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Highlights from November 24 to December 1

Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight: Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies Symphony Orchestra.
Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: William Craft, president of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.
Tuesday, 7:15 pm: School Spotlight: Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies Symphony Orchestra.
Tuesday, 8 pm: Lucerne Festival: Vienna Philharmonic.
Wednesday, 7 pm: Giving Thanks with John Birge.
Thursday, 10 am: Giving Thanks with John Birge.
Thursday, Noon: Thanksgiving with Cantus.
Thursday, 3pm: Regional Spotlight: Pavel Kolesnikov plays Mozart, from a recent Chopin Society recital.
Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: New in Nashville.
Sunday, noon: From the Top.
Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: The Berlin Philharmonic with conductor Simon Rattle, from the 2014 Berlin Music Festival.
Sunday, 5 pm: Advent Voices with Lynne Warfel.
Monday, noon: Learning to Listen.
Monday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: Symphonies by Haydn and Schubert, and Barber's Violin Concerto.
Tuesday, 7:15 am: Teacher Feature: Tim Buzza, Music Specialist at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis.
Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans.
Tuesday, 7:15 pm: Teacher Feature: Tim Buzza, Music Specialist at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis.

Programming Highlights

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

11 - Midnight

11:20 Dimitri Tiomkin - It's A Wonderful Life: Suite
David Newman, conductor
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Telarc 88801
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11:17 Traditional - Ding Dong! Merrily on High
Tore Aaen Aune, recorder
Jessica Gordon, guitar
Albemarle 1004
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11:06 Chilcott; Schalk - Christmas Medley
Brian Jones, conductor
Trinity Choir
Dorian 93240
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11:01 Franz Schubert - Ave Maria
Michael Stern, conductor
Orchestra of St. Luke's
Joshua Bell, violin
Sony 14332
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10 - 11 PM

10:55 - It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Michael Chertock, piano
Telarc 80485
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10:42 Ralph Vaughan WIlliams - Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Vivian Dunn, conductor
Light Music Society Orchestra
John Barrow, baritone
EMI 64131
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10:26 Arcangelo Corelli - Concerto Grosso No. 8 in g minor, Op. 6 "Christmas Concerto"
Janos Rolla, conductor
Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra
Hungaroton 12377
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10:22 Ruben Liljefors - A star shines above us
Robert Sund, conductor
Orphei Draenger
Bis 533
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10:16 J.S. Bach/Charles Gounod - Ave Maria
Arturo Belmoni, violin
Nina Bodnar, violin
Listen  50001
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9 - 10 PM

9:47 Johann Sebastian Bach - Christmas Oratorio: Und es waren Hirten
Philip Pickett, conductor
New London Consort
Catherine Bott, soprano
Michael Chance, countertenor
Paul Agnew, tenor
Andrew King, tenor
Michael George, bass
London/Decca 458838
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9:43 Trad. - The First Noel
Hugh Wolff, conductor
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Thomas Hampson, baritone
Teldec 73135
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9:39 J.S. Bach - Jesu, bleibet meine Freude
Bengt Forsberg, piano
DG 5073
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9:37 Trad. - Swedish Folk Songs
Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano
Bengt Forsberg, piano
DG 5073
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9:30 John Tavener - Awed by the Beauty
Cantus
Cantus 1211
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9:16 Peter Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker: selections
Erich Kunzel, conductor
Cincinnati Pops
Telarc 80674
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9:04 Trad. - Liber generationis
Anonymous 4
HMU 907139
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8 - 9 PM

8:44 Richard Wagner - Siegfried Idyll
Academy Chamber Ensemble
Philips 426298
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8:31 Traditional - Celtic Christmas Music
Jeannette Sorrell, conductor
Apollo's Fire Baroque Orchestra
Amanda Powell, soprano
Meredith Hall, soprano
Avie 2269
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8:27 Trad. - A Christmas Jig
The Baltimore Consort
Dorian 90198
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8:23 Diane Loomer - Yule-tide Fires
Axel Theimer, conductor
Saint John's University Men's Chorus
SELF PROD 242
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8:19 John Playford - Drive the Cold Winter Away
The Baltimore Consort
Dorian 90198
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8:00 Carl Davis - A Christmas Carol
John Pryce-Jones, conductor
Northern Ballet Theater Orchestra
Naxos 553495
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6 - 7 PM

6:46 Richard Addinsell - A Christmas Carol
David Newman, conductor
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Telarc 88801
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6:40 George Frideric Handel - Messiah: Hallelujah Chorus
Neville Marriner, conductor
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
London/Decca 444824
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6:26 Arcangelo Corelli - Christmas Concerto
Trevor Pinnock, conductor
English Concert
Archiv 423626
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6:19 Leon Jessel - Parade of the Wooden Soldiers
Arthur Fiedler, conductor
Boston Pops Orchestra
RCA 6428
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6:05 Christmas Music - Noel, Noel, Bells are Ringing; Carol of the Bells; Nativity carol
Roger Wagner, conductor
Roger Wagner Chorale
Delos 3072
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6:00 Traditional - Christmas Medley
Empire Brass & Friends
EMI 49097
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4 - 5 PM

