Christmas Around Europe


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Louise Fryer presents Radio 3's annual day of Christmas Music from around Europe, with a series of live and specially recorded concerts. We start live in Madrid for music from the ancient to the modern Villancico, followed by a concert of Vivaldi string and vocal music live from Helsinki. Then it's live to Copenhagen for Advent carols from Ars Nova Vocal Ensemble directed by Paul Hillier followed by at 3pm, Collegium Musicum Riga Baroque Orchestra present baroque music which is associated with Riga.

Presented by Louise Fryer.

12pm Madrid - Live from Teatro Monumental

Guerrero Five Villanescas

Traditional arr Oltra Tararan

Traditional arr Cifre Fuentecilla que corres

Traditional arr Guinovart Four traditional Spanish carols

Traditional arr Roman Dicen que dicen

Abril Two carols for the new Millennium

RTVE Chorus

Jorge Otero (piano)

Jordi Casas Bayer, conductor

1.05 Helsinki - Live from Kallio Church

Vivaldi Concerto for Two Cellos and Strings in G minor, RV 531

Concerto for Violin and Strings in E, RV 270 ('Il riposo - Per il Santissimo Natale')

Salve Regina, RV 617

Concerto for Four Violins, Cello and Strings in B minor, RV 580, excerpt from 'L'estro armonico'

Tuuli Lindeberg, soprano

Baroque Ensemble of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

2pm Copenhagen - Live from Garrison Church

Trad./Arr. Paul Hillier: O Come all ye faithful

Paul Hillier: Adam lay ybounden

Arr. Paul Hillier: Gaudete Christus est natus

Trad Finland Piae Cantiones

Trad./Arr. Paul Hillier: Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen

Trad./Arr. Paul Hillier: Still, still, still

Trad./Arr. Paul Hillier: Leise rieselt der Schnee

Trad./Arr. Paul Hillier: Don don don

Trad./Arr. Paul Hillier: Andachtsjodler

Niels W. Gade: Barn Jesus i en krybbe la 002.00 min.

Henry Hopkins/Arr. Paul Hillier: We three kings of Orient

Trad./Arr. Paul Hillier: Deilig er jorden (Lovely is the Earth)

Trad./Arr. Paul Hillier: Ding Dong merrily on high

Trad./Arr. Paul Hillier: Dejlig er jorden

Ars Nova Vocal Ensemble, Copenhagen

Paul Hillier, director

3pm Riga - Live from Small Guild Hall

Veichtner Symphony No. 1 in C

Telemann Missa sopra 'Ein Kindelein so löbelich', TWV 9:5

Telemann Wie bin ich doch so herzlich froh, in D (from Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern)

Telemann Cantata Muntre Gedanken (from Harmonischer Gottes-Dienst, TWV 1)

Hiller Psalm 100 ('Ta Simta Dzeesma')

Sergejs Jegers, countertenor

Maija Tutova, soprano

Collegium coro musici Riga Baroque Choir

Collegium Musicum Riga Baroque Orchestra

Maris Kupcs, conductor.

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BBC Radio 3 links up with radio stations around Europe for a festive day of Christmas music.

Presented by Ian Skelly

1pm Live from Kallio Church, Helsinki

Sibelius: Melody for the Bells of Kallio Church

Armas Maasalo (1905-1960): Christmas Bells (Joulun kellot)

Ahti Sonninen (1914-1984): Christmas Hymn (Jouluhymni)

Armas Maasalo (1905-1960): Together with Angels (Mä kanssa enkelten)

Mikko Heiniö (born 1948):...Maria aber behielt...

Anonymous: Bogoroditse Devo (Rejoice O Mother of God)

Einojuhani Rautavaara (born 1928): Canticum Mariae virginis; Mary's Christmas Hymn (Majatan jouluvirsi)

Jean Sibelius: Five Christmas Songs, op. 101

Christmas Comes to the Snowy Gate; Yuletide is Coming; It is Getting Darker Outside; Give me No Splendour; The Snow has Fallen Deep and Wide

Päivi Severeide (harp)

Key Ensemble

Helsinki Brass Quartet

Conducted by Teemu Honkanen

2pm from Concert Hall, Danish Radio Concert House, Copenhagen

Rimsky-Korsakov: Christmas Eve - Suite

Tchaikovsky: Excerpts from 'The Nutcracker'

Danish National Symphony Orchestra

Conducted by Pavel Baleff

(EBU Day of Christmas Music continues at 4pm).

