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Hear more. Feel more. Be more! Come with me and dive into some great classical music.
For over 1000 years great musicians have explored what it means to live, love, die and everything in between: asking all our deep and universal questions. Escape the cacophony - the noise of your brain and daily life; tune into the music, your feelings and emotions ‘good’ and ‘bad’ …and find the space, stillness and love that underpins everything.

NB: May include loud noise, surprises, challenges, cacophonous racket
May cause shock, comfort, discomfort, smiles, tears, peace, transcendence

CACOPHONY - Great music makes life better‪!‬ Cacophony - Steve Thomas

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Hear more. Feel more. Be more! Come with me and dive into some great classical music.
For over 1000 years great musicians have explored what it means to live, love, die and everything in between: asking all our deep and universal questions. Escape the cacophony - the noise of your brain and daily life; tune into the music, your feelings and emotions ‘good’ and ‘bad’ …and find the space, stillness and love that underpins everything.

NB: May include loud noise, surprises, challenges, cacophonous racket
May cause shock, comfort, discomfort, smiles, tears, peace, transcendence

    93. Celebrate good times! Come on! Haydn, Symphony no.48

    93. Celebrate good times! Come on! Haydn, Symphony no.48

    Celebratory music from Haydn that's pretty perfect and sure to leave you in a good mood and feeling happy!


     


    Music here on youtube or spotify


    Listening time 34 mins (podcast 7', music 27')


     


    What do you think? Let us know with a comment at Cacophonyonline.com


     


    If you like it, why not buy a download? You can get that here for less than a pound, or elsewhere. Cacophony doesn't make and money from it, but the musicians will make much more than through streaming. You can support Cacophony here.


     


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    Thanks for listening!


     

    • 6 min
    92. A quick and tasty Italian feast: Verdi, Nabucco Overture

    92. A quick and tasty Italian feast: Verdi, Nabucco Overture

    Even more irresistible than the Italian football team and their ace national anthem is Verdi's overture to Nabucco. It's rousing and joyous and one of my favourite things.


     


    Music here, on Youtube or Spotify, super-stylishly played by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado.


    Listening time: 13 mins (Intro podcast, 6'; music 7')


     


    What do you think? Let us know with a comment at Cacophonyonline.com


     


    If you like it, why not buy a download? You can get that here in top quality lossless sound for THIRTEEN English pence! or elsewhere...


     You can support Cacophony here.


     

    • 5 min
    91. Songs of lost love and lost youth - Butterworth, A Shropshire Lad

    91. Songs of lost love and lost youth - Butterworth, A Shropshire Lad

    I get floored every time by these six songs of lost youth, love and life written on the cusp of World War 1 by a young composer who didn't make it through. Raw, simple and unforgettable.


    Music here, with the terrific partnership of Roderick Williams and Iain Burnside, on Youtube


    or Spotify.  Listening time: 21 mins (Intro podcast, 8'; music 13')


    Here you'll find all the words to the songs.


     


    Recorded in inescapable heavy rain, so apologies for the sound quality on this episode!


     


    What do you think? Let us know with a comment at Cacophonyonline.com


     


    If you like it, why not buy a download? You can get that here in top quality lossless sound for an English fiver or elsewhere. Cacophony doesn't make any money from it, but the musicians will make much more than through streaming. You can support Cacophony here.


     


     


     

    • 8 min
    90. Highland Fling? Mendelssohn Scottish Symphony (pt2)

    90. Highland Fling? Mendelssohn Scottish Symphony (pt2)

    How Scottish do you have to be to be worthy of the name? If you're going to write a Scottish Symphony should it contain Scottish music? Does Mendelssohn pass the test? Regardless, his Symphony No.3 is brilliant, moving and surprising...


     


    Music here on Youtube or Spotify (full piece. Part 2 on the Youtube vid starts at 21:15)


    Listening time: 29 mins (Podcast 9', music 20') or 49' if you listen to the whole piece. 


     


    I'd love to hear from you! If you liked this (or didn't) please tell me with a comment at cacophonyonline.com


    If you really like the piece, please consider buying a recording. The artists get very little from streams, so the best way to support them is to buy the album. You can buy it as a download here, and elsewhere.


    If you like Cacophony and want to support it please click here to 'buy me a coffee'!


     


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    • 8 min
    89. Highland Fling? Mendelssohn's 'Scottish' Symphony (Part 1)

    89. Highland Fling? Mendelssohn's 'Scottish' Symphony (Part 1)

    Every time I hear it, I'm amazed by the power and emotion in Mendelssohn's music. Inspired by a trip to Scotland, his Symphony No.3 delights and surprises, without resorting to bagpipes!


     


    Music here on Youtube or Spotify


    Listening time: 32 mins (Podcast 12', music 20')


     


    I'd love to hear from you! If you liked this (or didn't) please tell me with a comment at cacophonyonline.com


    If you really like the piece, please consider buying a recording. The artists get very little from streams, so the best way to support them is to buy the album. You can buy it as a download here, and elsewhere.


    If you like Cacophony and want to support it please click here to 'buy me a coffee'!


     


    Please subscribe to the podcast and share it with your friends and family.


     


    Thanks for listening!


     


     


     


     

    • 11 min
    88. Funeral for a friend: Heinrich Schütz, Funeral Music

    88. Funeral for a friend: Heinrich Schütz, Funeral Music

    Asked to write funeral music for his friend and patron during the middle of a war, with millions dying all around plus a shortage of musicians, Heinrich Schütz finds hope, beauty and joy among the devastation. His Musikalische Exequien [Funeral Music] is a 400-year old masterpiece that still works its magic.


     


    Music here on Youtube or Spotify, sung with urgent intensity by The Sixteen.


    Listening time: 39 mins (Podcast 11', music 28')


     


    If you want to know exactly what's being sung, you can download the cd booklet, which contains (among much else) the words in German with a rather old-churchy-English translation.


     


    Your feelings are important! If you liked this (or didn't) please tell me with a comment at cacophonyonline.com


    If you really like the piece, please consider buying a recording. The artists get very little from streams, so the best way to support them is to buy the album. You can buy it as a download here, and elsewhere.


    If you like Cacophony and want to support it please click here to 'buy me a coffee'!


     


    Please subscribe to the podcast and share it with your friends and family.


     


    Thanks for listening!


     


     


     


     

    • 10 min

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