Description: A summary of life
It’s an epic goodbye in four movements. The final moments of existence, heard in “the strands of sound disintegrating” (Bernstein’s words), resonate at the end.
Description: Hypnotically elegiac
I listen to this rarely, as it’s not called the “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs” for nothing.
Description: Cool and intricate
Shostakovich’s sort-of-homage to Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, written in a more contemporary time and vein. A desert-island pick.
Description: Spiritual and modern
Faith, hope, love in an uninterrupted choral work that is short and life-affirming.
Description: Luminous and infinite
Heard this again at sea, under the turbulent shadings of a
restless sky. Perfect.
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