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Schumann's Piano Concerto with Andrew McGregor and Lucy Parham

Andrew McGregor with the must-have recording of Schumann's Piano Concerto and a round-up of recent orchestral releases.

Andrew McGregor with the must-have recording of Schumann's Piano Concerto and a round-up of recent orchestral releases

9.30am
Building a Library: Schumann's Piano Concerto with Lucy Parham
The Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 was finished in 1845 and is Schumann's only piano concerto. The piece has the character of a fantasy. The work is suffused with a sense of yearning and happiness; of two people in love. It seems in some ways to portray his attempt to woe and finally marry Clara, the daughter of his famous piano teacher, Friedrich Wieck. The main motif of the first movement recalls Florestan's prison aria in Beethoven's opera Fidelio. In Schumann's case this possibly symbolises his struggle for personal freedom and happiness.

10.45am
Mark Simpson and Andrew review a handful of new releases of orchestral music by Mahler and Shostakovich

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

18 days left to listen

2 hours, 47 minutes

Music Played

  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Piano Concerto No. 5 in F major, Op. 103 'Egyptian': III. Molto allegro

    Performer: Louis Lortie. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • Chandos.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Violin Sonata No. 8 in G major, Op. 30 No. 3: III. Allegro vivace

    Performer: Richard Tognetti. Performer: Erin Helyard.
    • ABC Classics.
  • Mendoza y Cortés

    Cielito Lindo

    Music Arranger: Jorge Cózatl. Ensemble: The King’s Singers.
    • Signum.
  • Emil Hartmann

    Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 5: II. Romanza - Andantino con moto

    Performer: Elisabeth Zeuthen Schneider. Performer: Nicolas Dupont. Performer: Tony Nys. Performer: Justus Grimm. Performer: Daniel Blumenthal.
    • Dacapo.
  • Ravi Shankar

    Sukanya: III. Tarana

    Singer: Susanna Hurrell. Singer: Keel Watson. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: David Murphy.
    • LPO.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    König Stephan, Op. 117: Overture

    Lyricist: August Friedrich Ferdinand von Kotzebue. Orchestra: Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Leif Segerstam.
    • Beethoven: König Stephan & Other Choral Works.
    • Naxos.
    • 1.
  • Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

    For Violin & Orchestra: I. Tempo 96; II. Tempo 63

    Performer: Christina Åstrand. Orchestra: DR SymfoniOrkestret. Conductor: Nicholas Collon.
    • Dacapo.
  • Johannes Lupi

    Salve celeberrima virgo

    Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble. Conductor: Stephen Rice.
    • Hyperion.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 43: I. Allegretto poco moderato

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda.
    • LSO Live.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Symphony No. 10 in E Minor, Op. 93: IV. Andante - Allegro

    Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Mariss Jansons.
    • BR Klassik.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    The Bedbug Suite, Op. 19a, Pt. 1 'The Year 1929': I. March

    Orchestra: Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland‐Pfalz. Conductor: Mark Fitz-Gerald.
    • Naxos.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    The Bedbug Suite, Op. 19a, Pt. 1 'The Year 1929': II. Foxtrot

    Orchestra: Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland‐Pfalz. Conductor: Mark Fitz-Gerald.
    • Naxos.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No. 8 in E-Flat Major, Part I: Hymnus Veni Creator. Spiritus Allegro im

    Singer: Manuela Uhl. Singer: Polina Pasztircsák. Singer: Fatma Said. Singer: Katrin Wundstram. Singer: Katharina Magiera. Singer: Neal Cooper. Singer: Hanno Müller‐Brachmann. Singer: Peter Rose. Orchestra: Düsseldorfer Symphoniker. Conductor: Adam Fischer.
    • Avi Music.
  • Gustav Mahler, Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä & Carolyn Sampson

    Mahler 4_Movement 3_Long version_CD5A

  • George Frideric Handel

    "Otton, otton" (Agrippina, act 2, scene 5)

    Singer: Jakub Józef Orliński. Ensemble: Il Pomo d’Oro. Conductor: Maxim Emelyanychev.
    • Erato.
  • George Frideric Handel

