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Thursday, December 24, 2015 Permalink

The Christmas Connection


While thoughts of Christmas music usually turn to carols and choirs, many original instrumental works have been written for the season—including one that spawned a carol of its own.

In this hour we’ll explore some of the most interesting of those works, from the Baroque to the present day, including music by Corelli, Mendelssohn, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Grainger, and Bartok. [Airs Dec. 24 at 5:00 p.m.]

CD Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin RCA Red Seal RCD2-7005 078635700527
Simphonies Des Noëls        Violons du Roy, Bernard Labadie Dorian DOR-90180 053479018021
Mendelssohn: Piano Works, Vol. 2 Benjamin Frith Naxos 8.550940 730099594028
Rimsky-Korsakov : Overtures and Suites from the Operas Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi Chandos 10369(2) 095115136928
Youthful Rapture: The Chamber Music of Percy Grainger Joel Smirnoff, Stephen Drury Northeastern NR 228-CD 096678022826
Ireland : Orchestral & Choral Works London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox Chandos CHAN 8879 095115887929
Bartok Piano Music Geoffrey Tozer Chandos CHAN 9761 095115976128
A Dickens Christmas Ed Sweeney Valmark 01899184 723723095626
Finzi-Parry-Bridge English String Orchestra, William Boughton Nimbus NI 5366 710357536625
Vaughan Williams: Christmas music London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox Chandos CHAN 10385 095115138526

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