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Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto in Building a Library with David Owen Norris and Andrew McGregor

David Owen Norris chooses his favourite version of Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto in Building a Library with Andrew McGregor, and Jeremy Summerly on new releases of choral music

with Andrew McGregor

9.30 Building a Library
David Owen Norris chooses his favourite version of Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto.

Sergei Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30, was composed in 1909. The piece has become known as one of the most technically challenging concertos in the repertoire - a reputation that became even more widespread after the 1996 film Shine, based on the life of pianist David Helfgott. Rachmaninov himself was the soloist in the first performance in New York. He practiced it on a silent keyboard that he brought with him while en route to the United States.

10.30
Jeremy Summerly reviews new releases of choral music by Gombert, Monteverdi, Schutz, Kuhnau and JS Bach.

11.20
Record of the Week
Andrew recommends an outstanding new release.

2 hours, 47 minutes

Music Played

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Laudate Dominum (Vespers K339)

    Singer: Marina Rebeka. Choir: Latvian Radio Choir. Orchestra: Sinfonietta Rīga. Conductor: Modestas Pitrėnas.
    • Prima Classic.
  • Franz Schubert

    Violin Sonata in A Major, Op. 162, D. 574 "Grand Duo" (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Ariadne Daskalakis. Performer: Paolo Giacometti.
    • Schubert: Music for Violin, Vol. 2.
    • BIS.
    • 402.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No. 83 in G Minor, Hob. I:83 "The hen" (1st mvt)

    Orchestra: Orchestre de chambre de Paris. Conductor: Douglas Boyd.
    • Haydn: Complete Paris Symphonies Nos. 82-87.
    • NoMadMusic.
    • 101.
  • Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji

    100 Transcendental Studies, KSS 66 (Nos. 86 & 89)

    Performer: Fredrik Ullén.
    • Sorabji: 100 Transcendental Studies, KSS 66 (Excerpts).
    • BIS.
    • 3 & 6.
  • Paul Ben-Haim

    Pan Op. 17 (1st mvt)

    Singer: Claudia Barainsky. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Omer Meir Wellber.
    • Chandos.
  • César Franck

    Violin Sonata in A major (4h mvt)

    Performer: Nathan Meltzer. Performer: Rohan de Silva.
    • Champs Hill Records.
  • Edward Elgar

    From the Bavarian Highlands, Op. 27

    Choir: Bavarian Radio Symphony Choir. Conductor: Howard Arman.
    • Elgar: From the Bavarian Highlands, Op. 27 & Partsongs.
    • BR-Klassik.
    • 1-6.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Schübler Chorales BWV645 & 646

    Performer: James Johnstone.
    • Metronome.
  • Richard Strauss

    Divertimento aus Klavierstücke von François Couperin, Op. 86 (5th mvt)

    Orchestra: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jun Märkl.
    • R. Strauss: Tanzsuite & Divertimento aus Klavierstücken von François Couperin.
    • Naxos.
    • 205.
  • Johann Kuhnau

    Ich habe Lust abzuscheiden (mvts 7 & 8)

    Singer: Isabel Schicketanz. Singer: Heidi Maria Taubert. Ensemble: Camerata Lipsiensis. Director: Gregor Meyer.
    • CPO.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    'Pan ist Meister'; 'Wie Midas' (Geschwinde)

    Choir: RIAS Chamber Choir. Ensemble: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin. Director: René Jacobs.
    • harmonia mundi.
  • Nicolas Gombert

    Kyrie (Missa a la Incoronation)

    Ensemble: Beauty Farm.
    • Fra Bernardo.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Ave maris stella (Vespro della Beata Vergine)

    Singer: Alena Dantcheva. Ensemble: Il Gusto Barocco. Orchestra: Stuttgarter Barockorchester. Director: Jörg Halubek.
    • CPO.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    Herr, auf dich traue ich SWV 377

    Ensemble: Ensemble Polyharmonique.
    • Raumklang Records.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    Erhöre mich SWV 289

    Ensemble: Ensemble Polyharmonique.
    • Raumklang Records.
  • Mieczyslaw Weinberg

    String Quartet No. 8 in C Major, Op. 66

    Ensemble: Arcadia Quartet.
    • Chandos.

