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

17. December 2017 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Christmas, Sunday Morning Music

Matthew Oltman: Love Came Down at Christmas
CORO Vocal Artists; Matthew Oldtman, Conductor

16. December 2017 · Comments Off on Thanks, Nicholas Daniel! · Categories: Christmas, Oboe

From Nicholas Daniel (and thank, Nicholas, for your permission to post!):

Early Merry Christmas and seasonal glad tidings from my Trossingen class with some Philidor.

Nicholas Daniel (@ndanielmusic on Twitter)

The percussion section is wonderful! 🙂

15. December 2017 · Comments Off on Bukkene Bruse · Categories: Christmas, Listen

Time again for Bukkene Bruse, don’t you think?

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

O Come, O Come Emmanuel, arr. Pentatonix
musica intima

25. December 2016 · Comments Off on Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella & Patapan · Categories: Christmas

arr. by Stephen Paulus

Sea Chanters Chorus
conducted by Capt. Brian O. Walden
Guitar: Musician 1st Class Shawn Purcell
Harp: Chief Musician Emily Dickson