One of our finest yearly traditions, a perfect seasonal mix of concertos, carols, and hits from the choral, vocal and instrumental repertoire. Cozy up in front of the fire and delight in a wide range of gifts from this musical tree, from Handel's Messiah and Bach's Christmas Oratorio to Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride.
Baroque music that is at once demanding and delightful, elaborate and sensuous. Hear: Johann Sebastian Bach
Georg Friedrich Handel, Antonio Vivaldi, Arcangelo Corelli, Henry Purcell, Jean-Philippe Rameau
A delightful exploration into the world of choral music. A wide selection of pieces by celebrated composers Bach, Brahms, Fauré, Glick, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, and Rutter as performed by renown choirs Elora Festival Singers, Musica Intima, Elmer Iseler Singers, and The Monteverdi Choir. Hear: J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, Traditional: Shenandoah, Mozart: Requiem, Arvo Part: Berliner Messe, Rachmaninov: Vespers, Tallis: Spem in alium
The great orchestral masterworks of all time. Overtures, symphonies, concertos, and tone poems to captivate and enthral every classical music lover. Hear: Beethoven Symphonies and Concertos, Mozart Overtures and Concertos, Tchaikovsky Symphonies and Ballets, Rachmaninov Symphonies and Concertos, Bach Concerti Grossi, Brahms Symphonies and Concertos
The top Canadian performers from the classical realm in celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary. Hear: Angela Hewitt, Ben Heppner, Anton Kuerti
The showcase for Canada's contemporary composers. Incredible works ranging from romantic to modern; adventurous to minimalist. Hear: Marjan Mozetich, Alexina Louie, Ann Southam, Jean Coulthard, R. Murray Schafer, Colin McPhee
Enhance your spiritual journey, reflect on life, meditate with a peaceful mind. Let some of history's greatest classical works sooth you. Hear: Mozart's "Ave Verum Corpus," Avro Pärt's De Profundis, Fauré's Requiem, and more.
Fill your heart with a joyous aural celebration. The musical expression of sun breaking through clouds, flowers arriving in spring, and fireworks lighting up the night. Hear: Bach "Brandenburg concerto"; Handel "Messiah"; Elgar "Pomp And Circumstance" and more.
Salvaging deserving music from the scrapheap of history. This is the place to celebrate the beautiful music of an unfairly neglected composer. Hear: Rued Langgaard, Louise Farrenc, Karol Szymanowski
Duos to Nonets, Boccherini and Beethoven to Ravel and Brahms....all performed by the great collaborators of our time. The rich and intimate world of classical music for small ensembles. Hear: Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonin Dvorak, Maurice Ravel
Hand-selected opera gems by the most celebrated dramatic tenor in the world, Ben Heppner. The most familiar arias from the most-loved operas of all time along with opera overtures, intermezzi and choruses. Performances combine the great voices of the 20th century with today's rising stars.
A celebration of iconic film scores which have exhilarated, saddened, terrified, or just plainly creeped us out over the past half century. Hear: Themes from Jaws, The Omen, Blade Runner, and Chariots of Fire.
A relaxing classical mix to provide a beautiful backdrop for your day. Hear: Vaughan Williams "The Lark Ascending", Gluck "Dance of the Blessed Spirits, Barber "Adagio for Strings", Beethoven: "Fur Elise", Saint-Saens: "The Swan", Albinoni: "Adagio"
The world's favourite pieces for solo piano played by contemporary masters like Glenn Gould, Arthur Rubinstein, Angela Hewitt and Lang Lang. Hear: Beethoven Sonatas
, Chopin Preludes and Etudes, Mozart Sonatas, Bach Suites and Partitas, Debussy Preludes and Suites, Rachmaninov Preludes
Exquisite Classical favourites selected from our vast library. This is the best of the best. Hear: Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Mozart, Tchaikovsky
The most influential and engaging music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Lengthy landmarks and tasteful excerpts. Hear: Aaron Copland, Igor Stravinsky, George Gershwin, Bela Bartok, Arvo Part, Philip Glass
Acclaimed mezzo-soprano Julie Nesrallah comes aboard to personally select the top works and the best performances from the classical world. The best of the CBC Radio 2 Classical library, offered 24 hours every day. Hear: Beethoven: Symphony N6 "Pastorale", Marjan Mozetich: Postcards from the Sky, Mozart: Piano Concerto N21, Schubert: "Trout" Quintet, Bach: Brandenburg Concerto N1, Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin