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Andrew McGregor with Sarah Devonald and Elin Manahan Thomas

The best new classical releases; Building a Library: Sarah Devonald compares recordings of Mozart's Serenade No.10 in B-flat, 'Gran Partita', K.361/370a - and picks a favourite.

09.30
Building a Library: Sarah Devonald compares recordings of Mozart's Serenade No.10 in B-flat, 'Gran Partita', K.361/370a - and picks a favourite.

'Gran Partita' as a subtitle implies that Mozart's Serenade No.10 is a large ambitious work, and although the work is clearly conceived as a whole 'cycle', it was not ascribed to the score by the composer himself. Mozart's vast 7-movement work for 13 wind instruments has an elusive compositional history and was thought for a long time to have been composed in 1780 or 1781 for a performance in Munich. No mention of the Serenade appears in any of Mozart's letters from that time and, in the 1970s, when the new critical edition of Mozart's works was published, after exhaustive studies of the autograph, it is now believed that the work was first performed in 1784 at a benefit concert for the Vienna-based basset-horn player Anton Stadler. The Serenade also bears the hallmarks of Mozart's later writing and certainly postdates the two wind serenades in E flat and C minor that were definitely composed in 1782.

The mysterious circumstances of both the subtitle 'Gran Partita' and the many versions of the score give the performer some interesting challenges, which Sarah Devonold discusses with Andrew McGregor.

10.50
Soprano Elin Manahan Thomas reviews some new and recent recordings of Baroque music, including Handel's Brockes-Passion, Purcell's King Arthur and Bach's Suites for solo cello.

11.25
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Recording of the Week.

2 hours, 47 minutes

Music Played

  • Franz Lehár

    Lippen schweigen (from Die Lustige Witwe)

    Singer: Rachel Willis-Sørensen. Singer: Jonas Kaufmann. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Adam Fischer.
    • Sony.
  • Heino Eller

    Dawn

    Orchestra: Eesti Riiklik Sümfooniaorkester. Conductor: Olari Elts.
    • Eller: Symphonic Poems.
    • Ondine.
    • 401.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Paris Quartet no. 9 in G major TWV.43:G4 (Lentement)

    Ensemble: Elephant House Quartet.
    • Telemann's Garden.
    • PENTATONE.
    • 505.
  • Nicolò Paganini

    Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 6 iii) Rondo: Allegro Spirituoso - Un Poco Piu Presto

    Performer: Ning Feng. Orchestra: Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias. Conductor: Rossen Milanov.
    • Channel Classics.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Symphony No. 3 in F Op. 90 iv) Finale

    Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • Chandos.
  • Giovanni Picchi

    Toccata

    Performer: Andrea Buccarella.
    • Ricercar.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    To daffodils

    Performer: William Vann. Singer: Roderick Williams.
    • Albion Records.
  • Träd

    Think of Me

    Performer: William Vann. Music Arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams. Singer: Roderick Williams. Singer: Kitty Whately.
    • Albion Records.
  • Erno Dohnanyi

    Symphonic Minutes, Op. 36: IV. Tema con variazioni. Andante poco moto

    Orchestra: Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland‐Pfalz. Conductor: Roberto Paternostro.
    • Dohnányi: Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 9 & Symphonic Minutes, Op. 36.
    • CapriccioNR.
    • 401.
  • Erno Dohnanyi

    Symphonic Minutes, Op. 36: V. Rondo. Presto

    Orchestra: Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland‐Pfalz. Conductor: Roberto Paternostro.
    • Dohnányi: Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 9 & Symphonic Minutes, Op. 36.
    • CapriccioNR.
    • 402.
  • Henry Purcell

    Aire, from Amphitryon (King Arthur)

    Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • Signum.
  • Henry Purcell

    I call you all to Woden's hall (King Arthur)

    Singer: Jeremy Budd. Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • Signum.
  • Henry Purcell

    Fairest isle, all isles excelling (King Arthur)

    Singer: Jeremy Budd. Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • Signum.
  • Henry Purcell

    In vain the am'rous flute (from Hail, Bright Cecilia!, Z328)

    Singer: Iestyn Davies. Singer: James Hall. Ensemble: King's Consort. Conductor: Robert King.
    • VIVAT.
  • Henry Purcell

    O dive custos Auriacae domus, Z504

    Singer: Iestyn Davies. Singer: James Hall. Ensemble: King's Consort. Conductor: Robert King.
    • VIVAT.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV1007 i) Prelude

    Performer: Emmanuelle Bertrand.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV1008 iii) Courante

    Performer: Emmanuelle Bertrand.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Keyboard Sonata K443 in D major

    Performer: Lucas Debargue.
    • Sony.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Keyboard Sonata K45 in D major

    Performer: Lucas Debargue.
    • Sony.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Symphonia (Brockes-Passion)

    Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Richard Egarr.
    • AAM Records.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Eilt, ihr angefocht'ne Seelen (Brockes-Passion)

    Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Richard Egarr.
    • AAM Records.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Soll mein Kind, mein Leben sterben (Brockes-Passion)

    Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Richard Egarr.
    • AAM Records.
  • Richard Strauss

    Horn Concerto No. 1 in E flat Op. 11

    Performer: Alec Frank-Gemmill. Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Robin Ticciati.
    • Linn.

