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Playlists for December 26-30: Bach Christmas Oratorio

An exploration of the six cantatas, premiered at Leipzig’s St. Thomas and St. Nicholas Churches in 1734, that mark the period from Christmas to Epiphany.

Monday

J.S. Bach: Cantata No. 1 from the Christmas Oratorio- For the 1st day of Christmas
Monteverdi Choir & English Baroque Soloists/Gardiner
Archiv 423232
24:33
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J.S. Bach: Sonata No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005
Hilary Hahn, v.
Sony 62793
25:09
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Tuesday

J.S. Bach: Cantata No. 2 from the Christmas Oratorio (for the 2nd day of Christmas)
Monteverdi Choir & English Baroque Soloists/Gardiner
Archiv 423232
26:51
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J.S. Bach: Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005
Pierre Fournier, vc.
DG 449711
22:54
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Wednesday

J.S. Bach: Cantata No. 3 from the Christmas Oratorio (for the 3rd day of Christmas)
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir/Koopman; Larrson, s.; Von Magnus, a.; Pre-gardien, t.; Mertens, b.
Erato 14635
22:13, 3:39
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J.S. Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 2, BWV 1067
Berlin Baroque Soloists/Kussmaul; Pahud, fl.
EMI 57111
19:27
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J.S. Bach: “Erfreute Zeit” from Cantata No. 83
Venice Baroque Orch./Marcon; Kirchschlager, s.
Sony 89924
6:47
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Thursday

J.S. Bach: Cantata No. 4 from the Christmas Oratorio (for the 4th day of Christmas)
Rundfunkchor Leipzig & Staatskapelle Dresden/Schreier
Phil 420204
22:44
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J.S. Bach: Sonata No. 1 for Viola da Gamba & Keyboard, BWV 1027
Rose, vc. Gould, p.
Sony 52615
13:04
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J.S. Bach/arr. Stokowski: Passacaglia and fugue in d minor, BWV 565
Stokowski Symphony Orchestra
EMI 66385
13:39
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Friday

J.S. Bach: Cantatas 5 & 6 from the Christmas Oratorio (For the 5th and 6th days of Christmas)
English Baroque Soloists & the Monteverdi Choir/Gardiner
Archiv 423232
21:18, 22:54
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J.S. Bach: Concerto for 2 Violins, BWV 1043, II
Academy of Ancient Music/Manze; Manze, Podger, vlns.
HM 907155
6:30
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Playlists for December 19-23: Arias and Barcarolles

Monday

Lawrence Welk: Bubbles In the Wine (excerpt)
Prestige Elite
2:55
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Felix Mendelssohn: Songs Without Words, Op. 62 No. 5
Daniel Barenboim, p.
DG 423931
2:50
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Jacques Offenbach: Barcarolle fr. Les Contes d’Hoffman, “Belle nuit”
New Philharmonia Orchestra/Anton Guadagno; Montserrat Caballé, s.; Shirley Verrett, ms.
RCA 60818
4:01
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Bernstein, arr. Bright Sheng: Prelude & Love Duet fr. Arias & Barcarolles
Seattle Symphony Orchestra/Gerard Schwarz; Jane Bunnell, ms.; Dale Duesing, bar.
Delos 3078
5:42 Purchase

Glenn Miller & Mitchell Parish: Moonlight Serenade
Bluebird 69241
3:25
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Verdi: “Libiamo Ne’ Lieti Calici” fr. La Traviata
Rolando Villazón, ten.; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Carlo Rizzi
DG B0005629
3:06
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Verdi: “E Strano, Ah Fors’ E Lui, Sempre Libera” fr. La Traviata
Orchestra Of St. Luke’s/Patrick Summers; Renée Fleming, s.; Joseph Calleja, ten.
Lon B0001024
9:59
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Teresa Carreño: Venise- Réverie-Barcarolle, Op. 33
Clara Rodriguez, p.
Fundación MMG
2:47
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Rossini: Overture fr. William Tell
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein
CBS 37240
11:27
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Gilbert & Sullivan: The Gondoliers, Act I
   “From The Sunny Spanish Shore”
   “We’re Called Gondolieri”
Pro Arte Orchestra/Malcolm Sargent; Helen Watts, alto; James Milligan, bs. bar.
EMI 64394
3:50
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Tuesday

Franz von Suppé: Overture to Leichte Kavallerie
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Solti
Lon 460982
5:53
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Bernstein: “Nachspiel” & “Rabbit at Top Speed” from Arias and Barcarolles
Marilyn Horne, ms.; Martin Katz, p. & voc.
RCA 68771
3:22
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Rachmaninov: Barcarolle fr. Morceaux De Salon, Op. 10
Vladimir Horowitz, p.
RCA 63471
3:58
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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K. 620 (excerpts)
   Overture
   “Dies Bildnis ist Bezaubernd Schön”
   “Ach, Ich Fühl’s”
   “Ein Mädchen Oder Weibchen”
   “Papagena! Papagena!”
Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields/Neville Marriner; Kiri Te Kanawa, Cheryl Studer, Fancisco Araiza, Olaf Bär, Eva Lind
Phil 426275
6:55, 4:28, 4:41, :44, 11:50
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Anton Rubinstein: Barcarolle No. 2
Sergei Rachmaninov, p.
Newport Classics 60030
4:54
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Menotti: Barcarolle fr. Sebastian
Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy
CBS 45660
3:43
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Wednesday

