Hi everyone, here are our lucky seven musical streaming* suggestions for the week.
(Click on the photo of the album or playlist you’d like to hear, to play it!)
Baby Symphony by Various Artists (Genre: Easy Listening, Classical):
I attended a meeting earlier this week and they had this album playing in the background before the meeting began.
As I don’t have any children I can’t say if the album would sooth a baby or small child!
However, it does feature a nice relaxing mix of classical songs adults will enjoy!
Songs in the collection include:
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G First movement: Allegro, English Chamber Orchestra, Geoffrey Simon
Beethoven, Romance No.2 in F, Op.50 , Stephanie Chase violin The Hanover Band, Roy Goodman
Brahms: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.73 Third movement: Allegretto grazioso, National Philharmonc Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski
Holst: The Planets Fourth movement: Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity, London Symphony Orchestra, Geoffrey Simon
Mendelssohn: Symphony No.4 in A—Italian Second movement: Andante National Philharmonc Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski
Young At Heart (1954) by Doris Day (Vocal, Pop):
Doris Day was one of the brightest and best singers and pop culture personalities of the 20th Century; who portrayed the girl and later lady next door in many movies during her fifties and sixties heyday.
She had a great voice and if you haven’t ever listened to one of her albums, check this one out as it is a classic.
Doris is accompanied by several guests artists/orchestras on the album including Frank Sinatra, The Ken Lane Singers, Paul Weston, Percy Faith and his Orchestra and Buddy Cole and his orchestra.
Songs on the album include: Let’s Take an Old-Fashioned Walk with Frank Sinatra, Till My Love Comes To Me, Hold Me In Your Arms with Percy Faith, Just One of Those Things and Ready, Willing and Able with Buddy Cole.
Further Chaos (2019) by Gilad Hekselman (Genre: Jazz):
Gilad Hekselman was born in Israel in 1983 an showed and early gift for music playing classical piano, and then turning his focus to guitar music while still a young boy.
While in college he won the 2005 Gibson Montreux International Guitar Competition – so it is safe to say Gilad is a top-notch guitarist!
Further Chaos is his just released new album which features six jazz length songs and runs 39 minutes.
Songs on the LP are Seoul Crushing, Toe Stepping Waltz, The Hunting, A Part of the View, Teen Town and Boyd and Soul.
J.S. Bach Cello Suites (2019) by Rachel Podger (Genre: Classical, Violin):
I don’t think I can describe Rachel Podger and her music better than Joseph Stevenson has in his AllMusic Bio of her – so I’m not going to try!
Instead, here, in brief, is how Stevenson describes Podger and her music “Rachel Podger, Baroque violinist, is known for her highly accurate, virtuosic playing, outstanding musicianship and understanding of period style, and a cheerful, warm, and decidedly non-stuffy stage presence.”
Basically, Rachel Podger loves music and loves to share her love of music which makes her music both enjoyable to listen to and very accessible!
Songs on her new J.S. Bach Cello Suites LP are – of course, cello suites by J.S. Bach including Cello Suites 1 – 6. Enjoy!
Orange (1972) by Al Stewart (Genre: Rock, Pop-Rock, Soft Rock, Folk):
On this early seventies release Scottish folk-pop singer songwriter Al Stewart offers some great introspective songs. This album has a nice mixture of music with pop and folk threads, with a bit more emphasis on the folk.
Songs on the album include You Don’t Even Know Me, Amsterdam, Don’t Believe You, The News from Spain and Night of the 4th of May.
NPR Milestones of the Millennium: World War I (1997) by Various Artists including New York Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra (Genre: Classical, Vintage, Pop):
This album offers a cool collection of vintage songs from the World War I era.
It’s a cool, both from a musical and historical perspective, to listen to these songs as they both reflect they era in which they were popular and show us how much popular music has changed in the last hundred years.
Disclaimer, I was a history major in college so I do love history!
If you like history too – check out this collection!
Songs on the LP include Pop and Circumstance performed by Leonard Berstein & New York Philharmonic, Der Rosenkavalier Suite (excerpt) by Eugene Ormandy, Classical Symphony by London Symphony Orchestra, Shine On Harvest Moon by Hal Kemp, Alexander’s Ragtime Band by Ted Lewis, Over There by Arthur Fields, How You Gonna Keep ‘em Down On The Farm After They’ve Seen Paree by Nora Bayes and West End Blues by Louis Armstrong.
Halfway To Home (2019) by Rita Wilson (Genre: Country):
Singer-songwriter, and of course actress, Rita Wilson offers her just released second album for your listening pleasure.
Wilson shows she is a Renaissance woman by branching out and co-writing all the songs on her sophomore release. She offers a mixture of songs that are warm and welcoming with insightful folk lyrics.
Songs on the album include Big City Small Town Girl, The Spark, Demolition Man and Rule Breaker.
Bonus: NPR’s 2019 Tiny Desk Concert Winner – Quinn Christopherson
NPR offers a series of music podcasts called Tiny Desk Concerts that feature, just that – concerts that are recorded in the NPR Music office near the desk of the series host Bob Bolien. The concerts are short, usually less than 20 minutes and always fun.
Each year NPR has a contest to pick the best new Tiny Desk artist. Video submissions are sent by musicians from all corners of the United States. This year they had more than 6,000 entries and the just announced winner for 2019 is an Alaskan songwriter and musician named Quinn Christopherson.
Here’s his winning entry for his song Erase Me
Videos of the Week:
Brandenburg Concert No. 3 by English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten
Holst: The Planets: Jupiter, The Bringer Of Jollity · London Symphony Orchestra, Chorus & Geoffrey Simon
Let’s Take an Old-Fashioned Walk by Doris Day & Frank Sinatra
Ready, Willing & Able by Doris Day
Gilad Hekselman Trio at WBGO’s Yamaha Piano Salon (26:57)
Double Violin Concerto: Part 1 by Andrew Manze and Rachel Pogder
Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV1009: V. Bourrée (Transcribed by Rachel Podger, G Major)
The News from Spain by Al Stewart with Dave Nachmanoff
Songs Out Of Clay by Al Stewart
How You Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm (After they’ve seen Paree) ? · Nora Bayes · Walter Donaldson
L’Histoire du Soldat Suite: IV. The Royal March · Israel Baker · Igor Stravinsky
Over There · Arthur Fields · George M. Cohan
Big City Small Town Girl by Rita Wilson
Pay Me In Wine by Rita Wilson
Mary Alee by Quinn Christopherson
Have a great weekend!
The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn
Baby Symphony, Sony Records, http://www.calarecords.com/acatalog/info_CACD0121.html
The Great War with Linda Kobler, NPR, https://www.npr.org/programs/specials/milestones/990127.motm.war.html
Tiny Desk Concerts, NPR, https://www.npr.org/series/tiny-desk-concerts/
TINY DESK CONTEST, Announcing The 2019 Tiny Desk Contest Winner, https://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2019/05/16/723269208/announcing-the-2019-tiny-desk-contest-winner
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