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Highlights from December 16 to 23

Tuesday, 7:15 am: Teacher Feature: Amy Giddings, K-6 Music Specialist from Duluth, Minn.
Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Robert Ball.
Tuesday, 7 pm: Concordia Christmas.
Tuesday, 8:15 pm: Teacher Feature: Amy Giddings, K-6 Music Specialist from Duluth, Minn.
Wednesday, 7 pm: Light and Gold: Christmas with Eric Whitacre.
Wednesday, 8 pm: Archive on the Radio: An Archive Christmas Sampler.
Thursday, 3 pm: Regional Spotlight: Holiday music from regional choral and instrumental groups.
Thursday, 7 pm: St. Olaf Christmas Festival.
Friday, 4 pm: Carol with Classical MPR and The Singers.
Friday, 7 pm: Chanticleer Christmas.
Saturday, 11 am: The Metropolitan Opera: Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro.
Saturday, 7 pm: Candles Burning Brightly.
Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: From Heaven Above.
Sunday, noon: From the Top.
Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: Bach's Christmas Oratorio, performed by the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Choir of London.
Monday, noon: Learning to Listen.
Monday, 7 pm: Wonder Tidings.
Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight.
Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans.
Tuesday, 7 pm: School Spotlight.

Programming Highlights

Friday, December 21, 2012

11 - Midnight

11:32 Richard Strauss - Oboe Concerto
Edo de Waart, conductor
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Heinz Holliger, oboe
Philips 438733
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11:21 Traditional - In Dulci Jubilo; Gabriel's Message; Wexford Carol
Musica Intima
Atma 2577
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11:16 Eugene Ysaye - Childhood Dream (Reve d'enfant)
Jean-Jacques Kantorow, conductor
Bienne Symphony Orchestra
Rachel Kolly d'Alba, violin
Warner 67181
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11:06 Bassano; Sweelinck; Traditional - Christmas Medley
John Eliot Gardiner, conductor
Monteverdi Choir
Philips 462050
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11:01 Robert MacGimsey - Sweet Little Jesus Boy
Heidi Grant Murphy, soprano
Kevin Murphy, piano
Koch 7580
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10 - 11 PM

10:50 J.S. Bach - Prelude and Fugue No. 9 in E from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II
Angela Hewitt, piano
Hyperion 67303
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10:37 Virgil Thomson - Three Scenes from the Holy Infancy
Gloria Dei Cantores
Paraclete 10
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10:15 Joaquin Rodrigo - Concierto Serenata
Enrique Batiz, conductor
London Symphony
Nancy Allen, harp
EMI 67435
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10:09 Ralph Vaughan Williams - Sussex Mummers' Carol
Eaken Piano Trio
Naxos 554099
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8 - 9 PM

8:01 George Frideric Handel - Messiah
Nicholas Kraemer, conductor
Minnesota Orchestra; Minnesota Chorale
MPR Recording 
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7 - 8 PM

7:48 George Frideric Handel - Keyboard Suite No. 14 in G
Sviatoslav Richter, piano
EMI 69340
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7:15 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Clarinet Quintet
Members of the Orchestra of the 18th century
Eric Hoeprich, basset clarinet
Philips 420 242
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7:11 Traditional French - Noel nouvelet
Cantus
Cantus 1211
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6 - 7 PM

6:44 Benjamin Britten - Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge
William Boughton, conductor
English Chamber Orchestra
Nimbus 7017
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6:17 Johann Sebastian Bach - Cantata No. 140: Sleepers Awake
Joshua Rifkin, conductor
The Bach Ensemble
Julianne Baird, soprano
Jan Opalach, bass-baritone
Oiseau-Lyre 417616
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6:07 Anon - Ave Maria
Anonymous 4
Harmonia Mundi 907099
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5 - 6 PM

5:50 Frederic Chopin - Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise
Idil Biret, piano
Naxos 550361
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5:45 Adolphe Adam - O Holy Night
Rene Clausen, conductor
Concordia Choir of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota
Concordia 2502
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5:40 Adolph Deutsch - The Apartment: Main Theme
Arthur Fiedler, conductor
Boston Pops Orchestra
RCA 60393
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5:34 Michael Praetorius - Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming
Gary Graden, conductor
St. Jacob's Choir
Bis 5031
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5:29 Michael Praetorius - Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming
Joel Cohen, conductor
The Boston Camerata
Nonesuch 79134
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5:25 Claude Goudimel - Esprits divins
Joel Cohen, conductor
The Boston Camerata
Nonesuch 79134
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5:05 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Horn Concerto No. 2
Pinchas Zukerman, conductor
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Hermann Baumann, horn
Philips 412737
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4 - 5 PM

