I've been listening to Christmas music for a couple of weeks now - mainly stuff from my own collection, but I've also been working a bit of newly downloaded material in as well. I'm still waiting to find something that really blows me away, but at the same time, I'd really like to start sharing some new music on the blog. The first thing that has really caught my ear this year has been this collection of free Christmas music from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (you may have to scroll down the page a bit to get to the music - as I write this, it's currently the third major heading on the page, under "The True Meaning of Christmas" and "Holy Bible").
I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of these songs. The choir really adds a sense of power and grandeur to a lot of songs, like "Hallelujah" (and just to be clear, this is Handel's "Hallelujah", not Leonard Cohen's) and "Bring A Torch, Jeannette, Isabella", while songs like "Silent Night" and "O Holy Night" are given a very tender and hauntingly beautiful treatment.
As a small side note, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir was actually featured on Josh Groban's Noël album (on the last track, "O Come All Ye Faithful"), so if you have heard that album, you are likely already at least somewhat familiar with what this choir can do (I myself actually became interested in Josh Groban after he was featured on Oprah's Holiday Hits sampler that I posted about way back in 2008 - Noël made for some great background music while I spent a couple of hours wrapping presents on Christmas Eve that year).