Cello Sonata Opus 19 (3) Sergei Rachmaninov Download 'Cello Sonata Opus 19 (3)' on iTunes
How has Christmas shaped classical music, or is it classical music that has shaped Christmas?
Tonight, Catherine Bott presents a selection of heartwarming Christmas music spanning five centuries and asks the question 'How has Christmas shaped classical music?' or vice versa.
The show starts with a movement from the 16th century mass Puer Natus est Nobis – Unto Us a Boy is Born - by Thomas Tallis. There's also music from Schutz's The Christmas Story, Bach's Christmas Oratorio ‘Jauchzet, frohlocket’, and an unusual version of O come all ye faithful.
Rarely heard works in Catherine's selection also include the Czech Christmas Mass written by Jakub Jan Ryba in 1796, the little-known but lovely Christmas Oratorio by Saint-Saens, and her all-time favourite recording of Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols.