Oh Great Mystery

Posted in Tis The Season on December 25th, 2011 by Mercedes Lackey

I cannot think of a better piece for December 25th than this, Morten Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium.  Lauridsen is the third of my trio of great modern choral composers, and I’ve linked him here before.

And something more for the Solstice

Posted in Tis The Season on December 24th, 2011 by Mercedes Lackey

Transiberian Orchestra, Wizards In Winter.

Posted in Tis The Season on December 24th, 2011 by Mercedes Lackey

Here’s a lovely, obscure Baroque piece.  Francesco Manfredini’s Christmas Concerto

Brother Heinrich’s Christmas

Posted in Tis The Season on December 23rd, 2011 by Mercedes Lackey

Save twenty minutes for this.  Like The Reluctant Dragon, Brother Heinrich’s Christmas is worth it.  And in this case the recording is substantially better.

You won’t have heard this version before

Posted in Tis The Season on December 23rd, 2011 by Mercedes Lackey

Carol of the Bells for twelve cellos.  And check out the rest of these videos, you’ll be amazed.

Happy Solstice

Posted in Tis The Season on December 22nd, 2011 by Mercedes Lackey

Aurora Awakes by John Mackey.  Specifically written to celebrate the moment of year-turning when darkness becomes light.

Christmas in 1800

Posted in Tis The Season on December 21st, 2011 by Mercedes Lackey

This will be something very unlike you’ve ever heard before.  This is William Billing’s Shepherd’s Carol. I love how Billings gives the Master of the Inn a whap in the chops for refusing room.

Ah, The Fruit Cake….

Posted in Tis The Season on December 20th, 2011 by Mercedes Lackey

We can’t be too serious here, now…

The Irish Rovers sing Miss Fogarty’s Christmas Cake.

I Lie, It’s a Three-Fer

Posted in Tis The Season on December 19th, 2011 by Mercedes Lackey

Because, like last year, I simply can’t do just Christmas music, here are three beautiful pieces from his “Midwinter Songs” by Morten Lauridsen, one of my three favorite modern choral composers.

Lament for Pasiphae

Like Snow

She Tells Her Love While Half-Asleep

Today is a Two-fer

Posted in Tis The Season on December 19th, 2011 by Mercedes Lackey

All right, ladies. If your man gives you slippers every year, tell him this year he’d better step up his game. In Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera “Christmas Eve”, the hero gives his girl slippers, all right…slippers he gets from the Tsarina, by taking a ride on the Devil’s back!

This isn’t the best recording in the world and dates from 1977, but it isn’t an opera you hear much. Here are the singers and orchestra of Indiana University performing “Christmas Eve.”

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Part Five

Part Six

Part Seven

Part Eight

Part Nine

Part Ten

Part Eleven

Part Twelve