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Schumann's Symphony No 3, 'Rhenish', in Building a Library with Marina Frolova-Walker and Andrew McGregor

The best new classical releases, plus Marina Frolova-Walker chooses her favourite recording of Schumann's Third Symphony, and Andrew McGregor reviews new chamber music discs.

with Andrew McGregor

9.30 Building a Library
Marina Frolova-Walker chooses her favourite recording of Schumann's Symphony No 3 in E flat major, Op 97, nicknamed the 'Rhenish'.

In the autumn of 1850, Schumann moved to the Rhineland to take up the position of municipal music director in Düsseldorf. He composed his Third Symphony quickly in the November and filled the score with the impressions of his new home, stating that the symphony “perhaps reflects something of Rhenish life here and there”. The symphony has five movements including a fourth movement, the cathedral movement, that was marked by Schumann 'in the character of the accompaniment to a solemn ceremony', and was inspired by his visit to Cologne Cathedral.

Iain Burnside reviews new releases of chamber music on disc including Russian Tales played by cellist Andreas Brantelid, a survey of Vienna around 1900, and new arrangements of Beethoven and Bach.

Record of the Week
Andrew recommends an outstanding new release.

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2 hours, 47 minutes

Music Played

  • Eric Coates

    London Bridge

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: John Wilson.
    • Chandos.
  • Leos Janáček

    Good Night! (On an Overgrown Path, Book I: No. 7)

    Performer: Bertrand Chamayou.
    • Erato.
  • Leos Janáček

    Wiegenlied (Chant du berceau), S198

    Performer: Bertrand Chamayou.
    • Erato.
  • Giuseppe Tartini

    Violin Concerto No. 2 in E minor, D55 (1st mvt)

    Orchestra: Millenium Orchestra. Director: Evgeny Sviridov.
    • Ricercar.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64 (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Kirill Petrenko.
    • Beethoven · Tchaikovsky · Schmidt · Stephan.
    • Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • 303.
  • Joseph Haydn

    String Quartet, Op. 33 No. 2 in E flat major 'The Joke' (4th mvt)

    Ensemble: Doric String Quartet.
    • Chandos.
  • Franz Schubert

    String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D810 'Death and the Maiden' (4th mvt)

    Ensemble: Quatuor Arod.
    • Erato.
  • Armand-Louis Couperin

    Les Cacqueteuses (Pieces de Clavecin Op. 1)

    Performer: Christophe Rousset.
    • Armand-Louis Couperin: Pièces de Clavecin.
    • Aparté.
    • 104.
  • John Luther Adams

    Become River (opening)

    Orchestra: Seattle Symphony. Conductor: Ludovic Morlot.
    • John Luther Adams: The Become Trilogy.
    • Cantaloupe Music.
    • 101.
  • Jan Ladislav Dussek

    Credo (Messe Solemnelle)

    Singer: Stefanie True. Singer: Helen Charlston. Singer: Gwilym Bowen. Singer: Morgan Pearse. Choir: Academy of Ancient Music Chorus. Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Director: Richard Egarr.
    • AAM Records.
  • Nikolai Yakovlevich Myaskovsky

    Cello Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12 (1st mvt)

    Performer: Andreas Brantelid. Performer: Bengt Forsberg.
    • Naxos.
  • Josef Myslivecek

    Oboe Quintet No. 3 in F major (1st mvt)

    Performer: Michaela Hrabánková. Ensemble: Doležal Quartet.
    • Supraphon.
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    Piano Trio, Op. 1 (1st mvt)

    Performer: Daishin Kashimoto. Performer: Zvi Plesser. Performer: Éric Le Sage.
    • Alpha.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Adelaide, Op. 46

    Singer: Ilker Arcayürek. Ensemble: Ludwig Chamber Players.
    • CPO.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sonata sopr'il soggetto reale: IV. Allegro (After J.S. Bach's BWV 1079)

    Performer: Arthur Klaassens. Music Arranger: Raaf Hekkema. Ensemble: Calefax Reed Quintet.
    • Bach's Musical Offerings.
    • 701.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her (After J.S. Bach's BWV 769): Var. 5

    Music Arranger: Raaf Hekkema. Ensemble: Calefax Reed Quintet.
    • Bach's Musical Offerings.
    • 1105.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Symphony No. 11 in G Minor, Op. 103 "The Year 1905" (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski.
    • Symphony No. 11 in G Minor "The Year 1905".
    • London Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • 104.

