Music for the voice, featuring the greatest singers from the past and present in a repertoire including art songs, ballads, lieder, sacred works, choral music, and items from operas and musicals.


15th January

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  • Strauss R: Ariadne auf Naxos: Es gibt ein Reich. Leontyne Price, sop. London SO/Fausto Cleva.
  • Strauss R: Temptation, Op.33/1. Steve Davislim, ten. State Orch of Victoria/Simone Young.
  • Strauss R: Das Rosenband, Op.36/1. Heather Harper, sop. London SO/Richard Hickox.
  • Strauss R: Der Rosenkavalier, Op.59: Di rigori armato. Fritz Wunderlich, ten., Josef Knapp, bass, Kurt Bohme, bass Bavarian State Orch/Rudolf Kempe.
  • Strauss R: Homecoming, Op.15/5. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar., Joerg Demus, pno.
  • Strauss R: Schlagende Herzen, Op.29/2. Gunther Weissenborn, pno., Rita Streich, sop.
  • Strauss R: Arabella: duet. Lisa Della Casa, sop., Paul Schoeffler, bar. Vienna PO/Heinrich Hollreiser.
  • Strauss R: Die Nacht, Op.10/3. Brigitte Fassbaender, mezzo-sop., Irwin Gage, pno.
  • Strauss R: Four Songs, Op.27/4: Morgen. Lise Davidsen, sop., Philharmonia Orchestra/Esa-Pekka Salonen
  • Strauss R: Fur funfzehn Pfennige, Op.36/2. Lucia Popp, sop., Wolfgang Sawallisch, pno.
  • Strauss R: Die Frau ohne Schatten: Nun will ich jubein. Alfred Muff, bass-baritone, Cheryl Studer, sop., Rene Kollo, ten., Ute Vinzing, sop. Bavarian Radio Chorus, Bavarian RSO/Wolfgang Sawallisch.

  • 8th January

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  • Zelenka, Jan Dismas: Litaniae Lauretanae, ZWV152. Regina ? Christoph Pregardien, ten., Gordon Jones, bar., Michael Chance, alto., Nancy Argenta, sop. Stuttgart Chamber Choir, Tafelmusik/Frieder Bernius.
  • Myslivecek, Josef: Abramo ed Isacco - Chi per pieta mi dice.... Magdalena Kozena, m-sop. Prague Philharmonia/Michel Swierczewski.
  • Smetana, Bedrich The bartered bride: How could he ever dream that I would seel you, dear" Victor Franklin, ten. Un-named orch.
  • Smetana, Bedrich: The Kiss: Vendulka's Lullaby. Nicole Car, sop. Australian Opera and Ballet Orch/Andrea Molino.
  • Dvorak, Antonin: Biblical Songs, Op.99, B.185. Nos 9-10. Brian Rayner Cook, bar. Scottish NO/Neeme Jarvi.
  • Dvorak, Antonin: Rusalka: Song to the Moon. Lucia Popp, sop. Munich Radio Orch/Stefan Soltesz.
  • Dvorak, Antonin: Moravian Duets, Op.32, B60: Neveta; Sipek. Edita Gruberova, sop., Vesselina Kasarova, ms., Friedrich Haider, pno.
  • Janacek, Leos The diary of one who disappeared, exc. Nicolai Gedda, ten., Josef Palenicek, pno.
  • Janacek, Leos: Jenufa: I have such a headache, mother, I do.. Renee Fleming, sop. Mariinsky Theatre Orch/Valery Gergiev.

  • 1st January

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  • Gounod, Charles: Au Rossignol (To the Nightingale). Malcolm Martineau, pno., Susan Graham, m-sop.
  • Granados, Enrique: Goyescas No.4: The Lover and the Nightingale. Pilar Lorengar, sop. London PO/Jesus Lopez-Cobos.
  • Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich: Nightingale, Op.60/4. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar., Oleg Boshniakovich, pno.
  • Schubert, Franz: On the Death of a Nightingale, D399. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar., Gerald Moore, pno.
  • Berg, Alban: Seven Early Songs: The Nightingale. Barbara Bonney, sop. Royal Concertgebouw Orch/Riccardo Chailly.
  • Kalman, Emmerich: Song of the nightingale. Anna Korondi, sop., Istvan Kovacs, bar., Peter Stamm, pno.
  • Proch, Heinrich: The Captive Nightingale. Clemens Leske, pno., Elena Xanthoudakis, sop., Jason Xanthoudakis, cl.
  • Delius, Frederick: The Nightingale. Ian Partridge, ten., Jennifer Partridge, pno.
  • Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay: The Rose has charmed the Nightingale, Op.2/2. Tito Schipa, ten. La Scala Orch, Milan/Carlo Sabajno.
  • Schubert, Franz: To the Nightingale, D196. Bernarda Fink, m-sop., Gerold Huber, pno.
  • Brahms, Johannes: Deutsche volkslieder, WoO33: Nachtigall, sag. Edith Mathis, sop., Gernot Kahl, pno. North German Radio Choir/Gunter Jena.
  • Stravinsky, Igor: Le Rossignol. Elizabeth Laurence, alto, Felicity Palmer, sop., Michael George, bass, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, sop. BBC Singers, BBC SO/Pierre Boulez.
  • Hahn, Reynaldo: Le rossignol des lilas. Patrick Stephens, pno., Vinson Cole, ten.
  • Alabiev, Alexander Nikolaievitch: Salaviei (Le rossignol). Natalie Dessay, sop. Berlin PO/Michael Schonwandt.
  • Berio, Luciano: Folk Songs. Jard van Nes, contr. Rossingnolet du bois. Royal Concertgebouw Orch/Riccardo Chailly.