F.W. Meacham, arr. Jerry Gray: American Patrol
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Bluebird 69241
3:20
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Ned Rorem: 3 Barcarolles, II
Leon Fleisher, p.
Sony 57338
2:16
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Richard Rodney Bennett: Barcarolle
Carol Rosenberger, p.
Delos 3172
3:10
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Puccini: La Bohème (excerpts)
   “Che Gelida Manina”
   “Quando M’En Vo”
   Musetta’s Waltz Song
   “Vecchia Zimarra, Senti”
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra & Deutsche Oper Chorus/Herbert Von Karajan; Luciano Pavarotti, Mirella Freni, Elizabeth Harwood
Lon 421049
4:51, 5:38, 2:36
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Puccini: “O Mio Babbino Caro” fr. Gianni Schicchi
Renée Fleming, s.
Lon B0001024
2:53
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Giacomo Puccini: Crisantemi for String Quartet (excerpt)
Emerson String Quartet
DG 471567
6:14
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Puccini: “Dammi I Colori…” fr. Tosca
Philharmonia Orchestra & Royal Opera House Chorus/Guiseppe Sinopoli; Mirella Freni, s.; Plácido Domingo, ten.
DG 431775
4:07
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Puccini: “Un Bel Di Vedremo” fr. Madama Butterfly
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Herbert Von Karajan; Mirella Freni, s.
Lon 417577
4:33
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Chopin: Barcarolle In F Sharp, Op. 60, B 158
Garrick Ohlsson, p.
Arab 6686
8:42
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J. Garland: In the Mood (excerpt)
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Bluebird 69241
2:31
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Thursday

Jerome Kern: “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”
Fred Waring & His Pennsylvanians
1:54
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Franz Von Suppé: Overture fr. Poet & Peasant
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Georg Solti
CBS 37240
9:51
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Ravel: Miroirs: No. 3, Une barque sur l’ocean
Carol Rosenberger, p.
Delos 3172
7:12
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Ferde Grofé: Grand Canyon Suite (excerpts)
   II. Painted Desert
   III. On the Trail
   IV. Sunset
New York Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein
Sony 47544
18:34
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Bartok: Barcarolle fr. Out of Doors
Murray Perahia, p.
Sony 63380
2:50
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Debussy: L’Isle Joyeuse, L 106
Zoltán Kocsis, p.
Phi 422404
6:06
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Friday

J. Mercer, arr. Jerry Gray: G.I. Jive
Glenn Miller & the Army Air Force Band
Bluebird 69241
3:10
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Otto Nicolai: Oveture fr. The Merry Wives Of Windsor
Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields/Neville Marriner
EMI 67227
8:47
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Frederic Chopin: Variations In A, B 37, Souvenir De Paganini
Daniel Barenboim, p.
EMI 2117
4:26
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Jean-Baptiste Arban: Fantaisie & Variations On The Carnival Of Venice
Gerard Schwartz, cor.; Bill Bolcom, p.
Nonesuch 79157
7:44
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Herbert L. Clarke: Variations on Carnival of Venice
American Serenade Band/Henry Charles Smith; David Hickman, cor.
Summit 114
3:01
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Leonard Bernstein: “My House” fr. Peter Pan
Marilyn Horne, ms.; Martin Katz, p.
RCA 68771
3:11
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George Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue
Columbia Symphony/Leonard Bernstein; Bernstein, p.
CBS 37242
16:35
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Jerry Gray: A String of Pearls (excerpt)
The Glenn Miller Orchestra
Bluebird 69241
1:16
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Playlists for December 12-16: Beethoven Quartets

Join us as we savor Beethoven’s sixteen seminal contributions to the string quartet form, plus the Grosse Fuge.

Monday

Beethoven: Op. 18, No. 3 String Quartet, I & IV
Guarneri Quartet
RCA 60456
7:56, 5:51
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Beethoven: Op. 18, No. 1 String Quartet, I & II
Emerson String Quartet
DG 447075
8:31, 8:44
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Beethoven: Op. 18, No. 2 String Quartet, I, III & IV
Alban Berg Quartet
EMI 62781
7:54, 4:26, 5:13
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Tuesday

Beethoven: Op. 18, No. 4 String Quartet, IV
Tokyo String Quartet
RCA 61621
4:18
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Beethoven: Op. 18, No. 5 String Quartet, III & IV
Talich Quartet
Calliope 3633/9
9:00, 5:10
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Beethoven: Op. 18, No. 6 String Quartet, III & IV
Emerson String Quartet
DG 447075
2:58, 8:15
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Beethoven: Op. 59, No. 1 String Quartet, I
Julliard Quartet
Sony 87889
10:37

