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Katy Hamilton chooses five indispensable recordings of works by Proms composer Brahms, one of the great composers of German Romanticism, and explains why you need to hear them.

with Andrew McGregor

9.30
Proms Composer: Johannes Brahms
Katy Hamilton chooses five indispensable recordings of works by Proms Composer Johannes Brahms, one of the greatest composers of German Romanticism, and explains why you need to hear them.

11.15
Proms Recording:
BERLIOZ
Les nuits d'ete
Brigitte Balleys (mezzo-soprano)
Orchestre des Champs Elysees
Philippe Herreweghe (conductor)

7 days left to listen

2 hours, 44 minutes

Music Played

  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    Straussiana

    Conductor: John Wilson. Orchestra: Sinfonia of London.
    • Chandos.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor Op. 108 i) Allegro

    Performer: Alina Ibragimova. Performer: Cédric Tiberghien.
    • Hyperion.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    L'incoronazione di Poppea, SV 308, Atto III, Scena 8: Sinfonia - Madre, sia con

    Singer: Claire Debono. Singer: Lea Desandre. Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants. Conductor: William Christie.
    • Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 314.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    L'incoronazione di Poppea, SV 308, Atto III, Scena 8: Pur ti miro - pur ti godo

    Singer: Sonya Yoncheva. Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants. Singer: Kate Lindsey. Conductor: William Christie.
    • Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 315.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Variations on an Original Theme in D major, Op. 21, No. 1: Theme

    Performer: Jonathan Plowright.
    • BIS.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Variations on an Original Theme in D major, Op. 21, No. 1: Variation 1

    Performer: Jonathan Plowright.
    • BIS.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Variations on an Original Theme in D major, Op. 21, No. 1: Variation 2

    Performer: Jonathan Plowright.
    • BIS.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Variations on an Original Theme in D major, Op. 21, No. 1: Variation 3

    Performer: Jonathan Plowright.
    • BIS.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Drei Lieder, Op. 64 i) An die Heimat

    Performer: Christoph Berner. Singer: Marlis Petersen. Singer: Stella Doufexis. Singer: Werner Güra. Singer: Konrad Jarnot.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Violin Concerto op.77 in D major: i) Allegro non troppo

    Performer: Isabelle Faust. Orchestra: Gustav Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Daniel Harding.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Piano Quartet in A Major, Op. 26 ii) Poco adagio

    Performer: Adolf Busch. Performer: Karl Doktor. Performer: Hermann Busch. Performer: Rudolf Serkin.
    • Urania.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Waltzes, Op. 39, No. 15 in A Major

    Performer: Dinu Lipatti. Performer: Nadia Boulanger.
    • Regis.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Waltzes, Op. 39, No. 2 in E Major

    Performer: Dinu Lipatti. Performer: Nadia Boulanger.
    • Regis.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Waltzes, Op. 39, No. 1 in B Major

    Performer: Dinu Lipatti. Performer: Nadia Boulanger.
    • Regis.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Waltzes, Op. 39, No. 14 in A Minor

    Performer: Dinu Lipatti. Performer: Nadia Boulanger.
    • Regis.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Waltzes, Op. 39, No. 10 in G Major

    Performer: Dinu Lipatti. Performer: Nadia Boulanger.
    • Regis.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Waltzes, Op. 39, No. 5 in E Major

    Performer: Dinu Lipatti. Performer: Nadia Boulanger.
    • Regis.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Waltzes, Op. 39, No. 6 in C-Sharp Major

    Performer: Dinu Lipatti. Performer: Nadia Boulanger.
    • Regis.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major Op. 44 ii) Andante non troppo

    Performer: Kirill Gerstein. Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Semyon Bychkov.
    • Decca.
  • Amadio Freddi

    Magnificat Sesto Tuono

    Ensemble: The Gonzaga Band. Director: Jamie Savan.
    • Resonus Classics.
  • Béla Bartók

    Piano Quintet in C major, Sz. 23 iv) Poco a poco più vivace

    Performer: Barnabás Kelemen. Performer: Vilde Frang. Performer: Katalin Kokas. Performer: Nicolas Altstaedt. Performer: Alexander Lonquich.
    • Alpha.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Les Nuits d'Été, Op. 7

    Singer: Brigitte Balleys. Orchestra: Orchestre des Champs‐Élysées. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe.
    • Harmonia Mundi.

