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With Andrew McGregor and Simon Heighes

Simon Heighes chooses five indispensable recordings of Proms Composer Joseph Haydn 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.

Proms Composer: Joseph Haydn
Simon Heighes chooses five indispensable recordings of Proms Composer Joseph Haydn - known as the 'Father of the Symphony' and 'Father the String Quartet' - and explains why you need to hear them.

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.

Pictures at an Exhibition
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Claudio Abbado (conductor)

2 hours, 44 minutes

Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 1 in G major

    Orchestra: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin. Conductor: Bernhard Forck.
    • Pentatone.
  • Jake Heggie

    These Strangers Nos. 2 & 3

    Performer: Bradley Moore. Singer: Melody Moore.
    • Pentatone.
  • Hubert Parry

    Piano Quartet in A flat: II. Presto

    Performer: Rachel Roberts. Ensemble: Leonore Piano Trio.
    • Hyperion.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No. 35 in B flat: I. Allegro di molto

    Orchestra: The English Concert. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock.
    • Archiv.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Keyboard Concerto in D Hob. XVIII: 11. Rondo all'ungarese

    Orchestra: Academia Bizantina. Conductor: Ottavio Dantone.
    • Decca.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Nelson Mass: Kyrie & Gloria

    Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Director: Sir David Willcocks.
    • Decca.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Orfeo & Euridice: Act 2. Euridice's death scene

    Singer: Cecilia Bartoli. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood. Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music.
    • Decca.
  • Joseph Haydn

    The Seasons: Autumn - final chorus. 'Juhe! Juhe!'

    Choir: RIAS Chamber Choir. Orchestra: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: René Jacobs.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Wynton Marsalis

    Violin Concerto in D: II. Rondo Burlesque

    Performer: Nicola Benedetti. Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Cristian Măcelaru.
    • Decca.
  • Barbara Strozzi

    L'Astratto - Misero, I guai m'han da me stesso astratto

    Singer: Emőke Baráth. Ensemble: Il Pomo d’Oro. Conductor: Francesco Corti.
    • Erato.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Kullervo, Op. 7: IV. Kullervo goes to war

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard.
    • Hyperion.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Nocturne No. 4 in F, Op. 15

    Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes.
    • Sony.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Die Zauberflöte: Act 2 - Nos 15-18

    Singer: Klaus Florian Vogt. Choir: RIAS Chamber Choir. Singer: Christiane Karg. Singer: Rolando Villazón. Singer: Regula Mühlemann. Singer: Franz-Josef Selig. Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Pictures at an Exhibition (Orch. Ravel)

    Composer: Maurice Ravel. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.

Summer Record Review


Handel: Concerti Grossi Op. 6 (1-6)
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Bernhard Forck (conductor
Pentatone PTC5186737

‘An American Song Album’ – Songs for voice and piano by Barber, Heggie, Floyd, Copland & Getty
Melody Moore (soprano)
Bradley Moore (piano)
Pentatone PTC5186770

Parry: Piano Trio No. 2 & Piano Quartet
Leonore Piano Trio
Rachel Roberts (viola)
Hyperion CDA68276

9.30am – Proms Composer: Simon Heighes on Haydn

Composer: Joseph Haydn

Reviewer: Simon Heighes

Recommended Recordings:

Symphony No.35 in B flat
English Concert
Trevor Pinnock (conductor)
DG Archiv 427 661-2

Keyboard Concerto in D Hob.XVIII:11
Ottavio Dantone (piano & direction)
Accademia Bizantina
Oiseau Lyre 478 2243

Nelson Mass
Sylvia Stahlman (soprano)
Helen Watts (contralto)
Wilfred Brown (tenor)
Tom Krause (bass)
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
London Symphony Orchestra
David Willcocks (conductor)
Decca 458 623-2

Orfeo & Euridice
Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo-soprano)
Academy of Ancient Music
Christopher Hogwood (conductor)
Oiseau Lyre 452 668-2

The Seasons
RIAS Chamber Choir
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
René Jacobs (conductor)
Harmonia Mundi HMC 801829.30

10.20am – New Releases

Marsalis: Violin Concerto & Fiddle Dance Suite
Nicola Benedetti (violin)
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Cristian Măcelaru (conductor)
Decca 485 0013

‘Voglio Cantar’ – Baroque vocal music by Strozzi, Cavalli, Cesti, Marini & Merula
Emöke Baráth (soprano)
Il Pomo d’Oro
Francesco Corti (conductor)
Erato 0190295632212

Sibelius: Kullervo
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)
Hyperion CDA68248

Chopin: Ballades & Nocturnes
Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)
Sony 190758229324

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte
Tamino - Klaus FlorianVogt (tenor)
Pamina - Christiane Karg (soprano)
Papageno - Rolando Villazon (baritone)
Papagena - Regula Mühlemann (mezzo-soprano)
Sarastro - Franz-Josef Selig (bass)
RIAS Chamber Choir
Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor)
Deutsche Grammophon 483 6400

11.25am – Proms BAL Recommendation

Mussorgsky orch. Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition
Reviewer: Stephen Walsh, January 2012

Recommended recording:
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Claudio Abbado (conductor)
Deutsche Grammophon 445 2382


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