January 2, 2011

Fra Angelico, Circumcision, Museo di San Marco, Florence, 1451-52

After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb
[NRSV, Luke 2:21].

Christ Church Cathedral Choir Notes
2nd Sunday after Christmas

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O Magnum Mysterium is a responsorial chant from the Matins of Christmas. A number of composers have reworked the chant into imaginative settings.  The Communion motet this coming Sunday is by Tomás Luis de Victoria and it is reworked in the Mass setting Click to go to a wide variety of compositions and performances. 
Agnolo Bronzini, Adoration of the Shepherds, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, 1535-40

Fra Filippo Lippi and Workshop, The Nativity, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., c. 1445

Online performances of Johann Sebastian Bach, Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, with versions conducted by Diego Fasolis / John Eliot Gardiner / Phillip Ledger /Kurt Thomas / Karl Münchinger) 

Cantata I for the 1st Day of Christmas 

Cantata II for the 2nd Day of Christmas 

Cantata III for the 3rd Day of Christmas 

Cantata IV for New Year's Day 

Cantata V for the Sunday after New Year 

Cantata VI for the Feast of Epiphany



Vittore Carpaccio, Flight into Egypt, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1500

The Gospel reading for December 26 tells of the Flight into Egypt.  Click to go to an online performance of Hector Berlioz, L'Enfance du Christ with Nicolai Gedda, Victoria de los Angeles, Ernest Blan, Roger Soyer, the René Duclos Choir, l'Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, André Cluytens conducting.

Click here to go to a second performance with Yves Saelens, Miyaghi Osada,  Olivier Lallouette, André Cognet, Gregory Reinhart, il Coro della Radio Televisione Svizzera Italiana (Diego Fasolis, chorus master); l'Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Serge Baudo conducting.