The 26 Days of Advent: 12/13/15

Light the third candle for tis the third Sunday of Advent or Gaudete Sunday.

Now my Latin is a little rusty (or rather non-existent), but I believe there is a line in (the third example of) today’s Advent hymn that invokes this.

Gaude! Gaude! Emmanuel,
Nascetur pro te, Israel!”

From the word for “rejoice,” as per the hymn’s translation.

This Sunday’s rendition comes from the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers.

I wish I could sing acapella so well (a…  Sorry.  it was too easy of a pun to make).

The 26 Days of Advent: 12/4/15

This song was a lucky find on a Robert Shaw album I bought a few years ago.  I can’t recall the name of the album, but I do recall trying to figure out whether the main singer was a contralto or a counter-tenor.  I’m still not sure, but I’m leaning towards counter-tenor though there’s a lot of cross over with those voice parts.  I can sing it either way as I’ve been an alto II for years, much to my once sorrow.  I accept it now, because it just is what it is, and hearing such rich tones as the ones here proves that being an alto bears no shame.

Bonus song because the same person is singing in Shaw’s arrangement of “The Cherry Tree Carol,” which is another one of my favorites.