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Friday, December 19, 2008

These days, we associate the traditional English folk tune "Greensleeves" with the Christmas carol "What Child is This?" The original ballad was dedicated to a very different subject, however: the notoriously promiscuous character "Lady Green Sleeves." We hear varying versions of this famous 16th century ditty from Hesperion XXI, the Boston Pops, and the 40 cellists of the LSO, RPO, BBC, and Philharmonia Orchestras.

Also featured Tonight:

Ernest Bloch / "Suite modal"
Maurice Ravel / "Le tombeau de Couperin"
Francois Couperin / Concert Royal No. 2 in D
Benjamin Britten / "A Ceremony of Carols," Op. 28
Philip Glass / "Akhnaten": Excerpts
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Comments [3]

Rosamond Brady from Riverside, Ct

Beautiful! I sang this in Collage at the University of Puget Sound in the early 1960s

Dec. 19 2008 09:33 PM
Meg Brown from Montclair, NJ

I love Greensleeves, it is one of my most favorite songs played during the holidays, thank you for your extended play of it.

Dec. 19 2008 07:14 PM
Jane Minnis from Norwalk, CT

The Variations on Greensleeves is really a harp and flute piece by Dewey Owens and L. Fleury. It's a regular staple of my holiday repertoire. Thank you for playing it!

I conducted Holst's St. Paul's Suite on Wednesday, the four movement of which also contains Greensleeves. I hope you'll consider playing that, too.

Dec. 19 2008 07:14 PM

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