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Monday 14 January: Best of Composer of the Week 2012

(2) GIOVANNI GABRIELI (1555-1612) A programme to mark the 400th anniversary of the composer’s death in 2012, presented by Indra Hughes (RNZ)

Wednesday 16 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

(3) (CBC)

See the CBC website for this programme

Thursday 17 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

(3) Song of Walt Whitman

Whitman, the ‘Bard of Democracy’, was the founder of a new American language. With music built deep into his poetry, it’s no surprise that Whitman has been a beacon for American composers (WFMT)

See the Song of America website for this programme.

Friday 18 December: 2012 Gramophone Awards

Best Chamber Recording

SCHUMANN: Piano Trios, No 1 in D minor Op 63; No 2 in F Op 80 - Christian Tetzlaff (vln), Tanja Tetzlaff (cello), Leif Ove Andsnes (pno) (EMI 0 94180)