Andrés Hernández-Salazar - tenor, lecturer & singing teacher

MUSIC in TIME: The Renaissance Revolution

This is our brand New Course 2021-22

During this new course in 3 terms, we will explore the seismic revolution that shook the Western soundscape during the Renaissance: music printing and notation, new families of instruments, new musical styles and genres, lute songs and consort music, madrigals and the great choral masterpieces, as well as the dawn of opera!

Booking info:

Time: 10.30 am to 12 noon Wednesdays on Zoom

(Zoom links emailed directly to you every Wednesday morning)

Term Dates 2022

Spring Term: 5 January to 30 March (no class 16 February Half Term)

Summer Term: 20 April to 13 July (no class 1 June Half Term)

Cost: £96 per term (12 sessions per term @ £8 per class)

Payable via online bank transfer or cheque by post (Please see below)

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2. Cheque payable to ANDRES HERNANDEZ-SALAZAR (Please NOT payable to AHSMUSIC)

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24 Oxborough, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE33 9PS

Der Freischütz

Der Freischütz

2021 celebrates the 200th anniversary of the premiere of Carl Maria von Weber’s groundbreaking opera, Der Freischütz. Much admired by Wagner, and the first German Romantic opera, explore this fascinating piece and watch video extracts on this day-course, plus a link to a complete performance with English subtitles.


Giuseppe Verdi’s operas have an uncanny ability to probe into our contemporary psyche.

Viva VERDI! Two terms exploring all 26 Verdi operas

Enjoy the best of Italian opera and lose yourself in a world of political intrigue, love and betrayal, with gypsies, wicked dukes, African princesses, hunchbacks, consumptive courtesans, troubadours, Egyptian pharaohs and more!

Sarasota Opera production of Aida–Photo by Rod Millington

This brand new course consists of 26 webinars discovering the entire operatic output of the pivotal figure of Italian romantic opera. From all the favourites of the world’s leading opera houses, Traviata, Rigoletto, Aida, to the more obscure ones, Aroldo, Jerusalem, Il corsaro, and including Verdi’s Shakespearean reworkings, Macbeth, Otello, Falstaff.

Sarasota Opera’s production of Jerusalem

The class will be on Zoom webinars every Wednesday morning, with optional time for questions and comments at the end. All sessions will be recorded in case you miss it on the day!

Times: Wednesdays 10.30am – 12 noon (plus optional Q&A at the end)

Heavenly Harmony: The Glory of the Mass

From the first polyphonic mass in the 14th century until the present day, composers of Western classical music have dedicated some of their greatest creative endeavours to the musical setting of the Mass. In this course we shall dedicate two weeks each to the different sections of the Ordinary of the Mass: Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus & Agnus Dei. Plus the last two weeks will be dedicated to the Requiem Mass.

History of Song

A three-term course exploring the development of secular art-song in Western classical music from the Middle Ages to the present day. Each term we shall be covering two eras in music history: Medieval & Renaissance, Baroque & Classical, and Romantic & Modern. We shall focus on the song repertoire from the troubadours to contemporary music via cancioneros, lute songs, French mélodie, German Lied, and much more, from Europe and Russia to the Americas.

A Selected Bibliography:

Music, Words and Voice: A Reader. Edited by Martin Clayton

Music (Eyewitness Guides)

The Story of Music: From Antiquity to the Present. H F Ullmann

Dictionary of Early Music: From the Troubadours to Monteverdi

Source Readings in Music History: Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Oliver Strunk

Antiquity and the Middle Ages (Man and Music Series)

A History of Song. Edited by Denis Stevens

A Performer’s Guide to Music of the Classical Period. ABRSM

The Classical Style: Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart. Charles Rosen

A Performer’s Guide to Music of the Romantic Period (ABRSM)

The Romantic Generation by Charles Rosen

Francis Poulenc: ‘Echo and Source’ Selected Correspondence 1915-1963

Why Mahler?: How One Man and Ten Symphonies Changed the World

Alma Mahler-Werfel: Diaries, 1898-1902

Messiaen by Robert Sherlaw Johnson

A Ned Rorem Reader

A Selected Discography:

Music of Ancient Greece

The Dante Troubadours. Martin Best Medieval Ensemble

Love Songs in the Middle Ages 1150-1450. Sequentia

Sumer Is Icumen In, Medieval English Songs. The Hilliard Ensemble

Canciones españolas. Teresa Berganza, mezzo

Alfonso X El Sabio: Cantigas de Santa Maria. Hesperion XX, Jordi Savall

Carmina Burana, Vol. 2. The New London Consort, Philip Pickett

The Art of Courtly Love: Machaut, Binchois & Dufay. David Munrow

Emma Kirkby Collection

Machaut Chansons – Dreams in the Pleasure Garden. Orlando Consort

Codex Chantilly – Ballades & Rondeaux /Ensemble Organum · Pérès

Codex Faenza-15c.Italy. Ensemble Organum

Johannes Ciconia: Vocal Works

The Garden Of Zephirus: courtly songs of the early 15th Century

Oswald von Wolkenstein: Songs of Myself – Andreas Scholl, countertenor

La Sublime Porte: Voices of Istanbul. Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall

