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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

DCD 059 - The DCD Holiday Special, Part 2

Part two of our holiday music special features selections from two recordings. "A Longwood Gardens Christmas" starts off episode #59 of the "DCD Classical 'Cast." Organist Michael Stairs performs two familiar selections, "O Christmas Tree," and an arrangement of "In dulci jubilo."

The centerpiece for the podcast is Janis Lusens' "Child of the Stars." This choral cantata borrows heavily from Lusens' Latvian musical heritage, as well as some traditional holiday melodies.

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From the entire staff at DCD Records, we'd like to wish you a wonderful holiday season, and a safe and prosperous New Year.

- Ralph

This program we play:

O Christmas Tree
Chorale Improvisation on In dulci jubilo

Michael Stairs, organ

Janis Lusens - Child of the Stars (mvts. 2-4)
New York Latvian Concert Choir; Latvian National Symphony Orchestra; Andrejs Jansons, conductor

Paen on Divinum mysterium
Michael Stairs, organ

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

DCD 058 - The DCD Holiday Special, Part 1

Episode #58 of the DCD Classical 'Cast presents part 1 of our annual holiday music special. This program we feature music from four different labels, giving you something medieval, something modern, something traditional.... and something not.

You'll hear some familiar Christmas music played by Michael Stairs on the giant Longwood Gardens Aeolean organ. And you'll probably recognize the traditional melodies used in Peteris Aldins' "This Sacred Night."

Mary figures large in the Christmas story, and many early church services included sacred songs about the Virgin Mary in their Advent services (that's the part of the church calendar leading up to Christmas Day). We present a selection from the "Cantiguas de Santa Maria," a compilation commissioned by Alfonso X of Castille in the 1200's.

And to finish, we include some music from the Inner Voices's crossover release, "Christmas in My Dreams."

Happy Holidays!

- Ralph

This program we play:

Peteris Aldins: This Sacred Night
New York Latvian Concert Choir; Andrejs Jansons, conductor
NYLCC Records

Alfonso X: Rosas das rosas
Helena Ek, soprano
Musica Rediviva

I Saw three Ships; Silent Night
Michael Stairs, organ

Christmas in My Dreams, De King is Born Today
Inner Voices
Laurel Records