4:59 F. Melius Christiansen - Lullaby on Christmas Eve
St. Olaf Choir
Saint Olaf 3404
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4:52 Jean-Philippe Rameau - Les Indes Galantes: Danse du Calumet de la Paix et duo Zima-Adario "Forets paisibles"
Emmanuelle Haim, conductor
Le Concert d'Astree
Natalie Dessay, soprano
Stephane Degout, baritone
Virgin 30799
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4:48 Henry Purcell - With rapture of delight... Hail bright Cecilia
Robert King, conductor
The King's Consort
Hyperion 2
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4:46 Daniel Pinkham - Christmas Cantata: 3rd movement
Donald Teeters, conductor
Boston Cecilia
James David Christie, organ
Koch 7180
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4:37 Peter Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker: Waltz of the Flowers
Seiji Ozawa, conductor
Boston Symphony Orchestra
DG 445900
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4:28 Cesar Franck - Piece Heroique
Nicholas Danby, organ
Virgin 91193
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4:20 Johann Sebastian Bach - Zion Hears the Watchmen's Voices / Wachet auf
Martin Neary, conductor
National Philharmonic Orchestra, Westminster Abbey Choir
Michala Petri, recorder
RCA 60060
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4:16 Traditional - Hush, Little Jesus
Stefan Stuligrosz, conductor
Poznan Nightingales
Polskie Nagrania 268
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4:05 Leroy Anderson - A Christmas Festival
Arthur Fiedler, conductor
Boston Pops Orchestra
RCA 61685
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4:02 Sister Patsy Williamson - Pretty Home
Rose Ensemble
Rose 9
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3 - 4 PM

3:47 Johann Sebastian Bach - Italian Concerto
Andras Schiff, piano
London/Decca 433313
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3:40 Erich Korngold - Die tote Stadt: Marietta's Song
Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano
Bengt Forsberg, piano
Ulf Forsberg, violin
Kjell Lysell, violin
Nils-Erik Sparf, viola
Mats Lidstrom, cello
London/Decca 17685
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3:35 David Conte - A Stable Lamp is Lighted
Sigrid Johnson, conductor
Manitou Singers
Saint Olaf 3288
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3:32 Paul Manz - E'en so, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come
Larry L. Fleming, conductor
National Lutheran Choir
National Lutheran 62
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3:29 Franz Gruber - Silent Night
Andrew Parrott, conductor
Taverner Consort, Choir & Players
EMI 49809
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3:05 Benjamin Britten - Ceremony of Carols
Harry Christophers, conductor
The Sixteen
Sioned Williams, harp
Collins 1370
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3:00 Traditional - The Little Drummer Boy's Bolero
Ron Hufstader, conductor
University of Texas at El Paso Symphonic Winds
Mark 9417
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Noon - 1 PM

12:50 Marc-Antoine Charpentier - Noels sur les instruments
Trevor Pinnock, conductor
The English Consort
Archiv 5271
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12:26 Benjamin Britten - A Ceremony of Carols
Etherea Vocal Ensemble
Grace Cloutier, harp
Delos 3422
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12:21 Erich Korngold - The Snowman
Skitch Henderson, conductor
The New York Pops
EMI 54891
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12:06 Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 9
Murray Perahia, piano
Sony 32646
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12:02 Howard Blake - The Snowman: Walking in the Air
Copper Street Brass Quintet
SELF PROD 322
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10 - 11 AM

10:56 Leroy Anderson; arr: Julie Spangler - Sleigh Ride
John Morris Russell, conductor
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Julie Spangler, piano
Fanfare Cincinatti  1 (NEW)
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10:54 Johann Sebastian Bach; arr: Charles Gounod - Ave Maria
John Morris Russell, conductor
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Fanfare Cincinnati 1 (NEW)
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10:48 Steven Amundson - Angel's Dance
John Morris Russell, conductor
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Fanfare Cincinnati 1 (NEW)
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10:43 Claude Debussy: arr: Fabrice Pierre - Dance
Brodsky Quartet
Sioned Williams, harp
Chris Laurence, bass
Chandos 10717
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10:29 American - Give Good Gifts; The Babe of Bethlehem; Star in the East; Christ the Apple-tree
Jordan Sramek, conductor
The Rose Ensemble
Rose 9
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10:20 Antonio Vivaldi - Concerto "Il Riposo"
Giovanni Antonini, conductor
Il Giardina Armonico
Teldec 46013
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10:16 Gabriel Faure - Pavane
Viviana Guzman, flute
Jeremy Jouve, guitar
Reference 128
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10:09 Traditional: Matthew Culloton - In dulci Jubilo; We Three Kings
Matthew Culloton, conductor
The Singers
Basil Reeve, oboe
Singers 3458 (NEW)
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10:06 Traditional English; Dale Grotenhuis - Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
Matthew Culloton, conductor
The Singers
Singers 3458 (NEW)
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10:00 Improvisation - Improvisation on Christmas Themes
Hiram Titus, piano
MPR 20111
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9 - 10 AM

