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12th February

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  • Howells: Pastoral Rhapsody. London SO/Richard Hickox.
  • Williams: Elegy for cello and orch. Yo-Yo Ma, vc, Recording Arts Orch of Los Angeles /John Williams.
  • Leo: I am like a ship caught in a fearful storm, from Zenobia in Palmira. Simone Kermes, sop, La Magnifica Comunit /Isabella Longo.
  • Bellstedt, Arr Hunsberger: Napoli - Variations on a Neapolitan Song. Wynton Marsalis,tpt, Eastman Wind Ens /Donald Hunsberger.
  • Rigney: Chamber Vconcerto. Slava Grigoryan, gtr, Southern Cross Soloists.
  • Revueltas: Sensemaya. New World Symphony /Michael Tilson Thomas.
  • Hahn: Si mes vers avaient des ailes; Reverie. Dame Felicity Lott, sop., Graham Johnson, pno.
  • Jenkins: Passacaglia. London Philharmonic Strings /Karl Jenkins.
  • Houghton: Opals - Black; Water; White. Saffire.
  • Hume: I am Melancholy. Suzanne Heinrich, viola da gamba.
  • Vinter: Hunter's Moon. David Pyatt, horn, London PO/Nicholas Braithwaite.
  • Durufle: Toccata, from Suite for Organ, Op.5. Anthony Halliday, org.
  • Trad., Morris: Betty Fitchett's Wedding (Camborne); The German Schottische. Brass Monkey.
  • Trad.: Spencer the Rover. Copper Family (Bob and Ron). Seeger: Where have all the flowers gone? Pete Seeger. Reynolds: Little Boxes. Malvina Reynolds.

  • 5th February

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  • Howells: Three Dances for Violin and Orchestra, Op.7. Lydia Mordkovitch, vln., London SO/Richard Hickox.
  • Tchaikovsky: March solennelle. Slovak PO /Richard Hayman.
  • Rodrigo: Sounds of the Giralda for hp and orch. Gwyneth Wentink, hp, Asturias SO /Maximiano Valdes.
  • Copland: Cuban dance. New World Symphony /Michael Tilson Thomas.
  • Williams: Out to Sea; Shark Cage Fugue, from Jaws. Boston Pops Orch /John Williams.
  • Brescianello: Violin Concerto in e min, Op.1, No.4. Shaun Lee-Chen, baroque vln, Australian Brandenburg Orch /Paul Dyer.
  • Castillo: Rhapsody for Orch. Moscow SO /Antonio de Almeida.
  • Maclean: Vive in Deo. Sydney Chamber Choir/Paul Stanhope.
  • Durufle: Sicilienne, from Suite for Organ, Op.5. Anthony Halliday, org.
  • Ravel: String Quartet in F. Flinders Quartet.
  • Faure: Une Chatelaine en sa Tour, Op.110. Frances Kelly, harp.

  • 29th January

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  • Potter: Overture to a kitchen comedy. National SO of Ireland /Robert Houlihan.
  • Trad., Irish: The brown thorn; The leprechaun; Dobbin's flowery vale; The next market day; The dear Irish boy. Alison Pearce, sop, Susan Drake, hp.
  • Britten: Choral dances from "Gloriana". Polyphony /Stephen Layton.
  • Finzi: Shakespeare songs - Let us garlands bring; Come away, death; Who is Silvia Fear no more the heat of the sun; O Mistreass mine; It was a lover and his lass. Blake Fischer, bar, Claire Cooper, pno.
  • Debussy (arr. Leopold): La Cathedrale Engloutie - The Submerged Cathedral. Berlin Philharmonic Cellists/Simon Halsey.
  • Dufay: Two tunes for harp, played on Gothic Harp. Frances Kelly, harp.
  • Satie: Caress; Avant-derniers pensees. Michel Legrand, pno.
  • Roldan: Ritmica V. New World Symphony /Michael Tilson Thomas.
  • Maclean: os anthos chortou. Sydney Chamber Choir/Paul Stanhope.
  • Mendelssohn: Organ Sonata No.6 in D minor, Op. 65/6: finale. Brendan Lukin, org.
  • Marais: Chaconne in G. Ton Koopman, hpschd., Jordi Savall, bass viol, Hopkinson Smith, lute, Christophe Coin, bass viol.
  • Bach: Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV559. Brendan Lukin, org.
  • Williams: Waltz Air No.25, Op.127. Valentin Surif, pno.
  • Durufle: Suite for Organ, Op.5. Anthony Halliday, org.
  • Joplin: Fig leaf - a high-class rag. Alexander Peskanov, pno.
  • Traditional (arr. White): Waltzing Matilda. Marimba Belles.

