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CD Review - Building a Library: Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 1


Building a Library: Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 1 Reviewer - David Fanning First choice: (c/w Symphonies Nos. 2-3; Symphonic Dances Op. 45; The Isle of the Dead Op. 29; The Bells Op. 35) Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor) Decca 455 7982 (3 CDs, Budget) CD Review BAL Catalogue Data bal.rachmaninov: bal.rachmaninov.symphony.no.1 09.05am RAVENSCROFT: Hawking for the Partridge; MORLEY: Those that want to my pipes sound, Nos Galan, Bransle l’Officiel from disc Music for The Twelve Days of Christmas and The Nativity His Majesty’s Sagbutts & Cornetts SFZ Music SFZ0307 (CD) Messe de la Vigile: Introit: Hodie Scietis; Messe de minuit: Introit: Dominus dixit ad me from disc Chant de l’Eglise de Rome VI-XIII Siècles Ensemble Organum, Marcel Peres (conductor) Zig Zag Territoires ZZT081001 (CD) SABOLY: Tu que cerques tei delices; CORDAT: O monde, que tu es heureux from disc Noel Baroque en Pays D’Oc (carols in the Occitan language from southern France) La Camera Delle Lacrime, Olivier Germond (tenor), Matthiew Benoit (tenor), Jean-Louis Paya (baritone), De La Maitrise de Saint-Christophe de Javel, Bruno Bonhoure (voice and conductor) Alpha 117 (CD) CHARPENTIER: Canticum in nativitatem Domini H 393 from disc Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Noel Solistenensemble stimmkunst, Ensemble 94, Kay Johannsen (conductor) Carus 83.196 (CD) 09.30 am Building a Library Recommendation Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 1 Reviewer – David Fanning Next week is the CD Review Christmas Special. 10.20 New Christmas Releases POULENC: Quatre motets pour le temps de Noel from disc A Christmas Carol from Westminster Abbey (including music by William Walton, James Lavino, Bob Chilcott, Jonathan Dove, William Matthias and arrangements of traditional carols) Choir of Westminster Abbey, Robert Quinney (organ), James O’Donnell (conductor) Hyperion CDA67716 (CD) 10.30 New Releases Stephen Plaistow talks to Andrew about new piano recordings. With extracts from the following discs: BACH: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, BWV 846–869 (Prelude and Fugue in C minor; Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor); The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II, BWV 870–893 (Prelude and Fugue in E major) BACH (trans. Rachmaninov): Partita for Violin Solo No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006 (Preludio); BACH (trans. Liszt): Prelude and Fugue in A minor BWV 543; BACH: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II (Prelude and Fugue in D minor); BACH (trans. Busoni): Chaconne in D minor BWV 1004; BACH: Concerto for Harpsichord, Strings, and Continuo No. 1 in D minor BWV 1052 Hélène Grimaud (piano) Deutsche Grammophon 477 7978 (CD) BACH: Concertos for Keyboard and orchestra BWV 1055, 1056, 1058 and 1052 David Fray (piano and director), Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen EMI 2130642 (CD, Mid Price) CHOPIN: 24 Preludes Op. 28; Sonata No. 3 in B minor Op. 58 Nikolai Demidenko (piano) Onyx ONYX4036 (CD) CHOPIN: Ballade No. 2 in F, Op. 38; Mazurka in G sharp minor, Op. 33 No. 1; Mazurka in D major, Op. 33 No. 2; Mazurka in C major, Op 33 No. 3; Mazurka in B minor, Op. 33 No. 4; Waltz in A flat major, Op. 34 No. 1; Waltz in A miNo. r, Op. 34 No. 2; Waltz in F major, Op. 34 No. 3; Impromptu No. 2 in F sharp, Op. 36; Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 Maurizio Pollini (piano) Deutsche Grammophon 477 7626 (CD) DEBUSSY: 12 Etudes Books 1 & 2; Images Book 1 & 2; Etude retrouvée Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano) Chandos CHAN10497 (CD) 11. 10 Christmas New Releases COLERIDGE-TAYLOR: Christmas Overture from disc A Very Pristine Christmas BBC Wireless Orchestra, Percy Pitt (recorded 1926) Pristine Audio PAMX005 (download from www.pristineclassical.com) BERLIN: White Christmas from disc Christmas Round the World Jascha Heifetz (violin), Salvatore Camarata and his Orchestra Deutsche Grammophon 477 7971 (CD, Mid Price) ANON: Patapan; ANON: The Coventry Carol from discs Christmas Carols and Motets (Alfred Deller The Complete Vanguard Recordings, Vol. 3) The Deller Consort (recorded 1956), Alfred Deller (counter-tenor) Vanguard MC192 (4 CDs, Budget) MENDELSSOHN: Quartet No. 1 Op. 12 (Canzonetta) from CD and musical games set Musical Instruments The Eroica Quartet Harmonia Mundi HMX2908238 (CD, 60 Cards and booklet) SCARLATTI: Cantata pastorale per la nascita di Nostro Signore (Recitativo and Pastorale) from disc Christmas Concertos and Cantatas Susan Gritton (soprano), Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage (conductor) Chandos CHAN0754X (CD, Mid Price) 11.45am Disc of the Week BIZET: Carmen Anna Caterina Antonacci (Carmen), Jonas Kaufmann (Don Jose), Norah Amsellem (Micaela), Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Escamillo), Jacques Imbrailo (Morales), Matthew Rose (Zuniga), Elena Xanthoudakis (Frasquita), Viktoria Vizin (Mercedes), Caroline Lena Olsson (Lillas Pastia), Jean Sebastien Bou (Le Dancaire), Jean-Paul Fouchecourt (Le Remendado), Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano (conductor), Francesco Zambello (stage director) Decca 0743312 (DVD)