Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Christmas Chant

I am not a chant lover. I like it at Mass (when I've heard it there), but to just listen to it at home...not for me. But I know there are those out there who do like to listen to it. I can see why.

Recently, I got an opportunity to review two new Christmas chant albums. "The Glory of Byzantine: Christmas Hymns" is truly beautiful. Granted, I couldn't tell I was listening to Christmas music. This is not Jingle Bells. This is better. The music really put me in mind of the holiness and sacredness of the coming Christmas season.

The second album "Hymns of Mount Athos" by the Choir of Monks from the Monastery of Simonos Petra had the same effect on me. I would say that I enjoyed the "Hymns of Mount Athos" more. I'm not a music expert by any means, but it seemed to have more variation of sound than the first album. Because of this, I was able to distinguish the songs better.

I would recommend both of these albums to anyone who is looking for something different in their Christmas music collection, but I also think that anyone who enjoys chant music would like these as well. You can find "The Glory of Byzantine" here and "Hymns of Mount Athos" here and also listen to tracks as well. You can also find out more about Jade Music here.

*I received a free download of both albums in return for an honest review.*

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