Christmas Around Europe - Christmas Around Europe

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01Helsinki And Vienna20171217

Ian Skelly presents Radio 3's journey around Europe for live and specially recorded concerts

Ian Skelly presents Radio 3's annual journey around Europe for a sequence of live and specially recorded concerts. The day begins live at Kallio Church in Helsinki for a programme of music for organ and wind quintet. Then to St Ulrich's Church, Vienna, where the Vienna Chamber Choir perform traditional Christmas songs.1.05pm LIVE from Kallio Church, HelsinkiSibelius: Bell Tune of Kallio ChurchTrad arr Ahmas: 5 Finnish Christmas songsGaston Litaize: Variations on a Christmas song from AnjouSibelius: 5 Christmas Songs Op.1 arr for soprano and organTrad arr Ahmas: 4 Finnish Christmas songsSuvi Väyrynen (soprano)Zagros Wind QuintetJan Lehtola (organ)2.00pm from St Ulrich's Church, ViennaSebastian Taschner: Hirten, wacht auf! (Premiere)Michael J Richter: Leise dahin (Premiere)Marina and Elena Hobarth: Punschlied (Premiere)Elgar: Lux AeternaOla Gjeilo: Serenity (O magnum Mysterium)James MacMillan: O Radiant DawnTrad arr Gjeilo: In the Bleak MidwinterTrad arr Gjeilo: O Com, o come, EmmanuelMax Reger: Es kommt ein Schiff geladenTrad arr Hemedinger: Es bluh'n drei RosenBrahms: 'O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf' - Motet, Op 74 No 2Praetorius arr Sandtrom: Det ar en ros utsprungenVienna Chamber ChoirYouth Choir Academy, ViennaMichael Grohotolsky (conductor).

02Nuremberg, Sofia, Copenhagen And Frankfurt20171217

Part 2 of Radio 3's annual Christmas Around Europe, introduced by Ian Skelly.

Ian Skelly continues Radio 3's annual journey around Europe for a sequence of live and specially recorded concerts. Part 2 includes a Bach and Vivaldi programme from Ensemble 1700, recorded at the German National Museum in Nuremberg. Then at 5pm we go to Bulgaria for a performance of Dimitar Nenov's Christmas Oratorio. The Danish contribution to the day is part of Bach's Christmas Oratorio followed by Scandinavian Christmas songs, and then to Frankfurt for Bach and Handel performed by Le Concert d'Astrée Chorus and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.

4.00pm from the German National Museum, Nuremberg
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No 4 in G, BWV 1049
Vivaldi: Sol da te mio dolce amore, from 'Orlando furioso', RV 728
Corelli: Concerto gross in G minor, Op.6'8 'Fatto per la Notte di Natale'
Vivaldi: Trio Sonata in D minor, RV 63 'La Follia'
Bach: Jesus bleibet meine Freude, from cantata 'Herz und Mut und Tat und Leben', BWV 147
Vivaldi: Allegro molto from Flute Concerto in D, RV 443 (encore)
Dmitry Sinkovsky (violin/countertenor)
Emiliano Rodolfi (recorder/baroque oboe)
Ensemble 1700
Dorothee Oberlinger (recorder/director)

5.00pm from Bulgaria Concert Hall, Sofia
Dimitar Nenov: Christmas Oratorio
BNR Symphony Orchestra
Mark Kadin (conductor)

6.00pm from Concert Hall, DR Concert House, Copenhagen
Bach: Cantatas I-III from Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
followed by a selection of Scandinavian Christmas songs performed by the Danish National Girls' Chorus
Christina Landshamer (soprano)
Wiebke Lemkuhl (alto)
Benjamin Hulett (tenor)
Andre Morsch (bass)
DR Vocal Ensemble
Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Marcus Creed (conductor)

8.00pm from the Hessischer Rundfunk Broadcasting Hall, Frankfurt
Handel: Dixit Dominus, HWV 232
Bach: Magnificat in E flat, BWV 243a
Emoke Barath, Lea Desandre (sopranos)
Damien Guillon (alto)
Patrick Grahl (tenor)
Victor Sicard (bass)
Le Concert d'Astrée Chorus
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Emmanuelle Haïm (conductor)

Photo of Frankfurt RSO (c) Ben Knabe.

03Brno And Mafra20171217

Radio 3's annual journey around Europe with concerts from Brno and Mafra.

The final part of Radio 3's annual journey around Europe for a sequence of live and specially recorded concerts. The Brno concert includes a premiere for baritone and chorus by the composer and musician Ondrej Kyas. Then finally to the monastery church in Mafra for a concert of Christmas music featuring six organs and three choirs.

10.30pm from Brothers of Mercy Hall, Brno
Ondrej Kyas: O Antiphons for baritone and chorus (first performance)
Peter Graham: Sonata da chiesa for strings
Ondrej Kyas: Magnificat
Roman Hoza (baritone)
Ensemble Versus
Ensemble Opera Diversa
Gabriela Tardonova (conductor)

11.30pm from Basilica, Mafra
Trad arr Raposo: Natal de Linhares
Trad arr Garcia: O menino esta dormindo
Garcia: Ave Maria
Trad arr Raposo: Oh bento airoso
Trad arr Garcia Eu hei-de m'ir ao resepio
Trad arr Garcia: Gloria in excelsis Deo
Carrapatoso: Floresta de musica (Suite for the six historical organs of Mafra)
Trad arr Garcia: O Tannenbaum
Trad arr Willcocks: Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
Holst: In the Bleak Mid-winter
Trad arr Wilberg: Ding dong merrily on high
Trad arr Willcocks: Adeste fideles
Rafaela Faria (soprano)
Rui Paiva, Flavia Almeida Castro, Antonio Pereira, Joao Valerio, Sara Neto, Afonso Dias (organs)
Vocal Ensemble of Academia de Música de Santa Cecília, Lisbon
Children and Youth Choirs of AMSC
Antonio Gonçalves (conductor)

Photo of the AMSC ensembles at Basilica Mafra (c) Rádio e Televisão de Portugal.