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Poetry and Music

Winter in Levering, MichiganJ Gohman

December 20, 2021

In this episode of Performance Today, we'll explore and connect two forms of expression...poetry and music, for the winter season.

Read the poetry from today's show

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

David Dickau: Love Came Down at Christmas
Choral Arts Ensemble | Barbara Depman, conductor
Album: MPR Taste Of The Holidays, Vol. 4
MPR 20132

Xavier Montsalvatge: Cradle Song
Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano | Sharon Isbin, guitar
Album: Alma Espanola
Bridge 9491

Felix Mendelssohn: Song without Words No. 36 "Cradle Song" Op. 67
Javier Perianes, piano
Album: Lieder Ohne Worte
Harmonia Mundi 902195

Pietro Yon: Gesu Bambino
Massed Choirs of St. Olaf College | The St. Olaf Orchestra | Sigrid Johnson, conductor
The 2014 St. Olaf Christmas Festival, Skoglund Center Auditorium, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

Peter Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 "Winter Dreams" Movements 3 & 4
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra | Mariss Jansons, conductor
Album: Tchaikovsky: The Complete Symphonies
Chandos 8672

Thomas Ravenscroft, arr. Abbie Betinis: Remember, O Thou Man
Jacqui Kerrod, harp | Katharine Dryden, viola | Pro Arte Singers | Arthur Sjogren, conductor
First Presbyterian Church, New Canaan, CT

Matthew Peterson: Corde Natus
St. Olaf Orchestra | Steven Amundson, conductor
St. Olaf Christmas Festival, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

Traditional, J. Scott Irvine: I Saw Three Ships
True North Brass:  Joan Watson, natural horn | Stuart Laughton, bodhran
Album: A True North Christmas

Hour 2

Anton Arensky: String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 35: III. Finale: Andante Sostenuto - Allegro Moderato
Kirsten Johnson, viola | Lynn Harrell and Zuill Bailey, cellos | Soovin Kim, violin
Album: Dohnanyi: Serenade In C Major - Arensky: String Quartet No. 2

Engelbert Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel: Dream Pantomime
Boston Pops Orchestra | Arthur Fiedler, conductor
Album: Pops Christmas Party
RCA 6428

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves
Ji-Won Song, Max Yiming Mao, Kenneth Naito, Noelle Naito, violins | Molly Wise, viola | Noemie Raymond-Friset, cello
Heifetz Institute, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Fine and Performing Arts Department, Linehan Concert Hall, UMBC, Baltimore, MD

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Cello Concerto (chamber version, world premiere)
Zuill Bailey, cello | Charles Wetherbee, violin | Michael Butterman, conductor
Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, Brungard Aviation Hangar, Boulder, CO

Traditional: Kekeli Tso Kekeli Me
Fisk Jubilee Singers
Album: Sacred Journey
Curb 80452

Traditional: Rockin' Jerusalem
Fisk Jubilee Singers
Album: In Bright Mansions
Curb 78762

Leroy Anderson: A Christmas Festival
WDR Radio Orchestra, Cologne | Stefan Parkman, conductor
Philharmonie, Cologne, Germany