Unfortunately, an infection has stopped me from progressing on some new reviews.
So in the meantime, allow me to remind you about the beautiful music I’ve written about that you can enjoy in this beautiful season.
I’m not religious at all, but Christmas time in Europe still is a special moment to all of us, and this music will always be intrinsically linked to the smells of gingerbread and the like.
Let’s start all the way East: with the Nutcracker, probably the most seasonal ballet by Tchaikovsky. My favorite version remains Abbado, but I’m currently listening to a recent version by Gergiev that I plan to review shortly.
Bach’s Christmas Oratorio
Let’s move on to the all time classic of the period: Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.
I have several favorite versions here, but have yet to check out the recent release of John Butt and the Dunedin Consort, which got good reviews.
Bach’s Christmas Cantatas
Bach also has written some lesser know cantatas for the Christmas period, that are very much worth checking out, particularly in this version.
Moving from Bach to Händel, the Messiah is the other BIG Christmas work that you really cannot be missing. I’ve been “lazy” and have recommended not only one, but three excellent versions in this previous post.
And finally, if you’re more into Jazz, there is my blog post on my five favorite Christmas Jazz albums.
Wishing all of you a peaceful holiday period!