4:57 Katherine Davis - Little Drummer Boy
Antonio Pellegrino, conductor
I Solisti Di Duino
Celestial Harmonies 13038
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4:53 Johann Cruger - Three German Chorales
Ludwig Guttler, conductor
Ludwig Guttler Brass Ensemble
Berlin 1037
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4:34 Georg Philipp Telemann - Festive Suite
Ross Pople, conductor
London Festival Orchestra
Arte Nova 30506
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4:20 Christmas Music - Seven Joys of Christmas
Linda Mack, conductor
Santa Fe Desert Chorale
Clarion 926
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4:19 Ludwig van Beethoven - O Sanctissima
Janice Watson, soprano
Ruby Philogene, mezzo
Thomas Allen, baritone
Malcolm Martineau, piano
DG 453786
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4:10 Frederick Delius - Sleigh Ride
Thomas Beecham, conductor
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
EMI 47509
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4:07 Christmas Music - He is Born Emanuel; How Brightly Shines the Morning Star; Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming; Volta; God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Four Winds 3017
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4:03 Ottorino Respighi - Adoration of the Magi
Neville Marriner, conductor
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
EMI 47844
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3 - 4 PM

3:48 Christmas Music - Christmas Waltzes
Keith Lockhart, conductor
Boston Pops Orchestra
RCA 63252
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3:35 Traditional - Angels From the Realms of Glory; O Little Town of Bethlehem; Silent Night
Harry Christophers, conductor
The Sixteen
Collins 13002
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3:30 Angela Morley - Snowride
Gavin Sutherland, conductor
RTE Concert Orchestra
Naxos 572744
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3:25 Traditional - O Come, All Ye Faithful
Craig Jessop, conductor
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Mormon Tabernacle 1063
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3:21 John Jacob Niles - I Wonder as I Wander
John Rutter, conductor
Cambridge Singers
Gerald Finley, baritone
Collegium 106
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3:19 Friday Favorites
3:14 Christmas Music - Musical Sleighride; White Christmas
Arthur Fiedler, conductor
Boston Pops Orchestra
DG 419414
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3:04 Christmas Music - In dulci jubilo; O Jesulein suss; While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night
Edward Higginbottom, conductor
Choir of New College, Oxford
Erato 19350
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Noon - 1 PM

12:51 Michel Corrette - Christmas Sinfonia
Rien Voskuilen, conductor
La Fantasia
Columns 290412
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12:46 Jule Styne - Let it snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!
Giovanni De Chiaro, guitar
Centaur 2262
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12:27 Stephen Chatman - Carols of the Nativity
Bruce Pullan, conductor
University of British Columbia Singers
Kathleen Allen, soprano
Richard Petroski, baritone
Michelle Baynton, soprano
Centrediscs 15509
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12:19 Franz Biebl - Ave Maria
Cantus
Cantus 1211
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12:09 Mikola Leontovich - Carol of the Bells; Christmas Medley
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
Sergio Assad, guitar
Odair Assad, guitar
Raymond Mase, trumpet
Fred Sherry, cello
Anne-Marie McDermott, piano
NSS 5
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12:00 Traditional - Three Medieval Carols
Peter Phillips, conductor
The Tallis Scholars
Gimell 10
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11 - Noon

11:54 Traditional - At Christmas/Angels We Have Heard on High
Osmo Vanska, conductor
Lahti Symphony Orchestra Brass
Bis 947
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11:42 Robert Russell Bennett - The Many Moods of Christmas No. 2
Robert Shaw, conductor
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Telarc 80087
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11:35 Johann Molter - Pastoral Concerto
Trevor Pinnock, conductor
The English Concert
Archiv 435262
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11:25 Traditional: arr: Witold Lutaslawski - Polish Christmas Carols
David Zinman, conductor
BBC Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia Chorus
RCA 11561
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11:23 Leroy Anderson - Sleigh Ride
Copper Street Brass
Copper Street Brass 
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11:18 Vince Gauraldi: arr: Tim Bradley - Skating
Copper Street Brass
Copper Street Brass 
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11:12 Steven Heitzeg - little tree
Dale Warland, conductor
The Dale Warland Singers
Kathy Kienzle, harp
ACC 121
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11:06 Alf Houkom - The Rune of Hospitality
Dale Warland, conductor
The Dale Warland Singers
Jeffrey Van, guitar
ACC 121
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11:03 Javier Busto - Ave Maria
Dale Warland, conductor
The Dale Warland Singers
ACC 121
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10 - 11 AM

