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Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms with Jeremy Summerly and Andrew McGregor

Jeremy Summerly discusses the available recordings of Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms and makes a recommendation, plus choral releases with Anna Lapwood.

Jeremy Summerly's 'must have' recommendation for Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, plus organist Anna Lapwood with a pile of new choral releases

9.30am
Building a Library
Another chance to hear Jeremy Summerly discussing the available recordings of Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms and making a recommendation.

A choral symphony from the composer's 'neoclassical' period, Stravinsky's compact, three-movement work has been fortunate on record with a wide range of interpretations from all round the world. It inhabits a unique sound world, omitting as it does clarinets, violins and violas, and comparisons are guaranteed to be fascinating

10.45am
Anna Lapwood joins Andrew for a round-up of recent choral releases

11.15am
Record of the Week
Andrew's choice of the best of this week's new releases

2 hours, 47 minutes

Music Played

  • Henry Purcell

    The Fairy Queen Z.629 (Symphony in Imitation of Birds)

    Ensemble: Gabrieli Players. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • Purcell: The Fairy Queen, 1692.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 10.
  • Henry Purcell

    The Fairy Queen, Z. 629, Act II: Song - May the God of Wit Inspire (Suckling/McCreesh)

    Singer: Jeremy Budd. Singer: James Way. Singer: Roderick Williams. Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • Purcell: The Fairy Queen, 1692.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 11.
  • Henry Purcell

    The Fairy Queen Z.629 (Symphony in Imitation of Birds)

    Ensemble: Gabrieli Players. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • Purcell: The Fairy Queen, 1692.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 12.
  • Henry Purcell

    The Fairy Queen, Z. 629, Act II: Chorus - Now Join Your Warbling Voices All (Suckling/McCreesh)

    Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • Purcell: The Fairy Queen, 1692.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 13.
  • Henry Purcell

    The Fairy Queen, Z. 629, Act II: Song, Chorus & Dance - Sing While We Trip It

    Singer: Rowan Pierce. Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • Purcell: The Fairy Queen, 1692.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 14.
  • Alfredo Piatti

    Concertino in A minor Op. 18 (2nd mvt.)

    Performer: Josephine Knight. Orchestra: Royal Northern Sinfonia. Conductor: Martin Yates.
    • Dutton Epoch.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Trois beaux oiseaux du Paradis (No. 2 from Trois chansons, M69)

    Performer: Julius Drake. Singer: Anna Prohaska.
    • Alpha.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Silhouette (Galilee)

    Performer: Julius Drake. Singer: Anna Prohaska.
    • Alpha.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    Bonjour toi, colombe verte

    Performer: Julius Drake. Singer: Anna Prohaska.
    • Alpha.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet in A minor Op.132 (5th mvt)

    Ensemble: Tetzlaff Quartett.
    • Beethoven: String Quartets, Opp. 132, 130 & 133.
    • Ondine.
    • 5.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No.5 in C minor Op.67 (1st mvt.)

    Orchestra: MusicAeterna. Conductor: Teodor Currentzis.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Erkki-Sven Tüür

    Symphony No. 9 'Mythos' (opening)

    Orchestra: Estonian Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Paavo Järvi.
    • Alpha.
  • Paul Mealor

    Let All the World in Every Corner Sing

    Choir: Voce New England.
    • Blessing: The Music of Paul Mealor.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 1.
  • William Byrd

    Agnus Dei (Mass for Four Voices)

    Choir: Marian Consort. Director: Rory McCleery.
    • Delphian.
  • Juan Esquivel

    Agnus Dei (Missa Hortus Conclusus)

    Choir: De Profundis. Director: Eamonn Dougan.
    • Hyperion.
  • Owain Park

    Phos hilaron

    Choir: Gesualdo Six. Director: Owain Park.
    • Hyperion.
  • Joanna Marsh

    Fading

    Choir: Gesualdo Six. Director: Owain Park.
    • Hyperion.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    The Sun Danced

    Singer: Mary Bevan. Choir: Genesis Sixteen. Choir: The Sixteen. Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • Coro.
  • Richard Wagner

    Die Walküre, WWV 86B (end of Act I)

    Singer: Eva-Maria Westbroek. Singer: Iréne Theorin. Singer: Elisabeth Kulman. Singer: Stuart Skelton. Singer: James Rutherford. Singer: Eric Halfvarson. Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Wagner: Die Walküre, WWV 86B (Live).
    • BR-Klassik.
    • 15-20.