Record Review



Coates: Orchestral Works Vol. 2

BBC Philharmonic

John Wilson (conductor)

Chandos CHAN20148


Good Night!

Music by Janáček, Liszt, Lyapunov, Chopin, Busoni etc.

Bertrand Chamayou (piano)

Erato 9029524243


Giuseppe Tartini: Violin Concertos

Evgeny Sviridov (violin)

Millenium Orchestra

Ricercar RIC414


Beethoven · Tchaikovsky · Schmidt · Stephan

Berliner Philharmoniker

Kirill Petrenko (conductor)

Berliner Philharmoniker BPHR200351 (5 CDs, 1 Blu-ray Audio, 1 Blu-ray Video)


Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 33

Doric String Quartet

Chandos CHAN20129(2) (2 CDs)


9.30am – Building a Library – Marina Frolova-Walker on Schumann’s Symphony No.3 ‘Rhenish’, Op.97


Composer: Robert Schumann

Reviewer: Marina Frolova-Walker

Recommended Recording:

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie

Paavo Järvi (conductor)

Sony G010002690676H


Other Recommended Recording(s):


Vienna Philharmonic

Leonard Bernstein (conductor)

Deutsche Grammophon 4153582


Swedish Chamber Orchestra

Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)



10.15am – New Releases


Schubert: Death and the Maiden String Quartet Nos. 14, 12 & 4

Quatuor Arod (string quartet)

Erato 9029517247


Anima Rara: arias by Puccini, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Verdi etc.

Ermonela Jaho (soprano)

Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana

Andrea Battistoni (conductor)

Opera Rara 9293802532


Armand-Louis Couperin: Pieces de Clavecin

Christophe Rousset (harpsichord)

Aparté AP236 (2 CDs)


John Luther Adams: The 'Become' Trilogy: Become River, Become Ocean & Become Desert

Seattle Symphony

Ludovic Morlot (conductor)

Cantaloup CA21161 (3 CDs)


Jan Ladislav Dussek: Messe Solemnelle

Stefanie True (soprano)

Helen Charlston (mezzo-soprano)

Gwilym Bowen (tenor)

Morgan Pearse (bass)

Choir of the Academy of Ancient Music

Academy of Ancient Music

Richard Egarr (director)

AAM Records AAM011


10.45am – New Releases – Iain Burnside on new chamber releases


Russian Tales: Myaskovsky cello sonatas & works by Glazunov

Andreas Brantelid (cello)

Bengt Forsberg (piano)

Naxos 8573985


Josef Mysliveček: Oboe Quintets & String Quartets

Michaela Hrabánková (oboe)

Doležal Quartet

Supraphon SU42892


Vienne 1900: music by Korngold, Zemlinsky, Mahler, Berg & Schoenberg

Emmanuel Pahud (flute)

Paul Meyer (clarinet)

Daishin Kashimoto (violin)

Zvi Plesser (cello)

Eric Le Sage (piano)

Alpha ALPHA588 (2 CDs)


Beethoven Arranged: Septet & Arrangements for Tenor, Winds & Strings

Ilker Arcayürek (tenor)

Ludwig Chamber Players

CPO 5553552


Bach’s Musical Offerings

Calefax Reed Quintet

Pentatone  PTC5186840 (Hybrid SACD)


11.15am – Record of the Week


Symphony No. 11 in G Minor 'The Year 1905'

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Vladimir Jurowski (conductor)



  • Sat 3 Oct 2020 09:00

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