Saturday, December 5, 2009

Music For The 2009 Holiday Season

Welcome back Dear Readers.
I hope you are enjoying
the start of Winter.
Here we're experiencing
the first snow of the year
and it is really quite lovely.
It has gotten me thinking about what music best accompanies it.

Earlier I enjoyed a cup of Lapsang Souchong with Cherry Preserves
along with Ivan Moravec performing the Chopin Nocturnes.
Very nice.

Robert Shaw and his Festival Singers
performing Rachmaninoff's Vespers seemed
appropriate as well.

Oh yes, and I just picked up
a copy of
what is probably
the hippest recording of this Holiday Season -
Carla Bley's - Carla's Christmas Carols.
Don't miss it.

Following you'll find 10 listings from my Library
that I think are great for this time of year.
I hope you'll enjoy them .

1. First up I think you'll love hearing Claude Debussy
playing Claude Debussy. Revel in this special recording and
Snowflakes Are Dancing.

2. Here's Fleet Foxes great rock recording.
You will not want to miss their amazing vocals.
Check out
White Winter Hymnal.

3. Many of you out there know that I think the world of Norma Winstone.
Her ethereal vocals have colored my world.
On the recording Distances you won't want to miss
And you will no doubt be thrilled to know that
on December 17th Norma, Glauco, & Klaus
are going back into the studio to record their second ECM release.
Something to look forward to there!

4. Here we have the ever talented Fred Hersch
performing a tune that Norma has sung beautifully on many occasions.
You may have heard Kenny Wheeler perform it as well.
Another great tune for this kind of weather -

5. For a breezy wisp of a pop gem you can turn to
Pizzicato 5 and

6. From their compatriot Ryuichi Sakamoto
there's Winter
from his
Alexei And The Spring
7. Another fine soundtrack recording brings us Rachel Portman's
Snow Story
from the Paul Auster movie Smoke.

8. And here we find a super group made up of
Ralph Towner, Jan Garbarek, Eberhard Weber
& Jon Christensen
Winter Solstice.

9. Jarrett's American Quartet was brilliant
as well and here's their warming version of
Blackberry Winter
for those cold nights.

10. Lastly, no list of wintry delights would be complete
without a tune my Uncle Alan
brought to my attention years ago.
A tune you will want to seek out
when that delicate white stuff starts
a blowin' round in that sky.
Claude Thornhill's
is a real gem from
an earlier time.

Treat yourself.

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