10:43 Christmas Music - Christmas Medley
John Morris Russell, conductor
Cincinnati Pops
Fanfare Cincinnati 1
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10:40 Claude Debussy - The Snow is Dancing
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
London 460247
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10:06 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - Suite from "Christmas Eve"
Neeme Jarvi, conductor
Scottish National Orchestra
Chandos 8327
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10:00 Christmas Music - Gabriel's Message; Sans Day Carol
John Rutter, conductor
Clare College Singers & Orchestra
EMI 69950
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9 - 10 AM

9:53 Christmas Music - Laudate Dominum; Ding Dong Merrily on High; Pifa; Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Neville Marriner, conductor
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
EMI 64895
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9:39 Peter Tchaikovsky - Album for Children: Selections
I Musici di Montreal
Chandos 9098
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9:35 Brian Holmes - The Shepherd and the King
VocalEssence
Clarion 939
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9:28 Various - Christmas Medley
Artaria Quartet
Aequebus 2003
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9:19 Traditional - The Cherry Tree Carol; Away in a Manger
Jacqueline Schwab, p
Dorian 90275
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9:18 Traditional - The Cherry Tree Carol
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
EMI 5302
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9:09 Various - Three Carols
John Rutter, conductor
Cambridge Singers
Collegium 503
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9:03 Pietro Yon - Gesu Bambino
Rene Clausen, conductor
Concordia Choir of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota
Concordia 2937
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9:01 Osmo Vanska - The Message of Christmas
Osmo Vanska, conductor
Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Bis 947
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8 - 9 AM

8:55 Felix Mendelssohn - Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Dale Warland Singers
Gothic 49208
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8:53 Traditional - Adeste Fidelis
Peter Breiner, conductor
Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Naxos 550301
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8:50 Traditional - The First Noel
Hugh Wolff, conductor
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Thomas Hampson, bar
Teldec 73135
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8:42 Traditional, arr Toru Takamitsu - O Come, all ye Faithful
Hannaford Street Silver Band
Amadeus Choir
5175
CBC 
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8:30 Christmas Music - In the bleak midwinter; Coventry Carol; Shepherds in the Fields Abiding
David Willcocks, conductor
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
London/Decca 5302
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8:24 Franz Schubert - Ave Maria
London Cello Sound
Cala 55003
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8:22 Traditional - Fum, Fum, Fum!
Anne Heider, conductor
His Majestie's Clerkes
Centaur 2168
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8:17 Christmas Music - Pastorale; Silent Night
Ayako Shinozaki, harp
Sony 62677
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8:08 Traditional - Still, Still, Still
Kelly Yost, piano
Channel Productions 1698
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8:04 Traditional - O Little Town of Bethlehem
Matthew Culloton, conductor
The Singers
Min Kim, harp
Basil Reeve, oboe
Singers 3458
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7 - 8 AM

7:55 Traditional - Away in a Manger; Sussex Carol
Philip Brunelle, conductor
VocalEssence
RCA 68015
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7:45 George Frideric Handel - Messiah: For unto us a child is born
Robert Shaw, conductor
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Telarc 80344
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7:34 Traditional - Wassail, Wassail, All Over the Town (Gloucester Wassail)
Howard Cable, conductor
Symphony Nova Scotia
CBC 5226
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7:31 Mel Torme - The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
Dolce Wind Quintet
MPR 20102
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7:25 John Rutter - What Sweeter Music
John Rutter, conductor
Cambridge Singers
Collegium 502
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7:24 Traditional - Christmas Medley
Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Sony 7033
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7:14 Daniel Kantor - NIght of Silence
Philip Brunelle, conductor
VocalEssence
Clarion 939
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7:09 Alan Higbee - In the Bleak Midwinter
Philip Brunelle, conductor
VocalEssence
Clarion 939
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7:04 Traditional - We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Peter Breiner, conductor
CSSR State Philharmonic Orchestra
Naxos 550301
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6 - 7 AM

6:56 Stephen Paulus - The Holly and the Ivy
Dale Warland, conductor
Dale Warland Singers
Gothic 49208
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6:51 Otto Kotilainen - The Sparrow on Christmas Morning
Osmo Vanska, conductor
Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Bis 947
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6:47 Traditional - O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree)
Hugh Wolff, conductor
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Thomas Hampson, baritone
Teldec 73135
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6:43 Traditional Scandinavian - O Green and Shimmering Tree
Craig Jessop, conductor
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Mormon Tabernacle 1063
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6:31 Traditional - Christmas Carols for Strings
Yuli Turovsky, conductor
I Musici de Montreal
Chandos 9098
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6:24 Traditional - Silent Night
James Curnow, conductor
Hannaford Street Silver Band
CBC 5175
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6:19 Henry Gauntlett - Once in Royal David's City
Geoffrey Simon, conductor
London Cello Sound
Cala 55003
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6:07 Traditional - Three English Carols
Artaria Quartet
Aequebis 2003
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6:05 Traditional - Christmas Collage; Sing We Now of Christmas
Monica S. McGowan, conductor
Twin Cities Bronze
SELF PROD 306
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4 - 5 AM

