The focus each week is on a single musician (composer, conductor or performer) or ensemble (orchestra, chamber group or choir), giving a broad overview of the oeuvre or repertoire of this Great Maker of Fine Music.

Bill Watts


15th January

Show Playlist
  • Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich: 1812 Overture, Op.49. Melbourne SO/Jose Serebrier.
  • Liszt, Franz: Fantasia on Hungarian Folk Themes, S123. Isador Goodman, pno. Melbourne SO/Patrick Thomas.
  • Williams, Spencer: Basin Street Blues. James Morrison, tpt. Melbourne SO/Benjamin Northey.
  • Grainger, Percy: Shepherd's Hey; Molly on the Shore; Melbourne SO/John Hopkins.
  • Sutherland, Margaret: Haunted Hills. Melbourne SO/Patrick Thomas.
  • Delibes, Leo: Lakme: Flower Duet. Glenys Fowles, sop., Heather Begg, m-sop. Melbourne SO/Richard Bonynge.
  • Grieg, Edvard: Peer Gynt: Solveig's Song. Yvonne Kenny, sop. Melbourne SO/Vladimir Kamirski.
  • Edwards, Ross: Oboe Concerto, Bird Spirit Dreaming. Alexandre Oguey, cor ang., Diana Doherty, oboe Melbourne SO/Arvo Volmer.
  • Monti, Vittorio (arr. Mendez, Rafael): Czardas. Geoffrey Payne, tpt. Melbourne SO/Jean-Louis Forestier.
  • Kats-Chernin, Elena: Golden Kitsch - Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra. Claire Edwardes, perc. Melbourne SO/Benjamin Northey.
  • Traditional (arr. Tovey, Bramwell): Personent Hodie. Melbourne SO, Melbourne SO Chorus/Bramwell Tovey.

  • 8th January

    Show Playlist
  • Lehar, Franz: Concertino for violin and orchestra in B flat minor. Latica Honda-Rosenberg, vln. Hanover Radio PO/Klauspeter Seibel.
  • Franz Lehar: Vergissmeinnicht, Concert Polka; Robt. McDuffie vln; Cincinatti Pops; Erich Kunzel
  • Lehar, Franz: Gold and Silver Waltz, Op.79. Vienna PO/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Franz Lehar; Hungarian Fantasy; Robt.McDuffie vln.; Cincinatti Pops; Erich Kunzel
  • Lehar, Franz: The Merry Widow, highlights. Dennis Dowling, bar., June Bronhill, sop., Marion Lowe, sop., Thomas Round, ten., William McAlpine, ten. Sadlers' Wells Chorus, Sadlers' Wells Orch/William Reid.
  • Lehar, Franz: Count of Luxembourg: Dear friend, does fortune smile on you?. Renata Holm, sop., Werner Krenn, ten. Vienna Folk Opera Orch/Anton Paulik.
  • Franz Lehar;Serenade from 'Frasquita'; Richard Tauber;Parlophone RO
  • Lehar, Franz (arr. Gamley, Douglas): Paganini - Love live forever. Dame Joan Sutherland, sop. Ambrosian Opera Chorus, New Philharmonia Orch/Richard Bonynge.
  • Lehar, Franz: Paganini: Girls Were Made To Love and Kiss Land of Smiles: You Are My Heart's Delight Donald Smith, ten. Adelaide SO/John Lanchbery.
  • Lehar, Franz: Friederike::Oh maiden, my maiden. Giuditta: Du Bist Meien Sonne Richard Tauber, ten. Members of Staatskapelle Berlin/Ernst Hauke; Viennas PO/Franz Lehar
  • Lehar, Franz: Suite de Danse. Berlin RSO/Michail Jurowski.
  • Lehar, Franz (arr. Gamley, Douglas):Eva: War'es auch nichts als ein Traum vom Gluck. Dame Joan Sutherland, sop. Ambrosian Opera Chorus, New Philharmonia Orch/Richard Bonynge.

  • 1st January

    Show Playlist
  • Suppe, Franz von: Overture, Fatinitza. London PO/Sir Adrian Boult.
  • Strauss Jnr: Niko polka, Op.228. Slovak RSO/Michael Dittrich.
  • Strauss E: Greeting Waltz on English Airs. London SO/John Georgiadis.
  • Strauss Josef: Without a Care, quick Polka, Op.271. Johann Strauss Ensemble/Russell McGregor.
  • Strauss Jnr: Fledermaus quadrille, Op.363. Vienna PO/Willi Boskovsky.
  • Komzak, Karl (Sen.): Storm Galop, Op.156. London Salon Ensemble .
  • Lanner, Joseph: Die Schonbrunner, waltz Op.200. Vienna PO/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Strauss Jnr: Graduation Ball. Vienna PO/Willi Boskovsky.
  • Strauss Jnr: Emperor Waltz, Op.437. Vienna PO/Willi Boskovsky.
  • Strauss Jnr: In the Krapfenwalk'l Polka, Op.336. CSSR State PO/Richard Edlinger.
  • Strauss Josef: Fireproof polka, Op.269. Vienna PO/Willi Boskovsky.
  • Strauss Jnr: Blue Danube Waltz, Op.314. Vienna PO/Mariss Jansons.
  • Strauss Snr: Radetzky March, Op.228. Berlin PO/Herbert von Karajan.

