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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


19th February

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  • Bach CPE: Trio Sonata in B flat, Wq.161/2. Ensemble of the Classic Era.
  • Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata in A minor, D.821. Mstislav Rostropovich, vlc., Benjamin Britten, pno.
  • Carl Loewe Der selt'ne Beter, Op.141 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone Hartmut Holl, piano
  • Brahms: String Quartet No.2 in A minor, Op.51/2. Emerson String Quartet.
  • Greenbaum: Falling by Degrees. NZTrio.

  • 12th February

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  • Bach: Violin Sonata in A, BWV1015. Davitt Moroney, hpschd., John Holloway, vln., Susan Sheppard, vlc.
  • Bach: Recitative & aria from BWV202, Wedding Cantata. Emma Kirkby, sop., Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott.
  • Haydn: Piano Trio in E flat, Hob.XV:29. Anner Bylsma, vlc., Robert Levin, fortepiano, Vera Beths, vln.
  • Schubert: Forget-me-not, D792. Dame Felicity Lott, sop., Graham Johnson, pno.
  • Beethoven: String Quartet No.10 in E flat, Op.74, 'Harp'. Goldner String Quartet.
  • Liszt: Grand Duo Consolation, S128. Chris Nicholls, vln., Jonathan Ayerst, pno.
  • Liszt: Mignon's song ''Kennst du das Land'', S275. Brigitte Fassbaender, mezzo-sop., Jean-Yves Thibaudet, pno.
  • Kats-Chernin: Re-invention No.3 (based on Invention No.13 in A minor by J.S.Bach). Genevieve Lacey, rec., Flinders Quartet.
  • Kats-Chernin: Re-invention No.6 (based on Invention No.10 in G by J.S.Bach). Genevieve Lacey, rec., Flinders Quartet.

  • 5th February

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  • Beethoven: Violin Sonata in C minor, Op.30/2. Gidon Kremer, vln., Martha Argerich, pno.
  • Dietrich: Piano Trio No,1 in C, Op.9. Trio Anima Mundi.
  • Wolf: Harfenspieler I,II & III. Maciej Pikulski, pno., Jose Van Dam, bass-baritone.
  • Hill: String Quartet No.15 in A minor. Dominion Quartet.
  • Hindemith: Septet for wind. Balazs Nemes, tpt., Andres Langenbuch, cl., Hindemith Quintet.

  • 29th January

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  • Weber: Introduction, theme & variations for clarinet & string quartet, Op.posth.. Guy Dangain, cl., Serge Hurel, vln., Paris String Trio.
  • Weber: A Discouraging Lover. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar., Karl Engel, pno., Aurele Nicholet, fte.
  • Weber: An Encouraging Lover. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar., Karl Engel, pno., Aurele Nicholet, fte.
  • Weber: Wondering. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar., Karl Engel, pno., Aurele Nicholet, fte.
  • Cilea: Piano trio in D (1886). Trio Scaligero.
  • Brahms (arr. Boustead): Serenade No.1 in D, Op.11. Minerva Chamber Ensemble/Kevin Geraldi.
  • Carmichael: Aria and Finale for Soprano Saxophone and Piano. Kyle Horch, sax., Pamela Lidiard, pno.
  • Sculthorpe: String Quartet No.11, Jabiru Dreaming. Goldner String Quartet.

  • 22nd January

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  • Lalo: Piano Trio No.1 in C minor, Op.7. Trio Henry.
  • Farrenc: Nonetto in E flat, Op.38. Minerva Chamber Ensemble/Kevin Geraldi.
  • Debussy: Ariettes oubliees. Suzanne Danco, sop., Guido Agostini, pno.
  • Myaskovsky: String Quartet No.13 in A minor, Op.86. Borodin String Quartet.
  • Broadstock: All That Is Solid Melts Into Air. Megan Kenny, fte., Grania Burke, bass clarinet, Bruce Petherick, pno.

  • 15th January

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  • Purcell: Sonata No.14 in E flat, Z803. Purcell Quartet.
  • Purcell: Ah, how sweet it is to love, Z613/2. Dawn Upshaw, sop., Myron Lutzke, vlc., Arthur Haas, harpsicord.
  • Locatelli: Sonata in E flat, Op.8/6. Locatelli Trio.
  • Handel: Sonata for flute, bassoon, cello & basso continuo in B minor. Cologne Camerata.
  • Handel: Duetto VIII: A mirarvi io son intento. Rossana Bertini, sop., Claudio Cavina, alto., La Venexiana/Claudio Cavina.
  • Leclair: Premiere Recreation de Musique, Op.6. Arcadia.
  • Pierre Gabriel Buffardin Concerto for transverse flute and strings in E minor Kate Clark, flute Ensemble Battistin
  • Bach: Sonata in G minor, BWV1029. Daniel Yeadon, viola da gamba, Neal Peres da Costa, hpschd.

  • 8th January

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  • Haydn: Baryton Trio in G, Hob.XI:80. Rincontro.
  • Beethoven: Sextet in E flat, Op.81b. Gerd Seifert, horn, Manfred Klier, horn, Drolc Quartet.
  • Korngold: Suite for 2 Violins, Cello & Piano Left Hand, Op.23. Yo-Yo Ma, vlc., Leon Fleisher, pno., Jaime Laredo, vln., Joseph Silverstein, vln.
  • Mahler: Hans Und Grete. Geoffrey Parsons, pno., Dame Janet Baker, m-sop.
  • Mahler: Serenade. Geoffrey Parsons, pno., Dame Janet Baker, m-sop.
  • Mahler: Nicht Wiedersehen. Geoffrey Parsons, pno., Dame Janet Baker, m-sop.
  • Mahler: Erinnerung. Geoffrey Parsons, pno., Dame Janet Baker, m-sop.
  • Schmidt: Quintet for Clarinet and Piano Quartet No.1 in B Flat. Aladar Janoska, cl., Frantisek Torok, vln., Alexander Lakatos, vla., Jan Slavik, vlc., Daniela Ruso, pno.

  • 1st January

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  • Hill: String Quartet No.1 in B flat, Maori. Dominion Quartet.
  • Turina: Piano trio No.1 in D, Op.35. Nash Ensemble.
  • Respighi: Wind Quintet in G Minor. Quintetto a Fiato Del '900.
  • Wagner R: Wesendonck Lieder, Op.91. Jessye Norman, sop., Irwin Gage, pno.
  • Beach: Piano Quintet In F sharp, Op.67. Martin Roscoe, pno., Endellion String Quartet.

  • 25th December

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  • Monteverdi: Laudate Dominum. Sara Macliver, sop., Australian Brandenburg Orch/Paul Dyer.
  • Charpentier: French Christmas Carols arranged for instruments. Boston Camerata/Joel Cohen.
  • Bach: Violin Sonata in G, BWV1019. Richard Tognetti, vln., Daniel Yeadon, vlc., Neal Peres da Costa, hpschd.
  • Haydn (arr. Gambaro): Clarinet Quartet No. 1 in B flat. Kwartet Andre.
  • Beethoven: String Trio in G, Op.9/1. Mstislav Rostropovich, vlc., Anne-Sophie Mutter, vln., Bruno Giuranna, vla.
  • Holst: Quintet in A Minor, Op.3. Anthony Goldstone, pno., Elysian Wind Quintet.
  • Edwards: Five Carols from Quem Quaeritis. Anne Cooke, sop., Kerith Fowles, alto, Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir/Antony Walker.