Today in our From The Library series, we will be playing a concert of primarily Baroque works from a varied range of composers featuring Bach, Handel, Rameau and others, including performances of all kinds from solo instrumentalists to chamber groups to full orchestral ensembles.
In addition, we will be premièring the new album from popular music composer Mike Oldfield: Music of the Spheres, released a few days ago. The album features orchestrations by Karl Jenkins and solo performances by Lang Lang on piano and Hayley Westenra on vocals. Oldfield has suggested that this may be his final album: he now spends most of his time in the peace and quiet of the Balearics. The new album, released on Universal Classics and Jazz, despite its orchestrations, is very clearly an Oldfield album, and features the characteristically minimalist style of theme for which the artist made his name with the first of many recordings, Tubular Bells (1973), the first album released on Virgin Records and the first label of at least a dozen not to turn him down. Richard Branson had funded the studio time, and when no existing label seemed willing to release the finished work, he set up a label himself. And the rest, as they say.…
From the Library is produced by Radio Riel in conjunction with the Caledon Library in Second Life. Today’s programme was produced by Elrik Merlin.
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