  • 22nd January

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  • Intro
  • Mendelssohn: The Hebrides, Fingal's Cave, Op.26, Overture. Melbourne SO/Jeffrey Tate.
  • Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G, BWV1049. English Concert/Trevor Pinnock.
  • Verdi: Sicilian Vespers: Overture. National SO of Ireland/Rico Saccani. (NB Quiet Start)
  • Sculthorpe: Take, O Take. David Miller, pno., Michael Halliwell, bar.
  • Sculthorpe: O Mistress Mine. David Miller, pno., Michael Halliwell, bar.
  • Sculthorpe: Sigh No More Ladies. David Miller, pno., Michael Halliwell, bar.
  • Kodaly: Variations on a Hungarian Folksong (The Peacock). London PO/Sir Georg Solti.
  • Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Minnesota Orch/Edo de Waart.
  • La Rocca: Tiger Rag. Art Tatum, pno.
  • Saint-Saens: Havanaise in E, Op.83. Janine Jansen, vln., Royal PO/Barry Wordsworth.
  • Bruckner: Motet: Locus iste. Collegium Vocale Cologne, La Chapelle Royale/Philippe Herreweghe.
  • Khachaturian: Spartacus - Adagio & Phrygia. West Australian SO/David Measham.

  • 15th January

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  • intro
  • Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z629: excerpts. Orch of the Antipodes/Antony Walker.
  • Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z629, Act III, excerpts. Orch of the Antipodes/Antony Walker.
  • Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z629: excerpts. Orch of the Antipodes/Antony Walker.
  • Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z629: First Music. Orch of the Antipodes/Antony Walker.
  • Haydn: Symphony No.100 in G, Hob.I:100 - Military. Orch of St Luke's/Sir Charles Mackerras.
  • Edwards: Etymalong. Lisa Moore, pno.
  • Byrd: Come Woeful Orpheus. The Song Company.
  • Mussorgsky (arr. Rimsky-Korsakov): Khovanshchina: Dance of the Persian Slaves. Minneapolis SO/Antal Dorati.
  • Ades: January Writ. Christopher Bowers-Broadbent, org, Polyphony/Stephen Layton.
  • Anderson: The Typewriter. Melbourne SO/Paul Mann.
  • Rossini: Barber of Seville - Dunque io son. Maria Callas, sop., Tito Gobbi, bar., Philharmonia Orch/Alceo Galliera.
  • Puccini: Madam Butterfly: Vogliatemi bene. Nicolai Gedda, ten., Maria Callas, sop., La Scala Orch, Milan/Herbert von Karajan.
  • Grieg: Holberg Suite, Op.40. Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Sir Neville Marriner.
  • Sibelius: Swan of Tuonela, Op.22/2. Melbourne SO/Sir Bernard Heinze.
  • Munro: Lucy Sleeps. David Pereira, vlc., Timothy Young, pno.

  • 8th January

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  • Grieg: Lyric Suite, Op.54. Gothenburg SO/Neeme Jarvi.
  • Ravel: La valse. Yuja Wang, pno.
  • Bantock: Pagan poem. Kenneth Smith, fte., Paul Rhodes, pno.
  • Villa Lobos: String Quartet No.6. Cuarteto Latinoamericano.
  • Debussy: Sonata for cello and piano. Zoe Knighton, vc, Amir Faris, pno.
  • Thibaut IV of Champagne, Arr Cantigas: De bone amour, from Court of Eleanor of Aquitaine; Turkish, Arr Cantigas: Melody II from Court of Saladin, Sultan of Egypt. Cantigas.
  • Bales: Petite Suite. Gordon Atkinson, org.
  • Jones: Immortal Lullaby; Romance. Christine Stevenson, pno., Drew Balch, vla, Thomas Hewitt Jones, vlc.
  • Williams: Poem of the ravine, Op.79. Valentin Surf, pno.

