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17th January

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  • Verdi, Giuseppe: La traviata: Parigi o cara. Carlo Bergonzi, ten., Dame Joan Sutherland, sop. Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orch del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino/Sir John Pritchard.
  • Gounod, Charles: Faust: Salut! Demeure chaste et pure. Giuseppe di Stefano, ten. Tonhalle Orch, Zurich/Franco Patane.
  • Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich: Jeanne d'Arc: Adieu, forets. Regina Resnik, m-sop. Royal Opera House Orch. Covent Garden/Sir Edward Downes.
  • Strauss Josef: Village Swallows from Austria waltz, Op.164. Hilde Gueden, sop. Vienna PO/Josef Krips.
  • Sibelius, Jean: Eight Songs, Op.57/8: Nacken. Pentti Koskimies, pno., Tom Krause, bar.
  • Strauss R: Standchen, Op.17/2. Pentti Koskimies, pno., Tom Krause, bar.
  • Weber, Carl Maria von: Der Freischutz: No, I Will No Longer Endure the Torment. James McCracken, ten. Vienna Opera Orch/Dietfried Bernet.

  • 10th January

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  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Magic Flute - Ach, ich fuhl's. Pilar Lorengar, sop. Vienna PO/Sir Georg Solti.
  • Mascagni, Pietro: Cavalleria Rusticana. Agnes Baltsa, m-sop., Juan Pons, bar. Philharmonia Orch, Royal Opera House Chorus/Giuseppe Sinopoli.
  • Verdi, Giuseppe: Macbeth: Una macchia e qui tuttóra. Elizabeth Bainbridge, contr., Monserrat Caballe, sop., Thomas Allen, bar. Royal PO/Anton Guadagno.
  • Puccini, Giacomo: The Girl of the Golden West: Ch'ella mi creda. Jose Cura, ten. Philharmonia Orch/Placido Domingo.
  • Arambarri, Jesus: Eight Basque Songs. Itxaro Mentxaka, sop. Bilbao SO/Juan Jose Mena.
  • Soler, Vincente Martin Y: La Capricciosa Corretta. Josep-Miquel Ramon, bar. Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset.
  • Verdi, Giuseppe: Falstaff. Alfredo Kraus, ten., Mirella Freni, sop. RCA Italiana Opera Orch/Sir Georg Solti.
  • Falla, Manuel de: Seven Popular Spanish Songs. Juan Antonio Alvarez, pno., Teresa Berganza, m-sop.
  • Massenet, Jules: Werther - Pourquoi me reveiller. Jose Carreras, ten. Royal Opera House Orch. Covent Garden/Sir Colin Davis.

  • 3rd January

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  • Verdi, Giuseppe: Don Carlos: Tu che le vanita. Regine Crespin, sop., Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Georges Pretre
  • Offenbach, Jacques: La Perichole. Excerpts. Alain Vanzo, ten., Regine Crespin, sop. Strasbourg PO/Alain Lombard.
  • Schumann, Robert: Liederkreis, Op.39: Waldesgesprach, Die Stille, Mondnacht. Regine Crespin, sop., John Wustman, pno.
  • Ravel, Maurice: Sheherazade. L'indifferent. Regine Crespin, sop. Swiss Romande Orch/Ernest Ansermet.
  • Wagner R: Parsifal: Ich sah' das Kind an seiner Mutter Brust. Regine Crespin, sop., French National Radio Orchestra/Georges Pretre
  • Poulenc, Francis: C from Deux Poemes. John Wustman, pno., Regine Crespin, sop.
  • Berlioz, Hector: Les Troyens: Je vais mourir ... Adieu, fiere cite. Regine Crespin, sop., Paris Opera Orchestra, Georges Pretre
  • Offenbach, Jacques: Le Grande-Duchesse de Gerolstein: J'aime les militaires. Regine Crespin, sop. Vienna Folk Opera Orch/Alain Lombard.

  • 27th December

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  • Ives, Charles: The Ending Year. Douglas Dickson, pno., Sara Jakubiak, sop.
  • Bach, Johann Sebastian: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248. Gerd Turk, ten. Bach Collegium, Japan/Masaaki Suzuki.
  • Stolz, Robert: Fruhjahrsparade: Wien wird bel Nacht erst schon. Lucia Popp, sop. Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Sir Neville Marriner.
  • Wolf, Hugo: Zum neuen Jahr. Geoffrey Parsons, pno., Olaf Baer, bar.
  • Strauss Jnr: Die Fledermaus: Ich lade gern mir Gaste ein. Angelika Kirchschlager, sop. Lower Austria Tonkunstler Orch/Alfred Eschwe.
  • Strauss Jnr: Die Fledermaus: Mein Herr Marquis. Lorina Gore, sop. Tasmanian SO/Marko Letonja.
  • Strauss Jnr: Die Fledermaus: Czardas. Edita Gruberova, sop. Royal Concertgebouw Orch/Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
  • Strauss Jnr: Die Fledermaus: Dieser Anstand, so manierlich. Eberhard Waechter, bar., Gundula Janowitz, sop. Vienna PO/Karl Bohm.
  • Strauss Jnr: Die Fledermaus: Bruderlein und Schwesterlein. Eberhard Waechter, bar., Erich Kunz, bass, Gundula Janowitz, sop., Heinz Holecek, bar., Renata Holm, sop., Wolfgang Windgassen, ten. Vienna PO, Vienna State Opera Chorus/Karl Bohm.
  • Traditional: Drinking. Malcolm McEachern, bass .

