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Lesser-known works by well-known composers – plus hidden gems from our music library. From different genres, traditions and times, expect the unexpected!

Ashleigh Robertson

Ariel Valent


18th February

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  • Fine Music from 3MBS, Classically Melbourne..
  • Glazunov: The Seasons: Summer. Sydney SO/Wilfred Lehmann.
  • Balakirev: The Lark. Tamara-Anna Cislowska, pno.
  • Boris Tchaikovsky: Andersen Fairy Tales, Suite for Chamber Orchestar. Maria Dzhemesyuk, pno., Musica Viva CO/Kirill Ershov.
  • Rachmaninov: It is beautiful here, Op.21/7. Jean-Yves Thibaudet, pno., Renee Fleming, sop.
  • Rachmaninov: In the silence of mysterious night, Op.4/3. Jean-Yves Thibaudet, pno., Renee Fleming, sop.
  • Rachmaninov: Ne chante pas pour moi, ma belle, Op.4/4. Jean-Yves Thibaudet, pno., Renee Fleming, sop.
  • Tchaikovsky: Piano concerto no. 2, op 44. 1st movement. Stephen Hough, piano, Minnesota Orchestra/Vanska
  • Tchaikovsky: Piano concerto no. 2, op 44. 2nd movement. Stephen Hough, piano, Minnesota Orchestra/Vanska
  • Tchaikovsky: Piano concerto no. 2, op 44. 3rd movement. Stephen Hough, piano, Minnesota Orchestra/Vanska
  • Prokofiev: Cinderella Suite No.1, Op.107. Orchestre de Paris/Semyon Bychkov.
  • Scriabin: Etude in C sharp minor, Op.2/1. Tamara-Anna Cislowska, pno.

  • 11th February

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  • Nielsen: Helios Overture, FS32. Danish National SO/Thomas Dausgaard.
  • Gounod: Symphony No.1 in D. Sinfonia Finlandia/Patrick Gallois.
  • Gounod: Barcarolle. Philip Langridge, ten., Roger Vignoles, pno., Ann Murray, m-sop.
  • Sibelius: Piano Trio in C, 'Lovisa', JS 208. Trio Anima Mundi.
  • Abbott: Autumn Song. Caroline Almonte, pno., Per Forsberg, tuba, Greg Lee, fte.
  • Bach: Art of fugue, BWV1080 continuation (unfinished). Helmut Walcha, org.
  • Sibelius: Belshazzar's Feast, Suite, Op.51: Nocturne. Sarah Chang, vln., Charles Abramovic, pno.
  • Klami: Whirls - Suite No. 1. Lahti SO/Osmo Vanska.
  • Tubin: Toccata. Gothenburg SO/Neeme Jarvi.
  • Chopin: Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op.27/1. Tristan Lee, pno.

  • 4th February

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  • Britten: Phantasy Quartet for Oboe and Strings, Op.2. Inventi Ensemble.
  • Bach: Viola da gamba sonata No. 1 (arr. tuba). Ian King, tuba, Paul Hamburger, pno.
  • Bach JC (1642): Aria Eberliniana pro dormente Camillo. Leon Berben, hpschd.
  • Ravel: Alcyone. Mireille Delunsch, sop., Beatrice Uria-Monzon, m-sop., Paul Groves, ten., Toulouse Capitole Orch/Michel Plasson.
  • Ravel: Bolero. Sydney SO/Stuart Challender.
  • Gershwin: Second Rhapsody. Freddy Kempf, pno., Bergen PO/Andrew Litton.
  • Satie: The Dreamy Fish. Stephanie McCallum, pno.
  • Gershwin: Piano Preludes I-III. Oscar Levant, pno.
  • Chopin: Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op.27/1. Leigh Harrold, pno., Nick Parnell, perc.
  • Faure (arr. Inventi Ensemble): Pavane, Op.50. Inventi Ensemble.

  • 28th January

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  • Fine Music from 3MBS, Classically Melbourne..
  • Falla: The Three-Cornered Hat, Suite 2. West Australian SO/Jorge Mester.
  • Bacarisse: Concertino for guitar and orchestra in A minor, Op.72. Karin Schaupp, gtr., Tasmanian SO/Benjamin Northey.
  • Berlioz: Les Nuits d'ete, Op.7. Brigitte Balleys, m-sop., Orchestre des Champs Elysees/Philippe Herreweghe.
  • Mompou: Cancons and Dances. Artur Pizarro, pno.
  • Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole. Montreal SO/Charles Dutoit.
  • Mompou: Suite Compostelana. Owen Thomson, gtr.