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Andrew McGregor guides us through our annual day of Christmas music from around Europe. Part 1 begins live in Finland. The YLE Youth Choir of 2016, Vox Aurea Youth Choir, perform traditional and contemporary Finnish Christmas music in Kallio Church, Helsinki. Then to a concert of European Christmas organ music performed by Cathedral Cantor Albrecht Koch on the great Silbermann organ of Freiburg Cathedral in Saxony.

1pm - LIVE from Kallio Church, Helsinki

Sibelius: Bell Tune of Kallio Church, for bells

Anon arr Kari Ala-Pöllänen: O scholares, voce pares - Gaudete, from 'Piae Cantiones'

Anon: Mariam Matrem, from Llibre Vermell de Montserrat (14th century)

Trad arr Pekka Kostiainen: Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (16th century)

Pekka Kostiainen: Regina angelorum

Eric Tuan: Nunc dimittis

Trad arr Sanna Salminen: Ding Dong Merrily on High (16th century)

Trad: À Minuit fut fait un réveil (17th century)

Sanna Salminen: Mummolan tuvan taulu

Olli Moilanen: La Jornada

Trad arr Kari Ala-Pöllänen: Mary had a Baby

Trad South Africa: Singaba hamba yothina (A Child Is Born to Us)

Trad arr Sanna Salminen: Quanno nascette ninno - Kun syntyi lapsonen

Frode Fjellheim: Eatnemen vuelie

Vox Aurea Youth Choir

Sanna Salminen (conductor)

2pm - From Freiburg Cathedral in Saxony

Bach: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV.659

Buxtehude: Magnificat noni toni, BuxWV.203

Weckmann: Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ

Petrus de Drusina: Resonet in laudibus

Murschhauser: Partite sopa 'Lasst uns das Kindlein wiegen'

Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C, BWV.531

Bach: In dulci jublio (chorale arrangement)

Dandrieu: 3 Pieces

Gade: Wie schön leucht uns der Morgenstern

Rheinberger: Organ Sonata No.4 in G, Op.88

Albrecht Koch (organ).

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Fiona Talkington presents part of a day of concerts to celebrate Christmas around Europe.


Vienna - From the Radiokulturhaus in Vienna, a concert of chamber music by Mozart, Haydn, Albrechtsberger and Schmidt, including Mozart's Adagio and Fugue for String Quartet, K546, plus organ music by Schmidt.

Robert Lehrbaumer (organ, piano)

Laura Nocchiero (piano)

Antonello Pellegrini (clarinet)


Nuremberg - A concert of Christmas music by 17th-century composer Johann Rosenmuller, German by birth, but very influenced by the Italian style.

The concert includes newly-discovered sacred concertos for vocal ensemble, along with pieces for soprano solo and instrumental ensemble.

Lautten Compagney, Berlin

Capella Angelica

Wolfgang Kortschner (conductor)


Tallinn - From St Nicholas' Church in Tallinn, the Estonian National Men's Chorus perform a very varied programme of Christmas music, including traditional Estonian songs along with Bach, Gabrieli and English Christmas carols.

Estonian National Men's Chorus

Ants Soots (director)


Dublin - The Irish contribution to Christmas around Europe is a concert given by the RTE National Symphony Orchestra from the National Concert Hall in Dublin, with Christmas music from Rimsky-Korsakov, Bach and Grieg.

Victoria Massey (mezzo-soprano)

RTE National Symphony Orchestra

RTE Children's Choir

Gavin Maloney (conductor).

Celebrating Christmas around Europe.

Concerts from Vienna, Nuremburg, Tallinn and Dublin.

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Radio 3 celebrates Christmas with its annual day of Christmas music from around Europe.

The first part of the day has concerts from Austria, Finland, Norway and Great Britain.

Presented by Louise Fryer.

12pm Austria

The Chamber Choir of the Kunstuniversität, Graz perform traditional advent folk tunes, plus music by Bruckner and Brahms.

