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Dvorak's 'Dumky' Piano Trio in Building a Library with Katy Hamilton and Andrew McGregor

Building a Library: Katy Hamilton compares recordings of Dvorak's popular Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor 'Dumky' and picks a favourite; Ivan Hewett reviews new contemporary discs.

with Andrew McGregor

9.30
Building a Library
Another chance to hear Katy Hamilton discussing the available recordings of Dvořák's popular Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, known as the “Dumky".

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
Ivan Hewett reviews new contemporary recordings

11.20
Record of the Week
Andrew recommends an outstanding new release.

2 hours, 47 minutes

Music Played

  • Pieter Hellendaal

    Sonata No. 2 in A Major (mvts 1 & 2)

    Performer: Johannes Pramsohler. Performer: Gulrim Choi. Performer: Philippe Grisvard.
    • Hellendaal: "Cambridge" Sonatas.
    • Audax Records.
    • 1-2.
  • Albert Roussel

    Rossignol, mon mignon (Poèmes de Ronsard Op. 26)

    Performer: Alexis Kossenko. Singer: Sabine Devieilhe.
    • Soir Païen.
    • Aparté.
    • 13.
  • Yaniv Segal

    A Fidelio Symphony (After Beethoven's Op. 72): III. Apotheose

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Yaniv Segal.
    • Beethoven Reimagined.
    • Naxos.
    • 7.
  • John Dowland

    Come again, sweet love doth now invite

    Ensemble: Taracea.
    • Alpha.
  • Edward Gregson

    Toccata (Symphony in 2 Movements)

    Ensemble: London Brass. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.
    • Chandos.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    12 Variations on 'Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen', Op. 66

    Performer: Robin Michael. Performer: Daniel Tong.
    • Beethoven: Complete Works for Cello and Piano.
    • Resonus Classics.
    • 20-32.
  • François Couperin

    Troisième Leçon de ténèbres

    Performer: Jonathan Rees. Performer: Steven Devine. Singer: Julia Doyle. Singer: Grace Davidson.
    • Couperin: Leçons de Ténèbres – Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursd.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 3.
  • Henri Dutilleux

    Le Jeu des contraires from Trois Préludes

    Performer: Élodie Vignon.
    • CYPRES.
  • Sigurd Hole

    Yngeldans

    Performer: Sigurd Hole.
    • ELVESANG.
  • Sunleif Rasmussen

    Fanfare Lontane

    Performer: Jakup Lutzen. Ensemble: Aldubáran.
    • DA CAPO.
  • Morton Feldman

    Morton Feldman: For John Cage

    Performer: Darragh Morgan. Performer: John Tilbury.
    • DIATRIBE RECORDS.
  • Thomas Adès

    Totentanz (excerpt - last section)

    Singer: Christianne Stotijn. Singer: Mark Stone. Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Adès.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade IV (Orch. Maurice Ravel)

    Orchestra: Les Siècles. Conductor: François‐Xavier Roth.
    • Ravel: La Valse - Mussorgsky: Les Tableaux d'une exposition (Orch. Ravel).
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 8.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Pictures at an Exhibition: V. Ballet of the Chickens in their Shells (Orch. Maurice Ravel)

    Orchestra: Les Siècles. Conductor: François‐Xavier Roth.
    • Ravel: La Valse - Mussorgsky: Les Tableaux d'une exposition (Orch. Ravel).
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 9.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Pictures at an Exhibition: VI. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle (Orch. Maurice Ravel)

    Orchestra: Les Siècles. Conductor: François‐Xavier Roth.
    • Ravel: La Valse - Mussorgsky: Les Tableaux d'une exposition (Orch. Ravel).
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 10.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Pictures at an Exhibition: VII. The Marketplace At Limoges (Orch. Maurice Ravel)

    Orchestra: Les Siècles. Conductor: François‐Xavier Roth.
    • Ravel: La Valse - Mussorgsky: Les Tableaux d'une exposition (Orch. Ravel).
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 11.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Pictures at an Exhibition: VIII. The Catacombs (Sepulchrum romanum)

    Orchestra: Les Siècles. Conductor: François‐Xavier Roth.
    • Ravel: La Valse - Mussorgsky: Les Tableaux d'une exposition (Orch. Ravel).
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 12.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Pictures at an Exhibition: Cum mortuis in lingua mortua (Orch. Maurice Ravel)

