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The Festival of Christmas: Carols & Songs

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 57 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

Terry Hawkins presents a program of traditional Christmas carols performed by a variety of famous opera singers,choirs, and orchestras. The recordings heard are of a consistent high quality and Hawkins provides valuable commentary as to the origin of many of these very familiar songs. Even those for whom Christmas may not be a religious holiday should enjoy these soaring and inspirational melodies.

Musical Selections:  Adeste Fideles (“O Come All Ye Faithful”) (ca. 1740) (2:51) / John Francis Wade -- Gesu Bambino (4:21) / Pietro Yon -- Good King Wenceslas (3:00) / [arr. by Douglas Gamley] -- Deck The Halls with Boughs of Holly (1:05) -- Stille Nacht (“Silent Night”) [text by Josef Mohr] (3:30) / Franz Xaver Gruber -- God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman (2:27) -- Angels We Have Heard On High (1:24) -- The Coventry Carol (3:21) -- Carols of the Bells (1:23) -- The Kings / Peter Cornelius (3:48) -- The Virgin’s Slumber Song, Op. 76, No. 52 (2:00) / Max Reger -- Away in a Manger (2:54) -- It Came Upon a Midnight Clear [text by Edmund Sears] (2:43) / Richard Storrs Willis -- O Little Town of Bethlehem [text by Phillips Brooks] (2:44) / Lewis Redner -- O Sanctissima (2:32) / [arr. by Ludwig van Beethoven] -- Ave Maria (2:33) / Johann Sebastian Bach & Charles Gounod -- Hallelujah ist ein fröhlich Gesang (3:22)
Performers:  Renata Tebaldi, soprano (Adeste)
Luciano Pavarotti, tenor (Gesu)
Joan Sutherland, soprano (Good ; It Came)
Philadelphia Brass Ensemble (Deck)
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, soprano (Stille ; Hallelujah)
Forbes Robinson, bass (God)
Leontyne Price, soprano (Angels ; Ave)
Herbert von Karajan, conductor (Angels)
Mormon Tabernacle Choir (Coventry ; Carols)
Hermann Prey, baritone (Kings)
Vienna Boys’ Choir (Kings ; O Little)
Renata Scotto, soprano (Virgin)
Mario Lanza (Away)
New York Philharmonic (O Little)
Leonard Bernstein, conductor (O Little)
Accademia Monteverdiana (Sanctissima)
Genres:  Classical Music; Opera
Subject:  Christmas music; Carols; Choruses, Sacred; Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices) with organ; Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices) with instrumental ensemble; Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices) with orchestra; Sacred songs; Sacred songs (High voice) with orchestra; Sacred songs (High voice) with instrumental ensemble; Sacred songs (Low voice) with organ
People:  Hawkins, Terry; Wade, John Francis, 1711 or 12-1786; Yon, Pietro A., 1886-1943 ; Tebaldi, Renata; Pavarotti, Luciano ; Sutherland, Joan, 1926- ; Gamley, Douglas; Mohr, Joseph, 1792-1848 ; Gruber, Franz Xaver, 1787-1863; Schwarzkopf, Elisabeth ; Robinson, Forbes; Price, Leontyne ; Karajan, Herbert von; Cornelius, Peter, 1824-1874 ; Prey, Hermann, 1929-1998 ; Reger, Max, 1873-1916 ; Scotto, Renata, 1934- ; Lanza, Mario, 1921-1959 ; Sears, Edmund H. (Edmund Hamilton), 1810-1876 ; Willis, Richard Storrs, 1819-1900; Brooks, Phillips, 1835-1893 ; Redner, Lewis H., 1831-1908 ; Bernstein, Leonard, 1918-1990 ; Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827; Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750; Gounod, Charles, 1818-1893
Recording Date:  12/23/1982
First Broadcast Date:  12/23/1982
 
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