Program Guide 12-25-2015

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December 25

Merry Christmas!

1734 beginning of the premiere of Johann Sebastian Bach's Christmas Oratorio in Leipzig; the work is in six parts, each part being intended for performance on one of the major feast days of the Christmas period; it’s often presented as a whole or split into two equal parts; at the premiere it was performed one part per day on six days beginning Christmas Day 1734 and ending January 6, 1735.

1863 premiere of Camille Saint-Saëns's Christmas Oratorio in Paris.        

1870 first performance of Richard Wagner's A Siegfried Idyll, a symphonic poem for chamber orchestra composed as a birthday present to his wife, Cosima, after the birth of their son Siegfried in 1869.

1923 Louis Lane – American conductor (d.2016); was apprentice conductor to George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra in 1947, became assistant conductor 1955-1960, associate conductor 1960-1970 and resident conductor 1970-1973; a comment made by George Szell to Lane in 1957 about the eccentric pianist Glenn Gould became quite famous: “That nut’s a genius”.

1964 Ian Bostridge – English tenor (53 years old); accomplished in art song as well as in opera.

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00:00 WCLV CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL:  My Christmas with Rob Grier

George Frideric Handel: Excerpts from ‘Messiah’--Kaaren Erickson & Sylvia McNair, sops; Alfreda Hodgson, mezzo; John Huimphrey, ten; Richard Stiwell,bar; Layton James, harpsichord; Atlanta Symphony & Chamber Chorus/Robert Shaw (Telarc 80093) 16:54

Peter Tchaikovsky: Selections from the Nutcracker Suite Op 71a—Cleveland Orchestra/Loriz Maazel (Telarc 80068) 17:21

Peter Tchaikovsky (arr Ellington/Strayhorn): Selections from the Nutcracker Suite--Duke Ellington Band/Ellington (Columbia 46825) 23:41

 

01:00 WCLV CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL:  Cleveland Orchestra: Messiah 2015

Robert Porco, conductor; Yulia Van Doren, soprano; Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano; John Tessier, tenor; John Relyea, bass; Cleveland Orchestra Chamber Chorus

 

03:40 WCLV CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL:  Brother Heinrich’s Christmas

John Rutter: Brother Heinrich's Christmas (1982)

 

04:00 WCLV CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL:  A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 2015 – A repeat airing of the  live music and spoken-word broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. The 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music, hosted by Michael Barone

 

06:00 WCLV CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL:  My Christmas with Jacqueline Gerber

Sinatra/Sanicola/Stanford: Mistletoe and Holly—Frank Sinatra (Capitol/EMI  42210) 3:20

J. Marks: Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer--Dean Martin (Capitol/EMI  42210) 2:45

H. Martin/TRO, Inc: Christmastime All Over the World--Sammy Davis, Jr  (Capitol/EMI  42210) 2:52

Ralph Vaughan Williams (arr Eaken Piano Trio): Fantasia on ‘Greensleeves--Eaken Piano Trio (Naxos 554099) 5:03

S. Cahn/J. Styne: The Christmas Waltz—Frank Sinatra (Capitol/EMI  42210) 3:00

H. Martin: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas--Judy Garland (Universal 13416) 2:42

Guaraldi: Christmastime is Here--Paul Ferguson Big Band (Big Band Christmas) 4:36        

Irving Berlin: I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm--Mills Brothers (Universal 43725) 3:14

Tormé & Wells: The Christmas Song-- Mel Tormé (Universal 13416) 2:45

Tormé & Wells (arr G. Puerling): The Christmas Song--Manhattan Transfer & Tony Bennett (Columbia 52968) 4:40

J. Carlton/J. Boothe: Jingle Bell Rock--Bobby Helms (Universal 47325) 2:10

L Anderson: Sleigh Ride--Eaken Piano Trio (Naxos 554099) 2:33

L. Anderson & M. Parrish: Sleigh Ride--Andrews Sisters (Universal 47325) 3:04

Lennon/McCartney (vocal arr Johnny Mandel): Goodnight--Manhattan Transfer (Columbia 52968) 3:50

