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And the Laminees are...

Posted at 1:28 AM on March 6, 2006 by Valerie Kahler
Filed under: Musical philosophy

Iím riding the Oscar wave with my own nominations for The Laminated List (see John Zechís post of 3/3).

JS Bach: Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello. Okay, yes, Iíve already mentioned Yo Yo Maís 1998 recording of the Bach Suites this week, but I can't help it. Talk about dishy! Itís the perfect soundtrack for road trip or river trip...the perfect background for sweeping the floor or foreground for clearing out the mental cobwebs...the perfect companion to ibuprofen and lavender eye-pillow for migraine relief.

Mahler: Symphony No. 4. Bernard Haitink conducting the Concertgebouw Orchestra. Soprano Roberta Alexander. Thereís always a hint of fairy dust to Mahler, in my reckoning. How else can jingle bells sound both whimsical and vaguely sinister?

Barber: Violin Concerto
Vaughan Williams: Tallis Fantasia
Vaughan Williams: Five Variants on Dives and Lazarus

Pretty much any recording of the above can take my breath away. Case in point: I wondered why I was crying as I watched ďMaster and CommanderĒ in the theatre, then realized I was swimming in a Dolby ocean of Tallis Fantasia.