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The focus each week is on a single musician (composer, conductor or performer) or ensemble (orchestra, chamber group or choir), giving a broad overview of the oeuvre or repertoire of this Great Maker of Fine Music.


8th December

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  • Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
  • Lehar: The Merry Widow: Overture. Zurich Tonhalle Orch/Franz Lehar.
  • Schumann: Symphony No.2 in C, Op.61. Zurich Tonhalle Orch/David Zinman.
  • Ravel: Piano Concerto in D for the left hand. Yuja Wang, pno., Zurich Tonhalle Orch/Lionel Bringuier.
  • Fine Music from 3MBS, Classically Melbourne..
  • Khachaturian (arr. Rampal): Violin Concerto (arr. Flute). Emmanuel Pahud, fte., Zurich Tonhalle Orch/David Zinman.
  • Lehar: Gold and Silver Waltz, Op.79. Zurich Tonhalle Orch/Franz Lehar.
  • Fine Music from 3MBS, Classically Melbourne..

  • 1st December

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  • Lauris Elms
  • Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice: Come, come to your husband's bidding. Lauris Elms, contr., Nance Grant, sop., Unnamed Orch/Richard Divall.
  • Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice: O fiendish delusion. Lauris Elms, contr., Nance Grant, sop., Unnamed Orch/Richard Divall.
  • Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice: Love so tender. Lauris Elms, contr., Rhonda Bruce, sop., Nance Grant, sop., Unnamed Orch/Richard Divall.
  • Schubert: Gretchen am Spinnrade, D118. Lauris Elms, contr., John Winther, pno.
  • Schubert: Ellens Gesang I, D.837. Lauris Elms, contr., John Winther, pno.
  • Schubert: Ellens Gesang II, D.838. Lauris Elms, contr., John Winther, pno.
  • Donizetti: La favorita: O mio Fernando. Lauris Elms, contr., West Australian SO/Geoffrey Arnold.
  • Brahms: Four Serious Songs, Op.121. Geoffrey Parsons, pno., Lauris Elms, contr.
  • Fine Music from 3MBS, Classically Melbourne..
  • Berg: Seven Early Songs. Geoffrey Parsons, pno., Lauris Elms, contr.
  • Chausson: Poeme de l'amour et de la mer, Op.19. Lauris Elms, contr., Sydney SO/Robert Pikler.
  • Le Gallienne: Divine Poems of John Donne. Geoffrey Parsons, pno., Lauris Elms, contr.
  • Fine Music from 3MBS, Classically Melbourne..

  • 24th November

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  • Cesar Cui
  • Cui: Three Scherzos, Op.82. Russian State SO/Valery Polyansky.
  • Cui: Suite concertante, Op.25. Takako Nishizaki, vln., Hong Kong PO/Kenneth Schermerhorn.
  • Cui: Les Deux Menetriers, Op.42. Tatiana Sharova, sop., Russian State SO/Valery Polyansky.
  • Fine Music from 3MBS, Classically Melbourne..
  • Cui: Five Pieces, Op.56. Trio Vivace.
  • Cui: A Feast in Time of Plague. Tatiana Sharova, sop., Ludmila Kuznetsova, m-sop., Alexei Martinov, ten., Andrei Baturkin, bar., Dmitri Stepanovich, bass, Russian State SO/Valery Polyansky.
  • Cui: Ici-bas. Dame Joan Sutherland, sop., Richard Bonynge, pno.
  • Cui: Budrys and His Sons, Op.98. Andrei Baturkin, bar., Russian State SO/Valery Polyansky.
  • Cui: Echoes of War, Op.66/4: Fair Spring. Ludmila Kuznetsova, m-sop., Russian State SO/Valery Polyansky.
  • Fine Music from 3MBS, Classically Melbourne..

