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Presented by Jonathan Swain.
With Sara Mohr-Pietsch. Includes a Christmas carol from the BBC Singers.
James Jolly presents music by Mozart, Sullivan, Haydn, Tallis, Shostakovich and Respighi.
1/5 Donald Macleod focuses on Bach's arrival in the tranquil environment of Cothen.
Francesco Piemontesi performs piano music by Janacek, Beethoven and Stravinsky.
1/4 Katie Derham presents music including Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde.
Ruth Padel and Henry Goodman read prose and verse exploring the idea of the Ascent of Man. (R)
Features Veronika Eberle (violin), Giuliano Sommerhalder (trumpet), Henk Neven (baritone).
Stephane Deneve conducts the RSNO in Berlioz, Beethoven, MacMillan and Respighi.
Matthew Sweet talks to film-maker Danny Boyle and philanthropist Stephanie Shirley.
1/5 John Haldane on the origins and meaning of the veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
1/2 Jez Nelson reviews 2010's UK jazz. Concerts by Django Bates, Norma Winstone, Finn Peters.
Jonathan Swain presents Symphonies 3 and 6 by Tchaikovsky.
Tuesday 21 December 2010