Friday, April 04, 2008

FriPod: MLK

1. Sinfonia, Movement II "O King" by Luciano Berio, performed by Sinfonia Singers, Orchestre Philharmonique, and Luciano Berio. Here is Tim Rutherford-Johnson's description:
[...] the second movement, a lament for Martin Luther King. This was also published as a separate work, O King. The singers change ring on the syllables of King's name with bell-like tones - supported closely by the orchestra. No actual bells are used though, and the effect is much sharper, more resistant, than simple funeral chimes. One can hear ethereal ascents in some of the string glissandi, or prayer in the softer incantations of King's name, but the sharp accents from horns, piano, clarinet and vibraphone never allow this music to subside into peaceful meditation (although it remains glisteningly beautiful), it forces attention. In the last minute of the movement, the steady - if lopsided - pulse of the music quickly frays and all disintegrates into another hushed vocal cluster as for the first time 'Martin Luther King' is heard in full statement.

2. "Luther" by Marvin Hamlisch, from The Sting soundtrack.
3. "The Most High And Mighty Christianus The Fourth, King Of Denmark, His Galliard AKA The Battle Galliard" by John Dowland, performed by Eden Karamazov.
4. "The Dreams of Kings" by James Horner, from the House of Sand And Fog soundtrack.
5. Eight Songs for a Mad King by Peter Maxwell Davies, performed by the Fires of London.
6. "Good King Wenceslas" performed by Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, Indianapolis.
7. "The King of the Golden Hall" by Howard Shore, from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers soundtrack.
8. "King of the Zulus" by Lilian Armstrong, performed by Louis Armstrong on The Hot Fives & Sevens, Vol. 1.
9. King Stephen Overture op. 117 by Ludwig van Beethoven, performed by a) London Symphony Orchestra with Pierre Monteux, b) Berlin Philharmonic with Herbert von Karajan.
10. "Knozz-Moe-King" by Wynton Marsalis on Live at Blues Alley.
11. "The Perfect King" by Harry Gregson-Williams and John Powell, from the Shrek soundtrack.
12. "The Return of the King" by Howard Shore, from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King soundtrack.

13. "Pride (In the Name of Love)" by U2.

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