Soothing Sounds for a Troubled Coronary heart
O Frondens virga (Hildegard of Bingen, 1163-1175)
Abbess, scholar, poet and correspondent with popes and archbishops, Hildegard was additionally one of many first feminine songwriters in historical past – although as this beautiful tune reveals, her subject wasn’t love however the mysteries of religion.
Largo ma non Troppo from Concerto for Two Violins (Johann Sebastian Bach, 1731)
Anybody who thinks Bach was at all times in church, musically talking, clearly hasn’t heard this rapturous, sensuously entwined duet for 2 violins, unfolding over a stately strolling bass.
Musette et Tambourin from Les Fetes d’Hebe (Jean-Philippe Rameau, 1739)
The great recording by Musicaeterna will lull you to sleep within the drowsy musette, which evokes the sound of bagpipe – then the tambourine will shake you awake.
The place’er you stroll from Semele (George Frideric Handel, 1744)
Jupiter hails the attractive Semele as she arrives on Mount Olympus on this serene tenor aria.
Dance of the Blessed Spirits from Orfeo ed Euridice (Christophe Willibald Gluck, 1762)
This mild, classical melody depicts the contented and harmonious inhabitants of the Elysian Fields.
Wandrers Nachtlied (Franz Schubert, 1824)
A setting of Goethe’s poem evoking a peaceable romantic panorama in music of beautiful simplicity.
Nocturne in D flat main (Fryderyk Chopin, 1835)
Chopin didn’t invent the concept of a nocturnal mood-piece with luxuriantly ornamented melody, however he definitely perfected it. Claudio Arrau’s recording catches its moonstruck ecstasy fantastically.
The Brambleberry Track from Gloriana (Benjamin Britten, 1953)
The Earl of Essex makes an attempt to calm the troubled coronary heart of Elizabeth I on this marvellous recreation of a melancholy Tudor lute tune, from the opera Britten composed for the accession of Elizabeth II.
Spiegel im Spiegel (Arvo Pärt, 1978)
The mystically inclined Estonian composer has a present for making the only issues in music glow with fresh-minted magnificence, as this pretty piece for violin and piano reveals.