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Building a Library: a guide to the best recordings of the greatest classical music. Each week an expert and enthusiast brings along a wide range of recordings of a well-known piece. They explore the music and the different ways of performing it, ending with a recommendation for your library

Record Review Podcast BBC Radio 3

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    • 4.4 • 144 Ratings

Building a Library: a guide to the best recordings of the greatest classical music. Each week an expert and enthusiast brings along a wide range of recordings of a well-known piece. They explore the music and the different ways of performing it, ending with a recommendation for your library

    Shostakovich's Symphony no.5 in D minor

    Shostakovich's Symphony no.5 in D minor

    Edward Seckerson chooses his favourite recording of Shostakovich's Symphony no.5.

    • 43 min
    Korngold's Violin Concerto

    Korngold's Violin Concerto

    William Mival chooses his favourite recording of Korngold's Violin Concerto.

    • 46 min
    Chopin's Ballades

    Chopin's Ballades

    Kenneth Hamilton chooses his favourite recording of Chopin's four Ballades.

    • 47 min
    Strauss's Also sprach Zarathustra

    Strauss's Also sprach Zarathustra

    Jonathan Cross chooses his favourite recording of Strauss's Also sprach Zarathustra

    • 45 min
    Mozart's Piano Concerto No 23 in A major

    Mozart's Piano Concerto No 23 in A major

    Lucy Parham chooses her favourite version of Mozart's Piano Concerto No 23 in A major

    • 47 min
    Elgar's Symphony no.1

    Elgar's Symphony no.1

    Mark Lowther's personal choice of recording of Elgar's Symphony no.1.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
144 Ratings

144 Ratings

drIan w ,

Most accessible guide to classical music

Great listen, but having the recommendation in writing on the page or the website would make it easier to follow up. Possible?

Joe90.26 ,

Record review - essential listening

I remember it started out as Record Review, then became CD Review to return to being Record Review. I find it essential listening, even if I don’t always agree with the conclusions. I’ve only docked a star because I’m still not sure about the two presenter format; I think I preferred the single reviewer format which felt more in depth, less rushed, even if timing wise it’s no different. I’m sure a lot of radio three listeners like it the way it is and it’s still the best go to radio programme guide for lovers of classical, world and related music recordings.

Hokeykokey ,

Such a gem

From Building a Library to, now, Record Review, this has always been a pleasurable and engrossing education. A wide span of recordings are covered, some quite historic. A real treasure for the ear.

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