Festive Fridays Begin!

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It’s a few days after Halloween, which means high time to crank up the Christmas music on repeat! Many of you do not share my early and relentless enthusiasm for this genre, so please feel free to tune me out over the next eight weeks as I post recommendations on Festive Fridays. I hope many of you enjoy these posts and discover some new tunes for your holiday playlists.

The inimitable King’s Singers’ new album is my kickoff recommendation this year. They previously released one or two ‘songbook’-themed albums that are plummy, charmingly stiff, musically impeccable, and highly enjoyable. Christmas Songbook manages to be both beautiful and energetic, while preserving the popular nature of its predecessors. I particularly like their arrangements of Frosty the Snowman (with details from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!), In the Bleak Midwinter (gorgeous), and Ding Dong Merrily on High (irrepressible). The whole album is great–give it a listen.