Record Review

9.00am

Wien – Highlights from Viennese operetta by Emmerich Kalman, Franz Lehár, Robert Stolz etc

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Rachel Willis-Sørensen (soprano)

Wiener Philharmoniker

Ádám Fischer (conductor)

Sony 19075950412

https://www.jonaskaufmann.com/en/192/all-cds.html

 

 

Heino Eller: Night Calls and other symphonic poems

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

Olari Elts (conductor)

Ondine ODE13352

https://www.ondine.net/?lid=en&cid=2.2&oid=6339

 

 

Telemann’s Garden – Includes Fantasia No. 9 in B Minor, TWV 40:22, Paris Quartet no. 3 in G major, TWV 43:G4 etc

Elephant House Quartet

Pentatone PTC5186749

https://www.pentatonemusic.com/telemann-s-garden-fantasia-suite-paris-quartet-trio-sonata-recorder-violin-viola-da-gamba-harpsichord-roed-golinski-ichise-rasmussen

 

 

Virtuosismo – Violin concertos by Paganini & Vieuxtemps

Ning Feng (violin)

Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias

Rossen Milanov (conductor)

Channel CCS40719

https://channelclassics.nativedsd.com/albums/40719-virtuosismo

 

 

 

9.30am – Building a Library – Sarah Devonald on Mozart ‘Gran Partita’: Serenade in B flat K361

 

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Reviewer: Sarah Devonald

 

Recommended Recording:

Berlin Philharmonic Wind Ensemble

Warner Classics 3434242

 

Other Recommended Recordings:

 

Ensemble a vent Maurice Bourgue

Pierre Verany PV793031

 

 

10.20am – New Releases

 

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Edward Gardner (conductor)

Chandos CHSA5236 (Hybrid SACD)

https://www.chandos.net/products/catalogue/CHSA%205236

 

 

CPE Bach: Complete Original Works for Violin & Keyboard

Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin)

James Baillieu (piano)

Signum SIGCD573 (3 CDs)

https://signumrecords.com/product/cpe-bach/SIGCD573/

 

 

Toccata – Explorations of the form by Claudio Merulo, Johann Sebastian Bach, Giovanni Picchi etc

Andrea Buccarella (harpsichords)

Ricercar RIC407

https://outhere-music.com/en/albums/toccata-from-claudio-merulo-to-johann-sebastian-bach-ric407

 

 

Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Song Of Love

Kitty Whately (mezzo-soprano)

Roderick Williams (baritone)

William Vann (piano)

Albion Records ALBCD037

https://rvwsociety.com/song-of-love/

 

 

Ernst von Dohnányi: Symphony No. 1 & Symphonic Minutes

Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz

Roberto Paternostro (conductor)

Capriccio C5386

http://capriccio.at/ernst-von-dohnanyi-1877-1960



 

10.45am – New Releases – Elin Manahan Thomas on new baroque recordings

 

Purcell: King Arthur

Anna Dennis (soprano)

Mhairi Lawson (soprano)

Rowan Pierce (soprano)

Carolyn Sampson (soprano)

Jeremy Budd (tenor)

James Way (tenor)

Roderick Williams (baritone)

Ashley Riches (bass-baritone)

Gabrieli Consort Players

Paul McCreesh (conductor)

Signum SIGCD589 (2 CDs)

https://signumrecords.com/product/purcell-king-arthur/SIGCD589/

 

 

Elegy – Countertenor duets by Henry Purcell & John Blow

Iestyn Davies and James Hall (countertenors)

The King’s Consort

Robert King (conductor)

Vivat VIVAT118

http://vivatmusic.com/product/elegy-countertenor-duets-by-purcell-blow/

 

 

JS Bach: Complete Cello Suites

Emmanuelle Bertrand (cello)

Harmonia Mundi HMM90229394 (2 CDs)

http://www.harmoniamundi.com/#!/albums/2532

 

 

Scarlatti: 52 Sonatas

Lucas Debargue (piano)

Sony 19075944462 (4 CDs)

http://www.lucasdebargue.com

 

 

Handel: Brockes-Passion

Ruby Hughes (soprano)

Elizabeth Watts (soprano)

Tim Mead (counter-tenor)

Gwilym Bowen (tenor)

Robert Murray (tenor)

Nicky Spence (tenor)

Cody Quattlebaum (bass-baritone)

Academy of Ancient Music Choir

Academy of Ancient Music

Richard Egarr (conductor)

AAM Records AAM007 (3 CDs)

https://www.aam.co.uk/product/brockes-passion-cd/

 

 


11.30am – Disc of the Week

 

 

Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1, Duett-Concertino & Serenade in E flat major

Alec Frank-Gemmill (horn)

Maximiliano Martín (clarinet)

Peter Whelan (bassoon)

SCO Wind Soloists

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Robin Ticciati (conductor)

Linn CKD 506 (download only)

https://www.linnrecords.com/recording-strauss-horn-concerto-no-1-duett-concertino-serenade-e-flat-major



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