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Title: Carols
Post by: mike on December 06, 2012, 06:50:57 PM
Since the Entrance has passed accordingly to both calendars I think it's OK to start a carol thread.

For a start my favourite carol indigenous to my father's home village (however sung in Ukrainian, not in the local Belarusian dialect and in some pseudo-pop version).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZEI_kjdRyw#t=0m10s
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: Asteriktos on December 06, 2012, 06:59:00 PM
Christmas carols? My favorite:

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (http://youtu.be/NM57M6NwJvw)
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: JamesRottnek on December 06, 2012, 07:04:56 PM
My favorite is undoubtedly O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: theistgal on December 06, 2012, 07:37:34 PM
Does it have to be a religious-themed carol?

Because my all-time favorite is an old Spike Jones piece called "I'm Gettin' Nothin' for Christmas ('Cause I Ain't Been Nothin' But Bad)".

Though if you think about it, that's just another way of saying "I'm the greatest of sinners" - right?

[crickets]

Er ... right?  ;D
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: biro on December 06, 2012, 07:42:14 PM
"Angels We Have Heard on High"

Nobody plays that anymore.  :-[
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: Basil 320 on December 06, 2012, 07:48:48 PM
"Come all ye faithful..."  and "Joy to the World."  I sing them (among other traditional western Christmas carols) during the distribution of the antidoron following the Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord, after "Thy Birth O Christ our God..." and "The Virgin Today..."
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: Iconodule on December 06, 2012, 08:00:01 PM
Dobry vechir tobi...
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: mike on December 06, 2012, 09:08:12 PM
Dobry vechir tobi...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arIENRIOrQs

that's a good version
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: NicholasMyra on December 06, 2012, 09:49:03 PM
The first Noel, the angels did say...
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: Maximum Bob on December 07, 2012, 12:11:40 AM
I've always been partial to "Carol of the bells". I agree on "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel". Also I would list "What child is this?" and "Silent Night".  :)
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: LBK on December 07, 2012, 01:08:23 AM
Silent Night has been rendered in various languages from the original German. Here's a superb Russian version, sung by a choir of nuns:

http://dl.biblion.realin.ru/audio/36_Russkaya_duhovnaya_muzyka._YAko_blagochestivago_korene/15_Tihaya_noch.mp3

And this truly gorgeous carol, sung by the same choir:

http://dl.biblion.realin.ru/audio/36_Russkaya_duhovnaya_muzyka._YAko_blagochestivago_korene/13_Skiniya_zlataya.mp3
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: Shanghaiski on December 07, 2012, 01:28:35 AM
Christmas carols? My favorite:

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (http://youtu.be/NM57M6NwJvw)

Mine, too. I like the one sung by Barenaked Ladies, combined with We Three Kings.
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: Alveus Lacuna on December 07, 2012, 01:47:04 AM
We Three Kings
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: Opus118 on December 07, 2012, 01:56:41 AM
my all-time favorite is an old Spike Jones piece ....
impressive
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: dzheremi on December 07, 2012, 02:24:15 AM
I'll throw in my vote for We Three Kings (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_39CvxinT7M). A wonderful melody...very calming and beautiful without being drowsy or overly saccharine.
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: mike on December 07, 2012, 08:54:05 AM
My favourite Ukrainian one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oju6OQmmeaM
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: Dominika on December 07, 2012, 09:35:55 AM
I don’t listen to Carols until the day of Christmas Eve, however I can present my favourite carols (as you can seeu, they’re generally one of my favourite songs)

Dobry vechir tobi is absolutely my favourite carols (it was also one of the first "Orthodox carols" as Ukrainian/Belarussia/Lemko carols are called in Poland - I've heard it many years ago and I fell in love).
www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KMg6VAjpW8 - that's my favourite recording (video is created by me) however I have a lot of them

The second my favourite carol is a Spanish one "La marimorena" (ande ande ande la marimorena que es la nochebuena)

Others from "the first ten":
Anarchos Theos (not only in Greek, but also in Macedonian, Arabic, Romanian...)
Slava sa aiba (Romanian carol)
Soubhaban kalima (Arabic version of Syriac hymn Shoub Lhaw Qolo)
Nova Radist Stala (Ukrainian)
Eta noc sviataja (Russian? Ukrainian?)
Oj badnjace (Serbian)
O radosne vesti (Serbian)
Dobro doso Hriste (Serbian)