    Orchestra: Les Siècles. Conductor: François‐Xavier Roth.
    • Ravel: La Valse - Mussorgsky: Les Tableaux d'une exposition (Orch. Ravel).
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 13.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Pictures at an Exhibition: IX. The Hut On Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yaga) (Orch. Maurice Ravel)

    Orchestra: Les Siècles. Conductor: François‐Xavier Roth.
    • Ravel: La Valse - Mussorgsky: Les Tableaux d'une exposition (Orch. Ravel).
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 14.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Pictures at an Exhibition: X. The Great Gate Of Kiev (Orch. Maurice Ravel)

    Orchestra: Les Siècles. Conductor: François‐Xavier Roth.
    • Ravel: La Valse - Mussorgsky: Les Tableaux d'une exposition (Orch. Ravel).
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 15.

Record Review

9.00am

 

Hellendaal: 'Cambridge' Sonatas

Johannes Pramsohler (violin)

Gulrim Choï (cello)

Philippe Grisvard (harpsichord)

Audax ADX13720

https://www.audax-records.fr/adx13720

 

Soir Païen: music by Debussy, Gaubert, Ibert, Caplet, Ravel etc.

Alexis Kossenko (flute)

Anna Reinhold (mezzo-soprano)

Emmanuel Olivier (piano)

Sabine Deveilhe (soprano)

Magali Mosnier (flute)

Aparté AP227

https://www.apartemusic.com/albums/soir-paien/?lang=en

 

Beethoven Reimagined

Gabriel Prokofiev (electronics)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Yaniv Segal (conductor)

Naxos 8574020

https://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=8.574020

 

Akoé: Nuevas Músicas Antigua – music by Dowland, Hildegard von Bingen, Caccini etc.

Taracea

Alpha ALPHA597

https://outhere-music.com/en/albums/akoe-nuevas-musicas-antiguas-alpha597

 

Gregson: Music of the Angels

London Brass

Rumon Gamba (conductor)

Chandos CHAN20127

https://www.chandos.net/products/catalogue/CHAN%2020127

 

9.30am – Building a Library – Katy Hamilton on Dvořák's Piano Trio No 4 in E minor, ‘Dumky’ (NOTE: this is a repeat; it was first broadcast on 26th October 2019)

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

 

10.15am – New Releases

 

Stradella: San Giovanni Battista

Le Banquet Céleste

Damien Guillon (director)

Alpha ALPHA579

https://outhere-music.com/en/albums/san-giovanni-battista-alpha579

 

Beethoven: Complete Works for Cello & Piano

Robin Michael (cello)

Daniel Tong (fortepiano)

Resonus Classics RES10254 (2 CDs)

https://www.resonusclassics.com/beethoven-complete-works-for-cello-piano-robin-michael-daniel-tong-res10254

 

Couperin: Leçons de ténèbres & Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday

Grace Davidson (soprano)

Julia Doyle (soprano)

Tenebrae

Nigel Short (conductor)

Signum SIGCD622

https://signumrecords.com/product/couperin-and-gesualdo/SIGCD622/

 

10.45am – New Releases – Ivan Hewett’s contemporary choices

 

D'ombres: works by Claude Ledoux and Henri Dutilleux

Élodie Vignon (piano) 

Cypres CYP4658

 

Lys / Mørke

Sigurd Hole (double bass)

Elvesang ELVESANG005 

https://sigurdhole.bandcamp.com/album/lys-m-rke

 

Sunleif Rasmussen: Andalag (Solo and Ensemble Works)

Jákup Lützen (viola)

Aldubáran

Dacapo 8226133

https://www.dacapo-records.dk/en/recordings/rasmussen-andalag-solo-and-ensemble-works

 

Morton Feldman - For John Cage

Darragh Morgan (violin)

John Tilbury (piano)

Diatribe Records DIACD025

https://shop.diatribe.ie/album/morton-feldman-for-john-cage

 

Adès Conducts Adès

Piano Concerto and Totentanz

Christianne Stotijn (mezzo-soprano)

Mark Stone (baritone)

Kirill Gerstein (piano)

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Adès (conductor)

Deutsche Grammophon 4837998

https://www.deutschegrammophon.com/us/cat/4837998

 

11.15am – Record of the Week

 

Ravel: La Valse & Mussorgsky orch. Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition

Les Siècles

François-Xavier Roth (conductor)

Harmonia Mundi HMM905282

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  • Sat 4 Apr 2020 09:00

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