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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

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

11 - Midnight

11:39 John Rutter - Brother Heinrich's Christmas
John Rutter, conductor
Cambridge Singers; City of London Sinfonia
Brain Kay, narrator
Collegium 115
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11:37 Traditional German - Kling, Glockchen
Norman Scribner, conductor
Choral Arts Society of Washington
Dotian Levalier, harp
Naxos 555049
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11:34 Johann Sebastian Bach - O Jesulein suss
Norman Scribner, conductor
Choral Arts Society of Washington
Naxos 555049
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11:30 Edmund Walters - Babe of Bethlehem
Norman Scribner, conductor
Choral Arts Society of Washington
Naxos 555049
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11:13 Christmas Music - Christmas Carols and Songs
Frank Wallace, guitar
Gyre 10092
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11:07 Traditional - When Christ is Born
Stefan Stuligrosz, conductor
Poznan Nightingales
Polskie Nagrania 268
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11:01 Johann Sebastian Bach - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring; Amazing Grace
John Bayless, piano
Koch 9610
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10 - 11 PM

10:41 Traditional - An American Christmas
Joel Cohen, conductor
Boston Camerata
Erato 92874
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10:32 Alfonso el Sabio - Nobre don e muy precado
Joel Cohen, conductor
Boston Camerata
Warner 69415
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10:30 Traditional - Lux hodie
Joel Cohen, conductor
Boston Camerata
Warner 69415
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10:27 Michael Praetorius - In Dulci Jubilo
Fritz Wunderlich, tenor
Hermann Prey, baritone
DG 5068
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10:19 Marc-Antoine Charpentier - Noels
Trevor Pinnock, conductor
The English Concert
Archiv 435 262
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10:09 Nicholas Kedrov, Arvo Part, et al - Christmas Medley
Paul Hillier, conductor
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Harmonia Mundi 80741
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9 - 10 PM

9:58 Alexander Glazunov - Les Chanteurs de Noel
Angele Dubeau, conductor
La Pieta
Analekta 8730
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9:54 Traditional, arr. Ryan Davies - Nadolig? Pwy a Wyr? (Christmas? Who Knows?)
Bryn Terfel, baritone
DG 14914
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9:51 Adolphe Adam - O Holy Night
Bryn Terfel, baritone
Telarc 14914
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9:47 Traditional - Two Tyrolean Songs
Trapp Family Singers
DG 5068
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9:40 Franz Biebl - Ave Maria
Chanticleer
Chanticleer 1
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9:36 Gustav Holst - In the Bleak Midwinter
Robert Shaw, conductor
Robert Shaw Chamber Singers
Telarc 80377
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9:19 Peter Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker: Act II conclusion
Charles Mackerras , conductor
London Symphony Orchestra
Telarc  80137
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9:01 Christmas Music - Nativity Suite
Larry L. Fleming, conductor
National Lutheran Choir
NLCA 32
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8 - 9 PM

8:53 Bela Bartok - Roumanian Christmas Carols
Pietro Spada, piano
Arts  47284
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8:45 Johann Sebastian Bach - Christmas Oratorio: Shout for joy, rise up, exult
Karl Richter, conductor
Munich Bach Chorus and Orchestra
DG 413 657
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8:40 Traditional - Christmas Day in the Mornin'
The Baltimore Consort
Dorian 90198
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8:37 Traditional Welsh - Suo Gan
Kathleen Battle, soprano
Christopher Parkening, guitar
Sony  62723
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8:22 Richard Addinsel - A Christmas Carol
David Newman, conductor
Royal Philharmonic
Telarc 88801
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8:18 John Jacob Niles - I Wonder as I Wander
Owen Burdick, conductor
Choir of Trinity Church
Naxos 555886
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8:11 Traditional - Christmas Suite
Giovanni De Chiaro, guitar
Centaur 2262
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8:03 Traditional - It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Philip Brunelle, conductor
VocalEssence
RCA 68015
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7 - 8 PM

7:39 Anonymous - A Medieval Christmas
Folger Consort
Bard 9106
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7:36 Traditional - Silent Night
Cantus
Cantus 1102
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7:33 Gabriel Faure - Ave Maria
Steven Isserlis, cello
Joshua Bell, violin
Francis Grier, organ
Sony 74318
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7:28 Kerry Andrew - Hevene Quene
Donald Nally, conductor
The Crossing
Innova 853
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7:13 Ralph Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Matthew Best, conductor
English Chamber Orchestra
Thomas Allen, baritone
Hyperion 66420
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7:09 Jule Styne - Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!
Duo Campion-Vachon
Analekta 9818
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7:04 Peter Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker: Waltz of the Snowflakes
Charles Mackerras, conductor
London Symphony Orchestra
Telarc 80137
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7:00 Christmas Music - Christmas Crackers No. 1
Vermont Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet
Albany 985
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4 - 5 PM

