O Magnum Mysterium

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On this Christmas edition of The Choral Mix, we give the gift of music, the best of the season from all eras and all genres.

We rejoice with the first movement of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas oratorio, Jauchzet Frohloket, “Shout, Rejoice!” Composed in 1734, the oratorio was designed for the six feast days of Christmas and incorporated into the services of St Thomas and St Nicholas in Leipzig. It was first performed  from December 25, 1734 until January 6, 1735, to celebrate the Birth and Annunciation to the Adoration of the Magi.

To continue in our celebration, we imagine a time when things moved slowly, and reverently. Anonymous 4 helps to steer us to an austere yet deeply powerful setting in the tradition of Medieval Christmas chant.

Also on the show, we explore a modern work composed in 1957 by Daniel Pinkham, his Christmas Cantata. Some of his best known works were created for the Christmas season.  This one in particular was scored for scored for chorus, double brass choir and organ.

Merry Christmas, from The Choral Mix!



Bach/Christmas Oratorio/Tolzer Knabenchor, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
           Track 1 Jauchzet Frohloket   

Deutsche Grammophon  

Anon/ On Yoolis Night/ Anonymous 4
           Track 1 Hodie Christus Natus est      

           Track 4 Alleluya_ A nywe werke (carol)

Harmonia Mundi    

Pinkham/True Light/Berlin Philharmonic Wind Ensemble, Phillip Mayers, Berlin Radio Choir, Andre J Thomas
           Track 17 Christmas Cantata   
           Track 18 Christmas Cantata   
           Track 19 Christmas Cantata   


Poulenc/Poulenc:Mass and Motets, Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O’Donnell
           Track 6 O magnam mysterium         
           Track 7 Quam vidistis pastores dicite           
           Track 8 Videntes stellam      
           Track 9 Hodie Christus natus

Hyperion UK

Victoria/Silent Night/ St. Ignatius, Loyola, Kent Tritle
           Track 9            O Magnum Mysterium

St. Ignatius Loyola Recordings

Bassi/ Christmas on Fifth Ave/ St. Thomas Choir, John Scott
           Track 9            Quem Pastoris  Laudavere     

Pro Organo

Vaughan Williams/Hodie /Choir of Guildford Cathedral and String Orchestra, Barry Rose, John Barrow, Baritone.
           Track 17          Fantasia on Christmas Carols           

EMI Classics