Well, I love A LOT of carols (generally from Orthodox countries), so now maybe by the language:
Spanish: Los peces en el rio, Ya vienen los Reyes Magos, Pastores venid
Eastern-Slavian: Anheli v nebi, Noc tiha nad Palestinaj, Wstawajtie wstawajtie, Oj na mori mori, Tri slavnije carije, Nebo i zemlia (in Polish known as Dzisiaj w Betlejem)
Greek: Kalanta protochonias, kalanta pontou,
Romanian/Moldovan: La poarta la stefan voda, Inchinarea magilor, La viflem colo-njos, La Lina Fantana, Rataceam printr o gradina
Arabic: A3tini elkalam, Al-majd lika Al-Masseeh, Arsal Allah, Ya Mariam el bekr
Polish: Gdy śliczna Panna, Wśród nocnej ciszy, Bóg się rodzi,
Others: Adeste fideles, O pastiri vjerni cuvari (Croatian ;)), Tri mudreci (Macedonian), God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: Ansgar on December 07, 2012, 10:19:26 AM
These guys are amazing  :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iO7ySn-Swwc
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: Monk Vasyl on December 07, 2012, 12:51:19 PM
This is my favorite, pre-Christmas hymn:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4cNnZgMW18 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4cNnZgMW18)
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: Orest on December 07, 2012, 03:25:41 PM
Since the Entrance has passed accordingly to both calendars I think it's OK to start a carol thread.

For a start my favourite carol indigenous to my father's home village (however sung in Ukrainian, not in the local Belarusian dialect and in some pseudo-pop version).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZEI_kjdRyw#t=0m10s

I like this one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H94Z9FASV8E
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: mike on December 07, 2012, 03:30:55 PM
I like this one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H94Z9FASV8E

If you want it folk, do it folk, if you want it pop - do it pop, if you want to mix pod and folk - think about that because it's very difficult to make something hearable. For me it's not, sorry.

Not to mention that cheap political content in the end.
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: mabsoota on December 07, 2012, 04:09:38 PM
Since the Entrance has passed accordingly to both calendars I think it's OK to start a carol thread.

For a start my favourite carol indigenous to my father's home village (however sung in Ukrainian, not in the local Belarusian dialect and in some pseudo-pop version).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZEI_kjdRyw#t=0m10s

this is really lovely, thanks for cheering my evening  :)

i also loved dominika's Dobry vechir tobi.

i'm going to go now and listen to some of the others.

i would also love it if people posted some orthodox Christmas songs in english (or translated into english).
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: mike on December 07, 2012, 04:16:39 PM
i would also love it if people posted some orthodox Christmas songs in english (or translated into english).

    Your Nativity, O Christ our God,
    Has shone to the world the Light of wisdom!
    For by it, those who worshipped the stars,
    Were taught by a Star to adore You,
    The Sun of Righteousness,
    And to know You, the Orient from on High.
    O Lord, glory to You!

    Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One,
    And the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One!
    Angels with shepherds glorify Him!
    The wise men journey with a star!
    Since for our sake the Eternal God was born as a Little Child!

http://orthodoxwiki.org/Nativity

These are the only orthodox Christmas songs I know about.
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: mabsoota on December 07, 2012, 04:29:52 PM
that's lovely, could anyone send a link with a tune?
i may use it with some people from our church.
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: genesisone on December 07, 2012, 06:30:57 PM
i would also love it if people posted some orthodox Christmas songs in english (or translated into english).

    Your Nativity, O Christ our God,
    Has shone to the world the Light of wisdom!
   
http://orthodoxwiki.org/Nativity

These are the only orthodox Christmas songs I know about.
Michał Kalina, this isn't about your ESL - you copied the text faithfully from another site. I'm the one who needs help understanding the language of these two lines. They make sense only if I read them as "Your Nativity has shown to the world the Light of wisdom!" or "Your Nativity has shone on the world the Light of wisdom!" Is it one of these, or am I missing something?

I looked up Nassar's text and found "Thy Nativity hath given rise to the light of knowledge in the world." That one I understand, and it could be argued that what I understand from Nassar's text could be paraphrased either way that I suggested. I'd appreciate some help from someone who can refer to versions in other languages, especially the ancient ones.
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: Kerdy on December 07, 2012, 06:43:23 PM
I like almost anything from the 40s or 50s.  Bing, Frank, Dean, etc.  Love those guys!
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: Dominika on December 07, 2012, 06:54:12 PM
that's lovely, could anyone send a link with a tune?
i may use it with some people from our church.

