Allison Crowe performs a traditional song of the season, "In the Bleak Midwinter".
A live-in-the-studio recording of this song is on Allison Crowe's very popular "Tidings" CD/album ~ an emerging classic.
(The television special performance of this song has been online for years, but, I believe, this is the first look at the live-in-the-studio recording filmed by Alex Postowoi and crew, and Larry Anschell recording the audio. The file size is fairly small, so, it will likely sound more clear than it looks, until I can get a copy of the master DVD converted to a web format.)
In the Bleak Midwinter
Words: Christina G. Rossetti, 1830-1894
Music: Gustav Holst, 1874-1934
Tune: CRANHAM, Meter: Irr.
Arranged and performed by Allison Crowe
In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
snow had fallen, snow on snow,
in the bleak midwinter, long ago.
Heaven cannot hold Him, nor the earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall welcome Him when he comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
for the Lord Incarnate, Jesus Christ.
Angels and archangels sang their praises there,
cherubim and seraphim gathered in the air;
but his Mother Mary, in her maiden bliss,
worshiped the Beloved only with a kiss.
What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
if I were a Wise One, I would do my part;
yet what I can I give him: give my heart
yet what I can I give him: give my heart.
Audio engineer/producer: Larry Anschell. Filming directed and produced by Alex Postowoi. Cameras: Karen Duthie, Randy Rotheisler. Editor: Shirley Claydon. Interviewer: Steven Rosenberg.
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