Sepharad: Songs of the Spanish Jews

Il Cantar Moderno – Venetian and Neopolitan Songs of the 15th Century

Alfons V El Magnanim – El Cancionero de Montecassino. Hesperion XX

El Cancionero de la Colombina. Hesperion XX, dir. Jordi Savall

El Cancionero de Palacio. Hesperion XX, dir. Jordi Savall

El Cancionero de Medinaceli. Hesperion XX, dir. Jordi Savall

Frottole: Songs from the courts of Rennaisance Italy

Luys Milan: El Maestro. Montserrat Figueras, sop. & Hopkinson Smith, vihuela

Virtuoso Chamber Music of 16th Century

Dowland: Second Booke of Songs. The Consort of Musicke

Dowland & Britten: Lute Songs. Mark Padmore, tenor

Ancient Airs and Dances: Rogers Covey-Crump, tenor

The Dark is my Delight. Evelyn Tubb, soprano, Michael Fields, lute

Caccini: Le Nuove Musiche. Montserrat Figueras, sop.

Monteverdi, Caccini, Peri: Canti Amorosi. Nigel Rogers, tenor

Lamenti: Monteverdi, Purcell, etc. Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo

Monteverdi: Arie e Lamenti. Montserrat Figueras, sop.

Stefano Landi: Homo fugit velut umbra… /L’Arpeggiata · Pluhar

Virtuoso Italian Vocal Music. Catherine Bott, sop.

Music for a While. Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo.

Elizabethan Songs / Lady Musick. Emma Kirkby, sop.

The Dark is my Delight. Evelyn Tubb, sop. & Michael Fields, lute

Lambert: Airs de Cour. Les Arts Florissants, William Christie, cond.

Ombre De Mon Amant – French Baroque Arias. Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo

José Marín – Tonos Humanos. Montserrat Figueras, sop.

The Mad Lover. Evelyn Tubb, sop.

Purcell: Secular Solo Songs Vol.1

Purcell: Airs and Instrumental Music. Howard Crook, tenor

Gay: The Beggar’s Opera

Dr Arne at Vauxhall Gardens

Telemann & the Leipzig Opera

O Tuneful Voice: Songs and Duets from late 18th-century London

Mozart & Haydn: Songs and Canzonettas. Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo

Mozart Lieder. Guy de Mey, tenor

Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart Lieder. Wolfgang Holzmair, baritone

Mozart, Debussy, Wolf. Edita Gruberova, soprano

Beethoven, Meyerbeer, Spohr: Lieder. Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo

Beethoven An die ferne Geliebte. Thomas Hampson, bar. Geoffrey Parsons, piano

Song Recital: Schubert/Verdi/Donizetti/Bellini. Lawrence Brownlee, tenor

Voice & Guitar: Schubert/Spohr/Brahms. Christoph Prégardien, tenor

Simply the Best – Songs and Lieder. Fischer-Diskau, Ameling, Popp etc

Ian Bostridge, tenor. Schubert, Schumann etc

Las Mujeres y Cuerdas: Fernando Sor guitar songs. Marta Almajano, sop.

Beethoven/Meyerbeer/Spohr: Lieder Melodies. Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo

Rossini Recital: Marilyn Horne, mezzo

Soirées musicales: Songs & Duets by Rossini

Cecilia Bartoli – An Italian Songbook Rossini/Bellini/Donizetti

Canzone-Art of Bel Canto: Verdi/Rossini/Bellini/Donizetti. Carlo Bergonzi, tenor

Schumann: Dichterliebe & Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder

Liszt/Meyerbeer/Verdi etc. Il primo dolce affanno – Il Salotto, Vol 7

Liszt/Wagner/Berlioz: Romantic Songs. Thomas Hampson, baritone

Véronique Gens, mezzo – Nuits d’étoiles (Mélodie françaises)

La Bonne Chanson. French chamber songs. Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo

Songs by Reynaldo Hahn

Ravel: Mélodies

Voyage A Paris: The Mélodies of Francis Poulenc. Felicity Lott, sop.

Songs of Travel: Vaughan Williams, Butterworth, Ireland, Gurney, Warlock

Roger Quilter Songs: Benjamin Luxon, baritone, David Willson, piano

An Anthology Of English Song: Janet Baker, mezzo, Martin Isepp, piano

Hugo Wolf – 150th Anniversary Edition

Folksongs: Dvorak, Grainger, Hahn, Kodály, Britten. A S von Otter, mezzo

Montserrat Caballé Sings Granados

Canteloube: Chants d’Auvergne. Federica von Stade, mezzo

Berg / Korngold / Strauss: Lieder. Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo

Messiaen: Poemes pour Mi; and Dallapicola. Phyllis Bryn-Julson, soprano

Cage: Litany for the Whale

Berio: Folk Songs

American Songs: Copland, Barber, Previn, Argento. Barbara Bonney, sop.

Songs of Ned Rorem. Susan Graham, mezzo & Malcolm Martineau, piano

Pärt, etc: A Simple Song. Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo & Bengt Forsberg, piano

Beethoven Symphonies

In this course we will be exploring Beethoven’s groundbreaking development of the symphonic form, including some of the most iconic and epoch-making orchestral and choral music of the entire Classical repertoire.


