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The world’s best-loved, classical melodies. Beethoven’s simple “Für Elise,” Tchaikovsky’s stirring 1812 Overture, Strauss waltzes. The greatest music of the past 200 years all in one place. There has always been a ‘popular music’ and these Pop Classics have stood the test of time.

Music Programmer


John-Paul McVea

John-Paul de Lachrimae, a.k.a. John-Paul McVea, programs channels of classical music. During his life he hopes to absorb and pass on knowledge that came from before. Did you know that Johann Sebastian Bach wrote the Well-Tempered Clavier intending for it to be a manual of keyboard instruction? The objective was to train church organists. Lachrimae is fortunate to live in Montreal where there are such beautiful church organs, and a personal goal is to rattle some stained glass windows with his own fingertips.

The viola and the dulcimer round out his musical trifecta. Lachrimae has one book and one pop song to his name. He has been to Ephesus, the city of Troy, and the Church of St. Nicholas at Demre, and has seen an olive tree, a Joshua tree, a palm tree, and a cypress tree. This was before he learned to travel light. The future includes a pilgrimage in Spain, a stint in Portland, Oregon, and a great migration to see penguins in Chile, if by that time there are any left. His favourite folk song includes the line, “One bright morning, when this life is o’er, I’ll fly away.”


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Johann Sebastian Bach
Antonio Vivaldi
Ludwig van Beethoven
Franz Schubert
Franz Joseph Haydn
Johannes Brahms
Felix Mendelssohn
Luigi Boccherini


Elgar: Cello concerto in E Minor Op.85 - I. Adagio; Moderato
Natalie Clein, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Vernon Handley
Chopin: 24 Preludes Op.28 - No.4 in E minor
Martha Argerich
Leo: Cello Concerto No.2 in C Minor - III. Larghetto
Julius Berger, Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim & Vladislav Czarnecki
Vivaldi: Concerto for Strings and Continuo in C minor RV.119 - II. Largo
Antonio Vivaldi; Andrea Marcon; Venice Baroque Orchestra
Chopin - Impromptu No. 3 in G-Flat Major, Op. 51
David Fray
Weiss: Suite No.7 - Fantasia/Allemande/Courante/Gavotte
Michel Cardin
Adam: Giselle - Act I
London Festival Ballet Orchestra & Terence Kern
Francois Campion: Guitar Suite: II. Gigue
Matthew Spring
Vivaldi: Concerto for Viola d'amore and lute in D minor RV.540 - II. Largo
Paul Kuentz Chamber Orchestra
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.16 in G major Op.31 No.1
Glenn Gould