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.


9th April

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  • Elgar, Sir Edward: Sea Pictures, Op.37. Movt 5. Dame Janet Baker, m-sop. London SO/Sir John Barbirolli.
  • Handel, George Frederic (arr. Mackerras, Sir Charles): Julius Caesar: See in spate the high cataract forming. Dame Janet Baker, m-sop., English National Opera Orch/Sir Charles Mackerras.
  • Berlioz, Hector: Les Nuits d'ete, Op.7. Absence. Dame Janet Baker, m-sop. City of London Sinfonia/Richard Hickox.
  • Donizetti, Gaetano: Maria Stuarda: You murmuring breezes. Dame Janet Baker, m-sop. English National Opera Orch/Sir Charles Mackerras.
  • Bellini, Vincenzo: I Capuleti e i Montecchi. "Si, fuggire: a noi non resta" Beverley Sills, sop., Dame Janet Baker, m-sop., New Philharmonia Orch/Giuseppe Patane.
  • Brahms, Johannes: Alto Rhapsody, Op.53. Dame Janet Baker, m-sop. John Alldis Choir, London PO/Sir Adrian Boult.
  • Britten, Benjamin: O Waly Waly. Dame Janet Baker, m-sop., Geoffrey Parsons, pno.
  • Schumann, Robert: Frauenliebe und Leben, Op.42. Movts 3-4. Dame Janet Baker, m-sop., Geoffrey Parsons, pno.

  • 2nd April

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  • Handel, George Frederic: Messiah. He was despised. Tim Mead, alto. Le Concert d'Astree, Le Concert d'Astree Chorus/Emmanuelle Haim.
  • Buxtehude, Dietrich: Membra Jesu Nostri - Cycle of seven Cantatas, BuxWV75. 5 Ad pectus. Emerald City Viols, The Parsons Affayre/Warren Trevelyan-Jones.
  • Bach, Johann Sebastian: St. John Passion, BWV245. "Ich folge dir". Roberta Alexander, sop. Leipzig Radio Choir, Staatskapelle Dresden/Peter Schreier.
  • Bach, Johann Sebastian: St. John Passion, BWV245. Es ist vollbracht. Sarah Connolly, m-sop. Academy of Ancient Music/Richard Egarr.
  • Stainer, Sir John: The Crucifixion. "Father, forgive them ... So Thou Liftest Thy Divine Petition. Brian Runnett, org., Owen Brannigan, bass, Richard Lewis, ten. St John's College Choir, Cambridge/George Guest.
  • Bach, Johann Sebastian: St. Matthew Passion, BWV244. Mache dich, mein Herze rein. Peter Kooy, bass, La Chapelle Royale Orch/Philippe Herreweghe.
  • Bach, Johann Sebastian: St. Matthew Passion, BWV244. Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder. Gabrieli Consort and Players/Paul McCreesh.

  • 26th March

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  • Mascagni, Pietro: Cavalleria Rusticana. "O Lola ..." Placido Domingo, ten.Philharmonia Orch, Royal Opera House Chorus/Giuseppe Sinopoli.
  • Mascagni, Pietro: Cavalleria Rusticana - voi lo sapete. Renata Tebaldi, sop. New Philharmonia Orch/Oliviero de Fabritiis.
  • Leoncavallo, Ruggero: Pagliacci. "Si puo? Signori? Signore?" Giuseppe Taddei, bar.,La Scala Orch, Milan/Herbert von Karajan.
  • Leoncavallo, Ruggero: Pagliacci: No Pagliacci non son. Jussi Bjoerling, ten., Leonard Warren, bar., Paul Franke, ten., Robert Merrill, bar., Victoria de los Angeles, sop. RCA Victor Orch, Robert Shaw Chorale/Renato Cellini.
  • Puccini, Giacomo: Il Tabarro: Ho sognato una cassetta. Mario del Monaco, ten., Renata Tebaldi, sop. Chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orch del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino/Lamberto Gardelli.
  • Puccini, Giacomo: La Boheme - O soave fanciulla. Giuseppe di Stefano, ten., Maria Callas, sop., Rolando Panerai, bar. La Scala Orch, Milan/Antonino Votto.
  • d'Albert, Eugen: Tiefland: "Marta! Tut mit mir was du wilst" Bernd Weikl, bar., Eva Marton, sop. Munich Radio Orchestra/Marek Janowski.
  • Giordano, Umberto: Andrea Chenier: Vicino a te. Eva-Maria Westbrock, sop., Jonas Kaufmann, ten. St Cecilia Academy Orch/Antonio Pappano.
  • Cilea, Francesco: Adriana Lecouvreur: Io son l'umile ancella. Elizabeth Whitehouse, sop. Orch Victoria/Richard Bonynge.
  • Catalani, Alfredo: La Wally - Ebben?...Ne andro lontana. Mirella Freni, sop. Philharmonia Orch/Giuseppe Sinopoli.

