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)
Performed here by the master showman Andre Rieu and his orchestra.
A simple, lovely piece, by a modern master of lyricism. Meaning “Whoever” (Italian) it was written in 1971, and has been used many times in films and TV series, and in advertising (dog food, amongst other things).
Such an evocative piece of music, composed for the 1960 Western film (itself a retelling of The Seven Samurai).
“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)
This version was chosen because it is crisp and clear, although just orchestral.
The Boston Pops orchestra, with the great showman and musician Arthur Fiedler conducting. “Aida” was an Egyptian commission, first performed in 1871, composed by Giuseppi Verdi.
For those after a big choral sound, then this alternative might suit.
Canon and Gigue for 3 violins and basso continuo, PWC 37, T. 337, PC 358 the first part of which is more widely known as “Patchelbel’s Canon.”
Played by Ensemble ad Libitum – Three Affections Upon a Ground
Go Yamamoto, violin, director
James Andrews, Marie-Élise McNeeley, violin
Nigel North, theorbo
Maho Sone, harpsichord