  • 25th December

    Show Playlist
  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466. John O'Conor, pno. Scottish CO/Sir Charles Mackerras.
  • Berlin, Irving (arr. Rathbone, Jonathan): White Christmas. Brandenburg Choir/Paul Dyer.
  • Handel, George Frederic: Zadok the Priest, HWV258. Sydney Philharmonia Choir, Sydney Philharmonia Orch/Antony Walker.
  • Brahms, Johannes: String Quartet No.1 in C minor, Op.51/1. Quartetto Italiano .
  • Traditional (arr. Gamley, Douglas): The twelve days of Christmas. Dame Joan Sutherland, sop. Ambrosian Singers, New Philharmonia Orch/Richard Bonynge.
  • Elgar, Sir Edward: Pomp and Circumstance March in D, Op.39/1. Sydney SO/Edo de Waart.
  • Glass, Philip: Mad Rush. Philip Glass, pno.
  • Bach, Johann Sebastian: Brandenburg Concerto No.6 in B flat, BWV1051. Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Sir Neville Marriner.

  • 18th December

    Show Playlist
  • Rimsky-Korsakov; Wynton Marsalis; Eastman Wind Ensemble; Donald Hunsberger
  • Hummel, Johann: Trumpet Concerto in E. Wynton Marsalis, tpt. English CO/Raymond Leppard.
  • Handel, George Frederic: Samson: Let the Bright Seraphim. Kathleen Battle, sop., Wynton Marsalis, tpt. Orch of St Luke's/John Nelson.
  • Jules Levy; Wynton Marsalis (cornet); Eastman Wind Ensemble; Donald Hunsberger
  • Yon, Bernard, Handel; K.Battle; F.von Stade; American Boychoir; W.Marsalis; Orch. of St.Lukes; Andre Previn
  • Anbdre Jolivet: Concerto No. 2 for trumpet; Wynton Marsalis; Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
  • Bach, Johann Sebastian: Cantata BWV 51, Praise God throughout creation: Opening Aria. Kathleen Battle, sop., Wynton Marsalis, tpt. Orch of St Luke's/John Nelson.
  • Bach, Johann Sebastian: Cantata BWV 51, Praise God throughout creation: Chorale "Praise, Glory and Honour Be". Eriko Sato, vln., Kathleen Battle, sop., Krista Bennion Feeney, vln., Wynton Marsalis, tpt. Orch of St Luke's/John Nelson.
  • J.S.Bach; Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major; W.Marsalis,; Cho-Liang Lin, Wm.Bennett, Neal Black, Ian Watson, Chas.Tunnell; English Chamber Orch.; Anthony Newman
  • Rene, Leon: When It's Sleepy Time Down South. Herlin Riley, drums, Marcus Roberts, pno., Reginald Veal, bass, Wynton Marsalis, tpt.
  • Duke, Vernon: I Can't Get Started. Alvin Batiste, cl., Herb Harris, sax., Herlin Riley, drums, Joe Temperley, sax., Marcus Roberts, pno., Reginald Veal, bass, Shirley Horn, voc., Todd Williams, cl., Todd Williams, sax., Wessell Anderson, sax., Wycliffe Gordon, tbn., Wynton Marsalis, tpt.
  • Lecuona, Ernesto: Malaguena - from Andalucia. J J Johnson, tbn., Wynton Marsalis, tpt. Robert Farnon Orch .
  • Fasch, Johann Friedrich: Concerto for trumpet, two oboes and continuo in D. Wynton Marsalis, tpt. English CO/Raymond Leppard.
  • Herman Bellstedt; Napoli-Variations on a Neapolitan Song;' W.Marsalis (cornet); Eastman Wind Ensemble Donald Hunsberger

