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Andrew McGregor with Schumann's Dichterliebe and Bruckner from Berlin

Andrew McGregor with the must-have recording of Schumann's poignant song cycle "Dichterliebe" and a star-studded Bruckner symphony cycle from the Berlin Philharmonic

Andrew McGregor with the must-have recording of Schumann's poignant song cycle "Dichterliebe" and a star-studded Bruckner symphony cycle from the Berlin Philharmonic

9.30am
Building a Library
Laura Tunbridge discusses a wide range of approaches to Schumann's searing Heine cycle recommends the key recording to keep for posterity

10.45am
Marina Frolova-Walker joins Andrew and unboxes a handsome new set of the nine Bruckner symphonies in which the Berlin Philharmonic is led by not one but eight different conductors, recorded recently in concert

11.15am
Disc of the Week
Andrew's recommendation of a superlative new release just out

2 hours, 47 minutes

Music Played

  • Daniel François Esprit Auber

    La Bergère Châtelaine, S. 5: Overture

    Orchestra: Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice. Conductor: Dario Salvi.
    • Naxos.
  • Jacques Offenbach

    Duo for 2 Cellos, Op. 54 No. 2: III. Polonaise (Letter F)

    Performer: Anne Gastinel. Performer: Xavier Phillips.
    • La Dolce Volta.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Ich atmet' einen linden Duft! (Rückert-Lieder)

    Singer: Ruby Hughes. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Jac van Steen.
    • BIS.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Piano Concerto in G major: I. Allegramente

    Performer: Javier Perianes. Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris. Conductor: Josep Pons.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Paul Dukas

    The Sorcerer's Apprentice

    Orchestra: Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire. Conductor: Pascal Rophé.
    • BIS.
  • Tawnie Olson

    Magnificat

    Choir: Yale Schola Cantorum. Choir: Elm City Girls’ Choir. Conductor: Rebecca Rosenbaum. Conductor: David Hill.
    • Hyperion.
  • Hector Berlioz

    "Esprits des flammes inconstantes" (La Damnation de Faust)

    Singer: Joyce DiDonato. Singer: Michael Spyres. Singer: Nicolas Courjal. Choir: Coro Gulbenkian. Choir: Les Petits Chanteurs de Strasbourg. Orchestra: Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg. Conductor: John Nelson.
    • Erato.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Menuet des follets (La Damnation de Faust)

    Singer: Joyce DiDonato. Singer: Michael Spyres. Singer: Nicolas Courjal. Choir: Coro Gulbenkian. Choir: Les Petits Chanteurs de Strasbourg. Orchestra: Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg. Conductor: John Nelson.
    • Erato.
  • Hector Berlioz

    "Maintenant, chantons à cette belle" (La Damnation de Faust)

    Singer: Joyce DiDonato. Singer: Michael Spyres. Singer: Nicolas Courjal. Choir: Coro Gulbenkian. Choir: Les Petits Chanteurs de Strasbourg. Orchestra: Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg. Conductor: John Nelson.
    • Erato.
  • Hector Berlioz

    "Devant la maison" (La Damnation de Faust)

    Singer: Joyce DiDonato. Singer: Michael Spyres. Singer: Nicolas Courjal. Choir: Coro Gulbenkian. Choir: Les Petits Chanteurs de Strasbourg. Orchestra: Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg. Conductor: John Nelson.
    • Erato.
  • Hector Berlioz

    "Grand Dieu!" (La Damnation de Faust)

    Singer: Joyce DiDonato. Singer: Michael Spyres. Singer: Nicolas Courjal. Choir: Coro Gulbenkian. Choir: Les Petits Chanteurs de Strasbourg. Orchestra: Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg. Conductor: John Nelson.
    • Erato.
  • Hector Berlioz

    "Ange adoré" (La Damnation de Faust)

    Singer: Joyce DiDonato. Singer: Michael Spyres. Singer: Nicolas Courjal. Choir: Coro Gulbenkian. Choir: Les Petits Chanteurs de Strasbourg. Orchestra: Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg. Conductor: John Nelson.
    • Erato.
  • Hector Berlioz