    "Voi ch'udite" (Agrippina, act 2, scene 5)

    Singer: Jakub Józef Orliński. Ensemble: Il Pomo d’Oro. Conductor: Maxim Emelyanychev.
    • Erato.
  • George Frideric Handel

    "Spera, alma mia" (Agrippina, act 2, scene 6)

    Singer: Elsa Benoit. Ensemble: Il Pomo d’Oro. Conductor: Maxim Emelyanychev.
    • Erato.
  • George Frideric Handel

    "Il tormento d'Ottone" (Agrippina, act 2, scene 6)

    Singer: Elsa Benoit. Ensemble: Il Pomo d’Oro. Conductor: Maxim Emelyanychev.
    • Erato.
  • George Frideric Handel

    "Par che amor sia" (Agrippina, act 2, scene 7)

    Singer: Elsa Benoit. Ensemble: Il Pomo d’Oro. Conductor: Maxim Emelyanychev.
    • Erato.
  • George Frideric Handel

    "Vaghe fonti" (Agrippina, act 2, scene 7)

    Singer: Jakub Józef Orliński. Ensemble: Il Pomo d’Oro. Conductor: Maxim Emelyanychev.
    • Erato.
  • George Frideric Handel

    "Basta che sol tu chieda" (Agrippina, act 2, scene 19)

    Singer: Luca Pisaroni. Ensemble: Il Pomo d’Oro. Conductor: Maxim Emelyanychev.
    • Erato.
  • George Frideric Handel

    "Favorevol la sorte" (Agrippina, act 2, scene 20)

    Singer: Joyce DiDonato. Ensemble: Il Pomo d’Oro. Conductor: Maxim Emelyanychev.
    • Erato.
  • George Frideric Handel

    "Ogni vento" (Agrippina, act 2, scene 20)

    Singer: Joyce DiDonato. Ensemble: Il Pomo d’Oro. Conductor: Maxim Emelyanychev.
    • Erato.

Record Review

9.00am

 

Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 and 5 'Egyptian'

Louis Lortie (piano)

BBC Philharmonic

Edward Gardner (conductor)

https://www.chandos.net/products/catalogue/CHAN%2020038

 

Beethoven & Mozart Violin Sonatas

Richard Tognetti (violin)

Erin Helyard (piano)

ABC Classics ABC4818192 (2 CDs)

https://www.abcmusic.com.au/discography/richard-tognetti-erin-helyard-beethoven-mozart-violin-sonatas

 

Finding Harmony: music by Legrand, Bach, Byrd, Alma Androzzo etc.

The King's Singers

Signum SIGCD607

https://signumrecords.com/product/finding-harmony/

 

Emil Hartmann: Chamber Music

Elisabeth Zeuthen Schneider (violin)

Nicolas Dupont (violin)

Tony Nys (viola)

Justus Grimm (cello)

Daniel Blumenthal (piano)

Dacapo 8226183

https://www.dacapo-records.dk/en/recordings/hartmann-chamber-music

 

Ravi Shankar: Sukanya

Susanna Hurrell (soprano)

Eleanor Minney (mezzo-soprano)

Alok Kumar (tenor)

Njadbulo Madlala (baritone)

Michel de Souze (baritone)

Keel Watson (bass-baritone)

M Balachandar (mridangam and konnakol)

Rajkumar Misra (tabla)

Parimal Sadaphal (sitar)

Ashwani Shankar (shehnai)

Pirashanna Thevarajah (ghatam, morsing and konnakol)

BBC Singers

London Philharmonic Orchestra

David Murphy (conductor)

LPO LPO0115 (2 CDs)

https://www.lpo.org.uk/recordings-and-gifts/5557-cd-ravi-shankar-s-sukanya.html

 

9.30am – Building a Library – Lucy Parham on Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

 

Composer: Robert Schumann

Reviewer: Lucy Parham

 

Recommended Recording:

András Schiff (piano)
Concertgebouw Orchestra
Antal Dorati (conductor)
Decca 4119422

