Music for the lonely, exhausted, in pain, deserted

今年,二零一八年, 十二月十五日於加州聖地牙哥家聽韓德爾的彌賽亞聖歌及以下的聖誕節於挪威的歌唱,我似乎悟到原來宗教能給孤單、疾苦、微弱、無助、被遺/棄的人一些心靈的扶助、解脫及寄望。

On December 15, 2018 in San Diego, California home, I become realizing that the religious belief provides a shelter, sanctuary and healing.

.Love, love, love. May love be with you. JUL I NIDAROS / CHRISTMAS IN NORWAY https://youtu.be/5Io_7-jVfYU

. Christmas in Vienna 2018 https://youtu.be/L-A4Maw6Jn0

Christmas Eve is one week to go, so this: “The best of Silent Night – Christmas in Vienna” https://youtu.be/1Rh1xzpKc-o

Silent Night lyrics:

Silent night, holy night
All is calm and all is bright
Round yon virgin, mother and child
Holy infant, so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace, ooh
Sleep, sleep in heaven, heavenly peace
Silent night, holy night
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories streams from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing, alleluia
Christ the savior is born, he’s born
Christ the savior is born
Round yon virgin, mother and child
Holy infant, so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace, oh
Sleep in heavenly peace


Handel – Messiah always for my Christmas celebration

My Christmas music celebration usually starts around Thanksgiving Day. I always want to listen to the full version of Handel’s Messiah many many times during this wonderful Christmas season, and my spirit is often lifted by this magical music piece.  The following is a list of web page links for the classical music recordings of Handel’s Messiah.

. Handel – Messiah – by London Philharmonic (Complete Concerto/Full) : https://youtu.be/71NCzuDNUcg

. Messiah – A Sacred Oratorio, Handel – London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Colin Davis https://youtu.be/ZuGSOkYWfDQ

. Handel Messiah The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge: https://youtu.be/SCLrle4T9MI?t=78

Quote from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messiah_(Handel) Messiah (HWV 56)[1][n 1] is an English-language oratorio composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel, with a scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible, and from the Coverdale Psalter, the version of the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer. It was first performed in Dublin on 13 April 1742 and received its London premiere nearly a year later. After an initially modest public reception, the oratorio gained in popularity, eventually becoming one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music.

Handel’s reputation in England, where he had lived since 1712, had been established through his compositions of Italian opera. He turned to English oratorio in the 1730s in response to changes in public taste; Messiah was his sixth work in this genre. Although its structure resembles that of opera, it is not in dramatic form; there are no impersonations of characters and no direct speech. Instead, Jennens’s text is an extended reflection on Jesus as the Messiah called Christ. The text begins in Part I with prophecies by Isaiah and others, and moves to the annunciation to the shepherds, the only “scene” taken from the Gospels. In Part II, Handel concentrates on the Passion and ends with the “Hallelujah” chorus. In Part III he covers the resurrection of the dead and Christ’s glorification in heaven.

Handel wrote Messiah for modest vocal and instrumental forces, with optional settings for many of the individual numbers. In the years after his death, the work was adapted for performance on a much larger scale, with giant orchestras and choirs. In other efforts to update it, its orchestration was revised and amplified by (among others) Mozart (Der Messias). In the late 20th and early 21st centuries the trend has been towards reproducing a greater fidelity to Handel’s original intentions, although “big Messiah” productions continue to be mounted. A near-complete version was issued on 78 rpm discs in 1928; since then the work has been recorded many times.


Silent Night – Hayley Westenra & Aled Jones

My all time favorite song:

Silent Night – Hayley Westenra & Aled Jones (2004) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4vXGEBGQp8

Chestnuts Roasting, Silent Night, Away in a Manger – Hayley Westenra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AZsFasbMwg

Hayley Westenra – Away in a Manger –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryDO7E911Hw

and  Little Drummer Boy – Hayley Westenra ヘイリー 海莉 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHjfZCtehW0

Christmas Concert at Ely Cathedral with Jessye Noman | Christmastide https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS4Pbeq7zEY

Kiri Te Kanawa – Carols from Coventry Cathedral https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNyk9n9FoGI

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa joins baritone Michael George, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Robin Stapleton) and the Choirs of Coventry and Lichfield Cathedrals in this celebration of Christmas. 1995

 

 

Lyrics of “Away in a Manger” here: source HWI
Away in a Manger
Composed by William J. Kirkpatrick
Performed by Hayley Westenra

Away in a manger,
no crib for His bed,
The little Lord Jesus
lay down his sweet head.

The stars in the sky
looked down where He lay
The little Lord Jesus,
asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing,
the poor Baby wakes,
But little Lord Jesus,
no crying He makes;

I love Thee, Lord Jesus,
look down from the sky
And stay by my cradle
till morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus,
I ask Thee to stay,
Close by me forever,
and love me, I pray!

Bless all the dear children
in Thy tender care
And take us to heaven,
to Live with Thee there.

Music from Messiah – Mormon Tabernacle Choir

These songs in Handel’s Messiah are some of my favorite Christmas music: traditional, spiritual, respectful and beautiful. Click on the following image or Youtube.com link to listen.

MusicFromHandelMessiahByMormonTabernacleChoir

Music from Messiah – Mormon Tabernacle Choir

The following link is “Laura Osnes, who played Cinderella on Broadway opposite last year’s guest artist, Santino Fontana’s Prince Charming, joins the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in “Music for a Summer Evening.” Conducted by Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy. The Choir, Orchestra and Laura perform songs from Broadway and cinema.”

2015 Pioneer Day Concert with Laura Osnes – Music for a Summer Evening

Also click the following image to listen to “If I Loved You, from Carousel – Laura Osnes and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir”

The source of the following PBS broadcasts in from this web page https://www.mormontabernaclechoir.org/events/christmas-concerts.html

Christmas with Mormon Tabernacle Choir Concert PBS Special Broadcast:
Each December PBS airs the previous year’s Christmas concert. Upcoming broadcast dates for last year’s Christmas Concert with Santino Fontana and the Sesame Street Muppets:

Monday, 12/21/15: 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific, 8 p.m. Central/Mountain

Thursday, 12/24/15: 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific, 8 p.m. Central/Mountain

Friday, 12/25/15 Check local listings, individual markets may vary