Record Review

9.00am

 

Credo: music by Mozart, Verdi, Vavilov, Bach, Stradella etc.

Marina Rebeka (soprano)

Latvian Radio Choir

Sinfonietta Riga

Modestas Pitrenas (conductor)

Prima Classic PRIMA007

https://primaclassic.com/credo/

 

Schubert: Music for Violin II

Ariadne Daskalakis (violin)

Paolo Giacometti (fortepiano)

BIS BIS2373 (Hybrid SACD)

https://bis.se/performers/daskalakis-ariadne/schubert-music-for-violin-ii

 

Haydn: Complete Paris Symphonies Nos. 82-87

Orchestre de Chambre de Paris

Douglas Boyd (conductor)

NoMadMusic NMM078D

https://nomadmusic.fr/en/label/haydn-the-paris-symphonies

 

Sorabji: 100 Transcendental Studies 84-100

Fredrik Ullen (piano)

BIS BIS2433 (2 CDs)

https://bis.se/label/bis/sorabji-100-transcendental-studies-nos-84-100

 

Paul Ben-Haim: Music of Israel: Symphony No. 1, Pastorale variée & Pan

Claudia Barainsky (soprano)

John Bradbury (clarinet)

BBC Philharmonic

Omer Meir Wellber (conductor)

Chandos CHAN20169

https://www.chandos.net/products/catalogue/CHAN%2020169

 

9.30am – Building a Library – David Owen Norris on Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

 

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff

Reviewer: David Owen Norris

Recommended Recording:

Stephen Hough (piano)

Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Litton (conductor)

Hyperion CDA67501/2 (2 CDs)

 

Other Recommended Recording(s):

 

Daniil Trifonov (piano)

Philadelphia Orchestra

Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor)

Deutsche Grammophon 4836617

 

 

10.15am – New Releases

 

To Roman Totenberg: music by Bach, Franck, Szymanowski & Bartók

Nathan Meltzer (violin)

Rohan de Silva (piano)

Champs Hill Records CHRCD161

https://www.champshillrecords.co.uk/696/Nathan-Meltzer-To-Roman-Totenberg

 

Elgar: From the Bavarian Highlands

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Howard Arman (conductor)

BR Klassik 900522

https://www.br-klassik.de/orchester-und-chor/br-klassik-cds/br-chor/cd-chor-elgar-bavarian-highlands-100.html

 

Bach: Leipzig Chorales, Schübler Chorales & Canonic Variations

James Johnstone (Christoph Treutmann organ 1737, Grauhof, Germany)

Metronome METCD1096 (2 CDs)

 

Strauss: Tanzsuite & Divertimento Op. 86

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Jun Märkl (conductor)

Naxos 8574217

https://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=8.574217

 

10.40am – Jeremy Summerly on new early choral releases

 

Johann Kuhnau: Complete Sacred Works, Vol. 5

Isabel Schicketanz (soprano)

Heidi Maria Taubert (soprano)

David Erler (alto)

Tobias Hunger (tenor)

Friedemann Klos (bass)

Camerata Lipsiensis

Gregor Meyer (conductor)

CPO 555260-2

 

JS Bach: Secular Cantatas, BWV201, 205 & 21

RIAS Chamber Choir

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

René Jacobs (director)

Harmonia Mundi HMM931544.45 (2 CDs)

http://www.harmoniamundi.com/#!/albums/1663

 

Nicholas Gombert: Masses

Beauty Farm

Fra Bernardo FB2005329 (2 CDs)

http://frabernardo.com/?portfolio=gombert-masses-beauty-farm

 

Monteverdi: Vespro della beata Vergine

Il Gusto Barocco

Jorg Halubek (director)

CPO 555314-2

 

Heinrich Schütz: Geistliche Chor-Music 1648

Ensemble Polyharmonique

Raumklang RK3903

 

11.30am – Record of the Week

 

Weinberg: String Quartets Vol. 1: String Quartets Nos. 2, 5 and 8

Arcadia Quartet

Chandos CHAN20158

https://www.chandos.net/products/catalogue/CHAN%2020158

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