Summer Record Review

9.00am

Korngold: Symphony in F sharp, Theme and Variations & Straussiana

Sinfonia of London

John Wilson (conductor)
Chandos CHSA5220 (Hybrid SACD)

https://www.chandos.net/products/catalogue/CHSA%205220

 

 

Brahms: Violin Sonatas

Alina Ibragimova (violin)

Cédric Tiberghien (piano)

Hyperion CDA68200

https://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/dc.asp?dc=D_CDA68200

 

 L'incoronazione di Poppea

Tamara Banjesevic (Fortuna)

Ana Quintans (Virtù)

Lea Desandre (Amore)

Sonya Yoncheva (Poppea)

Kate Lindsey (Nerone)

Stéphanie d’Oustrac (Ottavia)

Carlo Vistoli (Ottone)

Renato Dolcini (Seneca)

Ana Quintans (Drusilla)

Marcel Beekman (Nutrice)

Dominique Visse (Arnalta)

Tamara Banjesevic (Damigella)

Virgile Ancely (Mercurio)

Alessandro Fisher (Lucano)

Les Arts Florissants

William Christie (harpsichord and direction)

Harmonia Mundi HAF8902622.24 (3CDs + DVD)

http://www.harmoniamundi.com/#!/albums/2530

 

 

9.30am – Proms Composer: Katy Hamilton on Brahms

 

Composer: Johannes Brahms

Reviewer: Katy Hamilton

 

Recommended Recordings:

Variations on an original theme, Op.21 no.1

Jonathan Plowright (piano)

BIS BIS2117 (Hybrid SACD)

 

‘An die Heimat’ Op.64 no. 1 for vocal quartet and piano

Marlis Petersen (soprano)

Stella Doufexis (alto)

Werner Güra (tenor)

Konrad Jarnot (baritone)

Christoph Berner (piano)

Harmonia Mundi HMC901945

 

Violin Concerto, Op.77

Isabelle Faust (violin)

Gustav Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Daniel Harding (conductor)

Harmonia Mundi HMC902075

 

 

Piano Quartet in A Major, Op. 26

Adolf Busch (violin)

Karl Doktor (viola)

Hermann Busch (cello)

Rudolf Serkin (piano)

Warner Classics 7647022

 

Waltzes Op.39 for piano duet

Dinu Lipatti (piano)

Nadia Boulanger (piano)

Regis RRC1370

 

 

10.20am – New Releases

 

 Libertà!  Mozart and the Opera: an imaginary dramma giocoso in three scenes

Sabine Devieilhe (soprano)

Siobhan Stagg (soprano)

Serena Malfi (mezzo-soprano)

Vrielink Linard (tenor)

John Chest (baritone)

Nahuel di Pierro (bass)

Pygmalion

Raphaël Pichon (director)

Harmonia Mundi HMM90263839 (2CDs)

http://www.harmoniamundi.com/#!/albums/2528

 

 

The Tchaikovsky Project: Complete Symphonies & Piano Concertos, Orchestral Works

Kirill Gerstein (piano)

Czech Philharmonic

Semyon Bychkov (conductor)

Decca 4834942 (7 CDs)

 

 

Schubert: Winterreise

Ian Bostridge (tenor)

Thomas Adès (piano)

Pentatone PTC5186764

http://www.pentatonemusic.com/schubert-winterreise-ian-bostridge-thomas-ades

 

 

Amadio Freddi: Vespers (1616) - lesser-known music in the Baroque Venetian orbit by Ignazio Donati, Amadio Freddi, Biagio Marini etc

The Gonzaga Band

Jamie Savan (cornett and director)

Resonus Classics RES10245

https://www.resonusclassics.com/amadio-freddi-vespers-1616-the-gonzaga-band-savan-res10245

 

 

Veress: String Trio & Bartók: Piano Quintet

Vilde Frang (violin)

Barnabás Kelemen (violin)

Lawrence Power (viola)

Nicolas Altstaedt (cello)

Alexander Lonquich (piano)

Alpha ALPHA458

https://outhere-music.com/en/albums/veress-string-trio-bartok-piano-quintet-alpha458

 


11.25am – Proms BAL Recommendation

BERLIOZ: Les Nuits d’Été
Reviewer: Christopher Cook in January 2014

Recommended recording:

 

Brigitte Balleys (mezzo)

Orchestre des Champs Elysées

Philippe Herreweghe (conductor)

Harmonia Mundi HMG501522

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