William Hong wrote:
>In any case, the piece has created a bad taste in many older classical
>music lovers' mouths in recent years, because it has been so overplayed
>that people tire of it easily. That's no fault of the piece itself, which
>is actually a very nicely done example of how this sort of music goes.
>It hasn't helped that most of the time it's heard in a sort of sappy
>"arrangement", with some of the stringed instruments plucking all the way
>through, which Pachelbel never specified.
The Paillard Chamber Orchestra performance (led by Jean-Francois Paillard)
would be the most famous rendition of the Canon with the pizzicato strings.
It's readily available in most music stores, probably on the RCA label.
>So if you want to hear it more, try listening to one of the
>recordings of the Canon and Gigue which play it in the form that
>Pachelbel originally wrote it, just the three violins and bass.
Three recordings I can recommend are all on old ("period") instruments.
1. Christopher Hogwood/members of the Academy of Ancient Music
2. Trevor Pinnock/members of the English Concert
3. Reinhard Goebel/members of the Musica Antiqua Koeln (a very different
and exciting rendition; the toal timing for both movements is 4:36!)
All three recordings couple the Canon with the Gigue and are played
>[Bless you, Bill. -Dave]
Mark K. Ehlert