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The Pastoral Connection


“And there were shepherds abiding in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks by night,” begins the story, and it will be to these simple country folk that the angels first announce the birth of Christ.

Their time on stage is brief, but memorable. For while they stand in humble contrast with those other famous visitors to the stable in Bethlehem -- the mysterious and awe-inspiring Three Kings -- it is the shepherds who have inspired so much music over the centuries.

In this hour, instrumental and choral works for the season -- from ancient to modern, from stately to sprightly, in a pastoral mood.

 

Recordings Used

Our Heart’s Joy: A Chanticleer Christmas

Chanticleer 6302C

723721060121

Christus (Liszt)

HRC 184/5/6

5991810018420

Christmas with the Robert Shaw Chorale

RCA DMC2-1217

None

The Tradition of Gregorian Chant

Archiv 435 032-2

028943503328

The Carol Album

EMI CDC 749

077774980920

Messiah

Linn CKD 285

691062028523

Oyez! La Nouvelle

Analekta ATMA 9718

774204971823

Christmas Day in the Morning

Collegium COLCD 121

040888012122

Schutz Christmas Story

Naxos 8.553514

730099451420

Amahl & the Night Visitors

Naxos 8.669019

730099901970

L’enfance du Christ

Denon CO-76863/4

081757686327

Messiah

DG Archiv 453 4642 7

028947706625

Weinachts-Oratorium

Erato 75 1373

022924586521

Simphonies des Noels

Dorian DOR-90180  

None

Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio

Capriccio 10 216

4006408102168

Hodie

EMI 689342

5099996893425

Dohanyi, 6 Concert Etudes, etc.,

Naxos 8.553332

730099433228

Jessye Norman: Sacred Songs

Philips  400 019-2

0028940001925

Magic of Christmas

CBC SMCD 5192

059582519226

 
Saturday, December 21, 2013
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