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20160716

Andrew McGregor presents the first edition of Summer Record Review with a mix of recent recordings and a look back at some of the best recordings of the last year. Also, there's a chance to hear some recordings of works by Galina Ustvolskaya who's music will be heard at the Proms this week and Rob Cowan examines a hefty box set of recordings from the Bamberg Symphony orchestra.

9.00 Three concerto recordings from Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

9.30 Proms Composer: Galina Ustvolskaya (1919-2006)

The first instalment of Summer Record Review's weekly look at a Proms Composer explores recordings of music by Galina Ustvolskaya, a favourite pupil of Shostakovich who forged in Soviet Russia a concentrated, deeply personal path for her music.

1010 Rob Cowan joins Andrew to pick some highlights from a 17-disc box set of recordings by the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. Founded in the late 1940s and with many former members of the German Philharmonic of Prague among its ranks, the Bamberg SO enjoyed a close association with many leading conductors of the post-war period including Joseph Keilberth, Istvan Kertesz, Horst Stein and Kurt Sanderling.

1110 Andrew looks at some of this year's releases of choral music including Palestrina from the King's Singers and Jonathan Harvey from the Choir of St John's College, Cambridge.

1135 Beethoven Triple Concerto in C, Op. 56

Giuliano Carmignola (violin), Sol Gabetta (cello), Dejan Lazic (piano)

Kammerorchester Basel, Giovanni Antonini (conductor).

Andrew McGregor presents the first edition of Summer Record Review with a mix of recent recordings and a look back at some of the best recordings of the last year. Also, there's a chance to hear some recordings of works by Galina Ustvolskaya who's music will be heard at the Proms this week and Rob Cowan examines a hefty box set of recordings from the Bamberg Symphony orchestra.

9.00 Three concerto recordings from Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

9.30 Proms Composer: Galina Ustvolskaya (1919-2006)

The first instalment of Summer Record Review's weekly look at a Proms Composer explores recordings of music by Galina Ustvolskaya, a favourite pupil of Shostakovich who forged in Soviet Russia a concentrated, deeply personal path for her music.

1010 Rob Cowan joins Andrew to pick some highlights from a 17-disc box set of recordings by the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. Founded in the late 1940s and with many former members of the German Philharmonic of Prague among its ranks, the Bamberg SO enjoyed a close association with many leading conductors of the post-war period including Joseph Keilberth, Istvan Kertesz, Horst Stein and Kurt Sanderling.

1110 Andrew looks at some of this year's releases of choral music including Palestrina from the King's Singers and Jonathan Harvey from the Choir of St John's College, Cambridge.

1135 Beethoven Triple Concerto in C, Op. 56

Giuliano Carmignola (violin), Sol Gabetta (cello), Dejan Lazic (piano)

Kammerorchester Basel, Giovanni Antonini (conductor).

20181103

Building a Library: Jeremy Summerly surveys recordings of Stravinsky's Mass

A thorough look at the week's classical music releases, plus news and recommendations

"andrew Mcgregor With Simon Heighes, Sarah Walker And William Mival"20170624

Andrew McGregor and guests review the best recordings of classical music.

with Andrew McGregor.

0930
Building a Library: Simon Heighes sifts through the available recordings of Telemann's Water Music 'Hamburger Ebb' und Fluth' and makes a recommendation. Commissioned in 1723 to celebrate the Hamburg Admiralty's centenary, Telemann's colourful suite of dances, with its allusions to ancient gods of wind and sea and to merry boatmen and the Elbe, hit the spot with Hamburgers to become the most popular and most performed secular work in his lifetime.

1045
Sarah Walker and William Mival roundup recent releases of music by Manuel de Falla and, in the 150th year since his birth, Enrique Granados.

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew McGregor and Edward Seckerson20180818

Marina Frolova-Walker chooses five indispensable recordings of Proms composer Tchaikovsky.

A thorough look at the week's classical music releases, plus news and recommendations

with Andrew McGregor

9.30
Proms Composer: Tchaikovsky
This week Marina Frolova-Walker chooses five indispensable recordings of Proms Composer Tchaikovsky and explains why you need to hear them.

10.30
Edward Seckerson delves into recordings by Leonard Bernstein

11.45
Proms Recording: Ravel's Introduction and Allegro with the Melos Ensemble.

Andrew McGregor and Laura Tunbridge20180811

Mark Lowther chooses five indispensable recordings of Proms composer Vaughan Williams.

A thorough look at the week's classical music releases, plus news and recommendations

with Andrew McGregor

9.30
Proms Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
This week Mark Lowther chooses five indispensable recordings of Proms Composer Vaughan Williams and explains why you need to hear them.

10.30
Laura Tunbridge unpacks some recordings of operas by Tchaikovsky

11.45
Proms Recording: Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 3 with pianist Vladimir Krainev, and The Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra under the conductor, Dmitri Kitayenko.

Andrew Mcgregor With Alexandra Coghlan And David Owen Norris20180331

Building a Library on Tallis's Lamentations of Jeremiah; plus reissues of Claudio Arrau.

A thorough look at the week's classical music releases, plus news and recommendations

with Andrew McGregor

9.30
Building a Library: Tallis's Lamentations of Jeremiah with Alexandra Coghlan

Thomas Tallis set the first and second lessons of Tenebrae for Maundy Thursday in the 1560s at a time when it was popular to make musical settings of the Holy Week readings from the Book of Jeremiah. These haunting settings are among Tallis's most performed pieces. Composed during the turbulent years of the mid 16th Century, Tallis's Lamentations have most often been read as a personal and private lament on the state of English religious life.

10.45
David Owen Norris reviews reissues of the great Chilean pianist Claudio Arrau known for his interpretations of a wide repertoire including especially Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann etc.

11.45
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Building a Library on Tallis's Lamentations of Jeremiah; plus reissues of Claudio Arrau.

A thorough look at the week's classical music releases, plus news and recommendations

Andrew Mcgregor With Alexandra Coghlan And Sara Mohr-pietsch20170708

Andrew McGregor and guests review the best recordings of classical music.

with Andrew McGregor

0930
Building a Library: Alexandra Coghlan recommends the best recording of Vaughan Williams's plea for peace, tolerance and understanding written in 1936, his Dona Nobis Pacem. The piece is on a huge scale, scored for soloists, chorus and large orchestra, in six continuous parts, and the phrase Dona nobis pacem "Give us peace" recurs throughout; a theme with perennial relevance.

1030
Andrew is joined by Sara Mohr-Pietsch to discuss a range of recent releases of contemporary repertoire

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew Mcgregor With Andrew Mellor And Caroline Gill20180407

Building a Library on Widor's Organ Symphony no 5; plus new releases of chamber music.

A thorough look at the week's classical music releases, plus news and recommendations

new releases of chamber music including Brahms Cello Sonatas with Caroline Gill
with Andrew McGregor

9.30
Building a Library: Widor's Organ Symphony no 5 with Andrew Mellor

Charles-Marie Widor composed the Symphony for Organ No. 5 in F minor in 1879. It's fifth movement, known as Widor's Toccata is one of the most famous pieces for organ, a favourite choice of recessional music at wedding ceremonies. Following Widor's example, this style of toccata became a very popular movement type in French Romantic organ music. The rest of this organ symphony is well worth hearing as well.

10.45
Andrew talks to Caroline Gill about new releases of chamber music including Brahms Cello Sonatas

11.45
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew Mcgregor With Anna Picard And Andrew Mellor20171021

Building a Library on Puccini's opera Il Tabarro and Andrew Mellor on organ music.

with Andrew McGregor

0930
Building a Library on Puccini's opera Il Tabarro with Anna Picard. Tabarro is the first in Puccini's triptych of one-act operas, Il Trittico. Set on a barge on the Seine, it is a sordid tale of lust and revenge among the tinkers and stevedores of early-20th century Paris. And out of this grim world Puccini's passionate music pulsates with hope and passion.

1045
Andrew talks to Andrew Mellor about a fascinating group of new organ releases on organs from Scandinavia to Mallorca including music from J S Bach to Per Norgard

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

0930
Building a Library on Puccini's opera Il Tabarro with Anna Picard. Tabarro is the first in Puccini's triptych of one-act operas, Il Trittico. Set on a barge on the Seine, it is a sordid tale of lust and revenge among the tinkers and stevedores of early-20th century Paris. And out of this grim world Puccini's passionate music pulsates with hope
and passion.

1045
Andrew talks to Andrew Mellor about a fascinating group of new organ releases on organs from Scandinavia to Mallorca including music from J S Bach to Per Norgard

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew Mcgregor With Caroline Rae, Plus Caroline Gill And Simon Heighes20180623

Building a library on Debussy's Violin Sonata plus a review of new choral releases.

A thorough look at the week's classical music releases, plus news and recommendations

with Andrew McGregor

9.30
Building a Library: Debussy's Violin Sonata by Caroline Rae.

Debussy's Sonata for Violin was written in 1917 and was intended as the fourth in a cycle of six sonatas for various instruments. It follows the sonatas that he wrote for cello, for flute and for viola and harp, but turned out to be the last major work that he would complete before cancer prematurely ended his life. The premiere took place on 5th May 1917 with Debussy himself at the piano accompanying the violinist Gaston Poulet. Debussy was profoundly affected by the First World War and his Sonata for Violin begins with an elegiac movement. The final movement, inspired by Hungarian gypsy music, does however bring the sonata to a more optimistic close.

10.45
Andrew talks about new choral releases with Caroline Gill and Simon Heighes.

11.45
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew McGregor with David Owen Norris20180922

Building a library on Vaughan Williams's On Wenlock Edge. Plus reviews of new releases.

A thorough look at the week's classical music releases, plus news and recommendations

with Andrew McGregor

9.30
Building a Library: Vaughan Williams' On Wenlock Edge.

Vaughan Williams' song cycle, On Wenlock Edge, was premiered in London in November 1909 and sets six poems from the Victorian poet A. E. Housman's 1896 collection, A Shropshire Lad. His orignal setting of the Housman poems was particularly novel because of the scoring for tenor, piano and string quartet and, in 1924, he made an orchestral version of the cycle. The six poems from A Shropshire Lad that Vaughan Williams set are On Wenlock Edge, From Far, from Eve and Morning, Is My Team Ploughing, Oh, When I Was in Love with You, Bredon Hill, Clun.

10.45
Andrew talks about new releases of early music with Caroline Gill.

11.45
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew Mcgregor With Edward Seckerson And Flora Willson20170225

with Andrew McGregor.

0930

Building a Library: Edward Seckerson assesses currently available recordings of Ives Symphony No. 2 and makes a recommendation.

Although it directly borrows from Bach, Brahms, Wagner, Dvořák and Tchaikovsky, the second symphony was Ives's first work to incorporate the staples of his mature style: the music of urban America. Patriotic, popular and gospel songs rub shoulders with marching band music, fiddle and hymn tunes in a powerfully expressive, quasi-Mahlerian synthesis. No wonder it found a champion in Leonard Bernstein who gave the symphony's triumphant, if belated 1951 premiere, and who began its recorded history.

1030

Flora Willson reviews a 22-CD box set marking the 50th anniversary of the New York Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center featuring 10 complete operas from the 1966-67 inaugural season with casts including the likes of Leontyne Price, Joan Sutherland, Franco Corelli, Jon Vickers and Carlo Bergonzi.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor.

0930

Building a Library: Edward Seckerson assesses currently available recordings of Ives Symphony No. 2 and makes a recommendation.

Although it directly borrows from Bach, Brahms, Wagner, Dvořák and Tchaikovsky, the second symphony was Ives's first work to incorporate the staples of his mature style: the music of urban America. Patriotic, popular and gospel songs rub shoulders with marching band music, fiddle and hymn tunes in a powerfully expressive, quasi-Mahlerian synthesis. No wonder it found a champion in Leonard Bernstein who gave the symphony's triumphant, if belated 1951 premiere, and who began its recorded history.

1030

Flora Willson reviews a 22-CD box set marking the 50th anniversary of the New York Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center featuring 10 complete operas from the 1966-67 inaugural season with casts including the likes of Leontyne Price, Joan Sutherland, Franco Corelli, Jon Vickers and Carlo Bergonzi.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew Mcgregor With Edward Seckerson, Katy Hamilton And Chris O'reilly20180421

Building a Library on Leonard Bernstein's comic operetta Candide, with Edward Seckerson.

A thorough look at the week's classical music releases, plus news and recommendations

with Andrew McGregor, plus guests Katy Hamilton and Chris O'Reilly who mark Record Store Day with their selection of new releases and a discussion about the various ways of consuming recorded classical music.

9.30
Building a Library: Leonard Bernstein's Candide with Edward Seckerson.

Based on Voltaire's 18th-century satirical novel about the misadventures of the pure-hearted and naive Candide and his much more worldly mate Cunégonde, Leonard Bernstein's 1956 operetta isn't just another Broadway show. It opened during the infamous witch hunts of Senator McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee, which Bernstein and and book author Lillian Hellman had experienced firsthand. So alongside the blend of wit, sophistication and comedy, including brilliant parodies of operatic forms like 'Glitter and be Gay', the references to the Spanish Inquisition - 'What a day, what a day for an auto-da-fe' - and the irony of Candide's mantra that everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds give the work a dark undercurrent.

That Candide never had the lasting success he thought it deserved really bugged Bernstein who tinkered with it on-and-off until the end of his life, resulting in multiple versions and the question of which, if any, is definitive.

11.45
Disc of the Week: Andrew chooses an outstanding new release.

Andrew McGregor with Elin Manahan Thomas and Tom McKinney20180630

Building a library on Gerald Finzi's solo cantata, Dies natalis, with Elin Manahan Thomas.

A thorough look at the week's classical music releases, plus news and recommendations

with Andrew McGregor.

9.30
Building a Library on Gerald Finzi's Dies natalis with Elin Manahan Thomas.

Begun in the mid-1920s but not premiered until 1940, Finzi's cantata for solo voice and string orchestra sets the words of 17th century English poet, Thomas Traherne. By turns ecstatic and pastoral, this most celebrated of Finzi's works is but modestly represented in the recording catalogue, and then almost exclusively by British musicians.

10.55
Tom McKinney rounds up recent releases.

11.45
Disc of the Week: Andrew chooses an outstanding new release.

Andrew Mcgregor With Erica Jeal And Rob Cowan20170603

Andrew McGregor and guests review the best recordings of classical music.

with Andrew McGregor.

0930
Building a Library: Erica Jeal recommends the best recording of Benjamin Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem. Britten wrote the piece in 1940 at the age of 26 to mark the 2,600th anniversary of the founding of the Japanese Empire. It is the composer's most extensive purely orchestral work for the concert hall. And is still one of the most popular works written in Britten's earlier style.

1030
Andrew talks to Rob Cowan about a box of reissues from the Russian conductor Yevgeny Svetlanov. Born in Moscow and studying conducting at the Moscow Conservatory, from 1955 he conducted at the Bolshoi Theatre. Svetlanov was particularly noted for his exciting, often tempestuous interpretations of Russian works

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew Mcgregor With Flora Willson And Simon Heighes20180317

9.30
Building a Library: Massenet's Manon with Flora Willson.

Based on the 1731 novel L'histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut by the Abbé Prévost, Manon is probably still Massenet's most popular opera. It was first performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris in 1884, and it has never been out of the repertory since its creation. It is full of charm and vitality with a complex central character who develops from the ingenue of Act 1 to someone altogether more manipulative at the end of the drama.

10.45
Simon Heighes reviews new releases of baroque music including works by Bach, Handel and William Hayes

11.45
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew McGregor with Flora Willson and Simon Heighes20180317

Building a Library on Massenet's opera Manon; Simon Heighes reviews new baroque releases.

A thorough look at the week's classical music releases, plus news and recommendations

Andrew McGregor with Flora Willson and Simon Heighes20180317

Building a Library on Massenet's opera Manon; Simon Heighes reviews new baroque releases.

A thorough look at the week's classical music releases, plus news and recommendations

9.30
Building a Library: Massenet's Manon with Flora Willson.

Based on the 1731 novel L'histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut by the Abbé Prévost, Manon is probably still Massenet's most popular opera. It was first performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris in 1884, and it has never been out of the repertory since its creation. It is full of charm and vitality with a complex central character who develops from the ingenue of Act 1 to someone altogether more manipulative at the end of the drama.

10.45
Simon Heighes reviews new releases of baroque music including works by Bach, Handel and William Hayes

11.45
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew Mcgregor With Gerard Mcburney And Laura Tunbridge20171111

Gerard McBurney discusses Shostakovich Symphony 11, and Laura Tunbridge talks Lieder.

with Andrew McGregor

0930
Building a Library: Gerard McBurney explores recordings of Shostakovich's 11th Symphony in G minor, subtitled "The Year 1905", and makes a personal recommendation. The Symphony is vividly programmatic and depicts the events of "Bloody Sunday" in St Petersburg, January 1905, when unarmed demonstrators were fired upon by soldiers of the Imperial Guard as they marched towards the Winter Palace to present a petition to Tsar Nicholas II. The composer's father survived the massacre and family discussion and stories of the event had a profound affect on the young Dmitri Dmitriyevich. The piece was written to a commission from the Soviet authorities and proved an instant success but that in itself was a complicated victory. The four movements are played without a break and each has a subtitle: The Palace Square; The 9th of January; In Memoriam and Tocsin.

1045
Laura Tunbridge talks to Andrew about new releases of Lieder repertoire from Christian Gerhaher, Bo Skovhus and Florian Boesch

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew Mcgregor With Gillian Moore And Anna Picard20170520

Andrew McGregor and guests review the best recordings of classical music.

with Andrew McGregor.

0930
Building a Library: Gillian Moore recommends the best of Sofia Gubaidulina on record. Born in 1935, Russia's greatest living composer was blacklisted and denounced by the Soviet authorities early in her career - a situation which she turned to her advantage. Because, without performances of her music, she was able to compose without compromise and with complete integrity. Whether via 12-tone serialism, microtonal music or folk music improvisation, Gubaidulina's unique voice is characterised by an intense spirituality: "True art for me," she says, "is always religious; it will always involve collaborating with God."

1050
Continuing Radio 3's Monteverdi's 450 celebrations, Anna Picard picks the plums from recently released collections of his music by an international array of conductors and ensembles including William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, Jean Tubéry and La Fenice, Rinaldo Alessandrini and Concerto Italiano and Harry Christophers and The Sixteen.

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew McGregor with Hannah French and Mark Lowther20180505

Building a Library on Corelli's Violin Sonatas Op 5; plus new releases of music by Mozart.

A thorough look at the week's classical music releases, plus news and recommendations

with Andrew McGregor

9.30
Building a Library: Corelli's Violin Sonatas Op 5 with Hannah French.

These exhilarating and inventive sonatas by Arcangelo Corelli were published in Rome in 1700 . They are subdivided into church sonatas and chamber sonatas and the last sonata is the famous "Follia", which contains 23 variations for solo violin.

10.45
Andrew talks to Mark Lowther about new releases of music by Mozart and Haydn etc.

11.45
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew Mcgregor With Hannah French And Mark Lowther20180505

Building a Library on Corelli's Violin Sonatas Op 5; plus new releases of music by Mozart.

A thorough look at the week's classical music releases, plus news and recommendations

with Andrew McGregor

9.30
Building a Library: Corelli's Violin Sonatas Op 5 with Hannah French.

These exhilarating and inventive sonatas by Arcangelo Corelli were published in Rome in 1700. They are subdivided into church sonatas and chamber sonatas and the last sonata is the famous "Follia", which contains 23 variations for solo violin.

10.45
Andrew talks to Mark Lowther about new releases of music by Mozart and Haydn etc.

11.45
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew McGregor with Harriet Smith20180203

Building a Library focuses on Beethoven's Piano Sonata No 30 in E, Op 109.

with Andrew McGregor

9.30
Building a Library: Harriet Smith makes a personal choice from among the available recordings of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109.

Like all the major works from the extraordinary final decade of Beethoven's life, his Piano Sonata No. 30 breaks the mould of conventional form in the quest for ever-deeper personal expression. This, the first of his final three piano sonatas, is a technical and interpretative challenge every major pianist has wanted to take on, reflected in an exceptionally rich and varied recorded legacy going back to the 1930s.

10.55
Simon Heighes assesses recent releases of Baroque music.

11.45
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew McGregor with Helen Wallace and Claire Booth20180217

with Andrew McGregor

9.30
Building a Library: Helen Wallace makes a personal choice from among the available recordings of Haydn's String Quartet in G minor Op 20 No 3

The six string quartets Opus 20 by Joseph Haydn were a milestone in his journey to become "the father of the string quartet". The quartets were composed in 1772 at a time of turmoil in Haydn's life, and also when he was coming into contact with the new philosophical and political ideas sweeping Europe.

10.30
Claire Booth joins Andrew to discuss some new releases of music by contemporary composers.

11.45
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew Mcgregor With Helen Wallace And Claire Booth20180217

Andrew McGregor presents, as Building a Library focuses on Haydn's Quartet No 3 in G minor

with Andrew McGregor

9.30
Building a Library: Helen Wallace makes a personal choice from among the available recordings of Haydn's String Quartet in G minor Op 20 No 3

The six string quartets Opus 20 by Joseph Haydn were a milestone in his journey to become "the father of the string quartet". The quartets were composed in 1772 at a time of turmoil in Haydn's life, and also when he was coming into contact with the new philosophical and political ideas sweeping Europe.

