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Andrew McGregor with Katy Hamilton and Nigel Simeone

In Building a Library, Katy Hamilton compares recordings of Dvořák's popular Piano Trio No 4 in E minor, Dumky, and picks a favourite. Nigel Simeone reviews new orchestral discs.

09.30
Building a Library: Katy Hamilton compares recordings of Antonín Dvořák's ever-popular Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor 'Dumky' and picks a favourite.

Dvořák's music, suffused with the rhythms and melodic inflections of Bohemian and Moravian folk traditions might never have gained international recognition beyond his Czech homeland but for the enthusiastic and public endorsement of a certain Johannes Brahms. After that, Dvořák sometimes reined in the freshness and charm of his music in favour of a more serious and occasionally portentous Teutonic style. But when it came to his final piano trio, Dvořák happily returned to his Slavic folk roots, aiming to write an unashamedly popular work. Made out of six movements, each modelled on the dumka (an instrumental folk form with two contrasting sections) Dvořák hit the spot with his public and today the Dumky trio is still a great favourite with audiences -- and recording companies.

10.50
Nigel Simeone reviews new orchestral recordings including Beethoven from Masaaki Suzuki and Bach Collegium Japan, Bruckner with Simon Rattle and the LSO, and Debussy from Mark Elder in Manchester.

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

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2 hours, 47 minutes

Music Played

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 19: III. Rondo. Molto allegro

    Performer: Boris Giltburg. Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vasily Petrenko.
    • Beethoven: Works for Piano.
    • Naxos.
    • 203.
  • Gustav Holst

    Darest Thou Now, O Soul, H. 72

    Performer: William Vann. Singer: Roderick Williams.
    • Albion Records.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Piano Sonata No. 7 in B-Flat Major, Op. 83: III. Precipitato

    Performer: Alexander Melnikov.
    • Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 106.
  • Louis‐Nicolas Clérambault

    Chaconne in D major (Brossard Collection)

    Ensemble: The Bach Players.
    • Coviello Classics.
  • César Franck

    Rédemption ii) Que le jour monte ou s'abaisse

    Choir: Vlaams Radio Choir. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège. Conductor: Hervé Niquet.
    • Musique de Wallonie.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Gelido in ogni vena (Farnace, RV 711)

    Performer: Thomas Dunford. Singer: Lea Desandre. Ensemble: Jupiter.
    • Alpha.
  • Morton Feldman

    Triadic Memories

    Performer: Philip Thomas.
    • Another Timbre.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Come, come! (Samson)

    Singer: Matthew Brook. Singer: Mary Bevan. Choir: Tiffin Boys’ Choir. Ensemble: Dunedin Consort. Conductor: John Butt.
    • Linn Records.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Let the bright seraphim (Samson)

    Singer: Jess Dandy. Singer: Matthew Brook. Choir: Tiffin Boys’ Choir. Ensemble: Dunedin Consort. Conductor: John Butt.
    • Linn Records.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Let their celestial concerts all unite (Samson)

    Choir: Tiffin Boys’ Choir. Ensemble: Dunedin Consort. Conductor: John Butt.
    • Linn Records.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No. 9 in D major, 'Choral', Op.125 - IVf) Finale. Allegro energico, sempre ben marcato

    Singer: Ann-Helen Moen. Singer: Marianne Beate Kielland. Singer: Allan Clayton. Singer: Neal Davies. Choir: Bach Collegium Japan Chorus. Orchestra: Bach Collegium Japan. Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki.
    • BIS.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No. 9 in D major, 'Choral', Op.125 - IV) Finale. Presto

    Singer: Anja Kampe. Singer: Daniela Sindram. Singer: Burkhard Fritz. Singer: René Pape. Choir: Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde. Orchestra: Wiener Symphoniker. Conductor: Philippe Jordan.
    • Wiener Symphoniker.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Symphony No. 6 in A Major, WAB 106: I. Majestoso

    Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • Bruckner: Symphony No. 6.
    • Lso Live.
    • 101.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

    Performer: Thelma Handy. Performer: Kate Richardson. Performer: Alex Mitchell. Performer: Jonathan Aasgaard. Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Manze.
    • Onyx.
  • Claude Debussy

    La Damoiselle élue

    Singer: Sophie Bevan. Singer: Anna Stéphany. Choir: Hallé Youth Choir. Choir: Hallé Choir. Orchestra: Halle. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
    • Hallé.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    L'Ascension (Quatre meditations pour l'orchestre) i) Majesté du Christ demandant sa gloire à son père

    Orchestra: Tonhalle Orchester Zürich. Conductor: Paavo Järvi.
    • Alpha.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Der Freischütz, Op. 77, J. 277, Act III: Und ob die Wolke sie verhülle

    Singer: Lise Davidsen. Orchestra: Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Marek Janowski.
    • Weber: Der Freischütz, Op. 77, J. 277.
    • PENTATONE.
    • 202.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Der Freischütz, Op. 77, J. 277, Act II: The Wolf's Glen

    Narrator: Corinna Kirchhoff. Singer: Andreas Schager. Singer: Alan Held. Choir: Leipzig MDR Radio Choir. Orchestra: Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Marek Janowski.
    • Weber: Der Freischütz, Op. 77, J. 277.
    • PENTATONE.
    • 308.

