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Ian Skelly with the final part of Radio 3's annual day of Christmas music. The Bulgarian National Radio Big Band and Jazz Chorus perform Duke Ellington's Sacred Concert in Sofia.

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
Heaven
Freedom-suite
The Shepherd
The Majesty of God
Come Sunday
David danced before the Lord
Almighty God
T.G.T.T
Praise God and Dance - Finale

Lilly Ilieva (vocals)
New Music Vocal Group
Director Adelina Koleva
Bulgarian National Radio Big Band
Conducted by Antoni Donchev.

1 hour, 30 minutes

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Sun 20 Dec 2015 23:00

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  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Praise God

    Performer: Lilly Ilieva. Music Arranger: John Hoybye. Music Arranger: Peder Pederson. Ensemble: Bulgarian National Radio Big Band. Conductor: Antoni Donchev. Choir: Bulgarian National Radio Jazz Chorus. Choir: New Music Vocal Group. Conductor: Adelina Koleva.
  • Duke Ellington

    Heaven

    Performer: Lilly Ilieva. Music Arranger: John Hoybye. Music Arranger: Peder Pederson. Ensemble: Bulgarian National Radio Big Band. Conductor: Antoni Donchev. Choir: Bulgarian National Radio Jazz Chorus. Choir: New Music Vocal Group. Conductor: Adelina Koleva.
  • Duke Ellington

    Freedom - Suite

    Performer: Lilly Ilieva. Music Arranger: John Hoybye. Music Arranger: Peder Pederson. Ensemble: Bulgarian National Radio Big Band. Conductor: Antoni Donchev. Choir: Bulgarian National Radio Jazz Chorus. Choir: New Music Vocal Group. Conductor: Adelina Koleva.
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    The Shepherd

    Performer: Lilly Ilieva. Music Arranger: John Hoybye. Music Arranger: Peder Pederson. Ensemble: Bulgarian National Radio Big Band. Conductor: Antoni Donchev. Choir: Bulgarian National Radio Jazz Chorus. Choir: New Music Vocal Group. Conductor: Adelina Koleva.
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    The Majesty of God

    Performer: Lilly Ilieva. Music Arranger: John Hoybye. Music Arranger: Peder Pederson. Ensemble: Bulgarian National Radio Big Band. Conductor: Antoni Donchev. Choir: Bulgarian National Radio Jazz Chorus. Choir: New Music Vocal Group. Conductor: Adelina Koleva.
  • Duke Ellington

    David Danced (before the Lord)

    Performer: Lilly Ilieva. Music Arranger: John Hoybye. Music Arranger: Peder Pederson. Ensemble: Bulgarian National Radio Big Band. Conductor: Antoni Donchev. Choir: Bulgarian National Radio Jazz Chorus. Choir: New Music Vocal Group. Conductor: Adelina Koleva.
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Almighty God

    Performer: Lilly Ilieva. Music Arranger: John Hoybye. Music Arranger: Peder Pederson. Ensemble: Bulgarian National Radio Big Band. Conductor: Antoni Donchev. Choir: Bulgarian National Radio Jazz Chorus. Choir: New Music Vocal Group. Conductor: Adelina Koleva.
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    T.G.T.T. (Too Good To Title)

    Performer: Lilly Ilieva. Music Arranger: John Hoybye. Music Arranger: Peder Pederson. Ensemble: Bulgarian National Radio Big Band. Conductor: Antoni Donchev. Choir: Bulgarian National Radio Jazz Chorus. Choir: New Music Vocal Group. Conductor: Adelina Koleva.
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Praise God and Dance - Finale

    Performer: Lilly Ilieva. Music Arranger: John Hoybye. Music Arranger: Peder Pederson. Ensemble: Bulgarian National Radio Big Band. Conductor: Antoni Donchev. Choir: Bulgarian National Radio Jazz Chorus. Choir: New Music Vocal Group. Conductor: Adelina Koleva.
  • Hilarion Alfeyev

    Christmas Oratorio: final section

    Singer: Evgeny Nesterenko. Choir: Moscow Synodal Choir. Orchestra: Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Alexey Puzakov.
  • Jean Hanelle

    Cypriot Vespers

    Choir: Graindelavoix. Conductor: Björn Schmelzer.

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