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Andrew McGregor with Laura Tunbridge and Jeremy Summerly

The best new classical releases, plus in Building a Library, Laura Tunbridge compares recordings of Mozart’s piano quartets, and Jeremy Summerly reviews new baroque releases.

Building a Library: Laura Tunbridge listens to and compares recordings of Mozart’s piano auartets.

Mozart received a commission for three piano quartets in 1785 from the publisher Franz Anton Hoffmeister. This rather neglected instrumental combination inspired him to compose the first quartet, which was – according to Hoffmeister - so intricate and difficult for the amateur market, that he released Mozart from his obligation to write the other two. Such was Mozart’s enthusiasm for this ensemble that he wrote a second quartet regardless, and together with the first, they form the earliest masterpieces of the genre.

Jeremy Summerly reviews a wide-ranging selection of new baroque recordings.

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

2 hours, 44 minutes

Music Played

  • Nino Rota

    Parlami di me (La Dolce Vita - Suite)

    Orchestra: Filarmonica della Scala. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • DECCA.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Valses nobles et sentimentales (extract)

    Orchestra: Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Accentus.
  • Franz Liszt

    St Francis of Assisi's sermon to the birds (2 Legends)

    Performer: Francesco Piemontesi.
    • ORFEO.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Lemminkainen's Return (Lemminkainen Suite)

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Chiara Margarita Cozzolani

    Domine ad adjuvandum me festina (Vespers)

    Ensemble: I Gemelli. Conductor: Emiliano Gonzalez‐Toro.
    • NAIVE.
  • Chiara Margarita Cozzolani

    Salve, o regina

    Ensemble: I Gemelli. Conductor: Emiliano Gonzalez‐Toro.
    • NAIVE.
  • Franz Schubert

    Am Feierabend (Die schone Mullerin)

    Performer: Iain Burnside. Singer: Roderick Williams.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Franz Schubert

    Der Neugierige (Die schone Mullerin)

    Performer: Iain Burnside. Singer: Roderick Williams.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Franz Schubert

    Der Lindenbaum (Winterreise)

    Performer: Jonathan Millette. Performer: Samuel Carrier. Performer: Felix de l'Etoile. Performer: Karine Gordon. Singer: Philippe Sly.
  • John Mackey

    Asphalt Cocktail

    Ensemble: Dallas Winds. Conductor: Jerry Junkin.
  • Jan Dismas Zelenka

    Miserere I

    Choir: Accademia Barocca Lucernensis Choir. Orchestra: Accademia Barocca Lucernensis Orchestra. Conductor: Javier Ulises Illan.
    • Pan Classics.
  • Johann Adolf Hasse

    Miserere mei Deus

    Choir: Accademia Barocca Lucernensis Choir. Orchestra: Accademia Barocca Lucernensis Orchestra. Conductor: Javier Ulises Illan.
    • Pan Classics.
  • Michel-Richard de Lalande

    Exaltabo te, Domine

    Ensemble: Ensemble Marguerite Louise.
    • Chateau de Versailles.
  • Marc‐Antoine Charpentier

    Death of Saul & Jonathan

    Ensemble: Ensemble correspondances. Conductor: Sébastien Daucé.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Sprichst du denn

    Choir: NDR Choir. Orchestra: FestspielOrchester Göttingen. Conductor: Laurence Cummings.
    • Accent.
  • Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel

    Hirte, der aus Liebe stirbt

    Choir: Purcell Choir. Orchestra: Orfeo Orchestra. Conductor: György Vashegyi.
    • Glossa.
  • Béla Bartók

    The Wooden Prince (conclusion)

    Orchestra: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Susanna Mälkki.
    • BIS.

Record Review


‘The Fellini Album’ – Nino Rota film scores for Amarcord, La Dolce Vita, Casanova & The Clowns
Filarmonica della Scala
Riccardo Chailly (conductor)
Decca 483 2869

Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales, La Valse, Daphnis Et Chloé, Suite Nos. 1 & 2, Bolero
Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Riccardo Chailly (conductor)
Accentus Music ACC20451 9 (DVD & Bluray)

Liszt: Années de Pèlerinage; Deuxiéme année - Italie & Legende 1
Francesco Piemontesi (piano)
Orfeo C982191 (CD & DVD documentary film)

Sibelius: Lemminkäinen Suite, Spring Song & Belshazzar’s Feast
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)
Chandos CHAN 20136

9.30am – Building a Library – Laura Tunbridge on Mozart Piano Quartets

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Reviewer: Laura Tunbridge

Recommended Recording:

Fauré Quartett
DG 4775885

Other Recommended Recordings:

Daniel Barenboim (piano), Michael Barenboim (violin), Yiulia Deyneka (viola) & Kian Soltani (cello)
DG 4835255

Jean-Claude Pennetier (piano), Members of the Ysaÿe Quartet
Ysaye Records YR08

George Szell (piano), Members of the Budapest Quartet
Archipel ARPCD01841

Malcolm Bilson (piano), Elizabeth Wilcock (violin), Jan Schlapp (viola) and Timothy Mason (cello)
DG Archiv 4234042

10.20am – New Releases

Cozzolani: Vespro della Beata Vergine

I Gemelli (ensemble)
Emiliano Gonzalez Toro (tenor & director)
Naive V 5472

Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin
Roderick Williams (baritone)
Iain Burnside (piano)
Chandos CHAN 20113

Schubert: Winterreise (Arr. for Voice and Chamber Ensemble)
Philippe Sly (baritone)
Le Chimera Project (ensemble)
Analekta AN29138

‘Asphalt Cocktail’ – Music for wind band by John Mackey incl. Concerto for Trumpet ‘Antique Violences’
Dallas Winds (wind band)
Jerry Junkin (conductor)
Reference Recordings RR-144

10.45am – New Releases – Jeremy Summerly on Baroque Choral Releases

‘Sacred Music for Dresden Cathedral’ – Zelenka: Miserere in C & Confitebor tibi; Hasse: Miserere in C & Confitebor tibi
Accademia Barocca Lucernensis (ensemble)
Javier Ulises Illán (condcutor)
Pan Classics PC 10402

‘Messe du Roi Soleil’ – Sacred music by Philidor, Guilain, Lalande, Couperin & Lully

Ensemble Marguerite Louise
Gaétan Jarry (director and organist)
Château de Versailles Spectacles CVS 008

‘Histoire Sacrées’ – Sacred history works by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Ensemble Correspondances
Sébastian Daucé (director)
Harmonia Mundi HMM 902280.81 (2 CDs)!/albums/2511

Handel: Brockes Passion, HWV 48
NDR Choir
Göttingen Festival Orchestra
Laurence Cummings (director)
Accent ACC 26411 (2 CDs)

Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel: Ein Lämmlein geht und trägt die Schuld (Passion oratorio, 1731)
Purcell Choir
Orfeo Orchestra
György Vashegyi (conductor)
Glossa GCD 924006

11.25am – Record of the Week

Bartók: The Wooden Prince, Op. 13; Concert Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Susanna Mälkki (conductor)
BIS- 2328 SACD (Hybrid SACD)



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