Presented by Paul Guinery.
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)
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)
lain Burnside unwraps the week ahead on Radio 3.
Corelli Concerto grosso in G minor, Op 6 No 8 (For Christmas Night)
Academy of St Martin , conductor Neville Marriner
Roses de Noël
Gulbenkian Orchestra/ Michel Swierczewski
9.34 George Whltefleld Chadwick
Noël (Symphonic Sketches) Eastman-Rochester
9.48 Handel Concerto a due cori in B flat
CPE Bach Chamber
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
Repeated from yesterday at 5.45pm
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
Last of three programmes played by the Salomon Quartet. Presented by Simon Standage.
Hummel String Quartet No 3 in E flat
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
conductor Riccardo Muti
Stravinsky Divertimento: Le Baiser de la fee
See also tomorrow at 1.50pm
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
Wolf-Ferrari Piano Trio in F sharp, Op 7
Mendelssohn Piano Trio in D minor, Op 49
Last Monday's BBC Lunchtime Concert
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 ...
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 ...
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
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
Robert Ziegler takes a look at the lighter side of new music in the USA.
Producer Andrew Kurowski
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