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.
Valentin Timaru: Troparion for the Birth of the Lord
Paul Constantinescu: Podoby (Christmas Oratorio)
Ion Vidu: Salvation
Ion Vidu Chorus (Lugoj)
Remus Tascau (director)
Schutz: Eile mich Gott zu erretten
Buxtehude: Benedicam Dominum, BuxWV 113
Andrew Lawrence King (director)
Mart Johanson: Kulm (Cold)
Jaak Johanson: Suure naoga (Big face)
Johanson and Brothers
Messaus: Laat ons met herten reyne
Bach: Singet dem Herrn, BWV 225
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.
Bach: Prelude and Fugue in E flat, BWV 552
Balbastre: Quand JÃsus naquit Ã NoÃl
Matthias SÃss (organ)
Charpentier: Pastorale sur las naissance de notre Seigneur JÃsus Christ, H483
Buxtehude: In dulci jubilo
Banchetto: Musicale Lusitania
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.
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)
the cathedral choir joins forces with a group of instrumentalists from across the slovakian border.
franz schneider: transeamus usque ad bethlehem
martin ostergren: o holy night
ludwig lusser (organ)
fredrik lycke (vocalist)
janacek: graduale in festo purificationis bvm
ingvar karkoff: silent night
helsinki chamber choir
gunnar hahn: prepare the royal highway
ingvar karkoff: christmas from dalecarlia
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.
heinichen: pastorale per la notte della nativitate christi
gaute storaas: lo, how a rose e'er blooming
bojesen: jesus, here come thy little ones
bojesen: silent night
danish national vocal ensemble
6.00pm czech republic
hanna blazikova, kamila sevickova (soprano)
storaas: it shines in the silent streets
storaas: my heart always wanders
terje kvam: deilig er jorden
oslo philharmonic chorus and orchestra