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18th Century Christmas

December 23, 2011

Christmas Around the World

On the way for Christmas, 2011, we'll bring you some of the best and brightest holiday performances from all over the globe. From the magnificent concert halls of Europe, to churches large and small, to a warm and inviting Irish pub, it's our annual tour of Christmas Around the World.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Louis Couperin
    Les Carillons de Paris (The Bells of Paris)
    Andrew Lawrence-King, Baroque harp
  • Traditional (Arranged by Steven Stucky)
    Lulajze, Jezuniu
    St. Vincent de Paul Church, Petaluma, California
  • Traditional Polish
    Improvisation on Lulajze Jezuniu
    Bolette Roed, recorder
    Music in Paradise Festival, Paradyz, Poland
  • Maurice Durufle
    Ubi Caritas
    The Trinity Choir, guest choirs, Thea Kano, director
    Trinity Church Wall Street, New York City
  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    Waltz of the Flowers, from the Nutcracker, Op. 71
    The French National Orchestra, Kurt Masur, conductor
    Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris, France
  • Traditional
    The Parting Glass and Reel - Christmas Eve
    The Danu Ensemble
    The Local Pub, Dungarvan, Ireland
  • Traditional (Arranged by Michaelis Brouzos and Giorgos Bechlivanoglou)
    Variations on Greensleeves
    The Animacorda Guitar Duo
    Pythagorion Amphitheatre, Anixi-Athens, Greece
  • Tomas Luis de Victoria
    O Magnum Mysterium
    Stile Antico
    Flanders Festival, Bruges, Belgium
  • Karl-Johan Ankarblom
    Christmas Eve Medley
    The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Per Hammarstrom, conductor
    Berwaldhallen, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Jon Thorarinsson
    Bright and Glorious
    The Hamrahlid Choir, Thorgerdur Ingolfsdottir, director
    Hateigs Church, Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Anonymous 13th Century
    Exultet hec Concio
    Discantus, Brigitte Lesne, director
    Grote Kerk, Enschede, the Netherlands
  • Thomas Robinson
    Twenty Ways upon the Bells
    Rolf Lislevand, lute, Arianna Savall, harp
    Schwetzingen Festival, Schwetzingen, Germany

hour 2

  • Robert Sieving
    O Stella de Bethlehem
    VocalEssence Chorus and Ensemble Singers, Michael Dayton, English horn, Philip Brunelle, director
    Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis
  • James Kallembach
    The Yonge Child
    VocalEssence Chorus and Ensemble Singers, Michael Dayton, English horn, Philip Brunelle, director
    Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis
  • Traditional (Arranged by Anders Ohrwall)
    Away In a Manger
    The Pro Arte Singers, Jacqui Kerrod, harp, Arthur Sjogren, director
    New Canaan Presbyterian Church, New Canaan, Connecticut
  • Traditional
    Joy to the World
    Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Children's Chorus, Kent Nagano, conductor
    Notre Dame Basilica, Montreal, Quebec
  • David Lovrien
    Minor Alterations No. 2
    The Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin, conductor
    Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas
  • Egil Hovland
    Stay With Us (Captive and Free)
    The St. Olaf Combined Choirs, St. Olaf Orchestra, Sigrid Johnson, conductor
    St. Olaf Christmas Festival, Northfield, Minnesota
  • Traditional Scottish
    Medley No. 1
    The Chris Norman Ensemble
    Beaches Fine Arts Series, Jacksonville Beach, Florida
  • Traditional (Arranged by Igor Kuljeric)
    Croatian Christmas Carols
    The Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, soloists, Tonci Bilic, conductor
    Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Giovanni Gastoldi
    The American Brass Quintet
    Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, Colorado
  • Hugo Adler
    Hannerot Hallalu
    The Carolina Chamber Chorale, Zhou Jin, piano, Timothy Koch, director
  • Benjamin Britten
    Excerpts from a Ceremony of Carols
    The American Boychoir, Vincent Metallo, director
  • Mel Torme and Robert Wells
    The Christmas Song
    The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Per Hammarstrom, conductor
    Berwaldhallen, Stockholm, Sweden
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