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Record Review Podcast

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.

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Mahler Symphony 5

William Mival's live traversal of recordings of Mahler's 5th Symphony

1hr 4mins

21 Jun 2016

Rank #1

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Building a Library: Puccini's La fanciulla del West

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

49mins

10 Dec 2016

Rank #2

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Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, 'Pathetique'

Sarah Walker recommends a recording from the available versions.

50mins

19 Mar 2016

Rank #3

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Beethoven: Symphony No 5

Nicholas Baragwanath recommends a version of Beethoven's 5th Symphony

49mins

2 Jan 2016

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Building a Library: Mozart's Clarinet Concerto

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

50mins

25 Mar 2017

Rank #5

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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.

1hr 10mins

25 Apr 2017

Rank #6

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Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake

Marina Frolova-Walker makes a recommendation from the available recordings of Tchaikovsky's ballet, Swan Lake.

39mins

11 Apr 2015

Rank #7

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Wagner Die Meistersinger

Nicholas Baragwanath recommends a recorded version of Wagner's Die Meistersinger

47mins

20 Jun 2015

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Bizet's Carmen

Flora Willson recommends a recording from the available versions of Bizet's opera Carmen

51mins

14 Mar 2015

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Shostakovich Symphony No 9

David Nice recommends a recorded version of Shostakovich's 9th Symphony

41mins

20 Feb 2016

Rank #10

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Bach Brandenburg Concertos

Sara Mohr-Pietsch recommends a recorded version of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos

45mins

23 Dec 2017

Rank #11

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Mozart: Concerto for two pianos E-flat major

Sarah Walker recommends recordings of Mozart's Concerto for Two Pianos in E-flat major

47mins

15 Sep 2018

Rank #12

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Building a Library: Beethoven's Diabelli Variations

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

47mins

19 Jun 2017

Rank #13

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Offenbach: Tales of Hoffmann

Sarah Lenton recommends a recording from the available versions of Offenbach's opera, The Tales of Hoffmann

55mins

26 May 2015

Rank #14

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Strauss: Four Last Songs

Iain Burnside recommends recordings of Richard Strauss's Four Last Songs

53mins

15 Jul 2019

Rank #15

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Mozart: Clarinet Quintet

Richard Wigmore recommends recordings of Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in A major

52mins

9 Mar 2019

Rank #16

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Building a Library: The Mikado by Sir Arthur Sullivan

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

43mins

27 May 2017

Rank #17