perverse_idyll: (candles)
( Dec. 16th, 2010 12:40 am)
My evenings are much too abbreviated. I eat, I answer a few comments, and poof! it's bedtime. I would like to tender my objections to the Celestial Complaint Department.

Meanwhile, as I wait around for an answer from the Grand Poobah of Infinitesimal Human Affairs, the season is busy aiding and abetting my sporadic love of Anglican Christmas music. I couldn't find a performance of the carol I wanted to share, Of a rose is all my song, so I'll have to make do with this version of a different song by a different composer about the same metaphorical flower. The acoustics are a bit out to sea here, but the performance is lovely nonetheless; the soloist sounds the way butterscotch tastes and is charming to watch. He emotes with his nostrils and eyebrows, and his expression as he pronounces the final 't' in 'night' is wonderfully delicate, like a deer blinking.

Herbert Howells, A Spotless Rose, sung by King's College Choir, Cambridge.

First, you should know that I'm extremely fond of Renaissance and sacred (mostly Church of England) choral music. I used to be on the board of a small but exquisite Baroque orchestra, and the beauty of traditional Christmas music still matches my sense of the season (winter, holidays) and the rural landscape.

You should perhaps also know that I'm not religious in the slightest, but all of the music in these files is Christian and the lyrics reference that, and in some cases are taken directly from liturgy. I mention this in case songs to Christ are of no interest to some members of my flist. I love them regardless, but I can appreciate that they're not for everyone.

A few notes on what you'll find here )

Perverse Idyll's Christmas playlist

ETA: Okay, I think I fixed the link! *is a techno-idiot*


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