Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Favorite Christmas Music

Yesterday, Darwin Catholic had a post listing some of Darwin's favorite Christmas recordings.

My tastes in Christmas music are very similar to Darwin's. I favor medieval and renaissance Christmas music (both ecclesiastical and folk), with a preference for the musical traditions of the British Isles. Here are several of my favorite Christmas recordings, which I strongly recommend:
  • "The Christmas Revels" collection *

  • "The Earliest Songbook in England" by Gothic Voices

  • "Tydings Trew" by Lionheart ***

  • "Now Make We Merthe" by The Purcell Consort of Voices

  • "Thys Yool - A Mediaeval Christmas" by the Martin Best Ensemble

  • "Wolcum Yule" by Anonymous 4

  • "On Yoolis Night: Medieval Carols & Motets" by Anonymous 4 ***

  • "Bright Day Star: Music for the Yuletide Seasons" by The Baltimore Consort ***

  • "A Waverly Consort Christmas - Christmas from East Anglia to Appalachia" by The Waverly Consort *

  • "Sing We Noel" by The Boston Camerata

  • "A Medieval Christmas" by The Boston Camerata

  • "A Renaissance Christmas" by The Boston Camerata

  • "A Baroque Christmas" by The Boston Camerata

  • "An American Christmas" by The Boston Camerata *

  • "Christmas Day in the Morning" by The Cambridge Singers

  • "The Bells of Dublin" by The Chieftains *

  • "A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols" by the Choir of King's College, Cambridge

  • "Christmas With the Tallis Scholars" by the Tallis Scholars ***

  • Vivaldi's "Gloria" by Robert Shaw & the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

  • And, for sentimental reasons, because I grew up listening to these:
  • "A Charlie Brown Christmas" by Vince Guaraldi

  • "The Christmas Song" by Nat King Cole

  • "Christmas With Conniff" by The Ray Conniff Singers

  • * Highly Recommended (you really should get these)
    *** Very Highly Recommended (must buy)

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    At 12/12/2007 5:58 PM, Blogger Leon Suprenant said...

    My daughter was part of a group of teenagers at her school that did a beautiful candle dance as part of a Madrigal dinner sponsored by the school. The music that went with the dance was "The Candlelight Carol," which I thought was beautiful and certainly now among my favorite Christmas songs.


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