  • 20th December

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  • Bach, Johann Sebastian: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248: Bereite dich, Zion. Angelika Kirchschlager, sop. Venice Baroque Orch/Andrea Marcon.
  • Bach, Johann Sebastian: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248: Ich will nur dir zu Ehren leben. Fritz Wunderlich, ten. Munich Bach Choir, Munich Bach Orch/Caspar Richter.
  • Handel, George Frederic: Messiah: Behold ..., O thou that tellest. Cantillation, Orch of the Antipodes/Antony Walker.
  • Saint-Saens, Camille: Christmas Oratorio, Op.12.Domine, ego credidi. Dresden Kreuz Choir, Dresden Philharmonic/Martin Flamig.
  • Reger, Max: Maria Wiegenlied, Op.76/52. Anne Sofie von Otter, m-sop.
  • Strauss R: Three holy kings from the Orient, Op.56/6. Steve Davislim, ten. State Orch of Victoria/Simone Young.
  • Schubart, Christian F.D. (arr. Weismann, Wilhelm): Weihnachtslied der Hirten. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar., Joerg Demus, pno.
  • Berlioz, Hector: Childhood of Christ, Op.25. Frederic Caton, bass, Laurent Naouri, bar., Olivier Lallouette, bar., Paul Agnew, ten., Veronique Gens, sop. Collegium Vocale Cologne, La Chapelle Royale, Orchestre des Champs Elysees/Philippe Herreweghe.
  • Strauss R: Christmas Thoughts. Edita Gruberova, sop., Friedrich Haider, pno.
  • Faure, Gabriel: The Holy Child is born. Geraldine McGreevy, sop., Graham Johnson, pno.
  • Britten, Benjamin: La Noel passee. Graham Johnson, pno., Philip Langridge, ten.
  • Sibelius, Jean: Five Christmas Songs, Op.1. Irwin Gage, pno., Tom Krause, bar.
  • Ravel, Maurice: The Toys' Christmas. Gerald Finley, bass-baritone, Julius Drake, pno.

  • 13th December

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  • Schubert, Franz: Alinde, D904. Berta Brozgul, pno., Christopher Saunders, ten.
  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Abduction from the Seraglio, K384: Martern aller Arten. Yvonne Kenny, sop. Zurich Opera Mozart Orch/Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
  • Vinci, Leonardo: Alessandro: Risveglia lo sdegno. David Hansen, alto. Academia Montis Regalis/Alessandro De Marchi.
  • Mascagni, Pietro: Cavalleria Rusticana : Oh! Il Signore vi manda. Cheryl Barker, sop., Peter Coleman-Wright, bar. Tasmanian SO/Martin Andre.
  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Don Giovanni: Il mio tesoro. Brenton Spiteri, ten. Orch 21/Roy Theaker.
  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Don Giovanni - Notte e giorno faticar. Donald Shanks, bass, Joan Carden, sop., Stephen Bennett, bar. Australian Opera and Ballet Orch/Richard Bonynge.
  • Verdi, Giuseppe: Otello: Piangea cantando...Ave Maria. Joan Carden, sop. Sydney SO/Eric Clapham.

  • 6th December

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  • Britten, Benjamin: Billy Budd: O Beauty, Handsomeness, Godness. Forbes Robinson, bass Royal Opera House Orch. Covent Garden/Sir Georg Solti.
  • Elgar, Sir Edward: Sea Pictures, Op.37. Margreta Elkins, m-sop. Queensland SO/Werner Andreas Albert.
  • Bowman, Calvin: Three Sea Songs. Christopher Richardson, bass, Ian Munro, pno.
  • Vaughan Williams, Ralph: A Sea Symphony (Symphony No.1). Christopher Maltman, bar., Joan Rodgers, sop. Bournemouth SO, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus/Paul Daniel.
  • Traditional (arr. Kennedy-Fraser, Marjorie): Sea Longing. Kenneth McKellar, ten. Unnamed Orch/Robert Sharples.
  • Schubert, Franz (arr. Reger, Max): Gruppe aus dem Tartarus, D583. Anne Sofie von Otter, m-sop. CO of Europe/Claudio Abbado.
  • Stanford, Sir Charles: Songs of the Sea, Op.91. No 5. Gerald Finley, bass-baritone BBC National Chorus of Wales, BBC NO of Wales/Richard Hickox.

  • 29th November

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  • Bach, Johann Sebastian: St. Matthew Passion, BWV244: Erbarme dich. Sally-Anne Russell, m-sop. Orch of the Antipodes/Antony Walker.
  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Per questa bella mano, K.612. Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, bar. Torino Theatre Orch/Gianandrea Noseda.
  • Handel, George Frederic: Agrippina: Voi che udite il mio lamento. Nathalie Stutzmann, contr. Orfeo 55/Nathalie Stutzmann.
  • Verdi, Giuseppe: Requiem. Dies irae: Quid sum miser. Dame Joan Sutherland, sop., Luciano Pavarotti, ten., Marilyn Horne, m-sop. Vienna PO/Sir Georg Solti.
  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: La Clemenza di Tito, K621: Non piu di fiori. Della Jones, m-sop. Academy of Ancient Music/Christopher Hogwood.
  • Weber, Carl Maria von: Der Freischutz. Einst träumte meiner sel'gen Base. Eva Lind, sop.Dresden State Orch/Sir Colin Davis.
  • Strauss R: Alphorn, Op.15/3. Barry Tuckwell, horn, Marie McLaughlin, sop., Vladimir Ashkenazy, pno.


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