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September 2010 – July 2011

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September 2010 – July 2011

All selections were made from recordings available in the UK at the time of the broadcast and are full price unless otherwise stated.

CD Review cannot guarantee that they have not subsequently been deleted.
Presenter: Andrew McGregor

Producers: Kevin Bee / Olwen Fisher / Peter Thresh / Clive Portbury

Broadcast Assistant: Monica Todd

Key: c/w = coupled with

Previous editions of this factsheet are available from the CD Review website:

BACH: Organ Music Stephen Farr


Recommended sets include:

Bernard Foccroulle (organ)

Ricercar RIC289 (16 CD, budget)
Marie-Claire Alain (organ)

Erato 2564676018 (14 CD, budget)

BACH: St John Passion BWV 245 Simon Heighes


Ingrid Schmithusen (soprano), Yoshie Hida (soprano), Yoshikazu Mera (counter-tenor), Gerd Turk (tenor), Makoto Sakurada (tenor), Chiyuki Urano (bass), Peter Kooij (bass), Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki (conductor)

Bis BISCD921-922 (2 CD)

BEETHOVEN: String Quartet in Eb major, “Harp”, Op.74 Harriet Smith


Alban Berg Quartett: Gunter Pichler (violin), Gerhard Schulz (violin), Hatto Beyerle (viola), Valentin Erben (cello)

EMI 5736062 (7 CD, budget)

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no. 4 in Eb major, Op. 7 Iain Burnside


Andras Schiff (piano)

ECM 4763054 (CD)

BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 Roy Goodman


Isabelle Faust (violin), Prague Philharmonia, Jiri Belohlavek (conductor);

Harmonia Mundi HMC901944 (CD)

BERLIOZ: Romeo and Juliet David Nice


Catherine Robbin (mezzo-soprano), Jean-Paul Fouchecourt (tenor), Gilles Cachemaille(baritone), The Monteverdi Choir, Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique ,John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

Philips 4544542 (CD)

BIZET: L'Arlesienne suites David Nice


London Symphony Orchesta, Claudio Abbado (conductor)

DG 4776350 (CD)

BRAHMS: Four Serious Songs Richard Wigmore


Thomas Quasthoff (baritone), Justus Zeyen (piano)

DG 4710302 (CD)

BRAHMS: String Quartet in C minor, Op .51 Piers Burton-Page


Quatuor Ebene, Akiko Yamamoto (piano)

Virgin 2166222 (CD)

BRITTEN: Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, Op.31 Hilary Finch


Christoph Pregardien (tenor), Ib Lanzky-Otto (horn), Tapiola Sinfonietta, Osmo Vanska (conductor)

Bis BISCD540 (CD)

CHOPIN: Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65 Helen Wallace 20/11/2010

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Martha Argerich (piano)

(from “Chopin - Complete Edition”)

DG 477 8445 (17 CD)

DVORAK: Slavonic Dances Op. 46 Rob Cowan


Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik (conductor)

DG 4577122 (CD)

DVORAK: String Quartet no 13 in G, Op. 106 Jan Smaczny


Pavel Haas Quartet

Supraphon SU4038 (CD)

HONEGGER: Symphonie No.3 "Liturgique" Jonathan Swain


Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariss Jansons (conductor)

RCO LIVE RCO0003 (Hybrid SACD) 

LISZT: Annees de Pelerinage Book I “Suisse” Stephen Plaistow


Stephen Hough (piano)

Hyperion CDA67424 (CD)

LISZT: Annees de Pelerinage Book II “Italie” David Owen Norris


Alan Marks (piano)

Nimbus NI5226 (CD)

MAHLER: Des Knaben Wunderhorn Richard Wigmore


Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano), Thomas Quasthoff (baritone), Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado (conductor)

DG 4596462 (CD)

MAHLER: Ruckert Lieder Hilary Finch


Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano), Halle Orchestra, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli (conductor)

EMI 5669812 (CD)

MAHLER: Symphony no 10 (round up of recent releases) Stephen Johnson


Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)