Two hymns that Michal has posted are the troparion of the Nativity (the first one) and kontakion of the Nativity (the second one. They're known also in Coptic Church, especially the second one (E-parthenos). There are many melodies for them (depending on the tradition e.g Greek, Romanian, Serbian etc.), you can find easily various recordings in the Internet of them.

As we're talking about Orthodox hymn for Nativity, I would like to present my 3 favourite pieces. The first one is the troparion for the Christmas Eve:

Once Mary, pregnant with a seedless pregnancy, was registered in Bethlehem with the elder Joseph, as being of the seed of David. And while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered, but there was no room for them in the inn. But the cave showed itself to be a beauteous palace for the Queen, and Christ is born to raise up the image that fell of old!
here it is in English: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYkoXYa2aM4
and there is my video of the same hymn in Church Slavonic (I prefer this arragment as it's more traditional): www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sZFpoHSMh8&feature=g-crec-u

The other two are from the Canon of the Nativity. The irmos of the first ode:
Christ is born; glorify Him!
Christ comes from heaven; go to meet Him!
Christ is on earth; be exalted!
Sing to the Lord, all the earth!
And praise Him in gladness, all people, for He has been glorified!
And my video of it in different languages: www.youtube.com/watch?v=a13uGpyL8RA&feature=g-crec-u
In my video I used byzantine setting for it in English, here you have Eastern-Slavic (Russian) melody: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JBzWNOvq-U

And the irmos of the ninth ode (however, the translation does not show the depth of e.g Church Slavonic text):
O my soul, magnify Her, Who is more honorable and Who is more glorious than the Heavenly Hosts.
A mystery I behold which is strange and wondrous.
The Cave is Heaven, and the Virgin is the Throne of the Cherubim;
in the confines of the manger is laid the Infinite Christ our God,
Whom we praise and magnify.
And again, my video of it in different languages: www.youtube.com/watch?v=etw_ekHBJY0&feature=g-crec-u
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: William on December 07, 2012, 07:09:11 PM
I like some secular pop Christmas stuff, especially by Rat Pack type guys.

Then there's Veni Veni, Emmanuel, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, What Child is This? and the Carol of the Bells.
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: JamesRottnek on December 07, 2012, 09:03:14 PM
I like some secular pop Christmas stuff, especially by Rat Pack type guys.

Then there's Veni Veni, Emmanuel, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, What Child is This? and the Carol of the Bells.

What Child is This? is really great.
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: mabsoota on December 08, 2012, 06:20:53 AM

Two hymns that Michal has posted are the troparion of the Nativity (the first one) and kontakion of the Nativity (the second one. They're known also in Coptic Church, especially the second one (E-parthenos). There are many melodies for them (depending on the tradition e.g Greek, Romanian, Serbian etc.), you can find easily various recordings in the Internet of them.


thanks for explaining this! i thought there was just one hymn there, but it is two short hymns.
i found a link for eparthenos with the english here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmFZg_89wO4

i had not realised our hymns were so similar. i looked up those tunes on the internet, but they are mainly choral arrangements.

does anyone have any easy to sing orthodox Christmas hymns?
i don't mean 'catchy' or 'pop' music, just something that does not require a trained choir to sing it! our 'eparthenos' is not in that category either, as it is very melismatic and will take me until Pascha to learn how to sing it!
mmm, that reminds me, it's about time to learn some more of the difficult songs for the paschal season...
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: Dominika on December 08, 2012, 03:55:00 PM

does anyone have any easy to sing orthodox Christmas hymns?
i don't mean 'catchy' or 'pop' music, just something that does not require a trained choir to sing it! our 'eparthenos' is not in that category either, as it is very melismatic and will take me until Pascha to learn how to sing it!
mmm, that reminds me, it's about time to learn some more of the difficult songs for the paschal season...

