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Play List for Great Sacred Music, Christmas Day 2011

Location: North Carolina, USA
Choir type: Choirs with Religious Affiliation
Great Sacred Music airs from 6 a.m. until noon on Sunday, December 25, 2011. I look forward to sharing the beautiful sounds
of choirs from near and far during that time.
I will be online posting on Facebook. You can post comments and greetings thereif you wish.
Or you can call the station 800-556-5178 while the music is playing. (I am alone at the station so cannot answer the phone during my breaks.)
The show airs on 89.7 FM in central North Carolina and online at
Merry Christmas!
Rob Kennedy
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Choir and String Orchestra of Guildford, Cathedral, Barry Rose
John Barrow, baritone

Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Instrumental Carols
Violins of the King, Bernard Labadie

Traditional: Selections ~ Vigil of the Nativity of Christ
Russian Patriarchate Choir, Anatoly Grindenko

Traditional: Good King Wenceslas - Ben Heppner, tenor
John Rutter: Shepherd’s Pipe Carol
English traditional, arr. David Willcocks: Sussex Carol
Toronto Children's Chorus;
Members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Jean Ashworth Bartle

Traditional Carols: Little Jesus, sweet and mild; Whence is that goodly fragrance?

Traditional, arr. David Willcocks: O come all ye faithful (with fanfare)
Henry John Gauntlett: Once in royal David’s city
Felix Mendelssohn: Hark! The herald angels sing
Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, John Scott
Jeremy S. Bruns, organ

Louis-Claude Daquin: Noel No. 6
Marie-Claire Alain, organ

Adolphe Adam: O Holy Night
Cambridge Singers; The City of London Sinfonia, John Rutter

Sing for Joy

French Traditional: Entre le boeuf
Traditional Provencal: Guillo, pran ton tambourin
Mexican traditional: El Rorro
Monteverdi Choir, Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Traditional, with improvisations by Gerre Hancock
Improvisation on "Divinum mysterium" ~ A Christmas Symphony
Gerre Hancock, organ

Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Midnight Mass for Christmas on French Carols
Virgin Consort, Kyler Brown

Traditional: Of the Father’s heart begotten
English traditional: O little town of Bethlehem
Choirs of Coventry & Lichfield Cathedrals; BBC Philharmonic, Robin Stapleton
Kiri te Kanawa, soprano; Jouko Harjanne, trumpet

Hendrik Andriessen: Toccatina "In dulci jubilo"
Robert Grogan, organ
Moller Organ at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

J.S. Bach: Cantata 63, "Christen, atzet diesen Tag"
Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
Ingrid Schmithusen, soprano; Yoshikazu Mera, counter-tenor; Makoto Sakurada, tenor; Peter
Kooy, bass-baritone
"Christians, mark this day", for the first day of Christmas

Felix Mendelssohn: Vom Himmel Hoch
Dresden Choir of the Cross w/the Dresden Philharmonic, Martin Flamig

J.S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in F, BWV 540
Michael Murray, organ
The great Schnitger organ in St. Michael's, Zwolle, Netherlands

Hector Berlioz: L’Enfance du Christ (Christmas Portion)
Corydon Singers & Orchestra, Matthew Best

Ottorino Respighi: Laud to the nativity of the Lord
Philadelphia Singers w/the Concerto Soloists Instrumental Ensemble, Michael Korn
Benita Valente, soprano; Maureen Forrester, contralto; David Gordon, tenor

J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 Part One
Choir of New College, Oxford; Orchestra of the King’s Consort
Edward Higginbottom
Rachel Elliott, soprano; Anna Crookes, soprano; Robin Blaze, counter-tenor; Mark Padmore,
tenor; Roderick Williams, bass

Felix Mendelssohn: Hark! The herald angels sing
Traditional, arr. Willcocks: The first Nowell
Traditional: While shepherds watched
Traditional: I saw three ships
Traditional: Ding dong! Merrily on High
Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Sir David Willcocks

Traditional: O come all ye faithful
Traditional: On this day
Richard Dirksen: A Child my Choice
George Frideric Handel, arr. Lowell Mason: Joy to the World
Washington National Cathedral Choir and Organ, Richard W. Dirksen