/ A classical music Christmas playlist!

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Jimbo W on 12 Dec 2013
I've not being and enjoying the Radio 3 programming varying from Parsifal to Icelandic country music! Classic fm are just a rampant cheese fest. RTE Lyric fm brass band wasn't to my taste either, so I've put together some of my favourite music, I quite varied mix of old and new, without too much of the more hackneyed carols. I hope it is enjoyable for someone other than me? Please suggest some more classical fare to add to the list, or feel free to disagree with the choices I've made. I've allowed my biases to hold sway, thus the preponderance of Warlock and Howells! Hope you enjoy!

Benedicamus Domino - Warlock
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bblRsk30uXM

Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ - Bach
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJa716LSba4

Coventry carol - Set by Leighton
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmZ83E_aIKU

Fantasia on Christmas carols - Vaughan Williams
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_RcXwTAiTs

The Cherry Tree Carol - Arr Willcocks
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upjFKKSXfp4

Here is the Little Door - Howells
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cp86f3qpQ3A

Kyrie from the Messe de Minuit - Charpentier
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtI0D5-7nEQ

Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noel - Poulenc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYKfb4ynPAw

Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprungen - Praetorius
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWS7CpFHJ8E

Balulalow - Warlock
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxqSxqnSIqQ

In Dulci Jubilo - arr Pearsall
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z24EMr1DKNE

See amid the winter's snow - Sir John Goss
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2nyWpn-yE0

Hodie Christus Natus Est - Palestrina
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cR7PXx2CVI8

A spotless rose - Howells
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EM7mqnLC0f4

Verbum caro factum est - John Sheppard:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUng79bpGxs

Adam Lay Ybounden - Warlock
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=626Nrbtwtao

Ecce virgo concipiet - Byrd
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxRoFDKU590

Sing lullaby - Howells
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTV-JKIne0I

The Wexford Carol - Irish arr Rutter
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeZifgblGSs

Videte miraculum - Tallis
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oYwrgs6rzQ

In the Bleak midwinter - Darke
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNdqF9XfMD0

I sing of a maiden - Hadley
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54VCXLnaXV4

Bethlehem Down - Warlock
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2k3h1EjgnaE

Long long ago - Howells
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qvcvRebQ-I

Süßer Trost, mein Jesus kömmt - Bach
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpQSZ5Ejk2k

Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree - Poston
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPJBFYuUWvY
richard_hopkins - on 12 Dec 2013
In reply to Jimbo W:

I know you already mentioned the ClassicFM cheese fest, but Prokofiev's Troika and Sleigh Ride must be on heavy rotation by now!
Jimbo W on 12 Dec 2013
In reply to richard_hopkins:

Yuck! Not sure you're talking Delius' or Leroy Anderson's Sleigh ride, but am fed up with both!
Jimbo W on 13 Dec 2013
In reply to Jimbo W:

Here are some additions. Please feel free to make some suggestions!

Corpus christi carol - Britten (Jeff Buckley version is good too!!!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOhTeHDKHTk

I wonder as I wander - Niles arr Rutter
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ggxf84z8MPo

A babe is born - Matthias
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKKEI1KwXd4

O Magnum Mysterium - Victoria
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dn7HgiT2QY

A shepherd's carol - Britten (great W H Auden words)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fs5eFm2-0mE

Salve puerule - Charpentier
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dX88p4IrPM8

There is no rose - Anon
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q672sRnO27g

Ikon of the nativity - John Tavener (sadly recently passed away)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grDROE-SDj8
Jimbo W on 13 Dec 2013
In reply to Jimbo W:

And another big omission here:

Hodie Christus Natus Est - Sweelinck
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoPQ4bAM1S4
stroppygob - on 13 Dec 2013
In reply to Jimbo W:

Nothing to add, but my thanks.
BusyLizzie on 14 Dec 2013
In reply to Jimbo W:
I think you have all my favourites there, including many that I have sung in choirs over the years, some that I had forgotten, some that make me hugely happy, some that bring tears - thank you!
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BusyLizzie on 14 Dec 2013
In reply to Jimbo W:

I might just add
Hassler, Verbum caro factum est
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkrCddl8fNI

which sends a shiver down my spine. I like it a bit faster than this recording; and I like it because the music fits the Latin. Plenum gratiae (gentle minims) et veritatis (semi-quavers, to be sung fiercely). Full of grace and truth.
Jimbo W on 14 Dec 2013
In reply to stroppygob and BusyLizzie:

Glad you're enjoying it.. ..I've put it into a youtube playlist too:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bblRsk30uXM

Great suggestion of the Hassler!

Any further suggestions appreciated!
icnoble on 14 Dec 2013
In reply to Jimbo W:

This is a wonderful version of
Hodie Christus natus est

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hs3los6DVjY
The Lemming - on 14 Dec 2013
In reply to Jimbo W:

Thought I'd jazz things up a bit with this classic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaFLd-hVKFY
The Lemming - on 14 Dec 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

OK, I was a a naughty little lemming, but how about this one?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grVrDsqQdXc
LeeWood - on 14 Dec 2013
In reply to Jimbo W:

I wouldn't care to name specific tunes/carols but I recommend the John Rutter Singers for choral renditions; they have several Xmas albums. I also listen to brass band renditions - some jazzy, in this season.
The Lemming - on 14 Dec 2013
Jimbo W on 14 Dec 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

> OK, I was a a naughty little lemming, but how about this one?


Yeh.. ..but try the Steeleye Span version! Even better!
BusyLizzie on 15 Dec 2013
In reply to Jimbo W:

I have to add a further thank-you - I regard writing the Christmas cards with almost as much grumpiness as doing my tax return; but I have just done the lot, happily, with your lovely playlist playing in the background.
altirando - on 15 Dec 2013
In reply to Jimbo W:

The finest rendering of In Dulce Jubilo has to be that by the Gabrielli Consort at the end of the Praetorius Christmas Mass, particularly good if you have widely spaced speakers. Lighter entertainment, the Hely Hutchinson Carol Symphony. Worth exploring the Alia Vox Savall discs for some older festive music.
malk - on 15 Dec 2013
In reply to Jimbo W:
Christmas Concerto - Corelli
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eql1FdlWwiY
Fraser on 15 Dec 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

> I quite like Sissel

I think this is my favourite version of a christmas song by her, (not on that concert's playlist.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sChB8_NRpNM

Tim Chappell - on 15 Dec 2013
In reply to Jimbo W:
Also, and equally obviously:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFnW_CrPUlA
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Tim Chappell - on 15 Dec 2013
In reply to Jimbo W:

Doh, my first post's gone. It apologised that this isn't on Youtube, because this, I think, is pretty darn close to a definitive version:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Handel-Messiah-Georg-Friederich/dp/B000024ZY3/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=138...

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