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Helsinki and Leipzig

Andrew McGregor is our guide for the annual day of Christmas concerts from around Europe. Beginning live in Helsinki with the Finnish Baroque Orchestra and then on to Leipzig.

Andrew McGregor is our guide for the annual day of Christmas concerts from around Europe. Beginning live in Helsinki with the Finnish Baroque Orchestra and then on to Leipzig

1pm - LIVE from Kallio Church, Helsinki
Beginning with the traditional Sibelius bells tune from Kallio Church, the day begins with a live concert from members of the Finnish Baroque Orchestra. Tenor Juho Punkeri sings arias by Handel, and Pauliina Fred and Hanna Haapamäki join the orchestra for a concerto by Telemann.

Jean Sibelius (1865 - 1957)
Bell Tune of Kallio Church, for bells

George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759)
Sinfonia, from 'Semele, HWV 58'
Where'er you walk, aria from 'Semele, HWV 58'
Allemande, from 'Suite in E minor, HWV 429'
Total Eclipse, aria from 'Samson, HWV 57'
Adagio, from 'Flute Sonata in G, HWV 363b'
Gentle airs, melodious strains, aria from 'Athalia, HWV 52'
Juho Punkeri , tenor
Members of the Finnish Baroque Orchestra
Marianna Henriksson , harpsichord

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 - 1767)
Concerto for Recorder and Flute in E minor, TWV 52:e1
Pauliina Fred , Baroque flute
Hanna Haapamäki , recorder
Members of the Finnish Baroque Orchestra

George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759)
Comfort ye, aria from 'Messiah, HWV 56'
Ev'ry valley, aria from 'Messiah, HWV 56'
Juho Punkeri , tenor
Members of the Finnish Baroque Orchestra
Marianna Henriksson , harpsichord

2pm - from Paulinum, Leipzig
The next stop on Radio 3's journey around Europe is Leipzig, for a varied concert of unaccompanied choral works by Poulenc, Tallis, Britten and Pärt given by the MDR Radio Chorus, Leipzig.

Jean Mouton (before 1459 - 1522)
Nesciens mater virgo virum, motet for 8 voices
Francis Poulenc (1899 - 1963)
Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noël, FP 152
Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)
Frohlocket, ihr Völker auf Erden, Kyrie, Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe, WoO 26, Heilig, heilig
Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976)
Hymn to the Virgin
Arvo Pärt (1935)
Seven Magnificat Antiphons
Franz Xaver Gruber (1787 - 1863)
Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night)

MDR Radio Chorus, Leipzig
Risto Joost , conductor

1 hour, 57 minutes

Music Played

  • Jean Mouton

    Nesciens mater virgo virum, motet for 8 voices

    Choir: MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig. Conductor: Risto Joost.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noël, FP 152

    Choir: MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig. Conductor: Risto Joost.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Four Choral Works - Frohlocket, ihr Völker / Kyrie / Ehre sei Gott / Heilig

    Choir: MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig. Conductor: Risto Joost.
  • Benjamin Britten

    A Hymn to the Virgin

    Choir: MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig. Conductor: Risto Joost.
  • Franz Xaver Gruber

    Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht

    Choir: MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig. Conductor: Risto Joost.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Now The Birth Of Jesus Christ; It Was The Winter Wild (from Hodie)

    Singer: Janet Baker. Singer: Richard Lewis. Singer: John Shirley‐Quirk. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir David Willcocks.
    • Hodie - A Christmas Cantata.
    • EMI.
    • 2.

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