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Saturday, December 10, 2016 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--"Hark, the Herald Angels Sing."

In the next 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.
Work Title Group/Artist Recording Label
Symphony No. 2 BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales Mendelssohn Symphony No. 2 BBC Music MM306
Liebgesang Kolping Chor Stuttgart Mendelssohn Lieder mid und ohne Worte           Bauer Studios SACD9196
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus The Many Moods of Christmas Telarc CD-80087
The Adoration of the Magi Philharmonia Orchestra Respighi Orchestral Works Cala CACD 1007
The Three Kings Robert Shaw and Robert Shaw Chamber Singers Songs of Angels Telarc CD-80377
L'arlésienne - Suite N°1 - Ouverture London Festival Orchestra Bizet L’Arlesienne Suite PMG CD 160 205
Weihnachtsbaum, IV. Adeste fideles Roland Pontinen Liszt: Weihnachtsbaum, etc. BIS CD-1164
Santa Claus Symphony .Royal Scottish National Orchestra Fry: Santa Claus Symphony Naxos 8.559057
Patapan Deller Consort and Instrumental Ensemble Orff: From Heaven Above RCA Victrola (LP) VICS-1376
Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming New York Choral Artists O Come All Ye Faithful EMI CDC 7 49908 2
Weihnachts Musik Arditti String Quartet Schoenberg: Weihnachts Musik Naïve Classics MO 782160
Une Cantate de Noel BBC Concert Orchestra & Singers Christmas Music BBC Music MM236
In the Bleak Midwinter Jessye Norman Jessye Norman: Christmastide Philips 420 180-2
Carol Symphony IV: Allegri Energico Pro Arte Orchestra Hely-Hutchinson: Carol Symphony EMI Classics CDM7641312

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