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: Sacred and Profane

Presented by Paul Guinery.
7.03 Schutz
The Christmas Story
The Evangelist .......... John Mark Ainsley (tenor)
The Angel ............... Ruth Holton (soprano)
Herod ................... Michael George (bass)
King's Consort/Robert King
7.40 Bach Prelude and Fugue in E minor (BWV 533)
Peter Hurford (organ)
7.45 Humperdinck
Overture: Hansel und Gretel
Berlin PO, conductor Herbert von Karajan
8.00 The Great Thanksgiving
Paul Guinery and the Rev Alan Walker celebrate the birth of the Saviour with the angels' Gloria in excelsis, which has become a regular part of the Eucharistic service. In Part 4 of the series, music from Georgia, Russia and Romania and, from the West, the Gothic structure of Perotin and his contemporaries.
8.40 Mozart Piano Sonata in E flat (K282)
Ruth Geiger (piano)


Presenter: Paul Guinery
The Evangelist: John Mark Ainsley (tenor)
The Angel: Ruth Holton (soprano)
Herod: Michael George (bass)
Musicians: King's Consort
Conductor: Robert King
Organist: Peter Hurford
Musicians: Berlin PO
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Speaker: Rev. Alan Walker
Pianist: Ruth Geiger
Producer: Piers Burton-Page

: Choice of Three

lain Burnside unwraps the week ahead on Radio 3.

: Brian Kay's Christmas Sunday Morning

Corelli Concerto grosso in G minor, Op 6 No 8 (For Christmas Night)
Academy of St Martin , conductor Neville Marriner
9.17 Waldteufel
Roses de Noël
Gulbenkian Orchestra/ Michel Swierczewski
9.34 George Whltefleld Chadwick
Noël (Symphonic Sketches) Eastman-Rochester
Orchestra/Howard Hanson
9.48 Handel Concerto a due cori in B flat
CPE Bach Chamber
Orchestra/Hartmut Hanchen
10.03 Schoenberg Weinachtsmusik
Louise Bessette and Haakon Austbo (pianos) Arditti Quartet
10.21 Wagner Siegfried Idyll
Berlin PO/James Levine
10.40 Composer of the Week:
Rlmsky-Korsakov Les Trois merveilles (Tsar Saltan) Philharmonia Orchestra, conductor Paul Kletzki
10.48 Faure Dolly Suite
Duo Crommelynck (pianos)
11.02 Hnzl In terra pax
Norma Burrowes (soprano) John Shirley-Quirk (baritone) Richard Hickox Singers City of London Sinfonia, conductor Richard Hickox
11.20 Artist of the Week:
George Malcolm (harpsichord) Bach
Sonata in C (BWV 1033) William Bennett (flute)
11.32 Messiaen Le baiser de l'enfant Jesus (Vingt regards sur l'enfant Jesus) Yvonne Loriod (piano)
11.50 Dvorak Czech Suite Detroit SO/Antal Dorati
Producer Edward Blakeman Discs


Conductor: St Martin
Conductor: Neville Marriner
Unknown: Michel Swierczewski
Unknown: George Whltefleld

: Christmas Quiz

Repeated from yesterday at 5.45pm

: Messiah

A performance of Handel's oratorio given last Sunday in St David 's Hall, Cardiff. Yvonne Kenny (soprano) Jean Rigby (mezzo) Ian Bostridge (tenor) Alastair Miles (bass) BBC Welsh Chorus
BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Jane Glover


Unknown: St David
Soprano: Cardiff. Yvonne Kenny
Soprano: Jean Rigby
Tenor: Ian Bostridge
Bass: Alastair Miles

: Hummel Quartets

Last of three programmes played by the Salomon Quartet. Presented by Simon Standage.
Hummel String Quartet No 3 in E flat


Presented By: Simon Standage.

: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge.
First broadcast live on Radio 4 yesterday,
See yesterday's display panel for full Order of Service

: Vienna Philharmonic

conductor Riccardo Muti
Stravinsky Divertimento: Le Baiser de la fee
See also tomorrow at 1.50pm


Conductor: Riccardo Muti

: Paris 1200

The first of four programmes. The Feast of the Nativity During the Middle Ages, highly elaborate music was sung between the readings at Mass.
Mark Everist introduces the verses for Christmas Day. Performed by Red Byrd.
Next programme tomorrow 3.25pm


Introduces: Mark Everist

: Raphael Trio

Wolf-Ferrari Piano Trio in F sharp, Op 7
Mendelssohn Piano Trio in D minor, Op 49
Last Monday's BBC Lunchtime Concert

: Doctor Johnson's Christmas

An evening of plays and other delights devised and written by Mr Snoo Wilson. Poonsh
Samuel Johnson is only up to the letters A and B in his dictionary, his wife's demands for opium and punch are exhausting him, and drops in his ears have set an orchestra jangling in his head. But David Garrick is there to help ...
8.25 Entr'acte
An Yuletide Interlude, by command of Mr Garrick , of duration about the same length as there was Silence in Heaven after the opening of the Seventh Seal, that is to say Half an Hour, between the entertainments of Poonsh and The Good Doctor.
8.55 The Good Doctor
Doctor Johnson's Life,
Dictionary and Journeys are coming to an end; his competing biographers - Boswell and Mrs Thrale - elbow each other on their way into his presence, but Mrs Thrale has the torture chamber - and will be waiting for him with a heavenly chorus when the time comes ...
9.50 Miscellany
A festive motley of poetry and prose celebrating the pleasures of a pre-Victorian Christmas, including recipes for delight, turkey and boar's head.
The Company: and members of the Radio
Drama Company
Music composed, realised and directed by Mr Lou
Glandfield and recorded by Mr David Humpage. With the Raoul Goby Consort and Mr Martin Nelson (baritone). Research Miss Lisa Osborne Director Mr Ned Chaillet


Written By: Mr Snoo Wilson.
Unknown: Samuel Johnson
Unknown: David Garrick
Unknown: Mr Garrick
Unknown: Mrs Thrale
Unknown: Mrs Thrale
Directed By: Mr Lou
Unknown: Mr David Humpage.
Unknown: Raoul Goby
Baritone: Mr Martin Nelson
Unknown: Miss Lisa Osborne
Director: Mr Ned Chaillet
Dr Johnson: Mr Simon Callow
David Garrick/Boswell: Mr John Sessions
Tetty Johnson: Miss Linda Marlowe
Mrs Thrale: Miss Maria Aitken
Irene: Miss Sally Kinghorn
Henry Thrale: Mr Hugh Fraser
MrsVere: Miss Jillie Meers
Doctor Stope: Mr James Taylor
Francis: Mr Ray Fearon
Vendor: Mr Dominic Letts
Hooker: Miss Rachel Atkins
Dr Brocklesbury: Mr Peter Yapp
George III: Mr David King
Queeney: Miss Jane Whittenshaw

: Music in Our Time

Robert Ziegler takes a look at the lighter side of new music in the USA.
Producer Andrew Kurowski


Unknown: Robert Ziegler
Producer: Andrew Kurowski

: Messe de Minuit

Mass as you might have heard it last night had you lived in 17th-century Paris. Charpentler's setting of the Mass for Christmas night is based on French carols of the period, and the chant is from contemporary Parisian sources.
Chant Choir, director Edward Higginbottom London Baroque, director
Charles Medlam Rpt


Director: Charles Medlam Rpt

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