Christmas in New York

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On this edition of The Choral Mix, we celebrate Christmas from New York with choral music from several of the city's finest vocal ensembles. We play classic recordings from the New York Philharmonic, the ladies of Anonymous 4 and contemporary arrangements from the remarkable Young People’s Chorus of New York City. Plus, our Choral Story of the Week with the president of Make Music New York, Aaron Friedman.

The ladies of Anonymous 4 are best known for their recordings of chant and early polyphony. We play two songs of theirs for the season, The Shepherd’s Star followed by Now May We Syngyn. For a male perspective, Frederick Renz leads the gentlemen of Early Music New York with Merrit Woodruff’s Cradle Hymn.

We also hear a recording of the Men and Boys from St. Thomas Church performing Jan Sandstrom’s ethereal arrangement of Lo How a rose ere blooming, in addition to the gents of New York Polyphony in their versions of Veni Redemptor Gentium and Nunc dimittis.

There are other great hymns and carol arrangements are featured on the program to get you in the right frame of mind for this holiday season.



Anon./ The Cherry Tree - Songs, Carols & Ballads for Christmas/ Anonymous 4

The Shepherd’s Star

Now May We Syngyn


Merrit Woodruff/ A Colonial Christmas/Early Music New York, Fred Renz

Cradle Hymn

Praetorius, arr. by Jan Sandstrom/ Christmas on Fifth Avenue/ The Choir of St. Thomas Church, John Scott

Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen


arr. Vaughan Williams/ Silent Night/ Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola, Kent Tritle

The Truth from Above


Orlando di Lasso/Old World Christmas/Pomerium, Alexander Blachly

Resonet in Laudibus A 5 (for five voices)


Smith/ I Sing The Birth/ New York Polyphony

Veni Redemptor Gentium

Nunc dimittis


Met Museum Presents the Choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Kent Tritle, Director

Recorded Sunday, December 9, 2012 by WQXR

Hans Leo Hassler/ Verbum caro factum est

Peter Philips/ O Beatum et sacrosanctum diem


Billings/ A Waverly Consort Christmas/ Waverly Consort/ Michael Jaffee

Bethlehem (The Singing Master's Assistant, Boston, 1778)


Welcome Yule! English Christmas Carols and Motets/Musica Sacra, Richard Westenburg

Deck the Halls

Wassail Song (Gloucestershire Carol)


Coolside of Yuletide/ Young People’s Chorus of New York City, Francisco Nunez

Let it Snow

Little Drummer Boy


arr. Leroy Robertson/The Joy of Christmas/New York Philharmonic and Mormon Tabernacle Choir,, Leonard Bernstein

O Little Town Of Bethlehem

O come all ye faithful