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A masterful exploration of the rich world of chamber music and song, in its many diverse forms, from the 18th century to the present day.

Christopher Ellis has had a long association with MBS stations. During his demanding working life as a teacher and Principal of independent schools in Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide, he was an involved listener. On retiring, he was delighted to be able to spend more time in a community of people who share his interest in music and broadcasting. He became a programmer and presenter, first at 5MBS Adelaide, where he presented a variety of general and specialist programs, and then here at 3MBS, where...learn more


14th May

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  • Beethoven: Cello Sonata No.3 in A, Op.69. Martha Argerich, pno., Mischa Maisky, vlc.
  • Schubert: By the Brook in Springtime, D361. Elly Ameling, sop., Rudolf Jansen, pno.
  • Elgar: String Quartet in E Minor, Op.83. Chilingirian Quartet.
  • Butterworth: Bredon Hill and other songs. Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone, Malcolm Martineau, pno.
  • Holst: Wind Quintet in A Flat, Op.14, H67. Elysian Wind Quintet.
  • Stanhope: PhoSpherics. Margery Smith, sax., Elektra String Quartet.
  • Stanhope: Songs of innocence and joy. Gondwana Voices, Ensemble/Lyn Williams.

  • 7th May

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  • Haydn: String Quartet in G minor, Hob.III:74, Op.74/3, Rider. Salomon Quartet.
  • Brahms: Violin sonata No.3 in D minor, Op.108. Anne-Sophie Mutter, vln., Lambert Orkis, pno.
  • Grainger: Scandinavian Suite. David Pereira, vlc., Timothy Young, pno.
  • Grainger: The Secret of the Sea. Stephen Varcoe, bar., Penelope Thwaites, pno.
  • Grainger: Sailor's Chanty. Stephen Varcoe, bar., Penelope Thwaites, pno.
  • Grainger: Shallow Brown. Stephen Varcoe, bar., Penelope Thwaites, pno.
  • Wiren: Piano Trio No.2, Op.36. Stockholm Arts Trio.
  • Rochberg: To the Dark Wood. Canberra Wind Soloists.

  • 30th April

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  • Vanhal: Flute quartet in B flat, Op.7/2. Uwe Grodd, fte., Janaki String Trio.
  • Dvorak: String Quartet No.10 in E flat, Op.51, B.92. Australian String Quartet.
  • Dvorak: In Folk Tone, Op.73. Roger Vignoles, pno., Bernarda Fink, m-sop.
  • Shostakovich: Piano Trio No.1 in C minor, Op 8. Vienna Piano Trio.
  • Piston: Three Pieces for Flute, Clarinet & Bassoon. George Dreyfus, bsn., Diane Ridell, fte., Marla Swift, cl.
  • Grandage: Black Dogs. Slava Grigoryan, gtr., Australian String Quartet.
  • Grandage: Three Australian Bush Songs. Nicholas Buc, pno., Concordis/Andrew Hunter.

  • 23rd April

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  • Wolf-Ferrari: Piano Quintet in D flat, Op.6. Ex Novo Ensemble.
  • R Strauss: Madchenblumen, Op.22. Barbara Hendricks, sop., Wolfgang Sawallisch, pno.
  • Kelly: Sonata in G, "The Gallipoli Sonata". Christopher Latham, vln., Caroline Almonte, pno.
  • Prokofiev: Overture on Jewish Themes, Op.34. James Campbell, cl., Eleonora Turovsky, vln., Rivka Golani, vla., Borodin Trio.
  • Bartok: String Quartet No.4, Sz.91. Takacs Quartet.

  • 16th April

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  • Beethoven: Cello Sonata No.5 in D, Op.102/2. Zoe Knighton, cello Amir Farid, piano
  • Schubert: Schwanengesang, D.957: Excerpts. Liebesbotschaft Kriegers Ahnung, Fruhlingssehnsucht Peter Schreier, ten. Andras Schiff, piano
  • Schmidt: Piano Quintet in G. Yo-Yo Ma, vlc., Leon Fleisher, pno., Michael Tree, vla., Joseph Silverstein, vln., Joel Smirnoff, vln.
  • Hovhaness: String Quartet No. 3, Op. 208/1 -Reflections on my Childhood. Shanghai String Quartet.
  • Hindemith: Kleine Kammermusik, Op.24/2. Bergen Wind Quintet.
  • Kats-Chernin: Where do the cats sleep?. The Song Company.

  • 9th April

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  • Bach CPE: Quartet in G, Wq.95. Anthony Pleeth, vlc., Nicholas McGegan, fte., Catherine Mackintosh, vla., Christopher Hogwood, fortepiano.
  • Bach CPE: Pruefung am Abend, Wq.194/7. Joerg Demus, fortepiano., Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar.
  • Bach CPE: Wider den Ubermut, Wq.194/49. Joerg Demus, fortepiano., Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar.
  • Beethoven: Violin Sonata in A, Op.30/1. Itzhak Perlman, vln., Vladimir Ashkenazy, pno.
  • Beach: Piano Trio in A minor, Op.150. Trio Anima Mundi.
  • Beach: Three Shakespeare Songs, Op.37. Emma Kirkby, sop., James Lisney, pno.
  • Ravel (arr. Salzedo): Sonatine - Flute, Cello & Harp. Netherlands Harp Ensemble.
  • Hill: String Quartet No.14 in B Minor. Dominion Quartet.

  • 2nd April

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  • Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp. Jean-Pierre Rampal, fte., Lily Laskine, harp, Pierre Pasquier, vla.
  • Faure: La Bonne Chanson Op.61. Ian Bostridge, ten., Julius Drake, pno., Leon Bosch, db., Belcea Quartet.
  • Grechaninov: Piano Trio No.2 in G, Op.128. Daniela Ruso, pno., Viktor Simcisko, vln., Juraj Alexander, vlc.
  • Shostakovich: String Quartet No.15 in E Flat minor, Op.144. Brodsky Quartet.
  • Kats-Chernin: Purple Prelude. Sydney Alpha Ensemble/David Stanhope.

  • 26th March

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  • Mozart: String Quartet No.21 in D, K575 - Prussian. Salomon Quartet.
  • Beethoven: Six Sacred Songs, Op.48. James Levine, pno., Jessye Norman, sop.
  • Schumann: Piano Trio No.3 in G minor, Op.110. Borodin Trio.
  • Stanford: Fantasy No.1 in G minor for clarinet and string quartet. Alice Neary, vlc., Robert Plane, cl., Lucy Gould, vln., Mia Cooper, vln., David Adams, vla.
  • Sutherland: The Orange Tree. Perihelion.
  • Yu: Trio for violin, cello & piano, Op.26a. Trio Melbourne.