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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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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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.