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Saturday, December 12, 2015 Permalink

The Carol Connection 1


In 1840, composer Felix Mendelssohn submitted two works for a celebration of the 400th anniversary of Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press.

The first was his Symphony No. 2.  The other was a now-forgotten work for male chorus, whose tune would be borrowed 16 years later by a British hymnist to create one of the most famous of all Christmas carols.

In this hour, classical works, like Mendelssohn’s, that have inspired Christmas songs, and traditional Christmas songs that have found their way into works by Respighi, Liszt, Bizet, Orff, and many others.


Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 2 BUY BBC Welsh National Orchestra; Hickox, conductor
BBC Music 306
Mendelssohn: Liebgesang BUY from Lieder mit und ohne Worte; composed by Mendelssohn
Bauer Studios SACD9196
TRADITIONAL: Many Moods of Christmas (Suite No. 3) BUY Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Robert Shaw, conductor Atlanta Symphony Chorus
Telarc 80087
Respighi: Three Botticelli Pictures BUY The Philharmonia ; Simon, conductor
Cala Records 1007
TRADITIONAL: March of the Kings BUY ; Robert Shaw, conductor Robert Shaw Chamber Singers
Telarc 80377
Bizet: LÆArlesienne Suite BUY London Festival Orchestra; Schulz, conductor
PMG CD 160 205
Franz Liszt: Weihnachtsbaum for Piano BUY Roland P÷ntinen
Bis 1164
William Henry Fry: Santa Claus "Christmas Symphony" BUY Royal Scottish National Orchestra ; Tony Rowe, conductor
Naxos 8559057
Bizet: LÆArlesienne Suite BUY London Festival Orchestra; Schulz, conductor
PMG CD 160 205
Carl Orff: Patapan BUY Deller Consort
RCA 1376
Praetorius: Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming BUY from O Come All Ye Faithful; composed by Praetorius
Arnold Schoenberg: Weihnachtsmusik (Musique de Noel) BUY BUY Arditti String Quartet Michel BΘroff
Disques Montaigne 782160
Honegger: Christmas Cantata BUY BBC Singers and Choir of KingÆs College Cambridge
BBC Music MM236
TRADITIONAL: In the Bleak Midwinter BUY ; Robert Shaw, conductor Shaw Chamber Singers
Telarc 80377
Adam: Cantique de Noδl for voice & orchestra 'O Holy Night' BUY Empire Chamber Ensemble; de Cormier, conductor
Philips 420180
Hely-Hutchinson: Carol Symphony BUY Pro Arte Orchestra; Rose, conductor
Musical Heritage Society 515173H

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