10.30
Claire Booth joins Andrew to discuss some new releases of music by contemporary composers.

11.45
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew Mcgregor With Helen Wallace And Hilary Finch20170415

with Andrew McGregor.

0930

Building a Library on Rachmaninov's Cello Sonata. Helen Wallace recommends a version of this passionate and turbulent piece of chamber music. The Cello Sonata was overshadowed by the huge success of Rachmaninov's hugely popular Piano Concerto No. 2, which was also premièred in 1901. However lovers of the concerto will recognise the same sound world in the chamber work.

1030

Andrew and Hilary Finch discuss recent releases of Songs by Schubert and Brahms etc from Bo Skovhus, Benjamin Appl, Roderick Williams and Johan Reuter.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor.

0930

Building a Library on Rachmaninov's Cello Sonata. Helen Wallace recommends a version of this passionate and turbulent piece of chamber music. The Cello Sonata was overshadowed by the huge success of Rachmaninov's hugely popular Piano Concerto No. 2, which was also premièred in 1901. However lovers of the concerto will recognise the same sound world in the chamber work.

1030

Andrew and Hilary Finch discuss recent releases of Songs by Schubert and Brahms etc from Bo Skovhus, Benjamin Appl, Roderick Williams and Johan Reuter.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew Mcgregor With Iain Burnside And Elin Manahan Thomas20170617

Andrew McGregor and guests review the best recordings of classical music.

with Andrew McGregor.

0930
Building a Library: Iain Burnside recommends a recording of Beethoven's 'Diabelli' Variations. Hans von Bülow dubbed the 33 variations, which take the best part of an hour to perform, 'a microcosm of Beethoven's art', and Alfred Brendel has described them as 'the greatest of all piano works'.

1030
Andrew is joined by Elin Manahan Thomas to review a selection of recent releases featuring Claire Booth, Sonia Prina, Katja Webb and John Mark Ainsley

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew McGregor and guests review the best recordings of classical music.

with Andrew McGregor.

0930
Building a Library: Iain Burnside recommends a recording of Beethoven's 'Diabelli' Variations. Hans von Bülow dubbed the 33 variations, which take the best part of an hour to perform, 'a microcosm of Beethoven's art', and Alfred Brendel has described them as 'the greatest of all piano works'.

1030
Andrew is joined by Elin Manahan Thomas to review a selection of recent releases featuring Claire Booth, Sonia Prina, Katja Webb and John Mark Ainsley

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew Mcgregor With Iain Burnside And Nicholas Baragwanath20180324

Building a Library on Book 1 of Debussy's Piano Preludes; a review of new opera DVDs.

A thorough look at the week's classical music releases, plus news and recommendations

9.30
As part of "Debussy's Paris" marking the 100th anniversary of the composer's death this weekend, Building a Library is a live discussion between Andrew and Iain Burnside on Book 1 of Debussy's Piano Preludes.

Book I was written in a matter of months between 1909 and 1910. The titles of the preludes are all very descriptive, and, unusually, they were placed at the end of each work, which encourages the performer to experience each unique sound world with open ears, without being prejudiced by Debussy's titles.

10.45
Andrew talks to Nicholas Baragwanath about new DVDs of operas by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Giordano and Monteverdi

11.45
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

9.30
As part of "Debussy's Paris" marking the 100th anniversary of the composer's death this weekend, Building a Library is a live discussion between Andrew and Iain Burnside on Book 1 of Debussy's Piano Preludes.

Book I was written in a matter of months between 1909 and 1910. The titles of the preludes are all very descriptive, and, unusually, they were placed at the end of each work, which encourages the performer to experience each unique sound world with open ears, without being prejudiced by Debussy's titles.

10.45
Andrew talks to Nicholas Baragwanath about new DVDs of operas by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Giordano and Monteverdi

11.45
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Building a Library on Book 1 of Debussy's Piano Preludes; a review of new opera DVDs.

A thorough look at the week's classical music releases, plus news and recommendations

Andrew Mcgregor With Ivan Hewett And Laura Tunbridge20170610

Andrew McGregor and guests review the best recordings of classical music.

with Andrew McGregor.

0930
Building a Library: Ivan Hewett and Andrew survey recordings of the composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. He was born in 1875 in Holborn, London, and was of mixed European and African descent. He studied composition under Charles Villiers Stanford and was later helped by Edward Elgar. Coleridge-Taylor sought to do for traditional African music what Brahms did for Hungarian music and Dvořák for Bohemian music. He died at 37 of pneumonia, probably made worse by the stress of his financial situation. His most famous work is Hiawatha's Wedding Feast. But there are many other discoveries to be made.

1035
To mark the recent death of the conductor, Jeffrey Tate, a repeat of the interview Andrew did with him at his home in 2004; talking about medicine, Mozart, Karajan and Callas.

1055
Andrew talks to Laura Tunbridge about recent French opera recordings including Lully's 'Armide', Saint-Saëns's 'Proserpine' and two new versions of Ravel's 'L'Enfant et les sortilèges'.

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew McGregor and guests review the best recordings of classical music.

with Andrew McGregor.

0930
Building a Library: Ivan Hewett and Andrew survey recordings of the composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. He was born in 1875 in Holborn, London, and was of mixed European and African descent. He studied composition under Charles Villiers Stanford and was later helped by Edward Elgar. Coleridge-Taylor sought to do for traditional African music what Brahms did for Hungarian music and Dvořák for Bohemian music. He died at 37 of pneumonia, probably made worse by the stress of his financial situation. His most famous work is Hiawatha's Wedding Feast. But there are many other discoveries to be made.

1030
Andrew talks to Laura Tunbridge about recent French opera recordings including Lully's 'Armide', Saint-Saëns's 'Proserpine' and two new versions of Ravel's 'L'Enfant et les sortilèges'.

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew McGregor and guests review the best recordings of classical music.

with Andrew McGregor.

0930
Building a Library: Ivan Hewett and Andrew survey recordings of the composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. He was born in 1875 in Holborn, London, and was of mixed European and African descent. He studied composition under Charles Villiers Stanford and was later helped by Edward Elgar. Coleridge-Taylor sought to do for traditional African music what Brahms did for Hungarian music and Dvořák for Bohemian music. He died at 37 of pneumonia, probably made worse by the stress of his financial situation. His most famous work is Hiawatha's Wedding Feast. But there are many other discoveries to be made.

1035
To mark the recent death of the conductor, Jeffrey Tate, a repeat of the interview Andrew did with him at his home in 2004; talking about medicine, Mozart, Karajan and Callas.

1055
Andrew talks to Laura Tunbridge about recent French opera recordings including Lully's 'Armide', Saint-Saëns's 'Proserpine' and two new versions of Ravel's 'L'Enfant et les sortilèges'.

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor.

0930
Building a Library: Ivan Hewett and Andrew survey recordings of the composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. He was born in 1875 in Holborn, London, and was of mixed European and African descent. He studied composition under Charles Villiers Stanford and was later helped by Edward Elgar. Coleridge-Taylor sought to do for traditional African music what Brahms did for Hungarian music and Dvořák for Bohemian music. He died at 37 of pneumonia, probably made worse by the stress of his financial situation. His most famous work is Hiawatha's Wedding Feast. But there are many other discoveries to be made.

1030
Andrew talks to Laura Tunbridge about recent French opera recordings including Lully's 'Armide', Saint-Saëns's 'Proserpine' and two new versions of Ravel's 'L'Enfant et les sortilèges'.

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew Mcgregor With Ivan Hewett And Natasha Loges20180428

Building a Library focuses on Brahms' Symphony No 1 in C minor, Op 68, with Ivan Hewett.

A thorough look at the week's classical music releases, plus news and recommendations

with Andrew McGregor, plus guest Natasha Loges with her selection of new releases of lieder and songs.

9.30
Building a Library: Brahms; Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.68, with Ivan Hewett.

Brahms' 1st Symphony begins in struggle, in C minor, and progresses from the turbulent searing string line kept in check by the powerful, persistent timpani beat in the opening bars to a triumphant finale in C major by the end. The whole symphony feels in a sense like a battle. Although Brahms began to compose the first movement of his 1st Symphony in 1862, he took the best part of fourteen years to complete the whole symphony. During the intervening years, he composed the Variations on a Theme by Haydn, his Sextet and many solo piano pieces. When the 1st Symphony was finally premiered in 1876, it was hailed as the most significant since Schumann. There are echoes too of Beethoven's 5th Symphony which likewise progresses from C minor to C major.

10.30
Natasha Loges with new releases of lieder and songs from Schubert to Faure and Reynaldo Hahn.

11.45
Disc of the Week: Andrew chooses an outstanding new release.

Andrew McGregor with Ivan Hewett and Natasha Loges20180428

Building a Library focuses on Brahms' Symphony No 1 in C minor, Op 68, with Ivan Hewett.

A thorough look at the week's classical music releases, plus news and recommendations

with Andrew McGregor, plus guest Natasha Loges with her selection of new releases of lieder and songs.

9.30
Building a Library: Brahms; Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.68, with Ivan Hewett.

Brahms' 1st Symphony begins in struggle, in C minor, and progresses from the turbulent searing string line kept in check by the powerful, persistent timpani beat in the opening bars to a triumphant finale in C major by the end. The whole symphony feels in a sense like a battle. Although Brahms began to compose the first movement of his 1st Symphony in 1862, he took the best part of fourteen years to complete the whole symphony. During the intervening years, he composed the Variations on a Theme by Haydn, his Sextet and many solo piano pieces. When the 1st Symphony was finally premiered in 1876, it was hailed as the most significant since Schumann. There are echoes too of Beethoven's 5th Symphony which likewise progresses from C minor to C major.

10.30
Natasha Loges with new releases of lieder and songs from Schubert to Faure and Reynaldo Hahn.

11.45
Disc of the Week: Andrew chooses an outstanding new release.

Andrew Mcgregor With Jeremy Summerly. Proms Composer: Pascal Dusapin20170715

With Andrew McGregor. Including reissues from the Choir of St John's College, Cambridge.

with Andrew McGregor;

0930 Proms Composer: Pascal Dusapin
Andrew explores recordings of music by the contemporary French composer, Pascal Dusapin. His composing style is well known for its dynamic contrasts of tension and energy as well as his creative use of the technique of microtonality. He studied with Iannis Xenakis and Franco Donatoni and was greatly influenced by Varèse.

1030 Andrew talks to Jeremy Summerly about a recent reissue of classic recordings of the Choir of St John's College Cambridge on the Argo label.

1145
Excerpt from Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius
Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo-soprano)
Andrew Staples (tenor)
RIAS Kammerchor
Staatsopernchor Berlin
Staatskapelle Berlin
Daniel Barenboim.

Andrew McGregor with Kate Kennedy20180512

Building a Library on Britten's Winter Words, Op 52 with Kate Kennedy and Andrew Mellor.

A thorough look at the week's classical music releases, plus news and recommendations

with Andrew McGregor.

9.30
Building a Library: Britten's Winter Words, Op 52, with Kate Kennedy.

Britten composed Winter Words, his eight setting of Thomas Hardy, in 1953 at a time when he was also working on his operas Gloriana and The Turn of the Screw. The style of Winter Words does, however, contrast with that of the two operas in its austere textures, while allowing the Hardy texts to be projected with particular clarity. After the opening song, Day Close in November, comes Midnight on the Great Western, which even includes train-whistle noises. Then comes The Wagtail and Baby, The Little Old Table and The Choirmaster's burial (or The Tenor Man's Story), in which the departed master's favourite hymn-tune 'Mount Ephraim' is woven into the texture. Proud Songsters is followed by At the Railway Station, Upway (or The Convict and the Boy With the Violin), and the whole cycle ends with Before Life and After, a powerful expression of Britten's fascination with the conflict between innocence and experience.

10.30
Andrew McGregor discusses the new 61-CD box set Esa-Pekka Salonen: The Complete Sony Recordings with critic Andrew Mellor.

11.45
Disc of the Week: Andrew chooses an outstanding new release.

Andrew McGregor with Kate Molleson and Harriet Smith20180526

Building a library on Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex, plus new releases of piano music.

A thorough look at the week's classical music releases, plus news and recommendations

with Andrew McGregor

9.30
Building a Library: Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex with Kate Molleson.

Stravinsky's "Opera-oratorio after Sophocles" is scored for orchestra, speaker, soloists, and male chorus. Jean Cocteau's French libretto was translated by Abbé Jean Daniélou into Latin but the narration is performed in the language of the audience. This dramatic and exciting work is from the beginning of Stravinsky's neoclassical period, and is one of the his finest works.

10.45
Andrew talks to Harriet Smith about new releases of piano music by Haydn and Mozart, including a new cycle of the Beethoven piano sonatas.

11.45
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week

Producer Clive Portbury

Presenter ANDREW MCGREGOR.

Andrew Mcgregor With Kate Molleson And Kirsten Gibson20170318

with Andrew McGregor.

0930

Building a Library on Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time. Kate Molleson in conversation with Andrew guides us through this unique work of chamber music which deals with different aspects of time.

Messiaen was captured by the German army in 1940. As a prisoner of war he managed to obtain some paper and a small pencil from a sympathetic guard. The quartet was premiered at the camp, outdoors and in the rain in 1941. The musicians had beaten-up old instruments and an audience of fellow prisoners and guards. Messiaen said: Never was I listened to with such rapt attention and comprehension. Messiaen was inspired by a text from the the Book of Revelation: And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire.

1030

Kirsten Gibson reviews a collection of new releases of music by the Tudor composer John Dowland and his contemporaries. Including a modern reinterpretation of Dowland's music by David Gorton. This set of discs underlines the constant presence of Dowland's famous 'Lachrimae' in one guise or another - it speaks both to its popularity in Dowland's lifetime, and its enduring popularity and fascination with modern composers, musicians and audiences. It clearly captured the imagination of seventeenth-century musicians across Europe in myriad ways and continues to act as a catalyst for further musical creativity right up to the present day. These recordings also show

the recurring theme of musical borrowing amongst 16th Century musicians.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor.

0930

Building a Library on Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time. Kate Molleson in conversation with Andrew guides us through this unique work of chamber music which deals with different aspects of time.

Messiaen was captured by the German army in 1940. As a prisoner of war he managed to obtain some paper and a small pencil from a sympathetic guard. The quartet was premiered at the camp, outdoors and in the rain in 1941. The musicians had beaten-up old instruments and an audience of fellow prisoners and guards. Messiaen said: "Never was I listened to with such rapt attention and comprehension." Messiaen was inspired by a text from the the Book of Revelation: "And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire."

1030

Kirsten Gibson reviews a collection of new releases of music by the Tudor composer John Dowland and his contemporaries. Including a modern reinterpretation of Dowland's music by David Gorton. This set of discs underlines the constant presence of Dowland's famous 'Lachrimae' in one guise or another - it speaks both to its popularity in Dowland's lifetime, and its enduring popularity and fascination with modern composers, musicians and audiences. It clearly captured the imagination of seventeenth-century musicians across Europe in myriad ways and continues to act as a catalyst for further musical creativity right up to the present day. These recordings also show

the recurring theme of musical borrowing amongst 16th Century musicians.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew Mcgregor With Katy Hamilton And Alexandra Coghlan20171125

In Building a Library, Katy Hamilton focuses on Brahms's 3rd String Quartet.

with Andrew McGregor

0930
Building a Library: Katy Hamilton explores Brahms's Third String Quartet in B flat major, Op 67. Brahms composed this quartet 1875 and dedicated it to a cellist friend, even though the cellist is the one instrument that doesn't get a prominent solo in the work. The work is composed in a lighter vein than we sometimes associate with Brahms's chamber works; he described it as "a useless trifle, to avoid facing the serious countenance of a symphony", by which he meant work on his First Symphony, which was premiered a week later.

1045
Andrew talks to Alexandra Coghlan about a new batch of choral discs including Monteverdi's Selva morale e spiritual, motets by Giovanni Croce, and madrigals by Cipriano de Rore.

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew Mcgregor With Kirsten Gibson And Elin Manahan Thomas20171028

Andrew McGregor presents as Elin Manahan Thomas reports on a recording of Mozart's Requiem

with Andrew McGregor

0930
Building a Library on Lachrimæ or Seven Tears with Kirsten Gibson. This collection of instrumental music was composed by John Dowland. It was published in 1604 when Dowland was employed as lutenist to Christian IV of Denmark. Dowland points out in his dedication that there are different types of tears. "The teares which Musicke weeps" can be pleasant: "neither are teares shed always in sorrow but sometime in joy and gladnesse".

1045
This summer, conductor René Jacobs recorded the Mozart Requiem for the first time. The project, with the period-instrument Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and RIAS Chamber Choir, was overseen by legendary producer Martin Sauer at Berlin's Teldex studios. From the many available versions of the Requiem, Jacobs chose to record 'Süssmayr Remade', a reworking of Süssmayr's completion by a young French composer, Pierre-Henri Dutron. Elin Manahan Thomas reports from the sessions and talks to Jacobs, Dutron, Sauer and performers about their approach to recording a new version of such a well known work.

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew Mcgregor With Kirsten Gibson And Nicholas Kenyon20181027

Building a Library: Kirsten Gibson surveys the recordings of Purcell's King Arthur.

A thorough look at the week's classical music releases, plus news and recommendations

Andrew Mcgregor With Laura Tunbridge And Sarah Walker20180609

Building a library on Schubert's Die sch\u00f6ne M\u00fcllerin and releases of contemporary music.

A thorough look at the week's classical music releases, plus news and recommendations

with Andrew McGregor

9.30
Building a Library: Schubert's Die Schone Mullerin by Laura Tunbridge

Schubert's famous song cycle is based on poems by Wilhelm Müller. Along with his other great song cycle, Winterreise, it is one of the summits of the Lieder repertoire. The recordings are a roll-call of nearly all the great Lieder singers who have made recordings over the years.

10.45
Andrew talks to Sarah Walker about new releases of music by contemporary composers.

11.45
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew Mcgregor With Mahan Esfahani20170923

Andrew McGregor focuses on Cesar Franck's Symphony in D minor for Building a Library.

with Andrew McGregor.

0930
Building a Library: Mahan Esfahani recommends a recording of César Franck's Symphony in D minor.

Today, a new recording of Franck's only symphony is a rare event and it has all but disappeared from the concert hall. But with its satisfying cyclic form and impressive fusion of French and German musical traditions it was once a work that every self-respecting maestro had in his repertoire and which generated an impressive recorded legacy, a veritable Who's Who of the great conductors of the last century. There have been signs, though, of a renewed interest in it among some of today's conductors, represented by a handful of more recent recordings.

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor.

0930
Building a Library: Mahan Esfahani recommends a recording of César Franck's Symphony in D minor.

Today, a new recording of Franck's only symphony is a rare event and it has all but disappeared from the concert hall. But with its satisfying cyclic form and impressive fusion of French and German musical traditions it was once a work that every self-respecting maestro had in his repertoire and which generated an impressive recorded legacy, a veritable Who's Who of the great conductors of the last century. There have been signs, though, of a renewed interest in it among some of today's conductors, represented by a handful of more recent recordings.

1100
Suzanne Aspden rounds up some recent recordings of Baroque stage works including Purcell's The Fairy Queen, Rameau's Pygmalion and Handel's Lucio Cornelio Silla.

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew McGregor with Mahan Esfahani and Simon Heighes20181013

Building a Library: Mahan Esfahani surveys the recordings of Franck's Violin Sonata

A thorough look at the week's classical music releases, plus news and recommendations

Andrew Mcgregor With Marina Frolova-walker And Caroline Gill20170506

Andrew McGregor and guests review the best recordings of classical music.

with Andrew McGregor.

0930
Building a Library: Marina Frolova-Walker recommends a version of Sergei Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3, one of the most engaging examples of Prokofiev's trademark combination of edgy brilliance and unabashed lyricism. Prokofiev was not only the soloist at its 1921 Chicago premiere but also the first to record it (in 1932) and it has since become his most popular concerto, recorded by some of the greatest pianists of this and the last century.

1050
As part of 'Breaking Free: Martin Luther's Revolution' Caroline Gill reviews recent releases prompted by the 500th anniversary of Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the door of Wittenburg Church.

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew McGregor and guests review the best recordings of classical music.

with Andrew McGregor.

0930
Building a Library: Marina Frolova-Walker recommends a version of Sergei Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3, one of the most engaging examples of Prokofiev's trademark combination of edgy brilliance and unabashed lyricism. Prokofiev was not only the soloist at its 1921 Chicago premiere but also the first to record it (in 1932) and it has since become his most popular concerto, recorded by some of the greatest pianists of this and the last century.

1050
As part of 'Breaking Free: Martin Luther's Revolution' Caroline Gill reviews recent releases prompted by the 500th anniversary of Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the door of Wittenburg Church.

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew Mcgregor With Marina Frolova-walker And Stephen Johnson20180616

Building a library on Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and new Bruckner releases.

