This is kind of random, but I thought it would be fun to share with you what I like to listen to and what are my current favorite songs (they aren’t in any particular order). Feel free to let me know your favorite songs!
- Rhinestone Cowboy, sung by Glen Campbell (and really all his songs)
- Vincent, sung by Don Mclean
- Home Again, sung by Ashley Campbell
- Scherza Infida, sung by Philippe Jaroussky
- Jesus and Me, sung by Glen Campbell
- Sky Bird/Lonely Looking Sky, sung by Neil Diamond (from the film Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
- A Thing Called Love, sung by Jerry Reed
- Any Old Road Will Take You There, sung by Balsam Range
- On the Road Again, sung by Willie Nelson
- Into the West, sung by Annie Lenox (from the film the Lord of the Rings)
In George Frederic Handel’s opera Rinaldo, he puts to music a dramatic love tragedy and joyful reunion, in the setting of the early eleventh century during the first crusade. Lascia ch’io pianga is the sad aria sung by Almerina (a soprano), who is mourning for her lover, Rinaldo. Being a typical baroque aria, it is dramatic and full of vivid emotion. Continue reading
Check out this beautiful aria from Handel. It is sung by Spanish soprano Nuria Rial. Continue reading
The first piece of music that made me love baroque opera was vedro con mio diletto. It is still one of my favorites.
It was composed by Vivaldi for the opera Il Giustino. This version is by French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky.
‘Gelido in ogni vena’ was originally composed by Leonardo Vinci in 1724, for his opera Farnace. Vivaldi later changed the music and put it in his own opera. Handel did the same thing. Continue reading