From 2005 to 2010, I regularly updated my MP3 rotation site called Capriccio, and it was one of my favourite sites I owned. I really enjoyed sharing my favourite songs back then, which ranged from classical to instrumental to oldies to JPop to KPop and so on. Despite having an eclectic taste, classical and instrumentals are my main genres; I’m the type that prefers instrumentals over vocal works — though I don’t mind some choral pieces here and there. There are so many great pieces out that many do not know the works’ names, and that is the primary reason why I’m starting up this new blogging column called “Symphonic Selections”. I want to expose readers to the wonderful pieces that the Old and New Masters of our world have created — and by doing this column, I’ll go back to listening to more music myself. I hope you will all enjoy my selections. Expect classical, instrumentals (soundtracks included), and choral pieces on a regular basis!
I regularly listen to Korean Broadcasting System’s 93.1 FM, a Korean classical radio station, and the other day at work, “Salut d’Amour” by Sir Edward Elgar came on, and I found myself telling my co-worker, “You know the composer of this song also composed the ‘Graduation Song’ aka ‘Pomp & Circumstance March No. 1‘.” My co-worker didn’t know that, but he does now :)
I adore this violin and piano duet. It’s such a pretty, soft, romantic song that makes me want to learn the violin. It’s also a piece I’d heard a lot growing up, but it was one I never knew the name of until I finally stumbled upon it online. Give this song a listen, performed by Sarah Chang and Andrew von Oeyen, and imagine yourself dining in a fancy, romantic restaurant with your beloved someone, or imagine yourself in something similar.
Have you heard this song before? Do you like it? What do you picture when you listen to this? If you’re familiar with this song, what do you think of Sarah Chang’s performance? Do you recommend someone else’s rendition? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you all in the next update :)