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With Andrew McGregor and Lucy Parham

Lucy Parham chooses five indispensable recordings of works by Proms Composer Robert Schumann and explains why you need to hear them, plus the best in new classical releases.

Andrew McGregor with a selection of the best new classical releases.

9.30
Proms Composer: Robert Schumann
Lucy Parham chooses five indispensable recordings of works by Proms Composer Robert Schumann, one of the greatest composers of the Romantic period, and explains why you need to hear them.

11.20
Proms Recording:
To end each edition of Summer Record Review, Andrew introduces the Building a Library recommendation of a major work featured in the Proms.
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op 43
Rafael Orozco (piano)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Edo de Waart

2 hours, 44 minutes

Music Played

  • Antonín Dvořák

    Symphony No. 8 in G, Op. 88: III. Allegretto grazioso

    Orchestra: Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jakub Hrůša.
    • Tudor.
  • Frater Petrus

    Ave Maria

    Ensemble: Doulce Mémoire. Conductor: Denis Raisin-Dadre.
    • Alpha.
  • Joseph Phibbs

    Clarinet Concerto: II. Allegro molto

    Performer: Mark van de Wiel. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Christopher Warren‐Green.
    • Phibbs & Mozart: Clarinet Concertos.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 3.
  • Johann Ernst von Sachsen-Weimar

    Concerto in C for two violins

    Performer: Gernot Süssmuth. Ensemble: Thüringer Bach Collegium.
    • Audite.
  • Robert Schumann

    Introduction and Allegro appassionato, Op. 92

    Performer: Sir András Schiff. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Christoph von Dohnányi.
    • Decca.
  • Robert Schumann

    Frauenliebe und Leben: 'An meinem Herzen'; 'Nun hast du mir...'

    Performer: Bruno Walter. Singer: Kathleen Ferrier.
    • Decca.
  • Robert Schumann

    Humoreske, Op.20

    Performer: Richard Goode.
    • Nonesuch.
  • Robert Schumann

    Piano Quartet in E flat, Op. 44: iii. Andante Cantabile

    Ensemble: Cleveland Quartet.
    • Sony.
  • Robert Schumann

    Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.97: i. Lebhaft

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
    • DG.
  • George Gershwin

    Rhapsody in Blue (jazz band version)

    Performer: Stewart Goodyear. Orchestra: Chineke! Orchestra. Conductor: Wayne Marshall.
    • Orchid Classics.
  • Edward Elgar

    Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma": Var. 7, Presto "Troyte"

    Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Litton.
    • Holst: The Planets, Op. 32 - Elgar: Enigma Variations, Op. 36.
    • BIS.
    • 8.
  • Edward Elgar

    Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma": Var. 8, Allegretto "W. N."

    Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Litton.
    • Holst: The Planets, Op. 32 - Elgar: Enigma Variations, Op. 36.
    • BIS.
    • 9.
  • Edward Elgar

    Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma": Var. 9, Adagio "Nimrod"

    Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Litton.
    • Holst: The Planets, Op. 32 - Elgar: Enigma Variations, Op. 36.
    • BIS.
    • 10.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Violin Sonata in D Major, K. 306: II. Andante cantabile

    Performer: Isabelle Faust. Performer: Alexander Melnikov.
    • Mozart: Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 2.
  • William Byrd

    A voluntarie, for my Ladye Nevell

    Performer: Jeremy Denk.
    • Nonesuch.
  • Carlo Gesualdo

    O Dolce Mio Tesoro (Madrigals Book 6)

    Performer: Jeremy Denk.
    • Nonesuch.
  • William Byrd

    Ne Irascaris Domine

    Choir: Apollo5.
    • VCM Records.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43

    Performer: Rafael Orozco. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Edo de Waart.
    • PHILIPS.

