Monday, 10 December 2012 | Rich Samuels
5:09: Pianist Evan Hirsch performs selections from Olivier Messiaen’s “Vingt regards sur l’enfant-Jésus” (1944): “The Kiss of the Infant Jesus”, “The Contemplation of the Angels” and “The Contemplation of the Virgin”.
5:31: Medley of different versions of the traditional French carol Il est né, le divin Enfant ending with the interpretation of organist Robert Leech Bedell.
5:43: Three versions of the carol “O Holy Night” sung in French (by Enrico Caruso, recorded 2/23/1916), in Swedish (by Jussi Björling) and in Norwegian (by Nathalie Hansen, recorded 9/18/1917). A recitation by Harry E. Humphrey (recorded 12/9/1915) follows the Caruso recording.
6:08: Pianist Evan Hirch performes more selections from Olivier Messiaen’s “Vingt regards sur l’enfant-Jésus” (1944): “The Contemplation of the Father” and “The Contemplation of the Spirit of Joy”
6:27: “Do You Hear What I Hear” by Noel Regney, performed by the Kat Trio (recorded in Ekaterinburg, Russia in 2004).
6:38: Selections from Piort Illyitch Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” performed by Duke Ellington’s orchestra. The arrangements are by Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington.
7:08: More selections from Olivier Messiaen’s “Vingt regards sur l’enfant-Jésus” (1944): “The First Communion of the Virgin” and “I Sleep, But My Heart Keeps Watch”. The pianist in Evan Hirsch.
7:29: Craig Bohmler’s “Visions of the Child” (text by Marion Adler) performed by Madison’s Oakwood Chamber Players with messo-soprano Cheryl Bensman Rowe and baritone Paul Rowe.
7:58: Chicago a Cappella (directed by Jonathan Miller) performs an arrangement by Joseph Brewer of the spiritual “Go Tell it on the Mountain”.