Christmas Across Europe And Beyond

Andrew Mcgregor introduces the annual international celebration from the European Broadcasting Union, with CHRISTMAS music from eight countries across Europe and North America.



Zefiro Torna, directed by Jurgen De Bruyn, perform a selection of Medieval and Renaissance carols, and colourful CHRISTMAS songs rooted in folk traditions from Flanders, Catalonia, Spain and Provence.


The Bulgarian National Radio Men's chorus perform Orthodox music from the rich tradition of the Bulgarian church, interspersed with seasonal folk music.


A rare chance to hear a selection of works by the prolific 18th Century composer Christoph Graupner (a contemporary of J.S.Bach) performed by the ensemble Les Idées heureuses and the Montreal Early Music Studio Choir [at the Pierre Mercure Hall, Montreal.]

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From St Anthony's Church, Hradic Králové, the Boni Pueri Ensemble perform the Cantique de Jean Racine by Fauré, as well as music by Saint-Saëns, and Petr Eben interspersed with organ improvisations by Jaroslav Tuma.


This special day of CHRISTMAS music ends with a concert featuring many traditional favourites, including Poulenc's Four CHRISTMAS Motets, excerpts from Rossini's Péchés De Vieillesse , and many carols including, of course, Franz Gruber's Silent Night.

Michael Gläser conducts the Bavarian Radio Chorus from St Joseph's Church in Munich.


The Kamer Youth Choir and Riga Chamber Ensemble perform Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols alongside a piece by contemporary Latvian composer Rihards Dubra - Cantata in Nativitati Domini.


Traditional carols are preceded by a CHRISTMAS oratorio (The Holy Night) by Hilding Rosenberg (for narrator, soloists, chorus and orchestra), written in 1936 and part of the tradition for Swedish radio listeners ever since.

Mats Rondin conducts the Swedish Radio Chorus and Symphony Orchestra.


The twelve men of Chanticleer, one of America's premiere vocal ensembles, present a programme of everything from Renaissance CHRISTMAS hymns to Music Director Joseph Jennings' own close-harmony arrangements of holiday classics, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NEW YORK City.