  • 21st January

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  • Fine Music from 3MBS, Classically Melbourne..
  • Coates: London Suite. Covent Garden. Royal Liverpool PO/Sir Charles Groves.
  • Herz: Piano Concerto No.7 in B minor, Op.207. Howard Shelley, pno., Tasmanian SO/Howard Shelley.
  • Graun: Demofoonte: Misero pargoletto. Cecilia Bartoli, m-sop., Il Giardino Armonico/Giovanni Antonini.
  • Morricone: The Mission (soundtrack) - On Earth As It Is In Heaven, Falls, Gabriel's Oboe, The Mission, Miserere. London PO/Morricone
  • Morricone: The Lady Caliph. Yo-Yo Ma, vlc., Roma Sinfonietta Orch/Ennio Morricone.
  • Morricone (arr. Rieu): Once Upon a Time in the West. Andre Rieu, vln., Carla Maffioletti, sop., Johann Strauss Orch/Andre Rieu.
  • Strauss R: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30. Sydney SO/Sir Charles Mackerras.
  • Strauss R: Der Rosenkavalier, Op.59: Marie Theres'!…. Dame Felicity Lott, sop., Natalie Dessay, sop., Angelika Kirchschlager, sop., ROHO/Antonio Pappano.
  • O'Boyle: Uilleann Sunrise. Robert John, vln., State Orch of Victoria/Sean O'Boyle.

  • 14th January

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  • Nelson: Midsummer Bagatelles. Concordia Mandolin and Guitar Ensemble/Basil Hawkins.
  • Coelho: As the Dust Settles. Joshua Hill, vibraphone, Alicia Crossley, rec.
  • Mendelssohn: Octet in E Flat, Op.20. William Hennessy, vln., Anthony Marwood, vln., Caroline Henbest, vla., Holly Piccoli, vln., Chris Howlett, vlc., Tobias Breider, vla., Andrew Haveron, vln., Penny Howard, vlc.
  • Liszt: Concert Paraphrase on Mendelssohn's music for Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream, S410. Egon Petri.
  • Heise: A Summer Night. Sten Byriel, bass, Ulrich Staerk, pno.
  • Debussy (arr. Lenski): Chansons de Bilitis. Timothy Young, pno., Alexis Kenny, fte.
  • Mendelssohn: Songs Without Words, Op.19/1. Christine Stevenson, pno.
  • Greenbaum: Falling by Degrees. NZTrio.
  • Chopin: Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op.27/1. Leigh Harrold, pno., Nick Parnell, perc.

  • 7th January

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  • Fine Music from 3MBS, Classically Melbourne..
  • Shostakovich: The Gadfly, Suite, Op.97a. Overture, National Holiday, Romance & Finale. USSR Cinema SO/Emin Khachaturian.
  • Legrand: Le Messager
  • Arnold: The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, Suite. London SO/Richard Hickox.
  • Rodgers: Carousel. David Rendall, ten., Samuel Ramey, bass, Maureen Forrester, contr., Barbara Cook, voc., Sarah Brightman, sop., Royal PO, Ambrosian Singers/Paul Gemignani.
  • Williams: Star Wars Suite. Los Angeles PO/Mehta
  • Westlake: The Edge: An Ancient Wilderness. Emma Matthews, sop., Victorian PO, The Contemporary Singers/Carl Vine.
  • Rota: Ballet Suite - La Strada. Opening & finale. Granada City Orch/Josep Pons.

  • 31st December

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  • Fine Music from 3MBS, Classically Melbourne..
  • Shostakovich: Ballet Suite No.3. Russian PO/Dmitry Yablonsky.
  • Falla: Nights in the gardens of Spain. Margaret Fingerhut, pno., London SO/Geoffrey Simon.
  • Massenet: Thais: Dis-moi que je suis. Nicole Car, sop., Australian Opera and Ballet Orch/Andrea Molino.
  • Massenet: Thais - Meditation. Nicola Benedetti, vln., London SO/Daniel Harding.
  • Vaughan Williams: Symphony No.5 in D. London PO/Sir Adrian Boult.
  • Ireland: Holy Boy. Julian Lloyd Webber, vlc., Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Sir Neville Marriner.
  • Chopin: Nocturne in D flat, Op.27/2. Maria Joao Pires, pno.
  • Chopin: Nocturne in F minor, Op.55/1. Maria Joao Pires, pno.
  • Traditional: Auld Lang Syne. Jo Stafford, voc.

  • 24th December

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  • Fine Music from 3MBS, Classically Melbourne..
  • Anderson: A Christmas Festival. BBC Concert Orch/Leonard Slatkin.
  • Ramirez: Navidad Nuestra. Jose Carreras, ten., Domingo Cura, perc., Jorge Padin, perc., Arsenio Zambrano, charango, Lalo Gutierrez, gtr., Raul Barboza, accordion, Ariel Ramirez, pno., Laredo Choral Salve, Bilbao Choral Society/Damian Sanchez.
  • Respighi: Three Botticelli Pictures - The Adoration of the Magi. Philharmonia Orch/Geoffrey Simon.
  • Traditional (arr. Coelho): O Come, O Come Emmanuel.The Coventry Carol. Noel Nouevelet. Louise Prickett, sop., Australian Brandenburg Orch, Brandenburg Choir/Paul Dyer.
  • Gruber: Silent Night. Tony Gould, pno.
  • Menotti: Amahl and the Night Visitors. Ike Hawkersmith, treb., Kirsten Gunlogson, m-sop., Dean Anthony, ten., Todd Thomas, bar., Bart LeFan, bar., Chicago Symphony Chorus, Nashville SO, Nashville Symphony Chorus/Alastair Willis.
  • James: The Silver Stars. Yvonne Kenny, sop., Adelaide SO, The Contemporary Singers/David Stanhope.