Episode #1550

Holiday Portraits

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

pipe organ stops (JMC Photos/flickr)

The Christmas festival is rich with pictorial implications that composers have interpreted with intriguing ingenuity.

Program playlist:

LARRY VISSER: While shepherds watched their flocks –Larry Visser (1996 Austin/LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI) LaGrave 2013.

OLIVIER MESSIAEN: La Nativité du Seigneur/The Nativity of the Lord…(i.) La Vierge et l’Enfant/The Virgin and Child–Simon Preston (1984 Harrison/ Westminster Abbey, London)London 425 616; (ii.) Les Bergers/The Shepherds –Marcel Dupré (1862 Cavaillé-Coll/St. Sulpice, Paris) Mercury 478 8388; (v.) Les Enfants de Dieu/The Children of God –Colin Andrew(2005 Fisk/St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Greenville, NC) Loft 1099; (vi.) Les Anges/The Angels –Jennifer Bate (1868 Cavaillé-Coll/Trinity Church, Paris) Jade 1;(viii.) Les Mages/The Magi–Tom Winpenny (1962 Harrison/St. Alban’s Cathedral, England) Naxos 8.573332; (ix.) Dieu parmi nous/God among us–Renée Anne Louprette (1962 Austin/Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford, CT) RAL 2008.

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