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Andrew McGregor with Jeremy Sams

Jeremy Sams chooses five indispensable recordings of works by Proms composer Offenbach, one of the greatest French composers of operetta, and explains why you should hear them.

with Andrew McGregor

9.30
Proms Composer: Jacques Offenbach
Jeremy Sams chooses five indispensable recordings of works by Proms Composer Jacques Offenbach, one of the greatest French composers of Operetta, and explains why you should hear them.

11.15
ELGAR
Variations on an Original Theme ("Enigma")
London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Adrian Boult (conductor)

2 hours, 44 minutes

Music Played

  • Joseph Haydn

    Piano Sonata No.50 in D major, H.16.37 (1st mvt)

    Performer: Leon McCawley.
    • SOMM.
  • Henry Purcell

    Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

    Ensemble: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • Coro.
  • Henry Purcell

    O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z406

    Ensemble: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • Coro.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Violin Concerto in D, Op.61 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Christian Tetzlaff. Orchestra: Deutsches Symphonie‐Orchester Berlin. Conductor: Robin Ticciati.
    • Beethoven & Sibelius: Violin Concertos.
    • Ondine.
    • 103.
  • Jacques Offenbach

    Ba-ta-clan: Le Ba-ta-clan et Final

    Singer: Raymond Amade. Singer: Huguette Boulangeot. Singer: René Terrasson. Singer: Rémy Corazza. Orchestra: Orchestre Jean-Francois Paillard. Choir: Chorale Philippe Caillard. Conductor: Marcel Couraud.
    • Warner.
  • Jacques Offenbach

    Tu n'es pas beau ... Je t'adore (La Perichole, Act 3)

    Orchestra: L'orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Conductor: Alain Lombard. Singer: Régine Crespin.
    • Decca.
  • Jacques Offenbach

    C'est le ciel qui m'envoie (La Belle Helene, Act 2)

    Singer: Yann Beuron. Singer: Felicity Lott. Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • ERATO.
  • Jacques Offenbach

    Duo de la Mouche (Orphee aux Enfers, Act 3 No.24)

    Conductor: Michel Plasson. Singer: Mady Mesplé. Singer: Michel Trempont. Orchestra: Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse.
    • EMI.
  • Jacques Offenbach

    C'est Une Chanson D'amour (Les contes d'Hoffmann, act 3)

    Singer: Victoria de los Ángeles. Singer: Nicolai Gedda. Orchestra: Orchestre de la Societe du Conservatoire Paris. Conductor: André Cluytens.
    • EMI.
  • Jacques Offenbach

    Pourtant, O Ma Fiancée (Les contes d'Hoffmann, act 3)

    Singer: Victoria de los Ángeles. Singer: Nicolai Gedda. Orchestra: Orchestre de la Societe du Conservatoire Paris. Conductor: André Cluytens.
    • EMI.
  • Richard Strauss

    Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op.28

    Orchestra: Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Ricardo Chailly.
    • Decca.
  • Josquin des Prez

    Stabat mater dolorosa

    Ensemble: Cappella Mariana. Director: Vojtěch Semerád.
    • Supraphon.
  • Karl Amadeus Hartmann

    Concerto Funèbre for violin & string orchestra: iv) Choral

    Performer: Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Ensemble: Camerata Bern.
    • Alpha.
  • Nikolai Ikonnikow

    Unsterbliche Opfer (Arr. for String Orchestra and Accordion) - War Cadenza (Improvisation)

    Performer: Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Music Arranger: Wieslaw Pipczynski. Ensemble: Camerata Bern.
    • Alpha.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    "Ella giammai m'amò!" (Don Carlo)

    Singer: ldar Abdrazakov. Orchestra: Orchestre Métropolitain. Conductor: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin.
    • DG.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    "Dormiro sol nel manto mio regal" (Don Carlo)

    Singer: ldar Abdrazakov. Orchestra: Orchestre Métropolitain. Conductor: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin.
    • DG.
  • Edward Elgar

    Variations on an Origianal Theme 'Enigma', Op.36

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Adrian Boult.
    • EMI CLASSICS.

