O Magnum Mysterium

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

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

Comments [9]

Susanna from Montclair, NJ

love it. thanks for keeping it up

Jan. 29 2012 06:11 PM
Fletcher from Westchester

Hallelujah! Thanks so much!

Dec. 29 2011 09:12 PM

Our apologies for the delay. The on-demand audio is now available.

Dec. 28 2011 11:59 AM

I think I'm beginning to understand about the audio for this concert not being posted yet. It's a holiday. You folks have worked your tails off, and several of you were even in the Christmas Carol production, which was marvelous! Such talent! So we'll wait patiently for tomorrow when we folks in Tennessee can hear this program. Enjoy your time off.

Dec. 26 2011 08:19 PM
Steven Lanser from Upper Manhattan

I sang the Pinkham Christmas Cantata in December, 1995 with The Dessoff Choirs under the direction of Gregg Smith, guest conductor. It's a great piece and I'd certainly be willing to sing it again at some point. Thanks for including that piece in the program!

Dec. 26 2011 03:53 PM
Fletcher from Westchester

It breaks my heart when programs aren't available for listening later. PLEASE add a "listen" link.

Dec. 26 2011 02:48 PM
Michael Meltzer

Splendid program, Kent! I hadn't heard the Pinkham since Dick Westenburg did it with the old Collegiate Chorale at St. John the Divine, and that's a good thirty years ago.
WQXR would have missed the boat on the Victoria: O Magnum Mysterium but for your beautiful recording with the St. Ignatius Choir, and Fred Childs featuring the also very beautiful Stile Antico recording as well.
I would encourage WQXR to play both recordings again several times this week so that we can continue to compare.

Dec. 26 2011 12:32 AM
Steven Lanser from Upper Manhattan

I just heard the rebroadcast, Kent! Thanks so much for the Christmas gift to the choral singing community and to all listeners! I hope you had a great Christmas day and I wish you the best of everything for 2012!

Dec. 26 2011 12:20 AM

I don't see the audio up yet. Does it not come up until the day after? It's almost 9 PM in Nashville, and there is no program to listen to here at Choral Mix. Love the program. The Magnificats was marvelous. Now, I'm ready for the magnum mysterium program. I'm hoping for Poulenc, Lauridsen, and Victoria at least.

Dec. 25 2011 09:46 PM

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