Xmas Music Xtravaganza!

We’ll go back to the Five For Friday format next week. Today I’d like to share some more traditional Christmas music for the holiday. Merry Christmas!

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  1. O Come, All Ye Faithful From Midnight Mass at Westminster Abbey. Sometimes the High Church Anglicans can out-Catholic the Catholics…
  2. Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella The Mormon Tabernacle Choir with a traditional French carol.
  3. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing From St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The boy sopranos seem to be having a very fun time.
  4. Gloria! Martin Buchholz, who posted the video, wrote new lyrics for the hymn "Angels We Have Heard On High" and members of Berliner Stadtmission staged a flash mob at a Berlin department store in 2014. The girl at 4:30 looks as though she’s mortified that her parents are clapping their hands…
  5. Joy To The World Celtic Woman, Live at the Helix, Dublin, 2013.
  6. Little Drummer Boy (African Tribal Edition) Alex Boyé featuring the Genesis Choir, bringing some happiness to a family down on their luck. Alex has an interesting challenge at the end of the video.
  7. Carol of the Bells (For 12 Cellos) The Piano Guys share their arrangement for "Carol of the Bells."
  8. Mary, Did You Know? Pentatonix is one of my favorite vocal groups, particularly for Christmas music. Their version of this song is my favorite.
  9. What Child Is This? Solo violinist Lindsey Sterling plays this wonderful carol as the flurries fly around her.
  10. The Wexford Carol Alison Krauss provides the vocal, Yo-Yo Ma accompanies her on the cello.
  11. Patapan Also spelled "Pat-A-Pan," a French Burgundian carol. This is an instrumental version; the lyrics are here in Burgundian, French, and English, if you’d like to sing along…
  12. The Boar’s Head Carol The Randolph Singers were a five-voice madrigal group. The lyrics are included in the video; it’s a macaronic (lyrics in Latin and English) song from 15th century England, sung after a boar had been sacrificed and its head cooked.
  13. Adeste, Fideles, The Spirit of Christmas Past, Oíche Chiúin Irish chanteuse Enya, in a performance from 2016. Also a brief interview.
  14. O Come, O Come Emmanuel and Come Thou Long Expected Jesus By The Petersens, a family bluegrass group from Branson, Mo.
  15. Riu Chiu A Spanish villancico, a popular song form in Spain and Portugal in the 15th through 18th centuries. The Monkees weren’t thought of as serious musicians at first. Performances like this showed that they were…
  16. Ding Dong Merrily On High and Some Children See Him The lovely Julie Andrews, performing live in Washington, DC in 1992.
  17. Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring and Joy To The World A 2013 flash mob staged at the Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC in 2013, featuring The US Air Force Band and the Air Force "Singing Sergeants." These are some very senior NCO’s: the lowest rank I saw was Technical Sergeant (E-6).
  18. Coventry Carol Pentatonix again with a traditional English carol.
  19. The First Noël Beautifully done by Lady Antebellum.
  20. O Holy Night The Choir of King’s College, part of the University of Cambridge, done as part of the 2017 "Carols From King’s."
  21. Stille Nacht and French carol I’m still a big fan of the 1965-71 sitcom Hogan’s Heroes and thought this was interesting: Werner Klemperer and John Banner, who played Kommandant Klink and Sergeant Schultz, singing Franz Gruber’s "Silent Night" in the original language, and Robert Clary, who played Cpl. Louis LeBeau, singing a French carol. What I found interesting was that the three of them were Jewish: Klemperer and Banner escaped Germany and Austria (respectively) before World War II and Clary was imprisoned at Buchenwald during the war…

Merry Christmas!

12 thoughts on “Xmas Music Xtravaganza!

  1. Now that I have read this I realized that I missed Celtic women music this season….on air only tv and we got busy I didn’t try to fight the signal for one.

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