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Christian Zacharias, Matthew Bourne, Harry the Piano

Sean Rafferty talks to pianist Christian Zacharias and choreographer Matthew Bourne. Plus Harry the Piano with festive requests and Will Gompertz's In Tune Christmas Card: Banksy.

Sean Rafferty is live with guests from the world of music.

Acclaimed pianist/conductor Christian Zacharias is in Edinburgh to talk to Sean ahead of concerts with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Choreographer Matthew Bourne has brought his celebrated Swan Lake to Sadler's Wells for the festive season - he talks to Sean about reinventing a classic.

Plus the astoundingly talented Harry the Piano is in the studio taking your festive requests with a twist! Tweet us @BBCInTune to suggest a Christmas tune "in the style" of any composer you choose!

Meanwhile Will Gompertz is busy writing his In Tune Christmas Cards. All week on the programme the BBC Arts Editor has been exploring 5 iconic seasonal works by artists as diverse as Van Gogh and Banksy. Today it's the turn of Banksy and the provocative images he spray-painted on the division wall between Israel and the Palestinian Territories near Bethlehem.

Main headlines are at 5pm and 6pm.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Harry the Piano

    Festive Medley

  • George Frideric Handel


    Performer: Orchestra Acedemia Saecolorum. Performer: Ruby Hughes.
    • ..
    • ..
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Swan lake - suite

    Performer: James Levine. Performer: Vienna Philharmonic.
    • DG.
    • 437 806-2.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in C major RV.179 for violin and orchestra

    Performer: Fabio Biondi. Performer: Europa Galante.
    • VIRGIN.
    • 6025-0322.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in G minor Kk.450

    Performer: Christian Zacharias.
    • MDG.
    • 340-1162-2.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in E major Kk.403

    Performer: Christian Zacharias.
    • MDG.
    • 340-1162-2.
  • G R Woodward

    Ding-dong ding! - trad., arr. for chorus [melody Piae Cantiones, 1582]

    Performer: VOCES8.
    • SIGNUM.
    • SIGCD 291.
  • Harry the Piano

    In the bleak midwinter - in the style of Kurt Weill

  • Harry the Piano

    In dulci jubilo - in the style of Fats Waller

  • Harry the Piano

    Jingle Bells - in the style of Philip Glass

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Weihnachts-Oratorium BWV.248

    Performer: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
    • CDA 68031/2.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Winter words Op.52

    Performer: Anna Tilbrook. Performer: James Gilchrist.
    • LINN.
    • CKD 329.
  • Harry the Piano

    I Saw 3 Ships - in the style of Tchaikovsky

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Swan lake - ballet Op.20

    Performer: New York Philharmonic.
    • TELDEC.
    • 45090-94571 2.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Quartet in C minor for strings

    Performer: Zehetmair String Quartet.
    • ECM.
    • 2195-481-0041.
  • Harry the Piano

    Have Yourself a Merry Christmas - in the style of JS Bach

  • William Byrd

    Vigilate for 5 voices [1589]

    Performer: Clare College Cambridge Choir.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Concerto no. 9 in E flat major K.271 for piano and orchestra

    Performer: Christian Zacharias. Performer: Lausanne Chamber Orchestra.
    • MDG.
    • 940 1298-6.
  • Harry the Piano

    We Wish You A Merry Christmas - in the style of Schubert

  • Harry the Piano

    God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - in the style of George Shearing

Banksy Graffiti Art On West Bank Barrier

Banksy Graffiti Art On West Bank Barrier
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