Performance Today

Pause and reflect

Winter light breaks through the treesPhoto: Jon Gohman

December 17, 2020

We're in the middle of the shortest days and longest nights of the year. It feels to us like a good moment for a quiet break. For today's show, we invite you to pause, reflect, and join us for some musical contemplation.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Peter Maxwell Davies, arr. Scott Tennant: Farewell to Stromness
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
L.A.G.Q. (Los Angeles Guitar Quartet)
Sony 60274

Christoffer Moller: Crowd of Stars
Christoffer Moller, piano, keyboards; Astrid Kastensson Alonso-Navarro, soprano; Tobias Nilsson, alto; Gabriel Sin, tenor; Daniel Aberg, bass; Danish National Vocal Ensemble; Eamonn Dougan, conductor
DR Concert House, Copenhagen, Denmark

Arvo Part: Virgencita
Christoffer Moller, piano, keyboards; Astrid Kastensson Alonso-Navarro, soprano; Tobias Nilsson, alto; Gabriel Sin, tenor; Daniel Aberg, bass; Danish National Vocal Ensemble; Eamonn Dougan, conductor
DR Concert House, Copenhagen, Denmark

Christoffer Moller: Sun - Du nu
Christoffer Moller, piano and keyboards; Danish National Vocal Ensemble; Eamonn Dougan, conductor
DR Concert House, Copenhagen, Denmark

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Bibo No Aozora
Angele Dubeau, violin; La Pieta
Blanc
Analekta 8737

Johann Sebastian Bach: French Overture in B minor BWV 831 (selected movements)
Angela Hewitt, piano
Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA

Christoffer Moller: Duo - Hjerte
Christoffer Moller, piano and keyboards; Danish National Vocal Ensemble; Eamonn Dougan, conductor
DR Concert House, Copenhagen, Denmark

Eriks Esenvalds: Rivers of Light
Hanna-Maria Strand, mezzo-soprano; Jakob Soelberg, baritone; Daniel Aberg, jaw harp; Danish National Vocal Ensemble; Eamonn Dougan, conductor
DR Concert House, Copenhagen, Denmark

Hour 2

Kenneth Jennings: Noel: Christmas Eve
St. Olaf Choir
My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord
St. Olaf 2396

Traditional, arr. Dan Forrest: See Amid the Winters Snow
BYU Combined Choirs and Philharmonic; Andrew Crane, conductor
Brigham Young University, De Jong Concert Hall, Provo, UT

Wynton Marsalis: Violin Concerto in D: Mvts 2-4
Nicola Benedetti, violin; The Philadelphia Orchestra; Cristian Macelaru, conductor
Wynton Marsalis Violin Concerto, Fiddle Dance Suite
Decca 30521

Mel Torme & Robert Wells, arr. Giovanni De Chiaro: The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
Giovanni De Chiaro, guitar
The Sounds Of Christmas On Guitar
Centaur 2262

Traditional, arr. John Rutter: Past Three O'Clock
Judy Mason, piano; Spivey Hall Tour Choir; Martha Shaw, conductor
Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA