Category: Listen

Day 10: Adeste Fidelis

An epic start, some interesting noodling that gets a bit lost in the wilderness, a climactic tease, a bit more noodling and then an rollicking build up to a conclusion worthy of best speakers on house-shaking volume. It’s a DB9…

Day 9: Let It Snow/Nutcracker Mashup

Because sometimes Christmas is about silly mashups with friends and awkward high fives. Let It Snow/Nutcracker | Time for Three These guys (and their bass pal) have a Christmas EP. So there’s plenty more where this came from. Listen to…

Day 8: A Carillon Christmas

A dispatch from the Department of What the Actual H-E Double Hockeysticks Is Happening Right Now. Merry Christmas from 1958! The bassa nova was just invented! Pope Pius XII declared Saint Clare the patron saint of television! And apparently everyone…

Day 7: Huron Carol

Canada’s contribution to the carol canon: The Huron Carol | The Elora Festival Singers Listen to the whole OM Advent 2014 playlist here.

Day 6: All I Want For Christmas Is You

Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You TOE TAPPER ALERT: The catchiest recit/aria combo since Puccini was ruling the stage is 20 years old this year. Opera is fun, you guys! I’ve listened to this approximately 87…

Day 4: Es wird scho glei dumpa

Bad Tolz, from whence hails the Tölzer Knabenchor is a small town in deepest Bavaria, about 15 km from the Austrian border. If you want to indulge all your timber-housed mountain fantasies about Germany, this is place. Pilgrimage site, spa…

Day 3: Sans Day Carol

I think I’ve posted these guys every year, but they’re so charming I can’t help myself. These gents from the Holman Climax Male Voice Choir are singing the 19th century Cornish carol with the last verse in Cornish. Bless. Hear…

Day 2: The Three Drovers

To Australia for one of my favorite seasonal rarities: comfort and joy. Jokes! It’s the Three Drovers sung by the Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir. Listen to the whole Advent 2014 playlist here.

Day 1: Jauchzet Frohlocket, Interwebs!

“Jauchzet Frohlocket” from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio BWV 248, Part the first Performed by: Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden at Frauenkirchen, Dresden. Christian Thielemann, baton. In other words, let’s get this party started, yo. Listen to the whole Advent 2014 playlist here.

Sicut cervus desiderat

It’s Holy Week, which means there is a lot of church on offer. If you’re in London, and are so inclined, there are more chances than usual to hear some less commonly performed sacred music in situ. Tonight at the…

Pizzicato Polka

Johann Strauss – Pizzicato Polka 1877 | Mariss Jansons and the Wieners, 2012

The Cold Song

Purcell – The Cold Song from his opera 1691 King Arthur | Klaus Nomi – New York 1982, just months before he would die of complications relating to AIDS. What power art thou, who from below Hast made me rise…

Bacchanale

Saint-Saëns – Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila 1877 | Gustavo Dudamel et les Berliners #partyonwayne

Les Biches

Poulenc – Les Biches 1923 | Conductor: Georges Prêtre

Geistliches Wiegenlied

I love classical music. I really do. But lately I’ve found it more and more difficult to keep wading through all the negativity, navel gazing and whining and remember why it is I fell in love with this stuff in…

Happy Jazzmas!

All the very best for the season, wherever you are. – Miss M. (There are 20 tracks, which will play automatically once you start the first video. If you’re piping this through the house, you may wish to keep the…

Blue, Blue, Blue Christmas

Backbeat, word on the street – Canadian crooner Michael Bublé goes a bit sleazy backroom jazz club with Elvis’ Blue Christmas. On the right, the cheese factor is 11+. And, to be honest, it would be wrong not to. Mr…