Saturday, November 29, 2008


You can't be a major recording artist these days without putting out some kind of Christmas album (James Taylor, Sarah McLachlan, Brian Setzer, Clay Aiken, Don Ho, etc. etc.). And while these modern takes on traditional holiday songs can be fun, there is something about hearing the really traditional Christmas music that brings the holiday spirit bubbling up.
For the last 60 years, the Choir of King's College, Cambridge has been bringing that Christmas feeling to the British audience over the radio (and, since 1954, via television as well). We now have a DVD of the concert that was performed in 2000. The choir performs beautiful popular carols such as "O Little Town of Bethlehem", "Silent Night", "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "Hark the Herald Angels Sing". There are also some popular British carols and some much older Christmas carols sung in Latin.
Carols From King's actually features the entire liturgical service, including the Biblical readings. However, there is a 'Carols Only' option which allows viewers to play just the musical portions of the service. Another bonus feature of this disc is the original 1954 concert. The visuals aren't exactly riveting, but this is a wonderful video to have playing in the background while you wrap presents, bake cookies and decorate your Christmas tree. With almost 30 traditional carols, you can enjoy the beautiful sounds of the holiday with your family.

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