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Music for the voice, featuring the greatest singers from the past and present in a repertoire including art songs, ballads, lieder, sacred works, choral music, and items from operas and musicals.


18th May

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  • Radiothon
  • Strauss Jnr: The Dancer Fanny Eissler: Yonder in Sievering. Sumi Jo, sop., Vienna Folk Opera Orch/Rudolf Bibl.
  • Donizetti: Dom Sebastien: Deserto in terra. Joseph Calleja, ten., Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Carlo Rizzi.
  • Suppe: Boccaccio: Florenz hat schoene Frauen. Anneliese Rothenberger, sop., Rudolf Schock, ten., Unnamed Orch/Wilhelm Schuchter.
  • Sieczynski: Vienna City of My Dreams. Igor Gorin, bar., Unnamed Orch/Carmen Dragon.
  • Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No.5: Aria. Laurindo Almeida, gtr., Salli Terri, m-sop.
  • Verdi: La traviata: Parigi o cara. Dame Joan Sutherland, sop., Luciano Pavarotti, ten., National PO/Richard Bonynge.
  • Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel: Evening Prayer. Frederica von Stade, mezzo-sop, Kathleen Battle, sop., Orch of St Luke's/Andre Previn.
  • Bellini: Il pirata: Felice Romani. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar., Philharmonia Orch/Ion Marin.
  • Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin: Prince Gremin's Aria. Nicolai Ghiaurov, bass, ROHO/Sir Georg Solti.

  • 11th May

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  • The art of the accompanist
  • Dowland: Sorrow stay. Frederica von Stade, mezzo-sop, Martin Katz, pno.
  • Kreutzer: Das Muhlrad. Dame Joan Sutherland, sop., Barry Tuckwell, horn, Richard Bonynge, pno.
  • Granados: Goyescas No.4: The Lover and the Nightingale. Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, sop., Roger Vignoles, pno.
  • Schubert: Auf dem Wasser zu singen (To be sung on the water). Erik Werba, pno., Rita Streich, sop.
  • Britten: I wonder as I wander. Philip Langridge, ten., Graham Johnson, pno.
  • Strauss R: Cecilia, Op.27/2. Jean-Yves Thibaudet, pno., Renee Fleming, sop.
  • Strauss R: Die Nacht, Op.10/3. Brigitte Fassbaender, mezzo-sop., Irwin Gage, pno.
  • Warlock: Peter Warlock's Fancy. John Constable, pno., Christopher Maltman, bar.
  • Schubert: Erlkonig, D.328. Gerald Moore, pno., Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar.
  • Pergolesi: La Serva Padrona: Stizzoso, mio Stizzoso. Geoffrey Parsons, pno., Victoria de los Angeles, sop.
  • Schubert: Suleika II, D717. Radu Lupu, pno., Barbara Hendricks, sop.
  • Schumann C: Liebst du um Schonheit. Vladimir Ashkenazy, pno., Barbara Bonney, sop.
  • Schubert: Am Fenster, D.878. Andras Schiff, pno., Peter Schreier, ten.

  • 4th May

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  • Compositions of Giuseppe Verdi
  • Verdi: Ad una stella. Margaret Price, sop., Geoffrey Parsons, pno.
  • Verdi: Ave Maria. Margaret Price, sop., Geoffrey Parsons, pno.
  • Verdi: Sunset. Jose Carreras, ten., Martin Katz, pno.
  • Verdi: The Beggar. Jose Carreras, ten., Martin Katz, pno.
  • Verdi (arr. Berio): In solitaria stanza. Rolando Villazon, ten., Turin Theatre Orch/Gianandrea Noseda.
  • Verdi: Notturno. Alastair Miles, bass, Jennifer Larmore, m-sop., Jaime Martin, fte., Bruce Ford, ten., Antoine Palloc, pno.
  • Verdi: Macbeth: Una macchia e qui tuttóra. Sir Thomas Allen, bar., Monserrat Caballe, sop., Elizabeth Bainbridge, contr., Royal PO/Anton Guadagno.
  • Verdi: Requiem: Ingemisco. Donald Smith, ten., Queensland SO/Vanco Cavdarski.
  • Verdi: King for a day: Deh! lascite a un'alma amante. Juan Diego Florez, ten., Milan Giuseppe Verdi Orch, Milan Giuseppe Verdi Chorus/Carlo Rizzi.
  • Verdi: Come in quest'ora bruna. Janet Perkins, pno., Loretta Ariano, sop.
  • Verdi: Il trovatore: Tutto e deserto. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar., Rotterdam PO/Valery Gergiev.

