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4 Girls 4 Harps, Tallis Scholars

Sean Rafferty introduces live Christmas music from 4 Girls 4 Harps. Plus Will Gompertz's In Tune Christmas Card, exploring famous seasonal artworks: Matisse's Nuit de Noel.

Sean Rafferty's guests include 4 Girls 4 Harps, an all-female group of 4 harpists. They'll be helping you get in the festive spirit with Christmas music live in the studio. We'll also have a live perfomance from the Tallis Scholars with their director Peter Phillips ahead of a concert at Temple Church, London plus Sean talks to soprano Ermonela Jaho as she prepares to take on the title role in Massenet's Manon at the Royal Opera House.

Also in a seasonal mood is the BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz who's been writing his In Tune Christmas Cards which take a look at 5 iconic pieces of Christmas art. Today he celebrates Christmas Eve by Henri Matisse, and looks forward to 2014 when a major exhibition of the artist's work opens at Tate Modern in London.

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Music Played

  • Engelbert Humperdinck

    Dornroschen - tone-pictures from the opera

    Performer: Bamberg S O..
    • VC 5 61128-2.
  • 4 Girls 4 Harps

    Il est ne, le divin Enfant - carol

  • 4 Girls 4 Harps

    Personent hodie - carol [Piae Cantiones, 1582]

  • Harriet Adie

    "Wind" from "Elemental"

    Performer: 4 Girls 4 Harps.
  • Hugh Martin

    Have yourself a merry little Christmas

    Performer: 4 Girls 4 Harps.
  • Thomas Tallis

    Mass Puer natus est nobis for 7 voices

    Performer: Tallis Scholars.
    • 454-934-2.
  • Hans Leo Hassler

    Missa VIII octo vocum for 8 voices

    Performer: Tallis Scholars.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Pavane pour une infante defunte for piano

    Performer: Tom Poster.
    • Champs Hill.
    • CHRCD075.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony no. 7 in A major Op.92

    Performer: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra.
    • 477 622-8.
  • Philip Brunelle

    Impressions on a French Noel

    • Virgin Classics.
    • VC 791088-2.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Scherzo a la russe, arr. for orchestra [orig. for jazz band]

    Performer: London S O..
    • RCA.
    • 09026 68865-2.
  • Domenico Cimarosa

    Overture: Cleopatra

    Performer: Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia.
    • NAXOS.
    • 8570508.
  • Pál Esterházy

    Cur fles Jesu

    Performer: Annegret Siedel. Performer: Susanne Rydén. Performer: Bell’arte Salzburg.
    • 910 078 2.
  • Traditional Albanian


    Performer: Silvana Licursi.
    • LYRCD 7413.
  • Jules Massenet

    Manon - opera comique in 5 acts

    Performer: Theatre Royal de la Monnaie S O.
    • EMI-557005 2.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Suor Angelica - opera in 1 act [no.2 of "Il trittico"]

    Performer: Ermonela Jaho. Performer: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
  • Harry the Piano

    Improvisation based on Carols

Henri Matisse: Nuit de Noel (1952)

Henri Matisse: Nuit de Noel (1952)


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