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Monday 7 January: Best of Composer of the Week 2012

(1) A look at the life and music of PHILIP GLASS (b1937) who celebrated his 75th birthday last year, presented by Matthew Crawford (Media Maker)

Wednesday 9 January: The Massey Lectures

The CBC Massey Lectures celebrated fifty years in 2011 with bestselling author, essayist, cultural observer, and famed New Yorker contributor Adam Gopnik.

His subject is winter - the season, the space, the cycle. Gopnik takes us on an intimate tour of the artists, poets, composers, writers, explorers, scientists, and thinkers, who helped shape a new and modern idea of winter. A stunningly beautiful meditation buoyed by Gopnik's trademark gentle wit, Winter is at once an enchanting homage to an idea of a season and a captivating journey through the modern imagination.

Winter - five windows on the season

(2) (CBC)

See the CBC website for this programme

Thursday 10 January: Song of America

This 13-part series presented by Thomas Hampson examines connections between poetry, music, history and culture from the perspective of classic American song

(2) Stephen Foster

“Stephen Foster’s music is the trunk of the tree of American song, sturdy with songs we love to sing,” says Thomas Hampson. This programme explores Foster’s music, the varied artistic roots he drew from, and the musical branches that grew from his work (WFMT)

See the Song of America website for this programme.

Friday 11 January: 2012 Gramophone Awards

Best Baroque Instrumental Recording.

BACH: Orchestral Suite No 1 in C BWV1066; Polonaise & Double, from Orchestral Suite No 2 in B minor BWV1067; Orchestral Suite No 4 in D BWV1069 - Karl Kaiser (fl), Freiburg Baroque Orch/Gottfried von der Goltz (Harmonia Mundi HMC 90 2113.14)