Strings on Sunday

Something a little different to the kind of inane pop kind of thing I usually post around here.

When I was a kid, I listened to a lot of classical music. I say that like I had any choice in the matter but of course I didn’t: my parents’ record collection contained not just Country records, but a fair smattering of the more cerebral stuff too.

This is one piece which I’ve always loved, performed here by the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Vladamir Ashkenazy. I have no idea if this is regarded as a fine rendition or not, it just happens to be the one that I own. Note the inclusion of “Authentic Cannons and Bells from St Petersburg” in the recording, which is code for “Play it Loud”:

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Tchaikovsy – 1812 Overture

More soon.

Sunday Morning Coming Down

You know that glorious honeymoon period, when you first here an artist, go on a voyage of discovery, find you love everything you come across by them and wonder how you’ve never heard them before?

That’s where I am right now with Laura Cantrell.

Hers is a name I’d heard before, but not any of her records, and then I recently stumbled over today’s track and I’ve been besotted ever since.

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Laura Cantrell – Not The Tremblin’ Kind

Any pointers or recommendations gratefully appreciated.

More soon.