EMI Classics 5569722 (CD)

MONTEVERDI: Selva morale e spirituale David Vickers


First choice:

Cantus Colln; Concerto Palatino, Konrad Junghanel (conductor)

HARMONIA MUNDI HMC 901718.20 (download)

Alternative recommendations (of liturgical music only):

La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina (conductor)

GLOSSA GCD920914 (3 CD)
Akademia, Francoise Lasserre (director)


MONTEVERDI: Vespers Simon Heighes


Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Rebecca Outram (mezzo-soprano), Daniel Auchincloss (tenor), Nicholas Mulroy (bass), The King’s Consort, Robert King (conductor)

Hyperion CDA67531-2 (2 CD) / SACDA67531-2 (2 Hybrid SACD)

MOZART: Piano Concerto no. 17 in G, K.453 Robert Philip


Maria Joao Pires (piano), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado (conductor)

DG 4775747 (CD)

MOZART: Symphony no. 25 in G minor, K.183 Chris de Souza


First choice:

Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sir Roger Norrington (conductor)

Hanssler Classic HAN093211 (CD)

Special mention:

Robert Casadesus (piano), New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, John Barbirolli (conductor)

Barbirolli Society SJB1026 (CD, mono)

MUSSORGSKY: Boris Godunov Stephen Walsh


Ruggero Raimondi, Paul Plishka, Kenneth Riegel, Nicolai Gedda, Galina Vishnevskaya, Choral Arts Society of Washington, National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, Mstislav Rostropovich

Erato 2292454182 (3 CD)

PROKOFIEV: Symphony no 6 in Eb minor, Op.111 Jonathan Swain


London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (conductor)

Philips 4757655 (4 CD)

RAVEL: Alborada de gracioso (orchestral version) Rob Cowan


Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Pierre Boulez (conductor)

DG 4398592 (CD) or 4770742 (2 hybrid SACD)

ROSSINI: Stabat Mater Richard Osborne


Anna Netrebko (soprano), Joyce DiDonato (mezzo), Lawrence Brownlee (tenor), Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (bass), Orchestra e Coro dell`Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano (conductor)

EMI Classics 6405292 (CD)

SCHUBERT: Piano Trio no 1 in Bb, D.898 Stephen Johnson


Schubert: Piano Trio in B flat, D.898

Beaux Arts Trio: Menahem Pressler (piano), Isidore Cohen (violin), Bernard Greenhouse (cello)

Decca 4387002 (2 CD, budget)

SCHUMANN: Das Paradies und die Peri Peter Quantrill


Barbara Bonney (soprano), Bernarda Fink (mezzo-soprano), Christoph Pregardien (tenor), Gerald Finley (bass), Monteverdi Choir, Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantiques, John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

Archiv 4576602 (2 CD)

SIBELIUS: Symphony no 7 in C, Op. 105 Stephen Johnson


Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vanska (conductor)

Bis BISCD864 (CD)

STRAUSS: Alpine Symphony William Mival


Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan (conductor)

DG 439 0172 (CD)

TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50 David Fanning


Pinchas Zukerman (violin), Jacqueline du Pre (cello), Daniel Barenboim (piano)

EMI 94636522456 (2 CD)

WAGNER: Tristan and Isolde Roger Vignoles 18/06/2011

First choice:

Waltraud Meier (Isolde), Siegfried Jerusalem (Tristan), Berlin Philharmonic, Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

Teldec 4509 94568-2 (4-CD)

NB reissued 25 July Warner 2564 67273-6 (4 CD, budget price)

DVD recommendation:

Nina Stemme (Isolde), Robert Gambill (Tristan), The Glyndebourne Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Jiri Belohlavek (conductor), Nikolaus Lehnhoff (stage director)

Recorded live at Glyndebourne in 2007

OPUS ARTE OA0988D (3DVD) or OABD7039D (Blu-ray)

WOLF: Morike Lieder Richard Wigmore


Joan Rodgers (soprano), Stephan Genz (baritone), Roger Vignoles (piano)

Hyperion CDA67311/2 (2 CD)

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