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Saturday, December 05, 2009

“The Angel Gabriel,” Salisbury Cathedral Choir and Orchestra

Here’s one for the traditionalists out there. “The Angel Gabriel” (also known as “Gabriel’s Message,” which is how Sting recorded it for one of those late eighties MTV Christmas albums) is an ethereal, gentle thing when sung by a proper choir. This happens to be one of the prettiest versions I’ve heard.

Moya Brennan does a lovely version, too. I would suggest avoiding the Jars of Clay “Gabriel’s Message,” but it might just be my general aversion to the band more than a specific complaint.

For what it’s worth.

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That is very pleasing.

I am not a “Chestnuts Roasting ..."or “Jingle Bell Rock” listener and prefer the memory of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing carols during Christmas dinner or my high school glee club singing “Go Tell it in the Morning” than Theresa Brewers version.

on Dec 06 2009 @ 04:24 PM

Glad you liked it.

I’m just a fan of Christmas music. It’s the romantic in me (although you won’t catch my attention with “Jingle Bells” or “Jingle Bell Rock"). I love the choral stuff, I love singing carols with a bunch of other amateurs, and “Oh Holy Night” sung by someone with a truly great voice (Ella Fitzgerald’s is gorgeous and I’ve heard opera singers who can send chills through my body) is wonderful.

But, yeah, I just enjoy the Christmas music (and Christmas in general). Something to remind me that there’s a better version of me that I should strive to be throughout the year.

on Dec 06 2009 @ 04:46 PM
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