Christmas Music Playlists with Nana Mouskouri Songs
Something For All The Family Including Nana
Given that she was born on the sunny Greek isle of Crete (before her family moved to the equally sunny Athens a few years later) international renowned singer Nana Mouskouri might not have had that many memories of snowbound Christmases by a log fire but that hasn't stopped her from singing tunes about the season. Her two Christmas albums were separated by almost 3 decades with 'Christmas with Nana Mouskouri’ arriving in 1972 and its follow-up 'The Christmas Album' not appearing until the new century in 2000. 'Christmas with Nana Mouskouri’ was perhaps the more traditional affair with a wholesome 12 tracks that were overtly religious in nature. The album departs from convention is in its song choices with Nana introducing tracks from her homeland like 'Minuit Chrétien' and 'Christos Genate'. She also performs renditions of little known gems like 'Old Toy Trains' and 'Petit Papa Noël', giving them her distinctive and crystal delivery in the process. This most reverential of albums ends appropriately with 'Ave Marie', a song to grace any occasion with the sumptuous string accompaniment offering a tear inducing finale to what is a wonderful album.
Nana's 2000 release 'The Christmas Album' was an absolute epic (24 tracks in all) with Christmas carols and festive lullabies in plentiful supply. With Nana performing in several languages she brought a new dimension to some of the most famous Christmas sacred standards. Showing her full range Nana employed several languages including English, German and French, Greek, Italian and Latin at various times giving 'The Christmas Album' the feel of a whistle-stop tour of the planet for the holidays. Her angelic outpourings are a delight throughout but there are undoubted highlights such as her take on the traditional Greek carol 'Kalin Iméran' which is a jaunty folk number that is sung by Greek children and they go from neighbourly door to door on Christmas Eve. With ‘Silent Night’ having originated in Germany it seemed apt that Nana would sing ‘Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht’ as originally intended. With her otherworldly voice songs such as ‘Silent Night’ attain a haunting quality. She balanced these heavier moments with ‘Petit Garçon’ which was adapted from her previously recorded ‘Old Toy Trains’. All in all there is plenty of magic in the air on ‘The Christmas Album’, something that can be appreciated by all during the 12 days of Christmas.Author: Kevin