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: 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.

Building a Library: Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez  

Tom McKinney heads to Spain with the ever-popular Rodrigo Guitar Concerto.

Building a Library: Bach's B Minor Mass  

Sir Nicholas Kenyon sifts through the available recordings of Bach's B minor Mass. It was one of Bach's last compositions, completed in 1749, the year before his death. He refashioned music that he had composed throughout his career. The Mass was never performed in its entirety during Bach's lifetime but is now regarded as a supreme masterpiece.

Building a Library: Rossini's The Barber of Seville  

Ben Walton compares recordings of Rossini's hugely popular opera on Beaumarchais's play.

Building a Library: Sibelius's Tapiola  

Tapiola is Sibelius's final masterpiece for orchestra. Andrew Mellor recommends a version

Building a Library: Beethoven's String Quartet No 12, Op. 127  

Stephen Johnson compares recordings of the first of Beethoven's late string quartets.

Building a Library: Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony  

Rob Cowan sifts through "Tchaik 4," a piece written at a time of emotional turmoil.

Building a Library: Schubert's Fantasy in C, D934, for violin and piano.  

Harriet Smith compares recordings of Schubert's piece, which baffled its 1828 audience.

Building a Library: Bruckner's Third Symphony  

Dedicated to his hero Wagner, Bruckner revised his Third Symphony several times.

Building a Library: Mozart's Piano Concerto no. 21  

David Owen Norris sifts through the available recordings of Mozart's Piano Concerto No 21

Building a Library: Lassus's Lagrime di San Pietro  

Caroline Gill compares recordings of Lassus's depiction of the sorrows of St Peter.

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