Record Review

9.00am

 

Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2

Boris Giltburg (piano)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Vasily Petrenko (conductor)

Naxos 8.574151

https://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=8.574151

 

 

Time And Space: Songs By Holst And Vaughan Williams

Roderick Williams (baritone)

Mary Bevan (soprano)

Jack Liebeck (violin)

William Vann (piano)

Albion Records ALBCD038

https://rvwsociety.com/time-and-space/

 

 

Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2 – Includes Sonatas 4,7 & 9

Alexander Melnikov (piano)

Harmonia Mundi HMM902203

http://www.harmoniamundi.com/#!/albums/2550

 

 

Clerambault: Chamber Music From the Brossard Collection

The Bach Players

Coviello COV91928

http://covielloclassics.de/en/Katalog/cov-91928-nicolas-clerambault-chamber-music-from-the-brossard-collection/

 

 

César Franck: Rédemption

Eve-Maud Hubeaux (mezzo-soprano)

Vlaams Radiokoor

Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège

Hervé Niquet (conductor)

Musique en Wallonie MEW1994

https://www.musiwall.uliege.be/product/cesar-franck/



 

9.30am – Building a Library – Katy Hamilton on Dvořák's Piano Trio No 4 in E minor, Dumky

 

Composer: Antonín Dvořák

Reviewer: Katy Hamilton

 

Recommended Recording:

Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)

Isabelle Faust (violin)

Alexander Melnikov (piano)

Harmonia Mundi HMC901867 (download only)

 

Other Recommended Recordings:

 

Yo-Yo Ma (cello)

Young Uck Kim (violin)

Emanuel Ax (piano)

Sony 88875070892

 

 

Suk Trio

Eloquence ELQ4800489

 

 

 

10.20am – New Releases

 

Vivaldi/Jupiter – Chamber music by Vivaldi performed by the Jupiter Ensemble

Lea Desandre (mezzo-soprano)

Bruno Philippe (cello)

Peter Whelan (bassoon)

Thomas Dunford (lute)

Jupiter

https://outhere-music.com/en/albums/jupiter-alpha550

 

Dobrinka Tabakova: Kynance Cove, On the South Downs, and Works for Choir

Truro Cathedral Choir

Joseph Wicks (organ)

Christopher Gray (director)

Regent Records REGCD530

https://www.regent-records.co.uk/product_details_368.htm

 

 

Morton Feldman Piano

Philip Thomas (piano)

Another Timbre at144x5 (5 CDs)

 

 

Handel: Samson

Sophie Bevan

Fflur Wyn

Mary Bevan

Jess Dandy

Hugo Hymas

Matthew Brook

Vitali Rozynko

Tiffin Boys’ Choir

Dunedin Consort

John Butt (conductor)

Linn CKD599 (3 CDs)

https://outhere-music.com/en/albums/samson-ckd599

 

 

10.45am – New Releases – Nigel Simeone on new orchestral discs

 

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

Ann-Helen Moen (soprano)

Marianne Beate Kielland (mezzo)

Allan Clayton (tenor)

Neal Davies (bass)

Bach Collegium Japan Chorus

Bach Collegium Japan

Masaaki Suzuki (conductor)

Bis BIS2451 (Hybrid SACD)

https://bis.se/conductors/suzuki-masaaki/beethoven-symphony-no-9

 

 

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

Anja Kampe (soprano)

Daniela Sindram (mezzo-soprano)

Burkhard Fritz (tenor)

René Pape (bass)        

Johannes Prinz (choirmaster)

Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde

Wiener Symphoniker

Philippe Jordan (conductor)

Wiener Symphoniker WS017

https://www.wienersymphoniker.at/en/media/beethoven-symphony-no-9-0

 

 

Bruckner: Symphony No. 6

London Symphony Orchestra

Simon Rattle (conductor)

LSO Live LSO0842 (Hybrid SACD)

https://lsolive.lso.co.uk/products/bruckner-symphony-no-6-rattle

 

 

Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending & Fantasia on a Theme By Thomas Tallis

James Ehnes (violin)

Thelma Handy (violin)

Kate Richardson (violin)

Alex Mitchell (viola)

Jonathan Aasgaard (cello)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Andrew Manze (conductor)

Onyx ONYX4212

http://www.onyxclassics.com/cddetail.php?CatalogueNumber=ONYX4212

 

 

Debussy: Nocturnes

Sergio Castelló López (clarinet)

Sophie Bevan (soprano)

Anna Stéphany (mezzo)

The Hallé Youth Choir

The Hallé Choir

Hallé

Mark Elder (conductor)

Hallé CDHLL7552

 

 

Messiaen: L'Ascension, Le Tombeau resplendissant, Les Offrandes oubliées, Un Sourire

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich

Paavo Järvi (conductor)

Alpha ALPHA548

https://outhere-music.com/en/albums/l-ascension-le-tombeau-resplendissant-les-offrandes-oubliees-un-sourire-alpha548

 

 


11.15am – Disc of the Week

 

Weber: Der Freischütz

Lise Davidsen (Agathe)Andreas Schager (Max)Sofia Fomina (Ännchen)

Alan Held (Kaspar)

Markus Eiche (Ottokar)

Franz-Josef Selig (Eremit)

MDR Leipzig Radio Choir

Frankfurt Radio Symphony

Marek Janowskiy (conductor)

Pentatone PTC5186788 (2 Hybrid SACDs)

http://pentatonemusic.com/carl-maria-von-weber-freischtz-marek-janowski-lise-davidsen-andreas-schager-sofia-fomina-alan-held-markus-eiche-frankfurt-radio-symphony-mdr-leipzig-radio-choir

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