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Andrew McGregor with Sarah Walker and Caroline Gill

Sarah Walker joins Andrew in the studio to discuss and recommend a recording of Haydn's Symphony No 102.

with Andrew McGregor

Building a Library: Sarah Walker joins Andrew in the studio to discuss and recommend a recording of Haydn's Symphony No 102.

The tenth of Haydn's so-called 'London' symphonies, it was specially commissioned for performance in the city. In the hands of an insightful interpreter, it can be in turns joyous, incisive, and moving - Sarah guides us to the ultimate must-have version.

Caroline Gill pops in to talk about a brace of recent releases of chamber music and concertos by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev.

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

2 hours, 47 minutes

Music Played

  • Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer

    Premiere et Deuxième Tambourins (Premier livre de pièces de clavecin)

    Performer: Alexandre Tharaud.
    • Erato.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Viens, hymen (aria, Les Indes Galantes)

    Performer: Alexandre Tharaud. Singer: Sabine Devieilhe.
    • Erato.
  • Aram Khachaturian

    Scene and dance with crotales (Spartacus)

    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vasily Petrenko.
    • Onyx Classics.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    The Field-Marshall (Songs & Dances of Death No. 4)

    Performer: Joseph Middleton. Singer: Christopher Maltman.
    • Signum Classics.
  • Ivor Gurney

    In Flanders

    Performer: Joseph Middleton. Singer: Christopher Maltman.
    • Signum Classics.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Scheherazade Op. 35: i. The Sea and Sinbad's Ship

    Performer: Simon Trpceski. Music Arranger: Paul Gilson.
    • Onyx.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Dies Irae (Requiem in D minor)

    Singer: Johanna Winkel. Singer: Sophie Harmsen. Singer: Michael Feyfar. Singer: Ludwig Mittelhammer. Choir: RIAS Kammerchor. Orchestra: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin. Conductor: Łukasz Borowicz.
    • Accentus Music.
  • Anon.

    På dig jag hoppas, Herre kär

    Music Arranger: Jonas Dominique. Singer: Elin Rombo. Ensemble: ReBaroque.
    • BIS.
  • Anon.

    Jesu du är vår salighet

    Music Arranger: Jonas Dominique. Singer: Elin Rombo. Ensemble: ReBaroque.
    • BIS.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36: iv. Allegro molto

    Performer: Robert Levin. Performer: Peter Hanson. Performer: David Watkin. Orchestra: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Archiv.
  • Nicolò Paganini

    Introduction & Variations on a theme from Paisiello's la Molinara Op. 38

    Performer: Vilde Frang.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Keyboard Sonata K64 in D minor

    Featured Artist: Nelson Freire.
    • Decca.
    • 4850153.
    • 3.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50: Pezzo elegaico

    Performer: Vadim Gluzman. Performer: Johannes Moser. Performer: Yevgeny Sudbin.
    • BIS.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Trio Élégaique in G minor No. 1 Op. posth

    Ensemble: Trio Mezzena - Patria - Bellario.
    • Dynamic.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op. 16: i. Andantino - Allegretto

    Performer: Haochen Zhang. Orchestra: Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Dmitri Slobodeniouk.
    • BIS.
  • Ernest Bloch

    Prayer (From Jewish Life)

    Performer: Mischa Maisky. Performer: Lily Maisky.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Symphony-Concerto in E minor, Op. 125: Andante

    Performer: Bruno Philippe. Conductor: Christoph Eschenbach. Orchestra: Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • John Tavener

    The Lamb (Carol)

    Performer: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Performer: Peter Stevens. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
    • A Festival Of Nine Lessons and Carols.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 14.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Violin Concerto In D minor, after BWV 1053

    Performer: Kati Debretzeni. Music Arranger: Kati Debretzeni. Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Soli Deo Gloria.

Record Review



Versailles - Alexandre Tharaud: music by Rameau, Visée, Royer, Anglebert, Couperin, Duphly, Lully & Balbastre

Alexandre Tharaud (piano)

Sabine Devieilhe (soprano)

Justin Taylor (piano)

Erato 9029538642


Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition and music by Khachaturian, Kabalevsky, Shchedrin & Rachmaninov

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Vasily Petrenko (conductor)

Onyx ONYX4211


The Soldier - From Severn to Somme: music by Butterworth, Gurney, Somervell etc.

Christopher Maltman (baritone)

Joseph Middleton (piano)

Signum SIGCD592


Simon Trpčeski - Tales from Russia: music by Prokofiev, Mussorgsky & Rimsky Korsakov

Simon Trpceski (piano)

Onyx ONYX4191


9.30am – Building a Library – Sarah Walker on Haydn's Symphony No. 102 in B flat major, Hob I:102


Composer: Joseph Haydn

Reviewer: Sarah Walker


Recommended Recording:

Hanover Band

Roy Goodman (director, fortepiano)

Helios CDH55127


Other Recommended Recordings:


Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)

Warner Classics 2564630612 (download only) and 2564696122 (5CDs)


Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Sir Neville Marriner (conductor)

Philips 4321392 (download only)




10.20am – New Releases


Bruckner: Requiem

Johanna Winkel (soprano)

Sophie Harmsen (mezzo-soprano)

Michael Feyfar (tenor)

Ludwig Mittelhammer (baritone)

RIAS Kammerchor Berlin

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

Łukasz Borowicz (conductor)

Accentus Music ACC30474


The Musical Treasures of Leufsta Bruk: Vol.3

Elin Rombo (soprano)


Maria Lindal (conductor)

BIS BIS2354 (Hybrid SACD)


John Eliot Gardiner - Complete Beethoven Recordings

Hillevi Martinpelto (soprano)

Christiane Oelze (soprano)

Kim Begley (tenor)

Michael Schade (tenor)

Franz Hawlata (bass baritone)

Matthew Best (bass)

Alastair Miles (bass)

Monteverdi Choir

Peter Hanson (violin)

Lucy Howard (violin)

Viktoria Mullova (violin)

Alan George (viola)

Annette Isserlis (viola)

David Watkin (cello)

Robert Levin (piano)

Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique

John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

Archiv/Deutsche Grammophon 483 7269 0 (15CDs)


Paganini - Schubert

Vilde Frang (violin)

Michael Lifits (piano)

Warner Classics 9029541936


Nelson Freire – Encores: music by Sgambati, Pucell, Scarlatti, Stojowski etc.

Nelson Freire (piano)

Decca 4850153



10.45am – New Releases – Caroline Gill on new chamber discs


Tchaikovsky & Babajanian: Piano Trios

Vadim Gluzman (violin)

Johannes Moser (cello)

Yevgeny Sudbin (piano)

BIS BIS2372 (Hybrid SACD)


Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninoff: Piano Trios

Franco Mezzena (violin)

Sergio Patria (cello)

Elena Ballario (piano)

Dynamic CDS7825


Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 - Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2

Haochen Zhang (piano)

Lahti Symphony Orchestra

Dima Slobodeniouk (conductor)

BIS BIS2381 (Hybrid SACD)


Mischa & Lily Maisky - 20th Century Classics: music by Britten, Bloch, Bartók, Stravinsky etc.

Mischa Maisky (cello)

Lily Maisky (piano)

Deutsche Grammophon 4837289 (2CDs)


Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante, Cello Sonata

Bruno Philippe (cello)

Tanguy de Williencourt (piano)

Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra

Christoph Eschenbach (conductor)

Harmonia Mundi HMM902608!/albums/2549


11.15am – Record of the Week


JS Bach: Violin Concertos

Kati Debretzeni (violin)

The English Baroque Soloists

Sir John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)




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