A Selected Bibliography:

Beethoven: His Life and Times (Composer’s Life & Times S.)

Beethoven (Master Musicians Series) by Marion M. Scott

The Treasures of Beethoven (John Suchet)

The Classical Style: Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart (Charles Rosen)

Beethoven: The Philosophy of Music (Theodor W Adorno)

The Nine Symphonies of Beethoven (Antony Hopkins)

Analyses of Musical Classics Book 1 (Annie O Warburton)

The Ninth: Beethoven and the World in 1824, by Harvey Sachs


A Selected Discography:

Haydn: 12 London Symphonies

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos 1 & 4. Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan

Beethoven: Symphonys No 1 & No 2. Sir Neville Marriner (Vinyl LP)

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 8. Sir Roger Norrington

Beethoven For All: The Symphonies 1-9. Daniel Barenboim/West-Eastern Divan

Beethoven: Symphony No.6 Pastorale. Vienna Phil/Karl Böhm

Beethoven / Arr Liszt : Symphonies Nos 1 – 9. Cyprien Katsaris, piano

Beethoven – Symphony No 7; Triple Concerto (LSO, Haitink)

Beethoven: Symphony No.9. The Academy of Ancient Music/Hogwood

Wagner Operas

Explore the operatic revolution brought by the ground breaking musical dramas of Richard Wagner.


A Selected Bibliography:

The Faber Pocket Guide to Wagner by Michael Tanner

The Good Wagner Opera Guide by Denis Forman

Winnie And Wolf by A N Wilson

Opera & Its Symbols: The Unity of Words, Music, and Staging/Robert Donington

Wagner’s Ring: Turning the Sky Around by M. Owen Lee


A Selected Discography:

Wagner – Die Feen /THE FAIRIES

Wagner: Das Liebesverbot/The Ban on Love

Wagner: Rienzi

Jonas Kaufmann: Wagner Tenor Arias

Wagner: Der Fliegende Holländer

Wagner: Tannhäuser

Wagner: Lohengrin

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (Highlights)

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Wagner: An Introduction to Der Ring des Nibelungen

Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

Wagner: Parsifal (highlights)

Living Composers

This course focuses on the contemporary composers that are currently forging the new musical paths: from the well established names of Philip Glass, Arvo Pärt, Ned Rorem, John Adams and Max Richter, to the new generation, including James MacMillan, Roxana Panufnick and Thomas Ades, among others.


Selected Discography:


Glass: Violin Concerto/Bernstein: Serenade/Rorem: Violin Concerto

Philip Glass: Akhnaten-Complete Opera

Songs of Ned Rorem: Susan Graham, mezzo/Malcolm Matineau, piano

American Songs: Barbara Bonney/André Previn

Renée Fleming – I Want Magic

Arvo Pärt: Alina/Spiegel im Spiegel

Arvo Pärt: Arbos/Stabat Mater

James MacMillan: Stabat Mater

Thomas Adès: Asyla/Chamber and Orchestral Works

John Adams: Century Rolls/Lollapalooza

John Adams: Nixon in China

Music of Hikari Oe, Vol.1

Sir John Tavener/Roxanna Panufnik: 99 Words

Roxana Panufnik: Angels Sing/Westminster Mass

A Song More Silent: Beamish/McDowall/O’Regan/Plowman

The Very Best of John Rutter

Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man – A Mass For Peace

Great Movie Themes: John Williams, Hans Zimmer, etc

The Lion King: Music & Lyrics by Elton John and Tim Rice, score by Hans Zimmer

Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons

Gabriela Montero : Baroque

Sonic Philosophy: Hugo Ticciati, violin & Henrik Måwe, piano

Opera stravagante: the Neapolitan School

Explore the life and works of the 18th-century composers that form the Neapolitan School, and their legacy in the operas of the bel canto composers. Discover the masterpieces of Alessandro Scarlatti, Pergolesi and Jommelli, as well as the operas composed for the Teatro San Carlo in Naples by Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti.

The Two Barbers

2016 marks the 200th anniversary of the premiere of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. Discover why the opening night was a fiasco, and compare and contrast this most beloved bel canto masterpiece with the previous – and at the time greatly revered – Barber by Giovanni Paisiello.


A Selected Bibliography:

Rossini: His Life and Works. Richard Osborne

The Golden Century of Italian Opera from Rossini to Puccini. W Weaver


A Selected Discography:

Paisiello: Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Fasano, cond.

Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia. Humburg, cond.

Rossini: Colbran, The Muse. Joyce DiDonato, mezzo.

Rossini Arias. Juan Diego Flórez, tenor.

Rossini: La cenerentola. Ferro, cond.


Explore Music History from antiquity until the present day. Enjoy the unfolding of western art music through the lives and works of the great composers and discover many a hidden musical gem en route!


