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8pm, 20th December 2018

 

                                                     

                                                                          BENJAMIN BRITTEN

        

Benjamin Britten was an English composer, conductor and pianist.

He was a central figure of 20th-century classical music, and, in addition to his orchestral and chamber works, he was one of its leading opera and song composers. Perhaps less usual amongst modern composers, he also composed a wide range of Christmas and other church music, much of it written especially for children and amateur choirs.

In this special Christmas edition of Illuminations, Alan Marshall will be featuring many of Britten’s Christmas and other choral works, including A Ceremony of Carols, A Boy Was Born, and Christ’s Nativity.

                                                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20th December 2018 8pm -10pm


10th January

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3rd January

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27th December

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  • Tchaikovsky: None but the Lonely Heart, Op.6/6. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar., Oleg Boshniakovich, pno.
  • Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 - Waltz. New York PO/Leonard Bernstein.
  • Tchaikovsky: Theme and nine variations in A minor. Victoria Postnikova, pno.
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.1 in G minor, Op.13, 'Winter Daydreams'. Concertgebouw Orch, Amsterdam/Bernard Haitink.
  • Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet, fantasy overture in B minor. Vienna PO/Herbert von Karajan.
  • Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor, Op.23. Martha Argerich, pno., Berlin PO/Claudio Abbado.
  • Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20, excerpts. ROHO/Ernest Ansermet.
  • Tchaikovsky: The Seasons, Op.37b. Mikhail Pletnev, pno.
  • Tchaikovsky: Violin concerto in D, Op.35. Christian Ferras, vln., Berlin PO/Herbert von Karajan.
  • Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin, Letter Scene. Joan Hammond, sop.
  • Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture, Op.49. Chicago SO/Claudio Abbado.
  • Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50. Gidon Kremer, vln., Martha Argerich, pno., Mischa Maisky, vlc.
  • Tchaikovsky: Festival Coronation March in D. Gewandhaus Orch/Kurt Masur.
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 in B minor, Op. 74, 'Pathetique'. RCO/Bernard Haitink.

  • 20th December

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  • Fine Music from 3MBS, Classically Melbourne..
  • Britten: Corpus Christi Carol. Voces8
  • Britten: A Wealden Trio - Christmas Song of the Women. The Wilbye Consort/Peter Pears.
  • Britten: A hymn to the Virgin. Brian Runnett, org., St John's College Choir, Cambridge/George Guest.
  • Britten: Christ's Nativity. Susan Gritton, sop. Catherine Wyn-Rogers, contralto. Holst Singers, St Paul's Cathedral Chorister, Stephen Layton, cond.
  • Britten: A boy was Born, Op.3. Michael Hartnett, treb., Purcell Singers, All Saints Margaret St Church Choir, English Opera Group/Benjamin Britten.
  • Britten: A Ceremony of Carols, Op.28. King's College Choir Cambridge/Sir David Willcocks.
  • Britten: Chorale after an old French carol. Elizabethan Singers/Louis Halsey.
  • Britten: A Shepherd's Carol. The Wilbye Consort/Peter Pears.
  • Britten: The Oxen. Alexander Wells, pno., New London Children's Choir/Ronald Corp.
  • Britten: Psalm 150, Op.67. New London Children's Choir, London Schools SO/Steuart Bedford.
  • Britten: Corpus Christi Carol. Benjamin Britten, pno., John Hahessy, alto.

