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Playlist: holidays

Compiled By: Brian Arlt

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A Cowboy Christmas

From Western Folklife Center Media | 54:24

A musical and poetic celebration of the Christmas holiday from the open ranges of America's outback.

Default-piece-image-1 A Cowboy Christmas celebrates the holiday with memories, music, and poetry of people who live and work in the isolation of America's outback. Some of the stories and songs are family traditions passed down through the generations while others are new works inspired by Christmas on the lonely range. This program features poets Baxter Black, Waddie Mitchell, and Native American singer and comedian Vincent Craig.

Hanukkah: A Great Miracle Happened There

From RadioArt(r) | 58:10

A conversation between Rabbi Ismar Schorsch and Host Larry Josephson about the history, rituals and meaning of Hanukkah--and its importance in our time. (Revised 2014)

Screen_shot_2013-11-12_at_3 "A Great Miracle Happened There: A Hanukkah Special," is a conversation between Rabbi Ismar Schorsch and Host Larry Josephson about the history, rituals and meaning of Hanukkah--and its importance in our time. Cantors David Lefkowitz and Elisheva Dienstfrey sing the music of Hanukkah. Rabbi Ismar Schorsch explains that Hanukkah is really about a Jewish civil war, a war between assimilated, Hellenized Jews and a pious band of zealots, the Maccabees. The well-known "miracle of the oil," occurs at the end of the story--after the Temple has been retaken by the Maccabees, and rededicated and cleansed. Rabbi Schorsch also talks about Hanukkah as "the Jewish Christmas." Dr. Ismar Schorsch is Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Larry Josephson is a veteran public radio host and interviewer, whose programs have been heard in New York, and nationwide for over 35 years. Glorious music of Hanukkah is sung by Cantor David Lefkowitz of The Park Avenue Synagogue in New York, and by Cantor Elisheva Dienstfrey, now of Congregation Agudas Achim in Alexandria, Virginia. Both are graduates of the Seminary. Additional music from "Voice of the Turtle" and the Zamir Chorale of Boston.
Revised, 2014. 

A Handel & Haydn Society Christmas

From Capital Public Radio | 59:00

Celebrate the season with this hour-long special featuring Christmas choral music from America’s oldest continuously performing ensemble, Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society.

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Celebrate the season with this hour-long special featuring Christmas choral music from America’s oldest continuously performing ensemble, Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society.  Founded in 1815, the Society is celebrating their bicentennial season, including their 400th performance of Handel’s “Messiah.”  Join Host Cale Wiggins for this program featuring music from the 15th century to the late 20th ; a Christmas for all times.

Compact Discoveries 22: Music for Hanukkah?

From Fred Flaxman | Part of the Compact Discoveries series | 58:00

There's lots of music for Christmas, but what music goes with Hanukkah? Host Fred Flaxman has some answers.

Cdslogo2inch_small "Music for Hanukkah?" What is appropriate music for Hanukkah? Host Fred Flaxman chooses Ravel's "Chanson h?bra?que;" "This Land is Mine" from the movie "Exodus;" the "Finale" from "Live in the Fiddler's House," with Itzhak Perlman as the violinist; harpist Rachel Van Voorhees playing "My Little Dreydl," "Candles Burning," "Hanukkah," and "Rock of Ages;" Krein's "Esquisses h?bra?ques;" Levenson's "Two Jewish Folk Songs;" and klezmer music by Klezamir. Complete script with playlist available here and at www.compactdiscoveries.com.

Would You Believe: Jews who wrote Christmas songs

From Allen Secher | 58:47

12 of the 25 ASCAPs most popular Christmas songs were written by Jews.

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Would You Believe!: Jews who wrote Christmas Songs 58:47

 The ASCAP list of the 25 most popular Christmas songs includes 12 written by Jews. Billboard has similar findings. Overall, there are at least 22 Christmas songs written by Jews. Beyond Irving Berlin's well-known song, "White Christmas," the tally includes: "The Christmas Song," "Rudolph," "The Christmas Waltz," "Santa Baby," "Do You Hear What I Hear?," and even "Mistletoe" (as sung by Justin Bieber).

"Would You Believe" includes songs and biographical material and an exploration of how the phenomenon came - and continues - to be. The program is hosted by Allen Secher, whose lifetime of radio experience includes, most recently, "You Must Remember This," a regular feature on Montana Public Radio that explores the Great American Songbook. Secher also has a solid Judaic background 

A Mexican Baroque Christmas with the Rose Ensemble

From The Rose Ensemble | 58:39

This holiday program features over two centuries of festive Christmas dances and songs from the great cathedrals of Puebla and Mexico City.

