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.


22nd February

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  • Valery Polyansky
  • Cui, Cesar: A Feast in Time of Plague. Alexei Martinov, ten., Andrei Baturkin, bar., Dmitri Stepanovich, bass, Ludmila Kuznetsova, m-sop., Tatiana Sharova, sop. Russian State SO/Valery Polyansky.
  • Taneyev, Sergei: Symphony No. 1 in E minor. Russian State SO/Valery Polyansky.
  • Schnittke, Alfred: Three Sacred Hymns. Russian State SO, Russian State Symphonic Cappella/Valery Polyansky.
  • Cui, Cesar: Three Scherzos, Op.82. Russian State SO/Valery Polyansky.
  • Grechaninov, Alexander: Snowflakes, Op.47. Ludmila Kuznetsova, m-sop. Russian State SO, Russian State Symphonic Cappella/Valery Polyansky.

  • 15th February

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  • Antonio Pappano
  • Puccini, Giacomo: Messa di Gloria. Roberto Alagna, ten., Thomas Hampson, bar. London SO, London Symphony Chorus/Antonio Pappano.
  • Strauss R: Arabella: Ich danke, Fraulein. Dame Felicity Lott, sop., Natalie Dessay, sop. Royal Opera House Orch. Covent Garden/Antonio Pappano.
  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: O che il dover/Tali e cotanti sono, K36. Rolando Villazon, ten. London SO/Antonio Pappano.
  • Pergolesi, Giovanni: Questo e il piano. Marianna Pizzolato, m-sop. St Cecilia Academy Orch/Antonio Pappano.
  • Respighi, Ottorino: Il Tramonto. St Cecilia Academy Orch/Antonio Pappano.
  • Strauss R: Der Rosenkavalier, Op.59: Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren. Angelika Kirchschlager, sop., Natalie Dessay, sop. Royal Opera House Orch. Covent Garden/Antonio Pappano.

  • 8th February

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  • John Blow
  • Blow, John: The Glorious Day Is Come. Joseph Cornwell, ten., Jozic Koc, bass, Michael Chance, alto., Suzie Le Blanc, sop. Parley Of Instruments, Playford Consort/Peter Holman.
  • Blow, John: Mortlake Ground. Timothy Roberts, spinet .
  • Blow, John: O sing unto the Lord a new song. Academy of St Martin in the Fields, King's College Choir Cambridge/Sir David Willcocks.
  • Blow, John: Sonata in A. Palladian Ensemble .
  • Blow, John: Mark how the lark and linnet sing. Charles Daniels, ten., Rogers Covey-Crump, ten. Parley Of Instruments/Peter Holman.
  • Blow, John: Ground in G minor for Violin and Continuo. Theatre of the Ayre/Elizabeth Kenny.
  • Blow, John: Saviour of the World. Mervyn Byers, org. St Andrew's Cathedral Choir/Michael Deasey.
  • Blow, John (arr. Holman, Peter): Chaconne a 4 in G for 2 violins, viola, cello violone & organ. Parley Of Instruments/Roy Goodman.

  • 1st February

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  • Lucia Popp
  • Handel, George Frederic: Julius Caesar: Piangero la sorte mia. Lucia Popp, sop. English CO/Gyorgy Fischer.
  • Handel, George Frederic: Joshua: Oh had I Jubal's lyre. Lucia Popp, sop. English CO/Gyorgy Fischer.
  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: A Berenice…Sol nascente, K70. Lucia Popp, sop. Salzburg Mozarteum Orch/Leopold Hager.
  • Dvorak, Antonin: Rusalka - arias. Lucia Popp, sop. Munich Radio Orch/Stefan Soltesz.
  • Kunneke, Eduard: Liselot: Gluckilch am Morgan. Lucia Popp, sop. Graunke SO/Charles Wildmann.
  • Kunneke, Eduard: Liselot: Die elegante Frau. Harry Friedaur, ten., Lucia Popp, sop., Willi Brokmeier, ten. Graunke SO/Charles Wildmann.
  • Kunneke, Eduard: Liselot: Wir dreh'n ein Ding. Harry Friedaur, ten., Lucia Popp, sop., Willi Brokmeier, ten. Graunke SO/Charles Wildmann.
  • Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich: Eugene Onegin, Aria. Lucia Popp, sop. Munich Radio Orch/Stefan Soltesz.
  • Strauss R: Daphne: Ich komme, ich komme. Lucia Popp, sop. Bavarian RSO/Bernard Haitink.
  • Janacek, Leos: Jenufa - Aria. Lucia Popp, sop. Munich Radio Orch/Stefan Soltesz.
  • Lehar, Franz: The Merry Widow: Vilja. Lucia Popp, sop. Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Sir Neville Marriner.
  • Lehar, Franz: Giuditta: Meine Lippen sie kussen so heiss. Lucia Popp, sop. Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Ambrosian Singers/Sir Neville Marriner.
  • Humperdinck, Engelbert: Hansel and Gretel: Erlost, befreit ...Ra-la-la-la. Brigitte Fassbaender, mezzo-sop., Julia Hamari, m-sop., Lucia Popp, sop., Walter Berry, bass Vienna Boys' Choir, Vienna PO/Sir Georg Solti.

