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  1. The Castle Moreton Jerry

    Nicholas Shakespeare's story recalls the stange influence of Tasmania's famous fog.

    First broadcast: 11 Jun 2009

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  2. Haydn and the Enlightenment

    Dermot Clinch looks at the influence of Freemasonry and the Enlightenment on Haydn.

    First broadcast: 03 Jun 2009

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  3. A Tale Told by Moonlight

    By Leonard Woolf. An English novelist visiting Ceylon falls in love with a prostitute.

    First broadcast: 29 May 2009

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  4. Michelangelo the Poet

    Mario Petrucci considers the much-neglected poetry of Michelangelo.

    First broadcast: 15 May 2009

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  5. Mendelssohn at Buckingham Palace

    Sean Rafferty finds out about Mendelssohn's visits to Buckingham Palace.

    First broadcast: 09 May 2009

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  6. Moon Enterprises Inc and the Door

    Two playful stories by award-winning writer Michael Kruger about eccentric grandfathers.

    First broadcast: 30 Apr 2009

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  7. Handel Week - The Mouth of the Lord

    A discussion about the real meaning of the text Handel set in Messiah.

    First broadcast: 14 Apr 2009

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  8. Eyeing the Spymaster

    Poet Alison Brackenbury responds to John de Critz's portrait of Sir Francis Walsingham.

    First broadcast: 10 Apr 2009

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  9. The Ghosts of Little Russia

    Zinovy Zinik uncovers the stories behind an area of London once known as 'Little Russia'.

    First broadcast: 13 Mar 2009

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  10. As I Went to Walsingham

    Sean Street and Eamon Duffy go to Walsingham, a place of pilgrimage for almost 1,000 years

    First broadcast: 27 Feb 2009

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  11. Happy Endings

    Paul Allen explores happy endings, looking at Prokofiev's original Romeo and Juliet.

    First broadcast: 20 Feb 2009

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  12. Piano, by Jean Echenoz

    David Horovitch reads from Jean Echenoz's novel celebrating the life of a concert pianist.

    First broadcast: 13 Feb 2009

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  13. The Art of Light Music

    Martin Handley discusses the art of light music with Claire Martin and the BBC CO.

    First broadcast: 04 Feb 2009

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  14. A Soundscape of Colour: The World of Alun Hoddinott (1929-2008)

    Donald Macleod presents a profile of Welsh composer Alun Hoddinott.

    First broadcast: 23 Jan 2009

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  15. 08/01/2009

    Catherine Bott looks at what 2009 has in store for the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

    First broadcast: 08 Jan 2009

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  16. Celebrating St Nicolas

    Louise Fryer uncovers the story behind Britten's cantata St Nicolas.

    First broadcast: 18 Dec 2008

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  17. Konstantin Melnikov

    Iain Glen reads Bruce Chatwin's story of his trip to see the architect Konstantin Melnikov

    First broadcast: 11 Dec 2008

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  18. 10/12/2008

    From St David's Hall, Cardiff, Petroc Trelawny chairs a discussion on Messiaen.

    First broadcast: 10 Dec 2008

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  19. Dance to the Music

    Deborah Bull explores the relationship between music and dance, from Tchaikovsky to today.

    First broadcast: 05 Dec 2008

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  20. The Postmaster, by Alexander Pushkin

    Pushkin's short story about a postmaster's daughter who elopes with a hussar.

    First broadcast: 04 Dec 2008

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  21. The Garden of Earthly Delights

    Tim Healey explores the Goliards, composers of the original songs of Carmina Burana.

    First broadcast: 28 Nov 2008

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  22. Take A Hike North

    Writer Christopher Somerville watches the dawn migration of 25,000 geese in Aberlady Bay.

    First broadcast: 27 Nov 2008

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  23. Matryona's House

    Stephen Critchlow reads Solzhenitsyn's short story about an impoverished peasant woman.

    First broadcast: 21 Nov 2008

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  24. 13/11/2008

    Stephen Johnson explores the parallel worlds of Rachmaninov and Stravinsky.

    First broadcast: 13 Nov 2008

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  25. Fiesta

    A portait of the Fiesta del Pilar, a celebration held in the Spanish city of Zaragoza.

    First broadcast: 24 Oct 2008

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  26. The Importance of Being a Hellenist

    By Istvan Orkeny. A story told by a mother who must identify the body of her dead son.

    First broadcast: 15 Oct 2008

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  27. Candide

    Martin Handley explores the themes of Candide.

    First broadcast: 04 Oct 2008

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  28. Beethoven's Double Bass

    How Beethoven's Choral Symphony was inspired by double bass player Domenico Dragonetti.

    First broadcast: 26 Sep 2008

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  29. 19/09/2008

    Petroc Trelawny and guests discuss the portrayal of conductors in BBC TV's Maestro series.

    First broadcast: 19 Sep 2008

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  30. 18/09/2008

    With BBC Singers chief conductor David Hill and associate composer Judith Bingham.

    First broadcast: 18 Sep 2008

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