December 6, 1999: St. Nicholas

November 6 is designated the feast day of St. Nicholas of Myra, the early church figure who through evolving tradition became "Santa Claus" of modern Christmas myth. The third hour of this program has a few selections from the medieval period as recently recorded by Anonymous 4, plus the 20th century cantata of Benjamin Britten which retells some of the more famous Nicholas legends.

Also, the second hour of the program contains various forms of prophecy, first the Erythraen Sibyl's hexameter set by Lassus, then acrostic forms in Latin from the Aquitanian monasteries, and finally the "Great O Antiphons" as set by Arvo Pärt.

Fanfare I (CD: Praise the Lord) (Gerre Hancock, organ) Jean Sibelius: Concerto, Op. 47 (CD: Concertos: (Jascha Heifetz, violin; Chicago Sibelius / Prokofiev Symphony Orchestra; Walter Hendl) No. 2 / Glazunov) Jean Sibelius: Finlandia (CD: Organ Spectacular: (Marvin Souter, organ) Martin Souter plays the organ of Winchester Cathedral) Georg Böhm: "Von Himmel hoch da komm ich her" (CD: Georg Böhm (François Menissier, organ) / F. Menissier: Orgue de Hommert) Georg Böhm: Partita on "Freu dich sehr O meine seele" (CD: Georg Böhm (François Menissier, organ) / F. Menissier: Orgue de Hommert)
J. S. Bach: Es erhub sich ein Streit (CD: Bach: Complete Lass dein' Engel mit mir fahren Cantatas, Vol. 5) (Wiener Sängerknaben; Concentus musicus Wien; Nikolaus Harnoncourt) Orlando di Lasso: Prophetae Sibyllarum (CD: The Hilliard Sybilla Erythraea Ensemble: Lassus) (The Hilliard Ensemble) Iudicii signum (CD: Aquitania: (Sequentia) Chrismas Music from Aquitanian Monasteries) Arvo Pärt: Seven Magnificat antiphons (CD: De Profundis) (Theatre of Voices; Paul Hilliard) Giovanni Gabrieli: Canzon prima (CD: Lo splendoro (The Whole Noyse) d'Italia) Gasparo Zanetti: Wind consort pieces (CD: Lo splendoro (The Whole Noyse) d'Italia) Francesco Cavalli: Antiphon: Revere Sulamitis; Laetatus (CD: Francesco sum Cavalli: Vespro (Concerto Palatino; Bruce della beata Vergine) Dickey; Charles Toet) Henryk Gorecki: Totus tuus (CD: Sermons (The King's Singers) and Devotions)
Seint Nicholas was borne in the citee of Patras (CD: Anonymous (Anonymous 4) 4: Legends of St. Nicholas) Benjamin Britten: Saint Nicholas (CD: Britten: Saint (Corydon Singers; English Nicholas / Hymn to Chamber Orchestra; Matthew Best) Cecilia) Nicholae presulum (CD: Anonymous (Anonymous 4) 4: Legends of St. Nicholas) Nicholae pontifex (CD: Anonymous (Anonymous 4) 4: Legends of St. Nicholas)
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