I love Christmas music. I have talked about some of the music I listen to in past years. I have been using our public library’s Freegal license to find new artists that I may not have listened to in the past.
When I was in university, I enjoyed the madrigal dinners the school’s music department put on. I’ve mentioned how much I like Meredith Hall and La Nef’s Oikans Ans Bethlehem album. Here’s their rendition of the Wren Song.
Another group I came across is a group of Austrians named the Quadriga Consort, who play early instruments. They have released an enjoyable Christmas album this year with British and Irish carols sung in English.
A Capella Christmas
You still can’t go wrong with Pentatonix’s Christmas album or Straight No Chaser’s first one. Pentatonix’s version of Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker is a great mix of traditional seasonal favorite and new musical styles.
Straight No Chaser is a favorite of our family’s – the non-traditional Christmas songs are very funny and they have a lot of traditional takes as well. Their Holiday Spirits album is almost entirely traditional. This song – Indiana Christmas – is a nice mixture of a song I’d never heard (even though being a Midwesterner) and their brilliant singing.
‘Tis the season for holiday albums to come out and everyone to give the traditional tunes a shot. I tend to stay with the tried and trued music I’ve been listening to since I was a kid but it’s always fun to hear new sounds at Christmas.