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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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    • 4.3 • 109 Ratings

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.

    Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op 44

    Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op 44

    Katy Hamilton picks her favourite recording of R Schumann's Piano Quintet in E flat major

    • 45 min
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 5 in E minor, Op 64

    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 5 in E minor, Op 64

    William Mival picks his favourite recording of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 5 in E minor

    • 54 min
    Mozart: Piano Concerto No 24 in C minor, K 491

    Mozart: Piano Concerto No 24 in C minor, K 491

    Lucy Parham picks her favourite recording of Mozart's Piano Concerto No 24 in C minor

    • 53 min
    Monteverdi: Madrigals

    Monteverdi: Madrigals

    Kirsten Gibson selects her favourite recordings of Monteverdi's Madrigals

    • 49 min
    Ravel: Introduction and Allegro

    Ravel: Introduction and Allegro

    Jeremy Sams selects his favourite recordings of Ravel's Introduction and Allegro

    • 43 min
    Debussy: Études

    Debussy: Études

    Iain Burnside selects his favourite recordings of Debussy's Études

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
109 Ratings

109 Ratings

Joel Crane ,

Fine wine

This programme feels to me like sampling fine wines in the company of a friendly wine buff. There’s information about the piece and commentary on what you’re hearing that I found helps me listen better. Don’t stop!

Syre Byrd ,

No point

No text summary on podcast. Just a link to bbc website where you have to download something else.....

So I love the show, I really enjoy this format: but cannot find the recommended recordings unless i sit with pen and paper to write them down as we go along towards the end. Or download more from the BBC.

I find myself, as a consequence, going to Gramophone website instead for recommended recordings: listed clearly and easy to purchase by a variety of providers! Job done.

I guess I will be dropping this podcast as its frustrating. Im in the market for a classical music podcast that is unafraid to list its recording recommendations for my consideration.

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.

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