  • 25th December

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  • Nielsen, Carl: Christmas Carol. Dorte Kirkeskov, pno., Elisabeth Rehling, sop.
  • Sibelius, Jean: Five Christmas Songs, Op.1. Nos 4-5. Irwin Gage, pno., Tom Krause, bar.
  • Bach, Johann Sebastian: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248: Flosst mein Heiland, flosst dein Namen. Cheryl Studer, sop. Ambrosian Singers, London SO/Ion Marin.
  • Ives, Charles: A Christmas Carol. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar., Michael Ponti, pno.
  • Strauss R: Christmas Thoughts. Edita Gruberova, sop., Friedrich Haider, pno.
  • Bach, Johann Sebastian: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248: Bereite dich, Zion. Aafje Heynis, contr. Vienna Symphony/Hans Gillesberger.
  • Wolf, Hugo: On a Christmas Rose l. Geoffrey Parsons, pno., Olaf Baer, bar.
  • Wolf, Hugo: Sleeping Christ Child. Arleen Auger, sop., Irwin Gage, pno.
  • Ravel, Maurice: The Toys' Christmas. Gerald Finley, bass-baritone, Julius Drake, pno.
  • Marini, Biagio: Three arias, Invitation to Joy, Invitation to Restful Love and Birth of Christ. No 3. Jane Edwards, sop., Luke Green, hpschd., Sally Melhuish, rec., Tim Blomfield, vlc.
  • Martin, Frank: Trois Chants de Noel. Andreas Alin, fte., Anne Sofie von Otter, m-sop., Bengt Forsberg, pno.
  • Bowman, Calvin: Noel. Christopher Richardson, bass, Ian Munro, pno.

  • 18th December

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  • Puccini, Giacomo: Madam Butterfly: One Fine Day. Mirella Freni, sop. Philharmonia Orch/Giuseppe Sinopoli.
  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Magic Flute - Ein Madchen oder Weibchen. Hermann Prey, bar. Vienna PO/Sir Georg Solti.
  • Verdi, Giuseppe: Il trovatore: Miserere..Quel suon, quelle preci. Dame Joan Sutherland, sop., Luciano Pavarotti, ten. London Opera Chorus, National PO/Richard Bonynge.
  • Schubert, Franz: Erlkonig. Lauris Elms, contr., Len Vorster, pno.
  • Handel, George Frederic: Julius Caesar: Da tempeste. Yvonne Kenny, sop. Australian Brandenburg Orch/Paul Dyer.
  • Verdi, Giuseppe: Requiem: Hostias et preces tibi, Domine. Fritz Wunderlich, ten., Gottlob Frick, bass, Marga Hoffgen, alto, Maria Stader, sop. Stuttgart Bach Choir, Stuttgart Lehrergesangsverein, Stuttgart RSO/Marcel Couraud.
  • Wagner R: Lohengrin: In fernem Land. Jonas Kaufmann, ten. Mahler CO/Claudio Abbado.
  • Bellini, Vincenzo: La sonnambula: Ah! Non credea mirarti. Maria Callas, sop.
  • Verdi, Giuseppe: La traviata: Di provenza il mar. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar. Rotterdam PO/Valery Gergiev.
  • Donizetti, Gaetano: Lucia di Lammermoor: Chi mi frena in tal momento?. Clifford Grant, bass, Dame Joan Sutherland, sop., Malcolm Donnelly, bar., Patricia Price, m-sop., Richard Greager, ten., Sergei Baigildin, ten. Australian Opera Chorus, Elizabethan Sydney Orch/Richard Bonynge.