Ancient & Medieval up to 1450

Renaissance 1450–1600

Baroque 1600–1750

Classical 1750–1825

Romantic 1825–1900

Modern 1900 onwards


A Selected Bibliography:


Ancient & Medieval

The Story of Music: from Antiquity to the Present. Maria Lord

Music (DK Eyewitness Books). Neil Ardley

Source Readings in Music History: Antiquity and the Middle Ages v. 1

Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Man & Music Series. James McKinnon

Man & His Music: Mediaeval and Early Renaissance Music. Alec Harman

The Music of the Spheres by Jamie James

Knights at Court by Aldo Scaglione

A Distant Mirror: the Calamitous 14Th Century by Barbara Tuchman



Companion To Medieval And Renaissance Music

Source Readings in Music History: The Renaissance Vol 2



Source Readings in Music History: The Baroque Era v. 3

Music in the Baroque Era

Monteverdi: His Life and Works, by Henry Prunieres

The Letters of Claudio Monteverdi ~ Denis Stevens

A Performer’s Guide to Music of the Baroque Period (ABRSM)

Sounds and Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music. Anna Beer

The Sun King (Vintage Classics) ~ Nancy Mitford

Purcell Remembered ~ Michael Burden

The English Pleasure Garden: 1660-1860 (Shire Library). Sarah Jane Downing

Tosi’s Observations on the Florid Song (Facsimile of 1743 English Edition)

On Playing the Flute by Johann Joachim Quantz

The Faber Pocket Guide to Bach ~ Nicholas Kenyon

Music in the Castle of Heaven: A Portrait of J S Bach ~ John Eliot Gardiner

Evening in the Palace of Reason: Bach Meets Frederick the Great ~ James Gaines

The Faber Pocket Guide to Handel ~ Edward Blakeman

Handel ~ Christopher Hogwood

The Lives of Haydn, Mozart and Metastasio ~ Stendhal



The Lives Of The Great Composers: Third Edition

The Complete Classical Music Guide (Eyewitness Companions)

A Performer’s Guide to Music of the Classical Period (ABRSM)

Source readings in music history from antiquity through the romantic era

Gluck and the Opera – Scholar’s Choice Edition

Gluck and the French Theatre in Vienna

Form in Music by Stewart Macpherson

The Classical Era: From the 1740s to the end of the 18th Century (Man & Music)

The Classical Style: Haydn, Beethoven & Mozart, by Charles Rosen

The Faber Pocket Guide to Mozart, by Sir Nicholas Kenyon

The Nine Symphonies of Beethoven (Antony Hopkins)

Schubert (Masters of Music) ~ Percy M. Young

Schubert’s Songs ~ Richard Capell

Rossini: His Life and Works (Master Musicians Series) ~ Richard Osborne



A Performer’s Guide to Music of the Romantic Period (ABRSM)

Niccolo Paganini: Supreme Violinist or Devil’s Fiddler? (Great Performers Series)

The Memoirs of Hector Berlioz (translated by David Cairns)

Berlioz: Servitude and Greatness 1832-1869 (by David Cairns)

Source Readings in Music History: The Romantic Era v. 5

“Sounds and Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music” by Anna Beer

‘The Romantic Generation’ by Charles Rosen

‘The Gilded Stage: A Social History of Opera’ by Daniel Snowman

Verdi (Master Musicians Series)

The Faber Pocket Guide to Wagner

The Last Waltz: The Strauss Dynasty and Vienna by John Suchet



Why Mahler?: How One Man and Ten Symphonies Changed the World. Lebrecht

Alma Mahler-Werfel: Diaries 1898-1902. Edited by Antony Beaumont

Stravinsky’s Piano: Genesis of a Musical Language (Music since 1900)

Francis Poulenc: Selected Correspondence, 1915-63

Pierre Bernac: The Interpretation of French Song

‘Messiaen’ by Robert Sherlaw Johnson

The Faber Pocket Guide to Britten

The Operas of Benjamin Britten



A Selected Discography:


Ancient & Medieval

Music of Ancient Greece. Atrium de Madrid. Gregorio Paniagua

Byzantine Hymns: Kassia of Constantinople

Music of the Middle Ages. David Munrow

Chants of the Milanese Church. Ensemble Organum · Pérès

Music and Poetry at Saint Gall. Ensemble Gilles Binchois · Vellard

Mozarabic Chant. Ensemble Organum. Marcel Peres

Hildegard von Bingen: O Jerusalem. Sequentia

Hildegard von Bingen: A Feather on the Breath of God. Gothic Voices

Codex Calixtinus, 12th century /Ensemble Organum · Pérès

Llibre Vermell de Montserrat / Hesperion XX. Jordi Savall

Leonin: Magister Leoninus Vol.2 Sacred Music from 12th-Century Paris

Perotin. The Hilliard Ensemble

The Lily and the Lamb: chant & polyphony from medieval England

Alfonso X El Sabio: Cantigas de Santa Maria ~ Hesperion XX

Love Songs of the Middle Ages ~ Sequentia

Music of the Crusades: 12 & 13 Century Music. David Munrow

Sepharad: Songs of the Spanish Jews ~ Ensemble Sarband

Sumer is icumen in: English Medieval Chants ~ The Hilliard Ensemble

Carmina Burana, Vol. 2 ~ New London Consort. Philip Pickett, cond.

The Century of Ars Nova (14th Century)

Machaut: Messe De Notre Dame. Andrew Parrott, cond.

