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4 Dec 2023

If Christmas pop tunes have a negative impact on your goodwill to all, then we have good news. RNZ Concert's resident music fans share favourite classical, contemporary and jazz pieces to restore your Christmas spirit. Video


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Wednesday 06 December

12:00 AM. Music Through the Night

Corelli, Arcangelo: Concerto Grosso in F Op 6/9 - Pavlo Beznosiuk (vln/dir), Avison Ensemble (Linn CKD 411)

Brahms, Johannes: Rhapsody in B minor Op 79/1 - Stephen De Pledge (pno) (Champs Hill CHRCD 030)

Beach, Amy: Piano Quintet in F# Op 67 (3) - Martin Roscoe (pno), Endellion Quartet (ASV CD DCA 932)

Schubert, Franz: Symphony No 6 in C D589, Little (4) - CO of Europe/Claudio Abbado (DG 423 654)

Vivaldi, Antonio: Four Seasons, Spring - Pinchas Zukerman (vln/dir), St Paul CO (Sony MLK 64062)

Albéniz, Isaac: Pavana Capricho - Olivier Vernet (org), Cédric Meckler (org) (LIGIA LIDI 010 4225-11)

Davis, Katherine: The Little Drummer Boy - Terry Wogan, Aled Jones (vocals), New Zealand Sinfonetta/Ian Tilley (Decca 572406)

Goodwin, Ron: Puppet Serenade - New Zealand SO/Ron Goodwin (Marco Polo 8.223518)

1:00 approx

Beethoven, Ludwig van: Piano Concerto No 2 in Bb Op 19 (1) - Diedre Irons (pno), Christchurch SO/Marc Taddei (Trust MMT 2050)

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Piano Sonata No 8 in A minor K310 - Imogen Cooper (pno) (WIGMORE HALL LIVE WHLIVE 0018)

Rossini, Gioachino: Introduction, Theme & Variations in Eb - Charles Neidich (cl), Orpheus CO (DG 435 875)

Hamilton, David: Polka, from Imagined Dances II - Archi D'amore Zelanda (Atoll ACD218)

Villette, Pierre: Three Motets - BBC Singers/Stephen Jackson (BBC Music MM 85)

3:00 approx

Shostakovich, Dmitri: Piano Trio No 2 in E minor Op 67 (4) - New Zealand Chamber Soloists (ATOLL ACD209)

Schoenfield, Paul: Café Music - NZTrio (Rattle RAT D064 2016)

Lilburn, Douglas: Allegro for Strings - Ithaca College Festival Orch/Grant Cooper (KIWI CD SLD 99)

Godard, Benjamin: Overture des Guelfes - Royal Scottish National Orch/Martin Yates (Dutton CDLX 7291)

Boëllmann, Léon: Piano Quartet in F minor Op 10 (3) - Trio Parnassus, Gérard Caussé (vla) (MDG 303 1755)

Traditional: The Truth Sent From Above - Apollo's Fire (Avie AV2396)

3:00 approx

Chopin, Frédéric: Piano Sonata No 3 in B minor Op 58 - Michael Houstoun (pno) (RNZ UA35)

Stamitz, Johann: Flute Concerto in G - Barthold Kuijken (fl), Tafelmusik/Jeanne Lamon (dir) (SONY SK 48045)

Warlock, Peter: Capriol Suite - New Zealand Guitar Quartet (Ode CDMANU 5153)

Fauré, Gabriel: Sanctus, from Requiem Op 48 - Luc Héry (vln), Accentus, Maîtrise de Paris, members of French National Orch, Christophe Henry (org)/Laurence Equilbey (Naïve V 5137)

4:00 approx

Bruch, Max: Kol Nidrei - Jacqueline du Pré (cello), Gerald Moore (pno) (EMI 5 65955)

Chabrier, Emmanuel: Idylle, from Suite pastorale - Ulster Orch/Yan Pascal Tortelier (Chandos CHAN 8852)

Czerny, Carl: Andante & Polacca - Hermann Baumann (horn), Leonard Hokanson (pno) (Philips 416 816)

Satie, Eric: Three pieces in the shape of a pear - Pascal Rogé (pno), Jean-Philippe Collard (pno) (Decca 455 401)

Jennings, Janet: Pictures at the Waikato Museum - Liam Wooding (pno) (Atoll ACD221)

Puccini, Giacomo: Un bel dì, from Madame Butterfly - Renée Fleming (sop), London Phil/Charles Mackerras (Decca 467 049)

5:00 approx

Mahler, Gustav: Piano Quartet movement in A minor - Nicola Benedetti (violin), Tom Dunn (viola), Leonard Elschenbroich (cello), Alexei Grynyuk (piano) (Decca 4783529)

Bach, Johann Sebastian: Brandenburg Concerto No 4 in G BWV1049 (3) - Duilio Galfetti (vln), Maurice Steger, Stefano Bet (recorders), I Barocchisti/Diego Fasolis (Arts 47715)

Ravel, Maurice: Valses nobles et sentimentales - Rotterdam Phil/Yannick Nézet-Séguin (EMI 9 66342)

Massenet, Jules: Orchestral Suite No 2, Hungarian Scenes (5) - New Zealand SO/Jean-Yves Ossonce (Naxos 8.553124)

Fox, John: Carol Fantasia - RTE Concert Orch/Gavin Sutherland (Naxos 8.572744)

Dvořák, Antonín: Goin' Home - Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Kathryn Stott (piano) (Sony 19439822372)

Strauss, Richard: Morgen! Op 27/4 - Jessye Norman (sop), Leipzig Gewandhaus Orch/Kurt Masur (Philips 411 052)

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich arr Hough: None but the lonely heart Op 6/6 - Stephen Hough (pno) (Hyperion CDA 67711/2)

Holst, Gustav arr Lole: In The Bleak Midwinter - Aled Jones (vocal), New Zealand Sinfonietta/Ian Tilley (Decca 572406)

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