A thorough look at the week's classical music releases, plus news and recommendations

with Andrew McGregor

9.30
Building a Library: Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Marina Frolova-Walker.

Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk is one of the operatic masterpieces of the twentieth century and was highly praised at its 1934 premiere. Stalin, however, found the opera highly objectional, when he saw it in 1936, and subsequently banned it. In four acts, the opera is based on the startling novella of the same name by the idiosyncratic Russian novelist and short-story writer Nikolai Leskov. Although it departs slightly from its original literary context, it tells the tragic tale of Katerina, a bored and lonely heroine who falls in love with one of her husband's workers, the manipulative Sergey. Their treachery leads to a gruesome series of murders and ultimately to her own devastating end. In grappling with the subordinate role expected of women in 19th century society, adultery and pre-meditated murder, there are echoes in both Leskov and Shostakovich of Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth.

10.45
Andrew talks about new releases of Bruckner's music with Stephen Johnson.

11.45
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew McGregor with Mark Lowther20181020

Building a Library on Bach's Concertos for Keyboard , BWV.1052 to BWV.1058.

A thorough look at the week's classical music releases, plus news and recommendations

Andrew Mcgregor With Mark Lowther And Sophie Yates20171209

Building a Library focuses on Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius and new baroque music.

0930
Building a Library on Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius with Mark Lowther.

Following the triumph of Elgar's Enigma Variations, The Dream of Gerontius is a work by a confident composer at the height of his powers. But sharing the fate of so many first performances, its 1900 premiere was not a popular success. Under-rehearsed and chaotic, partly due to the complexity and modernity of the writing, there was another issue, too: the Anglican community bridled at the work's uncompromisingly Catholic text by Cardinal Newman. More than a century later, in more ecumenical times, the work is part of the standard repertoire of choral societies up and down the land and has been most often recorded by UK conductors, choirs and orchestras.

1100
Sophie Yates assesses new releases of instrumental and vocal baroque music, including Rinaldo Alessandrini's arrangements of Bach keyboard works for period instrument ensemble.

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew Mcgregor With Natasha Loges And Sarah Devonald20170930

Andrew McGregor looks at building a library on Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder.

with Andrew McGregor.

0930
Building a Library: Natasha Loges recommends the best recording of Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder. These five settings of poems by Mathilde Wesendonck were written in the late 1850s, when Wagner was staying by their villa in Zurich. He'd fallen deeply in love with Mathilde and although no one knows what really happened between them, the mutual infatuation certainly contributed to the intensity in the creation of his opera Tristan und Isolde. Nested within that opera are these five songs steeped in yearning and lust which share the motifs of night and day, the sun and the sea.

1045
Oboist and radio producer Sarah Devonald joins Andrew to discuss recent releases of chamber music for wind instruments including original works for saxophone quartet and for wind orchestra.

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew Mcgregor With Natasha Loges And Toks Dada20170429

with Andrew McGregor.

0930

Building a Library with Natasha Loges on Schumann's song cycle 'Liederkreis', Op.24, composed in 1840, the year he almost exclusively devoted to song composition immediately after his marriage to Clara.

1030

Toks Dada joins Andrew to review recent releases of twentieth-century repertoire

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew McGregor and guests review the best recordings of classical music.

with Andrew McGregor.

0930
Building a Library with Natasha Loges on Schumann's song cycle 'Liederkreis', Op.24, composed in 1840, the year he almost exclusively devoted to song composition immediately after his marriage to Clara.

1030
Toks Dada joins Andrew to review recent releases of twentieth-century repertoire

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew McGregor and guests review the best recordings of classical music.

with Andrew McGregor.

0930
Building a Library with Natasha Loges on Schumann's song cycle 'Liederkreis', Op.24, composed in 1840, the year he almost exclusively devoted to song composition immediately after his marriage to Clara.

1030
Toks Dada joins Andrew to review recent releases of twentieth-century repertoire

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor.

0930

Building a Library with Natasha Loges on Schumann's song cycle 'Liederkreis', Op.24, composed in 1840, the year he almost exclusively devoted to song composition immediately after his marriage to Clara.

1030

Toks Dada joins Andrew to review recent releases of twentieth-century repertoire

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew McGregor with Natasha Loges, Elin Manahan Thomas & Andrew Mellor20171216

Andrew McGregor and Record Review's critics choose their favourite CD releases of 2017.

Andrew McGregor is joined in the studio by Natasha Loges, Elin Manahan Thomas and Andrew Mellor to discuss which new releases they have most enjoyed this year. They champion music ranging from the early 15th century to the early 21st in performances by Krystian Zimerman, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Danish String Quartet and singers Iestyn Davies and Claire Booth.

0930
Building a Library - live. David Owen Norris joins Andrew to explore recordings of Schubert's Piano Sonata in B flat D960.
Schubert's last sonata, perhaps his greatest achievement in the form, has a feeling of tranquility and ease - the ease of a composer who is relaxed in his ability to express his ideas and emotions. This sonata was to be Schubert's last, and the flow and majesty of the first movement spring from the hymn-like breadth of the opening theme.

1030
Andrew McGregor and his three guests Natasha Loges, Elin Manahan Thomas and Andrew Mellor continue to share and discuss the merits of their favourite discs of 2017.

Andrew Mcgregor With Nicholas Baragwanath And Erica Jeal20170311

with Andrew McGregor.

0930

Building a Library on Schoenberg's epic cantata Gurrelieder. Nicholas Baragwanath guides us through this gargantuan late flowering of 19th-century Romanticism in which Schoenberg wove together a sumptuous score that can be surprising to people accustomed to the more astringent sound world of his later works.

1030

Erica Jeal reviews a collection of new orchestral releases including music by Nielsen, Szymanowski, Dvorak, Saint-Saëns and arrangements of pieces by Brahms.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor.

0930

Building a Library on Schoenberg's epic cantata Gurrelieder. Nicholas Baragwanath guides us through this gargantuan late flowering of 19th-century Romanticism in which Schoenberg wove together a sumptuous score that can be surprising to people accustomed to the more astringent sound world of his later works.

1030

Erica Jeal reviews a collection of new orchestral releases including music by Nielsen, Szymanowski, Dvorak, Saint-Saëns and arrangements of pieces by Brahms.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew Mcgregor With Nicholas Baragwanath, Caroline Rae And William Mival20180224

with Andrew McGregor

9.30
Building a Library: Nicholas Baragwanath makes a personal choice from the available recordings of Berlioz's The Damnation of Faust.

Faust is a work for solo voices, chorus and orchestra, inspired by a translation of Goethe's dramatic poem Faust and like the Goethe it is a piece that defies easy categorization. It's part-oratorio and part-opera. Berlioz ultimately called it a dramatic legend. And it is full of Berlioz's characteristically eccentric style and colourful orchestration. It is a thrilling work.

10.30
Caroline Rae and William Mival join Andrew to review two sets of classic Debussy recordings.

11.45
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Building a Library on Berlioz's The Damnation of Faust with Nicholas Baragwanath.

with Andrew McGregor

9.30
Building a Library: Nicholas Baragwanath makes a personal choice from the available recordings of Berlioz's The Damnation of Faust.

Faust is a work for solo voices, chorus and orchestra, inspired by a translation of Goethe's dramatic poem Faust and like the Goethe it is a piece that defies easy categorization. It's part-oratorio and part-opera. Berlioz ultimately called it a dramatic legend. And it is full of Berlioz's characteristically eccentric style and colourful orchestration. It is a thrilling work.

10.30
Caroline Rae and William Mival join Andrew to review two sets of classic Debussy recordings.

11.45
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew Mcgregor With Nicholas Kenyon And Chi-chi Nwanoku20170211

Andrew McGregor and guests review the best recordings of classical music.

0930

Building a Library: Sir Nicholas Kenyon sifts through the available recordings of Bach's B minor Mass. It was one of Bach's last compositions, completed in 1749, the year before his death. He refashioned music that he had composed throughout his career. The Mass was never performed in its entirety during Bach's lifetime but is now regarded as a supreme masterpiece.

1030

Andrew is joined by Chi-chi Nwanoku to explore some favourite recordings of music by black composers that deserve to be better known including music by the champion fencer and virtuoso violinist, Chevalier de Saint-Georges; Samuel Coleridge Taylor, known as the African Mahler; Florence Price, the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer; the Ghanaian drummer Obo Addy, who was one of the first native African musicians to bring the fusion of traditional folk music and Western pop music to Europe; and contemporary composers Jeffrey Mumford and Errollyn Wallen.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew McGregor and guests review the best recordings of classical music.

0930

Building a Library: Sir Nicholas Kenyon sifts through the available recordings of Bach's B minor Mass. It was one of Bach's last compositions, completed in 1749, the year before his death. He refashioned music that he had composed throughout his career. The Mass was never performed in its entirety during Bach's lifetime but is now regarded as a supreme masterpiece.

1030

Andrew is joined by Chi-chi Nwanoku to explore some favourite recordings of music by black composers that deserve to be better known including music by the champion fencer and virtuoso violinist, Chevalier de Saint-Georges; Samuel Coleridge Taylor, known as the "African Mahler"; Florence Price, the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer; the Ghanaian drummer Obo Addy, who was one of the first native African musicians to bring the fusion of traditional folk music and Western pop music to Europe; and contemporary composers Jeffrey Mumford and Errollyn Wallen.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew McGregor with Nicholas Kenyon and Gillian Moore20180707

Building a library on Mozart's Don Giovanni with Nicholas Kenyon.

A thorough look at the week's classical music releases, plus news and recommendations

with Andrew McGregor.

9.30
Building a Library on Mozart's Don Giovanni with Nicholas Kenyon.

The Marriage of Figaro had been a sensational success with Prague audiences. So, forsaking the fickle Viennese, Mozart wrote his new opera Don Giovanni especially for Prague where he anticipated - and received - another rapturous reception.

When it comes to gratifying his lust, Don Giovanni is a man who never takes no for an answer and he only gets his comeuppance when, as a consequence of his latest encounter, he has to confront the supernatural and descends, defiantly unrepentant, to hell. With its compelling drama and characterisation bound up in a succession of unforgettable musical numbers, Don Giovanni is among Mozart's greatest stage works; it sometimes feels as if the total of its recordings (by some of the finest musicians of this and the last century) adds up to the same number as Giovanni's sexual conquests.

10.55
Gillian Moore reviews rounds up recent releases of Mahler songs and symphonies.

11.45
Disc of the Week: Andrew chooses an outstanding new release.

Andrew McGregor with Richard Morrison and Elin Manahan Thomas20180414

Building a Library on Dvorak's Second Piano Quintet; Elin Manahan Thomas on Baroque music.

A thorough look at the week's classical music releases, plus news and recommendations

9.30
Building a Library: Dvorak's Second Piano Quintet in A major, with Richard Morrison.
Written amid the wooded countryside at Dvorak's summer house to the south west of Prague, the A major Piano Quintet open-hearted masterpiece is both joyful and poignant.

10:45
Elin Manahan Thomas reviews new releases of music from the Baroque including recordings on clavichord, harpsichord and piano of music by Louis and Francois Couperin and CPE Bach.

11.45
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew McGregor with Richard Morrison and Elin Manahan Thomas20180414

Building a Library: Dvorak's Piano Quartet No 2, Elin Manahan Thomas on Baroque music.

A thorough look at the week's classical music releases, plus news and recommendations

9.30
Building a Library: Dvorak's Second Piano Quartet with Richard Morrison.
Written amid the wooded countryside at Dvorak's summer house to the south west of Prague, the A major Piano Quartet mixes laughter and poignancy.

10:45
Elin Manahan Thomas reviews new releases of music from the Baroque including recordings on clavichord, harpsichord and piano of music by Louis and Francois Couperin and CPE Bach.

11.45
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew McGregor with Richard Morrison and Elin Manahan Thomas20180414

Building a Library: Dvorak's Piano Quartet No 2, Elin Manahan Thomas on Baroque music.

A thorough look at the week's classical music releases, plus news and recommendations

9.30
Building a Library: Dvorak's Second Piano Quartet with Richard Morrison.
Written amid the wooded countryside at Dvorak's summer house to the south west of Prague, the A major Piano Quartet mixes laughter and poignancy.

10:45
Elin Manahan Thomas reviews new releases of music from the Baroque including recordings on clavichord, harpsichord and piano of music by Louis and Francois Couperin and CPE Bach.

11.45
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew Mcgregor With Richard Morrison And Marina Frolova-walker20170701

Andrew McGregor and guests review the best recordings of classical music.

with Andrew McGregor.

0930
Building a Library: Richard Morrison listens to some of the available versions of Leoš Janá?ek's Sinfonietta and makes a recommendation.

The Sinfonietta is one of the succession of masterpieces from the final decade of of Janá?ek's life, a period of extraordinary creativity whose source was Kamila Stösslová, a woman nearly forty years his junior. Beginning and ending with exuberant fanfares, it's Janá?ek's longest orchestral work, a thrilling combination of the unique sound-world and bristling energy so typical of Janá?ek's late music.

1045
Marina Frolova-Walker compares two sets of the complete Scriabin piano sonatas from Peter Donohoe and Garrick Ohlsson.

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew McGregor and guests review the best recordings of classical music.

with Andrew McGregor.

0930
Building a Library: Richard Morrison listens to some of the available versions of Leoš Janá?ek's Sinfonietta and makes a recommendation.

The Sinfonietta is one of the succession of masterpieces from the final decade of of Janá?ek's life, a period of extraordinary creativity whose source was Kamila Stösslová, a woman nearly forty years his junior. Beginning and ending with exuberant fanfares, it's Janá?ek's longest orchestral work, a thrilling combination of the unique sound-world and bristling energy so typical of Janá?ek's late music.

1045
Marina Frolova-Walker compares two sets of the complete Scriabin piano sonatas from Peter Donohoe and Garrick Ohlsson.

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew Mcgregor With Richard Sisson, Marina Frolova-walker And Nicholas Baragwanath20171118

Richard Sisson talks on Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma; also, reissues of Russian music.

with Andrew McGregor

0930
Building a Library: Richard Sisson explores the ever-popular Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! It was the first musical written by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. Set in Oklahoma Territory in 1906, the original Broadway production opened in 1943 and ran for 2,212 performances. The show was a milestone in the development of the "book musical", where the songs and dances are fully integrated into the story.

1045
Andrew talks to Marina Frolova-Walker and Nicholas Baragwanath about the second volume of Melodiya's Anthology of Russian Symphonic Music from conductor Evgeny Svetlanov. It includes recordings of music by Glazunov, Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Myaskovsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Khachaturian, Gliere and many more.

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew Mcgregor With Richard Wigmore And Iain Burnside20171007

Building a Library on Handel's Concerti grossi Op 3 and Iain Burnside on Callas reissues.

with Andrew McGregor

0930
Building a Library on Handel's Concerti grossi Op 3 with Richard Wigmore. These 6 lively concertos were compiled into a set and published by John Walsh in 1734. It's now thought that Handel had no connection with the publication and that Walsh just put together a group of Handel's already existing works. But the resulting set is some of Handel's best music.

1045
Andrew talks to Iain Burnside about a newly restored edition of Maria Callas's live opera recordings. Known to many collectors through her iconic studio recordings for EMI during the 50s and 60s, many Callas fans think that her true genius for theatrical singing can best be found when the microphone was catching a performance on the wing.

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew Mcgregor With Roger Parker, Jeremy Sams And Harriet Smith20170401

with Andrew McGregor.

0930

Building a Library on Verdi's opera Aida. Roger Parker recommends a version of one of the most popular operas in the repertoire. Set in the Egypt of the Pharaohs, Aida has the full panoply of choruses and marches but also much more intimate music, including the celebrated Nile Scene which contains all the subtle orchestration and psychological depth associated with Verdi's later operas.

1050

Andrew is joined by Jeremy Sams and Harriet Smith to discuss new releases of chamber music by Mozart, Schumann and Brahms

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor.

0930

Building a Library on Verdi's opera Aida. Roger Parker recommends a version of one of the most popular operas in the repertoire. Set in the Egypt of the Pharaohs, Aida has the full panoply of choruses and marches but also much more intimate music, including the celebrated Nile Scene which contains all the subtle orchestration and psychological depth associated with Verdi's later operas.

1050

Andrew is joined by Jeremy Sams and Harriet Smith to discuss new releases of chamber music by Mozart, Schumann and Brahms

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew Mcgregor With Sara Mohr-pietsch And Tom Mckinney20171223

Building a Library: Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, plus a review of contemporary music.

0930
Building a Library: Sara Mohr-Pietsch on The Brandenburg Concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach, possibly the most famous set of concertos of the Baroque era. Bach presented these six instrumental works to Christian Ludwig, Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt, in 1721. Each is scored for a different (often unusual) combination of instruments.

1030
Andrew talks to Tom McKinney about a group of new releases of contemporary music including music by Alberto Posadas, Graham Fitkin, Arturo Fuentes and Thomas Hyde.

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew McGregor with Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Tom McKinney20171223

Building a Library: Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, plus a review of contemporary music.

A thorough look at the week's classical music releases, plus news and recommendations

0930
Building a Library: Sara Mohr-Pietsch on The Brandenburg Concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach, possibly the most famous set of concertos of the Baroque era. Bach presented these six instrumental works to Christian Ludwig, Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt, in 1721. Each is scored for a different (often unusual) combination of instruments.

1030
Andrew talks to Tom McKinney about a group of new releases of contemporary music including music by Alberto Posadas, Graham Fitkin, Arturo Fuentes and Thomas Hyde.

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew McGregor with Sarah Devonald and Jeremy Sams20180127

Andrew McGregor looks at Dvorak's String Serenade and new releases of Debussy piano music.

with Andrew McGregor

930
Dvořák's Serenade for Strings in E major with Sarah Devonald.

In his early thirties and with a newborn son, Antonín Dvořák was struggling to make ends meet, a professional viola player and virtually unknown as a composer, without even a piano to his name. But in 1874 he won a state competition which not only came with a very welcome cash prize but also the recognition and enthusiastic endorsement of one of the most influential names in music, Johannes Brahms. The sunny and genial five-movement Serenade for Strings is one of a clutch of new works from the following year and marks the beginning of Dvořák's international reputation.

1100
2018, the centenary of Claude Debussy's death, promises to be a good year for recordings of his music. Jeremy Sams sifts through recent releases of Debussy solo piano works from a handful of leading pianists, including Cathy Krier, Steven Osborne, Seong-Jin Cho, Michael Korstick and Stephen Hough.

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew Mcgregor With Sarah Devonald And Stephen Johnson20170325

with Andrew McGregor.

0930

Building a Library on Mozart's final purely instrumental work, his Clarinet Concerto - written for his friend Anton Stadler. Sarah Devonald compares recordings of what is for many the greatest of clarinet concertos.

1030

Anniversary box sets of recordings by Mstislav Rostropovich - Stephen Johnson joins Andrew to delve in to a wealth of recordings featuring Slava as both cellist and conductor.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor.

0930

Building a Library on Mozart's final purely instrumental work, his Clarinet Concerto - written for his friend Anton Stadler. Sarah Devonald compares recordings of what is for many the greatest of clarinet concertos.

1030

Anniversary box sets of recordings by Mstislav Rostropovich - Stephen Johnson joins Andrew to delve in to a wealth of recordings featuring Slava as both cellist and conductor.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew McGregor with Sarah Lenton and Katy Hamilton20180120

Building a Library on Donizetti's opera L'elisir d'amore. Katy Hamilton on chamber music.

with Andrew McGregor

0930
Building a Library: Sarah Lenton considers the available recordings of Donizetti's evergreen comic opera, L'elisir d'amore or The Elixir of Love. It is one of the few Donizetti operas that has never been out of the repertoire since its first performance and that is largely because of the seemingly endless stream of melodies as well as an unusually well-crafted libretto from Felice Romani. The recordings spotlight the best of bel canto singing from the last few decades with singers such as Pavarotti, Domingo and Carreras, just to stick with the tenors. In fact the hit aria "Una furtiva lagrima" is a perfect demonstration of Donizetti's uncanny knack of writing effectively for the tenor voice.

1045
Andrew talks to Katy Hamilton about a fascinating group of new chamber music releases including music by Reger from Trio Lirico, the little-known Georg Witte from the Mozart Piano Quartet, and Dvorak and Tchaikovsky from the Escher Quartet.

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew Mcgregor With Sarah Lenton And Tom Mckinney20170527

Andrew McGregor and guests review the best recordings of classical music.

with Andrew McGregor.

0930
Building a Library: Sarah Lenton recommends the best recording of The Mikado by Sir Arthur Sullivan. This evergreen Savoy Opera concerns the comic goings-on of a motley crew of characters. Ostensibly set in Japan, this Gilbert and Sullivan favourite is in fact a biting satire on British manners and customs.

1030
Andrew talks to Tom McKinney about new releases of chamber music including works by Franck, Fauré, Chausson and Saint-Saëns

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew Mcgregor With Sarah Walker And Verity Sharp20170408

Andrew McGregor with something of a folk theme as Radio 3 visits Hull for its Uproot festival.