9:51 Ludwig van Beethoven - Adagio for mandolin
Peter Ostrouchko, mandolin
et al
Red House 253
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9:47 Traditional - O Holy Night
Craig Jessop, conductor
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Mormon Tabernacle 5007325
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9:37 Rene Clausen - Psalm 23
Rene Clausen, conductor
Concordia Choir of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota
Concordia 2937
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9:34 Traditional - What Child is This
Tecwyn Evans, conductor
Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Bryn Terfel, bass
Catrin Finch, harp
DG 14914
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9:32 Gustav Holst - In the Bleak Midwinter
Eva Beneke, g
et al
GSI 98010
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9:21 Franz Liszt - Forest Murmers; Etude No. 3 "Un Sospiro"
William Wolfram, piano
Naxos 557014
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9:16 Gustaf Nordqvist - Jul, Jul, Stralande Jul
Magnum Chorum
MPR 20111
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9:01 Hugo Alfven - Swedish Rhapsody No. 1
Okko Kamu, conductor
Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
Naxos 553115
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8 - 9 AM

8:56 Abbie Betinis - The Mirthful Heart
MPR Carolers
MPR Recording 
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8:48 Bates Burt - Letís Have a Merry Song Tonight; While All the Earth Was Dark and Dreary
MPR Carolers
MPR Recording 
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8:43 Anthology - The Christmas Revels
The Christmas Revels
Revels 1078
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8:32 Aaron Copland - Outdoor Overture
Gerard Schwarz, conductor
Seattle Symphony
Delos 3140
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8:26 George Frederic Handel - Messiah: Hallelujah Chorus
Eva Beneke, g
et al
GSI 98010
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8:21 Anthology - The Christmas Revels
The Christmas Revels
Revels 1078
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8:10 Steven Amundson - Angel's Dance
John Morris Russell, conductor
Cincinnati Pops
Fanfare Cincinnati 1
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8:05 Gioacchino Rossini - The Barber of Seville: Largo al factotum
James Levine, conductor
London Symphony Orchestra
Sherril Milnes, bar
EMI 66040
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7 - 8 AM

7:57 Traditional - O Christmas Tree
Music box from ca. 1900
RadioNederland 96
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7:50 Anthology - The Christmas Revels
The Christmas Revels
Revels 1078
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7:34 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Serenade No. 6 "Serenata Notturna"
Herbert von Karajan, conductor
Berlin Philharmonic
DG 423375
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7:31 Traditional - Ding Dong Merrily on High
London Brass
Teldec 46443
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7:21 Franz Joseph Haydn - Symphony No. 101 "The Clock": 2nd movement
Frans Bruggen, conductor
Orchestra of the 18th Century
Philips 422240
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7:16 Anthology - The Christmas Revels
The Christmas Revels
Revels 1078
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7:09 Traditional - God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
Trondheim Symphony Orchestra
Oystein Baadsvik, tuba
Bis 1885
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7:06 Traditional - Jingle Bells
Artaria Quartet
Aequebis 2003
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7:04 George Frideric Handel - Acis and Galatea: Happy We
Robert Shaw, conductor
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Telarc 80333
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6 - 7 AM

6:55 George Frideric Handel - Messiah: Lift up your heads
Martin Pearlman, conductor
Boston Baroque
Telarc 80348
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6:52 Anthology - The Christmas Revels
The Christmas Revels
Revels 1078
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6:34 Johann Sebastian Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
Neville Marriner, conductor
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
EMI 69877
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6:31 Rene Clausen - Make We Joye Now in this Fest
David Dickau, conductor
Choral Arts Ensemble
MPR 20122
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6:26 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - The Little Trifles (Les Petits Riens): Overture
Rinaldo Alessandrini, conductor
Norwegian National Opera Orchestra
Naive 30479
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6:22 Anthology - The Christmas Revels
The Christmas Revels
Revels 1078
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6:09 Traditional - Christmas Music
Rene Clausen, conductor
Concordia Choir of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota
Concordia 2282
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6:04 Traditional - Away in a Manger
Peter Breiner, conductor
Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia
Naxos 550670
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5 - 6 AM