  • 27th April

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  • Featuring Rolando Villazon & Ildar Abdrazakov
  • Mozart: Aura che intorni spiri, K431, concert aria. Rolando Villazon, ten., London SO/Antonio Pappano.
  • Donizetti Don Pasquale Sogno soave e casto, Rolando Villazon, ten, Ildar Abdrazakov, bass, Metropolitan Orchestra of Montreal/Yannick Nezet-Seguin
  • Boito Mefistofele Son lo spiritoche nega, Ildar Abrazakov, bass, Metropolitan Orchestra of Montreal/Yannick Nezet-Seguin
  • Boito Mefistofele Strano figliodel caos, Rolando Villazon, ten, Ildar Abdrazakov, bass, Metropolitan Orchestra of Montreal/Yannick Nezet-Seguin
  • Flotow: Alessandro Stradella: Jungfrau Maria. Rolando Villazon, ten., Munich Radio Orch/Michel Plasson.
  • Bizet Carmen Je suis Escamillo, Rolando Villazon, ten, Ildar Abdrazakov, bass, Metropolitan Orchestra of Montreal/Yannick Nezet-Seguin
  • Vives: Dona Francisquita: por el humo se sabe donde esta el fuego. Rolando Villazon, ten., Madrid Community Orch/Placido Domingo.
  • Donizetti L'Elisir d'Amore Voglio Dire, Rolando Villazon, ten, Ildar Abdrazakov, bass, Metropolitan Orchestra of Montreal/Yannick Nezet-Seguin
  • Lara Granada Rolando Villazon, ten, Ildar Abdrazakov, bass, Metropolitan Orchestra of Montreal/Yannick Nezet-Seguin
  • Hermann Ochi Cherniye Rolando Villazon, ten, Ildar Abdrazakov, bass, Metropolitan Orchestra of Montreal/Yannick Nezet-Seguin

  • 20th April

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  • St Georges Day
  • Millocker: Gasparone: Dunkelrote rosen. Simon Keenlyside, bar., Lower Austria Tonkunstler Orch/Alfred Eschwe.
  • Vaughan Williams: It was a lover and his lass. Anthony Rolfe Johnson, ten., Graham Johnson, pno., Simon Keenlyside, bar.
  • Mozart: Chi sa, chi sa, qual sia, K582, concert aria. Dame Felicity Lott, sop., London Mozart Players/Jane Glover.
  • Howells: Come Sing and Dance. Dame Felicity Lott, sop., Graham Johnson, pno.
  • Gurney: Down by the Salley Gardens. Ian Partridge, ten., Jennifer Partridge, pno.
  • Delius: The Homeward Way. Ian Partridge, ten., Jennifer Partridge, pno.
  • Schubert: The Secret, D.793. Sir Thomas Allen, bar., Graham Johnson, pno.
  • Coward: Bittersweet: If Love Were All. Lesley Garrett, sop., Royal Philharmonic Concert Orch/James Holmes.
  • Rodrigo: De los alamos vengo, madre. Lesley Garrett, sop., London Session Orch/Paul Daniel.
  • Mozart: Abendempfindung, K523. Janet Baker, contr., Raymond Leppard, fortepiano.
  • Mozart: Cosi fan tutte - Smanie implacabili. Janet Baker, contr., ROHO/Sir Colin Davis.
  • Handel: Acis and Galatea, HWV49: I rage, I melt, I burn. Owen Brannigan, bass, Philomusica of London/Sir Adrian Boult.
  • Hely-Hutchinson (arr. Mackerras): Old Mother Hubbard. Owen Brannigan, bass, Pro Arte Orch/Sir Charles Mackerras.
  • Young (arr. Morgan): When I Fall in Love. Alfred Boe, voc., City of Prague PO/James Morgan.

