Joy to the World: An American Christmas

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New Year's Day 2014 with Boston Baroque

New Year's Day 2014 with Boston Baroque

Classical Concerts

Boston Baroque and Music Director Martin Pearlman ring in 2014 with an All-Bach concert at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge, Mass., hosted by WCRB's Cathy Fuller and Brian McCreath.

Handel's Messiah from Boston

Handel's Messiah from Boston

Classical Concerts

Dec. 2, 2012
Symphony Hall

The Handel and Haydn Society159th annual performance Handel's Messiah, with hosts Brian McCreath and Thomas Forrest Kelly

Karina Gauvin, soprano
Daniel Taylor, countertenor
James Gilchrist, tenor
Sumner Thompson, baritone
Chorus and Orchestra of the Handel and Haydn Society, Harry Christophers, conductor

Handel - Messiah

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(photo of the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus courtesy of the Handel and Haydn Society)

Boston Baroque's Messiah, Part 1

Boston Baroque's Messiah, Part 1

Classical Concerts

Martin Pearlman leads Boston Baroque in Handel's Messiah, recorded in concert at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall on Dec. 8, 2012, with soprano Mary Wilson, mezzo-soprano Ann McMahon Quintero, tenor John McVeigh, and baritone Andrew Garland.

Boston Baroque's Messiah, Part 2

Boston Baroque's Messiah, Part 2

Classical Concerts

Martin Pearlman leads Boston Baroque in Handel's Messiah, recorded in concert at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall on Dec. 8, 2012, with soprano Mary Wilson, mezzo-soprano Ann McMahon Quintero, tenor John McVeigh, and baritone Andrew Garland.

Boston Baroque's Messiah, Part 3

Boston Baroque's Messiah, Part 3

Classical Concerts

Martin Pearlman leads Boston Baroque in Handel's Messiah, recorded in concert at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall on Dec. 8, 2012, with soprano Mary Wilson, mezzo-soprano Ann McMahon Quintero, tenor John McVeigh, and baritone Andrew Garland.

Love is Better than Wine, with the Tallis Scholars

Love is Better than Wine, with the Tallis Scholars

Classical Concerts

The Tallis Scholars, with director Peter Phillips, perform in concert at St. Paul Church in Cambridge, Mass., on Dec. 2, 2012, presented by Boston Early Music Festival.

On the program:

Michael Praetorius - Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen

Sebastian de Vivanco - Magnificat Octavi Toni

Orlando Lassus - Osculetur me (motet)

Orlando Lassus - Missa Osculetur me

Arvo Pärt - I Am The True Vine

Arvo Pärt - Tribute to Caesar

Thomas Tallis - Sancte Deus

Hieronymous Praetorius - Magnificat Quinti Toni

Anonymous (15th c., English) - Nowell Sing We

(image of the Tallis Scholars by Eric Richmond, courtesy of the artists)


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Artistic Director Harry Christophers leads the chorus of the Handel and Haydn Society in music for the Advent and Christmas seasons, from the ensemble's new recording, Joy to the World.

On the program:

Trad, arr J. S. Bach - In dulci jubilo, BWV 729

Rutter - There is a flower

Howells - A Spotless Rose

Trad. American - O little town of Bethlehem

Trad., arr. Vaughan Williams - O little town of Bethlehem

Trad., arr. Elizabeth Posten - Jesus Christ the Apple Tree

Morten Lauridsen - O Magnum Mysterium

John Bassi - Quem pastores laudavere

Britten - A Shepherd's Carol

Bob Chilcott - The Shepherd's Carol

Trad. - I wonder as I wander

Trad. - It came upon a midnight clear

Ives - A Christmas Carol

Billings - Shepherds Rejoice

Leontyvich - Carol of the Bells

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