4:47 Traditional - O Little Town of Bethlehem
True North Brass
TNB 4
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4:44 Healey Willan - Hodie Christus Natus Est
True North Brass
TNB 4
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4:20 Massimo Paris - X'mas Suite
Massimo Paris, conductor
Los Romeros
DG 17474
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4:16 John Ireland - The Holy Boy
Angele Dubeau, conductor
La Pieta
Analekta 8730
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4:12 Dave Brubeck - La Fiesta de la Posada: Sleep Holy Infant
Angele Dubeau, conductor
La Pieta
Analekta 8730
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4:09 Traditional - Laissez paitre vos betes
Angele Dubeau, conductor
La Pieta
Analekta 8730
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4:06 Stephen Chatman - Voices of Earth: Snow
Jon Washburn, conductor
Vancouver Chamber Choir
Centrediscs 13608
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4:01 John Playford - Christmas Medley
The Playfords
Coviello 21012
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3 - 4 AM

3:35 Benjamin Britten - A Ceremony of Carols
Stephen Cleobury, conductor
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
Rachel Masters, harp
Argo 433215
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3:33 Traditional - O come, o come Emmanuel
Galliard Brass & Friends
MusicMasters 677077-1
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3:23 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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3:12 Francis Poulenc - Four Christmas Motets
Ivars Taurins, conductor
Tafelmusik Chamber Choir
CBC 1155
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3:06 Traditional - Away in a Manger
Adagio Trio
Adagio Trio 2
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3:01 Traditional - This is the truth sent from above
Chanticleer
Dawn Upshaw, soprano
Warner 69737
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2 - 3 AM

2:43 Marc-Antoine Charpentier - Noels
Olivier Fortin, conductor
Masques
Analekta 9908
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2:41 William Byrd - Ave Maria
Stile Antico
Harmonia Mundi 807517
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2:32 Samuel Wesley - Rondo on God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
Ian Hobson, piano
Arabesque 6594
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2:08 Victor Hely-Hutchinson - A Carol Symphony
Barry Rose, conductor
Pro Arte Orchestra
EMI 64131
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2:06 Traditional - God Rest You Merry, Gentleman
Rachel Van Voorhees, harp
Centaur 2209
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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

1:55 John Rutter - A Gaelic Blessing: Meditation
John Rutter, conductor
Sinfonia Cymru
Catrin Finch, harp
DG 17606
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1:51 John Rutter - Shepherd's Pipe Carol
Tecwyn Evans, conductor
Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Bryn Terfel, bass
DG 14914
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1:46 Traditional - Wexford Carol
Tecwyn Evans, conductor
Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Bryn Terfel, bass
DG 14914
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1:42 Traditional - Still, Still, Still
Tecwyn Evans, conductor
Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Bryn Terfel, bass
DG 14914
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1:38 Adolphe Adam - O Holy Night
Tecwyn Evans, conductor
Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Bryn Terfel, bass
Rolando Villazon, tenor
DG 14914
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1:11 Christmas Music - The Peace of Christmas
John Rutter, conductor
City of London Sinfonia
Collegium 111
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1:06 Traditional Spanish - A La Nanita Nana
MAYA
Perspectives 1
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1:01 Traditional English - The darkest midnight in December
Westminster Choir
Emma Kirkby, soprano
Sony 62688
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Midnight - 1 AM

12:45 Franz Liszt - Christmas Tree Suite
Roland Pontinen, piano
Bis 1164
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12:37 Christmas Music - Silent Night; Deck the Hall; Jingle Bells; A merry Christmas
Pierre Cao, conductor
Arsys Bourgogne
Naive 5319
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12:32 Johann Sebastian Bach - Sheep May Safely Graze
Eugene Ormandy, conductor
Philadelphia Orchestra
Sony 38915
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12:20 Rick Sowash - A Christmas Rondo
Kris Frankenfeld, violin
Belinda Burge, viola
Ellen Shertzer, cello
Sowash 11
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12:16 Max Reger - O Jesu most sweet
Uwe Gronostay, conductor
RIAS Chamber Choir
Harmonia Mundi 901794
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12:06 Traditional - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas; Silver Bells; The Christmas Song
Canadian Brass
Eric Robertson, organ
Opening Day 7345
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12:03 Traditional - O Come, All Ye Faithful
Erich Kunzel, conductor
Cincinnati Pops
Telarc 80226
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12:01 Traditional - Angels We have Heard on High
Ft. Thomas Bell Choir
Telarc 80226
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