Ebu Christmas Around Europe



Andrew Mcgregor presents live Christmas concerts from radio stations in Europe.

The afternoon starts off in Romania, with music from the Orthodox-Byzantine tradition, followed by a visit to Kallio Church in Helsinki for music by Schutz and Buxtehude, after which Estonian Radio offers some traditional and 20th century works performed by folk group Johanson and Brothers.

Then, from Ghent, a performance of choral works by Messaus and Bach.

The music is interspersed with festive readings by actors Susan Twist and Neil Ashton.

12.00pm Romania


Valentin Timaru: Troparion for the Birth of the Lord

Paul Constantinescu: Podoby (Christmas Oratorio)

Ion Vidu: Salvation

Ion Vidu Chorus (Lugoj)

Remus Tascau (director)

1.00pm Finland

Schutz: Eile mich Gott zu erretten

Buxtehude: Benedicam Dominum, BuxWV 113

Ensemble Battalia-yhtye

Andrew Lawrence King (director)

2.00pm Estonia

Mart Johanson: Kulm (Cold)

Jaak Johanson: Suure naoga (Big face)

Johanson and Brothers

3.00pm Belgium

Messaus: Laat ons met herten reyne

Bach: Singet dem Herrn, BWV 225

Flemish Chorus

Bo Holten (director).


Andrew Mcgregor presents more live Christmas concerts from radio stations in Europe and Canada.

The evening begins with an organ recital from Germany of works by Bach, Buxtehude and Guilmant, followed by a visit to Lisbon for a performance of Baroque vocal works, and ends in Toronto for some jazz arrangements by Mike Downes.

The music is interspersed with more festive readings by actors Neil Ashton and Susan Twist.

5.00pm Germany


Bach: Prelude and Fugue in E flat, BWV 552

Balbastre: Quand JÃsus naquit à NoÃl

Matthias SÃss (organ)

6.00pm Portugal

Charpentier: Pastorale sur las naissance de notre Seigneur JÃsus Christ, H483

Buxtehude: In dulci jubilo

Banchetto: Musicale Lusitania

7.00pm Canada

Jazz arrangements of Christmas favourites

Molly Johnson, Benn Heppner (vocals)

Colleen Allen (winds/accordion)

Lisa MacDougal (piano)

Rob Piltch (guitar)

Mike Downes (bass)

Mark Mclean (drums).


Andrew Mcgregor introduces Christmas concerts from radio stations in Europe and America.

Andrew Mcgregor presents a musical celebration of Christmas, with concert performances from seven countries.

BBC Radio 3 joins an international network of radio stations for a seasonal selection of choral and orchestral music.

En route, Andrew reflects on our own Christmas customs, past, present and future.

12.00pm USA

  • a christmas concert from the popular american a cappella group chanticleer, which celebrates its thirtieth anniversary in 2008.

    the group comes home to california to perform traditional and well-loved christmas vocal music, from gregorian chant to gospel.

    virga jesse floruit (gregorian chant, from the gradual of eleanor of brittany)

  • a feast of seasonal music from the baroque period, in the spectacularly elaborate baroque interior of the cathedral of st polten.

    the cathedral choir joins forces with a group of instrumentalists from across the slovakian border.

    franz schneider: transeamus usque ad bethlehem

  • adam, arr.

    martin ostergren: o holy night

  • albrechtsberger: der tag, der ist so freudenreich, for organ
  • albrechtsberger: jubilemus salvatori
  • albrechtsberger: pastorale in c, for organ

    ludwig lusser (organ)

  • andreas hanson (conductor)

    2.00pm austria

  • brahms: der englische jager
  • britten: men of goodwill - variations on god rest ye merry

    fredrik lycke (vocalist)

  • choral music from eight countries, from kallio church in helsinki, including the world premiere of a new work for christmas by einojuhani rautavaara, who celebrates his eightieth birthday in 2008.

    janacek: graduale in festo purificationis bvm

  • domkantorei st polten
  • frantisek brixi: pastores loquebantur
  • franz aumann: seid frohlich, ihr schafer
  • franz krenn: bone jesu
  • gallus: mirabile mysterium
  • gaspar fernandes: xiocochi xicochi conetzintie
  • gruber, arr.