I think the Nativity Canon chanted in the simple byzantine 1st tone is quite easy (I know there are different arrangements even of this type of chanting this hymn, but believe me, it's not so difficult to sing it) and the troparion of the Nativity chanted in the 4th tone of Russian (synodal) melody - try to find the simplest fragment. This hymn is sung by EO families before the supper on Christmas Eve and before the dinner on Christmas day, so it's not so difficult ;)
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: mike on December 08, 2012, 05:31:09 PM
http://www.cerkiew.pl/index.php?id=1072

Some Belarusian ones.
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: mike on December 10, 2012, 01:17:52 PM
What version do you prefer (take into account that Animal is tolling according to the Orthodox way, not the RC one)?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQjhPZUfl6g (my godfather being the conductor  8))
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysIzPF3BfpQ
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: qawe on December 11, 2012, 07:50:06 PM
i would also love it if people posted some orthodox Christmas songs in english (or translated into english).

O Come, O Come Emmanuel is Orthodox, as it's pre-schism
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: augustin717 on December 11, 2012, 08:37:45 PM
i would also love it if people posted some orthodox Christmas songs in english (or translated into english).

O Come, O Come Emmanuel is Orthodox, as it's pre-schism
I doubt it is pre-Chalcedon thogh :o
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: Eastern Mind on December 11, 2012, 08:42:01 PM
My favorite is undoubtedly O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

I like that one too!
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: qawe on December 11, 2012, 09:03:49 PM
i would also love it if people posted some orthodox Christmas songs in english (or translated into english).

O Come, O Come Emmanuel is Orthodox, as it's pre-schism
I doubt it is pre-Chalcedon thogh :o

It's post-Constantinople (5th council) though.

My favorite is undoubtedly O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

I like that one too!

+1
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: neon_knights on December 12, 2012, 12:03:57 AM
I've always loved "Good King Wenceslas".
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: Maximum Bob on December 12, 2012, 01:52:07 AM
Generally speaking for me most anything by Mannheim Steamroller is good.
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: mike on December 12, 2012, 04:11:10 PM
For a start my favourite carol indigenous to my father's home village (however sung in Ukrainian, not in the local Belarusian dialect and in some pseudo-pop version).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZEI_kjdRyw#t=0m10s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EhZ9b-iJVU&feature=autoshare

Slightly better version.
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: mabsoota on December 12, 2012, 04:18:44 PM
I've always loved "Good King Wenceslas".
visited his shrine in prague a few years ago  :)
(sfaty vaclav- sorry for wrong spelling). i don't know if the shrine is of him or his father who bore the same name, but it was very exciting to be there.
the story of the page boy putting his feet into the step of 'king' (he was actually a duke) wenceslas / vaclav is actually true. the young man was very cold, and as he put his feet into the places where 'king' wenceslas trod, he warmed up by the power of God. 'king' / saint wenceslas was a holy and good duke who used to give gifts to the poor and rule wisely.

maybe our central european friends know even more about the story.
 :)
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: katherineofdixie on December 12, 2012, 04:23:49 PM
And now for something completely different:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_VAlVZ0F3M

Sacred Harp singing - "Hark the glad sound..."
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: mike on December 13, 2012, 02:39:55 PM
Some more:
http://www.cerkiew.pl/index.php?id=1182

conducted by my godfather :)
http://www.cerkiew.pl/index.php?id=1183
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: Alpo on December 14, 2012, 09:28:29 AM
It's beginning to look a lot like fish-men! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tTHn2tHhcI)
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: Monk Vasyl on December 14, 2012, 10:25:17 AM
From my Polish side, I enjoy these:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H3hQk6jCyI&list=SPE68CC223FE950DB9&index=1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H3hQk6jCyI&list=SPE68CC223FE950DB9&index=1)
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: mike on December 14, 2012, 11:26:12 AM
From my Polish side, I enjoy these:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H3hQk6jCyI&list=SPE68CC223FE950DB9&index=1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H3hQk6jCyI&list=SPE68CC223FE950DB9&index=1)

With some exceptions I do not like professional choral performances of carols. They originated as simple, rustic songs and they should be treated as such. Sophisticating them  by force is wrong.
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: NicholasMyra on December 14, 2012, 01:01:06 PM
What version do you prefer (take into account that Animal is tolling according to the Orthodox way, not the RC one)?

I prefer the 24 Days of Journeymas for my tolling.

