Christmas is a great time of year for music. It’s so enjoyable to catch up on the sheer variety and breadth of favourite seasonal tracks, as well as discovering new ones. Here are three aural Christmas decorations to add even more sparkle to your festivities.

I was interested to read the BBC’s list of ‘compelling reasons to listen to the music of J S Bach’ at this time of year. Who knew that Nina Simone was inspired by the great man: “Once I understood Bach’s music, I wanted to be a concert pianist. Bach made me dedicate my list for music.” Respect! ย Here is a magnificent rendition of Bach’s resplendent Christmas Oratorio, performed by Concentus Musicus Wien and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir :

 

No Christmas would be complete without some beautiful festive ballet. Here is Lauren Cuthbertson performing the dance of the sugar plum fairy from the wonderful Nutcracker, set to Tchaikovsky’s score. Gorgeous!

 

And finally, we all know that one of the most important aspects of Christmas is the opportunity it affords us to get together with family, friends and our wider community. I love this short (3 min) film about the now-traditional coming together of 10,000 singers in Japan to perform Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s 9th symphony. Why not sing along in between mouthfuls of mince pie!

Have a marvellous Christmas, full of music, light and joy! ๐Ÿ™‚

10 thoughts on “A Merry Classical Christmas

  1. My parents’ were just telling me about the video of the Japanese choir and saying I had to watch it! Christmas and music are so connected, you are so right.

    Merry Christmas, my friend!

  2. Timeless notes that are embedded in this special Christmas Season. Every year, Vancouver comes together at the Orpheum to sing Handelโ€™s Messiah. Many voices blend in a marvelous testament to the beauty of diversity. Merry Christmas!

    1. How wonderful that must sound. I used to join a group in London to perform Messiah by candlelight – a marvellous experience. Merry Christmas to you too! xxx

  3. I am enjoying all your Christmas selections, Liz. Lauren Cuthbertson is a perfect fairy; she seems to fly across the floor. Christmas Cheer and New Year Peace and Happiness to you and the Hub. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you Mandy – sending warmest festive wishes back to you and your family. Looking forward to continuing to have fun together over the airwaves in 2018. ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  4. Here I am at last! I love this selection of Christmas music! I always listen to the Oratorio at Christmas; it is part of my own special celebration of the season. Friends of ours who sing in a local amateur choir performed it this year too so I have listened to lots of versions of my favourite music! What a wonderful sugar plum fairy Lauren Cuthbertson makes! My younger daughter asked for a DVD of the Nutcracker ballet for Christmas so we are waiting for the right moment to watch it. The massed choirs in Japan singing Ode to Joy is a joy!

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