Codex Faenza-15c.Italy manuscript (14th-century keyboard music)

John Dunstable – Sweet Harmony (Masses and Motets)



Ars Subtilior ~ Dawn of the Renaissance

The Garden of Zephirus: Courtly songs of the early 15th Century

Oswald von Wolkenstein: Songs of Myself – Andreas Scholl

El Cancionero de la Colombina 1451-1506

El Cancionero de Palacio 1474-1516. Hesperion XX

Josquin Desprez: Missa Pange lingua /Ensemble Clément Janequin

Josquin Desprez: Adieu mes amours, Chansons.

Renaissance – Music For Inner Peace. The Sixteen

Taverner: Missa Mater Christi Sanctissima

Tallis: Spem in Alium /The Tallis Scholars · Phillips

16th Century Music for Viols. Fretwork & Rose Consort of Viols

Byrd: Mass for Five Voices ~ Christ Church Cathedral Choir/Darlington

Frottole: Songs from the courts of Rennaisance Italy

Luys Milan: El Maestro. Montserrat Figueras & Hopkinson Smith

Cipriano de Rore: Missa Praeter rerum seriem, Motets & Madrigals

Concerto Delle Donne. Consort of Musicke

Gesualdo: Quinto Libro di Madrigali. Consort of Musicke

English Madrigals. The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips, cond.

Musica Della Cappella Sistina: Allegri, Josquin, Morales, Palestrina

Orlande de Lassus: Mass ‘Tout les Regretz’ and Motets

A New Venetian Coronation 1595. Gabrieli Consort & Players. McCreesh

Gabrieli: Music for San Rocco 1608 ~ Gabrieli Consort & Players

Mateo Flecha: Ensaladas. Hesperion XX, Jordi Savall, cond.

Guerrero: Sacrae Cantiones. Hesperion XX, Jordi Savall, cond.

El Cancionero de Medinaceli. Hesperion XX, Jordi Savall, cond.

Dowland: Second Booke of Songs. The Consort of Musicke



Intermedi (1589) La Pellegrina. Taverner Consort, Andrew Parrott

Monteverdi: L’Orfeo. Gardiner, cond.

Monteverdi: Eighth Book of Madrigals, Vol 1 /Concerto Italiano · Alessandrini

Monteverdi: L’incoronazione di Poppea. René Jacobs, cond.

Monteverdi: Vespers 1610. Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra · Gardiner

Carissimi: Jephthah, Jonah. Gabrieli Consort & Players · McCreesh

Tous les matins du monde: Lully, Marais, Couperin. Jordi Savall, cond.

Lully: Atys (Les Arts Florissants/William Christie)

José Marín – Tonos Humanos. Montserrat Figueras, sop./Rolf Lislevand, guitar.

Dame Janet Baker, mezzo: Bach, Purcell, Rameau, Cavalli

Christmas Music ~ Scarlatti, Corelli, Bach. Emma Kirkby, sop/London Baroque

F Couperin: L’Apothéose de Lully; harpsichord works

Purcell: The Fairy Queen

Per un bacio – 17th Century Italian Cantatas & Madrigals. Marta Almajano, sop.

Domenico Scarlatti: Sonatas for Harpsichord/Trevor Pinnock

Miserere. Westminster Abbey Choir: Allegri, Lotti, Gesualdo, Gabrieli, Monteverdi

Vivaldi: Opera Arias

Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; Salve Regina (Kirkby/Bowman))

Pergolesi – La Serva Padrona

Vivaldi: Violin Concerto RV581, Salve Regina. Il Seminario Musicale

J S Bach: The Vivaldi Concerti/Franz Hauk, organ

J S Bach: Harpsichord Concertos Vol. 2 – Aapo Hakkinen, harpsichord

J S Bach: Brandenburg Concertos 4-6. The English Concert/Trevor Pinnock

A Vauxhall Gardens Entertainment: Handel, Abel, Arne, Boyce/London Baroque

Handel: Samson. Concentus Musicus Wien/Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Telemann: Recorder Duos-Volume. 1

Handel: Messiah/Trevor Pinnock, cond.

Vivaldi – Gloria & Magnificat/Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini, cond.

J S Bach: Magnificat & Cantata BWV51/John Eliot Gardiner, cond.

J.S. Bach: Cello Suites ~ David Watkin, baroque cello

Bach: Goldberg Variations ~ Steven Devine, harpsichord

Bach: Mass in B Minor. Collegium Vocale Gent/Philippe Herreweghe, cond.

Charpentier: Te Deum. Les Arts Florissants/William Christie, cond.

Rameau: Pygmalion. Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset, cond.

John Gay & Christopher Pepusch: The Beggar’s Opera

Handel: As Steals the Morn ~ arias & scenes for tenor. Mark Padmore, tenor



Bach: Musikalisches Opfer (The Musical Offering), BWV 1079

CPE Bach: Instrumental Chamber Music

Drama Queens: Joyce DiDonato, mezzo

Baroque Opera Arias: Purcell, Handel, Gluck. Carolyn Watkinson, contralto

Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride

Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 76, No. 4 (Sunrise), No. 5, No. 6

O Tuneful Voice: Songs from C18 London. Kirkby/Müller

Haydn: Stabat Mater

Haydn: Paukenmesse

Haydn: Die Schöpfung (The Creation)

Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Serenata Notturna, A Musical Joke

Diana Damrau ~ Arie di Bravura (Mozart, Salieri, Righini)

Edita Gruberova ~ Mozart: Concert Arias

Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte

Mozart: Mass in C minor/Philippe Herreweghe, cond.