4:52 Traditional - What Is This Lovely Fragrance?
Orphei Dranger
Christina Hogman, soprano
Bis 533
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4:42 Johann Sebastian Bach - Christmas Oratorio: Opening Chorus
Rene Jacobs, conductor
Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Harmonia Mundi 901630
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4:33 Traditional - Wassail Suite
Waverly Consort
Virgin 55193
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4:17 Richard Adinsell - A Christmas Carol
studio orchestra
Telarc 88801
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4:15 Traditional German - O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree)
Eva Beneke, guitar
GSI 98010
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4:07 Traditional - The Holly and the Ivy
Artaria Quartet
MPR 20122
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4:03 Traditional - Deck the Halls
Cantus
Cantus 1205
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3 - 4 PM

3:59 Traditional - O Little Town of Bethlehem
Richard Westenburg, conductor
Musica Sacra
DG 429732
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3:54 Traditional, arr. Hiram Titus - A Virgin Most Pure
Hiram Titus, piano
MPR 20132
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3:40 Alex Freeman - Carols for Yuletide
Esko Kallio, conductor
HOL Choir
HOL 1
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3:34 Traditional - Riu riu chiu; Patapan
Robert DeCormier, conductor
Counterpoint
Albany 801
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3:16 John Rutter - Gloria
Cambridge Singers/Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Collegium 100
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3:05 Sergey Lyapunov - Noels
Eteri Andjaparidze, piano
Naxos 553 461
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3:00 Traditional - Ding Dong Merrily on High
Minnesota Symphonic Winds
MPR 20132
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8 - 9 AM

8:51 Joonas Kokkonen - At Christmas
Osmo Vanska, conductor
Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Bis 947
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8:50 Otto Kotilainen - The Sparrow on Christmas Morning
Osmo Vanska, conductor
Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Bis 947
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8:37 George Frideric Handel - Messiah: Selections
Trevor Pinnock, conductor
English Concert
Arleen Auger, s
Archiv 423630
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8:25 Traditional, arr. Graham Ross - O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Graham Ross, conductor
Clare College Choir
Harmonia Mundi 907579
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8:25 Traditional - Joy Medley
Eva Beneke, guitar
Scott Tennant, guitar
GSI 98010
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8:21 Georges Bizet - L'Arlesienne: Farandole
Erich Kunzel, conductor
Cincinnati Pops
Telarc 80170
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8:17 Traditional French - Ce matin, j'ai rencontre le train
Musica Intima
Atma 2577
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8:08 Rene Clausen - There is No Rose
Choral Arts Ensemble
MPR 20111
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8:04 Traditional - God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
James Curnow, conductor
Hannaford Street Silver Band
CBC 5175
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7 - 8 AM

7:50 Alfred Burt - Christ in the Stranger's Guise
MPR Carolers
MPR Recording 
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7:46 Alfred Burt - Caroling, Caroling
MPR Carolers
MPR Recording 
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7:40 Peter Tchaikovsky - The Seasons: December
Jeffrey Biegel, p
Steinway 30005
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7:31 Adolphe Adam - O Holy Night
Rene Clausen, conductor
Concordia Choir of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota
Concordia 2937
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7:29 Traditional - Coventry Carol
Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Sony 7033
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7:24 Jan Sweelinck - Hodie
David Willcocks, conductor
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
EMI 86121
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7:17 Peter Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker: Grandfather's Dance
Simon Rattle, conductor
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
EMI 46385
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7:04 Christmas Music - The First Nowell; The Three Kings
Chanticleer
Teldec 85555
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6 - 7 AM

6:54 Traditional - Still, Still, Still; Ding Dong Merrily on High; In dulci jubilo
Brian Jones, conductor
Trinity Church Choir
Dorian 93240
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6:54 Ahti Sonninen - Peace, only peace
Osmo Vanska, conductor
Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Bis 947
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6:41 Brian Holmes - The Shepherd and the King
Philip Brunelle, conductor
VocalEssence
Clarion 939
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6:33 Franz Schubert - Ave Maria
Eva Beneke, guitar
et al
GSI 98010
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6:28 Ruben Liljefors - Nar det lider mot jul (Christmas Draws Nigh)
Robert Sund, conductor
Orphei Drangar
Bis 533
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6:23 Traditional English - Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
Paul Brandvik, conductor
Bemidji Chamber Singers
Bemidji 2166
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6:23 Traditional English - Deck the Hall
Paul Brandvik, conductor
Bemidji Chamber Singers
Bemidji 2166
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6:20 Traditional English - Sussex Carol (On Christmas Night)
John Stevens, conductor
Isthmus Brass
Summit 610
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6:10 Stephen Paulus - Hallelu!
David Cherwien, conductor
National Lutheran Choir
Nikki Christopher, harp
NLCA 3509
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6:04 Traditional - The Holly and the Ivy; Lo, how a Rose E'Er Blooming; I am so Glad each Christmas Eve
Michael Newman, guitar
Laura Oltman, guitar
Musical Heritage Society 515520
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5 - 6 AM

