Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas Baroque, Traditional Latin, and Christian

More Pleasant Music for the Advent Season

The Musical Heritage Society produces loads of classical and concert music collections.  You may find yourself getting their offers in the mail for so many free CDs if you agree to buy several more over the next year or so.  The offers are good deals.  My only problem is that I forget to mail in the cards rejecting each month's special.  That aside, the musical collection shown above, Julianne Baird & The Aulos Ensemble: A Baroque Christmas, was given to us some years ago.  The music is powerful and Julianne Baird's voice is incredible.  I especially like the Coventry Carol.  This is more good, calming morning Advent music, best accompanied by a good book and strong coffee.

Veni Emmanuel was produced by Classical Academic Press, a publisher of curriculum for Classical Christian schools.  These traditional Latin hymns and carols are rich reminders of the wealth and heritage of Christian and Advent music reaching back through the centuries, blending the classical learning of Antiquity with the glorious relevation of Christ.

From the product description:

Veni Emmanuel, the debut music CD from Classical Academic Press, is a collection of hauntingly beautiful carols, written centuries ago by great scholars, musicians and poets for the celebration of Christmas. Some tunes will be familiar, and some new to our 21st century ears. All in Latin, laced with theology and beautiful poetry, rediscover the rich heritage of sacred Christmas music through the ages. The collection includes carols with lyrics or music from the fifth century through 1900. Recorded with harp, piano, recorder, violin and voice.

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