|~~The Twelve Days of Christmas Have Landed in the Window at Savor the Flavor~~|
Historically, there are many variations on the twelve gifts that are given, and there are even variations on who gives them (for example, "my true love" vs. "my mother"). In recent years, e-mails have circulated, claiming that there is a deeper meaning to the Twelve Days; however, it appears that this is simply rumor.
This weekend, we were fortunate to see the Los Angeles Master Chorale perform their Festival of Carols at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Conductor Grant Gershon introduced each of the songs. When he got to this one he began by saying, "Each year, as I program the music for our performances, I try to stay away from annoying songs. But this one is a very snappy version, so bear with me!" The audience laughed (because, really, who doesn't think this one is tedious?), and then the chorale wowed us with John Rutter's version of the carol. I was hooked.
I found a recording of the version that the Master Chorale sang, from an album entitled "The Colours of Christmas." It featured The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and The Bach Choir, with John Rutter directing. I find it to be a very nice three minutes. Let me know if you agree!