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Holiday Celebration

The sound of sleigh bells means that it's winter holiday time, and music is full of representations of celebratory music. All around the world, winter holidays of a wide variety are celebrated, and their music is wonderful to listen to regardless of which one you celebrate.

 
Program 1

Anon: Nova Stella: A Medieval Italian Christmas (excerpts) 
Altramar
Dorian 80142
13:49

Altenburg: Puer Natus In Bethlehem
Harwood Early Music Ensemble/Nygro
Classic Digital 1001
2:34

Arbeau: Branle De l’Official
Harwood Early Music Ensemble/Nygro
Classic Digital 1001
3:21

Guerrero: O Que Nueva!
Harwood Early Music Ensemble/Nygro
Classic Digital 1001
:58

Respighi: L’adorazione Dei Magi from Trittico botticelliano
BBC Concert Orch & Choir of King’s College, Cambridge/Cleobury
BBC Music 12/4
9:41

Brubeck: La Fiesta de la Posada (excerpts)
Brubeck, p.; Davis, bs.; Lewis, dr.; Orch/Davies
Columbia 64669
15:06

Melichar: Mille Cherubini in Coro
Vienna Symphony/Sutej; Carreras, ten.
Sony 53358
3:21

Armstrong: ‘Zat you, Santa Claus?
Louis Armstrong & the Commanders
Hip-o Records
2:39

Program 2

Debussy: “Qui N’ont Plus de Maisons” fr. Noel De Enfants
Soriano, p.; de los Angeles, s.
EMI 65061
2:43

Charpentier: Noëls pour les instruments (excerpts)
English Chamber Orch/Preston
Novalis 150133
9:48

Poulenc: Quatre Motets pour le Temps de Noël
The Sixteen/Christophers
Virgin 91075
11:20

Honneger: Cantate De Noël
BBC Concert Orch & Choir of King’s College, Cambridge/Cleobury
BBC Music 12/4
24:08

Tchaikovsky, arr. Ellington: Sugar Rum Cherry
The Duke Ellington Orchestra
Sony
3:07

Charpentier: Or Nous Dites, Marie (Sarabande)
English Chamber Orch/Preston
Novalis 150133
2:29

Program 3

Polynesian Trad. Hymn: Anau Oia Ea
Tubuai Choir
Shanachie
1:13

Berlioz: L’enfance du Christ, Op. 25 (excerpts)
Frankfurt Radio Symphony/Inbal
Brilliant Classics 99999
7:43, 3:06

MenottiL Shepherd’s Dance from Amahl and the Night Visitors
NBC Symphony Orch. & Chorus/Schippers
RCA 6485
3:20

Corelli: Concerto in g minor, Op. 6 No. 8, Christmas
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
DG 429390
13:33

Bloch: Sacred Service (excerpt)
NY Phil/Bernstein; Merrill, bar.
Sony 47533
17:15

Berlin: White Christmas
Orch/Camarata; Heifetz, v.
RCA 61750
3:19

Program 4

 

Britten: This Little Babe fr. Ceremony of Carols (excerpt)
The Sixteen/Christophers
Virgin 91075
:54

Bartók: Romanian Christmas Carols, Sz 57
Kocsis, p.
Philips 442016
4:39

Britten: Ceremony of Carols
The Sixteen/Christophers
Virgin 91075
21:29

Chopin: Scherzo in B Minor, Op. 20: Presto con fuoco
Ax, p.
CBS 44544
9:55

Taverner: The Lamb
The Sixteen/Christophers
Virgin 91075
3:38

Ramirez: Annunciation & Pilgrimage fr. Navidad Nuestra
Choral Arts Society of Washington/Holt
Naxos 8.557542
6:06

Trad.: Sweet Little Jesus Boy
Mahalia Jackson
CBS 38304
5:19

Ramirez: Three Kings (excerpt)
CASW/Holt
Naxos 8.557542
1:25

Program 5

Anon: Jesu, Son of Mary
Parthenia VII/Newman
Eclipse 64432
1:57

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols
LSO/Hickox
Chan 10385
11:25

Torelli: Concerto A Quattro In Forma Di Pastorale, Op.8 Nr.6
English Chamber Orchestra/Preston
Novalis 150133
5:29

J.S. Bach: Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir/Koopman
Erato 23416
25:10, :18

Trad.: Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy
David Bowie & Bing Crosby
Oglio 85001
2:40

Brubeck: Sleep, Holy Infant, Sleep fr. La Fiesta de la Posada
Brubeck, p.; Davis, bs.; Lewis, dr.; Orch/Davies
Columbia 64669
4:51

 

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