15. December 2018 · Comments Off on For Your Saturday Morning · Categories: Christmas, Listen

From the YouTube page:
Song: The Wexford Carol
Artist: Yo-Yo Ma; Alison Krauss; Natalie MacMaster
Album: Songs of Joy & Peace
Licensed to YouTube by: SME (on behalf of Sony Classical); CMRRA, and 5 Music Rights Societies

25. December 2017 · Comments Off on Mary, Did You Know? · Categories: Christmas, vocal

Voctave sings with the songwriter Mark Lowry on his song “Mary, Did you Know?”

Music: Buddy Greene; Lyrics: Mark Lowry

25. December 2017 · Comments Off on Christmas Morning · Categories: Christmas

Kim André Arnesen: Cradle Hymn
Nidaros Cathedral Girls’ Choir; Anita Brevik, Conductor

Oslo Fagottkor/Celine Hristov – Jeg er så glad hver julekveld

ENGLISH LYRICS TRANSLATION

1. I am so glad each Christmas Eve,
The night of Jesus’ birth!
Then like the sun the Star shone forth,1
And angels sang on earth.

2. The little Child in Bethlehem,
He was a King indeed!
For He came down from heaven above
To help a world in need.

3. He dwells again in heaven’s realm,
The Son of God today;
And still He loves His little ones
And hears them when they pray.

4. I am so glad on Christmas Eve!
His praises then I sing;
He opens then for every child
The palace of the King.2

5. When mother trims the Christmas tree
Which fills the room with light,
She tells me of the wondrous Star
That made the dark world bright.

6. She says the Star is shining still,
And never will grow dim;
And if it shines upon my way,
It leads me up to Him.

7. And so I love each Christmas Eve
And I love Jesus, too;
And that He loves me every day
I know so well is true.

24. December 2017 · Comments Off on Christmas Eve · Categories: Christmas

Traditional Norwegian Christmas Carol available on our CD To Whom We Sing.
Arranged to Kammerkoret NOVA by Andrew Smith.
Text: Marie Wexelsen
Melody: Peder Knudsen
Title in English: I am so glad each Christmas eve
Conductor: Elisabeth Holte

1. I am so glad each Christmas Eve,
The night of Jesus’ birth!
Then like the sun the Star shone forth,1
And angels sang on earth.

2. The little Child in Bethlehem,
He was a King indeed!
For He came down from heaven above
To help a world in need.

3. He dwells again in heaven’s realm,
The Son of God today;
And still He loves His little ones
And hears them when they pray.

4. I am so glad on Christmas Eve!
His praises then I sing;
He opens then for every child
The palace of the King.2

5. When mother trims the Christmas tree
Which fills the room with light,
She tells me of the wondrous Star
That made the dark world bright.

6. She says the Star is shining still,
And never will grow dim;
And if it shines upon my way,
It leads me up to Him.

7. And so I love each Christmas Eve
And I love Jesus, too;
And that He loves me every day
I know so well is true.

24. December 2017 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Advent, Christmas, Ramble, Sunday Morning Music · Tags: , ,

Maria durch ein Dornwald ging
Janacek Conservatory

23. December 2017 · Comments Off on Love Came Down at Christmas · Categories: Christmas

Love Came Down at Christmas, arr. Edwin Fissinger
Te Deum Chamber Choir; Matthew Christopher Shepard, Conductor

20. December 2017 · Comments Off on Quelle est cette odeur agréable? · Categories: Christmas

Sir David Willcocks: Quelle est cette odeur agréable?, arr. Stephen Smith
Ensemble Corund; Stephen Smith, Director; Orchestra La banda ANTIX; Igor Karsko, Concertmaster

What is this lovely fragrance?
Shepherds, what is it that stirs our senses so,
Borne aloft, unlike any other,
With the breath of spring flowers?
What is this brilliant light
That pierces the darkness?
Never has the noonday sun
Shone so radiantly.
In Bethlehem, in a manger,
to you has been born a Saviour.
Go forth. Let nothing hinder,
that you may worship Him.

—translation by Paul Nash

19. December 2017 · Comments Off on Mid-winter · Categories: Choral, Christmas

The USC Thornton Chamber Singers perform “Mid-Winter” by Bob Chilcott at the 2014 Winter Gala. Jo-Michael Scheibe, conductor; Sarah Bauza, trumpet; Nathan Johnson, trumpet; Anne-Marie Cherry, horn; Charles Lilly, trombone; Brandon Davis, tuba, Aram Arakelyan, piano.

19. December 2017 · Comments Off on A New Melody … for me, anyway. · Categories: Christmas

(Side note: Why everything in the right sidebar is now italicized is a mystery to me. I can’t think of how or even when that happened, nor do I know where to fix it: even the things I see above that readers won’t see are italicized. Odd.)

Anyway, here is a new (old) melody to Away in the Manger

Away In a Manger (arr. Paul Trepte) Ely Cathedral Choir