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Saturday, December 9, 2017 Permalink

The Christmas Connection 2


December is filled to bursting with carols and other vocal works—and as a result a great deal of instrumental and orchestral music is overlooked.

We’re going to remedy that in this hour, with holiday pieces for solo instruments, small groups, and orchestra, by Bach, Telemann, Beethoven, Berlioz, Rimsky-Korsakov, Martinu, Hovhaness, and more.


Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Puccini without Words Rome Symphony Orchestra, Domenico Savino MCA Classics MCAD2-9834 076732983423
Bach Weihnachts-Oratorium (Christmas Oratorio) Orchestra of the Collegium Vocale, Ghent, Philippe Herreweghe Virgin Veritas 0963342 5099909633421
Telemann: Tafelmusik [for Festive Suite in A Major] London Festival Orchestra, Ross Pople Sony Gala 88985348102 889853481026
Beethoven - The Piano Sonatas, Volume VIII [for Piano Sonata 31] Andras Schiff ECM 1949 028947661924
Munch Conducts Berlioz [for Overture to Part II of L’Enfance du Christ,] Boston Symphony, Charles Munch RCA Victor Red Seal 60393 828766039320
Rimsky-Korsakov - Christmas Eve Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Igor Golovschin Naxos 8.553789 730099478922
Humperdinck: Fairy-Tale Music [for Hansel & Gretel overture) Bamberg Symphony, Karl Anton Rickenbacher Virgin Classics 6285842 5099962858427
Puccini without Words (for “Christmas Eve in Paris,” from La Boheme. Columbia Symphony, Andre Kostelanetz CBS Records MDK 46825 07464462852
Chadwick: Melpomene, etc. [for “Noel,” from Symphonic Sketches]. Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi Chandos CHAN 10032 095115103227
Hovanhess Treasures [for Symphony #49 “Christmas”] Northwest Sinfonia, Gerard Schwarz Crystal Records CD811 009414781123
Martinu: La Revue de Cuisine. [for “Merry Christmas 1941”] Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Christopher Hogwood Decca 433 660-2 028943366021

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