“On Christmas morning in the Barker household, as we are sipping our traditional champagne cocktails, we always put on Cool Yule by Bette Midler, the John Rutter Christmas Album, Anne Sophie von Otter’s Home for Christmas… And no Christmas is complete without Christmas with Bing. I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year!”
Bette Midler – Cool Yule
“I was going to be interesting and say the Charpentier’s Messe de minuit pour Noel, which I discovered many years ago when I was listening to the works of Rameau, Lully and Couperin. But if I was being really honest, every Christmas morning for the last ten years at least I have played John Eliot Gardiner’s recording of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. The singing is fresh, the playing energetic and the trumpets and timpani just add to the general sense of celebration and joy.
“The other song I love to hear is, especially while putting up a tree or cooking Christmas dinner, is Kay Starr’s The Man with the Bag, which I first heard on the stage of the...