Monday 16th December
Tonight we travel to the Grand Palace Hall in Bucharest for a concert by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam.
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op. 37
Schubert: Impromptu No.2 in A flat, D. 935
Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40
Brahms: Hungarian Dance No.1 in G minor
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam
Emanuel Ax (piano)
Mariss Jansons (conductor)
Tuesday 17th December
Tonight's concert comes from the Romanian Atheneum, Bucharest for a concert starring violinist Hilary Hahn.
Enescu: Intermezzi, Op.12
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.3 in G, K.216
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
Bach: Sarabande from Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004
Mozart: Symphony No.41 in c, K.551 ‘Jupiter’
Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, K.492
Hilary Hahn (violin)
Louis Langree (conductor)
Wednesday 18th December
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71a, concert suite (1893)
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
Ravel: La Valse
ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vienna
Pinchas Steinberg (conductor)
Thursday 19th December
Tonight Poulenc’s Gloria - joyful, brimming over with youthful vitality and infectious melody, it was inspired by the sight of Benedictine monks playing football and frescoes of angels sticking their tongues out!
Shostakovich: Symphony No.8 in C minor, Op. 65
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
BBC National Chorus of Wales
Marita Solberg (soprano)
Thomas Sondergard (conductor)
Friday 20th December
Tonight Paul takes us to Quebec for a concert of festive works with Les Violons du Roy.
Handel: Concerto Grosso in G, Op. 3/3 HWV314
Bach: Two excerpts from Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
Molter: Concerto Pastorale in G
Bach: Herr, was du willst, soll mir gefallen from cantata BWV 156
Bach: In Jesu Demut kann ich Trost from Cantata BWV 151
Manfredini: Concerto Grosso in C, Op. 3/12 ‘Pastorale per il Santissimo Natale’
Telemann: Overture in F, TWV 55:7 ‘A la Pastorelle’
Bach: Schlafe, mein Liebster, geniesse die Ruh, from Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
Bach: Soll ich meinen Lebenslauf, from Cantata ‘Schau, lieber Gott, wie meine Feind’ BWV 153
Monday 23rd December
Tonight Norwegian Trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth plays Haydn and the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra perform Vanhal's a Christmas Mass in G.
Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E flat, Hob. VIIe:1
Trad: Mitt hjerte alltid vanker (My Heart Is Ever Present)
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3 in G, K. 216
Vanhal: Christmas Mass in G 'Missa Pastoralis'
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Tine Thing Helseth (trumpet)
Seyoung Lee (violin)
Charles Olivieri- Munroe (conductor)
Tuesday 24th December
On Christmas Eve we celebrate a work which is a must at Christmas - Bach's Christmas oratorio.
Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
RIAS Chamber Chorus
Aka demie fur Alte Musik, Berlin
Hans- Christoph Rademann (conductor)
Wednesday 25th December
On Christmas Night, a chance to enjoy a much loved oratorio for the festive season - Handel's Messiah.
Handel: Messiah, HWV 56
Gillian Keith (soprano)
Christine Rice (contralto)
John mark Ainsley (tenor)
Roderick Williams (bass)
Harry Christophers (conductor)
Thursday 26th DecemberT
The RTE National Symphony Orchestra go Big on Britten: Heavenly Life. Tonight's concert brings us a youthful Britten and some good humoured Mahler. (Recorded 04/10/13 at the NCH)
RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Barry Douglas (piano)
Mary Nelson (soprano)
Christian Arming (conductor)
Friday 27th December
Join RTÉ lyric fm presenters Niall Carroll, Carl Corcoran, Aedín Gormley, George Hamilton, Paul Herriott and Liz Nolan as we celebrate some of the station's all-time listener favourites from the worlds of classical music, film and ballet.
The RTÉ Symphony Orchestra are conducted by Michael Seal, in a programme which includes the Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana, Finlandia, music from The Big Country and Laurence of Arabia, the Sabre Dance from Khachaturian's ballet Gayane, Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty Waltz and the Finale from Stravinsky's The Firebird and Sousa's The Washington Post.
(First broadcast 12/07/2013)