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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)


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

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


St Martin
Neville Marriner
Michel Swierczewski
George Whltefleld

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


St David
Cardiff. Yvonne Kenny
Jean Rigby
Ian Bostridge
Alastair Miles

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


Mark Everist

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

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


Charles Medlam Rpt

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