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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.

Building a Library: Bach: Concerto in C minor for Oboe, Violin and Strings, BWV106020160409

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.

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.

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.

Building a Library: Brahms: Violin Sonata in G, Op 7820160402

Building a Library: Cavalleria rusticana20160116

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.

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.

Building a Library: Debussy's Nocturnes20160123

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: 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Building a Library: Handel's Alcina20160521

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.

Building a Library: Handel's Alcina20160521

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.

Building a Library: Haydn: String Quartet in G, Op 77 No 120160514

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.

Building a Library: Haydn: String Quartet in G, Op 77 No 120160514

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.

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.

Building a Library: Mendelssohn: Symphony No 520160206

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Building a Library: Schubert's Piano Trio in E flat, D929.20160430

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

Sounds of Shakespeare20160423