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A Mexican Baroque Christmas with The Rose Ensemble

"Because of the beauty of the music, the variety of the voices, the liveliness of the personalities and the improvisatory support of gentle instruments, the performance was engaging from beginning to end." 
-- The Cleveland Plain Dealer 

Add A Mexican Baroque Christmas with the Rose Ensemble to your holiday schedule, and your listeners will get a vibrant retelling of the Christmas story with some ancient music that sounds fresh and new today. Mexico in the 17th century was a time of great cultural and musical diversity. Those cross-currents produced church music that was infused with indigenous rhythms and dances. That colorful music is the centerpiece of this gorgeous and engaging Christmas special by the internationally-acclaimed Rose Ensemble. 

This holiday program features over two centuries of festive Christmas dances and songs from the great cathedrals of Puebla and Mexico City. With rich instrumental and percussive accompaniment, solos and choruses burst forth in this program that's a far cry from the same old Christmas show. Plus a couple of surprises for the season in this one hour production.  The music is all rhythmic and tuneful and totally appealing.

Hosted by public radio veteran Tom Crann, with the Rose Ensemble’s Artistic Director, Jordan Sramek, It’s A Mexican Baroque Christmas with the Rose Ensemble.  Add this hour of beautifully performed fresh sounds for the season to your station’s holiday line-up.

complete music listings:  

Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla: Deus in Adiutorium (from The Rose Ensemble’s CD:  Celebremos el Niño)

from live performance: 

Antonio de Salazar:  Atención, atención

Fray Gerónimo Gonzles: Serenissima una Noche   

Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla: A siolo flasiquiyo

William Tans’ur:  The Old Angels Hymn/St. Luke’s Tune/Kimbolton Tune (from The Rose Ensemble’s CD: And Glory Shone Around)

from live performance: 

Antonio de Salazar:  Tarara tarara qui yo soy Anton
Sebastián Durón:  Al Dormir el sol

Fabien Ximeno Perez: Ay ay galeguinos.

Juan Garcia de Zéspedes: Convivando esta la Noche

Sergei Khvoshchinsky: Bogoroditse Devo, raduysia (The Russian Ave Maria from The Rose Ensemble’s CD: Fire of the Soul

An Operavore Christmas

From WQXR | 57:59

WQXR's Naomi Lewin presents an hour of Christmas and holiday music from the world of opera and oratorio sung by some of the greatest singers past and present including Marilyn Horne, Leontyne Price, Bryn Terfel, Thomas Hampson, Joan Sutherland and more.

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Program details:

Traditional: The Twelve Days of Christmas

Joan Sutherland, soprano

New Philharmonia Orchestra

Richard Bonynge, conductor

London/Decca  4756153

 

Traditional: The First Noel

Thomas Hampson, baritone

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Hugh Wolff, conductor

Teldec  73135

 

Traditional: Un Flambeau, Jeannette, Isabella

Marilyn Horne, mezzo

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Columbia Symphony Orchestra

Jerold Ottley, conductor

CBS/Sony  63305

 

George Frideric Handel: Messiah: Comfort Ye...Every Valley

Jon Vickers, tenor

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Thomas Beecham, conductor

Met  212

 

Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio: Ach, wann wird die Zeit erscheinen?

Gundula Janowitz, soprano; Christa Ludwig, mezzo; Fritz Wunderlich, tenor

Munich Bach Orchestra

Karl Richter, conductor

Deutsche Grammophon 427236

 

Hall Johnson: Ride On, King Jesus

Leontyne Price, soprano

Studio Orchestra and Chorus

Leonard de Paur, conductor

RCA 61867

 

Engelbert Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel: Abends, will ich schlafen gehn (Evening Hymn)

Hei-Kyung Hong, soprano; Jennifer Larmore, mezzo

Munich Radio Orchestra

Jesus Lopez-Cobos, conductor

Teldec 22801

 

Gian Carlo Menotti: Amahl and the Night Visitors: Have you seen a child?

Lorna Haywood, soprano; John Dobson, tenor; Curtis Watson, bass; Donald Maxwell, baritone

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

David Syrus, conductor

Jay Records 1303

 

Giacomo Puccini: La Boheme: Act II

Victoria de los Angeles, soprano; Lucine Amara, soprano; Jussi Bjoerling, tenor; Robert Merrill, baritone; John Reardon, baritone; Giorgio Tozzi, bass

RCA Victor Orchestra; RCA Victor Chorus; The Columbus Boychoir

Sir Thomas Beecham, conductor

Angel/EMI 56236

 

George Frideric Handel: Joy to the World

Anna Moffo, soprano

Studio Orchestra and Chorus

Met 212

 

Ralph Blaine; Hugh Martin: Have yourself a merry little Christmas

Bryn Terfel, baritone

Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera

Tecwyn Evans, conductor

Deutsche Grammophon 1491472

 

Jose Feliciano: Feliz Navidad

The Three Tenors

Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Gumpoldskirch Boys Choir

Steven Mercurio, conductor

Sony 89131