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Choral Tradition for Dec.6, 2009

Today, music for the Christmas season: "A Garland of Carols," completed in 2005 by part-time English composer (and full-time investment manager) Anthony Bolton, a work patterned after Britten's "Ceremony of Carols." Also: Poulenc's 1952 set of "Four Motets for Christmas."

ANTHONY BOLTON: A Garland of Carols for upper choral voices and harp (2005) (Oxford Voices, Mark Shepherd conducting, with harpist Sioned Williams) (45:09) CD TITLE: "My Beloved" (Guild Music GMCD-7335)

POULENC: Quatre Motets pour le Temps de Noel (Four Christmas Motets) (1952) (performed by Octarium) (10:50) CD TITLE: "Hodie" (published by www.octarium.org)