Category: Listen

Hey Elizabeth

Mary: Your baby just moved. Weird! Elizabeth: I know, right? Thankfully posterity has phrased Mary’s joy a little more elegantly. My soul doth magnify the Lord : and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded…

Christmas Carols: Regional Edition

A little bit of Canada (Huron Carol) and Australia (The Three Drovers) If you’ve got a favourite from your neck of the woods, do share it in the comments. Non-English carols welcome.

A Very Bob Kingston Christmas

Librarian, #operaplotter, Tweeter and Portland Opera lecturer Bob Kingston has compiled a massive 42-track Christmas smorgasbord on Soundcloud. Make yourself a martini, fire up the snow globe and enjoy your afternoon in the Christmas lounge. ‘Tis the Season 2011 by…

Lo! How A Rose E’er Blooming

It’s Gaudete Sunday, which is to say the third Sunday in Advent or 14 shopping days left. Miss Mussel’s first port of call for all things Christmas music is the cassock and surplice brigade. This year, for some reason, they…

Covers

Two covers have surfaced on the Faceweb that deserve a much wider hearing, that is of course assuming there is still and interwebland operating outside of Facebook. First, from Louise Barder, Amy Winehouse’s stunning cover of The Teddy Bears’ To…

Duke Meets Piotr

Reader Matthew first alerted Miss Mussel to this bit of lovely two Christmases ago and it’s been in heavy rotation since. This reimagined Nutcracker Suite was recorded by Ellington and his band in 1960.

I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm

Il neige! On her first morning back in Canadia, Miss Mussel awoke to find that it had snowed. It was just a light dusting that didn’t last in the afternoon sun. Nevertheless, the first snow is always a bit of…

Jauchzet Frohlocket, Internets!

It’s that time again. The tree is up, snow has fallen and sweet-baking is being planned. Let’s get this holiday party started. Take it away, René. For another René connection – here’s a version with the Dresden Kreuzchor, the choir…

18th-Century Sunshine

François Couperin, Les Barricades Mistérieuses as played by French pianist Alexandre Tharaud.

Willcocksapalooza

Although the title of this post seems wrong from almost every angle and presumably in every light, it seems to really capture the essence of this, the penultimate, advent posting. Sir David Willcocks’ arrangements of many carols are simply my…

The Final Three

We are now coming to the end of our aural Advent Calender, I have tried to show some good, some bad, some pop, some classical and whatever else came to me in various moments of Christmas inspiration. As you have…

I have returned….

Hello everybody, ’tis I, Frere Mussel. I have returned, here, to the Advent calender after a weekend of gigging. In retrospect 3 concerts in 2 days in 2 different cities may have been a bit much. However, the trumpet has…

In Dulci Jubilo

It has become a tradition here on the OM to post the complete Mass for Christmas Morning by Michael Praetorius on….uh…Christmas morning. Technically, it’s not all his composition but rather Paul McCreesh’s recreation of a Christmas morning church service in…

It Was The Holly

From Trololo to a Cornish village. The Sans Day Carol was written sometime in the 19th century. Wikipedia postures that the it was notated from a singing villager in St Day parish, perhaps during the folk song collecting craze that…

Happy Trololo To You

Because gigs are apparently more important that the OM Advent Calender, Frere Mussel has begged off this weekend. Honestly, some people’s kids. Never mind. On to Christmas greetings courtesy of Gifford Children’s Choir from Racine Wisconsin. It’s cute and frightening…

Lo, how a rose

After several posts of ‘lighter’ music, we return to something a bit more satisfying to the ear. The tune of Es ist ein Ros entsprungen most familiar today appears in the Speyer Hymnal (printed in Cologne in 1599), and the…

I have been manipulated

Brace yourselves dear public, today I give you a song that I love and I have no idea why. Where are you Christmas? is the theme song from How the Grinch Stole Christmas . I needn’t explain the plot in…

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…

In honour of the rather large snow storm that is hitting most of the American Midwest and Canada today, I’d like to offer a Christmas snippet about snow. Not the usual Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…