Monday, June 23, 2008

Music Monday - Gabriel's Oboe

Today’s highlight is from the 1986 film The Mission entitled “Gabriel’s Oboe” composed by Ennio Morricone. It’s an absolutely beautiful and introspective piece of music that you can’t help but be drawn into, tugging at your emotions for some inexplicable reason. I’ve posted two different videos of the song, both well worth watching. In the first video (through 2:23), a single oboist is back by a full orchestra led by Morricone and plays with such intensity and passion. In the second, Chloe Agnew of Celtic Woman sings words (Nella Fantasia) that were originally written to the same tune by Sarah Brightman. Agnew has such a beautiful voice and adds a whole different dimension to the already gorgeous piece. The ease with which she sings the high notes astounds me. The oboist accompanying her is her father, David Agnew. Watch, listen, and enjoy.

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