5:47 Tavener; Rutter - Christmas Medley
Brian Jones, conductor
Trinity Choir
Dorian 93240
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5:31 Christmas Music - Good King Wenceslas; Carol of the Bells; O Come, O Come Emmanuel; I Wonder as I Wander; What Child is This?; The First Nowell; Hark! the Herald Angels Sing; Hallelujah Chorus
Canadian Brass
Philips 426835
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5:14 Ralph Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Matthew Best, conductor
English Chamber Orchestra
Thomas Allen, baritone
Hyperion 20420
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5:08 Philip Lane - Overture on French Carols
Gavin Sutherland, conductor
Royal Ballet Sinfonia
Dutton 7151
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5:01 Traditional English - The darkest midnight in December
Westminster Choir
Emma Kirkby, soprano
Sony 62688
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4 - 5 AM

4:50 Giuseppe Torelli - Concerto Grosso No. 6 "Christmas Concerto"
I Musici
Philips 432118
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4:40 Francis Poulenc - Four Christmas Motets
Stephen Layton, conductor
Polyphony
Hyperion 67623
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4:35 Agustin Barrios - Villancico de Navidad
John Williams, guitar
Sony 14332
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4:26 Malcolm Arnold - Fantasy on Christmas Carols fr The Holly and the Ivy
Rumon Gamba, conductor
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Chandos 9851
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4:21 Henry Gauntlett - Once in Royal David's City
Harry Christophers, conductor
The Sixteen
Collins 13002
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4:06 Arthur Sullivan - Christmas Revels
Andrew Penny, conductor
RTE Sinfonietta
Marco Polo 223677
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4:01 Christmas Music - The First Nowell; O Come, All Ye Faithful
Ayako Shinozaki, harp
Sony 62677
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3 - 4 AM

3:41 Carl Davis - A Christmas Carol
John Pryce-Jones, conductor
Northern Ballet Theater Orchestra
Naxos 553495
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3:30 Traditional French - Four Carols
Joe Miller, conductor
Westminster Choir
WCC 1009
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3:09 Christmas Music - Christmas Medley
John Morris Russell, conductor
Cincinnati Pops
Fanfare Cincinnati 1
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3:06 Pauls Dambis - Welcome, Christmas!
Andres Jansons, conductor
New York Latvian Concert Choir
Monta Martinsone, soprano
Albany 1040
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3:01 Traditional - Three Danish Christmas Songs
Martin Neary, conductor
National Philharmonic Orchestra
Michala Petri, recorder
RCA 60060
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2 - 3 AM

2:52 John Rutter - Christmas Night
Robert Shafer, conductor
Washington Chorus
William Neil, organ
Gothic 49235
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2:37 Marc-Antoine Charpentier - 17th Century Noels
Bernard Labadie, conductor
The King's Violins
Dorian 90180
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2:33 Michael Praetorius - Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen
Eva Beneke, guitar
GSI 98010
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2:06 Christmas Music - Christmas Medley
Jeremy Backhouse, conductor
Vasari Singers
Martin Ford, organ
Naxos 573030
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2:01 Traditional French - Carol to the King
Craig Jessop, conductor
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Mormon Tabernacle 5007325
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1 - 2 AM

1:48 Otto Nicolai - Christmas Overture
Karl Anton Rickenbacker, conductor
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Virgin 91079
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1:21 Christmas Music - The Joy of Christmas
John Rutter, conductor
City of London Sinfonia
Collegium 111
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1:17 Traditional French - Ballad of Jesus Christ
David Robertson, conductor
Orchestra of St. Luke's
Jessye Norman, soprano
Philips 454640
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1:06 Johann Sebastian Bach - Chorale Variations
Seiji Ozawa, conductor
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Philips 432092
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1:01 Christmas Music - Christmas; Sleep, my little child
Ensemble Amarcord
Apollon 10101
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Midnight - 1 AM

12:29 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - Christmas Eve
Neeme Jarvi, conductor
Scottish National Orchestra
Chandos 8327
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12:21 Traditional - Christmas Medley
Edward Higginbottom, conductor
Choir of New College, Oxford
CRD 3443
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12:10 Engelbert Humperdinck - Hansel and Gretel: Dream Pantomime
Georg Tintner, conductor
Symphony Nova Scotia
CBC 5167
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12:06 Christmas Music - Rocking Carol (Little Jesus, Sweetly Sleep)
John Rutter, conductor
Clare College Singers & Orchestra
EMI 69950
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12:01 Adam Saunders - Fairytale Sleighride
Gavin Sutherland, conductor
Royal Ballet Sinfonia
Naxos 572744
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