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Rob Kapilow

December 21, 2012

The Hallelujah Chorus

Ever wonder what makes some music great? It's maybe not as subjective as it seems. Music commentator Rob Kapilow (pictured) joins host Fred Child today to talk about some of the techniques that George Frideric Handel used in his "Hallelujah Chorus," techniques that make it a choral masterpiece. And conductor Harry Christophers leads a performance of the Messiah, from a concert in Germany.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Benjamin Britten
    In Freezing Winter Night and Deo Gracias!, from A Ceremony of Carols
    The Sixteen, Sioned Williams, harp, Harry Christophers, director
  • Traditional (arranged by Craig Phillips)
    The Darkest Midnight in December
    New York Polyphony
    Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, Minneapolis
  • Arvo Part
    Christmas Lullaby
    The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Tonu Kaljuste, conductor
  • George Frideric Handel
    Excerpts from the Messiah, HWV 56
    The Sixteen, Harry Christophers, conductor
    MusikFest Erzgebirge, Marienberg, Germany

hour 2

  • Peteris Vasks
    Distant Light
    Alina Pogostkina, violin, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
  • Caspar Othmayr
    This Evenfall 'tis Snowing
    The Taylor Festival Choir, Robert Taylor, director
  • David Lovrien
    Minor Alterations No. 2 (Christmas Through the Looking Glass)
    The Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin, conductor
    Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas
  • Bruce Adolphe
    Santa and Isolde
    The Metropolitan Opera Brass
  • Sheena Phillips
    The Christmas Bird
    The VocalEssence Ensemble Singers, Michele Frisch, flute, Philip Brunelle, director
    Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis
  • Eriks Esenvalds
    Fanfare for Orchestra
    The German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Karel Mark Chichon, conductor
    Congress Hall, Saarbrucken, Germany
  • Alexander Glazunov
    Excerpts from the Seasons, Op. .67
    The Philharmonia Orchestra, Yevgeny Svetlanov, conductor
  • Stephen Paulus
    Pilgrims' Hymn
    The National Lutheran Choir, David Cherwien, director
    Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis
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