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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

09.30
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.

11.45
Berta Joncus shares some recent recordings of Baroque music.

11.20
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

https://www.sonyclassical.de/alben/releases-details/desire-2

 

Prokofiev: Sonata No. 6 & Visions Fugitives

Vadym Kholodenko (piano)

Harmonia Mundi HMM 902659

http://www.harmoniamundi.com/#!/albums/2612

 

Nikolai Tcherepnin: Narcisse et Echo, La Princesse lontaine

Bamberger Symphoniker

Łukasz Borowicz (conductor)

CPO 555 250-2                       

https://naxosdirect.co.uk/items/nikolai-tcherepnin-narcisse-et-echo-op.-40-la-princesse-lointaine-op.-4-symphonic-prelude-517508  

 

Cantatas of the Bach Family

Benjamin Appl (baritone)

Christoph Hartmann (oboe)

Berlin Barock Solisten

Reinhard Goebel (conductor)

Hänssler Classic HC19081

https://haensslerprofil.de/shop/konzerte-sinfonien/cantatas-of-the-bach-family-2/

 

 

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)

BIS BISSACD1877 (Hybrid SACD)

 

 

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

https://www.channelclassics.com/catalogue/42620-Fedorova-Rachmaninoff-Piano-Concerto-No-1/

 

 Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1, 5 & 8

Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin)

Huw Watkins (piano)

Signum Classics SIGCD618

https://signumrecords.com/product/beethoven-violin-sonatas-nos-1-5-8/SIGCD618/

 

Romantique: Klughardt, Onslow & Spohr

Les Vents Français

Eric Le Sage (piano)

Warner Classics 9029528568

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

 

                       

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

http://frabernardo.com/?portfolio=london-calling-a-collection-of-ayres-fantasies-and-musical-humours

 

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

https://www.harmoniamundi.com/#!/albums/2614

 

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

Magdalena Consort

Fretwork

His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts

Silas Wollston (organ)

Signum SIGCD609

https://signumrecords.com/product/in-chains-of-gold-volume-2/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

https://toccataclassics.com/product/the-romantic-castrato/

 

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

Die Freitagsakademie

Winter and Winter 9102632

https://www.winterandwinter.com/index.php?id=1659

 

11.20am – Record of the Week

 

Mahler: Symphony No. 7

Minnesota Orchestra

Osmo Vänskä (conductor)

BIS BIS2386 (Hybrid SACD)

https://bis.se/orchestras-ensembles/minnesota-orchestra/mahler-symphony-no7  

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