  • 13th April

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  • Lieder
  • Strauss R: Amor, Op.68/5. Kathleen Battle, sop.
  • Mozart: Freundin! Ich komm' mit der Zither. Hermann Prey, bar., Peter Schreier, ten., Walter Berry, bass, Convivium Musicum Munchen/Erich Keller.
  • Mozart: Cara mio, Schluck und Druck, K571a. Hermann Prey, bar., Peter Schreier, ten., Walter Berry, bass, Erica Koth, sop., Convivium Musicum Munchen/Erich Keller.
  • Mozart: Die Singstunde K.Anh.441c. Hermann Prey, bar., Peter Schreier, ten., Walter Berry, bass, Convivium Musicum Munchen/Erich Keller.
  • Schubert: The Shepherd on the Rock, D.965. Elly Ameling, sop., Joerg Demus, pno., Hans Deinzer, cl.
  • Beethoven: Adelaide, Op.46. Joerg Demus, pno., Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar.
  • Schubert: Mio ben ricordate, D688/4. Arleen Auger, sop., Graham Johnson, pno.
  • Schubert: La Pastorella, D528. Arleen Auger, sop., Graham Johnson, pno.
  • Strauss R: Secret Invitation, Op.27/3. Fritz Wunderlich, ten., Bavarian RSO/Jan Koetsier.
  • Strauss R: I Carry My Love Song, Op.32/1. Fritz Wunderlich, ten., Bavarian RSO/Jan Koetsier.
  • Strauss R: Morgen, Op.27/4. Fritz Wunderlich, ten., Bavarian RSO/Jan Koetsier.
  • Wolf (arr. Borg): Fuhit meine seele. Kurt Moll, bass, Hanover Radio PO/Cord Garben.
  • Schumann: Widmung, Op.25/1. Jessye Norman, sop., Geoffrey Parsons, pno.
  • Schumann: You are like a flower, Op.25/24. Jessye Norman, sop., Geoffrey Parsons, pno.
  • Schumann: Melancholy, Op.39/9. Jessye Norman, sop., Geoffrey Parsons, pno.

  • 6th April

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    30th March

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  • Easter Programme
  • Bach: Erbarme dich mein Gott (St. Matthew Passion, BWV244). Marilyn Horne, m-sop., Alfred Starr, vln., Vienna Cantata Orch/Henry Lewis.
  • Jones: What if I seek for love of thee. Emma Kirkby, sop., Anthony Rooley, lute.
  • Caccini (arr. Brinums): Ave Maria. Inessa Galante, sop., London Musici/Mark Stephenson.
  • Miller: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross. King's College Choir Cambridge.
  • Bach: St. John Passion, BWV245: Ach, mein Sinn. Uwe Heilmann, ten., Gewandhaus Orch/Peter Schreier.
  • Mendelssohn: Salve Regina. Elena Xanthoudakis, sop., Melbourne Musicians/Frank Pam.
  • Gounod Sanctus Kiri Te Kanewa, sop, Choir of St Paul's Cathedral, ECO/Barry Rose
  • Mozart Ave verum, Kiri Te Kanewa, sop, Choir of St Paul's Cathedral, ECO/Barry Rose
  • Verdi: Laudate pueri. Juan Diego Florez, ten., Eldar Aliev, bass, Kenneth Tarver, ten., Milan Giuseppe Verdi Orch, Milan Giuseppe Verdi Chorus/Riccardo Chailly.
  • Handel: The Resurrection: Open. Ye Gates of Hell. Cecilia Bartoli, m-sop., Musiciens du Louvre/Marc Minkowski.
  • Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38 Sanctis Fortis. Arthur Davies, ten., London SO, London Symphony Chorus/Richard Hickox.