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A look at the week's classical music releases


Building a Library on the Works of Amy Beach


Presented by Andrew McGregor. 9.30 Building a Library: Katy Hamilton surveys the key works and recordings of American composer Amy Beach and chooses her favourite. Born in 1867 in New Hampshire, Beach became the first successful American female composer, and her Gaelic Symphony was the first symphony to be composed by an American woman. Despite great success during her lifetime, Beach's music was neglected after her death in 1944, but enjoyed a renaissance in the late-20th century. 10.45 As part of Radio 3's weekend Celebrating Haitink, William Mival discusses with Andrew McGregor his top five recordings of the Dutch conductor, who died in October last year. Haitink was principal conductor of many international orchestras and is most closely associated with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, which he conducted from 1961. 11.20 Record of the Week: Andrew recommends an outstanding new release

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