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Mozart Mass in C minor in Building a Library with Simon Heighes and Andrew McGregor

The best new classical releases, plus Simon Heighes chooses his favourite recording of Mozart's Mass in C minor, and Kate Molleson sifts through some recent orchestral albums.

with Andrew McGregor

9.30 Building a Library
Simon Heighes chooses his favourite recording of Mozart's Mass in C minor, K427, 'Great'.

Mozart never finished his C minor Mass: it might have been the turmoil surrounding his resignation from the service of the bane of his life, the Archbishop of Salzburg, or the business of his recent marriage to Constanze Weber in 1782 (his father was against it). But what there is of it is magnificent, including grand choruses harking back to the great choral works of Handel and Bach. And there is some ravishingly sensuous music for the two sopranos (and woodwind), the kind of thing that Stravinsky sniffily characterised as 'rococo-operatic sweets-of-sin'.

Kate Molleson has been listening to new orchestral albums including music by Mozart, Janáček, Kalevi Aho and Gloria Bruni.

Record of the Week
Andrew recommends an outstanding new release.

2 hours, 47 minutes

Music Played

  • Peter Breiner

    Slovak Dances, Naughty & Sad: No. 1, The Field of Zaluzice

    Performer: Boris Lenko. Orchestra: Slovenská filharmónia. Conductor: Peter Breiner.
    • Peter Breiner: Slovak Dances, Naughty & Sad.
    • Naxos.
    • 1.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, BWV 228

    Lyricist: Anonymous. Ensemble: Ensemble Pygmalion. Director: Raphaël Pichon.
    • Johann Sebastian Bach: Motets.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 6.
  • Robert Schumann

    12 Gedichte, Op. 35: 2. Stirb, Lieb' und Freud'!

    Performer: Joseph Middleton. Lyricist: Justinus Kerner. Singer: Samuel Hasselhorn.
    • Schumann: Stille Liebe.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 5.
  • Jean Françaix

    Wind Quintet, No. 1 (4th mvt)

    Ensemble: Monet Quintett.
    • Dubugnon, Taffanel, Holst and Françaix: Wind Quintets.
    • CAvi-music.
    • 12.
  • Georges Bizet

    Chants du Rhin, WD 52: La Bohémienne

    Performer: Nathanaël Gouin.
    • Bizet sans Paroles.
    • Mirare.
    • 4.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21 (3rd mvt) arr. Hummel

    Performer: Anna Besson. Performer: Marcus van den Munckhof. Performer: Cecilia Bernardini. Performer: Aurelia Visovan. Music Arranger: Johann Nepomuk Hummel.
    • Ricercar.
  • Nico Muhly

    How Little You Are: No. 3, A Long-Drawn Wail

    Choir: Conspirare. Ensemble: Austin Guitar Quartet. Ensemble: Texas Guitar Quartet. Ensemble: The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Conductor: Craig Hella Johnson.
    • The Singing Guitar.
    • Delos.
    • 4.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K516 (4th mvt)

    Performer: Adrien La Marca. Ensemble: Van Kuijk Quartet.
    • Alpha.
  • Jake Heggie

    The Work at Hand No. 3, The Slow Seconds

    Performer: Jake Heggie. Singer: Jamie Barton.
    • Jake Heggie: Unexpected Shadows.
    • 203.
  • Aram Khachaturian

    Masquerade Suite: I. Waltz

    Conductor: Dmitri Georgievich Kitayenko. Orchestra: Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Prokofiev & Khachaturian: Orchestral Works.
    • Oehms Classics.
    • 201.
  • Gloria Bruni

    Symphony No. 1 "The Parable of Rings": XI. I figli

    Singer: Deborah Humble. Singer: Andrej Morozow. Orchestra: Radio Symphony Orchestra Minsk. Conductor: Wilhelm Keitel.
    • Symphony No. 1 "The Parable of Rings".
    • Rondeau.
    • 110.
  • Kalevi Aho

    Concerto for Percussion & Orchestra "Sieidi" (excerpt)

    Performer: Colin Currie. Orchestra: Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Dmitri Slobodeniouk.
    • Kalevi Aho: Sieidi & Symphony No. 5.
    • BIS.
    • 106.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219 "Turkish": II. Adagio

    Performer: Baiba Skride. Orchestra: Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Eivind Aadland.
    • Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos. 1-5.
    • Orfeo.
    • 202.
  • Leos Janáček

    Sinfonietta (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen, Sinfonietta.
    • Lso Live.
    • 217.
  • Franz Schubert

    Symphony No. 2 in B-Flat Major, D. 125 (1st mvt)

    Orchestra: B'Rock Orchestra. Conductor: René Jacobs.
    • Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3.
    • 1.