0930

Building a Library on Kodaly's Dances of Galanta. Sarah Walker recommends a recording of Kodaly's joyful orchestral work based on the Hungarian dances of the border town of Galanta where he lived as a boy. As he remarked: At that time there existed a famous gypsy band and this was the first 'orchestral' sonority that came to the ears of the child...

10.30

Verity Sharp looks at some recent releases of British folk music from Eliza Carthy and The Wayward Band, Chris Wood, Twelfth Day and classics from Anne Briggs.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew McGregor with something of a folk theme as Radio 3 visits Hull for its Uproot festival.

0930

Building a Library on Kodaly's Dances of Galanta. Sarah Walker recommends a recording of Kodaly's joyful orchestral work based on the Hungarian dances of the border town of Galanta where he lived as a boy. As he remarked: "At that time there existed a famous gypsy band and this was the first 'orchestral' sonority that came to the ears of the child..."

10.30

Verity Sharp looks at some recent releases of British folk music from Eliza Carthy and The Wayward Band, Chris Wood, Twelfth Day and classics from Anne Briggs.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew Mcgregor With Sarah Walker, Gillian Moore And Anna Picard20170916

Building a Library on Mozart's Horn Quintet, and Simon Rattle on Record.

with Andrew McGregor.

0930
Building a Library: Sarah Walker listens to some of the available recordings of Mozart's Horn Quintet and makes a recommendation.

Mozart's genial Horn Quintet was the first work he wrote for the Viennese virtuoso Joseph Leutgeb, who must have been a wonderful player to have inspired such music. By turns lyrical, virtuosic, and humorous, it reflects Mozart's affection for both instrument and player, a gem of the chamber repertoire recorded by many of the leading horn players of the modern era, whether soloists, principals of major orchestras, or period instrument specialists.

1045
Rattle on Record: as Simon Rattle takes up the baton of Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra, Southbank Centre Director of Music Gillian Moore and Times critic Anna Picard look back over his 40-year recording career.

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew McGregor with Simon Heighes20181110

Building a Library on Francois Couperin's meditative and dramatic Lecons de Tenebres.

A thorough look at the week's classical music releases, plus news and recommendations

Andrew Mcgregor With Simon Heighes And Caroline Rae20171104

Andrew McGregor Caroline Rae about releases of French piano music by Ravel and Franck.

with Andrew McGregor

0930
Building a Library on Vivaldi's La Stravaganza with Simon Heighes. Vivaldi called his Op.4 set of concertos La stravaganza, or The Extravagance. All of the concertos are scored for solo violin, with extra soloists in some movements. Within this framework, Vivaldi created a set of concertos of remarkable invention.

1045
Andrew talks to Caroline Rae about a releases of French piano music releases by Ravel and Franck and chamber music by Koechlin

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew McGregor with Simon Heighes and Sarah Devonald20180519

Simon Heighes looks at Handel's Concerti a due cori in Building a Library.

A thorough look at the week's classical music releases, plus news and recommendations

with Andrew McGregor.

9.30
Building a Library: Handel's Concerti a due cori with Simon Heighes.

For Handel a concerto was a means to an end, a tempting bonbon to entice an audience to the main event of the evening. His three Concerti a due cori (Concertos for two choirs) were specially written to help sell seats to his 1747 and 1748 Covent Garden oratorio seasons, Handel recycling highlights from his older choral works and operas, stirringly re-scored for two orchestras with prominent wind and horn parts. Thus these concertos are an attractive proposition, packed full of Handel's 'greatest hits', one after another, whose qualities come over especially well in period instrument performances.

10.55
Sarah Devonald rounds up releases of solo and ensemble music for wind and brass, including discs from leading British horn player Alec Frank-Gemmill, the virtuoso French saxophones of Quatuor Morphing and the first in the Royal Norwegian Navy Band's new series of Percy Grainger's complete music for wind band.

11.45
Disc of the Week: Andrew chooses an outstanding new release.

Andrew Mcgregor With Simon Heighes, Sarah Walker And William Mival20170624

Andrew McGregor and guests review the best recordings of classical music.

with Andrew McGregor.

0930
Building a Library: Simon Heighes sifts through the available recordings of Telemann's Water Music 'Hamburger Ebb' und Fluth' and makes a recommendation. Commissioned in 1723 to celebrate the Hamburg Admiralty's centenary, Telemann's colourful suite of dances, with its allusions to ancient gods of wind and sea and to merry boatmen and the Elbe, hit the spot with Hamburgers to become the most popular and most performed secular work in his lifetime.

1045
Sarah Walker and William Mival roundup recent releases of music by Manuel de Falla and, in the 150th year since his birth, Enrique Granados.

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew Mcgregor With Stephen Johnson20180303

with Andrew McGregor.

9.30
Building a Library: Mahler's Symphony No. 7 with Stephen Johnson.

For much of the last century, Mahler's Seventh Symphony was considered a dud, recorded by a handful of die-hard Mahlerians. Even by 1980, distinguished Mahler scholar Deryck Cooke only reflected the consensus when he described it as 'the Cinderella among Mahler's symphonies,' which 'presents an enigmatic, inscrutable face to the world...one which arouses suspicions as to its quality.' If the middle three movements were considered successful, the first and especially the last were beyond hope.

But the symphony is actually full of some of Mahler's greatest music and these days things are very different: any and every self-respecting Mahler conductor has recorded it and the catalogue groans with a huge number of versions.

11.00
Marina Frolova-Walker picks some plums from recent releases of Russian music including Medtner songs and Rachmaninov piano concertos.

11.45
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor.

9.30
Building a Library: Mahler's Symphony No. 7 with Stephen Johnson.

For much of the last century, Mahler's Seventh Symphony was considered a dud, recorded by a handful of die-hard Mahlerians. Even by 1980, distinguished Mahler scholar Deryck Cooke only reflected the consensus when he described it as 'the Cinderella among Mahler's symphonies,' which 'presents an enigmatic, inscrutable face to the world...one which arouses suspicions as to its quality.' If the middle three movements were considered successful, the first and especially the last were beyond hope.

But the symphony is actually full of some of Mahler's greatest music and these days things are very different: any and every self-respecting Mahler conductor has recorded it and the catalogue groans with a huge number of versions.

11.00
Marina Frolova-Walker picks some plums from recent releases of Russian including Medtner songs and Rachmaninov piano concertos.

11.45
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew Mcgregor With Stephen Johnson. Proms Composer: Julian Anderson20170722

Andrew McGregor focuses on Proms composer Julian Anderson. Plus Jiri Belohlavek tribute.

with Andrew McGregor;

0930 Proms Composer: Julian Anderson
Andrew plays recordings of music by the contemporary British composer Julian Anderson whose compositional style blends a dynamic rhythmic energy with remarkable melodies, often influenced by music from wide-ranging musical cultures. He is particularly interested in the folk music of Eastern Europe and the modality of Indian ragas.

1030 Andrew talks to Stephen Johnson about some of the best-loved and most highly regarded recordings by the much-missed conductor Jiří Bělohlávek who died in May.

1145
Excerpt from Ravel's Concerto in D major for piano (left hand) and orchestra
Steven Osborne, piano
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ludovic Morlot, conductor.

Andrew Mcgregor With Suzanne Aspden And Stephen Johnson20180113

Andrew McGregor presents as Building a Library focuses on Handel's oratorio Jephtha.

0930
Building a Library on on Handel's oratorio 'Jephtha' with Suzanne Aspden.

'Jephtha' tells the Old Testament story of the warrior who promises God that in gratitude for victory he will, on returning from battle, sacrifice the first person he sees coming out of his house. Of course, it's his beloved only daughter.

Through a dazzling sequence of choruses and solo numbers, which deliver penetrating insights into the human condition and typically subtle characterisation, Handel explores humankind's enslavement to an implacable and inescapable destiny. Handel's final oratorio is a work of huge emotive power, a summation of a lifetime's composing for the stage, and considered by many to be his masterpiece in a genre he had developed further than any other composer.

1100
Stephen Johnson rounds up recent releases of symphonies by Mahler, Scriabin and Rachmaninoff.

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew McGregor with Tom McKinney and Caroline Gill20180210

Andrew McGregor presents, as Building a Library focuses on Boulez's Le marteau sans maitre

with Andrew McGregor

9.30
Building a Library: Tom McKinney joins Andrew to make a personal choice from among the available recordings of Boulez's seminal work Le marteau sans maître.

Pierre Boulez first performed this piece in 1955. It sets the surrealist poetry of René Char for contralto and six instrumentalists. He had already established a reputation as the composer of modernist and serialist works and this has become one of his most enduring compositions. The orchestration allows for a continuum of sonorities. As Boulez said, "a number of features shared by these instruments forms a continuous passage from voice to vibraphone".

10.30
Caroline Gill joins Andrew to discuss some new releases of music by women composers.

11.45
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew Mcgregor With Tom Mckinney, Harriet Smith And David Owen Norris20170218

Andrew McGregor and guests review the best recordings of classical music.

0930

Building a Library: Tom McKinney recommends a recording of Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, one of the most popular works ever written.

1040

Andrew is joined Harriet Smith and David Owen Norris to look some recent release of piano music. Recordings in their sights include Bach's Goldberg variations from the young Beatrice Rana, Bartok from Cédric Tiberghien and music by Scarlatti, Handel and Soler played by Linda Nicholson on a copy of a piano by Cristofori, the inventor of the piano.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week - Monteverdi's Seventh Book of Madrigals from Les Arts Florissants.

Andrew McGregor and guests review the best recordings of classical music.

0930

Building a Library: Tom McKinney recommends a recording of Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, one of the most popular works ever written.

1040

Andrew is joined Harriet Smith and David Owen Norris to look some recent release of piano music. Recordings in their sights include Bach's Goldberg variations from the young Beatrice Rana, Bartok from Cédric Tiberghien and music by Scarlatti, Handel and Soler played by Linda Nicholson on a copy of a piano by Cristofori, the inventor of the piano.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week - Monteverdi's Seventh Book of Madrigals from Les Arts Florissants.

Andrew McGregor with Tom Service20171230

Building a Library features Mozart's 'Prague' Symphony.

with Andrew McGregor

09.30
Building a Library on Mozart's 'Prague' Symphony - No. 38 in D, K504 - with Tom Service.

Prague was the scene of Mozart's greatest operatic triumph to date, The Marriage of Figaro, and audiences there adored him. Before Mozart brought them his next stage masterpiece, Don Giovanni, he wrote his 'Prague' Symphony, a deeply expressive, boundary-pushing symphonic drama on an unprecedented scale, bursting with ideas and energy. And that's just the first movement. It's these qualities which have appealed alike to the big-name maestros of yore and more recent period instrument ensembles, resulting in a rich and varied recorded legacy.

10.15
Andrew presents a selection of outstanding new and recent releases, ending at 11.35 with his Disc of the Week.

Andrew McGregor with William Mival and Alexandra Coghlan20180602

Building a library on Schumann's Symphony No 4 plus releases of music by women composers.

A thorough look at the week's classical music releases, plus news and recommendations

with Andrew McGregor

9.30
Building a Library: Schumann's Symphony No 4 with William Mival

Schumann's Symphony No. 4 in D minor was first completed in 1841 and then heavily revised in 1851. The composer's widow, Clara, later claimed that the first version had just been a sketch which was only fully orchestrated in the second version. However, it turns out that this was not true, and Brahms, no less greatly preferred the earlier, more lightly scored version.

10.45
Andrew talks to Alexandra Coghlan about new releases of music by women composers including music by Louise Farrenc, Grazyna Bacewicz and Galina Ustwolskaja.

11.45
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew Mcgregor With William Mival And Kate Molleson20170422

Andrew McGregor celebrates Record Store Day 2017 and 60 years of Record Review with a special programme broadcast live from Spiritland, a listening café just north of King's Cross in London.

0930

Building a Library: William Mival assesses recordings of Mahler's epic Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection' and makes a recommendation.

A journey from the darkness of a funeral march via the terror of the Last Judgement through to the light of redemption and, finally, resurrection is not to be undertaken lightly. In the case of Mahler's second symphony it takes around 80 minutes and needs a massive orchestra including 10 horns, 8 trumpets, 4 trombones and a battery of percussion with 2 sets of timpani, bass drum, cymbals, tam‑tams, snare drums, bells (and a twig cluster). It also calls for organ, soloists and chorus.

Since its first recording in 1924 the 'Resurrection' has been a challenge for sound engineers, big-name conductors and orchestras alike, all striving for the cathartic transcendence a great performance should deliver.

1035

Andrew Rose of Pristine Audio describes how he uses the latest digital technology to make old recordings sound better than ever before.

1055

Kate Molleson reviews recent releases of mainly 21st-century music.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding recent release on vinyl as his Disc of the Week

Also featuring the Virtual Wallet: tell us what you would buy if you had £50 to spend on new recordings of classical music. We'd also like to know where you would buy it, how much you spend a month on new recordings, when you last went to your local record store, or even if you think the very notion of a record store is outdated? Tell us the answer to these and ask us your own questions via email, Twitter or post.

Email: recordreview@bbc.co.uk

Tweet: @bbcradio3 #recordreview

Post: Record Review, Broadcasting House, London W1A 1AA.

Andrew McGregor and guests review the best recordings of classical music.

Andrew McGregor celebrates Record Store Day 2017 and 60 years of Record Review with a special programme broadcast live from Spiritland, a listening café just north of King's Cross in London.

0930
Building a Library: William Mival assesses recordings of Mahler's epic Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection' and makes a recommendation.

A journey from the darkness of a funeral march via the terror of the Last Judgement through to the light of redemption and, finally, resurrection is not to be undertaken lightly. In the case of Mahler's second symphony it takes around 80 minutes and needs a massive orchestra including 10 horns, 8 trumpets, 4 trombones and a battery of percussion with 2 sets of timpani, bass drum, cymbals, tam‑tams, snare drums, bells (and a twig cluster). It also calls for organ, soloists and chorus.

Since its first recording in 1924 the 'Resurrection' has been a challenge for sound engineers, big-name conductors and orchestras alike, all striving for the cathartic transcendence a great performance should deliver.

1035
Andrew Rose of Pristine Audio describes how he uses the latest digital technology to make old recordings sound better than ever before.

1055
Kate Molleson reviews recent releases of mainly 21st-century music.

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding recent release on vinyl as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew McGregor and guests review the best recordings of classical music.

Andrew McGregor and guests review the best recordings of classical music.

Andrew McGregor celebrates Record Store Day 2017 and 60 years of Record Review with a special programme broadcast live from Spiritland, a listening café just north of King's Cross in London.

0930
Building a Library: William Mival assesses recordings of Mahler's epic Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection' and makes a recommendation.

A journey from the darkness of a funeral march via the terror of the Last Judgement through to the light of redemption and, finally, resurrection is not to be undertaken lightly. In the case of Mahler's second symphony it takes around 80 minutes and needs a massive orchestra including 10 horns, 8 trumpets, 4 trombones and a battery of percussion with 2 sets of timpani, bass drum, cymbals, tam‑tams, snare drums, bells (and a twig cluster). It also calls for organ, soloists and chorus.

Since its first recording in 1924 the 'Resurrection' has been a challenge for sound engineers, big-name conductors and orchestras alike, all striving for the cathartic transcendence a great performance should deliver.

1035
Andrew Rose of Pristine Audio describes how he uses the latest digital technology to make old recordings sound better than ever before.

1055
Kate Molleson reviews recent releases of mainly 21st-century music.

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding recent release on vinyl as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew McGregor celebrates Record Store Day 2017 and 60 years of Record Review with a special programme broadcast live from Spiritland, a listening café just north of King's Cross in London.

0930

Building a Library: William Mival assesses recordings of Mahler's epic Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection' and makes a recommendation.

A journey from the darkness of a funeral march via the terror of the Last Judgement through to the light of redemption and, finally, resurrection is not to be undertaken lightly. In the case of Mahler's second symphony it takes around 80 minutes and needs a massive orchestra including 10 horns, 8 trumpets, 4 trombones and a battery of percussion with 2 sets of timpani, bass drum, cymbals, tam‑tams, snare drums, bells (and a twig cluster). It also calls for organ, soloists and chorus.

Since its first recording in 1924 the 'Resurrection' has been a challenge for sound engineers, big-name conductors and orchestras alike, all striving for the cathartic transcendence a great performance should deliver.

1035

Andrew Rose of Pristine Audio describes how he uses the latest digital technology to make old recordings sound better than ever before.

1055

Kate Molleson reviews recent releases of mainly 21st-century music.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding recent release on vinyl as his Disc of the Week

Also featuring the Virtual Wallet: tell us what you would buy if you had £50 to spend on new recordings of classical music. We'd also like to know where you would buy it, how much you spend a month on new recordings, when you last went to your local record store, or even if you think the very notion of a record store is outdated? Tell us the answer to these and ask us your own questions via email, Twitter or post.

Email: recordreview@bbc.co.uk

Tweet: @bbcradio3 #recordreview

Post: Record Review, Broadcasting House, London W1A 1AA.

Andrew Mcgrgeor With Anna Picard And Elin Manahan Thomas20171028
Building A Library: Bach: Concerto In C Minor For Oboe, Violin And Strings, Bwv106020160409

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Bach's Concerto for Oboe, Violin and strings in C minor BWV1060R

David Vickers recommends a version of this ever-popular Bach Concerto. Though the manuscript was lost, a reconstruction of it was made possible because, in 1736, Bach had arranged it as the Concerto for two harpsichords and orchestra in C minor.

1030

Andrew is joined by Gillian Moore discuss new releases of music by Andrzej Panufnik, Mason Bates, Bent Sorensen, Michael Finnissy and Witold Lutoslawski

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Bach's Concerto for Oboe, Violin and strings in C minor BWV1060R

David Vickers recommends a version of this ever-popular Bach Concerto. Though the manuscript was lost, a reconstruction of it was made possible because, in 1736, Bach had arranged it as the Concerto for two harpsichords and orchestra in C minor.

1030

Andrew is joined by Gillian Moore discuss new releases of music by Andrzej Panufnik, Mason Bates, Bent Sorensen, Michael Finnissy and Witold Lutoslawski

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Building A Library: Bach: Funeral Ode For The Queen Of Poland20160611

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Jonathan Freeman-Attwood recommends a recording of JS Bach's 'Funeral Ode' for the Queen of Poland BWV198 from among available versions.

This secular cantata was written on the death of Christiane Eberhardine, the Electress of Saxony and Queen of Poland, who was particularly beloved by the people of Saxony for her devotion to her Lutheran faith. Bach employed a rich orchestration and used what was reported to be an Italian style of composition. It is one of his very greatest cantatas and deserves to be much better known than it is.

1045

Tom McKinney talks to Andrew about a handful of new releases he has been listening to by Penderecki, Eotvos, Rautavaara, Friedrich Cerha and Michel van der Aa

1145

Disc of the Week: Andrew makes a personal choice from among the latest outstanding releases.

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Jonathan Freeman-Attwood recommends a recording of JS Bach's 'Funeral Ode' for the Queen of Poland BWV198 from among available versions.

This secular cantata was written on the death of Christiane Eberhardine, the Electress of Saxony and Queen of Poland, who was particularly beloved by the people of Saxony for her devotion to her Lutheran faith. Bach employed a rich orchestration and used what was reported to be an "Italian style" of composition. It is one of his very greatest cantatas and deserves to be much better known than it is.

1045

Tom McKinney talks to Andrew about a handful of new releases he has been listening to by Penderecki, Eotvos, Rautavaara, Friedrich Cerha and Michel van der Aa

1145

Disc of the Week: Andrew makes a personal choice from among the latest outstanding releases.

Building A Library: Bach's Lutheran Masses;20161119

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Jonathan Freeman-Attwood surveys recordings of Lutheran Masses by JS Bach

Each of Bach's cantatas, tied to a particular date in the liturgical calendar, had a limited shelf-life with no more than three performances before a new one was required. But a Mass setting had the potential to be used much more frequently and Bach recycled some of his best cantata movements in his four Masses intended for liturgical use. For many years these so-called Lutheran masses, setting only the Kyrie and Gloria, were overshadowed by the great B minor Mass (rendered unperformable in his lifetime, as Bach well knew, by its full Catholic setting of the text). But these utilitarian works are stuffed full with some of Bach's best music and have been recorded by many of the top international professional choirs and period instrument ensembles.

1030

Celebrated pianist Lucy Parham joins Andrew to discuss recent releases of piano repertoire

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Jonathan Freeman-Attwood surveys recordings of Lutheran Masses by JS Bach

Each of Bach's cantatas, tied to a particular date in the liturgical calendar, had a limited shelf-life with no more than three performances before a new one was required. But a Mass setting had the potential to be used much more frequently and Bach recycled some of his best cantata movements in his four Masses intended for liturgical use. For many years these so-called Lutheran masses, setting only the Kyrie and Gloria, were overshadowed by the great B minor Mass (rendered unperformable in his lifetime, as Bach well knew, by its full Catholic setting of the text). But these utilitarian works are stuffed full with some of Bach's best music and have been recorded by many of the top international professional choirs and period instrument ensembles.