    "Allons, il est trop tard!" (La Damnation de Faust)

    Singer: Joyce DiDonato. Singer: Michael Spyres. Singer: Nicolas Courjal. Choir: Coro Gulbenkian. Choir: Les Petits Chanteurs de Strasbourg. Orchestra: Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg. Conductor: John Nelson.
    • Erato.
  • Hector Berlioz

    "Je connais donc enfin" (La Damnation de Faust)

    Singer: Joyce DiDonato. Singer: Michael Spyres. Singer: Nicolas Courjal. Choir: Coro Gulbenkian. Choir: Les Petits Chanteurs de Strasbourg. Orchestra: Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg. Conductor: John Nelson.
    • Erato.

Record Review

9.00am

 

Auber: Overtures

Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice

Dario Salvi (conductor)

Naxos 8574005

https://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=8.574005

 

Offenbach: 6 Cello Duos

Anne Gastinel (cello)

Xavier Phillips (cello)

La Dolce Volta LDV71

https://www.ladolcevolta.com/album-music/olivier-latry-js-bach-bach-to-the-future-2/

 

Clytemnestra: orchestral songs by Mahler, Berg and Rhian Samuel

Ruby Hughes (soprano)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Jac van Steen (conductor)

BIS BIS2408 (Hybrid SACD) - Released 3rd January 2020

 

Ravel: Jeux de Miroirs

Javier Perianes (piano)

Orchestre de Paris

Josep Pons (conductor)

Harmonia Mundi HMM902326

http://www.harmoniamundi.com/#!/albums/2571

 

9.30am – Building a Library – Laura Tunbridge on Schumann’s Dichterliebe song cycle

 

 

Composer: Robert Schumann

Reviewer: Laura Tunbridge

 

Recommended Recording:

Christian Gerhaher (baritone)

Gerold Huber (piano)

RCA 82876589952 (Download only)

 

Other Recommended Recordings:

 

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor)

Hubert Giesen (piano)

Deutsche Grammophon 4497472 (Download) and 4796438 (32 CDs)

 

Brigitte Fassbaender (mezzo)

Aribert Reimann (piano)

EMI 6829682 (8 CDs)and Warner Classics 2435580125 (download)

 

Mark Padmore (tenor)

Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano)

Harmonia Mundi HMU907521

 

 

 

10.20am – New Releases

 

Roussel: Le Festin d’Araignée & Dukas: L’Apprenti Sorcier

Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire

Pascal Rophé (conductor)

BIS BIS2432 (Hybrid SACD)

https://bis.se/conductors/rophe-pascal/the-sorcerers-apprentice-the-spiders-feast

 

New England Choirworks: music by Olson, Williams, Hill, Kellogg and Esmail

Yale Schola Cantorum

David Hill (conductor)

Hyperion CDA68314

https://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/dc.asp?dc=D_CDA68314

 

10.45am – New Releases – Marina Frolova-Walker reviews a new set of the nine Bruckner symphonies recorded by the Berliner Philharmoniker

 

Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 1-9

Berliner Philharmoniker

Seiji Ozawa (conductor)

Paavo Järvi (conductor)

Herbert Blomstedt (conductor)

Bernard Haitink (conductor)

Mariss Jansons (conductor)

Christian Thielemann (conductor)

Zubin Mehta (conductor)

Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)

Berliner Philharmoniker BPHR190281 (9 CDs + 1 Blu-ray Audio + 3 Blu-ray Videos)

https://www.berliner-philharmoniker-recordings.com/bruckner-symphonies.html

 

11.15am – Record of the Week

 

Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust

Verónica Silva (soprano)

Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano)

Michael Spyres (tenor)

Alexandre Duhamel (baritone)

Nicolas Courjal (bass)

Les Petits Chanteurs de Strasbourg

Coro Gulbenkian

Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra

John Nelson (conductor)

Erato 9029541735 (2 CDs)

https://www.warnerclassics.com/release/hector-berlioz-la-damnation-de-faust

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