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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.

Record Review Podcast BBC

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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.

    Poulenc: Gloria

    Poulenc: Gloria

    Elin Manahan Thomas recommends recordings of Poulenc's Gloria

    • 47 min
    Mozart: Symphony No.39 in E-Flat Major, K.543

    Mozart: Symphony No.39 in E-Flat Major, K.543

    Nicholas Kenyon recommends recordings of Mozart's Symphony no.39 in E-Flat Major, K.543

    • 45 min
    Chopin: The Four Scherzi

    Chopin: The Four Scherzi

    Iain Burnside recommends recordings of Chopin's four scherzi

    • 48 min
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

    Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

    Richard Wigmore recommends recordings of Beethoven's Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

    • 47 min
    Elgar: 'Enigma' Variations

    Elgar: 'Enigma' Variations

    Kate Kennedy recommends recordings of Elgar's 'Enigma' Variations

    • 45 min
    Schumann: Dichterliebe Op.48

    Schumann: Dichterliebe Op.48

    Laura Tunbridge recommends recordings of Schumann's poignant song cycle "Dichterliebe"

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

Enfield Wash ,

One of the best

Without doubt one of the finest ways to learn about classical music and extend your library. Many times over the years BAL has introduced me to a piece of music that has become a firm favourite, or has rekindled my interest in and love for a piece I haven’t listened to for some time. I am yet to be entirely convinced that the 2-person version of BAL works as well as the old solo format as I feel there is less detail in the programme now (and fewer “classic” interpretations are discussed) but this is still absolutely required listening.

Adolphini ,

BAL

This is helping me to really get under the skin of classical music, and thereby all music. I now have three versions of Mozart’s Requiem. Education is learning about life.

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Building a library

The two person building a library I find really terrible. Much less detail than the old format.

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