 

07:00 WCLV CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL:  Christmas Day in the Morning with Bill O’Connell

Nigel Hess: A Christmas Overture (2007)

John Rutter: 'Christmas Day in the Morning' (1993)--Cambridge Singers; City of London Sinfonia/John Rutter; Stephen Varcoe, baritone

Traditional-English (arr Rutter): I Saw Three Ships (2:10); Anonymous-Spanish: Riu, riu, chiu (2:20); John Rutter: Mary's Lullaby (3:27); Traditional-Cornish (arr Rutter): Sans Day Carol (3:07); Traditional-French (arr Rutter): Un Flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle (2:02); John Rutter: Star Carol (2:50); Traditional-French (arr Healy Willan): What Is This Lovely Fragrance? (3:24); Traditional-Irish (arr Rutter): Wexford Carol (3:58); Traditional-French (arr Rutter): Quittez pasteurs (2:28); John Rutter: Donkey Carol (3:32); Traditional-Welsh (arr Rutter): Deck the Hall (1:40); John Rutter: Shepherd's Pipe Carol (2:54); Traditional-English (arr Rutter): We Wish You a Merry Christmas (1:42) (Collegium 121)

Frederick Delius: Winter Night 'Sleigh Ride' (1890)

 

08:00 WCLV CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL:  My Christmas with Jim Mehrling

David (arr Knight, Lawson): Born on a New Day--King’s Singers (Signum 502)

Pierpont (arr Vosburgh): Spike Jones Jingle Bells--Pittsburgh Symphony.Brass (Four Winds 3029)

Noel, Shayne (arr Vosburgh): Do You Hear What I Hear?--Pittsburgh Symphony.Brass (Four Winds 3029)

Trad. (arr Arthur Harris): We Wish You a Merry Christmas—May Festival Chorus; Cincinnati Pops/John Morris Russell (Fanfare 001)

Trad. (arr Roger Harvey): Coventry Carol--London Brass (Teldec 46443)

Trad. (arr Robert. Page): Gloucestershire Wassail & Boar’s Head Carol --Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh & River City Brass Band (BB196A)

Robert Page: A Joyous Sound-- Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh & River City Brass Band (BB 196A)

John Frederick Coots (arr George Andrews): Santa Claus is Coming to Town--Northern Lights Orch (Warren Schatz 5)

Hopkins (arr. J.R. Baker): We Three Kings / Nocturne--Jeffrey Reid Baker (JRB CD 2001)

Bagdasarian (arr Mitch Farber): The Chipmunk Song--Northern Lights Orch.(Warren Schatz 5)

Satie (arr J.R. Baker): First Noel / Gymnopédie--Jeffrey Reid Baker (JRB CD 2001)

Trad (arr Roger Harvey): Gabriel’s Message--London Brass (Teldec 46443)

Trad: Still, Still, Still--Musica Sacra (DeutGram 10277)

John Rutter: Shepherd’s Pipe Carol--London Brass (Teldec 46443)

Trad (arr Robert  Russell Bennett: Good Christian Men Rejoice, O Sanctissima, Joy to the World, I Saw Three Ships, Deck the Halls--Robert Shaw Chorale (RCA 68805)

Pierpont (arr Vosburgh): Spike Jones Jingle Bells--Pittsburgh Symphony.Brass (Four Winds 3029)

 

09:00 WCLV CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL:  St. Olaf Christmas Festival - One of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations originates at St. Olaf College in the tiny town of Northfield, Minn. More than 500 talented students perform hymns, carols, choral works and orchestral selections to celebrate the Nativity; hosted by Alison Young.