  • 13th December

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  • Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine. City of Birmingham SO/Sir Simon Rattle.
  • Gershwin: Porgy and Bess. Willard White, bass, Damon Evans, ten., Cynthia Haymon, sop., Harolyn Blackwell, sop., London PO/Sir Simon Rattle.
  • Bartok: Concerto for two pianos, percussion and orchestra, Sz.115. Katia Labeque, pno., Marielle Labeque, pno., Sylvio Gualda, perc., Jean-Pierre Drouet, perc., City of Birmingham SO/Sir Simon Rattle.
  • Stravinsky: Rite of Spring: last movement CBSO & Simon Rattle
  • Mahler: 2nd Symphony CBSO & Simon Rattle
  • Janacek: The Cunning Little Vixen - Acts 1 & 2. Lillian Watson, sop., Sir Thomas Allen, bar., Robert Tear, ten., Gillian Knight, sop., ROHO, Royal Opera House Chorus/Sir Simon Rattle.
  • Walton: Symphony No.1 in B flat minor. City of Birmingham SO/Sir Simon Rattle.
  • Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe. City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, City of Birmingham SO/Sir Simon Rattle.
  • Messiaen: Turangalila - Symphony. Peter Donohoe, pno., Tristan Murail, ondes martenot, City of Birmingham SO/Sir Simon Rattle.
  • Elgar: Dream of Gerontius CBSO & Simon Rattle
  • Szymanowski: Stabat Mater CBSO & Simon Rattle
  • Shostakovich: Symphony No.14 in G minor, Op.135. Thomas Quasthoff, bass-baritone, Karita Mattila, sop., Berlin PO/Sir Simon Rattle.
  • Haydn: Symphony No. 92 in G, Hob.I:92 - Oxford. Berlin PO/Sir Simon Rattle.
  • J S Bach St John Passion Berlin Philharmonic Simon Rattle
  • Dean: Komarov's fall. Berlin PO/Sir Simon Rattle.
  • Joseph Haydn: Imaginary Orchestral Journey London Symphony Orchestra Simon Rattle

  • 6th December

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  • Puccini (arr. Hocking): La Boheme, the Ballet. West Australian SO/Dobbs Franks.
  • Puccini: Madam Butterfly - Love duet. Renata Tebaldi, sop., Carlo Bergonzi, ten.
  • Puccini: Madam Butterfly. Douglas McNicol, bar., Cheryl Barker, sop., Ingrid Silveus, m-sop., Jay Hunter Morris, ten., Australian Opera and Ballet Orch, Opera Australia Chorus/Patrick Summers.
  • Puccini: Manon Lescaut - Intermezzo Act 3. Berlin RSO/Riccardo Chailly.
  • Puccini: Madam Butterfly: One Fine Day. Angela Gheorghiu, sop., ROHO/Ion Marin.
  • Puccini: The Girl of the Golden West: Ch'ella mi creda. Jose Cura, ten., Philharmonia Orch/Placido Domingo.
  • Puccini: Manon Lescaut - Sola, perduta, abbandonata. Cheryl Barker, sop., Orch Victoria/Richard Bonynge.
  • Puccini: The Girl of the Golden West. Renato Ercolani, ten., Birgit Nilsson, sop., Andrea Mongelli, bar., Joao Gibin, ten., La Scala Chorus, Milan, La Scala Orch, Milan/Lovro Von Matacic.
  • Puccini: The Girl of the Golden West: Laggiu nel Soledad. Leontyne Price, sop., New Philharmonia Orch/Sir Edward Downes.
  • Puccini: La Rondine: Ore dolci e divine. Cheryl Barker, sop., Orch Victoria/Richard Bonynge.
  • Puccini: Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro. Renee Fleming, sop., London PO/Sir Charles Mackerras.
  • Puccini: Turandot. Eva Marton, sop., Margaret Price, sop., Jan Hendrik Rootering, bass, Claes H Ahnsjo, ten., Ben Heppner, ten., Bavarian Radio Chorus, Augsburg Cathedral Boys' Chamber Choir, Munich Radio Orch/Roberto Abbado.
  • Puccini (arr. Hocking): La Boheme, the Ballet. West Australian SO/Dobbs Franks.

