Inspirational Music

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Music which has profoundly influenced and acted as the soundtrack to my life…

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Larger Works

Bach, JS

St. John’s Passion (BWV 245). Best seen live, but an excellent online version by the Netherlands Bach Society can be found on YouTube here.

St. Matthew’s Passion (BWV 244). An excellent online version by the Netherlands Bach Society can be found on YouTube here.

Cantata : Wachet auf Ruft Uns die Stimme


Songs

Songs, song cycles, arias, and musical scenes I love… and recommend.


Bernstein, Leonard

Candide. One version with Jerry Hadley, June Anderson and Christa Ludwig with Leonard Bernstein conducting can be found on YouTube here.

West Side Story


Schubert

Basically, all of them.

An den Mond, especially D 259. I have copied the text with some commentary and suggestions of performances here. I also like the through-composed version D. 296, though not as much for some reason.


Strauss, Richard

Four Last Songs.

  • Frühling” (Spring)
  • September
  • Beim Schlafengehen (When Falling Asleep), and;
  • Im Abendrot (At Sunset).

Morgen.


Vaughan-Williams, Ralph

Five Sacred Songs.


Wagner, Richard

Prelude and Libestod from Tristan und Isolde. A version with Kirsten Flagstaff can be found here.

So what do you think? Any works of literature you would like to recommend? Please comment, below, or email me your suggestions at joncarllewis@gmail.com