Stream: Christmas Music from Around the World

By Candice Agree |

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The Christmas Market at Town Hall Square in Tallinn, Estonia

The Christmas Market at Town Hall Square in Tallinn, Estonia

Here’s a great way to do some yuletide traveling… without needing to dig up your passport. For each UnRush Hour (5:00 pm, weekdays) from December 19-30, Candice Agree leads an eleven-stop tour of Europe, presenting Christmas music from countries spanning the continent, from Estonia to Belgium to Romania to Spain.

Now through January 6, 2023, stream the entire musical voyage below thanks to WFMT’s membership in the European Broadcasting Union. It’s a gift of music to you this holiday season from all of us here at WFMT.

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Playlist

Belgium

Trad. (arr. Jules Van Nuffel): Een kind gheboren (A child is born)
Trio Musa (Pavane Records / ADW 7583 Christmas in Belgium / 2015)

Trad. (arr. Jules Van Nuffel): Herders hij is geboren (Shepherds, He is born)
Trio Musa (Pavane Records / ADW 7583 Christmas in Belgium / 2015)

Trad. (arr. Pierre Froidebise): Herders hij is geboren (Shepherds, He is born)
Luc Ponet, organ (Pavane Records / ADW 7583 Christmas in Belgium / 2015)

Wannes van de Velde: Kerstmis is dien dag dat ze niet schieten (Christmas is that day they don’t shoot)
Wannes Van de Velde, vocal (Universal / 602547024220 / 1976)

Trad. (arr. Piet Stryckers): Nu sijt willekom Jesu, lieven Heer (Now You are welcome, Jesus, dear Lord)
Clari Cantuli; Currende Consort: Erik van Nevel, conductor (EMI / 5099991931429 /2001)

Orlande de Lassus: Resonet in laudibus (Let praises resound)
The King’s Singers (Virgin Classics / 1983)

Peter Benoit: Noël
Alvaro Zambrano, tenor; Antwerp Symphony Orchestra: Jan Willem de Vriend, conductor (Royal Flemish Philharmonic / RFP013 / 2017)

Estonia

Urmas Sisask; Agu Sisask, text: Jõulupalve (Christmas Prayer)
Estonian National Men’s Chorus: Ants Soots, conductor (1995 concert recording)

Olav Ehala; Leelo Tungal, text: Jõuluingel (Christmas Angel)
Maria Listra, soprano; Tallinn Chamber Orchestra: Lauri Sirp, conductor (2006 concert recording)

Ester Mägi; Milla Krimm, text: Jõuluõhtul (On Christmas Eve)
Estonian National Men’s Chorus: Ants Soots, conductor (Alba / 2005)

Leopold Wirkhaus; Julius Janson, text: Läbi lume sahiseva (Through Whispering Snow)
Ellerhein Girls Choir: Tiia-Ester Loitmäe, conductor (1994 concert recording)

Germany

Franz Xavier Gruber; Joseph Mohr, text; (arr. Johan Rutter): Stille Nacht (Silent Night)
The King’s Singers (2021 concert recording)

Trad. German & Ernst Anschütz; August Zarnack, text: O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree)
Bavarian Radio Chorus; Munich Radio Orchestra: Howard Arman, conductor (Sony Music / 06868 / Sony Classical / 2016)

Trad. German; Johannes Daniel Falk & Johann Christoph Heinrich Holzschuher, text (arr. Howard Arman):
O du fröhliche, o du selige (O joyful, O blessed)
Bavarian Radio Chorus; Munich Radio Orchestra: Howard Arman, conductor (2016 concert recording)

Trad. German (arr. Jugh Keyte & Andrew Parrott): Maria durch ein Dornwald ging (Maria walks amid the thorns)
Claudia Reinhard, soprano; Klaus Wenk, tenor; Markus Zapp, tenor; Mauel Warwitz, tenor; Reiner Schneider-Warterberg, baritone; Marus Scmidt, bass-baritone (2015 concert recording)

Romania

Timotei Popovici: Christ was born today
Romanian Radio Academic Chorus: Dan Mihal Gola, conductor (Casa Radio / UCMR-ADA-5AF051012291 / 2005)

Ioan Dumitru Chirescu: The Star is Rising
Romanian Radio Academic Chorus: Dan Mihal Gola, conductor (Casa Radio / UCMR-ADA-5AF051012291 / 2005)

