A favorite Advent hymn of mine because of the gorgeous 4 part harmonies – especially the alto line. If one knows it, one might find oneself overwhelmed with the temptation to sing the alto part in church when everyone else in the congregation is singing the melody. The alto line is that irresistible.
“Savior of the Nations, Come” an oldie but goodie by Martin Luther, 1483-1546.
I listened to about 20 renditions (church choirs, bell choirs and organs) of this beautiful advent hymn before I found one I really liked.
On the fourth Youtube page, the Lancaster Chamber Singers get it just right – like buttah:
For the first Sunday of Advent, a personal favorite, People Look East
For the Feast of Christ the King, you are going to love this fresh and exciting rendition of the perennial favorite, Crown Him With Many Crowns by the Fountainview Academy Orchestra and Singers:
Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled by David Haas is one of my favorite hymns to sing. The alto part is just gorgeous.
The melody of perennial favorite, King of Love My Shepherd Is, is a traditional Irish tune, St. Columbia. The words are paraphrased by H.W. Baker (1821-1877) from Psalm 23. Here performed by the Canto Deo Festival Choir:
For All Souls Day, Pie Jesu by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Pie Jesu” from Requiem has been steadily increasing in popularity since its premier in 1985, massively in part to the large successes of Angelis, a six-member group of preteens created by Simon Cowell in 2006, Sarah Brightman (Webber’s wife at the time), Marie Osmond, Charlotte Church, and Jackie Evancho. Andrew Lloyd Webber’sRequiem was written to honor his father, who, sadly, passed away in 1982. It’s his most personal composition, and the only fully completed classical work. It’s a striking, yet welcome, departure from the style of music for which Lloyd Webber is known. In 1986,Requiem earned Lloyd Webber a Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition. Unlike a traditional requiem mass, Lloyd Webber combined the texts of the Pie Jesu and Agnus Dei.
Here is Celtic Woman’s beautiful rendition: