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The pick of the week's classical music programmes from 5 to 10 January 2010
Listen to a clip from the American mezzo-soprano's latest disc here
Sir Charles Mackerras conducts the Konzertstück for Four Horns
With more than two dozen carols to his name, the British conductor-composer still has a soft spot for Christmas and its musical traditions
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
Oliver Condy tries to figure out why audience reactions vary so much from venue to venue, and country to country
Listen to a clip from his first Gershwin recording here
Listen to a clip from Giuliano Carmignola's disc of Italian violin concertos here
The pick of the week's classical music programmes for 14 to 20 December
Hybrid musical instrument by Renaissance inventor
comes to life
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