1.05pm Finland - LIVE

Soprano Marjukka Tepponen and the Lahti Brass Quintet perform traditional Finnish Christmas music at the Kallio Church, Helsinki.

2pm Norway

The Oslo Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra perform traditional Norwegian carols, plus music by Bach, Mendelssohn and Pratorius

3pm Great Britain - LIVE

From St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, the BBC Singers perform a programme of old and new music including Thomas Tallis, James MacMillan and John Tavener.

Louise Fryer presents concerts from Austria, Finland, Norway and Great Britain.

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BBC Radio 3 links up with radio stations around Europe for a festive day of Christmas music.

Presented by Ian Skelly

4pm From the German National Museum, Nuremberg

J.S. Bach: Cantatas arranged for instrumental ensemble by Wolfgang Katschner

Sequence 1: Mein gläubiges Herze, frohlocke, sing', scherze

(Aus der Tiefen, sinfonia, BWV 131/1; Verzage nicht, aria, BWV 42/4; Herr, deine Güte, aria, BWV 17/3; Mein gläubiges Herze, aria, BWV 68/2;

Nun verschwinden alle Plagen, aria, BWV 32/5; Sarabande triste, BWV 20/6; Streite, siege, aria, BWV 62/2; Höllische Schlange, aria, BWV 40/4)

Sequence 2: Ich freue mich in dir

(Overture BWV 97/1; Wo gehest du hin, aria, BWV 166/1; Ich will an den Himmel denken, aria, BWV 166/2;

Höchster, was ich habe, ist nur deine Gabe, aria, BWV 39/5; Heil und Segen, concerto, BWV 120/4; Gloria, BWV 191/1;

Sehet in Zufriedenheit tausend helle Wohlfahrtstage, gavotte, BWV 202/9; So schnell ein rauschend Wasser schießt, aria, BWV 26/2;

Ich freue mich in dir, concerto, BWV 133/1)

Lautten Compagney Berlin

Directed by Wolfgang Katschner

5pm From St Michael's Church, Stuttgart

Mendelssohn: Frohlocket, Ihr Völker auf Erden (Rejoice, Ye People of the Earth)

Bruckner: Ave Maria, WAB 6; Os iusti, WAB 30

Jacobus Gallus (1550-1591): Three Motets for men's chorus.

Natus est nobis; Ante luciferum genitus; Canite tuba

Mahler arr. Clytus Gottwald (born 1925): Es sungen drei Engel

Brahms: O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf, Op. 74/2

Schoenberg: Friede auf Erden, Op.13, a cappella chorus

SWR Vocal Ensemble, Stuttgart

Directed by Florian Helgath

6pm from Studio 1, Czech Radio, Prague

Jakub Jan Ryba (1765-1815) arr. Vojtech Spurný (born 1964): Czech Christmas Mass

Alena Hellerová (soprano)

Markéta Cukrová (mezzo-soprano)

Václav ?ížek (tenor)

Jaromír Nosek (bass)

Czech Radio Children's Choir (director Blanka Kulínská)

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra

Conducted by Vojtech Spurný

(EBU Day of Christmas Music continues at 7.45 pm).

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Andrew McGregor continues Radio 3's annual Christmas Around Europe. Part two begins live in Tallinn for a concert featuring works by contemporary Estonian composers Toivo Tulev and Tõnu Kõrvits. Then to Utrecht for a concert of Bach cantatas performed by the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Chorus, directed by Ton Koopman. The final concert in this section comes live from Pardubice Castle in the Czech Republic, where the 'Baroque Forever Young' ensemble of top young professional musicians perform Italian Baroque concertos.