Mozart: Horn Concertos

Mozart: Symphonies 40 & 41 (Jupiter). Vienna Philharmonic/Karajan, cond.

Beethoven: String Quartets Op.18, 1-6 ~ Jerusalem Quartet

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis/Philippe Herreweghe, cond.

Beethoven: Symphony No.9. The Academy of Ancient Music/Hogwood, cond.

Beethoven : Fidelio [Highlights] – Harnoncourt, cond.

Beethoven, Meyerbeer & Spohr: Lieder Melodies ~ Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo

Schubert: Trout Quintet

Schubert/Schumann:Songs ~ Elly Ameling, sop. & Jörg Demus, piano

Schubert: Lieder ~ Dietrich Fischer-Diskau, baritone & Gerald Moore, piano

Schubert: Lieder ~ Christoph Prégardien, tenor & Tilman Hoppstock, guitar

Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia

Rossini: Mosè in Egitto



Weber : Der Freischütz

Paganini: 24 Capricci, Op.1. Salvatore Accardo, violin.

Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique / Lélio

Berlioz: Les Nuits d’été. Susan Graham, mezzo

Norwegian Violin Favourites (Ole Bull, Grieg, etc)

Songs to Shakespeare (Henry Bishop, etc). Anthony Rolfe Johnson, tenor

Mendelssohn: Elias/Paulus/A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Herreweghe, cond.

Mendelssohn- Piano Trios Nos 1 & 2 (Gould Piano Trio)

Fanny Mendelssohn / Clara Schumann: Piano Trios (The Dartington Piano Trio)

A Romantic Songbook. Thomas Quasthoff, bass-bariton; Justus Zeyen, piano

Chopin: Piano Concerto 1/Preludes/Barcarolle/Scherzo. Martha Argerich, piano

Chopin: Works for Piano and Orchestra. Emanuel Ax, piano/OAE

Liszt’s Petrarch Sonnets. Bruce Ford, tenor. Il primo dolce affanno/Opera Rara

Schumann: Piano Concerto; Symphony No2. Staier, piano/Herreweghe, cond.

Clara Schumann: Songs

Thomas Hampson Lieder Recital (Schumann, Beethoven etc)

Brahms: Symphonies 1-4

Brahms – Volkslieder; Zigeunerlieder

Twilight Of The Gods – The Ultimate Wagner Ring Collection

Maria Callas: Verdi Arias, Vol. 1

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (Highlights)

Offenbach: Orpheus in Der Unterwelt

Natalie Dessay ~ Miracle of the Voice

Golden Operetta

René Kollo: Dunkelrote Rosen

Johann Strauss: Die Fledermaus

Gilbert & Sullivan – The Mikado

Bruckner: Choral Works. La Chapelle Royale/Philippe Herreweghe

The Best of Grieg

Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade

Dvorak: Rusalka (Highlights)

The Ultimate Elgar Collection

A Portrait of Frederica von Stade

Fauré Mélodies. Barbara Hendricks, sop.

Granados songs and tonadillas. The Art of Pilar Lorengar, sop.

Canteloube: Songs of the Auvergne. Frederica von Stade, mezzo

Hugo Wolf – Goethe-Lieder

Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel. Anthony Rolfe Johnson, tenor


Mahler: Symphony No.1/Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. Fischer-Diskau, bar.

Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Thomas Hampson, baritone

Mahler: Rückert-Lieder. Janet Baker, mezzo/John Barbirolli, cond.

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (Chamber version arr. Schoenberg)

Songs by Schubert, Mahler and R. Strauss (Margaret Price/Geoffrey Parsons)

Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony)

Strauss: Elektra

R Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (highlights)

Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande

Romantic French Songs: Debussy’s Chansons de Bilitis (Sarah Walker, mezzo)

Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No.5./Canteloube. Kiri Te Kanawa, sop.

The Best of Sibelius

Sibelius Songs. Anne Sophie von Otter, mezzo

Puccini: Tosca

Montserrat Caballé: Diva (Puccini arias)

French Chamber Classics – Ravel: Gaspard De La Nuit. Cédric Tiberghien, piano

Ravel: L’enfant et les sortilèges – Ma mère l’oye

Ravel: Mélodies

Songs by Reynaldo Hahn

Schoenberg / Berg / Webern

Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire (Boulez)

Schoenberg – Moses und Aron

Berg: Lulu

Berg / Korngold / Strauss: Lieder

Gershwin: Porgy and Bess

Speak Low: Kurt Weill Songs. Anne Sophie von Otter, mezzo

Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps; L’Oiseau de feu. Antal Dorati, cond.

