This holiday season we bring you a wonderful Christmas playlist with some pretty excellent Scandinavian artists who have put their voices on some great Christmas tunes.
The playlist kicks off with the Swedish group ABBA’s a presentation of “Swedish Christmas Music”. However, ABBA remained away from any songs that could be restricted to any seasonal event, with the one exception ‘Happy New Year’ (on Super Trouper, 1980). But over the years the individual members have made quite a few forays into the Christmas market. Enjoy!
Then follows two Danish Christmas songs. Many Danes go to church during the day on the 24th. It’s not because they’re religious; most just enjoy the tradition of singing Danish carols together in church.
And you shouldn’t miss St. Olaf Choir from Minnesota singing Christmas carols in the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway. This concert from 2014 was the 10th in a popular series of PBS holiday concerts featuring the St. Olaf Choir that have aired on public television over the past 28 years. The concert celebrated the centennial of the choir’s first concert tour to Norway in 1913, under the direction of its first conductor F. Melius Christiansen, a Norwegian immigrant and founder of the college’s now-famous music program. In 2005 the St. Olaf Choir, under the direction of Anton Armstrong, performed another Christmas concert, A St. Olaf Christmas in Norway, for PBS from Nidaros Cathedral.
The Daily Scandinavian team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!