10:58:00            00:01:38            George Frideric Handel   Il pastor fido Suite: Musette                    Jeanne Lamon   Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra         Sony     68257

 

WCLV CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL:  Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker

11:01:00            00:09:27            Peter Tchaikovsky          The Nutcracker: Act 1 excerpts               Fritz Reiner       Chicago Symphony Orchestra     RCA     300350

11:13:00            00:42:41            Peter Tchaikovsky          The Nutcracker: Act 2 Op 71                   Seiji Ozawa       Boston Symphony Orchestra     DeutGram         435619

11:57:00            00:02:21            Peter Tchaikovsky          The Nutcracker: Dance of the Reed Pipes                        Lorin Maazel            Cleveland Orchestra       Telarc   80068

 

WCLV CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: My Christmas with Angela Mitchell

12:02:00            00:05:10            Hector Berlioz    L'Enfance du Christ: The Shepherds'                    Andrew Carwood            St. Paul's Cathedral Choir; Simon Johnson, organ      Decca   4789225

12:10:00            00:22:58            Benjamin Britten            A Ceremony of Carols Op 28                   Martin Neary      Westminster Abbey Choir; Aline Brewer, harp  Sony     62615

12:33:00            00:24:42            Victor Hely-Hutchinson   A Carol Symphony                     Gavin Sutherland            City of Prague Philharmonic      Naxos   557099

 

13:00 WCLV CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL:  Cleveland Orchestra: Messiah 2015

Robert Porco, conductor; Yulia Van Doren, soprano; Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano; John Tessier, tenor; John Relyea, bass; Cleveland Orchestra Chamber Chorus

 

WCLV CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL:  Brother Heinrich’s Christmas

15:40:00            00:19:14            John Rutter        Brother Heinrich's Christmas       City of London Sinfonia   John Rutter            Cambridge Singers; Brian Kay, narrator   Collegium          115

 

WCLV CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL:  Bethlehem Bach Festival: Magnificat - Johann Sebastian Bach’s great setting of ‘My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord’ from the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, the oldest American Bach Choir, founded in 1898

16:02:00            00:27:12            Johann Sebastian Bach  Magnificat in D major      Bethlehem Bach Festival Orch    Greg Funfgeld            Julia Doyle, soprano; Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano; Daniel Taylor, countertenor; Benjamin Butterfield, tenor; Daniel Lichti, bass       Analekta           9873

16:30:00            00:28:00            Antonio Vivaldi   Gloria in D         Bethlehem Bach Festival Orch    Greg Funfgeld    Julia Doyle, soprano; Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano; Daniel Taylor, countertenor; Bach Choir of Bethlehem  Analekta           9873

 

17:00 WCLV CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: My Christmas with Jenny Northern

Isaac Watts: Joy to the World -- Julie Andrews, Firestone Orchestra and Chorus/And’e Previn (Remastered BMG 3829-2-R)  2:56

John Rutter:  What Sweeter Music -- The Cambridge Singers, City of London Sinfonia (Collegium COLCD 111) 4:23

Vince Guaraldi:  Christmas Time is Here -- Vince Guaraldi Trio and Glenn Mendelson’s Sixth Grade Class (Fantasy FCD-9682-2) 2:42

G.F. Handel:  Messiah (selections) -- Apollo’s Fire, Apollo’s Singers, Amanda Forsyth (Avie 2208) 3:19

Morten Lauridsen:  O Magnum Mysterium - - Voces8 (Decca 4785703) 5:50

Leroy Anderson:  Sleigh Ride -- Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi (Bowie Group Entertainment BGD-0117) 2:49

Thad Jones and Alec Wilder:  A Child Is Born -- Maureen McGovern (CBS MK 45869) 1:26

Ned Rorem: While All Things Were In Quiet Silence - - The New York Concert Singers, Judith Clurman (New World Records 80592-2) 2:06

Bach/Gounod:  Ave Maria -- Arturo Delmoni and Friends (John Marks Records JMR 18) 4:36

Traditional arr: Overton:  Past Three O’Clock -- James Galway, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Singers (RCA Victor 09026-61233-2) 2:53

John Henry Hopkins arr: Ian Anderson:  We Five Kings -- Jethro Tull (Varese Sarabande B0000CD5I6) 3:17

Maria Schneider/Ted Kooser: Perfectly Still This Solstice Morning -- Dawn Upshaw, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Maria Schneider (Artist Share 121) 3:34

Adolph Adam (arr Stevan Pasero):  O Holy Night -- Stevan Pasero, Michael Ludwig, Brad White,  Anna Maria Mendietta, (Sugo Music SR 9721) 3:29