Stravinsky: Le Rossignol

Stravinsky: The Rake’s Progress

Stravinsky/Gesualdo: Choral Works

Composers in Person: Poulenc/Bernac & Britten/Pears

Voyage A Paris: The Mélodies of Francis Poulen. Felicity Lott, soprano

Poulenc: Mass In G/Motets

Poulenc: Les Mamelles de Tirésias/Le Bal Masqué

Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmélites

American Songs (Barber, Copland, etc): Barbara Bonney, sop./André Previn, piano

Samuel Barber: Vanessa

Messiaen: Poemes Pour Mi/Chants De Terre

Messiaen: Turangalila Symphony – Quatour pour la fin du temps

Britten – English Choral Music

Britten: Peter Grimes

Britten: Gloriana

Britten: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Tippett: King Priam

Bernstein: West Side Story

Bernstein: Candide


Anniversary Composers 2016

In this course we explore the life and works of a group of composers whose music is perhaps not at the centre of the standard concert repertoire. All of the selected composers share either a birth anniversary or a death commemoration in 2016, and their works range from Renaissance madrigals and Classical opera to French art songs and early 20th-century Modernism. The six featured composers are: Cipriano de Rore, Sebastián Durón, Giovanni Paisiello, Erik Satie, Francesco Paolo Tosti and Max Reger.


A Selected Discography:

The Best of Erik Satie

Satie: French Song Cycles. Hugues Cuenod, tenor

Max Reger – Sinfonietta Op.90, An Die Hoffnung Op.124

Tosti – Canzone. Carlo Bergonzi, tenor

Canzoni ~ Ramon Vargas, tenor

Pavarotti – Mattinata

Arie Amorose: Janet Baker, mezzo

Las Mujeres y Cuerdas – Songs and Guitar Music

Paisiello: Nina, o sia la pazza per amore

Paisiello: Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Barroco Español, Vol.2. Sebastián Durón

Barroco Español, Vol.3

A Batallar Estrellas – Al Ayre Español

Cipriano de Rore: Missa Praeter rerum seriem, Motets & Madrigals

Opera in the New World

Starting in Lima at the dawn of the 18th Century, this course explores some highlights of the operatic repertoire created in the Americas. Our musical journey will take us from baroque Peru to modern day USA with works by Torrejón y Velasco, Barber, Bernstein and Glass, among others, and back to South America with Piazzolla’s tango opera!


A Selected Discography:

Torrejón y Velasco ~ La Púrpura de la Rosa

Piazzolla ~ María De Buenos Aires

Thomson ~ Four Saints in Three Acts

Gershwin ~ Porgy and Bess

Barber ~ Vanessa

Renée Fleming – I Want Magic

Menotti ~ The Medium/The Telephone

Bernstein ~ Candide

Adams ~ Nixon in China

Glass ~ Akhnaten

J S Bach: The Musician’s Musician

J S Bach is often regarded as the musician’s musician, a composer whose music can be regarded as profoundly moving and daunting at the same time. In this course we explore the life and work of one of the most influential baroque composers and one of the cornerstones of the classical repertoire.


A Selected Bibliography:

Harmony and Discord, The Real Life of J S Bach ~ Julian Shuckburgh

The Faber Pocket Guide to Bach ~ Nicholas Kenyon

Music in the Castle of Heaven: A Portrait of J S Bach ~ J E Gardiner

Evening in the Palace of Reason: Bach Meets Frederick the Great in the Age of Enlightenment ~ James Gaines


A Selected Discography:

Bach – Violin and Voice

Organ Masterworks by Bach: The Vivaldi Concerti. Franz Hauk, organ

J S Bach Arias & Choruses. John Eliot Gardiner, cond.

Telemann & the Leipzig Opera

Christmas Music. Emma Kirkby & London Baroque

Domenico Scarlatti Sonatas – Trevor Pinnock, harpsichord

Bach: The Well-tempered Clavier. Angela Hewitt, piano

Bach: Orchestral Suites / Ensemble Sonnerie

Enchantment. Magdalena Kozena, mezzo-soprano

Harpsichord Concertos Vol. 2 – Aapo Häkkinen, harpsichord

Brandenburg Concertos, Nos 4, 5, 6 / The English Concert. Pinnock

Bach: Brandenburg Concertos 1-6. Christopher Hogwood, cond.

Bach Violin Concertos. Henryk Szeryng and Maurice Hasson

Janet Baker. Grandi voci

Bach: Coffee/Peasant Cantatas, Nos 211 & 212

Bach: Christmas Oratorio. Karl Richter, cond.

Bach: Christmas Oratorio. René Jacobs, cond.

Bach: Magnificat BWV243 / Kantate BWV51. J E Gardiner, cond.

J.S. Bach: Cello Suites. David Watkin, cello

JS Bach: Motets BWV 225-230

Armonia Di Flauti. Bach ~ Vivaldi. Flanders Recorder Quartet

Morimur. J S Bach ~ The Hilliard Ensemble & Christoph Poppen, violin

Bach: St John Passion. J E Gardiner, cond.

Bach: St Matthew Passion. John Butt, cond.

Bach: The Musical Offering BWV 1079 /Ensemble Sonnerie

Bach: Mass in B minor. Andrew Parrott, cond.

Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988; Trevor Pinnock, harpsichord

Bach: Mass in B Minor BWV 232. Philippe Herreweghe, cond.

