Broadcast highlights

The pick of the week's classical music programmes from 5 to 10 January 2010

First-class Vivaldi from Vivica Genaux

Listen to a clip from the American mezzo-soprano's latest disc here

Hear a clip from this month's free CD!

Sir Charles Mackerras conducts the Konzertstück for Four Horns

John Rutter

With more than two dozen carols to his name, the British conductor-composer still has a soft spot for Christmas and its musical traditions

Six of the best… Christmas discs

From Bach's Christmas Oratorio to Adams's El niño, Helen Wallace selects the best recordings of festive classical works to listen to this yuletide

Spot the difference

Oliver Condy tries to figure out why audience reactions vary so much from venue to venue, and country to country

Nikolaus Harnoncourt makes Porgy and Bess CD debut

Listen to a clip from his first Gershwin recording here

Rediscovered 18th-century treasures

Listen to a clip from Giuliano Carmignola's disc of Italian violin concertos here

Broadcast highlights

The pick of the week's classical music programmes for 14 to 20 December

Da Vinci-designed instrument makes New York debut

Hybrid musical instrument by Renaissance inventor
comes to life