  • 19th March

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  • Cavalli, Francesco: Giasone. Andrew Goodwin, ten., Celeste Lazarenko, sop., David Greco, bs. Orch of the Antipodes/Erin Helyard.
  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Abduction from the Seraglio, K384: Welch ein Geschick. Brenton Spiteri, ten., Hannah Dahlenberg, sop. Orch 21/Roy Theaker.
  • Mahler, Gustav: Youths Magic Horn: Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht. David McSkimming, pno., Helena Dix, sop.
  • Lehmann, Liza: Myself When Young. Geoffrey Parsons, pno., Raymond Myers, bass .
  • Wagner: Flying Dutchman: Senta's ballad. Florence Austral, sop. Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/John Barbirolli
  • Mahler, Gustav: Songs of a Wayfarer. Ging heut' Morgen überwelt. Yvonne Minton, m-sop. Chicago SO/Sir Georg Solti.
  • Offenbach, Jacques: Tales of Hoffmann: Scintille diamant. John Wegner, bass State Orch of Victoria/Richard Divall.
  • Orff, Carl: Carmina Burana. Estuans interius. Jeffrey Black, bar. London PO, St Albans Cathedral Choir/Franz Welser-Moest.
  • Messiaen, Olivier: Trois Melodies: Pourquoi?. Charlotte Betts-Dean, contr., Joseph Havlat, pno.
  • Puccini, Giacomo: Madam Butterfly: Love Duet. Elizabeth Fretwell, sop., Lance Ingram, ten. Unnamed Orch/Eric Clapham.
  • De Curtis, Ernesto (arr. Hope, Peter): Come back to Sorrento. Rosario La Spina, ten. Monte Carlo PO/Richard Mills.

  • 12th March

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  • Cavalli, Francesco: La Calisto. Calisto, anima mia. Maria Bayo, sop., Alessandra Mantovani, sop., Marcello Lippi, bar., Simon Keenlyside, bar., Concerto Vocale/Rene Jacobs.
  • Rameau, Jean-Philippe: Platee. Bernard Deletre, bass, Gilles Ragon, ten., Guillemette Laurens, m-sop., Guy de Mey, ten., Jennifer Smith, sop., Michel Verschaeve, bass, Veronique Gens, sop., Vincent Le Texier, bar. Ensemble Vocal Francoise Herr, Musiciens du Louvre/Marc Minkowski.
  • Rameau, Jean-Philippe: Castor et Pollux. Celeste Lazarenko, sop., Hadleigh Adams, bar., Jeffrey Thompson, ten., Paul Goodwin-Groen, bass Cantillation, Orch of the Antipodes/Antony Walker.
  • Handel, George Frederic: Semele - Where'er you walk. Mark Padmore, ten. English Concert/Andrew Manze.
  • Offenbach, Jacques: Orpheus in the Underworld. Fly duet. Laurent Naouri, bar., Natalie Dessay, sop. CO of Grenoble, Lyon Opera Chorus, Lyon Opera Orch/Marc Minkowski.
  • Gounod, Charles: Philemon and Baucis: Que les songes sont heureux. Gerard Souzay, bar. New SO/Paul Bonneau.
  • Wolf, Hugo: Ganymede. Arleen Auger, sop., Irwin Gage, pno.
  • Strauss, Richard: Die Liebe der Danaë: Ewige Pfade trennen sich ... Nimm denn Gold. Annelies Kupper, sop., Paul Schoeffler, bar. Vienna PO/Clemens Krauss

  • 5th March

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  • Hildegard von Bingen: O Euchari. Elin Manahan Thomas, sop. Orch of Age of Enlightenment/Harry Christophers.
  • Strozzi, Barbara: L'eraclito amoroso. Elena Bertruzzi, sop., Laura Vaughan, viola da gamba, Michele Benuzzi, hpschd.
  • Mendelssohn Fanny: Suleika and Hatem, Op.9/12. Eugene Asti, pno., Mark Padmore, ten., Sophie Daneman, sop.
  • Mendelssohn Fanny: In the lovely month of May. Eugene Asti, pno., Sarah Connolly, m-sop., Sophie Daneman, sop.
  • Glanville-Hicks, Peggy: The Transposed Heads, Opera in one Act. Genty Stevens, sop., Gerald English, ten., Michael Leighton Jones, bar. Perth Festival Chorus, West Australian SO/David Measham.
  • Henderson, Moya: Lindy. All this mail keeps pouring in. Barry Ryan, voc., David Hobson, ten., Elizabeth Campbell, m-sop., Joanna Cole, sop., Karl Goodman, , Malcolm Donnelly, bar., Ruben Sewell, Australian Opera and Ballet Orch/Richard Gill.
  • Chaminade, Cecile: L'amour captif: Mignonne, a l'amour j'ai lie les ailes. Anne Sofie von Otter, m-sop., Bengt Forsberg, pno.
  • Chaminade, Cecile: Ronde d'amour: Ah! Si l'amour prenait racine. Anne Sofie von Otter, m-sop., Bengt Forsberg, pno.
  • Boulanger, Lili: Clairieres Dans le Ciel. Par ce que j'ai souffert. Andrew Ball, pno., Martyn Hill, ten.
  • Smyth, Dame Ethel: The prison: The prisoner understands his own mortality. Dashon Burton, b-bar., Experiential Orchestra/James Blachly
  • Weir, Judith: Songs from the Exotic. No 4. Charlotte Betts-Dean, contr., Joseph Havlat, pno.
  • Weir, Judith: Don't Let that Horse. Ann Tedards, sop., Mary Bisson, horn .
  • Woodforde-Finden, Amy: Four Indian Love Lyrics. Nos 1 & 4. Donald Maxwell, bar. London Salon Ensemble .

