Over the last couple years, the title "Christmas CD of the year" has been bestowed upon several worthy albums, including:
- Wintersong by Sarah McLachlan
- Happy Holidays by Jo Stafford
- Christmas with the Academy by The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Field
- Noel by King's College Choir
- In the Moon of Winter by Northern Variations
- December by the Moody Blues
So my tastes range somewhat. I like tacky Christmas music in December, but I really prefer more classic sounding stuff.
Well, last night I found one of the CDs for this year: A Traditional Christmas Carol Collection from The Sixteen, by Harry Christopers and The Sixteen. I've had trouble finding it at places like Amazon, so I just bought it from iTunes.
Now this will sound a little bold, but I put this CD slightly above Noel and Christmas with the Academy. The repertoire is very similar, and performance is about equal. But the difference is recording quality. Where the other two albums consist of tracks recorded as much as 40 years ago, this CD is all new. That is, the sound is much more three-dimensional; the high notes soar, the low ones surround.
I was honestly shivering at the beauty of the sound.
What songs does it have? There are the standby carols: "The Holly and the Ivy," "O Little Town of Bethlehem," etc. But there are the better ones that make a CD worth purchasing: "See Amid the Winter's Snow" and "The Sussex Carol."
That's one task off the Ber Month checklist.
Note: After posting the above, I found the CD at Amazon: A Traditional Christmas Carol Collection. Why couldn't I find it last night?