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    Which is your favorite Christmas carols? If you like carols, please share. Mine is good old Silent Night.
    "Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy." - Ludwig van Beethoven

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    Oh gosh - it's hard to find one that doesn't become my 'favourite' the moment it leaps into my mind.

    I am always pleased when the more unusual ones pop up. So I'll choose the old Basque carol, with words by Sabine Baring-Gould, The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came, performed here by The Sixteen.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-Rv-J46gvM
    My fiddle my joy.

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    O Holy Night
    Silent Night
    Away in a Manger
    Joy to the World
    O Come All Ye Faithful

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    My personal favorite is Es ist ein Ros entsprungen.

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    When I was a child, the midnight mass at Christmas started with carols. Two that stood out were "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and "Angels We Have Heard on High".

    One of my other favourites is The Sussex Carol. This version is by Maddy Prior who has done a number of folk hymns and carols with the Carnival Band.
    Music begins where words leave off. Music expresses the inexpressible.

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    Leontyne Price "It came upon a midnight clear''

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    I like modal Christmas carols, such as What Child Is This (especially when it's sung with the Dorian sixth) and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, which has an Aeolian feel to it. The modality creates a charming sense of antiquity...and the first Christmas was a long time ago, so the old-fashioned sound seems appropriate in a Christmas carol!

    If anyone has any suggestions for modal Christmas music, please let me know.

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    Such a good Christmas album by Luciano Pavarotti.

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    The Glorious Sound of Christmas.
    Eugene Ormandy conducting.

    One with wonderful carols also.

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    In the bleak midwinter for me please.

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    Please check this out if you like carols:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMKYbSCXh8c

    Beautiful John Rutter piece, do you echo with it?
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    for me, its O Holy Night. I'm singing that one as a duet this year, too.

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    I really like the polish christmas traditions and this is a lovely Cd by W. Ochman and Teresa Zylis-Gara. She is one of my favorites ;-)





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    Default Nebo i Z'emlya (Небо и Земля)/Heaven and Earth

    One of my favorite Christmas carols is a Russian-Ukrainian kolyadka колядка (carol) with the above title.

    Here are two very different versions, the first sung by the Don Cossacks under Sergei Jaroff. (First tenors the world over, eat your hearts out.)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlPMjd-8bZM

    For those who prefer a more traditional Christmas sound (or the absence of a "take no prisoners" approach, better said), here is the same tune beautifully sung by the Novokuznetsk Choir

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XOyWs17zFw



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    Another very favourite :

    Mille Cherubini in Coro - Luciano Pavarotti

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