Two of the world’s most amazing voices and a fabulous song.
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A beautiful short choir piece.
Vocaal Ensemble PANiek
March 14th 2010 at Antonius Abtkerk, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
Georg Friedrich Händel: Water music & Music for the royal fireworks
Chamber Soloists of Washington, with Edward Carroll, conductor.
Played here on modern instruments. Aerist has listened to the baroque orchestras with interest, but expresses a preference for instruments tuned to his current body and culture.
Suite No 1 in F Major.
Suite No 2 in D Major
Suite No 3 in G Major
Chosen because of the accompanying video by Malcolm Donald of the sights and sounds of Staffa Island and Fingal’s Cave..
Performed by the Berlin Philharmonic with Joseph Keilberth conducting.
Originally written for the Boston Pops orchestra, and a staple of winter concerts everywhere, surely one of everyone’s favourite piecces.
This version was chosen because it is slightly slower than Leroy Anderson’s own version, which was played at a white-knuckle-ride pace. Also, I find the spoken introduction pleasing – the music starts at 1:18.
Played here by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra conducted by David Brophy as part of the Mooney Tunes concert on Sunday 19 December 2010, at the Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin.
For those who wish to research the (surprisingly very good) Ronnettes’ version, it is Here(Link)
Motettorum Liber Quartus Quinque Vocibus ex Canticus Canticorum
(Composed in Venice, 1584) by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1524?-1594).
Performed here by the Hilliard Ensemble, with a light touch.
These are short pieces which can be used to listen, relax and meditate.
Rameau: La Poule – Ladies into Fowl
Played with skill and humour with two keyboards. The players are not credited on youtube, so if you know, please comment.
This has been tagged Piano – but these instruments are plucked, so more like the guitar or lute, really.
Performed here by the master showman Andre Rieu and his orchestra.
“I gave everything to [this symphony] I was able to give. What I have here accomplished, I will never achieve again.”
Camille Saint-Saens, circa 1887
Composed at the height of his powers, without compromise.
This performance conducted by Myung-whun Chung, with the Radio France Philharmonic, at the BBC Proms 2008, at the Royal Albert Hall. Olivier Latry was the organist. The virtuoso pianists go uncredited.
Even with headphones, this can be felt in the solar plexus.
From the Last Night of the Proms, 2012. Extraordinary scenes.
March No. 1 was composed in 1901 by Edward Elgar and “Dedicated to my friend Alfred E. Rodewald and the members of the Liverpool Orchestral Society”. (Not just the Beatles, then)