15 December 2010

I've succumbed to the season. On this ultimate Komodo Dragon Show of 2010, I present Messiaen's outré Vingt regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus and Schütz's dank Christmas oratorio. I will have found my way back when the broadcast resumes on 5 January 2011.

1. Olivier ("Je suis complètement fou") Messiaen: Vingt regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus (1944)
Louise Bessette - piano
Atma Classique, ACD 2 2219/20
("Contemplation of the Christ child in the manger and the gazes which fall upon him.")

2. Heinrich Schütz: Histora der Geburt Jesu Christi (1664)
Frieder Bernius - conductor, Musica Fiata Köln, Barockorchester Stuttgart
Sony, SK 45943
(Canadians, imagine you're listening to CBC Stereo's Choral Concert ca. 1989.)

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