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My Top Five Christmas Albums

December 20, 2011

The Christmas season officially begins this Saturday at sundown, so I thought I’d share my top 5 albums to listen to during that time.

Praetorius: Mass for Christmas Morning – Gabrieli Consort & Players, Paul McCreesh
This awesome album is a recreation of a Mass on Christmas morning as it may have been in 1610 at Michael Praetorius’s church.  It is simply spectacular and blows me away every time I hear it.  Great hymns, great playing, great singing, great everything!

Schutz: Christmas Vespers – Gabrieli Consort & Players, Paul McCreesh
This is another liturgical recreation album, not tied to a specific year, but putting several of Heinrich Schutz’s pieces into a liturgical context, where they make more sense.  Once again, the hymns are great, and I really enjoy listening to it.

Classic Christmas Carols – The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
This is the British choral Christmas album I was looking for.  It has my favorite arrangements (mainly David Wilcocks) of many familiar Christmas hymns, as well as many carols and anthems.  And it’s only $7.99 for the digital download (from Amazon), so you can’t go wrong with this one.

Thompson: The Nativity According to St. Luke
Sections of this piece have been ingrained on my brain since I was little.  This is a piece that is very easy to listen to, and will tell you the Christmas story all the way from John the Baptist until Simeon.  I highly recommend it!

A Little Christmas Music – The King’s Singers
This album was also a major part of the Christmas season for me growing up.  It is just fun!

Merry Christmas and happy listening!

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