Other Recommended Recordings:


Murray Perahia (piano)
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Colin Davis (conductor)
Sony 88697721002

Andreas Staier (fortepiano)
Orchestra de Champs Elysees
Philippe Herreweghe (conductor)
Harmonia Mundi HMA1951731

Krystian Zimerman (piano)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Herbert von Karajan (conductor)
DG 4390152

 

10.20am – New Releases

 

Beethoven: König Stephan; Leonore Prohaska; Opferlied, Germania

Reetta Haavisto (soprano)

Johanna Lehesvuori (soprano)

Maikki Säikkä (soprano)

Kristina Raudanen (alto)

Merja Mäkelä (alto)

Andreas Nordström (tenor)

Niklas Spångberg (bass)

Juha Kotilainen (bass)

Päivi Severeide (harp)

Claus Obalski (narrator)

Roland Astor (narrator)

Ernst Oder (narrator)

Angela Eberlein (narrator)

The Key Ensemble

Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis

Turku Philharmonic Orchestra

Leif Segerstam (conductor)

https://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=8.574042

 

Madsen: Nachtmusik & Gudmundsen-Holmgreen: For Violin and Orchestra

Christina Astrand (violin)

Per Salo (piano)

Danish National Symphony Orchestra

Ryan Bancroft (conductor, Madsen)

Nicholas Collon (conductor, Gudmundsen-Holmgreen)

Dacapo 8226138

https://www.dacapo-records.dk/en/recordings/gudmundsen-holmgreen-nachtmusik-for-violin-and-orchestra

 

Hellinck: Missa Surrexit pastor; Lupi: Te Deum & motets

The Brabant Ensemble

Stephen Rice (director)

Hyperion CDA68304

https://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/dc.asp?dc=D_CDA68304

 

10.45am – New Releases – Mark Simpson reviews Mahler & Shostakovich orchestral releases

 

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4

London Symphony Orchestra

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)

LSO Live LSO0832 (Hybrid SACD)

https://lsolive.lso.co.uk/collections/sacd-hybrid/products/shostakovich-symphony-no-4

 

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10

Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Mariss Jansons (conductor)

BR Klassik 900185

https://www.br-klassik.de/aktuell/br-klassik-empfiehlt/cd/album-der-woche-schostakowitsch-symphonie-10-mariss-jansons-100.html

 

Shostakovich: The Bedbug; Love and Hate

Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz

Mark Fitz-Gerald (conductor)

Naxos 8574100

https://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=8.574100

 

Mahler: Symphony No. 8

Manuela Uhl (soprano)

Polina Pasztircsák (soprano)

Fatma Said (soprano)

Katrin Wundsam (mezzo-soprano)

Katharina Magiera (alto)

Neal Cooper (tenor)

Hanno Müller-Brachmann (baritone)

Peter Rose (bass)

Choir of the Städtischer Musikverein zu Düsseldorf

Philharmonischer Chor, Bonn

Youth Choir of the Clara-Schumann Musikschule, Düsseldorf

Düsseldorfer Symphoniker

Adam Fischer (conductor)

https://avi-music.de/html/2019/3474.html

 

Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Carolyn Sampson (soprano)

Minnesota Orchestra

Osmo Vänskä (conductor)

BIS BIS2356 (Hybrid SACD)

https://bis.se/conductors/vanska-osmo/mahler-symphony-no4

 

11.15am – Record of the Week

 

Handel: Agrippina

Joyce DiDonato (Agrippina, mezzo-soprano)

Jakub Józef Orliński (Ottone, countertenor)

Elsa Benoit (Poppea, soprano)

Luca Pisaroni (Claudio, bass)

Franco Fagioli (Nerone, countertenor)

Carlo Vistoli (Narciso, countertenor)

Biagio Pizzuti (Lesbo, baritone)

Andrea Mastroni (Pallante, bass)

Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Giunone, contralto)

Il Pomo d'Oro

Maxim Emelyanychev (conductor)

Erato 9029533658 (3 CDs)

https://www.warnerclassics.com/release/agrippina

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