  • 11th December

    Show Playlist
  • Offenbach, Jacques (arr. Dorati, Antal):La Vie Parisienne: Overture on Themes. Sydney SO/Patrick Thomas.
  • Offenbach, Jacques: Cello Duet in G minor, Op. 54/1. Etienne Peclard, vlc., Roland Pidoux, vlc.
  • Offenbach, Jacques (arr. Bonynge, Richard): Le Papillon. English Concert Orch/Richard Bonynge.
  • Offenbach, Jacques: Un mari a la port: Valse tyrolienne. Sumi Jo, sop. English CO/Richard Bonynge.
  • Offenbach, Jacques: Genevieve de Brabant: Gendarmes' Duet. Harold Williams, bar., Malcolm McEachern, bass Unnamed Orch .
  • J.Offenbach: Orpheus in the Underworld; June Bronhill, Jon Weaving, E.Shilling, S.Steele; Sadler Wells Theatre Company Orchestra & Chorus; Alexander Faris
  • J.Offenbach; La Belle Helene : Overture Cincinatti Pops; Erich Kunzel
  • Offenbach, Jacques: Tales of Hoffmann: Va pour Kleinzach. Placido Domingo, ten. Brassus Choir, Lausanne Pro Arte Choir, Swiss Romande Choir, Swiss Romande Orch/Richard Bonynge.
  • Offenbach, Jacques: Tales of Hoffmann: Les oiseaux dans la charmille. Dame Joan Sutherland, sop. Brassus Choir, Lausanne Pro Arte Choir, Swiss Romande Choir, Swiss Romande Orch/Richard Bonynge.
  • Offenbach, Jacques: Tales of Hoffmann: elle a fui, la tourterelle. Dame Joan Sutherland, sop. Swiss Romande Orch/Richard Bonynge.
  • Offenbach, Jacques: Tales of Hoffmann: Barcarolle. Dame Joan Sutherland, sop., Huguette Tourangeau, sop. Brassus Choir, Lausanne Pro Arte Choir, Swiss Romande Choir, Swiss Romande Orch/Richard Bonynge.
  • Offenbach, Jacques: Tales of Hoffmann: Epilogue. Dame Joan Sutherland, sop., Gabriel Bacquier, bar., Huguette Tourangeau, sop., Placido Domingo, ten. Swiss Romande Orch/Richard Bonynge.

  • 4th December

    Show Playlist
  • Gottschalk, Louis: Bamboula, Op.2. Eugene List, pno.
  • L.M.Gottschalk; "Union" Concert Paraphrase on National Airs; Eugene List pno; Berlin SO; Samuel Adler
  • Gottschalk, Louis: Ave Maria. Melissa Barrick, sop. Hot Springs Festival SO/Richard Rosenberg.
  • Gottschalk, Louis: La Jota Aragonesa, Caprice Espagnol, Op. 14. Alan Marks, pno., Nerine Barrett, pno.
  • Gottschalk, Louis: Symphony No.1, A Night in the Tropics. Hot Springs Festival SO/Richard Rosenberg.
  • Gottschalk, Louis: Cuban Country Scenes. Anna Noggle, sop., Darryl Taylor, ten., Richard Ziebarth, bass-baritone Hot Springs Festival SO/Richard Rosenberg.
  • L.M.Gottschalk; Grande Tarantelle; Cary Lewis pno, Eugene List pno. Vienna State Opera Orchestra; Igor Buketoff
  • Gottschalk, Louis: Ojos Criollos: Les Yeux Creoles (Dance Cubaine), Op.37. Eugene List, pno.
  • Gottschalk, Louis: Last Hope - (Religious Meditation). Alan Marks, pno.
  • L.M.Gottschalk; Symphony No.2 'A Montevideo'; Berlin SO; Samuel Adler
  • Gottschalk, Louis: Radieuse. Eugene List, pno., Joseph Werner, pno.
  • L.M.Gottschalk; Marche Solenelle; Berlin SO; Samuel Adler
  • Gottschalk, Louis: Ses Yeux. Eugene List, pno., Joseph Werner, pno.

  • 27th November

    Show Playlist
  • Revueltas, Silvestre: La noche de los Mayas: Night of Revelry. Simon Bolivar Symphony Orch of Venezuela/Gustavo Dudamel.
  • Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich: Romeo & Juliet, fantasy overture in B minor. Simon Bolivar Symphony Orch of Venezuela/Gustavo Dudamel.
  • Strauss R: Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, Op.28. Berlin PO/Gustavo Dudamel.
  • Chabuca Granda; La Flor de la Canela; Juan Diego Florez; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Gustavo Dudamel
  • Gioachino Rossini; La Gazza Ladra; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Gustavo Dudamel
  • Gaetano Donizetti; Ah, Mes amis! Quelle jour de fete; Juan Diego Florez; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Gustavo Dudamel
  • Jose Pablo Moncayo; Huapango; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Gustavo Dudamel
  • Ludwig von Beethoven; Symphony No. 9 in D minor OP.125; Mariiana Ortiz sop. J'nai Bridges m-sop; Joshus Guerrero ten; Solomon Howard bass; Simon Bolivar National Youth Chorus; Simon Bolivar SO Venezuela; Gustavo Didamel
  • James Newton Howard; Lang Lang; Disney Studio Orchestra; Gustavo Dudamel
  • Barber, Samuel: Adagio for strings, Op.11. Berlin PO/Gustavo Dudamel.