosic, perhaps the subtlety of its emotional world prevented it from becoming a staple of the repertoire until relatively recently and even now it has fewer recordings than most other major late-Romantic violin sonatas.

10.40
Kate Molleson has been listening to a complete set of Beethoven Symphonies from Ádám Fischer with the Danish Chamber Orchestra, and Jordi Savall's recording of Mozart's last three symphonies with Le Concert des Nations.

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

2 hours, 44 minutes

Music Played

  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Extase

    Performer: Julien Chauvin. Singer: Sandrine Piau. Orchestra: Le Concert de la Loge.
    • Alpha.
  • Una Sveinbjarnardóttir

    Opacity: II. Opacity

    Ensemble: Siggi String Quartet.
    • South of the Circle.
    • Sono Luminus.
    • 202.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41, TH 75 (Concert Version): No. 13, Our Father

    Choir: Latvian Radio Choir. Conductor: Sigvards Kļava.
    • Tchaikovsky: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41, TH 75 (Excerpts) & 9 Sacred.
    • Ondine.
    • 108.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41, TH 75 (Concert Version): No. 14, Praise

    Choir: Latvian Radio Choir. Conductor: Sigvards Kļava.
    • Tchaikovsky: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41, TH 75 (Excerpts) & 9 Sacred.
    • Ondine.
    • 109.
  • John Luther Adams

    Become Desert

    Orchestra: Seattle Symphony. Choir: Seattle Symphony Chorale. Conductor: Ludovic Morlot.
    • John Luther Adams: Become Desert.
    • Cantaloupe Music.
    • 101.
  • Richard Wagner

    Ewig war ich, ewig bin ich (Siegfried)

    Singer: Simon O’Neill. Singer: Rachel Nicholls. Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
    • Hallé.
  • Leos Janáček

    In the Mists i) Andante

    Performer: Jan Bartos.
    • Supraphon.
  • Robert Kahn

    Cello Sonata No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 56: I. Allegro appassionato

    Performer: Torleif Thedéen. Performer: Oliver Triendl.
    • Kahn: Works for Cello & Piano.
    • CPO.
    • 301.
  • Johann Michael Bach

    Herr, der König freuet sich

    Ensemble: Vox Luminis. Conductor: Lionel Meunier.
    • Ricercar.
  • Johann Christoph Bach

    Es erhub sich ein Streit

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

Record Review

9.00am

‘Si J’ai Aimé’ – Songs and miniatures by Saint-Saëns, Berlioz, Massenet, Dubois, Berlioz, Vierne etc.
Sandrine Piau (soprano)
Julien Chauvin (violin & direction)
Le Concert de la Loge<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Alpha 445
https://outhere-music.com/en/albums/si-j-ai-aime-alpha445

 

South of the Circle - Works by Daníel Bjarnason, Mamiko Dís Ragnarsdóttir, Una Sveinbjarnardóttir, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Haukur Tómasson

Siggi String Quartet

Sono Luminus DSL92232

https://www.sonoluminus.com/store/south-of-the-circle

 

 

Tchaikovsky: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Nine Sacred Choruses

Latvian Radio Choir

Sigvards Klava (conductor)
Ondine - ODE 1336-2

https://www.ondine.net/?lid=en&cid=2.2&oid=6278

 

 

John Luther Adams: Become Desert

Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Chorale

John Luther Adams (conductor)

Cantaloupe CA21148

https://cantaloupemusic.com/albums/become-desert

 

9.30am – Building a Library – David Owen Norris on Elgar's Violin Sonata in E minor, Op. 82

Composer: Edward Elgar

Reviewer: David Owen Norris

 

Recommended Recording:

Nigel Kennedy (violin)

Peter Pettinger (piano)
Chandos CHAN8380

Other Recommended Recordings:

Tasmin Little (violin)

Martin Roscoe (piano)
Dal Segno DSPRCD047



Albert Sammons (violin)

William Murdoch (piano)

Naxos 8110957

 

 

10.20am – New Releases

Wagner: Siegfried

Gerhard Siegel (Mime)

Simon O’Neill (Siegfried)

Iain Paterson (Wotan/The Wanderer)

Martin Winkler (Alberich)

Clive Bayley (Fafner)

Malin Christensson (Woodbird)

Anna Larsson (Erda)

Rachel Nicholls (Brünnhilde)

The Hallé

Sir Mark Elder (conductor)

Hallé CD HLD 7551 (4 CDs)

https://www.halle.co.uk/shop/cd/siegfried/



Janáček: Piano Works – Includes: A Recollection, JWVIII/32; In the Mists; On an Overgrown Path, JWVIII/17

Jan Bartos (piano)

Supraphon SU42662

https://www.supraphon.com/album/467827-janacek-piano-works

 


Robert Kahn: Cello Sonatas op. 37, 56; Three Pieces op. 25

Torleif Thedeen (cello)

Oliver Triendl (piano)

CPO 5551392



10.45 am – New Releases – Kate Molleson on Mozart and Beethoven Symphonies

 

Mozart: Le Testament Symphonique – Symphonies 39, 40 and 41

Le Concert des Nations

Jordi Savall (conductor)

Alia Vox AVSA9934 (2 Hybrid SACDs)

https://www.alia-vox.com/en/catalogue/w-a-mozart-le-testament-symphonique/

 

 

Beethoven: Complete Symphonies

Sara Swietlicki (soprano)

Morten Grove Frandsen (countertenor)

Ilker Arcayürek (tenor)

Lars Møller (baritone)

Danish National Concert Choir

Danish Chamber Orchestra

Ádám Fischer (conductor)

Naxos 8505251 (5 CDs)


11.20am – Record of the Week

Cantatas of the Bach Family

Vox Luminis

Lionel Meunier

Ricercar RIC 401
https://outhere-music.com/en/albums/bach-kantaten-ric401/tracks

 

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