  • 25th January

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  • Patrick Thomas and the Queensland Symphony
  • Allworth, Robert: Australia Suite. Queensland SO/Patrick Thomas.
  • Sutherland, Margaret: Concerto for String Orchestra. Queensland SO/Patrick Thomas.
  • Smetana, Bedrich: Ma Vlast, excerpts. Queensland SO/Patrick Thomas.
  • Gross, Eric: Moonscape. Queensland SO/Patrick Thomas.
  • Vaughan Williams, Ralph: Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis. Queensland SO/Patrick Thomas.
  • Mendelssohn, Felix: Athalie: War March of the Priests. Queensland SO/Patrick Thomas.
  • Dvorak, Antonin: Festival March in C, B88. Queensland SO/Patrick Thomas.

  • 18th January

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  • Paul Badura-Skoda
  • Bach, Johann Sebastian: Toccata in C minor, BWV911. Paul Badura-Skoda, pno.
  • Beethoven, Ludwig van: Polonaise in C, Op.89. Paul Badura-Skoda, pno.
  • Salieri, Antonio: Concerto for fortepiano & orchestra in B flat. Paul Badura-Skoda, pno. I Solisti Veneti/Claudio Scimone.
  • Schubert, Franz: Allegro in A minor, D947, Op.144 - Lebenssturme. Joerg Demus, pno., Paul Badura-Skoda, pno.
  • Chopin, Frederick: Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21. Paul Badura-Skoda, pno. Vienna State Opera Orch/Arthur Rodzinski.
  • Liszt, Franz: Liebestraum in A flat, S.541/3. Paul Badura-Skoda, pno.
  • Reger, Max: Mary by the Rosebush. Montserrat Figueras, sop., Paul Badura-Skoda, pno.
  • Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay: Piano Concerto in C Sharp minor, Op.30. Paul Badura-Skoda, pno. Royal PO/Arthur Rodzinski.

  • 11th January

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  • Beethoven's Friends
  • Ries, Ferdinand: Introduction et Rondeau Brillant, WoO54. Christopher Hinterhuber, pno. Bournemouth SO/Uwe Grodd.
  • Moscheles, Ignaz: Septet in D, Op. 88. Caroline Weichert, pno., Christoph Groth, vlc., Christoph Moinian, horn, Jaap Zeijl, vla., Mayumi Shimizu, vln., Volker Donandt, db., Walter Hermann, cl.
  • Czerny, Carl: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.214. Felicja Blumental, pno. Vienna CO/Helmut Froschauer.
  • Neefe, Christian Gottlob: Six Easy Pieces from Mozart's opera Die Zauberflote. Cullan Bryant, pno., Dmitry Rachmanov, pno.

  • 4th January

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  • The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
  • Nicolai, Otto: The Merry Wives of Windsor, overture. Melbourne SO/Oleg Caetani.
  • Tomasi, Henri Fredien: Trumpet concerto. Geoffrey Payne, tpt. Melbourne SO/John Hopkins.
  • Grainger, Percy: The Power of Rome and the Christian Heart. Melbourne SO/John Hopkins.
  • Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich: The Nutcracker Op.71: Snow Scene .. Waltz of the Snowflakes. Melbourne SO/Bramwell Tovey.
  • Westlake, Nigel: The Glass Soldier Suite. Melbourne SO/Jean-Louis Forestier.
  • Dvorak, Antonin: Rusalka: Song to the Moon. Yvonne Kenny, sop. Melbourne SO/Vladimir Kamirski.
  • Strauss Jnr (arr. Gamley, Douglas):Casanova: Nuns' Chorus. Calvin Bowman, org., Yvonne Kenny, sop. Melbourne SO, Melbourne SO Chorus/Richard Bonynge.
  • Greenbaum, Stuart: 90 Minutes Circling the Earth. Melbourne SO/Brett Kelly.

  • 28th December

    Show Playlist
  • Joachim Raff
  • Raff, Joachim (arr. Macdowell, Edward): Romeo & Juliet, Overture. Philharmonia Orch/Francesco d'Avalos.
  • Raff, Joachim: Symphony No. 5 in E, Op.177, 'Lenore'. Philharmonia Orch/Yondani Butt.
  • Raff, Joachim: Octet in C for Strings, Op.176. Academy of St Martin in the Fields .
  • Raff, Joachim: (arr. Various):Pieces, Op.85/3-6. Philharmonia Orch/Yondani Butt.