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
Katy Hamilton picks her favourite recording of R Schumann's Piano Quintet in E flat major
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 5 in E minor, Op 64
William Mival picks his favourite recording of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 5 in E minor
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
Kirsten Gibson selects her favourite recordings of Monteverdi's Madrigals
Ravel: Introduction and Allegro
Jeremy Sams selects his favourite recordings of Ravel's Introduction and Allegro
Iain Burnside selects his favourite recordings of Debussy's Études
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!
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.
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.