5:48 Arcangelo Corelli - Concerto Grosso No. 3
Trevor Pinnock, conductor
English Concert
Archiv 423626
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5:42 Clare Maclean - Susannine
Philip Barnes, conductor
Saint Louis Chamber Chorus
Regent 373
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5:27 Johann Sebastian Bach - Violin Concerto No. 1
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Julia Fischer, violin
London/Decca 12490
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5:14 Tavener; Rutter - Christmas Medley
Brian Jones, conductor
Trinity Choir
Dorian 93240
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5:06 Traditional - Suite of English Carols
Solid Brass
Dorian 90008
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5:01 Arturo Marquez - Danzon No. 5 "Windows to the Dawn"
Caracas Clarinet Quartet
Cacao Musica 8
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4 - 5 AM

4:37 Claude Debussy - Suite Bergamasque
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Arabesque 6601
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4:21 Marc-Antoine Charpentier - 17th Century Noels
Bernard Labadie, conductor
The King's Violins
Dorian 90180
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4:16 Rosephanye Powell - Christmas Give: Christmas Memories
Tom Hall, conductor
Baltimore Choral Arts Society
Gothic 49277
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4:06 Ottorino Respighi - Adoration of the Magi
Keith Lockhart, conductor
Boston Pops Orchestra
Boston Pops 2
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4:01 Peter Tchaikovsky - Suite No. 1: Gavotte
Stefan Sanderling, conductor
National Symphony of Ireland
Naxos 550644
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3 - 4 AM

3:35 Aaron Copland - Red Pony Suite
Andrew Litton, conductor
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Delos 3221
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3:30 John Rutter - What Sweeter Music
John Rutter, conductor
Cambridge Singers
Collegium  111
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3:11 Edward Elgar - Cockaigne Overture
David Zinman, conductor
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Telarc 80192
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3:06 Samuel Holyoke - How Beauteous Are Their Feet
Columbus Consort
Channel Classics 5693
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3:01 Pierre Attaingnant - Bransle gay
Hopkinson Smith, lute
Astree 8854
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2 - 3 AM

2:36 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Serenade No. 12
Netherlands Wind Ensemble
Philips 472678
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2:36 George Chadwick - Noel
Raymond Leppard, conductor
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
London/Decca 458157
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2:18 Traditional - While by my sheep; Adeste fideles; Come, little children
Peter Marschik, conductor
Vienna Boys Choir
Capriccio 5160
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2:06 Fritz Kreisler - Violin Concerto in the Style of Vivaldi
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Gil Shaham, violin
DG 439933
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2:01 John Rutter - Dormi Jesu (Sleep, Jesus)
Stephen Layton, conductor
Polyphony
Hyperion 67245
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1 - 2 AM

1:59 Francesco Manfredini - Concerto No. 12 "Christmas Concerto"
Herbert von Karajan, conductor
Berlin Philharmonic
DG 419046
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1:27 Franz Joseph Haydn - Symphony No. 88
Simon Rattle, conductor
Berlin Philharmonic
EMI 94237
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1:27 Traditional - Three Carols
Paul Hillier, conductor
Pro Arte Singers
Harmonia Mundi 907233
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1:06 Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 1 "Titan": 3rd movement
Marin Alsop, conductor
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Naxos 572207
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1:01 Traditional - The Twelve Days of Christmas
Robert DeCormier, conductor
Robert DeCormier Singers
Arabesque 6525
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Midnight - 1 AM

12:51 George Frideric Handel - Messiah: There were shepherds
Andrew Davis, conductor
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Kathleen Battle, soprano
Florence Quivar, mezzo-soprano
EMI 49027
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12:21 Franz Schubert - Symphony No. 5
Charles Mackerras, conductor
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Virgin 59273
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12:20 Phillip Rhodes - Love Song
Veblen String Quartet
Centaur 2597
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12:06 Christmas Music - Sinfonia; Once in Royal David's City
Neville Marriner, conductor
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Philips 442141
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12:01 Sergei Rachmaninoff - Hungarian Dance
Alexander Sitkovetsky, violin
EMI 57025
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