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With Andrew McGregor and Andrew Mellor

Andrew Mellor chooses five indispensable recordings of the music of Proms composer Jean Sibelius 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: Jean Sibelius
Andrew Mellor chooses five indispensable recordings of Proms Composer Jean Sibelius, one of the greatest of 20th-century composers, 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.
Mozart: Concerto for two pianos in E-flat major, K. 365
Jos van Immerseel and Yoko Kaneko (fortepianos)
Anima Eterna

2 hours, 44 minutes

Music Played

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Le Nozze di Figaro: Overture (arr. Hummel)

    Performer: David Owen Norris. Performer: Katy Bircher. Performer: Caroline Balding. Performer: Andrew Skidmore.
    • Hyperion.
  • György Kurtág

    Scenes From A Novel Op.19 For Mezzo-Soprano, Violin, D.Bass & Cimbalom

    Performer: Curtis Macomber. Performer: Nicholas Tolle. Performer: Kathryn Schulmeister. Singer: Susan Narucki.
    • Avie.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Piano Concerto No. 2 In G Minor: III. Intermezzo

    Performer: Haochen Zhang. Orchestra: Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Dima Slobodeniuk.
    • Bis.
  • Marin Marais

    Pieces de Viol: La Gracieuse & Gigue à l'anglaise

    Performer: Robert Smith. Performer: Israel Golani. Performer: Joshua Cheatham. Performer: Olivier Fortin.
    • Resonus Classics.
  • Jean Sibelius

    'Svarta rosor' & 'Vären flyktar hastigt '

    Performer: Roland Pöntinen. Singer: Barbara Hendricks.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Jean Sibelius

    2 Serious Melodies For Cello And Orchestra: I. Cantique

    Performer: Marko Ylönen. Conductor: Osmo Vänskä. Orchestra: Lahti Symphony Orchestra.
    • BIS.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Violin Concerto In D Minor: III. Allegro ma non tanto

    Performer: Ida Haendel. Conductor: Karel Ančerl. Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic.
    • Supraphon.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony No. 7 In C Major Op.105

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Paavo Berglund.
    • Finlandia.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony No. 5 In E Flat Major Op.82

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: John Storgårds.
    • Chandos.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Die Schone Melusine - Overture Op.32

    Orchestra: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: Pablo Heras‐Casado.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Edmund Finnis

    The Air, Turning

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ilan Volkov.
    • NMC.
  • Charles Tomlinson Griffes

    3 Poems Of Fiona Macleod, Op.11: III. The Rose of the Night

    Singer: Stuart Skelton. Orchestra: West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Asher Fisch.
    • ABC Classics.
  • Dmitry Borisovich Kabalevsky

    Cello Sonata In B Flat Major

    Performer: Steven Isserlis. Performer: Olli Mustonen.
    • Hyperion.
  • François-Joseph Gossec

    Symphony in F major Op. 4 No. 3

    Orchestra: Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein. Conductor: Simon Gaudenz.
    • CPO.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Ricarcar a 6 BWV1079

    Performer: Olivier Latry.
    • La Dolce Volta.
  • Guillaume de Machaut

    Messe De Nostre Dame For 4 Voices

    Choir: Ensemble Organum. Conductor: Marcel Pérès.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Concerto In E Flat Major K.365 For 2 Pianos And Orchestra

    Performer: Yoko Kaneko. Performer: Jos van Immerseel. Orchestra: Anima Eterna.
    • Alpha.

Summer Record Review


The Jupiter Project: Mozart in the nineteenth-century drawing room

David Owen Norris (piano)

Katy Bircher (flute)

Caroline Balding (violin)

Andrew Skidmore (cello)

Hyperion CDA68234

The Edge of Silence: Works for Voice by György Kurtág

Susan Narucki (soprano)

Donald Berman (piano)

Curtis Macomber (violin)

Nicholas Tolle (cimbalom)

Kathryn Schulmeister (double bass)

Avie AV2408



Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 - Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2

Haochen Zhang (piano)

Lahti Symphony Orchestra

Dima Slobodeniouk (conductor)

BIS-2381 SACD (Hybrid SACD)


La Gracieuse: Pièces de Viole by Marin Marais

Robert Smith (viola da gamba)

Israel Golani (viola da gamba)

Joshua Cheatham (viola da gamba)

Olivier Fortin (harpsichord)

Resonus Classics RES10244

9.30am – Proms Composer: Andrew Mellor on Sibelius


Composer: Jean Sibelius

Reviewer: Andrew Mellor


Recommended Recordings:

Svarta rosor Op 36/1 & Vären flyktar hastigt Op 13/4                                        

Barbara Hendricks (soprano)

Roland Pontinen (piano)

Warner 388 7632

Two Serious Melodies Op 77 I. Cantique                                                           

Marko Ylönen (cello)

Lahti Symphony Orchesta

Osmo Vänskä (conductor)

BIS 1921-23

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op 47                        

Ida Haendel (violin)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Karel Ancerl (conductor)

Supraphon SU 4024-2

Symphony No 7                                                                                                        

Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Paavo Berglund

Finlandia 3984-23389-2 (available as a digital download)

Symphony No 5

BBC Philharmonic

John Storgårds

Chandos CHAN 10809



10.20am – New Releases


Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Symphony No. 1

Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano)

Freiburger Barockorchester

Pablo Heras-Casado (conductor)
Harmonia Mundi HMM902369!/albums/2515


Edmund Finnis: The Air, Turning

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov (conductor)

Eloisa-Fleur Thom (violin)

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Richard Baker (conductor)

London Contemporary Orchestra

Robert Ames (conductor)

Mark Simpson (clarinet)

Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)

Benjamin Beilman (violin)

Britten Sinfonia

Andrew Gourlay (conductor)



Shining Knight – Songs by Wagner, Griffes and Barber

Stuart Skelton (tenor)

West Australian Symphony Orchestra

Asher Fisch (conductor)

ABC Classics ABC4817219



Shostakovich & Kabalevsky: Cello Sonatas

Steven Isserlis (cello)

Olli Mustonen (piano)

Hyperion CDA68239


Gossec: Symphonies, Op. 4

Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss

Simon Gaudenz (conductor)

CPO 5552632



Bach To The Future: Olivier Latry plays the Cavaillé-Coll organ of Notre-Dame de Paris

Olivier Latry (organ)

La Dolce Volta LDV 69



Musique Pour Notre-Dame de Paris

Ensemble Organum

Marcel Peres (conductor)

Harmonia Mundi HMX 2901590


11.25am – Proms BAL Recommendation

Mozart: Concerto for 2 Pianos in E flat K365
Reviewer: Sarah Walker, Septmber 2018

Recommended recording:
Yoko Kaneko (fortepiano)

Jos van Immerseel (fortepiano)

Anima Eterna

Alpha Alpha 339


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