Summer Record Review

9.00am

Brahms: Symphony No. 3; Dvořák: Symphony No. 8
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Jakub Hrůša (conductor)
Tudor 1743 (2 SACD Hybrid)
http://www.tudor.ch/produktinfo.php?id=987&sid=mYkOdNa9rxyio2dNdNl0@flQa@

‘La Musique Secrète de Léonard de Vinci’ – Music by 15th- and 16th- century composers including Petrus, Cara, Desprez, Obrecht etc.
Doulce Mémoire (ensemble)
Denis Raisin Dadre (director)
Alpha 456
https://outhere-music.com/en/albums/leonardo-da-vinci-la-musique-secrete-alpha456

Phibbs: Clarinet Concerto; Mozart: Clarinet Concerto
Mark Van Der Wiel (clarinet)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Christopher Warren-Green (conductor)
Signum Classics SIGCD578
https://signumrecords.com/product/phibbs-and-mozart/SIGCD578/

Ernst von Sachsen-Weimer: Violin Concertos Nos. 1-8 + Trumpet Concerto in D major & Concerto for 2 Violins in C major
Thüringer Bach Collegium
Gernot Süßmuth (violin and direction)
Audite 97.769
https://www.audite.de/en/product/CD/97769-johann_ernst_iv_von_sachsen_weimar_concerti.html

 

9.30am – Proms Composer: Lucy Parham on Robert Schumann

Composer: Robert Schumann

Reviewer: Lucy Parham

Recommended Recordings:

Introduction & Allegro appassionato in G major, Op. 92
Andras Schiff (piano)
Wiener Philharmoniker
Christoph von Dohnányi (conductor)
Decca 4178022

Frauenliebe und –leben, Op. 42
Kathleen Ferrier (contralto)
Bruno Walter (piano)
Decca 4334762

Humoreske in B flat major, Op. 20
Richard Goode (piano)
Nonesuch 349712906 

Piano Quartet, in E flat major, Op. 47
Emanuel Ax (piano)
Members of the Cleveland Quartet (trio)
RCA  64982

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 (‘Rhenish’)
Wiener Philharmoniker
Leonard Bernstein (conductor)
DG 4153582

10.20am – New Releases

Stewart Goodyear: Callaloo & Piano Sonata; Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Stewart Goodyear (piano)
Chineke! (orchestra)
Wayne Marshall (conductor)
Orchid Classics ORC 100100
http://www.orchidclassics.com/releases/orc100100-stewart-goodyear-plays-gershwin-goodyear/

Elgar: Enigma Variations; Holst: The Planets Suite
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrew Litton (conductor)
BIS-2068 SACD (Hybrid SACD)
https://bis.se/conductors/litton-andrew/holst-elgar-the-planets-enigma-variations

‘Mozart: Sonatas for fortepiano & violin, vol. 1’ – Mozart: Violin Sonatas in D Major, K. 306, E Minor, K. 304 & A Major, K. 526
Isabelle Faust (violin)
Alexander Melnikov (Kern fortepiano after Anton Walther, Vienna 1795)
Harmonia Mundi HMM 902360
http://www.harmoniamundi.com/#!/albums/2466

Strauss: Don Quixote; Cello sonata in F major; Songs arranged for cello and piano
Daniel Müller-Schott (cello)
Christopher Moore (viola)
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)
Orfeo C968191
https://www.orfeo-international.de/pages/cd_c968191_e.html

‘Jeremy Denk c.1300-c.2000’ including works for piano by Machaut, Binchois, Gesualdo, Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Debussy Stockhausen, Ligeti, Philip Glass etc.
Jeremy Denk (piano)
Nonesuch 7559-79347-1 (2 CDs)
https://www.nonesuch.com/albums/c1300-c2000

‘O Radiant Dawn’ – Works for vocal ensemble by Macmillan, Pérotin, Byrd, Fraser Wilson, Morley, Gibbons, Monteverdi, Schumann, Vaughan Williams, Finzi & MacLachlan
Apollo5 (vocal ensemble)
VCM Records VCM123
http://apollo5.co.uk/#home

11.25am – Proms BAL Recommendation

Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Reviewer: David Owen Norris, January 2003

Recommended recording:
Rafael Orozco (piano)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Edo de Waart
Philips 438 326-2

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