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Lauridsen's O Magnum Mysterium, Christmas Favourites

Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents Christmas favourites from the classical and folk worlds. Plus the 100th edition of Meet My Choir, a weekly celebration of amateur singing.

Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents a selection of Christmas vocal favourites from the classical and folk worlds, including Tallis, Jon Boden, JS Bach, Vaughan Williams and Steeleye Span. Her choral classic this week is "O Magnum Mysterium" by the contemporary American composer Morten Lauridsen, composed in 1994 but already one of the best-loved vocal works of the last quarter-century.

Plus, we'll be marking the 100th edition of Meet My Choir", our weekly celebration of amateur choral music-making, with a special event in the studio - as we look back over the century of choirs from across the nation who have showcased their stories on the programme.

Leontovych, arr Wilhousky: Carol of the Bells
Westminster Choir
Joseph Flummerfelt, conductor

Traditional: Lully, lulla, thow littel tyne child (Coventry Carol)
New York Polyphony

Poulenc: Quem vidistis pastores (Quatre Motet Pour Le Temps De Noël)
The Sixteen
Harry Christophers, conductor

JS Bach: Jauchzet, frohlocket (Christmas Oratorio)
Bach Collegium Japan
Masaaki Suzuki, conductor

Trad, arr Jon Boden: The Boar's Head Carol

Trad, arr Steeleye Span: Gaudete
Steeleye Span

Traditional Welsh: Tawel Nos

Tallis: Sanctus & Benedictus (Missa Puer est natus)

Morten Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium

Vaughan Williams: The First Nowell (finale)
Sarah Fox, soprano
Joyful Company of Singers
City of London Sinfonia
Richard Hickox, conductor

JS Bach: Ach mein herzliebes Jesulein (Christmas Oratorio)
Dunedin Consort
John Butt, conductor.

1 hour, 15 minutes

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