Favourite Christmas Songs

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I’m sure I’m not the only one who wants to shoot something when “Jingle Bells” starts blaring November 1.  Overkill, people.  But around this time (like, the week before Christmas), I really start to get into the spirit of things, and start playing Christmas music.

Some pieces I listen to year-round, because they don’t have specifically (modern) Christmas associations.  Many of these songs I only know because I sang them in university choir (thanks, Dick!), and they include:

  • My #1 favourite, “Cantique de Jean Racine” by Faure.  This has a special place in my heart because I’ve sung in it (soprano, alto, and tenor), accompanied it, and conducted it, and I still never get tired of it.  The harmony is so lush, and the piece is melancholy yet uplifting – ach, sigh.  It took me ages to find a recording that I liked (above). […]