December 4, 2000: St. Nicholas

In observance of the feast day appointed for St. Nicholas (6 December) the third hour of this program presents narratives of Nicholas to place the modern symbol of Christmas, gift exchange, and commercialism into a larger historical context.

Also commemorated is the birthday of Jean Sibelius (8 December 1865).

Fanfare I (CD: Praise the Lord) (Gerre Hancock, organ) James MacMillan: Veni, veni Emmanuel (CD: Veni, Veni (Evelyn Glennie, percussion; Scottish Emmanuel: Music of Chamber Orchestra; James MacMillan) James MacMillan) Jean Sibelius: Concerto, Op. 47 (CD: Concertos: (Jascha Heifetz, violin; Chicago Sibelius / Prokofiev Symphony Orchestra; Walter Hendl) No. 2 / Glazunov) John Leavitt: Cold December flies away (CD: Instrument (James Welch, organ) of Wonder)
Frank W. Boles: Adam lay ybounden (CD: Sing We (Choirs of St. John's Cathedral, Hallelujah) Denver; Donald Pearson) Giovanni Pierluigi de Palestrina: (CD: Prince of Music) Canite tuba / Rorate coeli (Voices of Ascension; Dennis Keene) Edward Naylor: Vox dicentis: Clama (CD: English Anthems) (Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Stephen Cleobury) Jehan Titelouze: Conditer alme siderum (CD: Jehan Titelouze: (Sylvain Ciaravolo, organ) Hymnes et Magnificat) Michael Praetorius / J. S. Bach: Wachet auf (CD: Christmas (Tallis Scholars; Peter Phillips) Carols and Motets) Arthur Sullivan, arr. Charles Mackerras: Pineapple poll (CD: The Kneller (Kneller Hall All-Stars Band) Hall All-Stars Band) Arthur Sullivan: Iolanthe (excerpts) (CD: The Best of (Glyndebourne Festival Chorus; Gilbert & Sullivan) Pro Arte Orchestra; Malcolm Sargent) O come, O come Emmanuel (arr. Carter) (CD: Advent at (Choir of St. Paul's St. Paul's) Cathedral; John Scott)
Andrew Carter: Organ toccata on "Veni Emmanuel" (CD: Advent at (John Scott, organ) St. Paul's) Legends of St. Nicholas (CD: Legends of Intonet hodie St. Nicholas) Seint Nicholas was borne in the citee of Patras Cantu mirro, summa laude Whanne the bisshop of the citee of Myre died Nicholai presulis All the province of Seint Nicholas suffered... Gaudens in domino A worschipfull man hadde thre doughtres virgines And whanne oure Lorde lust to take Seint Nicholas... Nicholaus pontifex (Anonymous 4) Benjamin Britten: Saint Nicholas (CD: Britten: Saint Nicholas comes to Myra and is chosen Bishop Nicholas / Hymn to The death of Nicholas Cecilia) (Corydon Singers; English Chamber Orchestra; Matthew Best) Bred Dina Vida Vingar (CD: Home for (Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano) Christmas)
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