Christmas traditions from Latvia, Ukraine, and the Czech Republic this weekend on Choral Showcase. We'll hear an old favorite, the Czech Christmas Mass, "Hail, Master!" by Jakub Jan Ryba, and a contemporary Christmas Cantata by Latvian-American composer Andrejs Jansons. We'll conclude with music for Ukraine, with a collection of carols by Ukrainian composers.

Show Notes

Andrejs Jansons: Christmas Cantata

  • Youth Choir Balsis; Women's Choir Balta; Chamber Choir Fortius
  • New York Latvian Concert Choir
  • Latvian National Chamber Orchestra
  • Laura Padegs Zamurs, conductor

Jakub Jan Ryba: Czech Christmas Mass, "Hail Master!"

  • Dagmar Vankatova, soprano; Pavla Ksicova, contralto; Vladimir Dolezal, tenor;Vaclav Sibera, bass
  • Josef Ksica, organ
  • Choir and Orchestra of the Czech Madrigalists
  • Frantisek Xaver Thuri, conductor

Vasyl Barvinsky: Oh, What a Wonder!

Kyrylo Stetsenko: The Angels Exclaimed; A New Joy; Throughout the World

Yakiv Yatsynevych: Bells Rang Early in Jerusalem

Mykola Leontovych: A Song of Good Cheer (Ukrainian Bell Carol)

Kyivan Chant: Blessed is the Man

  • Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir; Paul Hillier, conductor