Classic Masters

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Sophisticated, stimulating and sweeping. Classic Masters delivers the classical concertos, symphonies and ballet music from 1760 to the present. From the songs of Bach to Bartok and Stravinsky with a heavy emphasis on Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Dvorak and others.

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
Ludwig van Beethoven
Anton Dvorak
Charles Dutoit
Johannes Brahms
Berlin Philharmonic
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Mario Bernardi
London Symphony Orchestra


Barber: Violin Concerto Op.14
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra & Leonard Slatkin
Beethoven: Symphony No.1 in C major Op.21
Bruno Walter & Colombia Symphony Orchestra
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
Pierre Monteux & Boston Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor Op.125 'Choral'
Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra & Philharmonia Chorus
Beach: Piano Concerto in C-sharp minor Op.45
Alan Freiberg, Nashville Symphony Orchestra & Kenneth Schermerhorn
Beethoven: Symphony No.6 in F major Op.68 'Pastoral'
Arturo Toscanini & NBC Symphony Orchestra
Pizzetti: Canti della stagione alta
Susanna Stefani, Oleg Caetani & Robert Schumann Philharmonie
Myaskovsky: Cello Concerto in C minor Op.66
Mstislav Rostropovich, Malcolm Sargeant & Philharmonia Orchestra
Le Duc: Symphony No.1 in D major
La Stagione Frankfurt & Michael Schneider
Beethoven: Symphony No.7 in A major Op.92
Fritz Reiner & Chicago Symphony Orchestra