Holiday Celebration

January 1, 2019, 7:00 pm

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All around the world, winter holidays are celebrated, and their music is wonderful to hear, regardless of which tradition you observe. Bill gets us started with Nova Stella, medieval Italian Christmas music with a very early staging of the nativity. We will enjoy Christmas in Paris with music from Debussy, Charpentier and Poulenc and a Polynesian traditional hymn, Anau Oia Ea, plus an excerpt from Amahl and the Night Visitors from the original television production. Bill plays us one of his favorites from Ernest Bloch, Sacred Service. On our final day we will listen to Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols, and this week’s celebration will end with more holiday cheer from David Bowie and Bing Crosby.

Playlist

Episode 1

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

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

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

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

Ottorino Respighi: “L’adorazione Dei Magi” from Trittico botticelliano
BBC Concert Orch & Choir of King’s College, Cambridge/Cleobury
Christmas Music: L’adorazione dei Magi / A Boy Was Born / Une cantate de Noël
BBC Music MM236; 9:41

Dave Brubeck: La Fiesta de la Posada (excerpts)
Brubeck, piano; Davis, bass; Lewis, drums; Orch/Davies
La Fiesta De La Posada
CBS IM 36662; 15:06

Alois Melichar: “Mille Cherubini in Coro”
Vienna Symphony/Sutej; Carreras, tenor
Christmas In Vienna
Sony 53358; 3:21

Louis Armstrong: “‘Zat you, Santa Claus?”
Louis Armstrong & the Commanders
Zat You, Santa Claus?
Decca 28943; 2:39

Episode 2

Claude Debussy: “Qui N’ont Plus de Maisons” from Noel De Enfants
Soriano, piano; de los Angeles, soprano
Victoria De Los Angeles Sings Debussy And Ravel & Other French Songs
Angel Records 36406; 2:43

Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Noëls pour les instruments (excerpts)
English Chamber Orch/Preston
Christmas Concertos
Novalis 150133; 9:48

Francis Poulenc: Quatre Motets pour le Temps de Noël
The Sixteen/Christophers
Poulenc: Figure Humaine / The Sixteen
Virgin Classics 59192; 11:20

Arthur Honneger: Cantate De Noël
BBC Concert Orch & Choir of King’s College, Cambridge/Cleobury
Christmas Music: L’adorazione dei Magi / A Boy Was Born / Une cantate de Noël
BBC Music MM236; 24:08

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, arr. Ellington: “Sugar Rum Cherry”
The Duke Ellington Orchestra
The Nutcracker Suite
Columbia Col 472356 2; 3:07

Marc-Antoine Charpentier: “Or Nous Dites, Marie” (Sarabande)
English Chamber Orch/Preston
Chirstmas Concertos
Novalis 150133; 2:29

Episode 3

Polynesian Trad. Hymn: “Anau Oia Ea”
Tubuai Choir
Polynesian Odyssey
Shanachie LC 5762; 1:13

Hector Berlioz: L’enfance du Christ, Op. 25 (excerpts)
Frankfurt Radio Symphony/Inbal
Hector Berlioz Edition – Symphonie Fantastique, Etc / Inbal
Brilliant Classics 99999; 7:43, 3:06

Gian Carlo Menotti: “Shepherd’s Dance” from Amahl and the Night Visitors
NBC Symphony Orch. & Chorus/Schippers
Amahl And The Night Visitors
RCA 6485; 3:20

Arcangelo Corelli: Concerto in g minor, Op. 6 No. 8, “Christmas”
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Adagio • Canon
DG 429390; 13:33

Ernest Bloch: Sacred Service (excerpt)
NY Phil/Bernstein; Merrill, baritone
The Royal Edition – Bloch: Sacred Services; Foss / Bernstein
Sony 47533; 17:15

Irving Berlin: “White Christmas”
Orch/Camarata; Heifetz, violin
The Heifetz Collection Vol 19 – 51 , Miniatures 1944-1946
RCA 61750; 3:19

Episode 4

Benjamin Britten: “This Little Babe” from Ceremony of Carols (excerpt)
The Sixteen/Christophers
A Ceremony of Carols
Coro 16034; :54

Béla Bartók: Romanian Christmas Carols, Sz 57
Kocsis, piano
Bartók: Works For Solo Piano, Vol 2 / Zoltán Kocsis
Philips 442016; 4:39

Benjamin Britten: Ceremony of Carols
The Sixteen/Christophers
A Ceremony of Carols
Coro 16034; 21:29

Frédéric Chopin: Scherzo in B Minor, Op. 20: Presto con fuoco
Ax, piano
Emanuel Ax/ Scherzos • Mazurkas/ Chopin
CBS 44544; 9:55

John Tavener: The Lamb
The Sixteen/Christophers
Poulenc: Figure Humaine / The Sixteen
Virgin Classics 59192; 3:38

Ariel Ramirez: Annunciation & Pilgrimage from Navidad Nuestra
Choral Arts Society of Washington/Holt
Ramirez: Misa Criolla /
Navidad Nuestra / Missa Luba
Naxos 8.557542; 6:06

Traditional: “Sweet Little Jesus Boy”
Mahalia Jackson
Stille Nacht – Mahalia Jackson
Singt Weihnachtslieder / Silent Night Songs For Christmas
CBS S 62130; 5:19

Ariel Ramirez: Three Kings (excerpt)
CASW/Holt
Ramirez: Misa Criolla / Navidad Nuestra / Missa Luba
Naxos 8.557542; 1:25

Episode 5

Anonymous: “Jesu, Son of Mary”
Parthenia VII/Newman
Eclipse 64432; 1:57

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols
LSO/Hickox
Vaughan Williams/ Fantasia on Christmas Carols • The First Nowell • On Chirstmas Night
Chandos 10385; 11:25

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

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

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

Dave Brubeck: Sleep, Holy Infant, Sleep from La Fiesta de la Posada
Brubeck, piano; Davis, bass; Lewis, drums; Orch/Davies
La Fiesta De La Posada
Legacy CK 64669; 4:51