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Offline Bogey

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Re: Music for Advent and Christmas
« Reply #40 on: December 16, 2007, 09:17:57 AM »
Here is what has been "decorating" our cd tray:

         
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Re: Music for Advent and Christmas
« Reply #41 on: December 16, 2007, 09:31:38 AM »
Here is what has been "decorating" our cd tray:


How are these two, Bogey? I know the Boston Camerata usually are very good when it comes to early music, but what about the Baroque Christmas (where I would guess the competition is stiff)?
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Re: Music for Advent and Christmas
« Reply #42 on: December 16, 2007, 09:49:32 AM »
How are these two, Bogey? I know the Boston Camerata usually are very good when it comes to early music, but what about the Baroque Christmas (where I would guess the competition is stiff)?

The baroque really is a wonderful disc...Monteverdi, Purcell, Charpentier, etc.  Some pieces only vocal, others only instrumental, and others both.  My wife purchases one Christmas disc a year (no more than two), so she samples pretty heavily before buying one.  Make sure you sample this one though to ensure that it lines up with your taste  :):

http://www.amazon.com/Baroque-Christmas-Daniel-McCabe/dp/B000005J0W/ref=pd_bbs_4?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1197827288&sr=8-4
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Re: Music for Advent and Christmas
« Reply #43 on: December 16, 2007, 09:50:31 AM »
Here is what has been "decorating" our cd tray:

         

That is really a fine array of Christmas music, and I would not mind to listen in, behind your tree......

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Re: Music for Advent and Christmas
« Reply #44 on: December 17, 2007, 06:40:47 AM »
Does anyone have any recommendations for chamber ensembles of Christmas music?

And does anyone here have the "Rejoice! A String Quartet Christmas", which features all string quartet Christmas music?  I think there are 3 volumes.

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Re: Music for Advent and Christmas
« Reply #45 on: December 17, 2007, 07:52:00 AM »
I would not mind to listen in, behind your tree......

Yeek Gads! Harry's a Christmas music stalker ... or an aural version of a "Peeping Tom". :D

PS: I have found enough LPs and CDs to cobble 5 programs of Classical music appropriate for the season. So the fun begins on Thursday.

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Re: Music for Advent and Christmas
« Reply #46 on: December 18, 2007, 03:33:15 PM »
Music I shall be listening to for the next seven days (and only this week as I listen to it at no other time) includes:
Hely-Hutchinson: A Carol Symphony
Vaughan Williams: Hodie (the lovely new Naxos recording)
Arnold: Fantasy on Christmas Carols
What about you? Is there a piece that you reserve for the festive period, or a seasonal piece which you particularly enjoy...

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Re: Music for Advent and Christmas
« Reply #47 on: December 19, 2007, 01:49:00 PM »
Charlie Brown Christmas.

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Re: Music for Advent and Christmas
« Reply #48 on: December 19, 2007, 01:54:55 PM »
Honegger's Cantate de Noel is an extremely fine work, IMO.
"I don't at all mind actively disliking a piece of contemporary music, but in order to feel happy about it I must consciously understand why I dislike it. Otherwise it remains in my mind as unfinished business."
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Re: Music for Advent and Christmas
« Reply #49 on: December 19, 2007, 07:14:04 PM »
If you have a chance, I'd recommend checking out John Adam's oratorio El Niño.

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Re: Music for Advent and Christmas
« Reply #50 on: December 19, 2007, 08:00:58 PM »
Well, check out the 'classical' & 'non-classical' musical threads - I've posted about 16 CDs of a variety of 'seasonal' CDs that might be of interest; I have others (cantatas & oratorios) which I'll likely pull from the collection in the next week or so -  ;D

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Re: Music for Advent and Christmas
« Reply #51 on: December 19, 2007, 10:37:55 PM »
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Re: Music for Advent and Christmas
« Reply #52 on: December 20, 2007, 03:20:14 AM »
Schönberg, Friede auf Erden
Not to mention his exceptionally beautiful Weihnachtsmusik.
"I don't at all mind actively disliking a piece of contemporary music, but in order to feel happy about it I must consciously understand why I dislike it. Otherwise it remains in my mind as unfinished business."
 -- Aaron Copland, The Pleasures of Music

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Re: Music for Advent and Christmas
« Reply #53 on: December 20, 2007, 05:05:31 AM »
Other suggestions, from French composers:

Claude Balbastre's 4 Suites de Noel, played by Olivier Baumont in organ and harpsichord. It is a very nice music, based on popular canticles.
Or, Poulenc's Motets "pour le temps de Noel" and his beautiful "Un soir de neige".

For those who are in a bad mood or are concerned by the several wars in the planet, I would suggest Debussy's "Noel des enfants qui n'ont plus de maison".

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Re: Music for Advent and Christmas
« Reply #54 on: December 20, 2007, 06:00:53 AM »
Tis the Season ........ Day 1

Victoria - O magnum mysterium (Shaw/Telarc)
Corselli - Recitative & Aria (Oye a tres Sabios Reyes) from "Cantada de Navidad" (Rial/Glossa)
Schubert - Der Winterabend (Fischer-Dieskau/EMI)
Frankel - Reflections on a Christmas Eve from "Symphony #8" (Albert/cpo)

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Re: Music for Advent and Christmas
« Reply #55 on: December 20, 2007, 10:48:18 AM »
Pavarotti's Christmas album.  It hauled me hook, line, and sinker right into classical music.

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Re: Music for Advent and Christmas
« Reply #56 on: December 20, 2007, 01:57:59 PM »
Britten - Ceremony of Carols

Too obvious?

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Re: Music for Advent and Christmas
« Reply #57 on: December 20, 2007, 02:33:03 PM »
Of course not ! It is a lovely work. Heard it last Saturday in Utrecht's ( The Netherlands) Catharijneconvent-museum (for religious art).

http://www.catharijneconvent.nl/index.cfm/site/Home/pageid/8D9F3C5C-B736-3B2D-E9285C50C7CA74EC/index.cfm

Great exhibition on Polish paintings and sculptures



the museum was in Christmas mood ( they show also a Neapolitan "stable", with many little figurines).

The Utrecht Kodaly choir sang Britten's Ceremony (and a selection of carols + some works for solo harp) Excellent idea - great experience.
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Re: Music for Advent and Christmas
« Reply #58 on: December 21, 2007, 05:28:23 AM »
Tis the Season ....... Day 2

LPs

Hoyoul - Gelobet seist du Jesu Christ (Ruhland/ABC)
Fulda - Dies est laeticae (Ruhland/ABC)
Palestrina - Canite tuba (Ledger/EMI)
Schutz - Christmas Story (Grischkat/Turnabout)

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Re: Music for Advent and Christmas
« Reply #59 on: December 22, 2007, 06:53:14 AM »
Tis the Season ....... Day 3

Haydn - Introduction to "Winter" from "The Seasons" (Huss/Koch)
Stamitz - Sinfonia Pastorale, Op. 4, No. 2 (Ward/Naxos)
Fucik - Winter Storms Waltz (Neumann/Orfeo)
Vivaldi - Violin Concerto, RV 270 "Il riposo-per il Natale" (Biondi/Virgin)
Pez - Concerto Pastorale for 2 Recorders and Strings (Lucarelli/Fone)
Waldteufel - Skaters Waltz (Swierczewski/Nimbus)