Frank Zappa’s “Amnerika” from Civilization Phaze III, released posthumously in 1994. Composed and conducted by Frank Zappa and performed by the Ensemble Modern orchestra.
Guillaume Dufay, “Kyrie” from Missa l’Homme Armé. Couldn’t find out who the performers are.
UPDATE: Reader Luís Henriques who is himself a singer, director and musicologist, informs me that the performance is by Jeremy Summerly’s Oxford Camerata. I tracked down the name on the T’Oobs and Luís appears to be totally right. (The Camerata’s performance of the whole Missa is here.)
Very impressive musical identification. Thanks, Luís!
Please check out Luís’ work, folks!
FURTHER UPDATE: WordPress informs me that it is my third blogiversary:
Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!You registered on WordPress.com 3 years ago!Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging!
To whatever tiny gaggle of viewers remains after all this time of Youtube leeching, thanks for being around!
Lots of icons falling these days. R.I.P. Paul Kantner. I was not a huge Jefferson Airplane fan but “White Rabbit” is a brilliant song.
I got my 200th follow. I still don’t know exactly what that involves, but thanks to all who’ve been following, and special thanks to Luís Henriques, our 200th! I often wonder what I must be putting you folks through. It’s gotta seem like an extremely idiosyncratic selection. Anyway, when we hit the number 200 around here (or anything like it), we have been known to do this:
I’ve fallen behind on things Kyary, but now I’m obliged to report the opening of the Kyary Pamyu Pamyu XR Ride at Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka).
I confess I was getting ready to write Kyary off after her shark-jumping”Revenge of the Pumpkins” video, but Kyary once again rises like a Phoenix from the ashes. Kyary rules Kawaii.
Antonio Vivaldi,Salve Regina, RV 617. Performed by La Serenissima, directed by Adrian Chandler, and sung by Mhairi Lawson.
We’re losing a lot of them these days. R.I.P. Glenn Frey.
“Desperado” from Desperado (1973).
Ludwig van Beethoven, “Benedictus,” from Missa Solemnis. Concertgebouw Orchestra directed by Leonard Bernstein. Edda Moser (Sopran), Hanna Schwarz (Contralto), Rene Kollo (Tenor), Kurt Moll (Bass).
I offer a lopsided salute over at BoFN.