1030

Celebrated pianist Lucy Parham joins Andrew to discuss recent releases of piano repertoire

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Building A Library: Barbara Strozzi20161126

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Dr Hannah French surveys recordings of the exquisite music of seventeenth-century Venetian Barbara Strozzi. She was one of the most important composers of Italian cantatas in that era and published over a hundred vocal works during her lifetime. Illegitimate daughter of librettist and poet Giulio Strozzi, she studied with Cavalli and was a virtuoso singer, a shrewd businesswoman, and an outstanding composer.

1030

Stephen Johnson joins Andrew live for a review of some brand new releases

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Dr Hannah French surveys recordings of the exquisite music of seventeenth-century Venetian Barbara Strozzi. She was one of the most important composers of Italian cantatas in that era and published over a hundred vocal works during her lifetime. Illegitimate daughter of librettist and poet Giulio Strozzi, she studied with Cavalli and was a virtuoso singer, a shrewd businesswoman, and an outstanding composer.

1030

Stephen Johnson joins Andrew live for a review of some brand new releases

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Building A Library: Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 820160319

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Beethoven's Piano Sonata No 8 in C minor, Op.13, the 'Pathetique'

Written in the late 1700s when Beethoven was 27, the 'Pathétique' sonata has remained one of his most celebrated works. It's thought the nickname was bestowed by Beethoven's publisher who was impressed with the sonata's haunting and heartrending sonorities. Sarah Walker recommends a recording from the available versions.

1030

Hannah French joins Andrew to discuss recent releases of Baroque repertoire including Handel's Israel in Egypt, bassoon concertos by Vivaldi and violin concertos by Johann Ernst of Saxe-Weimar.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Beethoven's Piano Sonata No 8 in C minor, Op.13, the 'Pathetique'

Written in the late 1700s when Beethoven was 27, the 'Pathétique' sonata has remained one of his most celebrated works. It's thought the nickname was bestowed by Beethoven's publisher who was impressed with the sonata's haunting and heartrending sonorities. Sarah Walker recommends a recording from the available versions.

1030

Hannah French joins Andrew to discuss recent releases of Baroque repertoire including Handel's Israel in Egypt, bassoon concertos by Vivaldi and violin concertos by Johann Ernst of Saxe-Weimar.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Building A Library: Beethoven: String Quartet No 1220170121

with Andrew McGregor.

0930

Building a Library on the first of Beethoven's late, great string quartets, Op.127 in E flat major. Stephen Johnson compares recordings of the first of the five extraordinary string quartets which were to be Beethoven's last works, and which stand alone in terms of sheer scale, length, and complexity. Stephen has been listening to recordings spanning eight decades to find the best recording for your library.

1030

Renowned soprano Elin Manahan Thomas chats to Andrew about her favourite discs from a selection of recent vocal releases including Cesarini from Stéphanie Varnerin, Mozart from Regula Mühlemann and Mendelssohn from the Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Building A Library: Beethoven's Symphony No 520160102

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Nicholas Baragwanath recommends a recording of Beethoven's 5th Symphony. It is an iconic work that has assumed a central place in the repertoire - admired not only for the intellectual rigour of its musical working out but also for the highly emotional atmosphere of its themes of fate, despair and heroic triumph over adversity.

1030

As part of New Year New Music, David Owen Norris and Sara Mohr-Pietsch join Andrew to discuss new releases of modern and contemporary music, including works by Saariaho, Martland, Feldman and Ferneyhough.

1140

Andrew plays an exciting new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Nicholas Baragwanath recommends a recording of Beethoven's 5th Symphony. It is an iconic work that has assumed a central place in the repertoire - admired not only for the intellectual rigour of its musical working out but also for the highly emotional atmosphere of its themes of fate, despair and heroic triumph over adversity.

1030

As part of New Year New Music, David Owen Norris and Sara Mohr-pietsch join Andrew to discuss new releases of modern and contemporary music, including works by Saariaho, Martland, Feldman and Ferneyhough.

1140

Andrew plays an exciting new release as his Disc of the Week.

Building A Library: Brahms: String Sextet No 1 In B Flat20161029

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Katy Hamilton recommends a recorded version of Brahms's String Sextet No.1 in B flat major, Op. 18, composed in 1860. It is scored for two violins, two violas, and two cellos.This was quite an unusual combination of instruments at the time Brahms wrote the piece. The sextet was used as soundtrack by French director Louis Malle in the movie The Lovers.

1030

Sarah Lenton reviews new DVD releases of operas by Handel, Bellini, Giordano and Dvorak.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Katy Hamilton recommends a recorded version of Brahms's String Sextet No.1 in B flat major, Op. 18, composed in 1860. It is scored for two violins, two violas, and two cellos.This was quite an unusual combination of instruments at the time Brahms wrote the piece. The sextet was used as soundtrack by French director Louis Malle in the movie "The Lovers".

1030

Sarah Lenton reviews new DVD releases of operas by Handel, Bellini, Giordano and Dvorak.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Building A Library: Brahms: Violin Sonata In G, Op 7820160402

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Brahms's Violin Sonata in G Major, Op. 78

Brahms composed this sonata, one of the most popular in the violin repertoire, soon after the tragic early death of his young godson, Felix Schumann. It is pervaded with lyrical tenderness as well as a melancholy, autumnal sadness. Clara Schumann said I could not help bursting into tears of joy over it. I wish the last movement could accompany me to the next world. Katy Hamilton recommends a recording from the available versions.

1030

Andrew is joined by David Owen Norris to discuss reissues of three great Soviet-Russian pianists of the past: Vladimir Sofronitsky, Lazar Berman and Youri Egorov

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Brahms's Violin Sonata in G Major, Op. 78

Brahms composed this sonata, one of the most popular in the violin repertoire, soon after the tragic early death of his young godson, Felix Schumann. It is pervaded with lyrical tenderness as well as a melancholy, autumnal sadness. Clara Schumann said "I could not help bursting into tears of joy over it. I wish the last movement could accompany me to the next world." Katy Hamilton recommends a recording from the available versions.

1030

Andrew is joined by David Owen Norris to discuss reissues of three great Soviet-Russian pianists of the past: Vladimir Sofronitsky, Lazar Berman and Youri Egorov

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Building A Library: Bruckner's Symphony No 320161231

with Andrew McGregor including Mozart symphonies from the Australian Chamber Orchestra directed by Richard Tognetti and violin concertos from Isabel Faust and Il Giardino Armonico.

0930

Building a Library: Tom Service recommends a version of Bruckner's Symphony No. 3 in D minor.

Dedicated to his hero Wagner, the Third Symphony is a work which, even by Bruckner's unhappy standards, cost him dear in setbacks, humiliation and confidence. One result was that Bruckner revised the symphony twice and, confusingly, a collector has to choose between at least three quite different versions.

1030

Helen Wallace assesses recent recordings of Shostakovich cello concertos with Alisa Weilerstein and Xavier Phillips, plus 20th- and 21st-century violin concertos played by Renaud Capuçon, Vadim Repin and Benjamin Schmidt.

1145

Andrew plays an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor including Mozart symphonies from the Australian Chamber Orchestra directed by Richard Tognetti and violin concertos from Isabel Faust and Il Giardino Armonico.

0930

Building a Library: Tom Service recommends a version of Bruckner's Symphony No. 3 in D minor.

Dedicated to his hero Wagner, the Third Symphony is a work which, even by Bruckner's unhappy standards, cost him dear in setbacks, humiliation and confidence. One result was that Bruckner revised the symphony twice and, confusingly, a collector has to choose between at least three quite different versions.

1030

Helen Wallace assesses recent recordings of Shostakovich cello concertos with Alisa Weilerstein and Xavier Phillips, plus 20th- and 21st-century violin concertos played by Renaud Capuçon, Vadim Repin and Benjamin Schmidt.

1145

Andrew plays an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Building A Library: Cabaret20161015

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Richard Sisson compares recordings of Kander and Ebb's 1966 musical 'Cabaret', based on Christopher Isherwood's 1939 novel 'Goodbye to Berlin'. It was made in to a film in 1972 but there have also been many stage productions, many of which have been captured on record. Which one recreates the atmosphere of the Kit Kat Klub most effectively?

1030

Natasha Loges joins Andrew live to discuss recent releases of music by Brahms and Schumann

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Richard Sisson compares recordings of Kander and Ebb's 1966 musical 'Cabaret', based on Christopher Isherwood's 1939 novel 'Goodbye to Berlin'. It was made in to a film in 1972 but there have also been many stage productions, many of which have been captured on record. Which one recreates the atmosphere of the Kit Kat Klub most effectively?

1030

Natasha Loges joins Andrew live to discuss recent releases of music by Brahms and Schumann

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Building A Library: Cavalleria Rusticana20160116

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library

Anna Picard compares recordings of Mascagni's perennially popular 'Cavalleria Rusticana', widely considered to be one of the classic verismo operas, with 'that' intermezzo which may or may not conjure up images from the imaginations of Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese...

1030

Rebecca Franks chats to Andrew about a fascinating selection of recent releases of chamber music repertoire

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library

Anna Picard compares recordings of Mascagni's perennially popular 'Cavalleria Rusticana', widely considered to be one of the classic verismo operas, with 'that' intermezzo which may or may not conjure up images from the imaginations of Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese...

1030

Rebecca Franks chats to Andrew about a fascinating selection of recent releases of chamber music repertoire

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Building A Library: Debussy's Nocturnes20160123

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Julian Johnson recommends a recording of Debussy's Nocturnes. Inspired by the way painters including Turner, Whistler and his French impressionist contemporaries dealt with light, Debussy used an orchestral palette to evoke the slowly changing movement of clouds, a riotous festival, and a silvered moonlit seascape. The music, at once brilliantly orchestrated and subtle, is a demanding test which separates the sheep from the goats among orchestras, conductors and recording engineers.

1030

Hilary Finch reviews an clutch of recent song recordings.

1145

Disc of the Week: Andrew makes a personal choice from the latest releases.

Building A Library: Delius: Sea Drift20160305

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Daniel Grimley recommends a recording of Delius's Sea Drift, a setting for baritone, chorus and orchestra of words by Walt Whitman. In the poem, the speaker describes how, as a boy, he watched a pair of mocking-birds nesting, until one day the she-bird flew away and never returned. In this atmospheric work Delius marvellously conjures up the motion of the waves in the sound of the orchestra.

1045

As part of Radio 3's focus on International Women's Day, Helen Wallace joins Andrew to discuss a batch of discs by women composers including works by Elena Langer, Galina Grigorjeva and Pauline Viardot.

1145

Andrew plays an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Daniel Grimley recommends a recording of Delius's Sea Drift, a setting for baritone, chorus and orchestra of words by Walt Whitman. In the poem, the speaker describes how, as a boy, he watched a pair of mocking-birds nesting, until one day the she-bird flew away and never returned. In this atmospheric work Delius marvellously conjures up the motion of the waves in the sound of the orchestra.

1045

As part of Radio 3's focus on International Women's Day, Helen Wallace joins Andrew to discuss a batch of discs by women composers including works by Elena Langer, Galina Grigorjeva and Pauline Viardot.

1145

Andrew plays an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Building A Library: Dutilleux20160109

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Ivan Hewett surveys recordings of music by Henri Dutilleux, a composer with a unique voice who took inspiration from the tradition of Ravel, Debussy and Roussel, but created a sound world of sensuous harmony and colour that was all his own.

1030

Sarah Walker joins Andrew Live to discuss recent releases of piano repertoire

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Ivan Hewett surveys recordings of music by Henri Dutilleux, a composer with a unique voice who took inspiration from the tradition of Ravel, Debussy and Roussel, but created a sound world of sensuous harmony and colour that was all his own.

1030

Sarah Walker joins Andrew Live to discuss recent releases of piano repertoire

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Building A Library: Elgar: Falstaff20161008

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library

Elgar: Falstaff - Symphonic Study in C minor, Op. 68

David Nice compares recordings of the work of which Elgar himself said I have, I think, enjoyed writing it more than any other music I have composed and perhaps for that reason it may prove to be among my better efforts. It's a symphonic poem in the tradition of Liszt and Strauss, but in comparison with some other works by Elgar it has not become as renowned or as popular. It's been recorded many times though, so this survey promises to cover a lot of ground in its search for an overall recommendation!

1030

Kate Bolton-Porciatti joins Andrew to discuss an eclectic array of recent Early Music releases including Cello concertos by CPE Bach, Caldara Cervantes operas, and Telemann Fantasies

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library

Elgar: Falstaff - Symphonic Study in C minor, Op. 68

David Nice compares recordings of the work of which Elgar himself said "I have, I think, enjoyed writing it more than any other music I have composed and perhaps for that reason it may prove to be among my better efforts". It's a symphonic poem in the tradition of Liszt and Strauss, but in comparison with some other works by Elgar it has not become as renowned or as popular. It's been recorded many times though, so this survey promises to cover a lot of ground in its search for an overall recommendation!

1030

Kate Bolton-Porciatti joins Andrew to discuss an eclectic array of recent Early Music releases including Cello concertos by CPE Bach, Caldara Cervantes operas, and Telemann Fantasies

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Building A Library: Faure's Requiem20160702

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Richard Morrison compares recordings of Fauré's perennially popular Requiem in D minor, Op. 48. It was first performed in 1888 in La Madeleine in Paris, and of it the composer said Everything I managed to entertain by way of religious illusion I put into my Requiem, which moreover is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest.

1030

Andrew is joined by Harriet Smith to discuss some exciting brand new releases

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Richard Morrison compares recordings of Fauré's perennially popular Requiem in D minor, Op. 48. It was first performed in 1888 in La Madeleine in Paris, and of it the composer said "Everything I managed to entertain by way of religious illusion I put into my Requiem, which moreover is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest."

1030

Andrew is joined by Harriet Smith to discuss some exciting brand new releases

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Building A Library: Handel's Alcina20160521

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Berta Joncus recommends a recording of Handel's Alcina from among available versions.

Power, love and sex are the themes of Handel's final operatic masterpiece. The tale of Alcina, whose journey begins as all-powerful enchantress and ends as tragic victim, inspired Handel to weave his own musical magic and create one of his most memorable and alluring female characters. From rollicking to heart-breaking, the opera's series of show-stopping arias both for Alcina and other roles, coupled with sparkling dance numbers has made it a magnet not only for some of the great singers of our times but also for many of the leading specialists in period performance and their ensembles.

1045

Anna Picard and Mahan Esfahani on recent releases of Czech music, from Martinu to Zelenka.

1145

Disc of the Week: Andrew makes a personal choice from among the latest outstanding releases.

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Berta Joncus recommends a recording of Handel's Alcina from among available versions.

Power, love and sex are the themes of Handel's final operatic masterpiece. The tale of Alcina, whose journey begins as all-powerful enchantress and ends as tragic victim, inspired Handel to weave his own musical magic and create one of his most memorable and alluring female characters. From rollicking to heart-breaking, the opera's series of show-stopping arias both for Alcina and other roles, coupled with sparkling dance numbers has made it a magnet not only for some of the great singers of our times but also for many of the leading specialists in period performance and their ensembles.

1045

Anna Picard and Mahan Esfahani on recent releases of Czech music, from Martinu to Zelenka.

1145

Disc of the Week: Andrew makes a personal choice from among the latest outstanding releases.

Building A Library: Haydn: String Quartet In G, Op 77 No 120160514

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Caroline Gill compares recordings of Haydn's String Quartet in G, Op.77 No.1

1030

Natasha Loges joins Andrew live to discuss recent releases of Lieder from Sophie Karthauser, Benjamin Appl and Julian Pregardien

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Caroline Gill compares recordings of Haydn's String Quartet in G, Op.77 No.1

1030

Natasha Loges joins Andrew live to discuss recent releases of Lieder from Sophie Karthauser, Benjamin Appl and Julian Pregardien

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Building A Library: Haydn's Symphony No 99 In E Flat20161203

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Richard Wigmore sifts through some of the available recordings of Haydn Symphony No. 99 in E flat and comes up with a recommendation.

By the time Haydn wrote his ninety-ninth symphony he was Europe's most celebrated and best-paid composer. Released from a lifetime of musical servitude at a provincial court, he was now catering for a sophisticated metropolitan public that couldn't get enough of his music and the result was Haydn's mature style, at once earthy and refined, playful and profound. Symphony No. 99 is a prime example of late, great Haydn, represented in the catalogue by recordings from grand-old-man conductor and orchestra pairings, to the latest period performance ensembles.

1030

Simon Heighes reviews recent Bach releases from Murray Perahia, Kyung Wha Chung and Masaaki Suzuki, among others.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Richard Wigmore sifts through some of the available recordings of Haydn Symphony No. 99 in E flat and comes up with a recommendation.

By the time Haydn wrote his ninety-ninth symphony he was Europe's most celebrated and best-paid composer. Released from a lifetime of musical servitude at a provincial court, he was now catering for a sophisticated metropolitan public that couldn't get enough of his music and the result was Haydn's mature style, at once earthy and refined, playful and profound. Symphony No. 99 is a prime example of late, great Haydn, represented in the catalogue by recordings from grand-old-man conductor and orchestra pairings, to the latest period performance ensembles.

1030

Simon Heighes reviews recent Bach releases from Murray Perahia, Kyung Wha Chung and Masaaki Suzuki, among others.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Building A Library: Hildegard Von Bingen20160416

with Andrew McGregor

In today's Building a Library, Sara Mohr-Pietsch surveys the music on record of the 11th century composer, writer, mystic and Benedictine abbess Hildegard of Bingen, specifically the many liturgical songs that were collected into the extraordinary cycle known as the 'Symphonia armoniae celestium revelationum'.

Plus to mark Record Store Day Andrew is joined by journalist and critic Kate Molleson and classical music retailer Jim Elliott to discuss the current habits of the UK's record-buying public. With a virtual wallet containing £50 in their pockets they tell us what they would buy.

If you too had a virtual wallet with £50 to spend on recorded classical music what would you buy and where would you buy it? How much do you spend a month on new recordings? When did you last go to your local record store, or is the very notion of a record store outdated? Have CDs had their day as a format? Tell us the answer to these and ask us your own questions via email, Twitter or post.

Email: recordreview@bbc.co.uk

Tweet: @bbcradio3 #recordreview

Post: Record Review, Broadcasting House, London W1A 1AA.

with Andrew McGregor

In today's Building a Library, Sara Mohr-pietsch surveys the music on record of the 11th century composer, writer, mystic and Benedictine abbess Hildegard of Bingen, specifically the many liturgical songs that were collected into the extraordinary cycle known as the 'Symphonia armoniae celestium revelationum'.

Plus to mark Record Store Day Andrew is joined by journalist and critic Kate Molleson and classical music retailer Jim Elliott to discuss the current habits of the UK's record-buying public. With a virtual wallet containing £50 in their pockets they tell us what they would buy.

If you too had a virtual wallet with £50 to spend on recorded classical music what would you buy and where would you buy it? How much do you spend a month on new recordings? When did you last go to your local record store, or is the very notion of a record store outdated? Have CDs had their day as a format? Tell us the answer to these and ask us your own questions via email, Twitter or post.

Email: recordreview@bbc.co.uk

Tweet: @bbcradio3 #recordreview

Post: Record Review, Broadcasting House, London W1A 1AA.

Building A Library: Lassus: Lagrime Di San Pietro20161217

Andrew McGregor is joined in the studio by Natasha Loges, Hannah French and Kate Molleson to discuss and debate which new releases they have most enjoyed this year

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Building a Library: Caroline Gill surveys recordings of the Lagrime di San Pietro by Orlande de Lassus, a collection of twenty spiritual madrigals and one motet for seven voices setting poems by Luigi Tansillo depicting the sorrows of St Peter following his denial of Christ

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Andrew McGregor and his three guests Natasha Loges, Hannah French and Kate Molleson continue to share and discuss the merits of their favourite new releases of 2016.

Building A Library: Machaut20160213

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Simon Heighes recommends recordings which best represent the music of Guillaume de Machaut. Celebrated and internationally renowned in his own time, the fourteenth-century Guillaume de Machaut, composer of secular and sacred music, is one of the great names in Western music.

1045

Harriet Smith reviews recent sets of Beethoven chamber music, including violin sonatas with Tasmin Little and Martin Roscoe, and the complete cello music with Xavier Phillips and François-Frédéric Guy

1145

Disc of the Week: Andrew makes a personal choice from among the latest top releases.

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Simon Heighes recommends recordings which best represent the music of Guillaume de Machaut. Celebrated and internationally renowned in his own time, the fourteenth-century Guillaume de Machaut, composer of secular and sacred music, is one of the great names in Western music.

1045

Harriet Smith reviews recent sets of Beethoven chamber music, including violin sonatas with Tasmin Little and Martin Roscoe, and the complete cello music with Xavier Phillips and François-Frédéric Guy

1145

Disc of the Week: Andrew makes a personal choice from among the latest top releases.