Beyond Aïda: the land of the pharaohs in opera

Discover the fascination that Ancient Egypt has had on opera composers and librettists from the 17th century. We trace the story of pharaohs in opera from Cesti’s Orontea, Queen of Egypt (1656) to the High Baroque operatic fashion of Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Hasse’s Antonio e Cleopatra, as well as Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Then Rossini’s Mose in Egitto, Verdi’s Aïda and Massenet’s Thaïs in the 19th century, and explore the atonal world of Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron and the minimalist output of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten.


A Selected Discography:


Cantate. Cesti (Jacobs, Concerto Vocale)

Arie Amorose. Janet Baker, mezzo

Handel – Opera Arias & Cantatas. María Bayo, sop.

Diana Damrau ~ Arie di Bravura (Mozart, Salieri, Righini)

Drama Queens. Joyce DiDonato, mezzo.

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte. Roger Norrington, cond.

Rossini: Mosè in Egitto

Verdi: Aida

Massenet: Thaïs

Schoenberg – Moses und Aron

Glass: Akhnaten

The Songs of Richard Strauss

Explore the German art-songs of Richard Strauss. Greatly inspired by the voice of his wife, soprano Pauline de Ahna, Strauss composed full-blooded melodies with rich a varied piano writing, including some of the most beautiful and moving Lieder in the German repertoire of the end of the 19th and the first half of the 20th century.


A Selected Discography:

Strauss Lieder: Jonas Kaufmann, tenor

Richard Strauss: 20 Lieder. Dame Gwyneth Jones, soprano

Thomas Quasthoff – A Romantic Songbook

Simply the Best – Songs and Lieder

Les Introuvables de Nicolai Gedda, tenor

Janet Baker – Song Recital

The RCA Victor Vocal Serie: Lotte Lehmann, soprano

Berg / Korngold / Strauss: Lieder. Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo

René Kollo singt Wagner & Strauss

The Operas of Gluck

Gluck enjoyed one of the most significant careers in the operatic world of the 18th Century, and his influence would be felt in the Romantic operas of Berlioz and Wagner. In this course we explore Gluck’s output, ranging from his early baroque Italian operas, through to the ‘reform’ operas for Vienna – including the groundbreaking Orfeo ed Euridice – and the breathtakingly dramatic works he created for the Paris Opéra.


A Selected Bibliography:

The Lives Of The Great Composers (Harold Schonberg)

Gluck and the French Theatre in Vienna (Bruce Alan Brown)

The Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Opera


A Selected Discography:

Gluck: Le Cinesi

Carolyn Watkinson: Baroque Opera Arias by Purcell, Handel & Gluck

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

Les Introuvables de Nicolai Gedda

Enchantment. Magdalena Kozena, mezzo

Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride

The Operas of Rossini

The undisputed king of bel canto, Rossini created some of the most beloved operas of the Italian repertoire. In this course we explore his enduring comedies – from The Barber of Seville to La Cenerentola – while also discovering the dramatic operas he created for Naples, and his final works for Paris. We follow Rossini through his career and enjoy the most virtuosic vocal displays in the opera world.


A Selected Bibliography:

Rossini (Master Musician). Richard Osborne

The Golden Century of Italian Opera from Rossini to Puccini

The Lives Of The Great Composers: Third Edition

Bel Canto Principles and Practices. Cornelius Reid


A Selected Discography:


Rossini: La cambiale di matrimonio

Rossini Operatic Arias: Raul Gimenez, tenor

Las Mujeres y Cuerdas – Songs and Guitar Music

Rossini: Tancredi

Rossini: L’italiana in Algeri (highlights)

The Age of Bel Canto /Jerry Hadley,Richard Bonynge

Rossini: Colbran, the Muse (opera arias). Joyce DiDonato, mezzo

Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia

Rossini Three Tenors – Bruce Ford, William Matteuzzi, Paul Austin Kelly

Rossini: La Cenerentola

Juan Diego Flórez – Rossini Arias

Rossini: Mosè in Egitto

The Heroic Bel Canto Tenor. Chirs Merritt

Coloratura Spectacular. Joan Sutherland, Sumi Jo, Marilyn Horne

100 Years of Italian Opera (1810-1820)

A Hundred Years of Italian Opera (1820-1830)

Bravissimo – Best of Bel Canto

The Art of the Prima Donna: Joan Sutherland

The Operas of Richard Strauss

At the start of the 20th Century, Strauss broke all the rules of Romantic opera with his modernistic works: Salome and Elektra. A few years later, he created Der Rosenkavalier, one of the most endurably successful German operas, full of waltzes and exquisite vocal ensembles. In this course we explore Strauss’s extraordinary operatic career, from the Wagnerian influences in Guntram to the intellectual depth of Capriccio and the posthumous Die Liebe der Danae.


A Selected Discography:

R Strauss: Famous Scenes

Strauss – Elektra. Polaski/Palmer/Schwanewilms

Strauss, R; Wagner – Arias & Scenes. Deborah Voigt, sop

R Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (highlights)

Edita Gruberova: Famous Operatic Arias

R Strauss: Capriccio

Too Clever to be Empress: Kassia of Constantinople & the Bizantine Chant

Discover the fascinating life and work of the 9th-century composer and abbess Kassia of Constantinople, the earliest composer with extant music.