By Mark Morgan, Director of Music

People ask me all the time about Christmas music–something different from their usual playlist. Even in the age of Pandora and Spotify, it can be difficult to find good Christmas music that’s outside of your particular box. So here’s some suggestions–go out and explore! Not sure if all of these are still in print, but probably available used:

Boston Camerata: A Renaissance Christmas. One of my favorite Christmas albums. Set up like a lessons and carols, with the texts read from the Tyndale bible. Some familiar tunes done is new (old) ways, and lost of beautiful stuff that will be new to you.

I also recommend their American Christmas album

Dale Warland Singers: Carols for Christmas. Simply one fo the best choral albums for Christmas with many arrangements for choir and harp by American composer Stephen Paulus, amongst others. Luminous and glorious with familiar carols in new settings.

The Christmas Revels: Their self titled album featuring Revels founder John Langstaff. Readings and music sung with great gusto, accompanied by brass. Good fun.

Pink Martini–Joy to the World. Great fun for some mostly non-sacred music. Great for dinner parties!

And one other recommendation: if you’re looking for a great recording of Handel’s Messiah, try the one put by Les Arts Florissants under William Christie on the Harmonia Mundi label. Vibrant and inspiring!