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Saturday, December 15, 2018 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.

FEATURED RECORDINGS

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: Fantasia on Christmas Carols – The First Nowell – On Christmas Night City of London Sinfonia, Richard Hickox Chandos CHAN 10385 095115138526

Playlist

4:00pm
4:00pm
Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker - March BUY St. Louis Symphony Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin, conductor
RCA Red Seal RCD2-7005
4:01pm
Corelli: "Concerto Per La Notte Di Natale - Allegro, Pastrorale" BUY Violons du Roy; Bernard Labadie, conductor
Dorian DOR-90180
4:07pm
Mendelssohn: "6 Kinderstucke, Op. 72, ""Christmas Pieces"": Allegro non troppo" BUY Benjamin Frith; Benjamin Frith, conductor "Benjamin Frith, piano"
Naxos 8.55094
4:08pm
Mendelssohn: "6 Kinderstucke, Op. 72, ""Christmas Pieces"": Andante sostenuto" BUY Benjamin Frith; Benjamin Frith, conductor "Benjamin Frith, piano"
Naxos 8.55094
4:09pm
Mendelssohn: "6 Kinderstucke, Op. 72, ""Christmas Pieces"": Allegretto" BUY Benjamin Frith; Benjamin Frith, conductor "Benjamin Frith, piano"
Naxos 8.55094
4:10pm
Mendelssohn: "6 Kinderstucke, Op. 72, ""Christmas Pieces"": Andante con moto" BUY Benjamin Frith; Benjamin Frith, conductor "Benjamin Frith, piano"
Naxos 8.55094
4:12pm
Mendelssohn: "6 Kinderstucke, Op. 72, ""Christmas Pieces"": Allegro assai" BUY Benjamin Frith; Benjamin Frith, conductor "Benjamin Frith, piano"
Naxos 8.55094
4:13pm
Mendelssohn: "6 Kinderstucke, Op. 72, ""Christmas Pieces"": Vivace" BUY Benjamin Frith; Benjamin Frith, conductor "Benjamin Frith, piano"
Naxos 8.55094
4:15pm
Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker - Overture BUY St. Louis Symphony Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin, conductor
RCA Red Seal RCD2-7005
4:18pm
Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker - The Christmas Tree BUY St. Louis Symphony Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin, conductor
RCA Red Seal RCD2-7005
4:22pm
Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker - Children's Galop & Arrival of Guests BUY St. Louis Symphony Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin, conductor
RCA Red Seal RCD2-7005
4:25pm
Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker - March BUY St. Louis Symphony Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin, conductor
RCA Red Seal RCD2-7005
4:27pm
Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker - Coda BUY St. Louis Symphony Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin, conductor
RCA Red Seal RCD2-7005
4:29pm
Corelli: "Concerto Per La Notte Di Natale - Allegro, Pastrorale" BUY Violons du Roy; Bernard Labadie, conductor
Dorian DOR-90180
4:30pm
Rimsky-Korsakov: Christmas Eve - Orchestral Suite BUY Scottish National Orchestra; Neeme Jarvi, conductor
Chandos 10369(2)
4:37pm
Grainger: The Sussex Mummers' Christmas Carol, folk song for cello (or violin) & piano (BFMS 17) BUY Collage; Joel Smirnoff, conductor Joel Smirnoff, violin; Stephen Drury, piano
Northeastern NR 228-CD
4:41pm
Ireland: The Holy Boy (A Carol of the Nativity) BUY London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Hickox, conductor
Chandos CHAN 8879
4:44pm
Bartok: "Roman kolinda dallamok (Romanian Christmas Songs), BB 67: Series I: No. 1. Allegro" BUY Geoffrey Tozer; Geoffrey Tozer, conductor "Geoffrey Tozer, piano"
Chandos CHAN 9761
4:45pm
Bartok: "Roman kolinda dallamok (Romanian Christmas Songs), BB 67: Series I: No. 2. Allegro" BUY Geoffrey Tozer; Geoffrey Tozer, conductor "Geoffrey Tozer, piano"
Chandos CHAN 9761
4:45pm
Bartok: "Roman kolinda dallamok (Romanian Christmas Songs), BB 67: Series I: No. 3. Allegro" BUY Geoffrey Tozer; Geoffrey Tozer, conductor "Geoffrey Tozer, piano"
Chandos CHAN 9761
4:46pm
Bartok: "Roman kolinda dallamok (Romanian Christmas Songs), BB 67: Series I: No. 4. Andante" BUY Geoffrey Tozer; Geoffrey Tozer, conductor "Geoffrey Tozer, piano"
Chandos CHAN 9761
4:46pm
Bartok: "Roman kolinda dallamok (Romanian Christmas Songs), BB 67: Series I: No. 5. Allegro moderato" BUY Geoffrey Tozer; Geoffrey Tozer, conductor "Geoffrey Tozer, piano"
Chandos CHAN 9761
4:47pm
Bartok: "Roman kolinda dallamok (Romanian Christmas Songs), BB 67: Series I: No. 6. Andante" BUY Geoffrey Tozer; Geoffrey Tozer, conductor "Geoffrey Tozer, piano"
Chandos CHAN 9761
4:47pm
Bartok: "Roman kolinda dallamok (Romanian Christmas Songs), BB 67: Series I: No. 7. Andante" BUY Geoffrey Tozer; Geoffrey Tozer, conductor "Geoffrey Tozer, piano"
Chandos CHAN 9761
4:48pm
Bartok: "Roman kolinda dallamok (Romanian Christmas Songs), BB 67: Series I: No. 8. Allegretto" BUY Geoffrey Tozer; Geoffrey Tozer, conductor "Geoffrey Tozer, piano"
Chandos CHAN 9761
4:49pm
Bartok: "Roman kolinda dallamok (Romanian Christmas Songs), BB 67: Series I: No. 9. Allegro" BUY Geoffrey Tozer; Geoffrey Tozer, conductor "Geoffrey Tozer, piano"
Chandos CHAN 9761
4:49pm
Bartok: "Roman kolinda dallamok (Romanian Christmas Songs), BB 67: Series I: No. 10. Piu allegro" BUY Geoffrey Tozer; Geoffrey Tozer, conductor "Geoffrey Tozer, piano"
Chandos CHAN 9761
4:50pm
Sweeney: Dickens Christmas - Sir Roger de Coverley BUY Ed Sweeney; Ed Sweeney, conductor
Valmark 1899184
4:51pm
Bridge: Sir Roger de Coverley - A Christmas Dance BUY English String Orchestra; William Boughton, conductor
Nimbus NI 5366
4:56pm
Vaughan Williams: On Christmas Night: Black Nag: Allegro BUY City of London Sinfonia; Richard Hickox, conductor
Chandos CHAN 10385
4:58pm
Vaughan Williams: On Christmas Night: Procession of the Nativity: Lento BUY City of London Sinfonia; Richard Hickox, conductor
Chandos CHAN 10385


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