Sacred Christmas

These timeless oratorios, cantatas and masses will fill your heart with joy and the true meaning of the holiday season.
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Curated by

John-Paul McVea

John-Paul de Lachrimae, a.k.a. John-Paul McVea, programs channels of classical music. During his life he hopes to absorb and pass on knowledge that came from before. Did you know that Johann Sebastian Bach wrote the Well-Tempered Clavier intending for it to be a manual of keyboard instruction? The objective was to train church organists. Lachrimae is fortunate to live in Montreal where there are such beautiful church organs, and a personal goal is to rattle some stained glass windows with his own fingertips.  The viola and the dulcimer round out his musical trifecta. Lachrimae has one book and one pop song to his name. He has been to Ephesus, the city of Troy, and the Church of St. Nicholas at Demre, and has seen an olive tree, a Joshua tree, a palm tree, and a cypress tree. This was before he learned to travel light. The future includes a pilgrimage in Spain, a stint in Portland, Oregon, and a great migration to see penguins in Chile, if by that time there are any left. His favourite folk song includes the line, “One bright morning, when this life is o’er, I’ll fly away.”

Artists

Johann Sebastian Bach
Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Les Boréades de Montréal
Gächinger Kantorei
Bach-Collegium Stuttgart
Bach
George Frideric Handel
Dietrich Buxtehude
Michel Corrette
Kevin Mallon

Chart

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Tripelkonzert (Mi maj)
Telemann & Kammerorchester C.P.E. Bach
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Sonata à 8
Paul Goodwin
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The Holy Boy
John Ireland
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Vom Himmel Hoch
Hannover Boys Choir & Fiori Musicali
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Byrd: Ave verum corpus
The Gents & Peter Dijkstra
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Choral BuxWV.223/Cantate BuxWV.4 "Alles was ihr"
McGill Collegium Musicum
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Verbum caro
Stile Antico
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Czech Christmas Mass
Magdalena Kožená, Capella Regia Musicalis & Robert Hugo
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Magnificat
Chanticleer
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Musique française de Noël - 1200-1600
Boston Camerata & Joel Cohen