Record Review Podcast

Record Review Podcast

United Kingdom

An edited version of the regular Building a Library slot where guest experts review available recordings of a work from the classical music repertoire and give a recommendation.


Building a Library: Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem  

Alexandra Coghlan recommends the best recording of Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem

Building a Library:Janáček's Sinfonietta  

Richard Morrison recommends the best recording of Janáček's Sinfonietta.

Building a Library: Telemann's 'Water Music'  

Simon Heighes recommends the best recording of Telemann's 'Water Music'

Building a Library: Beethoven's Diabelli Variations  

Iain Burnside recommends the best recording of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations.

Building a Library: Survey of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor recordings  

Ivan Hewett and Andrew survey recordings of the composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

Building a Library:Sinfonia da Requiem by Benjamin Britten  

Building a Library:Sinfonia da Requiem by Benjamin Britten

Building a Library:The Mikado by Sir Arthur Sullivan  

Sarah Lenton recommends the best recording of The Mikado by Sir Arthur Sullivan.

Building a Library: Sofia Gubaidulina  

Gillian Moore surveys recordings of music by Russia's greatest living composer.

Building a Library: Monteverdi's L'Orfeo  

Jeremy Summerly joins Andrew for a live review of recordings of Monteverdi's opera.

Building a Library: Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto  

Prokofiev was soloist at the concerto's 1921 premiere, which has become his most popular.

Building a Library: Schumann's Liederkreis, Op. 24  

Liederkreis was written in the year he devoted to song composition after marrying Clara.

Building a Library: Mahler's Second Symphony  

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. 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.

Building a Library: Rachmaninov's Cello Sonata  

Rachmaninov's Cello Sonata was overshadowed by the success of his Piano Concerto No. 2.

Building a Library: Kodaly's Dances of Galanta  

Kodaly's joyful work is based on the Hungarian dances of Galanta where he lived as a boy.

Building a Library: Verdi's Aida  

Set in the Egypt of the Pharaohs, Verdi's Aida premiered at the Cairo opera house in 1871

Building a Library: Mozart's Clarinet Concerto  

Mozart's final instrumental work was written for his friend, clarinettist Anton Stadler.

Building a Library: Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time  

Messaien's piece was premiered at a prisoner of war camp, outdoors in the rain, in 1941.

Building a Library: Schoenberg's Gurrelieder  

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.

Building a Library: Survey of Ethel Smyth recordings  

Kate Kennedy explores the music of an underrated English composer and a member of the women's suffrage movement.

Building a Library: Ives's Second Symphony  

Edward Seckerson joins Andrew McGregor to assess recordings of Ives Symphony No. 2.

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