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Christmastime in New York: Cathedral Choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

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Recorded live at the Medieval Sculpture Hall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in December 2012, the Choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine presents a program that spans hundreds of years and tells the story of the nativity.

Under the direction of Kent Tritle, the program includes settings of the "O Magnum Mysterium" text by T. L. da Victoria, Morton Lauridsen, and Francis Poulenc; works by Byrd, Biebl, and Hassler; as well as music by Eric Whitacre, Francis Poulenc, William Byrd and Morten Lauridsen. WQXR's Nimet Habachy hosts.

Program details:

Gregorian Chant: Veni, veni Emanuel

Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611): O Magnum Mysterium (Motet)

Tomás Luis de Victoria: Missa O Magnum Mysterium

Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612): Verbum caro factum est

Franz Biebl (1906-2001): Ave Maria

Peter Philips (c. 1560-1628): O Beatum et sacrosanctum diem

Eric Whitacre (c. 1970): Lux aurumque (2000)

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963): Four Motets for the Christmas Season
I. O magnum mysterium
II. Quem vidistis pastores dicite
III. Videntes stellam
IV. Hodie Christus natus est

Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943): O magnum mysterium

William Byrd (1674-1744): Senex puerum portabat

Gregorian Chant: Conditor alme siderum

Coventry Carol: Lully, lullay, Thou little tiny Child