Tried to post this yesterday, but ad trouble wiv me widget. We have passed the point in the Christian calendar at which this piece would be appropriate, but since I don't believe a word of it anyway, let's not worry about that. It's not Twelfth Night until tomorrow so we can still have Christmas songs until then, and this is light years away from Noddy Sodding Holder or frigging bloody Wizzard. Here, Soeur Marie Keyrouz performs the song Li-madha ta'jabina ya Mariam? 'Why art thou Amazed, O Mary?' i.e., that thou hast not known man, but art yet up the duff, and art like, 'why me?', yeah? It does strain the credulity a bit, let's admit it.
However... Soeur Marie sings the Kathisma of the Office of the Nativity from the Byzantine Melkite tradition with such heart-stopping intensity and technical accomplishment that we can forget the crassness of commercialised Christmas, the absurdity of the story and the horrors perpetrated in its name, and ride the thermals of her astonishing voice.