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Nutcracker

December 18, 2012

The Nutcracker

It's Christmas Eve, and there's a big party. Young Clara gets a special present, a nutcracker. At midnight, the Christmas tree grows magically, the Nutcracker turns into a dashing prince, and takes Clara on a tour of his kingdom. It's "The Nutcracker," by Peter Tchaikovsky, a holiday favorite. We'll hear highlights, from a concert by Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Allemande from Solo Cello Suite No. 1 in G, BWV 1007
    Zuill Bailey, cello
  • Traditional (arranged by Arthur Harris and William Silvester)
    God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
    The Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin, conductor
    Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas
  • Edward Elgar
    Fourth movement from Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85
    Zuill Bailey, cello, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Krzysztof Urbanski, conductor
  • Johannes Brahms
    Wie Melodien, Op. 105, No. 1
    Zuill Bailey, cello, Awadagin Pratt, piano
  • Stephen Paulus
    Pilgrims' Hymn
    The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, Stephen Layton, director
  • Henryk Pachulski
    Suite in Memory of Peter Tchaikovsky, Op. 13
    The Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Lukasz Borowicz, conductor
    Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio, Warsaw, Poland
  • Herbert Howells
    A Spotless Rose
    Chanticleer
    Stanford Memorial Church, Stanford, California

hour 2

  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    December (Christmas-tide), from the Seasons, Op. 37a
    The Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonid Grin, conductor
  • Manx Gaelic Carol (arranged by Jeannette Sorrell and Sylvain Bergeron)
    Oikan ayns Bethlehem (The Babe in Bethlehem)
    Meredith Hall, soprano, Apollo's Fire, Apollo's Singers, Ensemble La Nef, Jeannette Sorrell, conductor and harpsichord
    St. Paul's Church, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
  • Anonymous
    Excerpts from the Vespers of St. Kentigern, Patron saint of Glasgow
    Jesse Blumberg, baritone, Apollo's Fire, Apollo's Singers, Ensemble La Nef, Jeannette Sorrell, conductor and harpsichord
    St. Paul's Church, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
  • Traditional (arranged by Jeannette Sorrell and Sylvain Bergeron)
    All Sons of Adam, Sing Nowell!
    Apollo's Fire, Apollo's Singers, Ensemble La Nef, Jeannette Sorrell, conductor and harpsichord
    St. Paul's Church, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
    The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck, conductor
    Fernand Lindsay Amphitheatre, Joliette, Quebec
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