Lior/Nigel Westlake: Compassion - Mvt 7 ‘Avinu Malkeinu’ (Hymn of Compassion)
I’ve known and worked with Lior since playing at the launch of his very first album back in 2004! He used to sing this beautiful hymn a capella at the end of some of his concerts, until he and Nigel orchestrated it for the incredible larger work ‘Compassion’ some years later. It’s incredibly moving, and MSO are performing it later this year in September!
Hans Zimmer: The Thin Red Line ‘Light’
Despite being known for scores such as Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean and Inception (amongst MANY others), this is my favourite soundtrack of Hans Zimmer. This track alone remained in my head for days after hearing it for the first time. It occurs at a moment in the film where the protagonists yearn to be transported away from the horrors of war, and this music still is a form of escape for me years after seeing it.
Fauré: ‘Sanctus’ from the Requiem
This work remains my favourite requiem, and also a movement that will forever bring me peace when I hear it.
Beethoven: Symphony No 9 Mvt (Choral Symphony) Mvt 3
The lesser known of the movements in this masterpiece, I’ll never forget hearing it for the first time realising it was in the same Symphony as the ‘Ode to Joy’. In the context of the symphony, it’s almost like a meditation before the huge choral finale, and is beautifully introspective.
Zoltan Kodaly: Esti Dal (Evening Song)
I stumbled across this beautiful little choral work because I’d once searched for Kodaly’s incredible Solo Cello sonata, and this came up on a list of ‘other’ works. It was definitely a happy accident as I’ve probably listened to it more than the Cello Sonata in the end! It’s absolutely stunning and so peaceful.