CD Review - 30/10/2010

Andrew McGregor with what's new in the world of classical music recordings, including: 09.05am SIBELIUS EDITION Vol.11 – Choral Music The complete works for choir a cappella and with piano/organ accompaniment. Including: Rakastava, Venematka, Sydameni laulu, Isänmaalle, Finlandia Hymn, Chorales, Jager March, Giv mig ej glans, Cantata for the University Graduation Ceremonies of 1897, Origin of Fire and extracts from Kullervo Performers include: Helena Juntunen (soprano) / Johanna Rusanen (soprano) / Monica Groop (mezzo-soprano) / Mika Pohjonen (tenor) / Jorma Hynninen (baritone) / Folke Gräsbeck (piano) / Ilmo Ranta (piano) / YL Male Voice Choir / Matti Hyokki; Orphei Drangar / Henrik Wikstrom; Jubilate Choir / Astrid Riska; Dominante Choir / Seppo Murto; Florakoren BIS-CD-1930/32 (6 CDs) SIBELIUS: Symphonies Nos. 1 in E minor and 3 in C New Zealand Symphony Orchestra / Pietari Inkinen (conductor) Naxos 8.572305 (CD) SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto; The Bard Op.64; The Wood Nymph Op.15 Frank Peter Zimmerman (violin) / Helsinki Philharmonic / John Storgards (conductor) Ondine ODE 1147-2 (CD) 09.35am Building a Library Special BACH: Organ works Stephen Farr joins Andrew to discuss some of the issues to consider when looking for a complete collection of Bach’s organ music. Recommended sets include: Bernard Foccroulle (organ) Ricercar RIC289 (16 CDs) Marie-Claire Alain (organ) – digital recordings from 1990s Erato – currently deleted, due for reissue April 2011 Stephen Farr is a prize-winning international organist and scholar. A former cathedral organist, he is now a freelance organist and continuo player. 10.40am SIBELIUS: String Quartet in D minor Op.56; SCHOENBERG: String Quartet No.1 in D minor Op.7 Tetzlaff Quartet Avi Music 855 3202 (CD) 10.50am New Releases Jeremy Summerly joins Andrew to discuss new and recent releases of choral music, with extracts from the following: Ikon II – 19th Century Russian choral music Holst Singers / Stephen Layton (conductor) Hyperion CDA67756 (CD) JOSQUIN DESPREZ: Masses de l’Homme armee; Missa Super Voces Musicales; Missa Sexti Toni Metamorphoses / Maurice Bourbon (conductor) Calliope CAL9441 (CD) VYTAUTAS MISKINIS: Time is Endless & other choral music The Choir of Royal Holloway / Rupert Gough (conductor) Hyperion CDA67818 (CD) VYTAUTAS MISKINIS: Thoughts of Psalms & other choral music Kammerchor consonare / Almut Stumke (conductor) Carus CARUS83459 (CD) ANDRE JOLIVET: Epithalme; Madrigal; Missa Uxor Tua SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart / Mitglieder des Rasdio-Sinfonieorchesters Stuttgart / Marcus Creed (conductor) Carus CARU83445 (CD) ERIC WHITACRE: Light and Gold & other choral music The Eric Whitacre Singers / Laudibus / The King’s Singers / Pavao Quartet / Hila Plitmann (speaker) / Christopher Glynn (piano) / Eric Whitacre (conductor) Decca 2743209 (CD) 11.45am Disc of the Week VILLA-LOBOS: Floresta do Amazonas Anna Korondi (soprano) / Sao Paulo SO & Choir / John Neschling (conductor) BIS-SACD-1660 (Hydrid SACD)