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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


16th July

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  • Reicha: Eighteen Variations and a Fantasia on a Theme of Mozart in G, Op.51. Mstislav Rostropovich, vlc., Jean-Pierre Rampal, fte., Isaac Stern, vln.
  • Louise Farrenc: Trio in E flat Op.44 for clarinet, cello and piano Angleo de Angelis, clarinet Andrea Bergamelli, cello Linda di Carlo, piano
  • Hummel: String Quartet in E flat major, Op.30/3. Delme Quartet.
  • Schubert: Five Lieder, Op.59. Ulrich Eisenlohr, pno., Julia Borchert, sop.
  • Schumann: Fantasy Piece in A minor, Op.88. Borodin Trio.

  • 9th July

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  • Haydn: Piano Trio in E flat, Hob.XV:30. Anner Bylsma, vlc., Robert Levin, fortepiano, Vera Beths, vln.
  • Beethoven: String Quartet No. 6 in B flat, Op.18/6. Goldner String Quartet.
  • Schubert: An den Mond in einer Herbstnacht, D614. Dietrich Henschel, bar., Michael Schafer, pno.
  • Bruch: Eight pieces, Op.83. Amici Ensemble.
  • Holland: Violin sonata. Asmira Woodward-Page, vln., Scott Davie, pno.

  • 2nd July

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  • Mendelssohn: Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op.1. Domus. Krysia Osotowicz violin
  • Fuchs: Cello Sonata No.1 in D Minor, Op.29. Daniel Blumenthal, pno., Mark Drobinsky, vlc.
  • Coleridge-Taylor: Ballade in D minor, Op.4. Virginia Eskin, pno., Michael Ludwig, vln.
  • Wolf: Four Morike Lieder. Auf ein altes Bild, Im Fruhling, Elfenlied, Verborgenheit Elly Ameling, sop., Rudolf Jansen, pno.
  • Dvorak: Piano Quartet No.2 in E Flat, Op.87, B162. Rudolf Firkusny, pno., Juilliard String Quartet.
  • Hill: String Quartet No.17 in C. Dominion Quartet.
  • Hyde: Clarinet Sonata in F minor. David Bollard, pno., Nigel Westlake, cl.

  • 25th June

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  • Vivaldi: Sonata for oboe, violin, organ and chalumeau in C, RV779. Paul Goodwin, oboe, John Holloway, vln., Colin Lawson, chalumeau, John Toll, org.
  • Telemann: Paris Quartet in D. Elysium Ensemble.
  • CPE Bach: Violin Sonata in B flat, VW77 Jacqueline Ross, violin, David Ponsford, harpsichord, Richard Boothby, viola da gamba
  • Bach CPE: Morgengesang, Wq.194/15. Joerg Demus, pno., Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar.
  • Bach CPE: Passionslied, Wq.194/14. Joerg Demus, pno., Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar.
  • Boccherini: Piano Quintet in E minor, Op.57/3. Les Adieux.
  • Mendelssohn: String Quartet No.5 in E Flat, Op.44/3. Coull String Quartet.

  • 18th June

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  • Haydn: String Quartet in E Flat, Hob.III:80, Op.76/6. Wilma Smith, vln., Catherine Young, vln., Zoe Wallace, vlc., Su Ying Aw, vla.
  • Goetz: Piano Quintet in C minor Op.16. Paul Marrion, db., Pro Arte Quartet.
  • Goetz: Six Songs. Olaf Baer, bar., Helmut Deutsch, pno.
  • Farrenc: Trio in E minor, Op.45 for flute, cello and piano. Opera Ensemble Carlo Enrico Macalli, flute, Andrea Bergamelli, cello, Linda de Carlo, piano
  • Chabrier: L'Invitation au Voyage. Dame Felicity Lott, sop., Graham Johnson, pno.
  • Sculthorpe: String Quartet No. 6. Australian String Quartet.

  • 11th June

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  • Stanford: Piano Trio No.3 in A, Op.158 'Per aspera ad astra'. Gould Piano Trio.
  • Quilter: Seven Elizabethan Lyrics, Op.12. Geoffrey Parsons, pno., Sir Thomas Allen, bar.
  • Jacob: Sextet in B Flat, Op.6. Anthony Goldstone, pno., Elysian Wind Quintet.
  • Tavener: Akhmatova Songs for Soprano and Cello. Steven Isserlis, vlc., Patricia Rozario, sop.
  • Maxwell Davies: Trumpet Sonata. Roland Pontinen, pno., Hakan Hardenberger, tpt.
  • Britten: String Quartet No.3, Op.94. Amadeus Quartet.

  • 4th June

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  • Mozart: Piano Trio in G, K.496. Maria Joao Pires, pno., Augustin Dumay, vln., Jian Wang, vlc.
  • Spohr: Six German Lieder, Op.103. Helen Donath, sop., Dieter Klocker, cl., Klaus Donath, pno.
  • Brahms: Cello Sonata No.2 in F, Op.99. Mstislav Rostropovich, vlc., Rudolf Serkin, pno.
  • Sculthorpe: String Quartet No.15. Goldner String Quartet.
  • Sculthorpe: 11.59pm (Nocturnal). Robert Chamberlain, pno., Dean Frenkel, voc.

  • 28th May

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  • Bach CPE: Quartet in A minor, Wq.93. Anthony Pleeth, vlc., Nicholas McGegan, fte., Catherine Mackintosh, vla., Christopher Hogwood, fortepiano.
  • Mozart: Serenade No.11 in E Flat, K.375. CO Of Europe Winds/Alexander Schneider.
  • Mendelssohn: String Quintet No.1 in A, Op.18. Danilo Rossi, vla., Fine Arts Quartet.
  • Beethoven: T'intendo si, mio cor, Op.82, No.2 Anne Sofie von Otter, m-sop. Melvyn Tan, fortepiano
  • Beethoven: Als die Geliebte sich trennen wollte, WoO 132 Anne Sofie von Otter, m-sop. Melvyn Tan, fortepiano,
  • Beethoven: Seufzer eines Ungeliebten - Gegenliebe, WoO 118 Anne Sofie von Otter, m-sop. Melvyn Tan, fortepiano,
  • Hill: String Quartet No.4 in C minor. Dominion Quartet.