Friday, December 18, 2015

Ernestine Schumann-Heink - Stille Nacht

Ernestine Schumann-Heink singing Stille Nacht was an annual Christmas event in the early years of radio, this record is from even earlier in her career.

Debussy - Noel des enfants qui n'ont plus de maisons

Victoria de los Angeles, soprano
Gonzalo Soriano, piano

I've never heard a more heart-breaking interpretation of this Christmas song in the voice of children who had lost their families and homes during World War One.   It's especially relevant to this season when so many Americans want to close the doors to people made homeless and even orphaned as a result of our previous administration's invasion of Iraq and subsequent incompetence and corruption.

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