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  Song List: Disc 1  1. Variations for Piano on "Ah vous dirai-je", K 265 (300e): Theme  2. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 2 in E flat major  3. Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 2 in D major, … see full wiki

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Pachebel's Canon in D; Your Soul will Rejoice!

  • Dec 14, 2000
Pros: Its classical! Music the way it was meant to be heard...

Cons: N/a

Authors Note: I set out to review this CD and found myself writing only about Canon in D, so enraptured I am with this passage; please forgive my bias. After reading the review you will understand why I took this unique and somewhat unorthodox approach in its creation. The lone track I review is indeed part of this very noteworthy CD…

The sun rises into a light gray sky covered over from with low-lying fluffy clouds. From hilly stands of pine and evergreen trees that stand tall and proud against the landscape, to the gently lapping slightly grayish lake in the distance, the land is bathed in a bright gray light as the sun chases away the night. I open the French doors that lead to the veranda and the cold air gently caresses my face and gives new life to my parched lungs and wanting soul. My breath escapes my lips in clouds of life that quickly evaporates in the chill of the morning. In the distance dotting the hillocks and glades lie small brick houses, silent bulwarks against the harshness of Mother Nature. White smoke ascends through the chimneys of most and rises slowly, lazily into the early morning air.

A gentle quietness has fallen across the land as snow in big white downy soft flakes falls from a seemingly solemn sky, coating the ground of my garden below me and the green, green leaves of the evergreen and pines white, the color of German Christmas. Slowly the snowflakes fall no two the same, tumbling, rolling, dancing and twirling in the cold air, touching but untouched, pure in their virgin majesty. The beauty they create is breath taking and yet oh so simple. Its beauty that touches the human heart and taps into its deep well of emotions, and can cleanse the soul of demons, if only for a moment…this is Canon in D.

Two lovers stand, eyes locked, hands intertwined, hearts beating wildly, each searching, each wanting to touch the other at a level far deeper than mere physicality will allow. Gently he caresses her face, his hand tracing every curve, every rise; the softness of her lips; the roundness of her nose; the silkiness of her hair. The quite dignified beauty of her makes him weak and his soul reaches out to hers, and hers to his and they dance to music only they can hear. Their lips touch lightly at first feeling the light brush of electricity between them, but then passion overtakes them and their lips press together with purpose and meaning and the force of his allure for her leaves a weakness in her knees and she clings to him for support…

Slowly he lowers her to the bed festooned in scented rose pedals of white, yellow and red, and in slow motion one undresses the other until their naked bodies lay upon the satin sheet bathed in silvery white light of the three quarters moon. Their lips meet once more and they explore each other’s bodies with fingertip that trace lines of passion across skin; with and lips adorned with moister and softness; with palms that sooth tired muscles with their warming touch; with legs and feet that explore zones heretofore unknown. And as the moon reaches its zenith and the liquid light from its sun trenched reflection casts long shadows upon the lovers, their passion tenderly reaches its peak and in a defining moment only known to them, their love and longing for one another is cemented as only the Lord could have foretold… this is Canon in D.

There is perhaps no other passage in all of classical music with the ability to so encase the human soul in beauty as Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D. We have probably all heard it, the violins softly, lyrically dancing upon our ears inviting us, no imploring us to listen to its simplistic beauty with reverence. But how many of us have let the passage immerse us in the pure majesty of its image inducing music? This is a passage that begs to be listened to with your eyes shut and nothing else but the strings of the violins on our minds.

I cannot tell you where I was, or what I was doing when I first heard Canon in D, but I can tell you that it is a passage I will never forget so lasting is it effect on my soul. If romantic poetry could have a musical voice Canon in D would give rise to all the Sonnets of Shakespeare ever penned and accompany every verse of Emily Dickinson’ romantic prose.

Canon in D begins very quietly, so quite in some retentions that you have to strain to hear it. The violins, many, but speaking with one joyously exquisite voice, rise in crescendo as the piece progresses and then take off in so many directions at once that the ear strains to keep up, but the effect is far from disconcerting, it is welcome. Throughout the piece the violin rise and fall, rise and fall, as the music washes like a tide upon the beach of the soul, gently washing away the cares and concerns of the day.

Canon in D was written for the violin and rightfully so, because not other instrument could do justice to its hauntingly exquisite notes. As I write this review, I am listening to Canon in D by Festival Strings Lucerne, and their rendition of the song is how it was meant to be played; slowly, quietly, with the note drawn out so that the caress and wrap themselves around the eardrum, making it long for more! I can picture the violin players as they play, eyes closed pouring themselves into the piece, not a few with tears in their eyes from playing such a unity of soul searing beauty and the human heart at its best.

Thank you for taking to time to read and rate my review.

~The Bard~


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Label: DG Deutsche Grammophon (USA)
Release Date: September 19, 2000

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