Summer Record Review

9.00am

Haydn: Piano Sonatas, Volume II

Leon McCawley (piano)

SOMM SOMMCD 0602
https://somm-recordings.com/recording/mccawley-haydn-piano-sonatas-two/

 

Purcell: Royal Welcome Songs for King Charles II Volume II

The Sixteen

Harry Christophers

Coro COR16173

https://thesixteenshop.com/products/purcell-royal-welcome-songs-for-king-charles-ii-volume-ii

 

Beethoven & Sibelius: Violin Concertos

Christian Tetzlaff (violin)

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Robin Ticciati (conductor)

Ondine ODE13342

https://www.ondine.net/?lid=en&cid=998&oid=6303

 

9.30am – Proms Composer: Jeremy Sams on Offenbach

 

 

Composer: Jacques Offenbach

Reviewer: Jeremy Sams

 

Recommended Recordings:

 

 

Ba-ta-clan

Huguette Boulangeot (soprano)

Raymond Amade (tenor)

Rémy Corazza (tenor)

René Terrasson (bass)

Chorale Philippe Caillard

Orchestre Jean-François Paillard

Marcel Couraud (conductor)

 

Festival Offenbach (Compilation – 3CDs)  

Warner Classics 9029549958

 

Or

 

Offenbach: The Operas & Operettas Collection (30 CDs)

Warner Classics 9029549958

 

 

"Tu n'est pas beau...Je t'adore, brigand" (La Périchole)

Régine Crespin (soprano)

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Alain Lombard (conductor)

 

Régine Crespin - Prima Donna in Paris

Decca E4758243

 

 

La Belle Helène

Dame Felicity Lott (Hélène)

Yann Beuron (Paris)

Michel Sénéchal (Ménélas)

Choeur des Musiciens du Louvre

Les Musiciens du Louvre – Grenoble

Marc Minkowski (conductor)

Erato 5454772

 

Or

 

Erato 9029561743 (6 CDs)

 

 

Orphée aux Enfers

Mady Mesplé (Euridice)

Michel Trempont (Jupiter)

Choeur du Capitole de Toulouse

Orchestre Du Capitole De Toulouse

Michel Plasson (conductor)

Warner Classics 3951332

 

Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Nicolai Gedda (Hoffman)

Gianna d' Angelo (Olympia)

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Giulietta)

Victoria de los Angeles (Antonia)

Choeurs Rene Duclos

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra

André Cluytens (conductor)

Warner Classics 4563942 (2 CDs)

 

 

 

 

 

10.20am – New Releases

 

Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Tod und Verklärung, Till Eulenspiegel & Salome's Dance

Lucerne Festival Orchestra

Riccardo Chailly (conductor)

Decca 4833080

https://www.deccaclassics.com/en/cat/4833080

 

Praga Rosa Bohemiae: Music in Renaissance Prague – Includes works by Petrus Wilhelmi de Grudencz, Heinrich Isaac, Jacob Obrecht etc

Cappella Mariana

Vojtěch Semerád (director)

Supraphon SU42732

https://www.supraphon.com/album/497394-praga-rosa-bohemiae-music-in-renaissance-prague

 

 

Time & Eternity – Including Karl Amadeus Hartmann's Concerto Funebre for violin & string orchestra, Frank Martin's Polyptyque for Violin and Two Small String Orchestras etc

Camerata Bern

Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin + director)

Alpha ALPHA545

https://outhere-music.com/en/albums/time-eternity-alpha545

 

 

Ildar Abdrazakov - Verdi

Ildar Abdrazakov (bass)

Rolando Villazón (tenor)

Choeur & Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal

Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor)

DG 4836096

https://www.deutschegrammophon.com/gb/cat/4836096

 

 

Iberia y Francia: Imogen Cooper plays Mompou, Debussy, Albeniz, Ravel and Falla

Imogen Cooper (piano)

Chandos CHAN20119

https://www.chandos.net/products/catalogue/CHAN%2020119


11.25am – Proms BAL Recommendation

ELGAR: Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 (Enigma)

 

Reviewer: Rob Cowan in July 2001

Recommended recording:

 

London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult (1970)

Warner Classics 6230772

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