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Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and Bach Violin Sonatas

Edward Seckerson with the must-have recording of Bernstein's choral masterpiece. Caroline Gill reviews recent releases of Bach sonatas for violin and for violin and keyboard.

Edward Seckerson with the must-have recording of Bernstein's choral masterpiece, while Caroline Gill reviews recent releases of Bach sonatas for violin and for violin and keyboard.

Presented by Andrew McGregor

Building a Library
Bernstein's exuberant Chichester Psalms was one of the composer's many strong connections with the UK, commissioned for the 1965 Southern Cathedrals Festival at Chichester Cathedral. Edward Seckerson talks to Andrew about the background to the piece, whilst whittling down the available recordings to come up with the finest recording to buy, download or stream.

Caroline Gill with a small groundswell of releases of Bach sonatas - both the Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin and the Sonatas for violin and keyboard - including recordings by Amandine Beyer, Petra Müllejans and Leonid Kogan.

Record of the Week
Andrew's pick of the best release this week

2 hours, 47 minutes

Music Played

  • Giovanni Antonio Guido

    Le Quattro Stagione: Le Printemps Nos. 5-7

    Performer: Andrés Gabetta. Ensemble: Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon.
    • Vivaldi & Guido: Le quattro stagioni.
    • Château de Versailles Spectacles.
    • 5-7.
  • Nino Rota

    Nonetto: IV. Canzone con variazioni, allegretto calmo

    Performer: Emmanuel Pahud. Performer: Olivier Thiery. Performer: Gilbert Audin. Performer: Paul Meyer. Performer: Joaquin Riquelme Garcia. Performer: Daishin Kashimoto. Performer: Claudio Bohórquez. Performer: François Meyer. Performer: Benoit de Barsony.
    • Nino Rota: Chamber Music.
    • Alpha.
    • 10.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    3 Songs: Puisque j'ai ma levre, Noel Op. 43 No. 1 & Pleurs d'or Op. 72

    Performer: Malcolm Martineau. Singer: Ann Murray. Singer: Lorna Anderson. Singer: Iestyn Davies. Singer: John Mark Ainsley.
    • The Complete Songs of Fauré, Vol. 4.
    • Signum.
    • 1.
  • Léon Boëllmann

    Symphony in F Major, Op. 24: I. Introduction - Allegro con fuoco

    Performer: Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse. Conductor: Patrick Davin.
    • Boëllmann: Symphonie en fa majeur, Variations symphoniques & Quatre pièces brève.
    • Fuga Libera.
    • 1.
  • George Gershwin

    Porgy and Bess (highlights)

    Singer: Kevin Short. Conductor: Marin Alsop. Ensemble: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Ensemble: Morgan State University Choir. Singer: Lester Lynch. Singer: Angel Blue. Singer: Darrin Scott. Singer: Chauncey Packer. Singer: Alexandria Crichlow.
    • Gershwin: Porgy & Bess (Highlights).
    • Pentatone.
    • 1.
  • William Byrd

    The Flute and The Drum, Les Buffons & The Earl of Salisbury

    Composer: John Bull.
  • Josef Bohuslav Foerster

    Liebeslieder, Op. 96: No 2 Tag fur Tag & No 3 Mein Herz

    Singer: Ester Pavlu. Orchestra: Karlovarský symfonický orchestr. Conductor: Debashish Chaudhuri.
    • Nielsen, Foerster & Labitzky: Orchestral Works.
    • Arco Diva.
    • 2.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Contrapunctus X, a 4 alla decima

    Performer: Les inAttendus. Performer: Alice Piérot. Performer: Vincent Lhermet. Performer: Marianne Muller.
    • Bach: The Art of Fugue.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 10.
  • Sebastian Fagerlund

    Cello Concerto "Nomade": I. Espressivo 7 & II. Agitato, molto ritmico (live)

    Conductor: Hannu Lintu. Orchestra: The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
    • Sebastian Fagerlund: Cello Concerto "Nomade" & Water Atlas (Live).
    • BIS.
    • 1.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Partita no.3: Prelude

    Performer: Leila Schayegh.
    • Glossa.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Partita no.2: Chaconne

    Performer: Amandine Beyer.
    • Alpha.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sonata in E minor: Adagio ma non tanto

    Performer: Petra Müllejans. Performer: Sabine Bauer. Performer: Marie Deller.
    • bastille musique.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sonata in E: Allegro

    Performer: Daniel Gaede. Performer: Raphael Alpermann.
    • Tacet.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sonata in F minor: Adagio

    Performer: Leonid Kogan. Performer: Karl Richter.
    • Eurodisc.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vasily Petrenko.
    • Onyx.







