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Building a Library: Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

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Last broadcast on Sat, 24 Dec 2011, 09:00 on BBC Radio 3.


With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra; New Liszt releases; Disc of the Week: Verdi: Falstaff.

9.05 am

Another Night Before Christmas and Scrooge
FOX: Carol Fantasia
KELLY: Scrooge
LANE: Old Christmas Music, Another Night Before Christmas
CURTIS: Christmas Rush – Concert March
LISZT orch JACOB: The Christmas Tree Suite
SAUNDERS: Fairytale Sleighride
MORLEY: Snowride
HEWITT JONES: Christmas Cracker
Simon Callow (narrator), RTE Concert Orchestra, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Gavin Sutherland (conductor)
NAXOS 8572744 (CD, budget)

SCHUBERT: Piano Sonata in C D840; Six German Dances D820; Hungarian Melody D817; Piano Sonata in D D850
Shai Wosner (piano)
ONYX ONYX4073 (CD, mid-price)

HAVERGAL BRIAN: Symphony No 1 in D minor ‘The Gothic’
Susan Gritton (soprano), Christine Rice (mezzo-soprano), Peter Auty (tenor), Alastair Miles (bass), David Goode (organ), BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Concert Orchestra, The Bach Choir, BBC National Chorus of Wales, Brighton Festival Chorus, CBSO Youth Chorus, Cor Caerdydd, Eltham College Boys’ Choir, Huddersfield Choral Society & London Symphony Chorus, Martyn Brabbins (conductor)
HYPERION CDA679712 (2CD, mid-price)

9.30 am Building a Library

Chris de Souza surveys recordings of Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and makes a recommendation:

BRITTEN: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra Op. 34
London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten (conductor)
c/w Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from Peter Grimes Op. 33;
Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden, Benjamin Britten (conductor)
Matinees musicales Op. 24; Soirees musicales Op. 9
National Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Bonynge (conductor)
DECCA 4256592 (CD)

10.20 am

HOLST: Psalm 86; Psalm 148; Nunc Dimitis; I love my love; The Coming of Christ
Robert Hardy (reciter), City of London Choir, Chamber Choir of St Paul’s Girls’ School, The Holst Orchestra, Hilary Davan Wetton (conductor)

Who Are These Angels? New Choral Music by James MacMillan
MACMILLAN: And lo, the Angel of the Lord; Qui meditabitur (Strathclyde Motet); O Radiant Dawn (Strathclyde Motet); Lux aeterna (Strathclyde Motet); Os mutorum(Strathclyde Motet); Bring us, O Lord; Canticle of Zachariah (Strathclyde Motet); Benedictus Deus; Advent Antiphon; Pascha nostrum immolutes est (Strathclyde Motet); Who are these Angels?; Think of how God loves you; Benedicimus Deum caeli (Strathclyde Motet); Mass of Blessed John Henry Newman
Capella Nova, Alan Tavener (director)

LUKASZEWSKI: Silent night; For the birth of our Lord; On Christmas Day; The Angel told the shepherds; God is born
BEMBINOW: A Baby is born – Christmas carol suite for women’s choir and string quartet
Pauellae Orantes Choir, Dafo Quartet
DUX DUX0841 (CD + DVD, mid-price)

A spotless Rose - Nordic Christmas
BOND: Bereden vag far Herran
HAHN: Nu vantar hela jorden
OLSSON: Advent; Guds son ar fodd; Psalm 121
LIDHOLM: Madonnans vaggvisa
SIXTEN: Marias vaggvisa; There Is No Rose of Such Vertu
KVERNO: Corpus Christi Carol
GJEILO: Serenity (O magnum mysterium); Det hev ei rose sprunge
SANDSTROM: O magnum mysterium
ALFVEN: Julsang
WIDEEN: Glans over sjo och strand
NORDQVIST: Jul, jul, stralande jul
Jeanette Kohn (soprano), Bartosz Cajler (violin), Henrik Arlestrand (organ), Sofia Vokalensemble, Bengt Ollen (conductor)