  • 1st January

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  • Coates: Footlights. London PO/Barry Wordsworth.
  • Traditional (arr. Elms): Coventry Carol. Mark Wilde, ten., Stuart Nicholson, org., Royal PO, Joyful Company of Singers/Stephen Bell.
  • Stopford: Sans Day Carol. Truro Cathedral Choir /Christopher Gray.
  • Shaker tune, Carter: Lord of the dance. Choir of St Patrick's Cathedral /Stuart Nicholson.
  • Williams: Poetic Pieces, Op.17. Valentin Surif, pno.
  • Alfonso X, Arr Cantigas. Virgen Madre gloriosa; En todo nos faz mercee. Cantigas.
  • Ibert: Concertino for alto sax. John Harle, sax, ASMF /Neville Marriner.
  • Joplin: Country Club Rag; The strenuous life. Alexander Peskanov, pno.
  • Brahms: Variations on a theme by Paganini, Op.35. Yuja Wang, pno.
  • Fasch, Arr Chiesa: Guitar Concerto in d min. Slava Grigorian, gtr, TSO /Benjamin Northey.
  • Brophy: charM. Marshall McGuire, hp, Patricia Pollett, vla, Geoffrey Collins, fte.

  • 25th December

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  • Charpentier: In nativitatem, H414. Aradia Ensemble/Kevin Mallon.
  • Vivaldi: Cello sonata in A minor, RV44. Christophe Coin, vlc., Christopher Hogwood, org.
  • Holst: Christmas Day. Quodlibet Singers, Queensland PO/Ralph Morton.
  • Pachelbel (arr. Seiffert): Canon and Gigue in D. Berlin PO/Herbert von Karajan.
  • Britten: Canticle IV - Journey of the Magi, Op.86. James Bowman, alto., Benjamin Britten, pno., John Shirley-Quirk, bar., Peter Pears, ten.
  • Bruch: Romance for Viola and Orchestra in F, Op.85. Janine Jansen, vla., Gewandhaus Orch/Riccardo Chailly.
  • Schnittke: Stille Nacht. Roman Mints, vln., Evgenia Chudinovich, pno.
  • Mozart: Three German Dances, K605. Vienna Mozart Ensemble/Willi Boskovsky.
  • Korngold: Die tote Stadt: Mein Sehnen mein Wahnen. Matthias Goerne, bass, Swedish RSO/Manfred Honeck.
  • Schubert: The Starry Nights, D670. Matthias Goerne, bass, Eric Schneider, pno.
  • Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a, excerpts. Martha Argerich, pno., Nicolas Economou, pno.
  • Sullivan: The Pirates of Penzance Overture. D'Oyly Carte Opera Orch/John Pryce-Jones.
  • Sullivan: The Gondoliers Overture. D'Oyly Carte Opera Orch/John Pryce-Jones.
  • Poulenc: Videntes stellam. New College Choir, Oxford/Edward Higginbottom.
  • Anonymous (arr. Willcocks): Sussex Carol. King's College Choir Cambridge/Sir David Willcocks.

  • 18th December

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  • Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.6 in B flat, BWV1051. Orch Mozart/Claudio Abbado.
  • Mendelssohn: Fantasia in F Sharp minor, Op.28. Nikolai Demidenko, pno.
  • Puccini: Turandot: Gira la cote. Luciano Pavarotti, ten., Monserrat Caballe, sop., London PO, John Alldis Choir, Wandsworth Boys' Choir/Zubin Mehta.
  • Rossini: Semiramide: Ebben…a te ferisci. Dame Joan Sutherland, sop., Marilyn Horne, m-sop., London SO/Richard Bonynge.
  • Albinoni: Violin Concerto in F, Op.9/10. Piero Toso, vln., I Solisti Veneti/Claudio Scimone.
  • Bernstein: Bernstein on Broadway. Boston Pops/John Williams.
  • Strauss Jnr: Tales from the Vienna Woods, Op.325. Berlin PO/Herbert von Karajan.
  • Allworth: Autumn Sketches. Fame Sydney Internat.Mandolin Fest.Orch./Adrian Hooper.
  • Schubert: Der Winterabend, D938. Elisabeth Leonskaja, pno., Matthias Goerne, bass.
  • Schubert: Lied eines Schiffers an die Dioskuren, D.360. Elisabeth Leonskaja, pno., Matthias Goerne, bass.
  • Coates: London Again Suite. Unnamed Orch/Eric Coates.
  • Munro: Lucy Sleeps. David Pereira, vlc., Timothy Young, pno.
  • Reger: Maria Wiegenlied, Op.76/52. Renee Fleming, sop., Royal PO/Andreas Delfs.