1991 Rieger-Kloss organ at Saint James Church
1991 Rieger-Kloss organ at Saint James Church

Holiday International #0049

It’s not your usual sort of seasonal surprise on this weeks Pipedreams program. To prove the universality of the Christmas theme, we’ve conducted a global search and it has uncovered some extraordinary jewels, including a French Noel, variations from The Netherlands and South Africa, and settings of familiar tunes from Sweden, Norway, Germany, Austria, Lebanon and the United States.

HENDRIK ANDRIESSEN: Toccatina, In dulci jubilo. ALBERT de KLERK: Variations, Heer Jesus heeft een hofken –Robert Grogan (1964 Möller; 2001 Goulding & Wood/National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC) Gothic G49069

JACOBUS KLOPPERS: Divinum mysterium; Variations, In dulci jubilo –Eddie Davey (1995 Rieger/ZK Mathews Hall [Old Mutual] at UNISA, Pretoria, South Africa) VKJK CD-9707

LEWIS REDNER: O little town of Bethlehem. TRADITIONAL: O, du herlige/O Sanctissima –Tore Brunborg, sax; Kjetil Bjerkestrand (Avaldsnes Kirke, Norway) Kirkelig Kulturverksted FXCD160

NAJI HAKIM: Improvisation on the Maronite Carol, Arsal I Alla [God sent his only son]Naji Hakim (1868 Cavaillé-Coll/La Trinité, Paris, France) IFO 05 011

LOUIS-CLAUDE DAQUIN: Noel sur les FlutesRobert Bates (1984 C.B. Fisk/Memorial Church, Stanford University, CA) Loft LRCD-1004

PETR EBEN: Missa Adventus: Kyrie-Credo-Sanctus-Agnus –Czech Philharmonic Men’s Chorus; Petr Eben (1991 Rieger-Kloss/St. James Church, Prague, Czech Republic) Supraphon 111438-2231

JOHANN PACHELBEL: Vom Himmel hoch. MICHAEL DELL: Organ Flourish on Joy to the WorldRobert Plimpton (1915 Austin/Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA) Spreckels Organ Society CD-5

GEORG BÖHM: Chorale-prelude, Vom Himmel hoch –Camerata Chorus; Daniel Meylan (1991 Nicole/Sentier Church, Switzerland) K617 K.617104

J.S. BACH/ERNST PEPPING: Chorale-preludes, Vom Himmel hoch –Memphis Chamber Choir and Memphis Boychoir; John Ayer (1997 Nichols & Simpson/Greene Chapel, Hendrix College, Conway, AR) Pro Organo CD 7119

ANTON HEILLER: Improvisation, Quem pastoresAnton Heiller (1967 C.B. Fisk/Memorial Chapel, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA) HAH CD-1001

Filler –ALEXIS CHAUVET: Noël –Robert Grogan, Gothic G49069