 ♪ On the first aerial tollhouse my demon gave to me... ♪

Strangely enough, you still get a partridge in a pear tree. Must've been some pagan symbolism there after all.
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: augustin717 on December 14, 2012, 01:40:55 PM
Quite minimal christian content, the religious themes are more archaic, more like pre-christian mythology:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTr7oVLLAxg (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTr7oVLLAxg)
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: Dominika on December 29, 2012, 09:26:45 AM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MwTiYFwzr8" >Kalin esperan - С вечером святым[/url] Originally Greek carol in this case performed by Russians (youth choir of st. John Damascene, one of my absolutely favourite Orthodox choirs) - the first short part is in Greek and the rest in Russian
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: Orest on January 03, 2013, 10:09:52 AM
I like this video of carols:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyETGQDKP7c

Ukrainian Christmas carols (rec.1947) Ivan Kozlovskiy .
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: mike on January 06, 2013, 11:10:41 AM
http://vimeo.com/56626224

this one
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: mike on January 10, 2013, 02:19:15 PM
One of the traditional ones:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4qEBN9a98g
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: augustin717 on January 10, 2013, 03:52:53 PM
^nice
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: mike on January 12, 2013, 09:29:38 AM
Nicer for me taking into account  half of the performers are people I know :)
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: mike on November 20, 2013, 10:05:41 AM
BUMP

Entrance is coming. We can sing carols.
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: Arachne on November 20, 2013, 10:14:54 AM
BUMP

Entrance is coming. We can sing carols.

My TSO albums are just a couple of clicks away. ;)
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: katherineofdixie on November 20, 2013, 12:54:41 PM
Bear with me, guys. I just love Sacred Harp singing.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UMDKDJ3BR4
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: mike on November 20, 2013, 04:10:49 PM
Nice one ^
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: augustin717 on November 20, 2013, 07:43:59 PM
I like this one:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nV8wq1KjmO0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nV8wq1KjmO0)
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: katherineofdixie on November 21, 2013, 11:15:55 AM
Nice one ^

FYI:
"An old American hymn from the Sacred Harp tradition of 'a capella' singing which flourished in the north eastern United States in the late 18th and early 19th centuries and spread to the southern states. The noble melody is anonymous but the text, which is a meditation on the Christmas story, is by Reginald Heber and was written in 1811:

Hail the blest morn! See the great Mediator
down from the regions of glory descend.
Shepherds go worship the babe in the manger;
lo! for his guard the bright angels attend.
Brightest and best of the sons of the morning,
dawn on our darkness and lend us thine aid.
Star in the East, the horizon adorning,
guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

Cold on his cradle the dew-drops are shining,
low lies His bed with the beasts of the stall.
Angels adore Him in slumber reclining,
wise men and shepherds before Him do fall.
Brightest and best, etc . . .

Vainly we offer each ample oblation,
Vainly with gifts would His favor secure.
Richer by far is the heart's adoration,
dearer to God are the prayers of the poor.
Brightest and best, etc . . ."
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: mike on December 19, 2013, 01:13:56 PM
Неба і земля
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbk-sLtE4CQ

chaffy but performed by children and teachers from the kindergarten I used to attend 17 or however years ago so it is justified
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: IoanC on December 20, 2013, 02:44:16 AM
Some Romanian carols by Evloghia byzantine choir:

http://youtu.be/9TjhlKwCTAk
http://youtu.be/7CR76EOKy8k
http://youtu.be/M0zmEAuzAfs
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: scamandrius on December 20, 2013, 10:42:31 AM
I've always liked this Latin hymn, A solis Ortus cardine.  Here's a sung version.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=F8vY8a2ZK-8
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: Alpo on December 20, 2013, 10:49:23 AM
I've always liked this Latin hymn, A solis Ortus cardine.  Here's a sung version.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=F8vY8a2ZK-8

You're American. You teach Latin. You love Latin chant. And you're attending...Greek parish while being annoyed it's not Greek enough. Logic?
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: scamandrius on December 20, 2013, 10:59:35 AM
I've always liked this Latin hymn, A solis Ortus cardine.  Here's a sung version.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=F8vY8a2ZK-8

You're American. You teach Latin. You love Latin chant. And you're attending...Greek parish while being annoyed it's not Greek enough. Logic?

Who are you to say that teaching Latin, liking Latin hymns, Gregorian plainsong, being Greek Orthodox while attending an Antiochian parish and lamenting that any Greek has been banished and being an American on top of it all is illogical?  I also play bass guitar and played in several heavy metal bands including an Iron Maiden cover band?  I think your problem is that you have failed to categorize me, which makes me wonder why you care so much.  Maybe because your own life is boring? Way to distract from the topic.
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: Alpo on December 20, 2013, 11:00:44 AM
Having a bad day? I was just curious. Peaceful Christmas to you too. :P
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: mike on December 20, 2013, 11:01:56 AM
Who are you to say that teaching Latin, liking Latin hymns, Gregorian plainsong, being Greek Orthodox while attending an Antiochian parish and lamenting that any Greek has been banished and being an American on top of it all is illogical?  I also play bass guitar and played in several heavy metal bands including an Iron Maiden cover band?  I think your problem is that you have failed to categorize me, which makes me wonder why you care so much.  Maybe because your own life is boring? Way to distract from the topic.

