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Grieg's Holberg Suite with Oliver Condy and Andrew McGregor

A round-up of the best new classical releases, and in Building a Library Oliver Condy recommends a recording of Grieg's Holberg Suite. Plus Berta Joncus on new Baroque recordings.

with Andrew McGregor

Building a Library
Another chance to hear Oliver Condy discussing his favourite recordings of Grieg's Holberg Suite and making a recommendation.

Grieg's ever-popular Holberg Suite is a set of five tuneful movements for string orchestra. Based on 18th-century dance forms, it was written in 1884 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Dano-Norwegian humanist playwright Ludvig Holberg.

Berta Joncus shares some recent recordings of Baroque music.

Record of the Week
Andrew recommends an outstanding new release.

14 days left to listen

2 hours, 46 minutes

Music Played

  • Giacomo Puccini

    Madama Butterfly, Act II Scene 1 Un bel di vedremo

    Singer: Aleksandra Kurzak. Orchestra: Morphing Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Frédéric Chaslin.
    • Sony.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Piano Sonata No 6 in A Minor, Op 82 (4th mvt)

    • Prokofiev: Sonata No. 6 & Visions fugitives.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 4.
  • Nikolai Tcherepnin

    Prelude to 'La princesse lointaine', Op 4

    Conductor: Łukasz Borowicz. Orchestra: Bamberg Symphony Orchestra.
    • Tcherepnin: Prelude to "La princesse lointaine", Op. 4 & Narcisse et Echo, Op. 4.
    • CPO.
    • 1.
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Stande (3rd mvt, Lieber Gott, es ist das Deine)

    Singer: Benjamin Appl. Orchestra: Berliner Barock Solisten. Conductor: Reinhard Goebel.
    • Cantatas of the Bach Family.
    • haenssler CLASSIC.
    • 3.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Piano Concerto No 1 in F sharp minor, Op 1 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Anna Fedorova. Orchestra: St Gallen Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Modestas Pitrėnas.
    • Channel Classics.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Violin Sonata in G major Op.30`3 (1st mvt)

    Performer: Tamsin Waley-Cohen. Performer: Huw Watkins.
    • Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1, 5 & 8.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 7.
  • Louis Spohr

    Quintet for Piano and Winds, Op 52 (4th mvt)

    Performer: Éric Le Sage. Ensemble: Les Vents Français.
    • Warner.
  • Nicola Matteis

    Grave / Ground after the Scotch Humour (Ayres for the Violin)

    Performer: Amandine Beyer. Performer: Michael Oman. Ensemble: Austrian Baroque Company.
    • Fra Bernardo.
  • André Cardinal Destouches

    Aussitôt le bruit du tonnerre. Est-il un destin plus heureux (Sémélé)

    Singer: Stéphanie d'Oustrac. Ensemble: Amarillis. Conductor: Héloïse Gaillard.
    • Portraits de la Folie.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 5.
  • John Bull

    Fantasia No 16

    Performer: Silas Wollston.
    • In Chains of Gold, The English Pre-Restoration Verse Anthem, Volume 2: William B.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 10.
  • Edmund Hooper

    O God of Gods

    Performer: Silas Wollston. Choir: Magdalena Consort. Ensemble: His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts.
    • In Chains of Gold, The English Pre-Restoration Verse Anthem, Volume 2: William B.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 17.
  • Francesco Morlacchi

    Tebaldo e Isolina (Excerpts Arr. for Voice & Piano): Caro suono lusinghier

    Performer: Iris Rath. Performer: Joachim Enders. Singer: Robert Crowe.
    • The Romantic Castrato.
    • Toccata Next.
    • 703.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    6 Variations on "Nel cor piu non mi sento" WoO 70

    Performer: Joachim Enders.
    • The Romantic Castrato.
    • Toccata Next.
    • 401.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Oboe Sonata in C Major, RV 801 (1st mvt)

    Ensemble: Die Freitagsakademie.
    • Winter and Winter.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Overture in F Major, TWV 44:10 'La Chasse' (4th mvt)

    Ensemble: Die Freitagsakademie.
    • Winter and Winter.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No 7 in E Minor "Song of the Night" (1st mvt)

    Conductor: Osmo Vänskä. Orchestra: Minnesota Orchestra.
    • Mahler: Symphony No. 7 in E Minor "Song of the Night".
    • BIS.
    • 1.

Record Review

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Desire: Arias by Puccini, Verdi, Bizet, Tchaikovsky etc.

Aleksandra Kurzak (soprano)

Morphing Chamber Orchestra

Frédéric Chaslin (conductor)

Sony 19075883262


Prokofiev: Sonata No. 6 & Visions Fugitives

Vadym Kholodenko (piano)

Harmonia Mundi HMM 902659!/albums/2612


Nikolai Tcherepnin: Narcisse et Echo, La Princesse lontaine

Bamberger Symphoniker

Łukasz Borowicz (conductor)

CPO 555 250-2                 


Cantatas of the Bach Family

Benjamin Appl (baritone)

Christoph Hartmann (oboe)

Berlin Barock Solisten

Reinhard Goebel (conductor)

Hänssler Classic HC19081



9.30am – Building a Library – Oliver Condy on Grieg’s Holberg Suite, Op. 40 [version for string orchestra]



Composer: Edvard Grieg

Reviewer: Oliver Condy


Recommended Recording:

Academy of St Martin in the Fields (1984 recording)

Sir Neville Marriner (conductor)

Philips 4127272 and Eloquence ELQ4565612


Other Recommended Recording(s):


Oslo Camerata

Stephan Barratt-Due (conductor)

Naxos 8557890


Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra

Juha Kangas (conductor)

Caprice CAP21443 (download only)


Australian Chamber Orchestra

Richard Tognetti (director)




10.15am – New Releases


Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 1, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini & Preludes

Anna Fedorova (piano)

Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen

Modestas Pitrenas (conductor)

Channel Classics CCS 42620


 Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1, 5 & 8

Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin)

Huw Watkins (piano)

Signum Classics SIGCD618


Romantique: Klughardt, Onslow & Spohr

Les Vents Français

Eric Le Sage (piano)

Warner Classics 9029528568



10.40am – New Releases – Berta Joncus on Baroque and Beyond


London Calling: A Collection of Ayres, Fantasies and Musical Humours

Amandine Beyer (violin)

Michael Oman (recorder and director)

Austrian Baroque Company

FB2001111 Fra Bernardo


Portraits de La Folie: Arias by Destouches, Marais, Purcell etc. 

Stéphanie d'Oustrac (mezzo)

Ensemble Amarillis

Héloïse Gaillard (recorder, oboe and director)

Harmonia Mundi HMM902646!/albums/2614


In Chains of Gold: The English Pre-Restoration Verse Anthem Vol. 2

Magdalena Consort


His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts

Silas Wollston (organ)

Signum SIGCD609


The Romantic Castrato: The Ornamented Songs and Arias of Giambattista Velluti

Robert Crowe (male soprano)

Joachim Enders (piano)

Iris Rath (flute)

Toccata Classics TOCN0008


Baroque Wind: Vivaldi, Zelenka, Händel, Fasch, Telemann

Die Freitagsakademie

Winter and Winter 9102632


11.20am – Record of the Week


Mahler: Symphony No. 7

Minnesota Orchestra

Osmo Vänskä (conductor)

BIS BIS2386 (Hybrid SACD)  


  • Sat 27 Jun 2020 09:00

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