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Debussy's Etudes with Iain Burnside and Andrew McGregor

Pianist Iain Burnside's library recommendation for Debussy's set of Etudes plus, celebrating International Women's Day, a round-up of recent releases of music by female composers.

Pianist Iain Burnside's library recommendation for Debussy's set of Etudes plus, celebrating International Women's Day, a round-up of recent releases of music by female composers

Presented by Andrew McGregor

9.30am
Building a Library
Iain Burnside joins Andrew to review recordings of Debussy's quirky and technically-demanding Etudes for piano, looking to choose the ultimate release to buy, download or stream

10.40am
Looking forward to International Women's Day on Monday, Natasha Loges brings to the table a pile of recent releases of music by Fanny Mendelssohn, Anna Clyne, Caroline Shaw and Ethyl Smyth

11.15am
Record of the Week
Andrew's pick of the best new releases this week

2 hours, 47 minutes

Music Played

  • Claude Debussy

    Petite suite, L71: I. En bateau

    Performer: Paul Lewis. Performer: Steven Osborne.
    • French duets.
    • Hyperion.
    • 16.
  • Béla Bartók

    The Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19, Sz. 73: Introduction, 1st and 2nd Decoy Games

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard.
    • Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, Suite No. 2 & Hungarian Peasant Songs.
    • ONYX.
    • 1-3.
  • Pierre Villette

    Messe Da Pacem, Op. 38: III. Sanctus

    Performer: Andrew Dewar. Music Arranger: Rupert Gough. Choir: Choir of Royal Holloway. Director: Rupert Gough.
    • Messe Da Pacem: Music by Pierre Villette, Yves Castagnet and Ravel.
    • Ad Fontes.
    • 4.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude and Fugue in D Major (BWV 532), P 158

    Music Arranger: Ottorino Respighi. Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège. Conductor: John Neschling.
    • Respighi: Transcriptions.
    • BIS.
    • 1-2.
  • Percy Grainger

    Colonial Song (original version 1912)

    Singer: Pamela Helen Stephen. Singer: Mark Padmore. Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Complete Grainger Edition.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 13.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Winter Words, Op. 52: Nos. 7 & 8

    Performer: Benjamin Britten. Singer: Peter Pears.
    • PETER PEARS AND BENJAMIN BRITTEN IN CONCERTS. LENINGRAD 1963, 1966 (LIVE).
    • MELODIYA.
    • 7-8.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15: III. Rondo. Allegro scherzando (Live)

    Conductor: Helmut Müller‐Brühl. Orchestra: Kölner Kammerorchester.
    • Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (Live).
    • Naxos.
    • 3.
  • Fanny Mendelssohn

    Trio in D minor, Op.11: 1) Allegro molto vivace

    Ensemble: Abegg Trio.
    • Tacet.
  • Anna Clyne

    Masquerade

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
    • Avie.
  • Josephine Lang

    Scheideblick

    Performer: Malcolm Martineau. Singer: Catriona Morison.
    • Linn.
  • Josephine Lang

    Gestern und Heute

    Performer: Malcolm Martineau. Singer: Catriona Morison.
    • Linn.
  • Caroline Shaw

    Taxidermy

    Performer: Gil Kalish. Performer: Sō Percussion. Singer: Dawn Upshaw.
    • Nonesuch.
  • Ethel Smyth

    String Quartet in C minor: 3) Scherzo

    Ensemble: Maier Quartet.
    • Caprice.
  • Edward Elgar

    Violin Concerto in B Minor, Op. 61: I. Allegro

    Performer: Renaud Capuçon. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Elgar: Violin Concerto & Violin Sonata.
    • Erato.
    • 1.

Record Review

9.00am

 

French Duets - music by Faure, Poulenc, Debussy, Stravinsky and Ravel

Paul Lewis (piano)

Steven Osborne (piano)

Hyperion CDA68329

https://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/dc.asp?dc=D_CDA68329

 

Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

Onyx ONYX4213

https://onyxclassics.com/release/bartok-the-miraculous-mandarin/

 

Messe Da Pacem: Music by Pierre Villette, Yves Castagnet and Ravel

The Choir of Royal Holloway

Rupert Gough (director)

Ad Fontes AF004

https://www.adfontes.org.uk/catalogue/rupert-gough/messe-da-pacem-music-by-pierre-villette-yves-castagnet-and-ravel/

 

Respighi: Transcriptions of Bach and Rachmaninov

Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège

John Neschling (conductor)

BIS BIS-2350 (Hybrid SACD)

https://bis.se/conductors/neschling-john/respighi-transcriptions

 

 

9.30am – Building a Library – Iain Burnside on Debussy’s Études

                                                                                                          

Recommended Recording:


Debussy - Complete Works for Solo Piano Volume 4

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)

Chandos CHAN10497

https://www.chandos.net/products/catalogue/CHAN%2010497

 

Also recommended:

 

Debussy: 12 Études pour piano

Mitsuko Uchida (piano)

Philips 4224122

 

Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol.2

Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano)

Decca 4602472

 

 

 

10.15am – New Releases

 

Complete Grainger Edition

Pamela Helen Stephen (mezzo)

Mark Padmore (tenor)

City of London Sinfonia

Richard Hickox (conductor)

Chandos CHAN20196 (21 CDs)

https://www.chandos.net/products/catalogue/CHAN%2020196

 

Peter Pears and Benjamin Britten in Concerts. Leningrad 1963, 1966 (live)

Peter Pears (tenor)

Benjamin Britten (piano)

Melodiya MEL CO 0674

https://melody.su/en/catalog/classic/51354/

 

Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1* & 2$

Igor Levit (piano)*

Xiaohan Wang (piano)$

Kölner Kammerorchester

Helmut Müller-Brühl (conductor)

Naxos 8551447

https://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=8.551447

 

 

10.40am – Natasha Loges on Women Composers

 

Mendelssohn & Hensel: Piano Trios

Abegg Trio

Tacet TACET081DIG

https://www.tacet.de/main/seite1.php?language=en&filename=production.php&bestnr=00810

 

Anna Clyne: Mythologies

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Marin Alsop (conductor)

Avie AV2434

http://www.avie-records.com/releases/anna-clyne-mythologies/

 

The Dark Night Has Vanished

Catriona Morison (mezzo)

Malcolm Martineau (piano)

Linn CKD637

https://www.linnrecords.com/recording-dark-night-has-vanished

 

Caroline Shaw: Narrow Sea

Sō Percussion

Gilbert Kalish (piano)

Dawn Upshaw (vocals, percussion)

Caroline Shaw (organ)

Nonesuch 7559791788 (2 CDs)

https://www.nonesuch.com/albums/narrow-sea


Rendezvous: Leipzig - quartets by Amanda Meier and Ethel Smyth

The Maier Quartet

Caprice DBCD197

 

 

11.20am – Record of the Week

 

Elgar: Violin Concerto & Violin Sonata

Renaud Capuçon (violin)

Stephen Hough (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra

Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)

Erato 9029511282

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

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  • Sat 6 Mar 2021 09:00

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