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I adore listening to holiday music, whether a traditional carol or a more contemporary song. Each year, I usually expand my Christmas music collection by a few CDs as well as get some serious time spent with the Sounds of the Seasons music channel through our cable company.
There’s a new CD in my house and I’m loving this one a lot.
It Came Upon The Midnight Clear and Other Carols is an album by the Manor House String Quartet in the UK. Since it arrived at our house, I have listened to it several times with the boys. So far everyone has enjoyed it, too.
This CD offers 23 different tracks with songs that will be quite familiar to most listeners and some that might be less known. All of them are performed wonderfully.
- Sussex Carol
- Il est Ne, le Divin Enfant.
- Joy to the World
- It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
- Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
- Good King Wenceslas
- Rocking Carol
- Gaudete! Gaudete! Christus est Natus
- We Wish You a Merry Christmas
- O Holy Night
- Past Three O’ Clock
- See Amid the Winter’s Snow
- Shakespeare’s Carol
- Jingle Bells
- O Tannenbaum
- Lute Book Lullaby
- The Shepherds’ Farewell
- Carol of the Bells
- To Drive the Cold Winter Away
- Sans Day Carol
- O Little Town of Bethlehem
- Don Oiche Ud i Mbeithil
- Noel Nouvelet
This is now one of the CDs I will be putting into the player when we want some music that will not distract us from the tasks at hand. While we have some CDs we love to listen to in the car, many of them become distracting with the presence of vocals which is something that you will not find on this particular CD. Rather this is can be viewed as a classical music edition of Christmas music.
Curious if this is a particular CD you’d enjoy? Check out their rendition of Jingle Bells in the video below:
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