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December 22, 2014

Santa and Isolde

What do you get when you combine twelve opera highlights with eleven popular holiday tunes and ten brass players from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra? "Santa and Isolde," of course! On Monday's Performance Today, we'll hear a performance of Bruce Adolphe's new holiday classic.

Today's Playlist



hour 1

  • Peter Tchaikovsky (arr. Alexander Gauk)
    The Seasons Op. 37a: 12. December: Christmas-tide
    Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra; Leonid Grin, conductor
    Tchaikovsky: The Seasons / Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
    Ondine 782
  • Traditional English
    God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
    Ensemble Galilei: Carolyn Surrick, viola da gamba; Isaac Alderson, wood flute; Jackie Moran, banjo; Ryan McKasson, fiddle
    Surrounded by Angels - A Christmas Celebration with Ensemble Galilei
    Dorian 92173
  • Traditional
    Good King Wenceslas
    Ensemble Galilei: Carolyn Surrick, viola da gamba; Isaac Alderson, wood flute; Jackie Moran, banjo; Ryan McKasson, fiddle
    Surrounded by Angels - A Christmas Celebration with Ensemble Galilei
    Dorian 92173
  • Josef Suk
    Meditation on the old Bohemian Chorale "St. Wenceslas," Op. 35a
    James Ehnes, violin; Amy Schwartz Moretti, violin; Richard O'Neill, viola; Robert deMaine, cello
    Seattle Chamber Music Society Winter Festival, Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA
  • Eric Ewazen
    Pastorale
    Kevin Cobb, trumpet; John Rojak, trombone; Susan Grace, piano
    The Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Packard Hall, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Marc-Antoine Charpentier
    Noels pour les Instruments: 1. Joseph est bien Marie; 2. Or nous dites Marie; 3. Laissez paitre vos betes; 4. Vous qui desirez sans fin; 5. A la venue de Noel; 6. O Createur; 7. Une jeune pucelle; 8. Ou s'en vont ces gais bergers?
    Masques; Olivier Fortin, director
    Noel baroque
    Analekta 9908
  • Bruce Adolphe
    Santa and Isolde
    Metropolitan Opera Brass
    Waltzes, Songs, and Festive Scenes

hour 2

  • Harold Darke
    In The Bleak Midwinter
    Mark Flynn and Devin Drerup, soloists; St. Paul's Choir School; John Robinson, conductor
    Cathedral Church of St. Paul's, Boston, MA
    Christmas in Harvard Square
    London/Decca 20969
  • Frederic Chopin
    Waltzes, Op. 64: No. 1 in D-flat Major, "Minute"; No. 2 in C-sharp Minor; No. 3 in A-flat Major
    Rafal Blechacz, piano
    Union College Concert Series, Union College, Memorial Chapel, Schenectady, NY
  • Tomas Luis de Victoria
    O Magnum Mysterium
    St. Paul's Choir School
    Christmas in Harvard Square
  • Traditional
    Ding Dong Merrily On High
    St. Paul's Choir School; John Robinson, conductor and organist
    Christmas in Harvard Square
  • H.J. Gauntlett
    Once In Royal David's City
    St. Paul's Choir School; John Robinson, conductor and organist
    Christmas in Harvard Square
  • Richard Wagner
    Siegfried Idyll
    New Century Chamber Orchestra; Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, music director and concertmaster
    First Congregational Church, Berkeley, CA
  • Hugh Martin/Ralph Blane (arr. Clarice Assad)
    Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
    New Century Chamber Orchestra; Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, music director
    Herbst Theatre, San Francisco, CA
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