Building A Library: Mahler: Symphony No 520160618

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Composer and broadcaster William Mival joins Andrew for a live traversal of Mahler's colossal 5th Symphony on record

1030

Andrew chats to renowned baritone Roderick Williams about exciting recent releases of a huge variety of vocal repertoire

1140

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Composer and broadcaster William Mival joins Andrew for a live traversal of Mahler's colossal 5th Symphony on record

1030

Andrew chats to renowned baritone Roderick Williams about exciting recent releases of a huge variety of vocal repertoire

1140

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Building A Library: Martinu: Symphony No 620160507

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Jonathan Swain recommends a recording of Bohuslav Martinu's Symphony No. 6 from among available versions. Writer's block wasn't usually a problem for Martinu and once he'd got the bug for them, symphonies were no exception. But his sixth (and last), begun in 1951, took over two years to complete. Like much of his music, what Martinu called his 'Fantaisies symphoniques' is rarely heard in the concert hall. For some it's an elusive and often gloomy work, which never seems to get going. For others it reveals the heartrending hankerings of exile, Martinu's Czech homeland made tragically unattainable, first by war and then the Iron Curtain. And although Martinu confessed to a programme behind the music, he teasingly wouldn't tell anyone what it was.

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Sarah Devonald rounds-up recent recordings featuring wind instruments, including music by Nielsen, Janacek, Mozart and Vivaldi.

1145

Disc of the Week: Andrew makes a personal choice from among the latest outstanding releases.

Building A Library: Mateo Flecha's Ensaladas20161022

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Tess Knighton compares recordings of the 'Ensaladas' of the early sixteenth-century Mateo Flecha, written for the diversion of courtiers. A captivating mixture of popular song, madrigal and liturgical music Flecha's lively Ensaladas have in recent years attracted a range of performance styles, from one voice to a part to recordings with full choir and instruments.

1030

David Owen Norris joins Andrew to discuss the recorded legacy of Emil Gilels, born a hundred years ago this week.

One of the few Soviet musicians allowed to tour the West, Gilels had an extensive repertoire which ranged from the Baroque to the works of Debussy, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev. David Owen Norris picks highlights from Deutsche Grammophon's 24-CD 'complete' recordings, a 7-CD set of RCA Red Seal and, more recently, a bumper 50-CD set from Melodiya.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Tess Knighton compares recordings of the 'Ensaladas' of the early sixteenth-century Mateo Flecha, written for the diversion of courtiers. A captivating mixture of popular song, madrigal and liturgical music Flecha's lively Ensaladas have in recent years attracted a range of performance styles, from one voice to a part to recordings with full choir and instruments.

1030

David Owen Norris joins Andrew to discuss the recorded legacy of Emil Gilels, born a hundred years ago this week.

One of the few Soviet musicians allowed to tour the West, Gilels had an extensive repertoire which ranged from the Baroque to the works of Debussy, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev. David Owen Norris picks highlights from Deutsche Grammophon's 24-CD 'complete' recordings, a 7-CD set of RCA Red Seal and, more recently, a bumper 50-CD set from Melodiya.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Building A Library: Mendelssohn: Symphony No 520160206

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library

Andrew Mellor compares recordings of Mendelssohn's Symphony No.5, the 'Reformation'. It was written to mark the 300th anniversary of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession in 1530, a critical event of the Protestant Reformation

1030

Mark Lowther chats to Andrew about recent releases of Beethoven: symphonies from Nagano, Häselbock and Leibowitz, plus the Mass in C from Michael Tilson Thomas in San Francisco

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library

Andrew Mellor compares recordings of Mendelssohn's Symphony No.5, the 'Reformation'. It was written to mark the 300th anniversary of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession in 1530, a critical event of the Protestant Reformation

1030

Mark Lowther chats to Andrew about recent releases of Beethoven: symphonies from Nagano, Häselbock and Leibowitz, plus the Mass in C from Michael Tilson Thomas in San Francisco

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Building A Library: Mozart: Piano Concerto No 2120161224

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: David Owen Norris sifts through some of the available recordings of Mozart's Piano Concerto No 21 in C major, K467

Mozart wrote his evergreen piano concerto in 1785. After its second movement was featured in the 1967 Swedish film Elvira Madigan, the piece has become widely known as the Elvira Madigan concerto.

1030

Andrew talks to conductor Robin Ticciati about his recordings of Berlioz and Schumann etc.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Building A Library: Mozart's Requiem20160227

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Nicholas Kenyon recommends a recording of Mozart's Requiem. Commissioned in strange circumstances, the Requiem has been argued over by musicians and scholars for the past couple of centuries; it has also inspired fiction, drama and opera. Left unfinished at Mozart's death, his widow Constanze desperately needed to get the Requiem finished to get it paid for. Two attempts to complete it were made in her lifetime and several more, since. To get to his final choice, Nicholas Kenyon asks 'What is The Mozart Requiem?' It's a knotty question which takes some unpicking and has more than one answer.

1045

Sandeep Virdee joins Andrew for a beginners' guide to Indian classical music and selects some recordings to form a basic collection.

1145

Andrew plays an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Nicholas Kenyon recommends a recording of Mozart's Requiem. Commissioned in strange circumstances, the Requiem has been argued over by musicians and scholars for the past couple of centuries; it has also inspired fiction, drama and opera. Left unfinished at Mozart's death, his widow Constanze desperately needed to get the Requiem finished to get it paid for. Two attempts to complete it were made in her lifetime and several more, since. To get to his final choice, Nicholas Kenyon asks 'What is The Mozart Requiem?' It's a knotty question which takes some unpicking and has more than one answer.

1045

Sandeep Virdee joins Andrew for a beginners' guide to Indian classical music and selects some recordings to form a basic collection.

1145

Andrew plays an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Building A Library: Offenbach's Orpheus In The Underworld20160709

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Sarah Lenton comes up with a personal recommendation for Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld from among available versions.

The starting point for Jacques Offenbach's 1858 opéra bouffe Orphée aux enfers is classical Greek myth. But tragedy it ain't. Here, instead, is a cheeky parody of Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, the tragic pair a married couple grown sick of the sight of each other. So when Pluto lures Eurydice to his underworld both she and Orpheus are equally pleased. But, much to Orpheus' displeasure, Public Opinion demands Eurydice be rescued. And so she is, the opera ending with a bacchanal including a 'galop infernal' or Can-Can, one of the work's many earworm moments.

1040

Marina Frolova-Walker rounds up new recordings of Russian orchestral repertoire and reassesses recently reissued CDs featuring Soviet musicians and ensembles.

1140

Disc of the Week: Andrew makes a personal choice from among the latest outstanding releases.

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Sarah Lenton comes up with a personal recommendation for Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld from among available versions.

The starting point for Jacques Offenbach's 1858 opéra bouffe Orphée aux enfers is classical Greek myth. But tragedy it ain't. Here, instead, is a cheeky parody of Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, the tragic pair a married couple grown sick of the sight of each other. So when Pluto lures Eurydice to his underworld both she and Orpheus are equally pleased. But, much to Orpheus' displeasure, Public Opinion demands Eurydice be rescued. And so she is, the opera ending with a bacchanal including a 'galop infernal' or Can-Can, one of the work's many earworm moments.

1040

Marina Frolova-Walker rounds up new recordings of Russian orchestral repertoire and reassesses recently reissued CDs featuring Soviet musicians and ensembles.

1140

Disc of the Week: Andrew makes a personal choice from among the latest outstanding releases.

Building A Library: Puccini's La Fanciulla Del West20161210

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Flora Willson sifts through some of the available recordings of Puccini's opera La fanciulla del West.

Puccini's La fanciulla del West, or Girl of the West, is set in a mining camp at the foot of the Cloudy Mountains, California. If it has fewer famous arias than other Puccini operas, it is greatly admired for its colourful orchestration with influences from composers such as Debussy and Richard Strauss, while at the same time having a unique sound world. The opera was premiered at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City, in 1910. And Puccini himself thought it one of his greatest works. The conductor Arturo Toscanini called it a great symphonic poem.

1030

Alexandra Coghlan reviews recent releases of choral discs.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Flora Willson sifts through some of the available recordings of Puccini's opera La fanciulla del West.

Puccini's La fanciulla del West, or Girl of the West, is set in a mining camp at the foot of the Cloudy Mountains, California. If it has fewer famous arias than other Puccini operas, it is greatly admired for its colourful orchestration with influences from composers such as Debussy and Richard Strauss, while at the same time having a unique sound world. The opera was premiered at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City, in 1910. And Puccini himself thought it one of his greatest works. The conductor Arturo Toscanini called it a "great symphonic poem".

1030

Alexandra Coghlan reviews recent releases of choral discs.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Building A Library: Rachmaninov: Symphony No 320160312

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Sarah Devonald recommends a recording of Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 3 in A minor from among available versions. A gap of nearly three decades separates Rachmaninoff's Third Symphony from its predecessor. And if it's leaner and shorter than the Second Symphony, the Third is still shot through with Russian nostalgia and unashamed romanticism belying its 1936 Philadelphia premiere, Rachmaninoff impervious as ever to progressive musical trends.

1045

Tom McKinney reviews a 59-CD box set covering four decades of recordings by doyen guitarist John Williams, released to mark his 75th birthday.

1145

Disc of the Week: Andrew makes a personal choice from among the latest outstanding releases.

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Sarah Devonald recommends a recording of Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 3 in A minor from among available versions. A gap of nearly three decades separates Rachmaninoff's Third Symphony from its predecessor. And if it's leaner and shorter than the Second Symphony, the Third is still shot through with Russian nostalgia and unashamed romanticism belying its 1936 Philadelphia premiere, Rachmaninoff impervious as ever to progressive musical trends.

1045

Tom McKinney reviews a 59-CD box set covering four decades of recordings by doyen guitarist John Williams, released to mark his 75th birthday.

1145

Disc of the Week: Andrew makes a personal choice from among the latest outstanding releases.

Building A Library: Rossini's The Barber Of Seville20170204

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library

Ben Walton compares audio recordings of Rossini's hugely popular opera buffa The Barber of Seville, after Beaumarchais's comic play written 40 years earlier. There are so many renowned recordings, spanning over 60 years, but it's perhaps the coloratura mezzo-soprano role of Rosina which defines each one. We'll hear from Callas, Garanca, de los Angeles, Sills, Larmore to name but a few, not to mention the legendary conductors! Which will be chosen above all others as the recording for your library?

1045

Anna Picard chats to Andrew about some striking, and very contrasted, recent releases including discs from Anne Sofie von Otter and Renée Fleming with some unexpected repertoire in common.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Building A Library: Schubert's Fantasy In C, D93420170107

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library

Harriet Smith compares recordings of Schubert's Fantasy for Violin and Piano in C major, D934. It's a piece which baffled its audience when it was premiered in 1828, because it was much longer and more complexly structured than the conservative Viennese audience was used to. Despite using a recognisable melody of one of Schubert's own songs in its central variation movement, a contemporary review remarked that the piece took rather more time and concentration than a Viennese is prepared to devote to pleasures of the mind. Great virtuosity is required from both violin and piano, so which duo of performers will come out on top?

1030

Breaking Free - the minds that changed music

Andrew chats to Professor Erik Levi about recent releases of music by composers from the Second Viennese School including DVDs of Berg's Lulu from the Met and Wozzeck from Opera Zurich plus chamber music by Norbert von Hannenheim, one of the more brilliant later pupils of Arnold Schoenberg, and the haunting Piano Concerto by Schoenberg himself.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Building A Library: Schubert's Piano Trio In E Flat, D929.20160430

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library

Iain Burnside compares recordings of Schubert's E flat Piano Trio D.929 and makes a personal recommendation. It was one of the last compositions Schubert completed and was one of the few late works he heard performed before his premature death. The main theme of the Andante has been used in many film soundtracks and is thought to be based on a Swedish folk song.

1030

Andrew talks to the violinist Daniel hope about his musical grandfather Yehudi Menuhin who was born 100 years ago this month. Together they unpack the 80 CD, 11 DVD box set 'The Menuhin Century Collection', and listen to Menuhin's first recordings from 1932/32, recently remastered, including a famous rendition of the Elgar Concerto.

1140

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library

Iain Burnside compares recordings of Schubert's E flat Piano Trio D.929 and makes a personal recommendation. It was one of the last compositions Schubert completed and was one of the few late works he heard performed before his premature death. The main theme of the Andante has been used in many film soundtracks and is thought to be based on a Swedish folk song.

1030

Andrew talks to the violinist Daniel hope about his "musical grandfather" Yehudi Menuhin who was born 100 years ago this month. Together they unpack the 80 CD, 11 DVD box set 'The Menuhin Century Collection', and listen to Menuhin's first recordings from 1932/32, recently remastered, including a famous rendition of the Elgar Concerto.

1140

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Building A Library: Schumann: Fantasie20160528

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Kenneth Hamilton recommends a recording of Schumann's Fantasie, Op17

The Fantasie in C major was composed by Robert Schumann in 1836. It is popularly thought of as one of Schumann's greatest works for solo piano. It had its origins in a piece Schumann composed to express his unhappiness at being parted from his beloved Clara Wieck, whom he later married. This later became part of a work meant as a contribution to the appeal for funds to erect a monument to Beethoven in his birthplace, Bonn. It was eventually published in 1839 with a dedication to Franz Liszt.

1045

Andrew talks to organist Wayne Marshall about reissues of the great French organist,composer and pedagogue Marcel Dupré. And recordings of organ music by Charles-Marie Widor.

1145

Disc of the Week: Andrew makes a personal choice from among the latest outstanding releases.

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Kenneth Hamilton recommends a recording of Schumann's Fantasie, Op17

The Fantasie in C major was composed by Robert Schumann in 1836. It is popularly thought of as one of Schumann's greatest works for solo piano. It had its origins in a piece Schumann composed to express his unhappiness at being parted from his beloved Clara Wieck, whom he later married. This later became part of a work meant as a contribution to the appeal for funds to erect a monument to Beethoven in his birthplace, Bonn. It was eventually published in 1839 with a dedication to Franz Liszt.

1045

Andrew talks to organist Wayne Marshall about reissues of the great French organist,composer and pedagogue Marcel Dupré. And recordings of organ music by Charles-Marie Widor.

1145

Disc of the Week: Andrew makes a personal choice from among the latest outstanding releases.

Building A Library: Schumann: Frauenliebe Und -leben20160326

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Schumann's Frauenliebe und -leben

Erica Jeal recommends a recording from the available versions of this great song cycle written in 1840, which was Schumann's year of song. They chart the progress of a woman's relationship with a man from the first meeting through marriage to his death, and after.

1030

Andrew is joined by Ashutosh Khandekar to discuss some recent opera releases: a recording of a major work by Donizetti left uncompleted, Le Duc d'Albe; an archive recording from the 1983 Salzburg Festival of Beethoven's Fidelio with a classic cast; and a recording of Smetana's rescue opera Dalibor, known as the Czech Fidelio.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Schumann's Frauenliebe und -leben

Erica Jeal recommends a recording from the available versions of this great song cycle written in 1840, which was Schumann's "year of song." They chart the progress of a woman's relationship with a man from the first meeting through marriage to his death, and after.

1030

Andrew is joined by Ashutosh Khandekar to discuss some recent opera releases: a recording of a major work by Donizetti left uncompleted, Le Duc d'Albe; an archive recording from the 1983 Salzburg Festival of Beethoven's Fidelio with a classic cast; and a recording of Smetana's rescue opera Dalibor, known as the Czech Fidelio.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Building A Library: Shostakovich: Symphony No 920160220

with Andrew McGregor

0930

David Nice recommends a version of Shostakovich's 9th Symphony. This powerful work was described in the composer's own words: If the Seventh and the Eighth symphonies bore a tragic-heroic character, then in the Ninth a transparent, pellucid, and bright mood predominates.

1030

Marina Frolova-Walker discusses with Andrew new releases of symphonies and concertos by Prokofiev and Shostakovich.

1145

Disc of the Week: Andrew makes a personal choice from among the latest top releases.

with Andrew McGregor

0930

David Nice recommends a version of Shostakovich's 9th Symphony. This powerful work was described in the composer's own words: If the Seventh and the Eighth symphonies bore a tragic-heroic character, then in the Ninth a transparent, pellucid, and bright mood predominates.

1030

Marina Frolova-Walker discusses with Andew new releases of symphonies and concertos by Prokofiev and Shostakovich.

1145

Disc of the Week: Andrew makes a personal choice from among the latest top releases.

with Andrew McGregor

0930

David Nice recommends a version of Shostakovich's 9th Symphony. This powerful work was described in the composer's own words: "If the Seventh and the Eighth symphonies bore a tragic-heroic character, then in the Ninth a transparent, pellucid, and bright mood predominates."

1030

Marina Frolova-Walker discusses with Andrew new releases of symphonies and concertos by Prokofiev and Shostakovich.

1145

Disc of the Week: Andrew makes a personal choice from among the latest top releases.

Marina Frolova-Walker discusses with Andew new releases of symphonies and concertos by Prokofiev and Shostakovich.

Building A Library: Sibelius's Tapiola20170128

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Andrew Mellor sifts through some of the available recordings of Sibelius's Tone Poem Tapiola.

Tapiola is Sibelius's final masterpiece for orchestra and, it has been said that, had he written nothing else, this haunting work alone would rank him among the greats. The head of the score sets the scene: In Pohjola there are thick, dark forests that dream wild dreams, forever secret. Tapio's eerie dwellings are there and half-glimpsed spirits, and the voices of twilight.

1030

Ivan Hewett recommends recordings of the music of Philip Glass, who turns eighty this week.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Building A Library: Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress20161105

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Stravinsky 'The Rake's Progress'. Anna Picard compares recordings on both CD and DVD of Stravinsky's operatic morality tale following the fate of Tom Rakewell as he abandons poor Anne Trulove for the delights of London in the company of the nefarious Nick Shadow.

1030

Mozart 225 - an exhaustive new compilation offering 200 discs with all Mozart's completed works, a new Köchel catalogue, a brand new biography, and previously unrecorded fragments offering a glimpse of how Mozart actually went about the process of composing. Andrew chats to Professor Cliff Eisen about the curation of the box, and Sir Nicholas Kenyon picks a few choice samples to give us a flavour of the performances.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Stravinsky 'The Rake's Progress'. Anna Picard compares recordings on both CD and DVD of Stravinsky's operatic morality tale following the fate of Tom Rakewell as he abandons poor Anne Trulove for the delights of London in the company of the nefarious Nick Shadow.

1030

Mozart 225 - an exhaustive new compilation offering 200 discs with all Mozart's completed works, a new Köchel catalogue, a brand new biography, and previously unrecorded fragments offering a glimpse of how Mozart actually went about the process of composing. Andrew chats to Professor Cliff Eisen about the curation of the box, and Sir Nicholas Kenyon picks a few choice samples to give us a flavour of the performances.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Building A Library: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6, Op 74 (pathetique)20160604

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Marina Frolova-Walker recommends a recording of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, Op. 74, 'Pathétique' from among available versions.

'It was not exactly a failure' Tchaikovsky reported to his publisher after the 1893 premiere of his final completed symphony. But having 'shed many tears' during its composition reflecting on the Pathétique's never-to-be-revealed programme 'saturated with subjective feeling', the neurotic, hypersensitive composer was surprisingly unconcerned with the public's lukewarm reaction. Tchaikovsky knew it was his best work - an opinion which was very soon vindicated (he was dead nine days after he conducted the first performance), as his symphony fast became a concert hall staple and was even adopted as a symphonic model by fellow neurotic Gustav Mahler. And in both the last century and this one, it has become among the most recorded symphonies in the catalogue, prey to young Turks and grizzled maestros alike.

1045

Stephen Johnson assesses Rattle's latest cycle of Beethoven symphonies recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic and sees if it trumps his previous set with the Vienna Philharmonic.

1145

Disc of the Week: Andrew makes a personal choice from among the latest outstanding releases.

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Marina Frolova-Walker recommends a recording of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, Op. 74, 'Pathétique' from among available versions.

'It was not exactly a failure' Tchaikovsky reported to his publisher after the 1893 premiere of his final completed symphony. But having 'shed many tears' during its composition reflecting on the Pathétique's never-to-be-revealed programme 'saturated with subjective feeling', the neurotic, hypersensitive composer was surprisingly unconcerned with the public's lukewarm reaction. Tchaikovsky knew it was his best work - an opinion which was very soon vindicated (he was dead nine days after he conducted the first performance), as his symphony fast became a concert hall staple and was even adopted as a symphonic model by fellow neurotic Gustav Mahler. And in both the last century and this one, it has become among the most recorded symphonies in the catalogue, prey to young Turks and grizzled maestros alike.

1045

Stephen Johnson assesses Rattle's latest cycle of Beethoven symphonies recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic and sees if it trumps his previous set with the Vienna Philharmonic.

1145

Disc of the Week: Andrew makes a personal choice from among the latest outstanding releases.

Building A Library: Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 420170114

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Rob Cowan sifts through some of the available recordings of Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony. Considered one of his very greatest works, the 4th was written at a time of emotional turmoil. Tchaikovsky said that the fanfare first heard at the opening stands for the fatal power which prevents one from attaining the goal of happiness...There is nothing to be done but to submit to it and lament in vain...all life is an unbroken alternation of hard reality with swiftly passing dreams and visions of happiness.

