Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Music for this beautiful season—what are your favorite recordings?
I am just about ready to hear lots of Advent and Christmas music. I’ll share with you here a small handful of my favorite CDs for the season—and I invite you to join me, in your comments, by recommending your own favorites. Let’s focus primarily, if possible, on CDs that are still easily available for purchase—ideally with purchase information, as well.
1. “Christmas with the Von Trapp Family”—a classic, of course! So varied, so beautiful!
2. Not at all well known, but my husband and I love it: Alfred Deller: “The Holly and the Ivy”; an unusual sound!
3. “Adestes Fideles: Christmas Music from the Westminster Cathedral”
4 “The Best of Nowell Sing We Clear, 1975-1986” and “Nowell, Nowell, Nowell” by John Roberts and Tony Barrand. These two Englishmen are specialists in the traditional British song; they have interesting voices and sing wonderfully together. Not every track on these two CDs is fully in the spirit of Christmas (as I understand it), but the best tracks are, I think, really grand! Available at: http://www.goldenhindmusic.com/
Let’s play these beautiful songs while we cook! Or maybe we can sit down each afternoon for a few quiet minutes with a cup of tea—and songs for the season?
Posted by Evelyn (Timmie) Birge Vitz at 9:44 AM