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More Classic Advent and Christmas Music

Here are two more musical Advent/Christmas resources.   The first is the 2014 service of Lessons and Carols from the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, in England.   For a real treat that will enrich the experience greatly you can read the program handed out that evening by clicking here.

The second resource is another John Eliot Gardiner performance of a masterpiece of J. S. Bach, the Christmas Oratorio.  This is a long piece–it is actually six cantatas put together to form the Oratorio.  It is well worth listening to in entirety, but you could spread it out over six days of Christmas as it was originally performed.  Below are links that give information and translations.

Click here for a good introduction to the Oratorio.  Click here for background details on Bach’s Christmas Oratorio Parts One through Six.  Below are very useful translations of each Part.  (Click on the English-3l.)

Part One: English-3I

Part Two: English-3I

Part Three: English-3I

Part Four: English-3I

Part Five: English-3I

Part Six: English-3I

Advent Music by Chanticleer

Here is an extraordinary men’s choir singing two extraordinarily beautiful Ave Marias.  The first two videos feature Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria: the Chanticleer album recording followed by a rougher video recording of the group performing it live.  The third is Ave Maria…Virgo Serena by Josquin des Prez.  If you do not know these, prepare to return to them again and again!

 

Advent Music by Emmylou Harris

Here are two additions to our Advent music collection, both from the album Light of the Stable by Emmylou Harris.  The first is a fun seasonal song from the remastered and expanded release of the album, the second a beautiful contemporary carol from the original version.  The album is more for Christmas than Advent, with many carols that Emmylou blesses with her gifts of arrangement and voice.