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Illuminations: The Life and Music of Giacomo Puccini
Illuminations: The Life and Music of Giacomo Puccini

January 21st, 2021

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Illuminations: Alan Kogosowski, Part 2
Illuminations: Alan Kogosowski, Part 2

January 14th, 2021

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Illuminations: Alan Kogosowski, Part 1
Illuminations: Alan Kogosowski, Part 1

January 7th, 2021

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14th January

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7th January

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31st December

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  • Purcell, Henry (arr. Steele-Perkins, Crispian): Trumpet Tune & Air. London Gabrieli Brass Ensemble .
  • Purcell, Henry: Overture - Dido and Aeneas in C minor. Bournemouth Sinfonietta/Ronald Thomas.
  • Purcell, Henry: Chacony in G minor, Z730. Academy of Ancient Music/Christopher Hogwood.
  • Purcell, Henry: Dido and Aeneas: Dido's Lament. Barbara Bonney, sop. Academy of Ancient Music/Christopher Hogwood.
  • Purcell, Henry: Hear my Prayer, O Lord. Arvid Gast, org. Berlin Radio Chorus/Simon Halsey.
  • Purcell, Henry: Remember not, Lord, our offences, Z50. Oxford Camerata/Jeremy Summerly.
  • Purcell, Henry: Te Deum. Taverner Choir, Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott.
  • Purcell, Henry: Four-part Fantasias. Rose Consort of Viols .
  • Purcell, Henry: Variant to two movements of Sonata No.8. Purcell Quartet .
  • Purcell, Henry: The Fairy Queen, Z629: If love's sweet passion. Sara Macliver, sop. Australian Brandenburg Orch/Paul Dyer.
  • Purcell, Henry: If music be the food of love. Emma Kirkby, sop. Academy of Ancient Music/Christopher Hogwood.
  • Purcell, Henry: I attempt from love's sickness to fly. Alfred Deller, alto., Wieland Kuijken, bass viol, William Christie, hpschd.
  • Purcell, Henry: Come Ye Sons of Art, Ode for the Birthday of Queen Mary, 1694, Z232. David Hansen, alto., Jacques Imbrailo, bass, Kate Royal, sop., Rachel Beckett, rec., Rachel Brown, rec., Tim Mead, alto. Academy of Ancient Music, King's College Choir Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury.
  • Purcell, Henry: Funeral Sentences, z27, z17, z58b. Academy of Ancient Music, King's College Choir Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury.
  • Purcell, Henry: Timon of Athens Z632: Curtain Tune. Ironwood .
  • Purcell, Henry: King Arthur: Fairest Isle. Sara Macliver, sop. Australian Brandenburg Orch/Paul Dyer.
  • Purcell, Henry: Dido and Aeneas: Dido's Lament. Barbara Bonney, sop. Academy of Ancient Music/Christopher Hogwood.
  • Purcell, Henry: Abdelazar: Overture. Academy of Ancient Music/Christopher Hogwood.
  • Purcell, Henry: I was glad. Magdalen College Choir, Oxford/John Harper.
  • Purcell, Henry: Music for a While. James Bowman, alto. King's Consort/Robert King.
  • Purcell, Henry: An Evening Hymn. Arthur Haas, org., Dawn Upshaw, sop., Myron Lutzke, vlc.
  • Purcell, Henry: Timon of Athens Z632: Curtain Tune. Ironwood .

  • 24th December

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  • Schubert, Franz: Klavierstucke, D.946. Imogen Cooper, pno.
  • Schubert, Franz: Winterreise, D.911. Ian Bostridge, ten., Leif Ove Andsnes, pno.
  • Schubert, Franz: Winterreise, D.911. Ian Bostridge, ten., Leif Ove Andsnes, pno.
  • Schubert, Franz: Piano Trio No.2 in E flat, D.929. Macquarie Trio .
  • Schubert, Franz: Auf dem Strom, Michael Schade, ten., Graham Johnson, pno
  • Schubert, Franz: Fantasia in F minor, D.940. Huseyin Sermet, pno., Maria Joao Pires, pno.
  • Schubert, Franz: Rondo in A, Op.107, D.951. Christoph Eschenbach, pno., Justus Frantz, pno.
  • Schubert, Franz: Mass in E flat, D960, Herbert Lippert, tenor; Andreas Schmidt, bar.; Jard van Nes, mezzo-sop.; Ruth Ziesak, sop. Bavarian Radio Chorus and Symphony/Carlo Maria Giulini
  • Schubert, Franz: Schwanengesang, D.957. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar., Gerald Moore, pno.
  • Schubert, Franz: Piano Sonata No.19 in C minor, D958. Alfred Brendel, pno.
  • Schubert, Franz: Piano Sonata No.20 in A, D959. Alfred Brendel, pno.
  • Schubert, Franz: Piano Sonata No.21 in B Flat, D960. Alfred Brendel, pno.
  • Schubert, Franz: Der Hirt auf den Felsen. Felicity Lott, sop.,
  • Schubert, Franz: String Quintet in C, D956, Op.163. Douglas Cummings, vlc. Lindsay String Quartet .