1030

Nicholas Baragwanath joins Andrew to review new Wagner releases including a new recording of Die Walküre with Matthias Goerne and reissues of The Ring and Tristan und Isolde.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Building A Library: Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony20161112

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Ralph Vaughan Williams's A London Symphony. Mark Lowther makes a recommendation from the available recordings. Despite the sound of the famous Westminster chimes, the composer said that while the title may suggest a programmatic piece it was intended to be heard as absolute music. He suggested that Symphony by a Londoner might be a better title.

1030

Tom McKinney talks to Andrew about new releases of mainly contemporary music, mainly by Finnish composers; including pieces by Kaija Saariaho, Kalevi Aho, and Jaakko Kuusisto.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Ralph Vaughan Williams's A London Symphony. Mark Lowther makes a recommendation from the available recordings. Despite the sound of the famous Westminster chimes, the composer said that while the title may suggest a programmatic piece it was intended to be heard as absolute music. He suggested that "Symphony by a Londoner" might be a better title.

1030

Tom McKinney talks to Andrew about new releases of mainly contemporary music, mainly by Finnish composers; including pieces by Kaija Saariaho, Kalevi Aho, and Jaakko Kuusisto.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Building A Library: Victoria's Masses20160625

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Tess Knighton comes up with a recommendation for Victoria's Masses from among available versions.

One of eleven children, Spaniard Tomás Luis de Victoria's family was peppered with high-achievers (cousins included a naval commander, a Jesuit pioneer in the New World and a successful Florentine-based merchant who married into the Medicis). But Tomás trumped them all to become one of the greatest church composers of Renaissance Europe, famous for the intensity of his music, including his Mass settings. Perhaps surprisingly, the recording catalogue reflects a still-current tradition of Victoria performance begun at Westminster Cathedral at the end of the nineteenth century, and a comparative dearth of Iberian performances of the Masses.

1030

Gillian Moore rounds-up recent recordings of twentieth- and twenty-first century chamber music.

1145

Disc of the Week: Andrew makes a personal choice from among the latest outstanding releases.

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Tess Knighton comes up with a recommendation for Victoria's Masses from among available versions.

One of eleven children, Spaniard Tomás Luis de Victoria's family was peppered with high-achievers (cousins included a naval commander, a Jesuit pioneer in the New World and a successful Florentine-based merchant who married into the Medicis). But Tomás trumped them all to become one of the greatest church composers of Renaissance Europe, famous for the intensity of his music, including his Mass settings. Perhaps surprisingly, the recording catalogue reflects a still-current tradition of Victoria performance begun at Westminster Cathedral at the end of the nineteenth century, and a comparative dearth of Iberian performances of the Masses.

1030

Gillian Moore rounds-up recent recordings of twentieth- and twenty-first century chamber music.

1145

Disc of the Week: Andrew makes a personal choice from among the latest outstanding releases.

Building A Library: Vivaldi's The Four Seasons20160917

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Mahan Esfahani comes up with a personal recommendation for Vivaldi's The Four Seasons from among available versions.

Pity Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, debased as Muzak in lifts and shopping malls; the infuriating hold music as one waits for an elusive human being on the other end of a phone line; hacked through in second-rate performances. So it's easy to forget the true musical worth of this charming and often thrilling set of violin concertos which graphically depict rustic scenes set in the Italian countryside. In fact, after two centuries of neglect, the Four Seasons was largely responsible for the post-War Vivaldi revival and became a 'must-record' for seemingly any and every violinist. The hundreds of recordings spanning over seven decades represent not only a who's who of violinists but also a fascinating record of changing fashion in performance styles.

1045

Sarah Walker reviews recent and soon-to-be-released recordings of Liszt and Liszt-based piano recitals from some of today's most exciting players including Kirill Gerstein and Daniil Trifonov.

1145

Disc of the Week: Andrew makes a personal choice from among the latest outstanding releases.

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Mahan Esfahani comes up with a personal recommendation for Vivaldi's The Four Seasons from among available versions.

Pity Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, debased as Muzak in lifts and shopping malls; the infuriating hold music as one waits for an elusive human being on the other end of a phone line; hacked through in second-rate performances. So it's easy to forget the true musical worth of this charming and often thrilling set of violin concertos which graphically depict rustic scenes set in the Italian countryside. In fact, after two centuries of neglect, the Four Seasons was largely responsible for the post-War Vivaldi revival and became a 'must-record' for seemingly any and every violinist. The hundreds of recordings spanning over seven decades represent not only a who's who of violinists but also a fascinating record of changing fashion in performance styles.

1045

Sarah Walker reviews recent and soon-to-be-released recordings of Liszt and Liszt-based piano recitals from some of today's most exciting players including Kirill Gerstein and Daniil Trifonov.

1145

Disc of the Week: Andrew makes a personal choice from among the latest outstanding releases.

Folk Connections - Building A Library: Jerome Kern: Show Boat20160130

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Edward Seckerson joins Andrew live in the studio to recommend a recording of Jerome Kern's Show Boat. With its epic sweep, social relevance and emotional depth, Kern's and Oscar Hammerstein II's groundbreaking 1927 collaboration put the genre of musical theatre on an artistic and dramatic par with grand opera.

1030

As part of Radio 3's Folk Connections weekend, exploring the influences of folk music on classical music, Verity Sharp joins Andrew to discuss some recent recordings of mainly British folk music.

1145

Andrew plays an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

0930

Building a Library: Edward Seckerson joins Andrew live in the studio to recommend a recording of Jerome Kern's Show Boat. With its epic sweep, social relevance and emotional depth, Kern's and Oscar Hammerstein II's groundbreaking 1927 collaboration put the genre of musical theatre on an artistic and dramatic par with grand opera.

1030

As part of Radio 3's Folk Connections weekend, exploring the influences of folk music on classical music, Verity Sharp joins Andrew to discuss some recent recordings of mainly British folk music.

1145

Andrew plays an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

International Women's Day: Andrew Mcgregor With Kate Kennedy And Alexandra Coghlan20170304

with Andrew McGregor.

0930

Building a Library survey on the music of Dame Ethel Smyth. As part of Radio 3's celebration of International Women's Day, Kate Kennedy explores the music of an underrated English composer and a member of the women's suffrage movement. Smyth showed tenacity and courage in pursuing her career as a composer at a time when this was an unusual path for women. Sir Thomas Beecham visited her when she was in prison for her political activities, and discovered her leaning out of a window conducting with a toothbrush as her fellow inmates marched around the prison yard.

1030

Alexandra Coghlan reviews a clutch of new releases of music by women composers including a recording of The Liberation of Ruggiero from Alcina's Island by Francesca Caccini and other music by Caccini's contemporaries, Barbara Strozzi, Claudia Sessa and Lucrezia Vizzana.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor.

0930

Building a Library survey on the music of Dame Ethel Smyth. As part of Radio 3's celebration of International Women's Day, Kate Kennedy explores the music of an underrated English composer and a member of the women's suffrage movement. Smyth showed tenacity and courage in pursuing her career as a composer at a time when this was an unusual path for women. Sir Thomas Beecham visited her when she was in prison for her political activities, and discovered her leaning out of a window conducting with a toothbrush as her fellow inmates marched around the prison yard.

1030

Alexandra Coghlan reviews a clutch of new releases of music by women composers including a recording of The Liberation of Ruggiero from Alcina's Island by Francesca Caccini and other music by Caccini's contemporaries, Barbara Strozzi, Claudia Sessa and Lucrezia Vizzana.

1145

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Monteverdi 450: Andrew Mcgregor With Jeremy Summerly And Hannah Kendall20170513

Andrew McGregor and guests review the best recordings of classical music.

with Andrew McGregor

0930
Building a Library: Monteverdi 450
Renowned conductor Jeremy Summerly joins Andrew for a live traversal of recordings of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, the first opera that has both survived the centuries and stayed in the repertoire.

1045
Andrew is joined by the acclaimed British composer Hannah Kendall for a review of the latest releases

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Andrew McGregor and guests review the best recordings of classical music.

with Andrew McGregor

0930
Building a Library: Monteverdi 450
Renowned conductor Jeremy Summerly joins Andrew for a live traversal of recordings of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, the first opera that has both survived the centuries and stayed in the repertoire.

1045
Andrew is joined by the acclaimed British composer Hannah Kendall for a review of the latest releases

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

New Year New Music: Andrew Mcgregor With Gillian Moore And Hannah French20180106

Building a Library: Ligeti survey by Gillian Moore; review of baroque music.

with Andrew McGregor

0930
Building a Library: As part of New Year New Music Gillian Moore surveys recordings of music by György Ligeti (1923 - 2006). He was born in Hungary, one the most important avant-garde composers in the latter half of the twentieth century. He emigrated to Austria in 1956, and became an Austrian citizen in 1968. His works include Atmosphères for orchestra and the "anti-opera" Le Grand Macabre

1030
Andrew talks to Hannah French about new recordings of Baroque music including Handel's opera, Lotario and recitals from Philippe Jaroussky, Chantal Santon Jeffery and Delphine Galou.

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 07 January 199619960107

Producer: C. PORTBURY

Next in series: REVISED REPEAT

Previous in series: CRITICS CHOICE

Broadcast history

07 Jan 1996 23:15-00:30 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1996-01-06

Programme Catalogue - Details: 17 September 199519950917

Producer: C. PORTBURY

Next in series: REVISED REPEAT

Previous in series: REVISED RPT.(BUILDING A LIBRARY ETC)

Broadcast history

17 Sep 1995 23:15-00:30 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1995-09-16

Programme Catalogue - Details: Critics Choice19960101

Producer: C. PORTBURY

Next in series: 07 January 1996

Previous in series: REVISED REPEAT

Broadcast history

01 Jan 1996 14:30-15:45 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1995-12-30

Programme Catalogue - Details: Revised Repeat19950924

Producer: C. PORTBURY

Next in series: REVISED RPT

Previous in series: 17 September 1995

Broadcast history

24 Sep 1995 23:15-00:30 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1995-09-23

Programme Catalogue - Details: Revised Repeat19960114

Producer: C. PORTBURY

Next in series: REVISED REPEAT

Previous in series: 07 January 1996

Broadcast history

14 Jan 1996 23:15-00:30 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1996-01-13

Programme Catalogue - Details: Revised Repeat19960121

Producer: C. PORTBURY

Next in series: REVISED REPEAT

Previous in series: REVISED REPEAT

Broadcast history

21 Jan 1996 23:15-00:30 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1996-01-20

Programme Catalogue - Details: Revised Repeat19960128

Producer: C. PORTBURY

Next in series: REVISED REPEAT

Previous in series: REVISED REPEAT

Broadcast history

28 Jan 1996 23:15-00:30 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1996-01-27

Programme Catalogue - Station

Radio 3

Proms Composer Kurt Schwertsik20160806

with Andrew McGregor

0905

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream (excerpt)

Swedish Chamber Orchestra

Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

0930

Proms Composer: Kurt Schwertsik

Summer Record Review's Proms Composer explores the recordings of Kurt Schwertsik, a pupil of Joseph Marx at the Academy of Music in Vienna, and later pupil of Karlheinz Stockhausen in Cologne and Darmstadt. In 1958 he founded the ensemble die reihe and later, in 1968, the ensemble MOB art and tone ART. His music is full of irony and humour.

1100

Andrew talks to pianist Steven Osborne about his recent recordings including his latest disc of Beethoven Piano Sonatas.

1145

Walton: Cello Concerto

Steven Isserlis (cello)

Philharmonia Orchestra

Paavo Järvi (conductor).

Proms Composer Portrait: Wolfgang Rihm20160730

Andrew McGregor presents Summer Record Review with the usual mix of recent recordings, top releases of the past season and a Proms Composer.

This week, Andrew introduces the music of one of Germany's leading post-war composers and also assembles a collection of recordings made by some of the key figures in Arabic music.

0900 Hot off the Press - recordings from the Aurora Orchestra and the Bergen Philharmonic

0930 Proms Composer: Wolfgang Rihm (b. 1952)

Summer Record Review's weekly look at a Proms Composer explores recordings of music by Wolfgang Rihm. a hugely prolific composer who has written award winning music ranging from solo sonatas, chamber music to opera.

1015 Recent Releases of music by Eric Satie

1040 Oud player and composer, Joseph Tawadros, joins Andrew to assemble a collection of music from the Middle East.

1145 Sibelius: Symphony No. 6 in D minor Op. 104

Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä (conductor).

Proms Composer: Magnus Lindberg20160723

with Andrew McGregor

0910

York Bowen: Fantasy Overture, Op. 115

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Rumon Gamba (conductor)

0930

Proms Composer: Magnus Lindberg

The second instalment of Summer Record Review's Proms Composers explores the recordings of Magnus Lindberg whose musical career has gone from '80s enfant terrible to in-demand composer-in-residence with the world's leading orchestras.

1000

Recent opera releases including Donizetti's Poliuto from Glyndebourne and Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail from Paris

1045

Andrew visits a recording session at Liverpool's Anglican cathedral for the thrilling final instalment of Priory Records' epic Great European Organs series. Volume 100 features and an all-British programme including Elgar, Bridge, Walton, Percy Whitlock and Herbert Howells. Andrew asks David Poulter about the challenges of playing one of the world's largest organs and about the repertoire he's chosen for the momentous disc, and talks to producer-engineer Neil Collier about the massive achievement that is the Great European Organs project.

1145

Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Simon Rattle (conductor).

with Andrew McGregor

0910

York Bowen: Fantasy Overture, Op. 115

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Rumon Gamba (conductor)

0930

Proms Composer: Magnus Lindberg

The second instalment of Summer Record Review's Proms Composers explores the recordings of Magnus Lindberg whose musical career has gone from '80s enfant terrible to in-demand composer-in-residence with the world's leading orchestras.

1000

Recent opera releases including Donizetti's Poliuto from Glyndebourne and Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail from Paris

1045

Andrew visits a recording session at Liverpool's Anglican cathedral for the thrilling final instalment of Priory Records' epic Great European Organs series. Volume 100 features and an all-British programme including Elgar, Bridge, Walton, Percy Whitlock and Herbert Howells. Andrew asks David Poulter about the challenges of playing one of the world's largest organs and about the repertoire he's chosen for the momentous disc, and talks to producer-engineer Neil Collier about the massive achievement that is the Great European Organs project.

1145

Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Simon Rattle (conductor).

Record Review At Free Thinking20180310

Building a Library focuses on recordings of Britten's Piano Concerto with Erica Jeal.

A thorough look at the week's classical music releases, plus news and recommendations

with Andrew McGregor, live from Sage Gateshead as part of Radio 3's Free Thinking festival of ideas.

9.30
Building a Library: Erica Jeal chooses her favourite from among the available recordings of Britten's Piano Concerto, Op 13.

Benjamin Britten, prey to lifelong performance anxiety on stage, famously excelled as pianist in chamber music and as accompanist. So his Piano Concerto, written as a vehicle for himself to play, is unusual in his output. The 24-year-old Britten gave the premiere at the 1938 Proms. In a programme note for the occasion Britten said that the four movements were 'conceived with the idea of exploiting various important characteristics of the pianoforte... it is not by any means a Symphony with pianoforte, but rather a bravura Concerto with orchestral accompaniment', a comment belying the brilliant interplay between piano and orchestra.

10.55
Kirsten Gibson reviews recent releases of 16th- and 17th-century music.

11.45
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Sound Frontiers: Building A Library - Chopin's Piano Concerto No 120160924

with Andrew McGregor live from Southbank Centre

9.30

Building a Library: Sara Mohr-Pietsch comes up with a personal recommendation for Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor from among the huge number of available versions. These include some of the greatest pianistic names of the past century including Paderewski, Rubinstein and Gilels to those of today, not forgetting those played on instruments of the kind played by the composer himself.

10.15

Kathleen Ferrier's 1946 recording of Gluck's 'What is Life?'. Hilary Finch looks at a recording which seemed to hold within it the hopes, fears, and lingering grief of its day - and it became an icon of its time.

1045

Mark Lowther joins Andrew to look at recordings of music premiered in 1946 by composers including Richard Strauss, Aaron Copland and Charles Ives. Together they compare recordings by artists associated with the works' premieres with more recent versions.

1145

Disc of the Week: Andrew makes a personal choice from among the latest outstanding releases.

Sound Frontiers: Building A Library - Tallis's Spem In Alium20161001

with Andrew McGregor, live from London's Southbank Centre

0930

Building a Library: Simon Heighes makes a personal recommendation of Thomas Tallis's 40-part motet Spem in alium from among available recordings.

No one really knows what prompted Tallis's Spem in alium. One theory is that it was written as an 'anything you can do I can do better' response to a visiting Italian's forty-parter. Whatever the reason for its composition, England's preeminent Tudor composer wrote what has become one of the defining works of the English Renaissance, an unsurpassed masterpiece extensively recorded by secular and ecclesiastical UK choirs.

1045

Southbank Centre's Director of Music Gillian Moore chooses seven signal recordings of new music, one for each decade since the Third Programme's 1946 foundation.

1145

Disc of the Week: Andrew selects an outstanding recent release.

Sounds Of Shakespeare20160423

with Andrew McGregor, live from the Royal Shakespeare's Company's The Other Place theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon as part of Radio 3's Sounds of Shakespeare weekend.

0900 Building a Library on Verdi's opera Falstaff

Andrew is joined by Verdi expert Roger Parker to discuss the best recordings of Verdi's final opera, Falstaff, in which the giant of Italian opera pays tribute to the giant of world drama in a humane and genial comedy. Verdi admired Shakespeare all his life. He turned Macbeth and Othello into lyric dramas which are great in their own terms. Despite a burning desire to turn King Lear into an opera, that was not to be. But for the final fruit of his Indian summer, Verdi teamed up with the great librettist Arrigo Boito to create a work full of wit, dashing orchestral sonorities and quick-silver melodies. And he forged a musical language which responds the to ebb and flow of the drama in a way comparable to expressive and flexible verse of Shakespeare's greatest masterpieces.

1000 Shakespeare on Record

Andrew is joined by actor Sam West and Shakespeare scholar, Kate Kennedy to discuss the different ways in which Shakespeare's verse has been performed on disc over the years: from Frank Benson, Sybil Thorndike and John Barrymore to Laurence Olivier, Derek Jacobi and David Tennant.

BBC Radio 3 is marking the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare with a season celebrating the four centuries of music and performance that his plays and sonnets have inspired. Over the anniversary weekend, from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th April, Radio 3 will broadcast live from Stratford-upon-Avon, from a pop-up studio at the Royal Shakespeare Companyâ.

with Andrew McGregor, live from the Royal Shakespeare's Company's The Other Place theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon as part of Radio 3's Sounds of Shakespeare weekend.

0900 Building a Library on Verdi's opera Falstaff

Andrew is joined by Verdi expert Roger Parker to discuss the best recordings of Verdi's final opera, Falstaff, in which the giant of Italian opera pays tribute to the giant of world drama in a humane and genial comedy. Verdi admired Shakespeare all his life. He turned Macbeth and Othello into lyric dramas which are great in their own terms. Despite a burning desire to turn King Lear into an opera, that was not to be. But for the final fruit of his Indian summer, Verdi teamed up with the great librettist Arrigo Boito to create a work full of wit, dashing orchestral sonorities and quick-silver melodies. And he forged a musical language which responds the to ebb and flow of the drama in a way comparable to expressive and flexible verse of Shakespeare's greatest masterpieces.

1000 Shakespeare on Record

Andrew is joined by actor Sam West and Shakespeare scholar, Kate Kennedy to discuss the different ways in which Shakespeare's verse has been performed on disc over the years: from Frank Benson, Sybil Thorndike and John Barrymore to Laurence Olivier, Derek Jacobi and David Tennant.

BBC Radio 3 is marking the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare with a season celebrating the four centuries of music and performance that his plays and sonnets have inspired. Over the anniversary weekend, from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th April, Radio 3 will broadcast live from Stratford-upon-Avon, from a pop-up studio at the Royal Shakespeare Companyâ.

Summer Record Review20170909

Andrew McGregor talks about Walter Gieseking's Bach interpretations from 1950.

with Andrew McGregor;

1030 Andrew talks to Harriet Smith about a recent release of Walter Gieseking's Bach interpretations from his legendary 1950 recordings, including The Well-Tempered Clavier, Partitas and Inventions.

1130
Mozart
Violin Sonata in F major, K377
Alina Ibragimova (violin)
Cédric Tiberghien (piano).

Summer Record Review: Andrew Mcgregor With Caroline Gill. Proms Composers: Peter Maxwell Davies20170902

Andrew McGregor includes recent reissues of Renaissance and early Baroque music.

with Andrew McGregor;

0930 Proms Composer: Peter Maxwell Davies
Peter Maxwell Davies was the Master of the Queen's Music. When he was a student at both the University of Manchester and at the Royal Manchester College of Music, he was part of a group dedicated to contemporary music with fellow students Harrison Birtwistle, Alexander Goehr, Elgar Howarth and John Ogdon. He wrote several works for the stage. His monodrama Eight Songs for a Mad King, originally shocked the audience in 1969, but has since become a favourite. He wrote ten symphonies. Davies was a prolific composer and he composed in a number of styles. After his move to Orkney, he was often inspired by Orcadian or more generally Scottish themes.

1030 Andrew talks to Simon Heighes about recent reissues on the Glossa label of Medieval, Renaissance and early baroque music including: madrigals by Giaches de Wert; Medieval pieces for fiddle and percussion; liturgical music from Baroque Naples; 17th-century music from Latin America and secular music from the Spanish Renaissance.