Americans do not get irony. It's like manual gearbox for them.
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: scamandrius on December 20, 2013, 11:06:06 AM
Having a bad day? I was just curious. Peaceful Christmas to you too. :P

No, I'm fine. How are you?  It takes more than what you got to make me have a bad day.  Happy Christmas to you and yours!  (See that. Just inserted a Britishism)
Title: Re: Carols
Post by: Arachne on December 20, 2013, 12:24:49 PM
A collection of traditional carols, in some quite idiosyncratic renderings:

Loreena McKennitt - A Midwinter Night's Dream (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyDf902xZA4)
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Post by: Nicene on December 21, 2013, 04:55:33 AM
Joy to the world has to be my favourite Christmas carol.
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Post by: Irish Melkite on December 21, 2013, 09:18:43 AM
We Three Kings

Good King Wenceslas

Mary's Boy Child by Boney M (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxm1FlLSfe4) or by Harry Belafonte (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WY3o4_iIudg) - both beautiful

Adeste Fideles


Many years,

Neil

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Post by: Mockingbird on December 21, 2013, 03:17:37 PM
Coverdale's Carol (words by Martin Luther, Englished by Miles Coverdale).

Rorate caeli desuper (words by William Dunbar, set to Scots air by the editors of The Oxford Book of Carols).

I wonder as I wander (words & air by John Jacob Niles, based on a field-collected fragment).

Tomorrow will be my dancing day.

Christmas now is drawing near at hand.

A stable lamp is lighted (words by Richard Wilbur, air by David Hurd).

God rest you merry (there is no such song as "God rest YE merry".  "You" is the object of the transitive verb "rest").

Personent hodie.

Of the Father's love begotten (English paraphrase of Corde natus ex parentis).

Es ist ein Ros.

While shepherd watched their flocks by night.

The first nowell.

.....and many others.
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Post by: Dominika on December 21, 2013, 05:56:36 PM
http://www.youtube.com/user/esperandomusic/videos - here you can hear some recently uploaded Romanian carols sung by a choir called "Ethos Bizantin". I find them (melodies and performace) very nice
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Post by: Dominika on December 23, 2013, 06:30:00 AM
I really like "God bless ye all merry gentlmen". Here you can listen to it in Arabic version sung by our sister in faith Fayrouz: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zeo4Yj3J9Yg
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Post by: Irish Melkite on December 23, 2013, 06:51:35 AM
Not sure how I forgot it - The Wexford Carol (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YClcMAn_wg)

Many years,

Neil
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Post by: mike on December 30, 2013, 06:21:10 PM
Pałac - Śviaty Viečar
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3FA7_m5y28
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Post by: mike on January 02, 2014, 08:38:51 PM
http://prawoslawny.wrzuta.pl/katalog/al0OhFXcshq/koledy

Some Belarusian carols.
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Post by: mike on January 04, 2014, 03:45:26 PM
My kids' favorite Christmas carol... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8BsNJiHZtI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8BsNJiHZtI)

Pretty darn good. Pretty darn good band, too, despite being Ukrainian.
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Post by: Alpo on January 04, 2014, 04:02:27 PM
Awake Ye Great Olde Ones
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccefqYQWtdA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccefqYQWtdA)

I've always liked Dagon's Tabernacle Choir.

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Post by: Dominika on January 04, 2014, 04:44:55 PM
Awake Ye Great Olde Ones
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccefqYQWtdA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccefqYQWtdA)

I've always liked Dagon's Tabernacle Choir.



:o Amazing. Anyway, I prefer the original one, that's my favourite English carol
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Post by: Mockingbird on January 22, 2014, 01:05:28 AM
In the American Episcopal rite, Psalm 90 (89 in the LXX) is appointed for Evensong on the eve of the Holy Name / Circumcision (January 1st)

Here is a shape-note setting of a metrical paraphrase of Psalm 90:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWTKE7u6OQ4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWTKE7u6OQ4)