  • 26th February

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  • Haydn, Franz Joseph: The Creation, Hob.XXI:2 - The Heavens are Telling. Jeanne Brown, sop., Oliver Sueing, ten., Wayne Baughman, bass Atlanta SO, Atlanta Symphony Chorus/Robert Shaw.
  • Haydn, Franz Joseph: The Seasons: Stimmt an die Saiten. Berlin Cathedral CO, St Hedwig's Cathedral Choir/Roland Bader.
  • Haydn, Franz Joseph: Twelve Songs for the Keyboard, Book 1, Hob.XXVIa:1-12. Geoffrey Lancaster, fortepiano, Jane Edwards, sop.
  • Haydn, Franz Joseph: Folk Songs - Scottish and Welsh. Fritz Wunderlich, ten., Heinrich Schmidt, pno., Ludwig Beinl, vlc., Walter Weller, vln.
  • Haydn, Franz Joseph: All through the night, or "The Widow's Lament". Angelika Kirchschlager, sop., Dave Daniels, vlc., Jonathan Rees, vln., Roger Vignoles, pno.
  • Haydn, Franz Joseph: Mass in B flat, "Creation", Hob.XXII:13. Ann Murray, m-sop., Barbara Hendricks, sop., Hansjurgen Scholze, org., Hans-Peter Blochwitz, ten., Matthias Holle, bass Dresden State Orch, Leipzig Radio Choir/Sir Neville Marriner.
  • Haydn, Franz Joseph: Mass in D minor, "Nelson", Hob XXII:11. Anne Howells, m-sop., Anthony Rolfe Johnson, ten., Barbara Bonney, sop., Stephen Roberts, bass City of London Sinfonia, London Symphony Chorus/Richard Hickox.
  • Haydn, Franz Joseph: Mass in C, " In Time of War", Hob.XXII:9. Andreas Schmidt, bass, Dolores Ziegler, m-sop., Hans-Peter Blochwitz, ten., Sylvia McNair, sop. Berlin PO, RIAS Chamber Choir/James Levine.
  • Haydn, Franz Joseph: Arianna a Naxos, Hob.XXVIb:2. Darryl Coote, pno., Sally-Anne Russell, m-sop.
  • Haydn, Franz Joseph: Te Deum in C, Hob.XXlllc:1. Catherine Denley, m-sop., Mark Padmore, ten., Nancy Argenta, sop., Stephen Varcoe, bar. Collegium Musicum 90/Richard Hickox.
  • Haydn, Franz Joseph: Armido - Ah, non ferir, t'arresta. Jessye Norman, sop. Lausanne CO/Antal Dorati.

  • 19th February

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  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Don Giovanni, K527. "Don givanni, a cenar teco". Alessandro Guerzoni, bass, Johannes Weisser, bar., Lorenzo Regazzo, bass,. Freiburg Baroque Orch, RIAS Chamber Choir/Rene Jacobs.
  • Schubert, Franz: Thekla: A phantom voice, D595. Arleen Auger, sop., Graham Johnson, pno.
  • Berlioz, Hector: Les Troyens. Ghosts speak to Enée. Jon Vickers, ten., Peter Glossop, bar., Pierre Thau, bass, Berit Lindholm, sop., Roger Soyer, bar., Raimund Herincx, bs. Royal Opera House Chorus, Royal Opera House Orch. Covent Garden, Wandsworth Boys' Choir/Sir Colin Davis.
  • Verdi, Giuseppe: Macbeth. Antonio Savastano, ten., Nicolai Ghiaurov, bass, La Scala Chorus, Milan, La Scala Orch, Milan/Claudio Abbado.
  • Wagner R: Gotterdammerung. Gottlob Frick, bass, Gustav Neidlinger, bass, Vienna PO, Vienna State Opera Chorus/Sir Georg Solti.
  • Korngold, Erich: Die tote Stadt. Anton de Ridder, ten., Benjamin Luxon, bar., Carol Neblett, sop., Gabriele Fuchs, sop., Hermann Prey, bar., Patricia Clark, sop., Rene Kollo, ten., Rose Wagemann, m-sop., Willi Brokmeier, ten. Bavarian Radio Chorus, Munich Radio Orch/Erich Leinsdorf.
  • Britten, Benjamin: The Turn of the Screw. Nadine Secunde, sop., Philip Langridge, ten. Aldeburgh Festival Ensemble/Steuart Bedford.


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