  • 17th November

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  • Selby & Friends
  • Beethoven: Theme and Variations in E flat , Op.44. Selby & Friends.
  • Dvorak: Piano Trio No.4 in E minor, Op.90, B166 - Dumky. Selby & Friends.
  • Fine Music from 3MBS, Classically Melbourne..
  • Saint-Saens: Piano Trio No.1 in F, Op.18. Selby & Friends.
  • Bridge: Miniatures for Piano Trio, H.87-89, Set 2, Nos.4-6. Selby & Friends.
  • Yu: Prelude and Not-a-Fugue, for Piano Trio. Selby & Friends.
  • Schoenfield: Café Music. Selby & Friends.
  • Fine Music from 3MBS, Classically Melbourne..

  • 10th November

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  • Arthur Benjamin
  • Benjamin: Overture to an Italian Comedy. Sydney SO/Joseph Post.
  • Benjamin: Romantic Fantasy. Lorraine McAslan, vln., Sarah-Jane Bradley, vla., Royal Scottish NO/John Gibbons.
  • Benjamin: Cotillon. Sydney SO/Patrick Thomas.
  • Benjamin: Symphony No.1. Queensland SO/Christopher Lyndon-Gee.
  • Fine Music from 3MBS, Classically Melbourne..
  • Benjamin: Oboe Concerto in C minor on Themes of Domenico Cimarosa. Heinz Holliger, oboe, I Musici.
  • Benjamin: Sonatina. John Harding, vln., Ian Munro, pno.
  • Benjamin: Fantasies I. Ian Munro, pno.
  • Fine Music from 3MBS, Classically Melbourne..

  • 3rd November

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  • West Australian Symphony Orchestra
  • Ansell: Nautical Overture. West Australian SO/David Measham.
  • Dvorak: American Suite in A, Op.98b. B 190. West Australian SO/Vernon Handley.
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op.98. West Australian SO/Asher Fisch.
  • Fine Music from 3MBS, Classically Melbourne..
  • Scriabin (arr. Smalley): Ten Poems for Chamber Orchestra. West Australian SO/Roger Smalley.
  • Waldteufel: The Skaters Waltz, Op.183. West Australian SO/David Measham.
  • Carmichael: A Country Fair. Jack Harrison, cl., West Australian SO/Richard Mills.
  • Osborne: Summer Medley. Jack Harrison, harmonica, West Australian SO/Richard Mills.
  • Fine Music from 3MBS, Classically Melbourne..

  • 27th October

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  • Roger Woodward
  • Bach: Anna Magdalena Notebook, excerpts. Roger Woodward, pno.
  • Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.26 in E flat, Op.81a, 'Les Adieux'. Roger Woodward, pno.
  • Chopin: Nocturne in B flat minor, Op.9/1. Roger Woodward, pno.
  • Chopin: Nocturne in E flat, Op.9/2. Roger Woodward, pno.
  • Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.3 in C, Op.26. Roger Woodward, pno., Sydney SO/Edo de Waart.
  • Fine Music from 3MBS, Classically Melbourne..
  • Scriabin: Prometheus, Le Poeme du feu, Op.60. Roger Woodward, pno., Sydney SO, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs/Diego Masson.
  • Rowland (arr. Woodward): Four excerpts from The man from Snowy River. Roger Woodward, pno.
  • Fine Music from 3MBS, Classically Melbourne..

  • 20th October

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  • The Spirit of Hungary
  • Goldmark: Overture - Sakuntala , Op.13. Sydney SO/John Lanchbery.
  • Kalman: The Gypsy Princess, excerpts. Lotte Rysanek, sop., Else Liebesberg, sop., Rudolf Christ, ten., Herbert Prikopa, bar., Vienna Folk Opera Orch, Vienna Folk Opera Choir/Franz Bauer-Theussl.
  • Lehar: Concertino for violin and orchestra in B flat minor. Latica Honda-Rosenberg, vln., Hanover Radio PO/Klauspeter Seibel.
  • Liszt: Etudes de Concert, G144-5. Earl Wild, pno.
  • Fine Music from 3MBS, Classically Melbourne..
  • Bartok: Dance Suite, Sz.77. Philharmonia Hungarica/Antal Dorati.
  • Kodaly: Variations on a Hungarian Folksong (The Peacock). Vienna PO/Sir Georg Solti.
  • Fine Music from 3MBS, Classically Melbourne..