Beethoven: Op. 59, No. 3 String Quartet, IV
Guarneri Quartet
RCA 60457
5:25
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Wednesday

Beethoven: Op. 59, No. 2 String Quartet, III & IV
Fine Arts Quartet
Music & Arts 1154
7:26, 5:18
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Beethoven: Op. 59, No. 3 String Quartet, II
Emerson String Quartet
DG 447075
8:49
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Beethoven: Op. 74 String Quartet, I
Takács Quartet
Decca 470847
9:36
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Beethoven: Op. 95 String Quartet
Alban Berg Quartet
EMI 54592
19:30
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Thursday

Beethoven: Op. 95 String Quartet (excerpt)
Alban Berg Quartet
EMI 54592
2:05
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Beethoven: Op. 127 String Quartet, I
Guarneri String Quartet
RCA 60458
7:11
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Beethoven: Op. 130 String Quartet, IV + Grosse Fuga
Emerson String Quartet
DG 447075
7:12 + :20
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Beethoven: Op. 131 String Quartet
Emerson String Quartet
DG 447075
35:43
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Friday

Beethoven: Op. 130 (excerpt) Op. 133 “Grosse Fuge”
Emerson Quartet
DG 447075
3:48, 14:41
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Beethoven: Op. 132 String Quartet, II
Fine Arts Quartet
Music & Arts 1154
16:08
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Beethoven: Op. 135 String Quartet, III & IV
Alban Berg Quartet
EMI 76824
8:50, 5:44
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Playlists for December 5-9: Nationalism

Monday- Poles, Czechs and Romanians
Tuesday- Hungary
Wednesday- France
Thursday- Scandinavia
Friday- From Russia to Albion

Monday

Chopin: Polonaise in A, Op. 40 No. 1, Military
Rubinstein, p.
RCA 5615
4:06
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Chopin: Mazurkas Op. 17 No. 2 & Op. 33 No. 3
Ohlsson, p.
Arab 6730
3:42
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Smetana: Czech Dances- Furiant
Firkusny, p.
EMI 66069
5:02
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Smetana: Furiant fr. The Bartered Bride
Cleveland Orchestra/Szell
CBS 36716
2:09
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Dvorák: Slavonic Dances Op. 46 No. 8 & Op. 72 No. 10
Vienna Phil/Reiner
Lon 417696
11:31
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Janácek: Taras Bulba (excerpt)
Toronto Symphony Orchestra/Davis
Sony 62404
8:34
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Enescu: Romanian Rhapsody No. 1
London Symphony Orchesta/Previn
EMI 2127
11:53
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Tuesday

Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G Minor
Cincinnati/Kunzel
1:38
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Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy
CBS 39450
10:46
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Dohnányi: Ruralia Hungarica, I
West Australian Symphony/Mester
ABC 438
8:25
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Bartók: Hungarian Sketches Nos. 1, 2 & 5
CSO/Solti
Lon 443444
9:01
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Kodály: Dances of Galanta
Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy
Sony 62404
15:16
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Dohnányi: Ruralia Hungarica, No. 6
Heifitz, v.; Sandor, p.
Sony 09026-61733
4:32
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Wednesday

Bizet: L’arlesienne (excerpts)
Berlin Phil/Karajan
DG 415106
6:05, :26, 13:08
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Canteloube: Songs of the Auvergne (excerpts)
English Chamber Orchestra/Tate; Te Kanawa, ms.
Lon 444995
17:25
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Milhaud: La cheminée du roi René
Prague Wind Quintet
Supraphon 110372
12:15
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Thursday

Trad., arr. Grieg: Folkdance from the Hills
Buen, Hardinger Fiddle
Simax 1040
1:09
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Grieg: Lyric Pieces (excerpts)
Andsnes, p.
EMI 57296
2:19, 2:51, 3:43, 1:44
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Grieg: The Singing
Hirsti, s.; Jansen, p.
Aurora 1930
3:23
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Nielsen: Symphony No. 3, II
Royal Danish Orchestra/Berglund
RCA 60427
8:19
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Nielsen: Symphony No. 4, IV
Swedish Radio Symphony/Salonen
CBS 42093
8:35
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Sibelius: Lenninkäinen Legends, I
LA Phil/Salonen
Sony 48067
16:13
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Friday

Mussorgsky: Prelude to Kohvanshina
LSO/Solti
Lon 417689
4:57
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Overture
New York Phil/Temirkanov
RCA 09026-61173
16:05
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Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
DG 469274
14:05
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Grainger: Lincolnshire Posey
Eastman Wind Ensemble/Fennell
Mer 432754
14:08
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Vaughan Williams: “The Could Capp’d Towers” fr. Three Shakespeare Songs
Finzi Singers/Spicer
Chandos 9425
2:10
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