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Monday 21 January: Best of Composer of the Week 2012

(3) Steve Danby explores the music of some of the unlikely winners and equally unlikely losers of the PRIX DE ROME composition prize (RNZ)

Wednesday 22 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

(4) (CBC)

See the CBC website for this programme

Thursday 23 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

(4) Many are the Voices

Many Americans have had to raise their voices to be recognised or even heard in America. In this programme, we hear songs of African Americans and Native Americans; women, immigrants and war resisters; and voices from the labour movement and the gay rights movement (WFMT)

See the Song of America website for this programme.

Friday 24 January: 2012 Gramophone Awards

Best Instrumental Recording