Posts Tagged ‘ Christmas Music ’

Walking In The Air — Boys Air Choir

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December 31, 2014

There've been lots of cover versions of this but few of them as good as the Boys Air Choir and if you've never seen "The Snowman" or would like to see it again yes I have embedded the full film below. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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Concert de Noël des Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal (version intégrale)

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December 30, 2014

I hadn't actually realised that this had been uploaded and stumbled across it by happy accident while I was looking for something else. The Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal are a superb choir whose singing I love. I hope as the year winds down you manage to find the time to listen – it's just under 40 minutes, enjoy :-).

mfi

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Christopher Tye (±1505 – 1573): While shepherds watched

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December 29, 2014

The lyrics to this greatly loved carol are a paraphrase of Luke 2:8-14 by Nahum Tate an Anglo-Irish playwright and poet who spent most of his life in England. The tune –"Winchester Old" is a common-meter psalm tune arranged by George Kirbye from Tye's Acts of the Apostles which was published in Este's The Whole Book of Psalmes in 1592. In his day Tye – whose strong protestant leanings coupled with superb musical talent earned him the post of music tutor to Edward VI was famous and highly influential. Not many of his works have survived but those that have are well worth listening to. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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J.S. Bach – Christmas Oratorio BWV 248

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December 28, 2014

Sir John Eliot Gardiner chose to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the death of Johann Sebastian Bach in his own inimitable style: with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists he undertook an extended concert tour to perform the composer's entire known output of sacred cantatas at churches and concert halls all over Europe. The tour began at the Herderkirche in Weimar, where on 23rd and 27th December 1999 all six parts of the Christmas Oratorio were performed and recorded.

Bach's "Oratorio Performed Musically During the Holy Christmas Season in Both Principal Churches in Leipzig" - as the inscription on the printed libretto states - was written at the end of the year 1734/35. The "oratorio" is in fact a grouping of six cantatas and Bach intended the individual works to be performed on six separate feast days between Christmas and Epiphany. But in calling the piece an oratorio, is it possible that Bach perhaps intended a complete performance at a later date? This is unlikely. As the celebreated Bach scholar Albert Schweitzer wisely remarks, there is little to be gained by performing the entire oratorio in a single evening, since "the weary listener would be in no state to appreciate the beauty of the second part." A more plausible theory, perhaps, is that it was easier to sell a compilation of cantatas rather than individual copies. But Bach's real motives will probably remain hidden.

Enjoy :-)

markfromireland

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O Magnum Mysterium – Ola Gjeilo – Sofia Vokalensemble, Sergej Bolkhovets violin

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December 27, 2014

Yesterday I posted Byrd's setting of this well-loved Christmas text. Modern composers continue to set it so  today let us enjoy Ola Gjeilo's atmospheric and powerfully beautiful setting sung below by the Sofia Vokalensemble, the violin solos were taken by Sergej Bolkhovets. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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