4pm - LIVE from the United Methodist Church, Tallinn

Tõnu Kõrvits: Songs from Dolores' Songbook (premiere)

Trad Estonian: Sacred folk songs

Toivo Tulev: O Oriens, for chorus and wind ensemble

Estonian National Male Chorus

Mikk Üleoja (conductor)

5pm - From Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht

Bach: Cantata No 182, 'Himmelskönig sei willkommen'

Bach: Cantata No 40, 'Dazu ist erschienen der Sohn Gottes'

Bach: Cantata No 65, 'Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen'

Martha Bosch (soprano)

Maarten Engeltjes (countertenor)

Tilman Lichdi (tenor)

Klaus Mertens (bass)

Amsterdam Baroque Chorus and Orchestra

Ton Koopman (conductor)

6pm - LIVE from Knights' Hall, Pardubice Castle

Locatelli: Concerto grosso in D, Op 1 No 5

Vivaldi: Concerto in G minor for two cellos, strings and continuo, RV 531

Brescianello: Concerto in G minor, for violin, oboe, strings and continuo

Telemann: Fantasia No.3 in B minor for solo oboe

Corelli: Concerto grosso in G minor, Op 6 No 8 ('Fatto per la Notte di Natale')

Vivaldi: Concerto in D, for two violins, two cellos, strings and continuo, RV 564

Vilém Veverka (oboe)

Barocco Sempre Giovane

Josef Krečmer (director)

Photo of Barocco Sempre Giovane (c) Lada and Milos Kolesárovi.

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Radio 3's annual day of Christmas Music continues with a concert from Bulgaria comprising traditional and more modern choral music. Then it's live to Gothenberg for a Nordic Winter concert from the Swedish Chamber Choir. And finally live to Nuremberg for a baroque concert from the German National Museum.

Presented by Louise Fryer

5pm Bulgaria - Studio 1, Bulgarian National Radio, Sofia

Traditional Hey, more Hey (Yeh, people, Christmas is!)

Dobri Hristov Draganka cries out, choral suite based on Bulgarian folk songs

Dobri Hristov Five traditional Christmas carols:

Traditional The Boy was born

Lyubomir Pipkov The dark horses are darkening

Traditional A Christmas tree has grown

Petar Petrov Night Scenes, for women's chorus (with soprano solo), harp and celesta

Traditional Hey, Master, get up

Konstantin Iliev Working Bee Songs

Ivan Spassov Dances and tunes from the Pirin Mountain

Dobri Hristov Three Carols

Traditional Yeh, people, Christmas is!

Kalina Vachkova, soprano

Iliana Selimska, harp

Bogdana Popova, celesta

Bulgarian National Radio Mixed Chorus

Dragomir Iossifov, conductor

6pm Gothenburg - Live from Christinae Church (German Church)

Jan Sandström Det är en ros (Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen)

Otto Olsson Advent

Ruben Liljefors När det lider mot jul (As Christmas draws nigh)

Hugo Alfvén Julsang (Christmas Song)

Traditional Den signade dag (This blessed day)

Gustaf Nordqvist Jul, jul, stralande jul (Yule, yule, radiant yule)

Susanne Rosenberg Stjärnan (The Star) (Première)

Traditional arr Anders Öhrwall Han är född (Il est né le divin enfant)

Arvo Pärt O Morgenstern

Arvo Pärt Bogoróditse Djévo (Mother of God and Virgin)

Nielsen Förunderligt och märkligt (Strange to say)

Peter Erasmus Lange-Müller Madonna over bolgerne (Madonna over the waves)

Francis Poulenc Quem vidistis

Francis Poulenc O magnum mysterium

Poulenc Hodie Christus natus est

Swedish Chamber Choir

Simon Phipps (director)

7pm Nuremberg - Live from the National Museum

Biagio Marini Sonata sopra la Monica

Traditional Menuett from Seibis

Traditional Es wollt ein Jäger jagen

Biber Myster (Rosary) Sonata No. 1 in D minor ('The Annunciation')

Traditional Nun es nahen sich die Stunden

Schmelzer Sonata pastorella

Johann Marianus Baal Sonata in A minor

Traditional Franziskaner

Traditional Lasst uns das Kindelein wiegen

Giuseppe Valentini Sinfonia per il Santissimo Natale

Eismannsberger Strings and Women Singers

Ensemble NeoBarock.

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Fiona Talkington presents the conclusion of a day of concerts to celebrate Christmas around Europe.


Munich - From the Herkulessaal, the Bavarian Radio Chorus and Orchestra perform two contrasting Christmas choral works.

Arvo Part's 2 Christmas Lullabies, and Saint-Saens' mighty Christmas Oratorio.

