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Midday Classical: The Nutcracker

12/25/09 10:00AM By Walter Parker

For Christmas Day, we have the Midnight Mass by Marc-Antoine Charpentier; the Ceremony of Carols of Benjamin Britten, Tchaikovsky's complete Nutcracker ballet, and generous selections from L'Enfance du Christ by Berlioz.

Playlist

10:01am

Messe De Minuit, H. 9
Composer: Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Ensemble: Musicians and Choir of the Louvre
Conductor: Marc Minkowski
CD/Album: Charpentier: Te Deum, Messe de Minuit, etc.
Record co./Cat #: Deutsche Grammophon 453479
 
 

10:26am

Hodie Christus Natus Est ("Hallelujah, Christ is born")
Composer: Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Ensemble: The Cambridge Singers
Conductor: John Rutter
CD/Album: Christmas Album
Record co./Cat #: Collegium 512
 
 

10:29am

O Magnum Mysterium (Motet: "O Great Mystery")
Composer: Tomas Luis de Victoria
Ensemble: The Cambridge Singers
Conductor: John Rutter
CD/Album: Christmas Album
Record co./Cat #: Collegium 512
 
 

10:33am

The Holly and the Ivy
Composer: Traditional (English)
Ensemble: The Cambridge Singers
Conductor: John Rutter
CD/Album: Christmas Album
Record co./Cat #: Collegium 512
 
 

10:38am

A Ceremony of Carols
Composer: Benjamin Britten
Soloists: Grace Cloutier, harp ; Rebecca Duren, soprano ; Esteli Gomes, soprano ; Melanie Russell, soprano ; Amanda Sidebottom, soprano ; Derek Greten-Harrison, countertenor
CD/Album: Winter Solace
Record co./Cat #: www.gracecloutier.com 2008
 
 

11:01am

The Nutcracker (complete ballet), Op. 71
Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Ensemble: Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Charles Dutoit
CD/Album: Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, etc.
Record co./Cat #: London 440477
 
 

12:36pm

Puer Natus In Bethlehem ("A Child is Born in Bethlehem")
Composer: Michael Praetorius
Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
Conductor: David Hill
Soloists: Choir of Westminster Cathedral
CD/Album: Praetorius Christmas Music
Record co./Cat #: Hyperion 66200
 
 

12:43pm

Quem Pastores Laudavere
Composer: Michael Praetorius
Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
Conductor: David Hill
Soloists: Choir of Westminster Cathedral
CD/Album: Praetorius Christmas Music
Record co./Cat #: Hyperion 66200
 
 

12:50pm

What Child is This?
Composer: Traditional (English)
Ensemble: Chorus Angelicus
Conductor: Paul Halley
Soloists: Gaudeamus ; Paul Halley, organ
CD/Album: What Child is This?
Record co./Cat #: Pelagos 1005
 
 

12:53pm

Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head (Appalachian carol)
Composer: Traditional
Ensemble: Chorus Angelicus
Conductor: Paul Halley
Soloists: Gaudeamus
CD/Album: What Child is This?
Record co./Cat #: Pelagos 1005
 
 

12:56pm

Infinite Light
Composer: Trad. English
arr. Paul Halley
Ensemble: Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus
Conductor: Paul Halley
Soloists: Paul Halley, organ
CD/Album: What Child is This?
Record co./Cat #: Pelagos 1005
 
 

1:01pm

L'Enfance du Christ: selections
Composer: Hector Berlioz
Ensemble: Montreal Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Conductor: Charles Dutoit
Soloists: Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano ; Francois Le Roux, baritone ; John Mark Ainsley, tenor
CD/Album: Berlioz: L'Enfance du Christ
Record co./Cat #: London 458915
 
 

1:52pm

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Composer: Hugh Martin
(arr. by Valerie Coleman)
Ensemble: Imani Winds
CD/Album: This Christmas with Imani Winds
Record co./Cat #: KOCH 7748
 
 

1:55pm

Jingle Bells
Composer: Traditional
(arr. by Valerie Coleman)
Ensemble: Imani Winds
CD/Album: This Christmas with Imani Winds
Record co./Cat #: KOCH 7748
 
 
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