The Christmas Story - the Nativity story told through plainchant, motets, 17th Century dialogues and traditional folk carols
Rorate coeli desuper; Veni veni Emanuel; Es ist ein Ros entsprungen; Dum deambularet Dominus in Paradisum; Adam lay y-bounden; In dulci iubilo; Missus est Gabriel; Puer natus est; O magnum mysterium; Voi ch’ai notturni rai; Dormi, dormi, o bel bambin; Liebe Hirten; Andachtsjodler; We three kings; Videntes stellam; Personent hodie; Herodes iratus; Vox in Rama; Uebers Gebirg; Maria wallt zum Heiligtum; The holly and the ivy; Barn Jesus i en krybbe la; We wish you a merry Christmas
Theatre of Voices, Ars Nova Copenhagen, Paul Hillier (conductor)

HONEGGER: Pastorale d’ete (Summer Pastoral); Symphony No. 4 (‘Deliciae Basilienses’); Une Cantate de Noel (A Christmas Cantata)
Christopher Maltman (baritone), London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Choir, New London Children’s Choir, Vladimir Jurowski (conductor)

10.45 am New Releases

Piers Burton-Page joins Andrew to discuss recordings of works by Franz Liszt

LISZT: Piano concerto no.2; Piano concerto no.1; Consolation no.3; Valse Oubliee no.1
Daniel Barenboim (piano), Staatskapelle Berlin, Pierre Boulez (conductor)
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4779521 (CD, mid-price)

LISZT: Chasse-neige (Etude No. 12 in Bb minor from 12 etudes d’execution transcendante, S. 139); Etude No. 10 in F minor (from 12 etudes d’execution transcendante, S. 139); La Campanella (Etude No 3 in G sharp minor from Grandes etudes de Paganini, S. 141); Vallee d’Obermann (from Les Annees de pelerinage, premiere annee: Suisse S. 160); Sposalizio (from Les Annees de pelerinage, deuxieme annee: Italie, S. 161); Les jeux d’eau de la Villa d’Este (from Les Annees de pelerinage, troisieme annee, S. 163); Sonnet de Petrarque 123 (from Les Annees de pelerinage, deuxieme annee: Italie, S. 161); Isolde’s Liebestod (Wagner) S. 447; Feux follets (Etude No. 5 in B flat from Douze etudes d’execution transcendante, S. 139); Valse oubliee No. 1, S. 215
Nikolai Lugansky (piano)

LISZT: Andante lagrimoso, Mephisto-Waltz no 1; La lugubre gondola no 2; Saint-Francois d’Assise - La Predication aux oiseaux; Saint-Francois de Paule marchant sur les flots; Funerailles; Wiegenlied
Claire Chevallier (piano erard 1876)

LISZT: Piano Sonata in B minor S178 (arranged for organ by Benjamin Righetti), Missa Choralis for Choir and Organ
Benjamin Righetti (organ); Academie Vocale de Suisse Romande, Renaud Bouvier and Dominique Tille (artistic directors)
K617 K617229 (CD, mid-price)

LISZT: Der Fischerknabe;Im Rhein im schonen Strome; Die Lorelei; Die Drei Zigeuner; Es war ein Konig in Thule; Ihr Glocken von Marling; Uber allen Gipfeln ist Ruh; Der du von dem Himmel bist; Benedetto sia'l giorno; Pace non trovo; I vidi in terra angelici costume; Freudvoll und leidvoll; Vergiftet sind meine Lieder; Freudvoll und leidvoll; Es rauschen die Winde; Die stille Wasserrose; Bist du!; Es muss ein Wunderbares sein; O lieb
Diana Damrau (soprano), Helmut Deutsch (piano)
VIRGIN 0709282 (CD, mid-price)

11.45 am Disc of the Week

VERDI: Falstaff
Geraint Evans (Sir John Falstaff), Ilva Ligabue (Alice), Anna Maria Rota (Meg), Oralia Dominguez (Mistress Quickly), Sesto Bruscantini (Ford), Mariella Adani (Nannetta), Juan Oncina (Fenton), Hugues Cuenod (Dr Caius), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vittorio Gui (conductor)


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