Dumitru Kirias-Georgescu: O What Wonderful News
Romanian Radio Academic Chorus: Dan Mihal Gola, conductor (Casa Radio / UCMR-ADA-5AF051012291 / 2005)

Tiberiu Brediceanu: Here Come the Carollers
Romanian Radio Academic Chorus: Dan Mihal Gola, conductor (Casa Radio / UCMR-ADA-5AF051012291 / 2005)

Dumitru Kirias-Georgescu: Santa Claus
Raul Stănculescu, soloist; Romanian Radio Academic Chorus: Dan Mihal Gola, conductor (Casa Radio / UCMR-ADA-5AF051012291 / 2005)

Serbia

Tamara Petijević: Likuj dnes, Sione (Rejoice today, Zion)
St Stephen of Dečani Choir: Tamara Adamov Petijević, conductor (Serbian Christmas / SSD009 / 2004)

Tamara Petijević: Roždestvo tvoje (Thy Nativity)
St Stephen of Dečani Choir: Tamara Adamov Petijević, conductor (Serbian Christmas / SSD009 / 2004)

Slovakia

Ján Levoslav Bella; Peter Bella-Horal, text (arr. Ludovít Rajter): Vianoce, pre miešaný zbor (Christmas, for mixed chorus)
Lúčnica Chorus; Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra: Adrián Kokoš, conductor (Radio concert recording)

Trad. Slovakian (arr. Alexander Moyzes): Dve slovenské koledy (Two Slovak carols)
Búvaj dieťa krásne (Lull, Baby, Lull)
Vstávajte pastieri (Wake up, Shepherds)
Lúčnica Chorus: Elena Matúšová, conductor (Radio concert recording)

Sweden

Ivar Widéen; Viktor Rydberg, text: Gläns över sjö och strand (Shine over lake and shore)
Sofia Vokalensemble: Bengt Ollén, conductor (Footprint Records / FRCD 060 / 2011)

Otto Olsson: Guds son är född (God’s son is born)
Sofia Vokalensemble: Bengt Ollén, conductor (Footprint Records / FRCD 060 / 2011)

Ruben Liljefors; Jeanna Oterdahl, text: När det lider mot jul (Christmas draws nigh)
Swedish Radio Choir: Gustaf Sjökvist, conductor (Silas Bäckström Produktion / SBCD 507 / 1990)

Ireland

Thomas Hewitt Jones: Christmas Cracker
RTÉ Concert Orchestra (Naxos / 8572744 / 2011)

Spain

Anon (arr. Jordi Savall): Mariam, Matrem Verginem, Attolite from El Llibre Vermell de Monserrat
Hespèrion XX: Jordi Savall, viola da gamba, conductor (EMI Reflexe / CDM 7630712 / 1978)

Frederic Mompou: Pessebres: Dansa; L’ermita; El pastor (Mangers: Dance, The Hermitage; The Shepherd)
Josep Colom, piano (Mandala / MAN 4809 / 1993)

Tomás Luis de Victoria: O magnum mysterium (O Great Mystery)
Ensemble Plus Ultra: Michael Noone, conductor (ARCHIV / 28947644569 / 2011)

Anon: Dadme albricias, hijos de Eva (Give me rewards for my tidings, children of Eve) from Cancionero de Upsala
Ensemble Phoenix Munich: Joel Frederiksen, conductor, bass (DHM / 19075802592 / 2018)

United Kingdom

Lucy Walker: There is no rose
Emma Tring, soprano; BBC Singers: Nicholas Chalmers, conductor (BBC Studio recordings; December 2, 2021)

Owain Park: While Shepherds Watched
BBC Singers; Stephen Farr, organ: Stephen Cleobury, conductor (Recorded February 2, 2017 at St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge)

James Burton: Tomorrow shall be my dancing day
BBC Singers; Stephen Farr, organ: Stephen Cleobury, conductor (Recorded February 2, 2017 at St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge)

Christian Onyeji: Amuworo ayi otu nwa (For unto us a Child is born)
BBC Singers: Bob Chilcott, conductor (Recorded December 15, 2020 in the Barbican, London)

Czechia

Franz Wenzel Habermann: Missa Sancti Wenceslai, Martyris (Mass of St. Wenceslas the Martyr)
Pavla Radostová, Romana Kružíková, sopranos; Lucie Netušilová Karafiátová, alto; Jakub Kubín, tenor; Jiři Miroslav Procházka, bass; Czech Ensemble Baroque; Tereza Válková, choirmaster; Roman Válek, artistic director (Recording for Czech Radio)