Joyeux Noel: With each passing year, the hubbub around the holidays seems to crowd out more of the mystery and beauty of the season. Take an hour off this week as Bill welcomes soprano Ellen Hargis with lutenist Paul O'Dette. We'll journey back to France and Italy for 16th century noels and then slip across the English Channel to hear Christmas pieces from the time of Shakespeare. Enjoy an extra special Christmas gift this week from Saint Paul Sunday.
Anonymous 16th century: Tous les bourgeois de Châtres
Anonymous 15th century: Au Saint-Nau
Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger (1580-1651): Preludio settimo
Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger: Figlio, dormi
Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger: Sarabanda
Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger: Villan di Spagna
Tarquinio Merula (1594-1665): Canzonetta spirituale sopra alla nanna (Hor che tempo)
Anonymous 17th century: Long cold nights
Anthony Holborne (d. 1602): As it fell on a holie eve
Anonymous 16 c./Francis Cutting (fl. 1583-1603): Greensleeves
Anonymous 17th century: All hail to the days
Frank Loesser (1910-1969) (arr. Pat Obrien, b. 1947): What Are you Doing New Year's Eve?