Record Review



Peter Breiner: Slovak Dances, Naughty and Sad

Stanislav Palúch (violin)

Boris Lenko (accordion)

Slovak Philharmonic

Peter Breiner (conductor)

Naxos 8574184-85 (2 CDs)


JS Bach: Motets and works by Praetorius, Bertolusi, Gallus & Gabrieli


Raphaël Pichon (director)

Harmonia Mundi HMM902657!/albums/2647


Robert Schumann: ‘Stille Liebe’, Lieder

Samuel Hasselhorn (baritone)

Joseph Middleton (piano)

Harmonia Mundi HMN916114!/albums/2651


Wind Quintets By Dubugnon, Taffanel, Holst & Françaix

Monet Quintett

Avi Music AVI8553008


Bizet - Sans Paroles: piano works by Bizet & Saint-Saëns

Nathanaël Gouin (piano)

Mirare MIR452


9.30am – Building a Library – Simon Heighes on Mozart’s Mass in C minor, K427 'Great'

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Reviewer: Simon Heighes


Recommended Recording:

Carolyn Sampson (soprano)

Olivia Vermeulen (mezzo-soprano)

Makoto Sakurada (tenor)

Christian Immler (baritone)

Bach Collegium Japan Chorus

Bach Collegium Japan

Masaaki Suzuki (director)

BIS BIS2171 (Hybrid SACD)


Other Recommended Recording(s):


Arleen Augér (soprano)

Lynne Dawson (soprano)

John Mark Ainsley (tenor)

David Thomas (bass)

Winchester College Quiristers

Winchester Cathedral Choir

Academy of Ancient Music

Christopher Hogwood (director)

Decca 4255282


10.15am – New Releases


Mozart, Hummel & Beethoven: Concerto, Sonate, Symphony

Anna Besson (flute)

Cecilia Bernardini (violin)

Marcus van den Munckhof (cello)

Aurélia Visovan (pianoforte)

Ricercar RIC417


The Singing Guitar: Esmail, Muhly, Smith, Johnson

Estelí Gomez (soprano)


Douglas Harvey (cello)

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

Texas Guitar Quartet

Austin Guitar Quartet

Craig Hella Johnson (director)

Delos DE 3595


Mozart: String Quintets K. 515 & 516

Adrien La Marca (viola)

Quatuor Van Kuijk

Alpha ALPHA587


Jake Heggie: Unexpected Shadows

Jamie Barton (mezzo-soprano)

Matt Haimovitz (cello)

Jake Heggie (piano)

Pentatone PTC5186836


10.45am – New Releases – Kate Molleson on new orchestral releases


Orchestral Suites by Sergei Prokofiev & Aram Khachaturian

Zagreb Philharmonic

Dmitri Kitayenko (conductor)

Oehms OC471 (2 CDs)


Bruni: Symphony No. 1

Radio Symphony Choir & Orchestra Minsk

Wilhelm Kittel (conductor)

Rondeau ROP6177


Kalevi Aho: Sieidi & Symphony No. 5

Colin Currie (percussion)

Lahti Symphony Orchestra

Dima Slobodeniouk and Jaan Ots (conductors)

BIS BIS2336 (Hybrid SACDs)


Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos. 1-5

Baiba Skride (violin)

Swedish Chamber Orchestra

Eivind Aadland (conductor)

Orfeo C997201 (2 CDs)


Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen, Sinfonietta*

Lucy Crowe (soprano, Vixen)

Gerald Finley (bass-baritone, Forester)

Sophia Burgos (soprano, Fox)

Jan Martiník (bass, Badger/Parson)

Peter Hoare (tenor, Mosquito/Rooster/Schoolmaster)

Hanno Müller-Brachmann (bass-baritone, Harašta)

London Symphony Chorus & Orchestra

Simon Rattle (conductor)

LSO Live LSO0850 (2 Hybrid SACDs)


*review of Sinfonietta only


11.15am – Record of the Week


Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3

B’Rock Orchestra

René Jacobs (conductor)

Pentatone PTC5186759 (Hybrid SACD)


  • Sat 26 Sep 2020 09:00

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