Record Review

9.00am

 

Purcell: The Fairy Queen, 1692

Carolyn Sampson (soprano)

Anna Dennis (soprano)

Mhairi Lawson (soprano)

Ashley Riches (bass-baritone)

Roderick Williams (baritone)

Gabrieli Consort & Players

Paul McCreesh (conductor)

Signum SIGCD615 (2 CDs)

https://signumrecords.com/product/purcell-the-fairy-queen-1692/SIGCD615/

 

Schumann & Piatti: Works for Cello & Orchestra

Josephine Knight (cello)

Royal Northern Sinfonia

Martin Yates (conductor)

Dutton Epoch CDLX 7371 (Hybrid SACD)

https://www.duttonvocalion.co.uk/proddetail.php?prod=CDLX7371

 

Paradise Lost: songs by Ravel, Bernstein, Messiaen, Fauré, Debussy etc.

Anna Prohaska (soprano)

Julius Drake (piano)

Alpha ALPHA581

https://outhere-music.com/en/albums/paradise-lost-alpha581

 

Beethoven: String Quartets Opp. 132 & 130/133

Tetzlaff Quartet

Ondine ODE13472 (2 CDs)

https://www.ondine.net/?lid=en&cid=2.2&oid=6482

 

9.30am – Building a Library – Jeremey Summerly on Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms (NOTE: this is a repeat; it was first broadcast on 16th November 2019)

 

Composer: Igor Stravinsky

Reviewer: Jeremy Summerly

 

Recommended Recording:

Toronto Festival Singers

CBC Symphony Orchestra

Elmer Iseler (chorus master)

Igor Stravinsky (conductor)

Sony 88875126242 (3CDs or download)

 

Other Recommended Recordings:

 

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sigurd Brauns (chorus master)

Pierre Boulez (conductor)

Deutsche Grammophon E4576162

 

English Bach Festival Choir

London Symphony Orchestra

Leonard Bernstein (conductor)

Sony G010002678750Z (download only) or G010003720136U (download only)

 

10.15am – New Releases

 

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

MusicAeterna

Teodor Currentzis (conductor)

Sony 19075884972

https://sonyclassical.com/discover/releases-details/ludwig-van-beethoven-symphony-no-5

 

L'Unique: Harpsichord music of François Couperin

Jory Vinikour (harpshichord)

Cedille CDR90000194

https://www.cedillerecords.org/albums/lunique-harpsichord-music-of-francois-couperin/

 

Erkki-Sven Tüür: Mythos

Estonian Festival Orchestra

Paavo Järvi (conductor)

Alpha ALPHA595

https://outhere-music.com/en/albums/mythos-alpha595

 

10.45am – New Releases – Anna Lapwood on new choral releases

 

Blessing: The Music of Paul Mealor

Voce

Mark Singleton (conductor)

Signum SIGCD613

https://signumrecords.com/product/blessing-the-music-of-paul-mealor/SIGCD613/

 

James MacMillan: Symphony No. 5 'Le grand Inconnu' & The Sun Danced

Mary Bevan (soprano)

The Sixteen

Genesis Sixteen

Britten Sinfonia

Harry Christophers (conductor)

CORO Live COR16179

https://thesixteenshop.com/products/james-macmillan-symphony-no-5-le-grand-inconnu-the-sun-danced

 

Singing In Secret: Clandestine Catholic Music by William Byrd

Marian Consort

Rory McCleery (conductor)

Delphian DCD34230

https://www.delphianrecords.com/collections/new-releases/products/marian-consort-singing-in-secret

 

Esquivel: Missa Hortus conclusus, Magnificat & motets

De Profundis

Eamonn Dougan (conductor)

https://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/dc.asp?dc=D_CDA68326

 

Fading: music by Tallis, Gesualdo, Seers, Park, Marsh, Byrd etc.

The Gesualdo Six

Owain Park (conductor)

Hyperion CDA68285

https://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/dc.asp?dc=D_CDA68285

 

11.15am – Record of the Week

 

Wagner: Die Walküre

Eva-Maria Westbroek (soprano, Sieglinde)

Stuart Skelton (tenor, Siegmund)

Eric Halfvarson (bass, Hunding)

Iréne Theorin (soprano, Brünnhilde)

James Rutherford (bass-baritone, Wotan)

Elisabeth Kulman (mezzo-soprano, Fricka)

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)

BR Klassik 900177 (4 CDs)

https://www.br-klassik.de/orchester-und-chor/br-klassik-cds/symphonieorchester/wagner-walkure-brso-rattle-cd-100.html

Broadcast

  • Sat 18 Apr 2020 09:00

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