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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

Chichester Cathedral organ
1986 Mander organ at Chichester Cathedral organ

Holiday International

Some of the tunes depict rustic shepherds. Some sing lullaby to a tiny baby, or celebrate the miracle that comes from heaven above. On the next Pipedreams broadcast we circle the globe in search of delightful musical ornaments for our holiday celebration and discover sweet sounding pipes and choirs that sing nearly as well as an angelic host. Whether it’s a French noel, a Benedictine monk’s special Christmas composition, some humorous variations on Good King Wenceslas, choristers in England and Sweden, or instruments from Spain and Switzerland, ours is a multicultural collection of seasonal sounds, and everyone is welcome. Host Michael Barone will be your guide.

Audio Complete Show

Program Broadcast dates:

  • December 6, 1999

Music played in the program

LOUIS-CLAUDE DAQUIN: Noël etrangerThierry Mechler (1986 Mönch & Prachtel/St. John Abbey, Duisburg-Hamborn, Germany) Motette CD MOT 11351

SIR DAVID WILLCOCKS (arranged): Sussex Carol –Bach Choir, Sir David Willcocks, conductor; John Scott (1871 Henry Willis; 1924; 1933 Harrison & Harrison; 2004 Mander/Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK) Chandos CD-8973

SEBASTIAN WOLFF: Partita, Unto us is born a SonJeremy Filsell (1939 Walker/Buckfast Abbey, England, UK) Herald CD-229

ANDREW CARTER (arranged): A maiden most gentle –Bach Choir, Sir David Willcocks, conductor; John Scott (1871 Henry Willis; 1924; 1933 Harrison & Harrison; 2004 Mander/Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK) Chandos CD-8973

BERNARD REICHEL: Pastorale, Opus 2 –Anne-Caroline Prenat (1791 Zimmer; 1975 Füglister/Temple de Lutry, Switzerland) Gallo CD-708

FREDERICK HOHMAN: Comic Variations on Good King WenceslasFrederick Hohman (1982 Reuter/Holy Name of Jesus RCC, San Francisco, CA) Pro Organo CD 7040

HERBERT SUMSION: Prelude, The Holly and the Ivy. HELMUT WALCHA: Quem pastores. WILLIAM LLOYD WEBBER: Interlude, The Coventry Carol. JOHN RUTTER: Prelude, God rest you, merry gentlemenKevin Bowyer (1986 Mander/Chichester Cathedral, England, UK) Nimbus NI 7711

ANONYMOUS, Spanish 19th century: 3 Kyrie Verses, from Pastorale Mass –Montserrat Torrent (1778 Vicens/St. Michael Church, Vielha, Spain) Fonoteca de Musica CD-1001

TRADITIONAL: O Bethlehem du lilla stad –Peter Mattei, baritone; Anders Bondeman (1976 Marcussen/Sankt Jacobs kyrka, Stockholm, Sweden) Proprius PRCD-9138

OTTO OLSSON: Advent –Choirs of the Adolf Fredrik Music School; Mark Falsjö (1989 Marcussen/Stockholm Radio Hall, Sweden) Pioneer CD-02

GUSTAV MERKEL: Chorale-prelude, Vom Himmel hoch, Opus 32, number 3 –Adrian Partington (1909 Binns/Albert Hall, Nottingham, England, UK) Priory PRCD548

JOSEPH AHRENS: 2 Chorale-preludes: Wie schön leuchtet; Vom Himmel hochSieglinde Ahrens (1972 Klais/Nativity of Mary Church, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany) Christophorus CHR 77123

J.S. BACH: Chorale-prelude, Jesu, meine Freude, S. 713 –Olivier Vernet (1991 Aubertin/Église Saint-Louis, Vichy, France) Ligia Digital 0104046-97

ZUKRIEGEL: Partita, Maria durch ein’ Dornwald gingHedwig Bilgram (1992 Rohlf/Bruder-Klaus-Kirche, Gundelfingen bei Freiburg, Germany) Calig CD-50928

ALEXANDRE GUILMANT: Offertoire Number 2 on Noëls, Opus 33 –Christopher Herrick (1992 Klais/Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik, Iceland) Hyperion CDA66917