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20140106Modernist Moment: Vienna

Tom Service introduces a Modernist Moment from Vienna, with Webern's Three Little Pieces for Cello and Piano Op.11

Followed by music which would have been heard at a concert in Vienna with the Konzertverein orchestra in February 1914.

Robert Fuchs: Serenade No.1

Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor.

AO30120140106Katie Derham this week explores some ravishing music from Renaissance and Baroque Spain. Today Musica Reservata of Barcelona are heard in a controversial and harmonically daring mass by the once-famous Catalan Baroque master Francisco Valls as well as three masterpieces from the Spanish Golden Age.

Also today, as part of Music on the Brink week, there's a chance to compare two major works performed in Vienna on the eve of the First World War. Joseph Matthias Hauer's short Apocalyptic Fantasy traces the way in which twelve shadings on a musical colour circle reveal themselves to a blind listener whilst Schmidt's mighty Second Symphony makes subtle use of a vast orchestra in an unusually structured work which consisitng of a Prelude, a Theme and Variations and Finale. This symphony has remained controversial ever since its premiere by the Vienna Philharmonic in December 1913.

Victoria Vexila regis 'more hispano'

Guerrero Maria Magdalena et altera Maria

Guerrero Et introeuntes ad monumentum

Musica Reservata de Barcelona, Peter Phillips (conductor)

recorded at St Anne's Church, Barcelona

c. 2.15pm

As part Music on the Brink week, today featuring major works performed in Vienna on the eve of the First World War.

Joseph Matthias Hauer Apocalyptic Fantasy op 5

Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gottfried Rabl (conductor)

c. 2.30pm

Franz Schmidt Symphony no 2

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi (conductor)

c. 3.15pm

Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, op. 57 'Appassionata'

Alexandre Tharaud (piano)

recorded at the Oriol Martorell Hall, Auditori, Barcelona

c. 3.40pm

Francisco Valls (c.1671-1747) Kyrie, Gloria and Credo from Missa Scala aretina

La Grande Chapelle, Albert Recassens (director)

recorded at Santa Maria Cathedral, La Seu d'Urgell as part of the Pyrenees Music Festival.

Modernist Moment: Vienna

Tom Service introduces a Modernist Moment from Vienna, with Webern's Three Little Pieces for Cello and Piano Op.11

Followed by music which would have been heard at a concert in Vienna with the Konzertverein orchestra in February 1914.

Robert Fuchs: Serenade No.1

Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor.

AO30220140107Katie Derham today introduces more music from a daring and controversial mass for three choirs and instruments by the Catalan Baroque composer, Francisco Valls. And, as part Music on the Brink week, today explores three important works first performed in Paris on the eve of the First World War.

Francisco Valls Sanctus and Agnus Dei from Missa Scala Aretina

La Grande Chapelle, Albert Recassens (director)

c. 2.35pm

Debussy Jeux - 'poème dansé'

BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Thierry Fischer (conductor)

c. 2.55pm

Charles Koechlin Études Antiques op.46 op 46 movts 2-4

Soir au bord du lac

Le Cortège d'Amphitrite

Épitaphe d'une jeune femme

Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Heinz Holliger (conductor)

c. 3.10pm

Richard Strauss Josephs-Legende op 63

Staatskapelle Dresden, Giuseppe Sinopoli (conductor)

c. 4.15pm

Mahler arr Tharaud Adagietto from Symphony no. 5.

AO30320140108Katie Derham introduces two works first performed in Berlin on the eve of the First World War. Strauss's motet for sixteen voices owes much to his Alpine symphony and contains the ominous words by Rückert: 'Let not the powers of darkness, dread night, gain inward light.' Strauss's motet is followed by a major work by his contemporary and rival, Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek. His fifty minute symphonic satire, 'The Winner, The Loser,' traces the journey of a man from success to failure.

Richard Strauss Deutsche motette, op.62

BBC Singers, Stephen Cleobury (conductor)

c. 2.20pm

Reznicek Der Sieger

Beate Koepp (alto),

Choir and Symphony Orchestra of WDR Cologne

Michail Jurowski (conductor)

c. 3.10pm

Schumann Kinderszenen op.15

Alexandre Tharaud (piano).

Katie Derham introduces two works first performed in Berlin on the eve of the First World War. Strauss's motet for sixteen voices owes much to his Alpine symphony and contains the ominous words by Rückert: 'Let not the powers of darkness, dread night, gain inward light.' Strauss's motet is followed by a major work by his contemporary and rival, Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek. His fifty minute symphonic satire, 'The Winner, The Loser,' traces the journey of a man from success to failure.

