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Andrew McGregor with Mark Lowther and Kate Kennedy

New recordings with Andrew McGregor and Building a Library on Bach's Violin Concerto in E with Mark Lowther. Kate Kennedy reviews recordings of string quartets by Haydn and Mozart

with Andrew McGregor.

Building a Library: Bach's Violin Concerto in E, BWV 1042 with Mark Lowther

Johann Sebastian Bach's E Major Concerto is one of the evergreen concertos of the violin repertoire. It's in three movements and based on the Venetian concerto model. It's written for violin, strings, and continuo. Bach later re-used the concerto as the model for his Harpsichord Concerto in D major, BWV 1054.

Andrew McGregor talks Kate Kennedy about new recordings of string quartets by Haydn, Mozart and Shostakovich

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

14 days left to listen

2 hours, 47 minutes

Music Played

  • Trad.

    Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

    Music Arranger: Lawrence Brown. Performer: Paul Robeson. Performer: Rutland Clapham.
    • Paul Robeson: The Complete EMI Sessions 1928-1939.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 13.
  • Jules Massenet

    Pourquoi me réveiller, ô souffle du printemps? (Werther)

    Singer: Benjamin bernheim. Orchestra: Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Nâyi Osman Dede

    Rast Dilârâ Pesrev

    Ensemble: Ensemble Masques. Director: Olivier Fortin.
    • Alpha.
  • Nicolas Bernier

    Le Caffé v. Air gay

    Singer: Hana Blažíková. Ensemble: Ensemble Masques. Director: Olivier Fortin.
    • Alpha.
  • Josquin des Prez

    Agnus Dei (Missa Mater Patris)

    Choir: Tallis Scholars. Conductor: Peter Phillips.
    • Gimell.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in A major D959 iii. Scherzo - Trio

    Performer: Arcadi Volodos.
    • Sony.
  • George Antheil

    Capital of the World: Knife Dance and Farruca

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: John Storgårds.
    • Chandos.
  • Jacques Offenbach

    L'Orage (Ballet: la Royaume de Neptune - L'Atlantide)

    Orchestra: Deutsches Symphonie‐Orchester Berlin. Conductor: Howard Griffiths.
    • CPO.
  • Jacques Offenbach

    La Valse du Divorce (Boule de Neige)

    Singer: Karine Deshayes. Orchestra: Orchestre de L'Opéra de Rouen Normandie. Conductor: Jean-Pierre Haeck.
    • Alpha.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Op. 12 No. 1 iii. Rondo

    Performer: James Ehnes. Performer: Andrew Armstrong.
    • Onyx.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Apollo et Hyacinthus, K.38: duet - Natus cadit, atque Deus

    Singer: Klara Ek. Singer: Andrew Kennedy. Ensemble: The Mozartists. Conductor: Ian Page.
    • Signum Classics.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Symphonie fantastique (Op.14), 4th movement; Marche au supplice

    Orchestra: Les Siècles. Conductor: François‐Xavier Roth.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Symphonie fantastique (Op.14), 5th movement; Songe d'une nuit de sabbat

    Orchestra: Les Siècles. Conductor: François‐Xavier Roth.
    • Harmonia Mundi.

Record Review


Benjamin Bernheim: arias by Massenet, Donizetti, Gounod, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Godard, Berlioz and Puccini

Benjamin Bernheim (tenor)

PKF - Prague Philharmonia

Emmanuel Villaume (conductor)

Deutsche Grammophon 483 6078


Routes du café: music by Nâyi Osman Dede, Bernier, Marais, Kajioka, Locke, Tanburi Cemil Bey and J. S. Bach

Hana Blažiková (soprano)

Reinoud Van Mechelen (tenor)

Lisandro Abadie (bass)

Ensemble Masques

Olivier Fortin (director)

Alpha 543


Josquin: Missa Mater Patris - Bauldeweyn: Missa Da pacem

The Tallis Scholars

Peter Phillips (director)

Gimell CDGIM 052


Arcadi Volodos - Schubert: Piano Sonata D959 – Minuets D334, D335, D600

Arcadi Volodos (piano)

Sony 19075868292


George Antheil: Symphony No. 1 and other works

BBC Philharmonic

John Storgårds (conductor)

Chandos CHAN 20080



9.30am – Building a Library – Mark Lowther on J. S. Bach’s Violin Concerto in E BWV 1042

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

Reviewer: Mark Lowther

Recommended Recording:

Rachel Podger (violin/director)

Brecon Baroque

Channel Classics CCSSA30910 [Hybrid SACD]


Other Recommended Recordings:

Pablo Valetti (violin)

Café Zimmermann



Janine Jansen (violin / director)

Janine Jansen and Friends

DECCA 4785362


Renaud Capucon (violin / director)

Chamber Orchestra of Europe

ERATO 4632322 


Isabelle Faust (violin / director)

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin




10.20am – New Releases


Offenbach: Le Royaume de Neptune, Musique symphonique et ballets d’Orphée aux Enfers

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Howard Griffiths (conductor)

CPO 555 301-2


Offenbach: Fables De La Fontaine

Karine Deshayes (mezzo soprano)

Orchestre de L’Opéra de Rouen Normandie

Jean-Pierre Haeck (conductor)

Alpha 553


Beethoven Violin Sonatas Op. 12

James Ehnes (violin)

Andrew Armstrong (piano)

Onyx 4177


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

Truro Cathedral Choir

Joseph Wicks (organ)

Christopher Gray (director)

Regent Records REGCD530


Apollo et Hyacinthus

Klara Ek (soprano)

Andrew Kennedy (tenor)

Sophie Bevan (soprano)

Lawrene Zazzo (countertenor)

Christophe Ainslie (countertenor)

Marcus Farnsworth (baritone)

David Shipley (bass)

The Mozartists

Ian Page (conductor)



10.45am – New Releases – Kate Kennedy on new string quartet discs


Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 20, Volume 1, Nos. 2, 3 & 5

Dudok Quartet

Resonus RES10248


All Shall Not Die – Haydn: String Quartets

Quatuor Hanson

Aparte Music AP213 (2 CDs)


Haydn: String Quartets Opp 71 & 74

The London Haydn Quartet

Hyperion CDA68230 (2 CDs)


Mozart: Quartets K.387 & 421 , Divertimento K.138

Quatuor Van Kuijk

Alpha Classics ALPH551


Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos. 2, 7, 8

Pavel Haas Quartet

Supraphon SU 4271-2


11.15am – Disc of the Week


Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

Les Siècles

François-Xavier Roth (conductor)

Harmonia Mundi HMM 902644



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