  • 11th December

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  • Gluck, Christoph Willibald von: Alceste: Divinites du Styx. Teresa Berganza, m-sop. Royal Opera House Orch. Covent Garden/Sir Alexander Gibson.
  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: La Clemenza di Tito, K621: Parto, parto, ma tu, ben mio. Gervase de Peyer, cl., Teresa Berganza, m-sop. London SO/Sir John Pritchard.
  • Rossini, Gioachino: La Cenerentola: Nacqui all'affanno. Teresa Berganza, m-sop. Royal Opera House Orch. Covent Garden/Sir Alexander Gibson.
  • Donizetti, Gaetano: La Favorita: Spirto Gentil. Luciano Pavarotti, ten. Vienna Opera Orch/Sir Edward Downes.
  • Verdi, Giuseppe: Rigoletto: Parmi veder le lagrima. Luciano Pavarotti, ten. Royal Opera House Orch. Covent Garden/Sir Edward Downes.
  • Verdi, Giuseppe: Sicilian Vespers: O patria ... O tu, Palermo. Nicolai Ghiaurov, bass London SO/Claudio Abbado.
  • Gounod, Charles: Faust: Le veau d'or. Nicolai Ghiaurov, bass London SO/Sir Edward Downes.
  • Mussorgsky, Modest (arr. Rimsky-Korsakov, Nicolay):Boris Godounov: Boris's farewell and death scene. Nicolai Ghiaurov, bass, Olivera Miljakovic, m-sop. Sofia Radio Chorus, Vienna Opera Chorus, Vienna PO/Herbert von Karajan.

  • 4th December

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  • Faure, Gabriel: Our Love, Op.23/2. Sabine Devieilhe, sop., Alexandre Tharaud, pno.
  • Ravel, Maurice: Chanson de la mariée. Sabine Devieilhe, sop., Alexandre Tharaud, pno
  • Poulenc, Francis: Les chemins de l'amour. Sabine Devieilhe, sop., Alexandre Tharaud, pno
  • Handel, George Frederic: Semele: Myself I shall adore. Sophie Junker, sop., Le Concert de l'Hostel Dieu/Franck-Emmanuel Comte
  • Vaughan Williams, Ralph: The Spanish ladies. Roderick Williams, bar, William Vann, pno.
  • Catalani, Alfredo: La Wally - Ebben?...Ne andro lontana. Ermonela Jaho, sop. Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana/Andrea Battistoni
  • Brahms, Johannes: Geistliches Wiegenlied, Op.91/2. Sophie Rennert, m-sop., Lawrence Power, vla., Graham Johnson, pno
  • Mahler, Gustav: Rhine legend. Christiane Karg, sop., Malcolm Martineau, pno
  • Haydn, Joseph The Creation: Und Gott sprach: Es sammle sich das Wasser. Florian Boesch, bar., Il Giardino Armonico/Giovanni Antonini
  • Haydn, Joseph: The Creation: Rollend in schäumenden Wellen. Florian Boesch, bar., Il giardino Armonica/Giovanni Antonini
  • Vaughan Williams, Ralph: Songs of Travel: The Vagabond. Neal Davies, bar., Hallé Orchestra/Mark Elder
  • Vaughan Williams, Ralph: Songs of Travel: I have trod the upward and the downward slope. Neal Davies, bar., Hallé Orchestra/Mark Elder
  • Mahler, Gustav: Das Lied von der Erde: Von der Schonheit. Gerhild Romberger, cont., Budapest Festival Orchestra/Ivan Fischer
  • Heggie, Jake If I were you: I don't have to do a thing. Jamie Barton, m-sop., Jake Heggie, pno.

  • 27th November

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  • Pergolesi, Giovanni: Stabat Mater. Sally-Anne Russell, m-sop., Sara Macliver, sop. Orch of the Antipodes/Antony Walker.
  • Bach, Johann Sebastian: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248 Frohe Hirten, eilt, ach eilet (1st. disc). Howard Crook, ten.Collegium Vocale Orch/Philippe Herreweghe.
  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Mentre ti lascio, O figlia, K513, concert aria. Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, bar. Turin Theatre Orch/Gianandrea Noseda.
  • Beethoven, Ludwig van: Ah! Perfido, Op.65. Dame Gwyneth Jones, sop. Vienna Opera Orch/Argeo Quadri.
  • Liszt, Franz: Jeanne d'Arc au bucher, S373. Tamara Takacs, m-sop. Hungarian State Orch/Andras Korodi.
  • Verdi, Giuseppe: Requiem: Ingemisco. John McHugh, ten. Royal Opera House Orch. Covent Garden/Lawrance Collingwood.
  • Stanford, Sir Charles: Songs of the Fleet, Op.117. Song o' the souwester. Gerald Finley, bass-baritone BBC National Chorus of Wales, BBC NO of Wales/Richard Hickox.
  • Strauss R: Three holy kings from the Orient, Op.56/6. Steve Davislim, ten. State Orch of Victoria/Simone Young.


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