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Rodolfus Choir, Michael Tilson Thomas, John Butt

Sean Rafferty with Michael Tilson Thomas, the Rodolfus Choir and John Butt. Plus Will Gompertz's In Tune Christmas Card, exploring famous seasonal artworks: Van Gogh.

Sean Rafferty's guests include the Rodolfus Choir and their founding conductor Ralph Allwood. They will be performing live in the studio as they celebrate the choir's 30th anniversary.

Also today, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and the director of the Dunedin Consort, John Butt.

Plus, what would a Christmas card from the BBC Arts Editor look like? All week on the programme Will Gompertz's In Tune Christmas Card explores 5 iconic seasonal works by artists as diverse as Van Gogh and Banksy. Today he turns to Van Gogh's self-portrait Bandaged Ear, which began life on Christmas Eve 1888.

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2 hours

Music Played

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    The Nutcracker - suite Op.71a

    Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra.
    • CBS.
    • MDK-45649.
  • Benjamin Britten

    A Hymn to the Virgin for chorus [with semi-chorus]

    Performer: Rodolfus Choir.
  • Hubert Parry

    Songs of farewell for mixed voices

    Performer: Rodolfus Choir.
  • Franz Schubert

    Quartet in E major D.353 for strings

    Performer: Allegri String Quartet.
  • Josef Suk

    Praga - symphonic poem Op.26

    Performer: BBC S O..
    • Chandos.
    • CHAN 5109.
  • Maurice Jarre

    Lawrence of Arabia - music for the film

    Performer: London Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Cinephile.
    • CMACD585.
  • Heitor Villa‐Lobos

    Bachiana brasileira no. 4 vers. for orchestra

    Performer: New World Symphony.
    • BMG.
    • 09026-68538-2.
  • John Adams

    Short ride in a fast machine for orchestra

    Performer: San Francisco Symphony.
    • SFS.
    • 821936-0053-2.
  • Paul Mealor

    Now Sleeps The Crimson Petal for chorus

    Performer: Rodolfus Choir.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme - chorale-prelude BWV.645 (Schubler chorale) for organ no.1

    Performer: Ton Koopman.
    • REGIS.
    • RRC-2042.
  • Edward Elgar

    Go, song of mine Op.57 for chorus [SSAATB]

    Performer: Rodolfus Choir.
  • Jeanne Louise Dumont Farrenc

    Quintet no. 2 in E major Op.31 for string trio, double bass & piano

    Performer: Schubert Ensemble of London.
    • ASV.
    • CD DCA 1122.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Rigoletto - opera in 3 acts

    Performer: Roberto Alagna. Performer: London Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 555540 2.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Messiah

    Performer: Dunedin Consort. Performer: Dunedin Players.
    • Linn.
    • CKD 285.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Messiah

    Performer: Matthew Brook. Performer: Dunedin Consort. Performer: Dunedin Players.
    • Linn.
    • CKD 285.
  • Trad.

    WHAT CHILD IS THIS?

    Performer: Eleanor Turner. Performer: Elizabeth Scorah. Performer: Harriet Adie. Performer: Keziah Thomas.
    • Discovery.
    • DMV 107.

Van Gogh: Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, 1889

Van Gogh: Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, 1889

Oil on canvas, 60 x 49 cm

© Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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