  • 29th November

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  • Puccini (arr. Hocking): La Boheme, the Ballet. West Australian SO/Dobbs Franks.
  • Puccini: Messa di Gloria. Thomas Dewald, ten., Ulrich Hielscher, bass, Mitglieder des Gurzenichorchesters, Kolner Kantori, Gurzenich-Chor, Koln, Domkantorei Altenberg/Volker Hempfling.
  • Puccini: Capriccio sinfonico. Filarmonica Della Scala/Riccardo Muti.
  • Puccini: Le Villi - Preludio. Berlin RSO/Riccardo Chailly.
  • Puccini: Le Villi - La tregenda. Berlin RSO/Riccardo Chailly.
  • Puccini: Edgar: Addio mio dolce. Cheryl Barker, sop., Orch Victoria/Richard Bonynge.
  • Puccini: Manon Lescaut - In quelle trine morbide. Karita Mattila, sop., London PO/Yutaka Sado.
  • Puccini: Tosca - E lucevan le stelle. Luciano Pavarotti, ten., ROHO/Sir Edward Downes.
  • Puccini: La Boheme: Musetta's Waltz. Aleksandra Kurzak, sop., Orch de la Commitat Valenciana/Omer Meir Wellber.
  • Puccini: Tosca. Placido Domingo, ten., Clifford Grant, bass, Sherrill Milnes, bar., Leontyne Price, sop., Paul Plishka, bass, John Alldis Choir, New Philharmonia Orch/Zubin Mehta.
  • Puccini: Tosca. Jose Carreras, ten., Ruggero Raimondi, bass-baritone, Katia Ricciarelli, sop., Wolfgang Bunten, ten., Victor von Halem, bass, Heinz Zednik, ten., Fernando Corena, bass, Berlin PO, Schoeneberger Boys' Choir, Chorus of the German Opera Berlin/Herbert von Karajan.
  • Puccini: Tosca. Placido Domingo, ten., Clifford Grant, bass, Sherrill Milnes, bar., Leontyne Price, sop., Paul Plishka, bass, John Alldis Choir, New Philharmonia Orch/Zubin Mehta.
  • Puccini: Madam Butterfly: Humming Chorus. Queensland Orch, Queensland Opera Chorus/Johannes Fritzsch.

  • 22nd November

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  • Bellini: Norma: Vanne li celi intrambi Dame Joan Sutherland, soprano, Yvonne Minton, mezzo soprano, LSO, Richard Bonynge
  • Mozart: Marriage of Figaro, excerpts. Yvonne Minton, m-sop., BBC SO/Sir Colin Davis.
  • Strauss: Der Rosenkavelier: Mir ist Ehre Widerfahren Yvonne minto meszzo soprano CD 2 Track 3
  • Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier: Wir Du warsrt Wie Du Bist Regine Crespin soprano, Yvonne Minto CD 1 Track 2,3 Cut 3 if necessary
  • Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38: Softly and gently dearly-ransomed soul. Yvonne Minton, m-sop., London SO, London Symphony Chorus/Benjamin Britten.
  • Mozart: Marriage of Figaro, excerpts. Yvonne Minton, m-sop., BBC SO/Sir Colin Davis.
  • End of first part, cuts will be needed
  • Tippett: King Priam, Let Her Rave Yvonne Minton Mezzo soprano, London Sinfionietta, David Atherton, conductor
  • Schoenberg: Pierrot lunaire, Op.21. Pinchas Zukerman, vla., Daniel Barenboim, pno., Antony Pay, cl., Yvonne Minton, m-sop., Lynn Harrell, vlc., Michel Debost, fte., /Pierre Boulez.
  • Berlioz: Damnation of Faust, Op.24: D'amour l'ardente flamme. Yvonne Minton, m-sop., Orchestre de Paris/Daniel Barenboim.
  • Berlioz: Beatrice et Benedict: Pourriez vous dedoc parler de mourir? Yvonne Minto ms, Luciano Pavarotti, tenor.Orchestede Paris, Daniel Barenboim, conductor
  • Wagner R: Tristan and Isolde. Hildegard Behrens, sop., Yvonne Minton, m-sop., Peter Hofmann, ten., Hans Sotin, bass, Bavarian RSO, Bavarian Radio Chorus/Leonard Bernstein.
  • Wagner R: Tristan and Isolde. Hildegard Behrens, sop., Yvonne Minton, m-sop., Peter Hofmann, ten., Hans Sotin, bass, Bavarian RSO, Bavarian Radio Chorus/Leonard Bernstein.
  • Mozart: Marriage of Figaro, excerpts. Yvonne Minton, m-sop., BBC SO/Sir Colin Davis.
  • Mahler: Lieder eines Fahrendedn Gesellen: Ich hab' eni gluhend Messer, YvonneMinton , Chicago Symphony Orchestram Sir Georg Solti,
  • Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde: Die Abschied: Yvonne Minton, m-sop., Chicago SO/Sir Georg Solti.
  • Verdi: Four Sacred Songs: Te Deum last two lines, Yvonne Minton, soprano