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13.12.09

In Brief: Holiday Concert Edition

Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to good things in Blogville and Beyond.
  • With hat tip to Marja-Leena Rathje, get into the holiday spirit by taking your local Complaints Choir caroling. The Finns have created another great musical tradition! [Complaints Choirs of the World]

  • It just would not be the holiday concert season without another chance to savor the holidays with the brain-splitting, bitonal conclusion to this infamous performance of Handel's Hallelujah chorus. It does not matter how many times I hear this -- it makes me howl with laughter. [YouTube]

  • And the same immortal work by the Northwestern University Kazoo Choir. [YouTube]

  • Also, this unforgettable version of O Holy Night made my cat get up from the couch and move to a different room. [YouTube]

  • And, for good measure, Eric Cartman's rendition of that timeless Christmas classic on South Park. [YouTube]

  • One for Master Ionarts -- the Animaniacs Christmas Concert. Because what seven-year-old boy does not like the idea of belching Jingle Bells? [YouTube]

  • And how could we have Christmas without Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo and his Christmas Classics, also from South Park? This is what I have to watch with my brother every year (after all the kids have gone to bed): Kyle's Mom's a Bitch, Merry F&*#ing Christmas, and Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel. NSFW, natch. [South Park]

  • In non-holiday music news, John Adams has an appreciation of the lovely and talented Leila Josefowicz, who apparently speaks in tongues when she is amped up on concert adrenaline. [Hell Mouth]

  • The secret to Maria Malibran's success as a singer? Glasses of porter. [Soho the Dog]

2 comments:

Lindemann said...

While I applaud all your Christmas music picks in here, I must note that the official title of one of these magnum opuses is "Kyle's Mom is a Stupid Bitch in D Minor." I assume "in D Minor" is part of the title because the work itself is so obviously not in D minor.

Charles T. Downey said...

Ah, there is no point in arguing with a connoisseur's expertise. Correction duly noted!