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12 Days of Christmas music: 4th day

December 16, 2012

Today’s song hits a bunch of my fond spots: English classical music, poetry, a soprano who is more gracious than she is diva-esque, and one of my dearest friends. “In the Bleak Midwinter” is by Gustav Holst (1874-1934) who incorporated medieval and folk music influences in his compositions. The lyrics are by pre-Raphaelite poet Christina Rossetti, and it is performed here by Norwegian artist Sissel, whose clear, articulate voice captures just the right feel I think. She is accompanied by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. Props to my best friend who is in the cello section.

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