  • 17th December

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  • Mason, Lowell: Joy to the world. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, Craig Jessup (cond.)
  • Traditional (arr. Carter, Andrew): Angelus ad virginem. Australian Brandenburg Orch, Brandenburg Choir/Paul Dyer.
  • Traditional (arr. Willcocks, David): Gabriel's Message. Mary Hitch, sop. Clare College Choir, Clare College Orch/John Rutter.
  • Praetorius, H: In dulci jubilo. Tallis Scholars/Peter Phillips.
  • Praetorius, H: Joseph, lieber Joseph mein. Tallis Scholars/Peter Phillips.
  • Praetorius, Michael: Behold a Rose is Blooming. Tallis Scholars/Peter Phillips.
  • Anonymous: The Coventry Carol. Loreena McKennitt, harp and vocals. Hugh Marsh, violin. Brian Hughes, guitar.
  • Anonymous: O Come, O Come Emmanuel. Enya, keyboards and vocals.
  • Bennett: Carol Medley - What Child Is This, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella, Angels We have Heard On High. Atlanta SO & Chorus, Robert Shaw.
  • Britten, Benjamin (arr. Lang, Genevieve): Corpus Christi Carol. Annalisa Kerrigan, sop., Genevieve Lang, harp .
  • Traditional: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. Bach Choir, Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, Sir David Willcocks.
  • Anonymous: O come all ye faithful. Bach Choir, Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, Sir David Willcocks.
  • Adam, Adolphe/arr Gamley: O Holy Night. Renata Tebaldi, soprano. New Philharmonia Orch/AntonGuadagno
  • Darke, Harold: In the bleak mid-winter. King's College Choir Cambridge/Sir David Willcocks.
  • Holst, Gustav: In the bleak mid-winter. Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone. Welsh Nat Opera Orchestra, Tecwyn Evans
  • Bennett: Carol Medley - Break Forth O Beauteous Heav'nly Light, The First Nowell, O Little Town of Bethlehem, I Saw Three Ships, Deck the Halls. Atlanta SO & Chorus, Robert Shaw.
  • Traditional: It came upon the midnight clear. James Morrison, trumpet. Studio orch/Clayton.
  • Kirkpatrick, W. J.: Away in a manger. Michael Harding, piano.
  • Murray, James R: Away in a manger. Juris Ezergailis, vla., Suzanne Handel, harp, Yvonne Kenny, sop.
  • Gruber, Franz: Silent Night. Roger Wagner Chorale. Sinfonia of London. Roger Wagner, cond.
  • Traditional: Still, still, still. Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone London SO, London Voices/Barry Wordsworth.

  • 10th December

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    3rd December

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  • Van Biene: The Broken Melody, John Barbirolli (Cello), Rosa Barbirolli (piano)
  • Mozart: String Quartet in E flat K.428, Kutcher Quartet
  • Elgar, Sir Edward: Introduction and allegro Op.47, Chenil Galleries Chamber Orchestra, John Barbirolli
  • Puccini: Madam Butterfly, Lilian Stiles Allen (Sop), Dan Jones (tenor), Symphony Orchestra, John Barbirolli
  • Chopin, Frederick: Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21, Arthur Rubinstein (pno), London Symphony Orchestra, John Barbirolli
  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Clarinet Concerto in A, K622, Benny Goodman (clarinet), The New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, John Barbirolli
  • Britten, Benjamin: Sinfonia da Requiem, Op.20, The New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, John Barbirolli
  • Mahler, Gustav: Kindertotenlieder, Kathleen Ferrier (Contralto), Halle Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli
  • Elgar, Sir Edward: Cello concerto in E minor, Op.85, Jacqueline du Pre (cello), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli
  • Vaughan Williams, Ralph: Symphony No.8 in D , Halle Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli
  • Lehar, Franz: Gold and Silver Waltz, Op.79, Halle Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli
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  • Delius, Frederick: Appalachia, Halle Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli
  • Elgar, Sir Edward: Symphony No.1 in A flat, Op.55, Halle Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli

  • 26th November

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