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New York Philharmonic This Week

Winter Holiday Special

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Tonight at 8 pm, tune in for Mozart’s German Dance in C major, "The Sleigh Ride," Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, recorded in 1960, and selections from the orchestra's “Winter Holiday.”

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Pipedreams

An American Organist's Christmas

Monday, December 24, 2012

Performers, composers, arrangers, and instrument builders join in providing music for the holiday celebration.

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Exploring Music

Holiday Celebration

Monday, December 24, 2012

Host Bill McGlaughlin offers up music inspired by the season.

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Spinning on Air

Christmas Presence

Sunday, December 23, 2012

David Garland presents some gentle and festive music for Christmas. The December darkness is illuminated with extended renditions of two seasonal songs that have been sung for centuries, a few familiar carols, and the elfin humor of the Christmas greetings The Beatles recorded for their fan club during the 1960s.

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New York Philharmonic This Week

Tonight: The New York Philharmonic's Messiah

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Tonight at 8 pm, the Philharmonic performs Handel's masterpiece with soprano Annette Dash, countertenor Daniel Taylor, tenor James Taylor and bass Shenyang.

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The McGraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase

Christmas Once Upon a Time

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

For this Young Artists Showcase Christmas special, host Robert Sherman guides us through shows from holidays past. In fact, many of the youngsters in these recordings are now approaching retirement.

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Pipedreams

International Holiday Sampler

Monday, December 17, 2012

Pipedreams takes a multi-cultural exploration of diverse musicks for the Festival of the Nativity.

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Classics For Kids

The Story of The Nutcracker

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker, is a beloved holiday favorite. This week on Classics for Kids, hear the story of The Nutcracker and enjoy its enchanting music.

Pipedreams

Noëls and Chorales

Monday, December 10, 2012

A collection of seasonal melodies elaborated in the French and German traditions.

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Soundcheck

Remembering Dave Brubeck, Jewish Xmas Music, Trail Of Dead

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Today on Soundcheck: We pay tribute to jazz legend Dave Brubeck, who died yesterday the day before what would have been his 92nd birthday. 

A new compilation explores both the musical history of Hanukkah in the U.S. as well as the influence of Jewish songwriters on America's classic Christmas songbook. 

And art punk band ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead perform and talk about the political themes found on its latest album, Lost Songs.

Soundcheck

Matthew Dear, Whiskey Talk, Creepy Christmas Songs

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Today on Soundcheck, creepy Christmas songs with Faith Salie, electronic pop from Matthew Dear and a bit of whiskey.

Spinning on Air

Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas music from here and there and now and then, featuring the reassuringly familiar and the disconcertingly strange. David Garland unwraps his seasonal gift for you, trimming your tree with audio ornaments by Polygraph Lounge, Gene Autry, Cary Grant, Tweety and Sylvester, Equivel, Sufjan Stevens, and more.

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The Takeaway

The Year's Best and Worst Christmas Songs

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Takeaway begins the holiday season with a week-long "Remixing the Holidays" series. All week long, we’ll be talking with musicians, music lovers, writers, and you, our listeners, about the best songs of the season. Jon Solomon, a DJ who hosts an annual 24-hour Christmas show on Princeton University's WPRB gives us his best and worst Christmas music of the year.

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Spinning on Air

A John Zorn Christmas

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Radical composer John Zorn reveals to David Garland that Zorn’s Jewish family celebrated Christmas throughout his childhood, and he continues to love those memories and the holiday music that evokes and celebrates them. Zorn presents selections from his new album “A Dreamers Christmas,” an unexpectedly sweet collection of his arrangements of Christmas classics..

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Top Five Christmas Day Musical Events

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean the music has to stop. Here are our top five ways to get your music fix on Dec. 25, from the spiritual to the irreverent.

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Soundcheck

A Song For Xmas

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

John Schaefer dislikes all its recordings, but still thinks Silent Night is a great song.

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The Takeaway

Remixing the Holidays: American Idol's Crystal Bowersox On Her Favorite Christmas Songs

Monday, December 20, 2010

All this week we're talking with musical artists and experts about their favorite seasonal songs for our annual "Remixing the Holidays" series. First up: Crystal Bowersox. The American Idol runner-up had a whirlwind of a year, from earning national acclaim for her appearance and success on the Fox reality show to her recent release of her new album, "Farmer's Daughter." The 25-year-old singer says she'll be spending her first Christmas with her new family, which includes her husband and son. She talks with us about the music that reminds her of Christmas. 

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Albums of the Week

Juan Diego Flórez's Santo

Saturday, December 18, 2010

In an album of intimate sacred classics, the chief gifts of Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez are all on display: sweet, ringing top notes and an suave, elegant virtuosity. Santo is our Album of the Week. Listen and get a free download.

 

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Top Five Modern Christmas Works

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tired of standard Christmas fare? Fortunately, there is a discography of lesser known Christmas-themed works to shake up the seasonal soundtrack. Here are our top five.

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Soundcheck

Taking Back Holiday Music

Monday, December 06, 2010

John Schaefer says the best Christmas music isn't necessarily "Christmas music." 

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