Richard Strauss Deutsche motette, op.62

AO30420140109Katie Derham continues her exploration of some of the vocal riches of the Iberian Baroque with motets by the Basque, de Salazar and de Nebra's 1743 Madrid zarzuela, 'The Wind is the Messenger of Love.'

And, as part of Music on the Brink week, there are two major works premiered on the eve of the First World War in St Petersburg.

Juan Garcia de Salazar (1639-1710) 3 Motets

Mater Dei memor esto mei a 5,

Sancta Maria sucurre miseris a 5,

Maria Magdalena a 4

La Grande Chapelle, Albert Recasens (director)

recorded in the Virgin of Ribera Church, La Pobla de Segur

c. 2.15pm

Prokofiev Piano Concerto no 2

Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano),

London Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn (conductor)

c. 2.45pm

Glazunov The King of the Jews

Russian State Symphonic Cappella, Russian State Symphony Orchestra,

Valeri Polyansky (conductor)

3.40pm

José de Nebra (1702-1768)

Viento es la dicha de amor, 'The Wind Is the Messenger of Love.' Act 1 (to be continued tomorrow)

Amor....Beatriz Díaz (soprano),

Céfiro....Clara Mouriz (mezzo-soprano),

Liríope....Yolanda Auyanet (soprano)

Delfa....Ruth González (soprano),

Marsia....Gustavo de Gennaro (tenor),

Ninfa....Mercedes Arcuri (soprano), Teatro de la Zarzuela Chorus

Seville Baroque Orchestra

Alan Curtis (conductor)

recorded live at the Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid.

Amor.... Beatriz Díaz (soprano),

Céfiro.... Clara Mouriz (mezzo-soprano),

Liríope.... Yolanda Auyanet (soprano)

Delfa.... Ruth González (soprano),

Marsia.... Gustavo de Gennaro (tenor),

Ninfa.... Mercedes Arcuri (soprano), Teatro de la Zarzuela Chorus

Katie Derham continues her exploration of some of the vocal riches of the Iberian Baroque with motets by the Basque, de Salazar and de Nebra's 1743 Madrid zarzuela, 'The Wind is the Messenger of Love.'

London Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn (conductor)

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AO305 LAST20140110Katie Derham concludes her week-long exploration of the Iberian Baroque with the second part of de Nebra's zarzuela, 'Wind is the Happiness of Love.' And Holst and Vaughan-Williams's London is the featured city on the Brink in today's look at music premiered on the eve of the First World War. The symphony is heard here in the original version which includes a haunting nocturne in the scherzo which the composer later deleted.

Scarlatti Sonata in D minor, K. 141

Alexandre Tharaud (piano)

Bach arr. Berio Contrapunctus XIX, from 'The Art of Fugue', arr. For 23 players

RTVE Symphony Orchestra, Carlos Kalmar (conductor)

c. 2.10pm

Holst Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda (set 4) op 26

Hymn to Agni

Hymn to Soma

Hymn to Manas.

Hymn to Indra

Hispania Ensemble, Omar-Jonatás Sánchez (piano ),

Carmelo Cordón (director)

recorded at the Teatro Monumental, Madrid

c.2.25pm

14:22:32 Vaughan-Williams (original 1913 version)

A London Symphony

London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox (conductor)

c. 3.15pm

Grieg Lyric Pieces

Arietta, op. 12/1

Fedrelandssang, op. 12/8 (National Song)

Berceuse, op. 38/1

Waltz, op. 38/7

Elegy, op. 47/7

Melody, op. 47/3

Sommerfugl, op. 43/1 (Butterfly)

Klokkeklang, op. 54/6 (Bell Ringing)

Bryllupsdag pa Trooldhaugen, op. 65/6 (Wedding

Day at Troldhaugen)

c.3.40pm

José de Nebra (1702-1768) Viento es la dicha de amor, 'Wind is the Happiness of Love'

Act 2

Amor....Beatriz Díaz (soprano),

Céfiro....Clara Mouriz (mezzo-soprano),

Liríope....Yolanda Auyanet (soprano)

Delfa....Ruth González (soprano),

Marsia....Gustavo de Gennaro (tenor),

Ninfa....Mercedes Arcuri (soprano), Teatro de la Zarzuela Chorus

Seville Baroque Orchestra

Alan Curtis (conductor)

recorded live at the Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid.

Amor.... Beatriz Díaz (soprano),

Céfiro.... Clara Mouriz (mezzo-soprano),

Liríope.... Yolanda Auyanet (soprano)

Delfa.... Ruth González (soprano),

Marsia.... Gustavo de Gennaro (tenor),

Ninfa.... Mercedes Arcuri (soprano), Teatro de la Zarzuela Chorus