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Saturday, December 26, 2015 Permalink

The Shepherd Connection

Painting by Jacob Jordaens [Museo del Prado, Madrid]


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….                   

Recording Title Catalog No. UPC
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

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