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Liam Byrne, Peter Phillips, Julian Joseph, John Mark Ainsley, Malcolm Martineau

Sean Rafferty presents. With conductor Peter Phillips, pianist Julian Joseph's favourite Christmas music, and live music from viol player Liam Byrne and tenor John Mark Ainsley.

Sean Rafferty with live music and conversation. Conductor Peter Phillips discusses his acclaimed choir The Tallis Scholars as they prepare for a Christmas concert. And today's Christmas Cracker is from jazz pianist/composer and BBC Ten Pieces Ambassador Julian Joseph who introduces his favourite seasonal music. Viol player Liam Byrne performs live - as well as Renaissance music, he commissions new works for the instrument; and there's more live music from tenor John Mark Ainsley and pianist Malcolm Martineau ahead of their Wigmore Hall recital in London.
Plus, another of the shortlisted entries for BBC Radio 3 Breakfast's Christmas Carol Competition.

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2 hours

Music Played

  • Dan Miller

    Can it Be True?

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: David Hill. Lyricist: Susan Hill.
  • Edmund Finnis

    Lines Curved Rivers Mirrored

    Performer: Liam Byrne.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Study No 3 in A minor after Chopin, 'Tarantella'

    Performer: Boris Berezovsky.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Canzon duodecimi toni à 10, C178

    Ensemble: Wallace Collection. Conductor: Simon Wright.
    • Gabrieli and St.Marks: Venetian Brass Music: The Wallace Collection/Wallace/Wrig.
    • Nimbus.
    • 1.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Sonana No. 7 in C major, HWV 365

  • Gibbons

    Two-part fantasy

    Performer: Liam Byrne. Performer: Vladimir Waltham.
  • Marin Marais

    Suite - book 3 no. 7 in G major: Prelude and Sarabande Grave

    Performer: Liam Byrne. Performer: Vladimir Waltham.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Sonata No 13 in B flat major, K 333 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Christian Blackshaw.
  • William Byrd

    Mass for 3 voices, Gloria

    Director: Peter Phillips. Choir: Tallis Scholars.
    • The Tallis Scholars Sing William Byrd.
    • Gimell.
    • 12.
  • Franz Schubert

    Der Doppelganger

    Performer: John Mark Ainsley. Performer: Malcolm Martineau.
  • Franz Schubert


    Performer: John Mark Ainsley. Performer: Malcolm Martineau.
  • Franz Schubert

    Das Fischermadchen

    Performer: John Mark Ainsley. Performer: Malcolm Martineau.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Valse lyrique, Op 96a

    Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • Sibelius: Violin concerto, Karelia Suite, The Swan of Tuonela and other works.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 8.
  • Émile Waldteufel

    Bella - Polka

    Orchestra: Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Theodor Guschlbauer.
    • VIRGIN.
  • John Taverner

    Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas for 6 voices: Sanctus

    Choir: Tallis Scholars. Director: Peter Phillips.
    • Taverner: Magnificats.
    • Gimell.
    • 3.
  • Franz Liszt

    Hungarian Rhapsody No.3 in D flat major

    Orchestra: Vienna Academy Orchestra. Conductor: Martin Haselböck.
    • CPO.


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