Saturday, December 16, 2006Friday Coffeehouse--music for the holidays
I have wonderful memories of music we listened to during Christmastime, both in our preparations and after. Here are a few I thought I'd share with you all.
The Baroque Folk: Joy After Sorrow is the name of the album (yet I can't seem to find a place where you can buy it online!)
From O'Carolan to Bach and Mozart, this album is really diverse in it's selections yet it works beautifully and all peices flow together well. The music brings classical and Scottish/Irish folk together. The group is made up of classically trained musicians... It's a combination of dulcimer, recorder, guitar, and strings. My memories of this album are baking and doing projects in our kitchen around Christmas time... It's a rare beauty, if you can find it!
An excellent source of music to have in your home for the Christmas season is the book titled Carols for Christmas, by David Willcocks- this is "A collection of medieval and Renaissance carols, traditional carols and hymns, and modern selections is accompanied by masterworks of sculpture and painting by Giotto, Raphael, Durer, Van Eyck, and others..." (-from a review on Alibris.com) It's rather pricy, but worth every penny. I have spent hours and hours learning all the beautiful ancient carols in this book with friends and family. There is also a double CD you can buy which goes with the book.--a real treat to listen to!
The book and the album are both gems to have in the home.
~Sia, in Ohio for the season
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