The Same but Different

This week’s music post is later than I wanted but real life interfered and although I knew what I wanted to post I just couldn’t find the time to sit down and do it.  This week’s music is from just 2 albums.  Although very different both albums had the same attraction for me, music I was already very familiar with played in a way I wasn’t used to hearing them.  Incidentally I came across both whilst listening to ClassicFM. I don’t listen to the radio much apart from travelling to and from work.  On weekdays I usually listen to Radio 2 because I really like to listen to Sarah Kennedy in the morning; she’s just right for such an ungodly hour and always manages to make me smile.  In the evenings, if I’m heading in on nights it’s Chris Evans or whatever happens to be on if I’m heading home from a day shift.  At weekends though (and occasionally in the evening if I don’t like what ever’s on after 7pm) I listen to ClassicFM although the ads irritate the life out of me they irritate me less than Mo Dutta, there’s something about his voice that’s like chalk on a blackboard and it sets my teeth on edge.

The first 5 tracks on the player are from the Concert Fantasy on Carmen.  I’m not a big Opera fan but I do like Carmen and I love the gypsy-style of this, I think it captures the spirit of the music wonderfully.  I can’t remember now whether I was heading in for a day or a night shift, all I remember is that it was winter, dark and raining and this came on and cheered me up immeasurably.  One of the first things I did when i got to work was check the playlist on the ClassicFM site and order the album from Amazon.

The last 5 tracks are from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition I remember listening to this with my Dad when I was a kid and falling in love with it.  The pictures are all so vividly drawn in the music that you forget that you are listening and not seeing.  I vaguely remember him telling me that it was originally written for the piano but I had only ever heard the more common orchestrated version.  Heading into work on a day shift on a dull grey day ClassicFM played the whole thing from start to finish.  Thankfully it had just started as i got into the car and when I arrived at work I had enough time to spare that I could sit there and listen to the whole thing.  When it got to the Gate of Kiev I turned the volume up and literally came out in goosepimples.  It was hard to pick out just 5 tracks as the whole thing is glorious!