I've been searching for this on YouTube for several years now, because I've wanted to share it with my online friends. The sound of my childhood Christmases. "The Old Notes", as I called the LP because of the cover. It was usually taken out somewhere around the beginning of Advent, I think, maybe on my birthday, or - well, I don't really remember anymore, just that it's an integral part of Christmastime for me. Tomorrow is the first Advent Sunday, so it's a good time for a repeat.
If you click through to YouTube, there's a list of the songs and performers in the description. I really like or love all of it, but my greatest personal favourites are 6 and 7, with 7 being the absolute favourite. (The completely instrumental 9 then pretty much encompasses that warm childhood Christmas feeling I get from the whole thing.) I still can't understand all of the lyrics, though, before you ask. It's not that I couldn't understand the language of the time, it's not that terribly different in the 15th century (unlike the writing, as the images in the video prove); I just can't understand what they're singing there...
I could not have found it even if it were on YouTube earlier than it was; the actual name of the LP is not listed. I think I seredipitiously found it now because YouTube offered it to me from a video about historical clothing.
It's probably my childhood speaking, but you just can't beat 15th century music for a really special feel.
The absolutely most popular Czech Christmas song - and I mean this, people would stand up to sing it as if it were a national anthem - also goes back to the 15th century, although it seems to have gotten a baroque makeover along the way. And with such a hugely popular song, I just can't gather the strength to dive into the deluge of versions on YouTube to find one I would like - not to mention the time.
(It seems my entries here tend to end up with the bunny at the bottom thinking of carrot all the time, because the entries tend to be contemplative, one way or the other, and apparently that's what bunnies think about all the time. Carrots. - This came out sounding like a double entendre. It wasn't meant to.)