    ingvar karkoff: silent night

  • jonathan harvey: the angels
  • joseph h jennings (director)

    1.00pm sweden

  • joseph jennings: medley of christmas spirituals


  • juan garcia de zespedes: convidando esta la noche
  • konigsberger: two pastoral arias, for organ
  • leevi madetoja: cast your everyday cares aside
  • martinu: the annunciation (four songs on virgin mary)
  • mateo flecha: el jubilate
  • matthew whittall: in the bleak midwinter
  • michael haydn: parvulus filius
  • murschhauser: aria pastoralis variate, for organ
  • mykola leontobych: carol of the bells
  • nils schweckendiek (conductor)
  • paisiello: a christmas motet
  • part: o spross aus isais wurzel (seven magnificat antiphons)
  • pereric moraeus: holy night
  • perotin: ex semine rosa
  • poulenc: seeing the star; hodie christus natus est (4 motets pour les temps de noel)

    helsinki chamber choir

  • praetorius: in dulci jubilo
  • rathgeber: cum quietum silentium
  • rautavaara: our joyful'st feast (first performance)
  • rehnqvist: don't be afraid of the darkness
  • selim palmgren: prince of peace
  • sibelius: now, beside the manger of the little one
  • solamente naturali

    3.00pm finland

  • song-and-dance man fredrik lycke is the special guest in a christmas concert from stockholm's berwaldhallen.

    stenhammar: midvinter

  • swedish radio chorus and symphony orchestra
  • toivo kuula: prayer, op 34b no 1
  • trad, arr.

    gunnar hahn: prepare the royal highway

  • trad, arr.

    ingvar karkoff: christmas from dalecarlia

  • victoria: o magnum mysterium
  • vytautas miskinis: o radix jesse (seven o-antiphons)
  • william kirkpatrick: away in a manger

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    Andrew Mcgregor presents the conclusion of Radio 3's musical celebration of Christmas.

    Presented by Andrew Mcgregor.

    Continuing the annual musical celebration of Christmas, with performances from seven countries as BBC Radio 3 joins an international network of radio stations for a seasonal selection of choral and orchestral music.

    With reflections on our own Christmas customs, past, present and future.

    5.00pm Denmark

  • a celebration of advent and christmas in baroque bohemia, amid the marbled walls and reflective ceilings of prague's mirror chapel.

    heinichen: pastorale per la notte della nativitate christi

  • a performance at oslo concert hall, featuring seasonal works by bach and mendelssohn combined with popular norwegian christmas carols.

    praetorius, arr.

    gaute storaas: lo, how a rose e'er blooming

  • a performance by the recently formed danish national vocal ensemble given in the 13th-century church in soborg.

    schulz, arr.

    bojesen: jesus, here come thy little ones

  • bach: jauchzet, frohlocket (christmas oratorio)
  • bach: singet dem herrn, bwv225; ich steh' an deiner krippen hier, bwv469
  • brentner: pastorella
  • britten: a hymn to the virgin
  • brixi: alma redemptoris mater
  • caldara: christmas cantata (excerpts)
  • collegium marianum
  • geirr tveitt: hardanger folk tunes
  • gruber, arr.

    bojesen: silent night

  • jana smeradova (flute/director)

    7.00pm norway

  • johannes cruger: my heart, lift your wings of joy

    danish national vocal ensemble

  • mendelssohn: von himmel hoch
  • michael bojesen (director)

    6.00pm czech republic

  • morten lauridsen: o magnum mysterium
  • niels la cour: three latin motets
  • peter szilvay (conductor)
  • rovensky: mary, noble fertile field; mary, will you please allow
  • rovensky: selection from the hymnal capella regia musicalis (1693)

    hanna blazikova, kamila sevickova (soprano)

  • sibelius: suite (belshazzar's feast)
  • soraas, arr.

    storaas: it shines in the silent streets

  • tomas kral (baritone)
  • trad.

    norwegian, arr.

    storaas: my heart always wanders

  • trad.

    terje kvam: deilig er jorden

    oslo philharmonic chorus and orchestra

  • trond kverno: corpus christi carol
  • zelenka: alma redemptoris mater