Hugh Martin:   Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas -- Mel Tormé (Sony Masterworks B014T15OME) 3:09

Leslie Bricusse:  Sing a Christmas Carol (CBS DVD 38063) 2:40

 

WCLV CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL:  Vaughan Williams: Hodie - Richard Hickox leads the Choristers of St. Paul’s Cathedral and the London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus in the splendid Christmas cantata of Ralph Vaughan Williams

18:01:00            00:57:47            Ralph Vaughan Williams Christmas Cantata "Hodie"         London Symphony Orchestra            Richard Hickox  Elizabeth Gale, soprano; Robert Tear, tenor; Stephen Roberts, baritone; London Symphony Chorus; Choristers St Paul's Cathedral     EMI      54128

 

WCLV CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL:  SYMPHONY AT SEVEN with John Simna

19:02:00            00:20:27            Vincenzo Tommasini      The Good-Humored Ladies: Suite                        Louis Lane            Cleveland Orchestra       Sony     60311

19:24:00            00:31:54            Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart         Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major            Odense Symphony            Scott Yoo          Vassily Primakov, piano Bridge   9328

 

20:00 WCLV CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL:  My Christmas with Robert Conrad

SIMONE (arr WENDEL): Little Drummer Boy – Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/Erich Kunzel Telarc CD 80538   (3:59)

BLAKE (arr BERNSTEIN): Walking in the Air – Stephen van Dyke, boy soprano; Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/Erich Kunzel Telarc CD 80226 (3:37)

A Child’s Christmas – Emlyn Williams as Dylan Thomas  Argo LP 547 (8:40)

PIERPONT: One Horse Open Sleigh – Robert DeCormier Singers Arabesque CD 6525 (3:34)

GUARALDI: Linus and Lucy with Band – Ensemble/Vince Guaraldi Bluebird CD 53900 (4:14)

Robert Shaw reads a story from Winnie-the-Pooh  WCLV recording (16:13)

BRITTEN: Selections from A Ceremony of Carols – Westminster Abbey Choir/Martin Neary Sony CD 62615  (7:15)

TRAD: God Rest Yee Merry, Gentlemen – Cincinnati Pops/ Erich Kunzel Telarc CD 80266 (1:00)

 

21:00 WCLV CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL:  St. Olaf Christmas Festival - A repeat airing of one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations originates at St. Olaf College in the tiny town of Northfield, Minn. More than 500 talented students perform hymns, carols, choral works and orchestral selections to celebrate the Nativity; hosted by Alison Young

 

WCLV CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL:  QUIET HOUR

23:02:00            00:06:09            Erik Satie          Gymnopédies Nos. 1 & 3                        Louis Lane        Cleveland Orchestra            Sony     63056

23:08:00            00:06:02            Leopold Stokowski         Two Ancient Liturgical Melodies              José Serebrier            Bournemouth Symphony            Naxos   557883

23:16:00            00:06:28            Arthur Foote      A Night Piece for Flute & Strings Cleveland Sinfonietta      Louis Lane            Maurice Sharp, flute       Epic      1116

23:22:00            00:11:02            Ralph Vaughan Williams Five Variants of 'Dives & Lazarus'                        Sir Neville Marriner            Academy St. Martin in Fields      Philips  442427

23:35:00            00:08:37            Gabriel Fauré     Nocturne No.  6 in D flat Op 63                            Kathryn Stott, piano            Hyperion           66911

23:43:00            00:09:40            Sir Arnold Bax   Elegiac Trio                               Maarika Järvi, flute; Paul Cortese, viola; Marie-Pierre Langlamet, harp   Chandos           9395

23:55:00            00:02:37            Frederick Delius Hassan: Serenade         Cleveland Sinfonietta      Louis Lane        Rafael Druian, violin; Martha Dalton, harp           Sony     48260

23:55:00            00:04:42            Claude Debussy            Suite bergamasque: Clair de lune                                    Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin; Lambert Orkis, piano          DeutGram         4795023

 

 

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