Martin Schongauer, Nativity, Staatliche Museen, Berlin, c.1475
The organ prelude for midnight Mass is Louis-Claude Daquin, Noël en dialogue. The postlude for Christmas Day Eucharist at 10:00 am is Noël suisse. Click to hear all 12 of Daquin's Noëls performed by Pierre Bardon play on the 18th-century Isnard organ of Saint-Maximin-en-Provence.
Once in Royal David's City sung by Edward Burrowesand the St. Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scottconducting. (The painting is by Piero della Francesca, 1470, and hangs in the National Gallery, London.)
One of Benjamin Britten's very popular accomplishments is his Ceremony of Carols.
Click to read about the Ceremony of Carols.
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 Georg Christoph Biller / Riccardo Chailly / Diego Fasolis / John Eliot Gardiner / Phillip Ledger / Karl Münchinger)
Vittore Carpaccio, Flight into Egypt, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1500
Click to go to an online performance of Hector Berlioz, L'Enfance du Christ, about the flight into Egypt, 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 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.
Bach Cantatas for Christmas Day
Francesco di Giorgio Martini, Nativity, Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena, 1475
Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Christen, ätzet diesen Tag / Christians, engrave this day, Cantata 63, with performances by Gardiner, Harnoncourt, Herreweghe, Koopman, Leonhardt, Leusink, Onofri, Pickett and Richter.
Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ / Praised be you, Jesus Christ, Cantata 91, with performances by Gardiner, Leonhardt and Leusink.
Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Unser Mund sei voll Lachens / May our mouth be filled with laughter, Cantata 110, with performances by Gardiner, Harnoncourt and Leusink.
Click here to go to Heinrich Schütz, History of the Joyful and Merciful Birth of the Son of God and Mary, Jesus Christ, our only Mediator, Redeemer and Saviour (Die Weihnachtshistorien / The Christmas Story), performed by Franz-Josef Selig, Michael Volle, Peter Kooy, Thomas Herberich, Andrea Egeler, et al; Kammerchor Stuttgart, Musica Fiata Köln, Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra; Frieder Bernius conducting.
Click on artist(s) for a wide selection of Christmas Carols:
American Boychoir (1996);
Britten: A Ceremony of Carols, etc. by King's College, Cambridge;
Clare College Singers and Orchestra, Cambridge (John Rutter) (1988);
Clare College Singers and Orchestra, Cambridge (John Rutter (2009)
Harrow Philharmonic Choir; Huddersfield Choral Society;
King's College, Cambridge (2003);
King's College, Cambridge (2004);
King's College, Cambridge (2007);
Taverner Consort (Andrew Parrott) (1999);
Taverner Consort (Andrew Parrott) (2007);
Trinity College, Cambridge (Richard Marlow);
Windsor Choir of St. George's Chapel.