1130
Franck
Sonata for Violin and Piano
Isabelle Faust (violin)
Alexander Melnikov (piano).

Andrew McGregor includes recent reissues of Renaissance and early Baroque music.

with Andrew McGregor;

0930 Proms Composer: Peter Maxwell Davies
Peter Maxwell Davies was the Master of the Queen's Music. When he was a student at both the University of Manchester and at the Royal Manchester College of Music, he was part of a group dedicated to contemporary music with fellow students Harrison Birtwistle, Alexander Goehr, Elgar Howarth and John Ogdon. He wrote several works for the stage. His monodrama Eight Songs for a Mad King, originally shocked the audience in 1969, but has since become a favourite. He wrote ten symphonies. Davies was a prolific composer and he composed in a number of styles. After his move to Orkney, he was often inspired by Orcadian or more generally Scottish themes.

1030 Andrew talks to Caroline Gill about recent reissues on the Glossa label of Medieval, Renaissance and early baroque music including: madrigals by Giaches de Wert; Medieval pieces for fiddle and percussion; liturgical music from Baroque Naples; 17th-century music from Latin America and secular music from the Spanish Renaissance.

1130
Franck
Sonata for Violin and Piano
Isabelle Faust (violin)
Alexander Melnikov (piano).

Andrew McGregor includes recent reissues of Renaissance and early Baroque music.

with Andrew McGregor;

0930 Proms Composer: Peter Maxwell Davies
Peter Maxwell Davies was the Master of the Queen's Music. When he was a student at both the University of Manchester and at the Royal Manchester College of Music, he was part of a group dedicated to contemporary music with fellow students Harrison Birtwistle, Alexander Goehr, Elgar Howarth and John Ogdon. He wrote several works for the stage. His monodrama Eight Songs for a Mad King, originally shocked the audience in 1969, but has since become a favourite. He wrote ten symphonies. Davies was a prolific composer and he composed in a number of styles. After his move to Orkney, he was often inspired by Orcadian or more generally Scottish themes.

1030 Andrew talks to Caroline Gill about recent reissues on the Glossa label of Medieval, Renaissance and early baroque music including: madrigals by Giaches de Wert; Medieval pieces for fiddle and percussion; liturgical music from Baroque Naples; 17th-century music from Latin America and secular music from the Spanish Renaissance.

1130
Franck
Sonata for Violin and Piano
Isabelle Faust (violin)
Alexander Melnikov (piano).

with Andrew McGregor;

0930 Proms Composer: Peter Maxwell Davies
Peter Maxwell Davies was the Master of the Queen's Music. When he was a student at both the University of Manchester and at the Royal Manchester College of Music, he was part of a group dedicated to contemporary music with fellow students Harrison Birtwistle, Alexander Goehr, Elgar Howarth and John Ogdon. He wrote several works for the stage. His monodrama Eight Songs for a Mad King, originally shocked the audience in 1969, but has since become a favourite. He wrote ten symphonies. Davies was a prolific composer and he composed in a number of styles. After his move to Orkney, he was often inspired by Orcadian or more generally Scottish themes.

1030 Andrew talks to Simon Heighes about recent reissues on the Glossa label of Medieval, Renaissance and early baroque music including: madrigals by Giaches de Wert; Medieval pieces for fiddle and percussion; liturgical music from Baroque Naples; 17th-century music from Latin America and secular music from the Spanish Renaissance.

1130
Franck
Sonata for Violin and Piano
Isabelle Faust (violin)
Alexander Melnikov (piano).

Summer Record Review: Andrew Mcgregor With Eric Levi. Proms Composer: James Macmillan20170729

Andrew McGregor focuses on Proms composer James MacMillan.

with Andrew McGregor;

0930 Proms Composer: James MacMillan
Andrew explores recordings of music by the contemporary British composer Sir James MacMillan, who enjoyed his first major success with The Confession of Isobel Gowdie at the 1990 Proms. MacMillan's eclectic musical language is rooted in the twin poles of his Scottish identity and Roman Catholic faith, but it encompasses a far wider range of influences than that might suggest - from the lush Romanticism of Wagner to the hard-edged modernism of Birtwistle; from the humanist symphonic narratives of Shostakovich to the knowing polystilism of Schnittke. The result is music of extraordinary stylistic diversity - and appeal.

1030 Andrew talks to Professor Erik Levi about recent releases of music by Hanns Eisler and Kurt Weill.

1130
Excerpt from Beethoven's Missa Solemnis
Regine Hangler (soprano)
Elisabeth Kulman (alto)
Christian Elsner (tenor)
Franz-Josef Selig (bass)
Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin
MDR-Rundfunkchor Leipzig
Marek Janowski

Producer Chris Barstow.

Summer Record Review: Andrew Mcgregor With Hannah French. Proms Composer Gerald Barry20170819

Andrew McGregor presents an anniversary Telemann round-up and a focus on Gerald Barry.

with Andrew McGregor;

0930 Proms Composer: Gerald Barry
In his setting of texts the Irish composer Gerald Barry delights in the unexpected, in his instrumental music he commands the senses, all of which belies the complexity of his underlying structures. Growing up in rural Cork, he was introduced to music through listening to the radio and has vividly described his visceral reaction to hearing a Handel opera aria for the first time. He studied with Stockhausen and Kagel, and the composer Thomas Adès has described his music as "unprecedented". Andrew explores recordings of this intriguing composer's music ahead of the world premiere of his piece 'Canada' in Monday evening's Prom; commissioned by the BBC and performed by the CBSO under Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.

1030 Hannah French joins Andrew to play highlights from a selection of Telemann releases in this 250th anniversary year

1145 Disc of the week:
Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott: Luther and the Music of the Reformation
Vox Luminis
Bart Jacobs, organ
Lionel Meunier, director.

Summer Record Review: Andrew Mcgregor With Mark Lowther. Proms Composer Josef Suk20170826

Andrew McGregor debates a recent reissue of classic recordings by Louis Fremaux.

with Andrew McGregor;

0930 Proms Composer: Josef Suk
Andrew explores recordings of music by the Czech composer Josef Suk, whose symphonic poem 'Prague' features in Prom 56. Suk was just 11 when he entered the Prague Conservatory in 1885. He graduated six years later, but stayed on an extra year to study with Dvořák, who came to regard Suk as his most talented pupil. Suk didn't have to wait long for recognition - he wrote some of his best-known music before he was 20 - and he soon came to be regarded as the musical heir to his distinguished teacher, who later also became his father-in-law; Suk married Dvořák's daughter Otilie in 1898. Not surprisingly, Suk's early style is very much rooted in the music of Dvořák, but as he matured and was exposed to the music of the European modernists, his musical language grew more complex and less accessible, even embracing polytonality. His work both as a teacher - he was appointed Professor of Composition at the Prague Conservatory in 1922 - and performer - he played 2nd violin with the Czech (originally Bohemian) Quartet for 40 years - meant that composing could only be a part-time activity, but his compact oeuvre of piano, chamber, choral, vocal and orchestral music contains some real gems.

1030 Andrew talks to Mark Lowther about a recent reissue of classic recordings by Louis Frémaux and the CBSO on the Warner Classics label.

1145
Excerpt from Josef Suk's Piano Quartet in A minor, Op 1
Josef Suk Piano Quartet

Producer Chris Barstow.

Summer Record Review: Andrew Mcgregor With Nicholas Baragwanath. Proms Composer: Judith Weir20170812

Andrew McGregor features a recent reissue of a classic recording of Wagner's Ring.

with Andrew McGregor;

0930 Proms Composer: Judith Weir
The British composer Judith Weir was born in England, to Scottish parents. She studied with Sir John Tavener and Robin Holloway. Her music is often inspired by the traditional stories and music of Scotland. She is best known for her operas and theatrical works. Since 2014 Weir has been the Master of the Queen's Music. Her musical language is often simple but fresh and mysterious.

1030 Andrew talks to Nicholas Baragwanath about a recent reissue of Karajan's classic recording for DG of Wagner's epic music drama, The Ring of the Nibelungen. Often seen in the shadow of Solti's ground-breaking Ring for Decca, the Karajan is much admired by some, especially for the chamber-music transparency of much of the orchestral playing.

1145
Mahler
Rückert-Lieder
Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano)
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Marc Albrecht
Producer Clive Portbury.

Andrew McGregor features a recent reissue of a classic recording of Wagner's Ring.

Andrew McGregor features a recent reissue of a classic recording of Wagner's Ring.

with Andrew McGregor;

0930 Proms Composer: Judith Weir
The British composer Judith Weir was born in England, to Scottish parents. She studied with Sir John Tavener and Robin Holloway. Her music is often inspired by the traditional stories and music of Scotland. She is best known for her operas and theatrical works. Since 2014 Weir has been the Master of the Queen's Music. Her musical language is often simple but fresh and mysterious.

1030 Andrew talks to Nicholas Baragwanath about a recent reissue of Karajan's classic recording for DG of Wagner's epic music drama, The Ring of the Nibelungen. Often seen in the shadow of Solti's ground-breaking Ring for Decca, the Karajan is much admired by some, especially for the chamber-music transparency of much of the orchestral playing.

1145
Mahler
Rückert-Lieder
Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano)
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Marc Albrecht
Producer Clive Portbury.

Summer Record Review: Live From Edinburgh20170805

Andrew McGregor presents live from the Edinburgh Festival.

with Andrew McGregor live from the Edinburgh Festival

0900
Andrew talks to Philip Hobbs about the Glasgow-based Linn label

0925
Proms Composer: Mark-Anthony Turnage
Andrew investigates recordings of music by the composer Mark-Anthony Turnage. He studied with Oliver Knussen, John Lambert, and Gunther Schuller. And his music shows influences from the world of jazz. He has composed three full-length operas: Greek, The Silver Tassie and Anna Nicole. But he is also known for his orchestral works such as Three Screaming Popes

0950
Andrew talks to Kate Molleson and Flora Willson about classic recordings that have originated from the Edinburgh International Festival since its founding in 1947: from Kathleen Ferrier and Bruno Walter to Giulini's mercurial Falstaff to Claudio Abbado and Charles Mackerras.

Producer Clive Portbury.

Summer Record Review: Live From The Edinburgh Festival20160813

Live from the Edinburgh Festival, with Andrew McGregor

Andrew is joined live from the BBC's pop-up broadcast and audience hub at George Heriot's School by journalist Kate Molleson, classical music retailer Anne McAlister, pianist and broadcaster Iain Burnside, and Paul Baxter from Edinburgh-based label Delphian Records, for a programme celebrating recorded music at the Edinburgh Festival since it was founded in 1947, and reflecting the music making at this year's Festival and the BBC Proms.

9am

Andrew chats to journalist Kate Molleson and classical music retailer Anne McAlister and plays some of their favourite new releases

9.30am

Proms Composer: Thomas Adès

10.30am

Iain Burnside joins Andrew to rediscover some seminal recordings from the Edinburgh Festival

11.40am

Gershwin: An American in Paris

Harmonie Ensemble/New York

Steven Richman, conductor.

Live from the Edinburgh Festival, with Andrew McGregor

Andrew is joined live from the BBC's pop-up broadcast and audience hub at George Heriot's School by journalist Kate Molleson, classical music retailer Anne McAlister, pianist and broadcaster Iain Burnside, and Paul Baxter from Edinburgh-based label Delphian Records, for a programme celebrating recorded music at the Edinburgh Festival since it was founded in 1947, and reflecting the music making at this year's Festival and the BBC Proms.

9am

Andrew chats to journalist Kate Molleson and classical music retailer Anne McAlister and plays some of their favourite new releases

9.30am

Proms Composer: Thomas Adès

10.30am

Iain Burnside joins Andrew to rediscover some seminal recordings from the Edinburgh Festival

11.40am

Gershwin: An American in Paris

Harmonie Ensemble/New York

Steven Richman, conductor.

Summer Record Review: Proms Composer - Alexander Zemlinsky20160827

with Andrew McGregor, including recordings of Proms Composer Alexander Zemlinsky and a review of recordings of Handel oratorios

0905

Berlioz

Symphonie fantastique (excerpt)

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Daniel Harding (conductor)

0930

Proms Composer: Alexander Zemlinsky

Zemlinsky was an Austrian composer who composed in a recognisably post-Wagnerian style, while at the same time forging a musical language distinctively his own. Mainly known for his Lyric Symphony he was also the composer of chamber music, songs and several operas.

1045

Andrew talks to Caroline Gill about recent reissues of recordings of Handel oratorios.

1145

Bacewicz

String Quartet No. 3

Silesian Quartet.

with Andrew McGregor, including recordings of Proms Composer Alexander Zemlinsky and a review of recordings of Handel oratorios

0905

Berlioz

Symphonie fantastique (excerpt)

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Daniel Harding (conductor)

0930

Proms Composer: Alexander Zemlinsky

Zemlinsky was an Austrian composer who composed in a recognisably post-Wagnerian style, while at the same time forging a musical language distinctively his own. Mainly known for his Lyric Symphony he was also the composer of chamber music, songs and several operas.

1045

Andrew talks to Caroline Gill about recent reissues of recordings of Handel oratorios.

1145

Bacewicz

String Quartet No. 3

Silesian Quartet.

Summer Record Review: Proms Composer - Emily Howard20160820

with Andrew McGregor, including recordings of Proms Composer Emily Howard and a review of new opera releases by Jeremy Sams.

0905

Saint-Saëns

Valse-Caprice Wedding Cake

Louis Lortie (piano)

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Neeme Järvi (conductor)

0930

Proms Composer: Emily Howard

British composer Emily Howard was born in Liverpool in 1979. She studied mathematics and computation at Oxford. And this interest is reflected in pieces like Calculus Of The Nervous System for symphony orchestra, which is part The Lovelace Trilogy, linked by Howard's interest in mathematician Ada Lovelace.

1045

Andrew talks to Jeremy Sams about a clutch of new opera releases including lesser known works by Debussy and Gounod and Ravel's L'Heure espagnole.

1145

Brahms

Violin Sonata No. 1 in G, Op. 78

Christian Tetzlaff (violin)

Lars Vogt (piano).

with Andrew McGregor, including recordings of Proms Composer Emily Howard and a review of new opera releases by Jeremy Sams.

0905

Saint-Saëns

Valse-Caprice "Wedding Cake"

Louis Lortie (piano)

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Neeme Järvi (conductor)

0930

Proms Composer: Emily Howard

British composer Emily Howard was born in Liverpool in 1979. She studied mathematics and computation at Oxford. And this interest is reflected in pieces like "Calculus Of The Nervous System" for symphony orchestra, which is part The Lovelace Trilogy, linked by Howard's interest in mathematician Ada Lovelace.

1045

Andrew talks to Jeremy Sams about a clutch of new opera releases including lesser known works by Debussy and Gounod and Ravel's L'Heure espagnole.

1145

Brahms

Violin Sonata No. 1 in G, Op. 78

Christian Tetzlaff (violin)

Lars Vogt (piano).

Summer Record Review: Proms Composer - Jonathan Dove20160910

with Andrew McGregor

0905

Elgar: Serenade for Strings, Op. 20

Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra

Sakari Oramo, conductor

0930

Proms Composer: Jonathan Dove

The final instalment of Summer Record Review's Proms Composers explores the recordings of Jonathan Dove whose direct, communicative and entertaining work spans opera, orchestral, choral and chamber music.

1045

Kate Kennedy reviews 'Elgar Remastered', a set of Elgar's own recordings from the 1920s and '30s including stereo reconstructions and unissued takes.

1145

'Serpent and Fire, Arias for Dido and Cleopatra', soprano Anna Prohaska's latest recording is with Giovanni Antonini's period instrument group Il Giardino Armonico, and features music by Purcell, Handel, Hasse and Cavalli, among others.

with Andrew McGregor

0905

Elgar: Serenade for Strings, Op. 20

Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra

Sakari Oramo, conductor

0930

Proms Composer: Jonathan Dove

The final instalment of Summer Record Review's Proms Composers explores the recordings of Jonathan Dove whose direct, communicative and entertaining work spans opera, orchestral, choral and chamber music.

1045

Kate Kennedy reviews 'Elgar Remastered', a set of Elgar's own recordings from the 1920s and '30s including stereo reconstructions and unissued takes.

1145

'Serpent and Fire, Arias for Dido and Cleopatra', soprano Anna Prohaska's latest recording is with Giovanni Antonini's period instrument group Il Giardino Armonico, and features music by Purcell, Handel, Hasse and Cavalli, among others.

Summer Record Review: Proms Composer - Kurt Schwertsik20160806

With Andrew McGregor. Including Proms Composer Kurt Schwertsik.

Summer Record Review: Proms Composer - Max Reger20160903

with Andrew McGregor, including recordings of Proms Composer Max Reger and a review of recent Baroque chamber music releases with Hannah French.

0905

'Handel in Italy Vol.2'

London Early Opera

Bridget Cunningham (conductor)

0930

Proms Composer: Max Reger

Summer Record Review's Proms Composer feature explores recordings of the music of German composer, pianist, organist, and teacher Max Reger, ahead of the Proms performance of his 'Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Mozart' next week.

1045

Hannah French joins Andrew to discuss some recent Early music releases from harpsichordist Sophie Yates, recorder player Dan Laurin, and New York Polyphony. Plus the intriguingly titled 'Ice and Longboats' from Ensemble Mare Balticum.

1145

Donizetti: Le Duc d'Albe (excerpt)

Michael Spyres (Henri de Bruges)

Angela Meade (Hélène d'Egmont)

Laurent Naouri (Le Duc d'Albe)

Opera Rara Chorus

Hallé Orchestra

Sir Mark Elder (conductor).

with Andrew McGregor, including recordings of Proms Composer Max Reger and a review of recent Baroque chamber music releases with Hannah French.

0905

'Handel in Italy Vol.2'

London Early Opera

Bridget Cunningham (conductor)

0930

Proms Composer: Max Reger

Summer Record Review's Proms Composer feature explores recordings of the music of German composer, pianist, organist, and teacher Max Reger, ahead of the Proms performance of his 'Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Mozart' next week.

1045

Hannah French joins Andrew to discuss some recent Early music releases from harpsichordist Sophie Yates, recorder player Dan Laurin, and New York Polyphony. Plus the intriguingly titled 'Ice and Longboats' from Ensemble Mare Balticum.

1145

Donizetti: Le Duc d'Albe (excerpt)

Michael Spyres (Henri de Bruges)

Angela Meade (Hélène d'Egmont)

Laurent Naouri (Le Duc d'Albe)

Opera Rara Chorus

Hallé Orchestra

Sir Mark Elder (conductor).

Summer Record Review: Proms Composer Portrait - Wolfgang Rihm20160730

Andrew McGregor presents music from the Aurora Orchestra and the Bergen Philharmonic.

Tom Mckinney With Sarah Walker20180915

Building a Library on Mozart's Concerto in E flat for two pianos, K365

A thorough look at the week's classical music releases, plus news and recommendations

with Tom McKinney.

09.30
Building a Library: Sarah Walker listens to some of the available recordings of Mozart's Concerto for two pianos E-flat major, K. 365 and makes a recommendation.

Mozart's ebullient and warm-hearted double piano concerto was written for him and his sister to play, a delightful demonstration of the overflowing affection he had for Nannerl. Feelings all the more heartfelt, perhaps, as he grimly returned home to Salzburg. Because the concerto was composed in the wake of a gruelling and bitterly disappointing 18-month tour around Europe during which his mother died, he was jilted by the love of his life, and he failed to secure the much hoped-for appointment which would have saved him from what he called his 'Salzburg slavery'.

11.00
Laura Tunbridge sifts through recent releases of 19th- and 20th-century song.

11.45
Tom chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

Why Music? The Key To Memory20171014

Andrew McGregor with a live Purcellian Building a Library.

with Andrew McGregor

Live from Wellcome Collection as part of Why Music? The Key to Memory, a weekend of events, concerts and discussions exploring the implications of music's unique capacity to be remembered.

0930
Conductor, academic, broadcaster and record producer Jeremy Summerly joins Andrew live for a 'blind' Building a Library discussion comparing recordings of Purcell's glorious Coronation Anthem 'My Heart is Inditing' (Z30). Neither Jeremy nor Andrew will have been told which recording is which, either in their preparation or as they listen live on air, in an attempt to bypass any preconceptions and compare performances in a different light.

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The reminiscence bump refers to the period in your life which you remember most, 15 to 21. Most people's musical tastes are dictated by the reminiscence bump, as cognitive neuropsychologist Catherine Loveday's research has established. Catherine (one of the weekend's resident experts) and her team at University of Westminster have researched listeners' favourite classical music recordings to establish if they too come from that period in their lives and chats to Andrew about her findings.*

*In September, we asked our listeners to name their favourite recordings of the following eight pieces. They were directed to a University of Westminster link where Catherine Loveday's students compiled and assessed the responses.
Beethoven Symphony No. 5
Handel Messiah
Bach St Matthew Passion
Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
Stravinsky The Firebird
Holst The Planets
Mahler Symphony No. 5
Mozart Symphony No. 41 'Jupiter'.