Musical Advent Calendar 2011

This is a somewhat odd Advent Calendar, in some respects.  It’s very Mary-ish, for one thing.  And I was having a particularly busy / messy Advent, so my posts got shorter and shorter with every day.  And then, on December 20th, my grandfather died, and it all got rather funereal.  But this calendar also contains some of my absolutely all time favourite Advent music, and even the bits which aren’t quite Adventy are very beautiful.  

December 1 – The Matin Responsory, by Palestrina

December 2 – Magnificat, by H. Purcell

December 3 – Angelus ad Virginem, Trad., Performed by the King’s Singers

December 4 – Herzlich Lieb hab’Ich dich, o Herr, by Heinrich Schütz

December 5 – The Record of John, by Orlando Gibbons

December 6 – Lullay My Liking, by G. Holst

December 7 – Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, by Bairstow

December 8 – For Unto Us a Child is Born, by G.F. Handel

December 9 – The Angelus, plainchant, Anon.

December 10 – Christus Factus Est Pro Nobis, by Bruckner

December 11 – Wachet Auf! Ruft uns die Stimme, by J.S. Bach

December 12 – Alma Redemptoris Mater, by T.L. de Victoria

December 13 – Cherry Tree Carol, Trad., performed by the Greenoch Duo

December 14 – The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came, performed by All Angels

December 15 – Ev’ry Valley, by G.F. Handel, performed by Ian Bostridge

December 16 – In the Bleak Midwinter, Gustav Holst / Harold Darke (yes, both versions!)

December 17 – Christmas Day, by James and Wheeler

December 18 – Ave Maria, by Philippe Rombi

December 19 – I saw a swete semly syght, Trad., performed by Anonymous 4

December 20 – Dona Nobis Pacem, canon by Mozart

December 21 – Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts, by Purcell

December 22 – Rorate Coeli, by Heinrich Schütz

December 23 – O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, Trad., performed by the King’s Singers

December 24 – Magnificat, by Telemann, arranged and performed by Ensemble Planeta

December 25 – Ecce Mundi Gaudium, Past Three O’Clock, The Shepherds’ Farewell (Berlioz), God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

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