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    Question Christmas music.

    Through December, Carol takes charge of the stereo and works through her collection of Christmas CDs. She has quite a few. One of my favourites is Classic FM's "Secret Christmas", which has twenty Baroque pieces.
    Perhaps there's little point in naming a favourite, but what do you folks listen to over the actual festive period?
    "Music is a social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is."
    - Malcolm Arnold.

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    Mark, as I haven't said goodbye yet could I trepass on Carol's or your time to check your collection for a carol called "Lullay my Liking"?

    There are two versions - the famous one is by Holst. But there's another one more like a lullaby. I think it's the only alternative.

    The refrain goes (caps = a quarter note, l/c = 8th note)

    D..d e F#.. F#..
    (Lullay my liking)

    E.. e d E...f# e
    (Dear son my sweeting)

    D..d e F#..G... f#
    (Lullay my dear heart, my)

    e d E...D...
    (own dear darling)

    If you happen to have this on CD, could you please pass me the details?
    Sincere thanks,
    EF

    Edit: I see there's a Willcocks version. It isn't that, either
    Last edited by Frasier; Dec-02-2007 at 23:17.

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    Well, I could listen to Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite every day during the holidays. I just love it!

    Also, Vivaldi's Four Seasons, some of Handel's Messiah, or Beethoven's Missa Solemnis.

    Mahler's 4th Symphony is also fantastic for this time of the year, with the sleigh bells that recur, starting early in the first movement.

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    festival of carols in brass/philadelphia brass
    the ormandy/philly christmas albums (rca/columbia)
    bernstein/nypo christmas album
    robert shaw's aso recordings
    loreena mckennett christmas album

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    Sorry Frasier, we've drawn a blank on that one.
    Chamber Nut, I listened to excerpts from the Nutcracker Suite for the first time only yesterday, and was pleasantly surprised.
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    Ive sometimes heard the chorale from the final mv't of Brahms' first symphony on Christmas albums.
    Last edited by Rondo; Dec-03-2007 at 15:54. Reason: correction

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    Now I'm listening to Mozart Sonatas (Hilary Hahn and Natalie Zhu album). =)
    I used to like Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite (Karajan, Decca Legends), but now it gets old quickly.

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    Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols for chorus & harp.

    I sang this while in college quite a few times & I've loved it ever since...

    ~ josh
    "There is no theory. You have only to listen. Pleasure is the law.” ~ Claude Debussy

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    I like listening to Rutter's Carols from Claire College Cambridge and anything by Tchaikovsky!
    When all the paint has been dried, when all the stone has been carved, music shall remain, and we shall work with what remains.

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    The Christmas music of Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Hodie, On Christmas Night and The First Nowell.
    I also enjoy listening to carols, my favourite being the Coventry Carol.
    "Look here, I have given up my time, my work, my friends and my career to come here and learn from you, and I am not going to write a petit menuet dans le style de Mozart." - Ralph Vaughan Williams to Maurice Ravel

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    I almost forgot about Malcolm Arnold's Commonwealth Christmas Overture!

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