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.