As it’s the holiday season, I thought I’d feature something Christmas-themed.
This is “Christmas Canon” by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO), from their 1998 album The Christmas Attic; it’s a beautiful interpretation of baroque composer Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D, featuring a five-part harmony sung by a children’s choir, with orchestral accompaniment.
I performed this piece as part of my high school choir back in the days, and have been fond of it ever since.
The video below is of TSO performing this piece live, spectacular as always.
TSO later recorded a rock version of this piece, on their 2004 album The Lost Christmas Eve. Here’s a live performance of that (it’s a fan recording, but great quality):
Hope you’ve enjoyed them! Happy holidays once again, and Happy New Year!
When I’m in the mood for something uplifting and adventurous, Edenbridge never disappoints.
This is “Star-Crossed Dreamer”, from their latest album The Bonding. I really enjoy the build-up in this song, culminating in a beautiful guitar solo!
Forever I’ll shine
The whole world is mine
A dreamer, a fancier am I
Full lyrics can be found here.
Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!
Today’s selection is “Papillon” from Stratovarius‘ 2003 album Elements, Part 1.
Elements, whose title track I’ve featured in the past, is one of my favourite Stratovarius albums; I find that the symphonic orchestration really brings out the epic feel that Stratovarius tries to materialize in their work.
“Papillon” (the word is French for “butterfly”) is particularly memorable to me due to the intensity of the orchestrated section that comes in around 2:12 and again around 4:34.
Here it is, set by a fan to a haunting slideshow of images:
Lyrics can be found here.
Stratovarius have also released a French version of this song.