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: 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.

Building a Library: Puccini's La fanciulla del West  

Flora Willson pans for gold in available recordings of Puccini's California-based opera

Building a Library: Haydn's Symphony no. 99  

Symphony No.99 is an example of late, great Haydn. Richard Wigmore recommends a recording

Building a Library: Survey of Barbara Strozzi  

Dr Hannah French surveys recordings of music of 17th-century Venetian Barbara Strozzi.

Building a Library: Bach's Lutheran Masses  

Jonathan Freeman-Attwood surveys recordings of Lutheran Masses by JS Bach.

Building a Library: Vaughan Williams's London Symphony  

Mark Lowther makes a recommendation from the available recordings.

Building a Library: Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress  

Anna Picard compares recordings on CD and DVD of Stravinsky's operatic morality tale.

Building a Library: Brahms' String Sextet No 1 in B flat  

Katy Hamilton recommends a recording of Brahms's String Sextet No.1, composed in 1860.

Building a Library: Mateo Flecha's ensaladas  

Tess Knighton compares recordings of 'Ensaladas' of the early 16th century Mateo Flecha


Richard Sisson compares recordings of Kander and Ebb's 1966 musical 'Cabaret'

Elgar: Falstaff – Symphonic Study in C minor, Op. 68  

David Nice surveys recordings of Elgar's Falstaff – Symphonic Study in C minor, Op. 68

Tallis Spem in alium  

Simon Heighes recommends a recorded version of Tallis's Spem in alium

Building a Library: Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor  

Sara Mohr-Pietsch on Chopin's Piano Concerto No.1, live from Southbank Centre

Building a Library:Vivaldi's The Four Seasons  

Mahan Esfahani comes up with a personal recommendation for Vivaldi's The Four Seasons

Proms Composer: Jonathan Dove  

The final Proms Composer of this season is British composer Jonathan Dove

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