Joys of this – or any season

December 24, 2008 at 7:53 pm (Christmas, Music)

I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday with the gift of music:

Benjamin Britten’s magical, other worldy Ceremony of Carols, sung by the Westminster Cathedral Choir

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Polovtsian Dances from the opera Prince Igor, by Alexander Borodin. Performed by the Kirov Opera and Ballet under the direction of Valery Gergiev

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Nunc Dimittis by Palestrina. Sung by one of the premier early music vocal group of our times, The Tallis Scholars

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Gloria from Bach’s mighty Mass in B minor. Performance by the fabled Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Chorus,  led by Herbert Blomstedt, in the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Germany

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I first heard Esto Les Digo, an exquisite choral work by Kinley Lange, at a concert at Christ Lutheran Church in Baltimore on December 7.  Here is it sung by the Traverse City Central High School Choir, Traverse City, Michigan (providing us with yet another reason to keep the arts as a vital force in this country’s public schools).

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Gaelic Blessing by John Rutter, sung by the Edinburgh Singers

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The following clips are from the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, the Christmas Eve service held each year in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge.

Grab the round button on the timeline (at the bottom of the video screen) and drag it forward to five minutes. You’ll see the choral scholars serenading the folks who have queued in front of King’s College Chapel, waiting for the service to begin.

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Once in Royal David’s City, the carol with which the service traditionally begins

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In Dulce Jubilo

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Here’s some light entertainment for my fellow cat lovers, or anyone in need of some comic relief!

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Here’s a link to other music posts on this blog:

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Finally, here is Cesar Franck’s Panis Angelicus, sung by the incomparable Luciano Pavarotti:

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