Vivaldi & Guido: Le quattro stagioni

Andrés Gabetta

Orchestre de l'Opéra Royal

Château de Versailles Spectacles  CVS042  (2 CDs & DVD) 



Nino Rota: Chamber Music

Emmanuel Pahud (flute)

Fraançois Meyer (oboe)

Aurélien Pascal (cello) 

Eric Le Sage (piano)

Paul Meyer (clarinet)

Daishin Kashimoto (violin)

Alpha  ALPHA746 



The Complete Songs of Fauré, Vol. 4

John Mark Ainsley (tenor)   

Lorna Anderson (soprano) 

Isobel Buchanan (soprano) 

John Chest (baritone) 

Sarah Connolly (mezzo soprano) 

Iestyn Davies (counter-tenor) 

Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano) 

Kitty Whately (mezzo-soprano) 

Malcolm Martineau (piano) 

Signum  SIGCD681 



Boëllmann: Symphony in F major, Symphonic Variations, & Four Short Pieces

Orchestre symphonique de Mulhouse

Patrick Davin

Henri Demarquette

Fuga Libera  FUG780  



9.30am – Building a Library – Edward Seckerson on Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms


Recommended Recording:  

Leonard Bernstein  (conductor) 

Felicia Montealegre (speaker)

Jennie Tourel (mezzo-soprano)

John Bogart (alto)

New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Sony  88697279882  (10 CD set) 

OR  Sony  G010000934541Z  (download) 



Other recommendations: 

Nigel Short (conductor) 


BBC Symphony Orchestra 

Signum  SIGCD492 





10.15am – New Releases



Gershwin: Porgy & Bess (Highlights) [Live]

Angel Blue (soprano)

Kevin Short (bass-baritone)

Darrin Scott (tenor)

Chauncey Packer (tenor)

Alexandria Crichlow (soprano)

Lester Lynch (baritone)

Philadelphia Orchestra, Morgan State University Choir

Marin Alsop (conductor) 

Pentatone  PTC5186883 



The Visionaries of Piano Music – Music by Byrd and Bull 

Kit Armstrong (piano)

DG  4860583  (2 CDs) 



Nielsen, Foerster & Labitzky: Orchestral Works

Ester Pavlů (mezzo soprano) 

Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra

Debashish Chaudhuri (conductor) 

Arco Diva  UP0228 



Bach: The Art of Fugue

Les Inattendus 

Vincent Lhermet (accordian) 

Marianne Muller (viola da gamba) 

Alice Piérot (baroque violin) 

Harmonia Mundi HMM905313 



Sebastian Fagerlund: Nomade & WaterAtlas

Nicolas Altstaedt (cello)

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Hannu Lintu

BIS  BIS2455  (Hybrid SACD) 




10.40am – Caroline Gill on new Bach recordings



J.S. Bach: Sonatas & Partitas, BWVV 1001-1006

Leila Schayegh (violin)

Glossa  GCD924205 (2 CDs) 



Bach: Sonates et partitas, BWV 1001-1006

Amandine Beyer (violin)

Alpha  ALPHA610 



JS Bach: Violin Sonatas

Petra Müllejans (violin)

Sabine Bauer (harpsichord)

Marie Deller (cello)

Bastille Musique  BM008  (2 CDs) 



Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas For Violin and Harpsichord

Daniel Gaede (violin) 

Raphael Alpermann  (harpsichord) 

Tacet  TACET258  (2 CDs) 



Bach: Violin Sonatas / Sonaten für Violine & Cembalo, BWV 1014-1019

Leonid Kogan (violin)

Karl Richter (harpsichord)

Eurodisc  19439901042  (2 CDs) 



11.20am – Record of the Week


Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Variations & Fugue on a theme by Purcell, Op. 34

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Vasily Petrenko (conductor) 

Onyx  ONYX4238  (download – this piece only) 




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