Bavarian Radio Chorus and Orchestra

Tonu Kaljuste (conductor)


Warsaw - From the Witold Lutoslawski Concert Hall, a concert of Renaissance Motets for Christmas, featuring works by Josquin Desprez, Victoria, Tallis, Lasso and Mikolaj Zielenski.

The Subtilior Ensemble

Piotr Zawistowski (director)


Prague - Radio 3 rounds off the day of Christmas music from around Europe with a concert from the Kromeriz Archives (1750-1800), performed in the Mirror Chapel in Prague by the Ensemble Inegal.

Ensemble Inegal

Adam Viktoria (director).

Celebrating Christmas around Europe, with concerts from Munich, Warsaw and Prague.

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Radio 3's day of Christmas music from around Europe continues with concerts from Iceland, the Czech Republic and Spain.

Presented by Louise Fryer.

5pm Iceland

From Háteigs Church, Reykjavík, the Hamrahlíd Choir perform traditional and newer Icelandic carols.

6pm Czech Republic

Ensemble 18 under director and organist Vojtech Spurný perform music by Stamic, Ryba and Brixi at the Hall of the New Municipal House in Prague.

7pm Spain

From the Theatro Monumental in Madrid, the RTVE Chorus perform carols by Spanish and Latin-American composers from the Renaissance to the 20th century.

A day of Christmas concerts concludes with music from Iceland, Czech Republic and Spain.

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BBC Radio 3 links up with radio stations around Europe for a festive day of Christmas music.

Presented by Ian Skelly

7.45pm From the Scala Theatre, Stockholm

Jul i Folkton, a band featuring some of Sweden's leading folk musicians, offer us 'a concert that smells of straw and spruce'

Ale Möller, Lena Willemark, Lisa Rydberg, Esbjörn Hazelius, Roger Tallroth, Olle Linder

8.15 pm From the Frauenkirche, Dresden

Poulenc: Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noël

Brahms: Es ist das Heil uns kommen her, op. 29 no 1

Morten Lauridsen (born 1943): O Magnum Mysterium

Thomas Adès (born 1971): The Fayrfax Carol

Praetorius arr. Jan Sandström (born 1954): Es ist ein Ros entsprungen

Traditional: Jul, jul, stralande jul (Swedish Christmas carol)

Traditional: El cant dels Ocells (The Song of the Birds - Catalan Christmas carol)

Traditional: Kalin Esperan Arhontes (Good Evening Noble Men - Greek Christmas carol)

Traditional: In the Bleak Midwinter

MDR Leipzig Childrens' Chorus

Directed by Ullrich Kaiser

MDR Leipzig Radio Chorus

Directed by Philipp Ahmann.

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Andrew McGregor continues Radio 3's annual Christmas journey around Europe. First to the Auditori in Girona for a cantata based on Catalan Christmas tunes. And the final concert comes from the Vigadó Concert Hall, Budapest; The Hungarian Radio Chorus perform a programme including Arvo Pärt and Kodaly.

10.30pm from Auditori, Girona

Francesc Civil i Castellví: El nostre Nadal (Our Christmas), cantata for mixed chorus and orchestra

Coral Sant Jordi


Lluís Vila I Casañas (conductor)

11.30pm from the Vigadó Concert Hall, Budapest

Arvo Pärt: Magnificat

Kodály: Miserere

Javier Busto: O Magnum mysterium

Levente Gyöngyösi: Magnificat

Reger: Vater unser

Arvo Pärt: The Deer's Cry

Hungarian Radio Chorus

Péter Erdei (conductor).

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Ian Skelly with the final part of this year's day of live and specially recorded Christmas concerts from around Europe.

11pm A performance from Sofia of Duke Ellington's 'Sacred Concert', which he described as "the most important thing I have ever done". Ellington composed three Sacred Concerts between 1965 and 1973, and this version, edited by John Høybye and Peder Pedersen, brings together the best of them.

Duke Ellington: Sacred Concert

Praise God



The Shepherd

The Majesty of God

Come Sunday

David danced before the Lord

Almighty God


Praise God and Dance - Finale

Bulgarian National Radio Big Band

Bulgarian National Radio Jazz Chorus

Conducted by Antoni Donchev.