Dance of the Blessed Spirits

I set off to YouTube to find a classical piece to share with you today. After dismissing some sappy movie soundtrack excerpts, I searched further and then cruised through the suggested videos.  

Today’s selection caught my attention with the intriguing title, “Dance of the Blessed Spirits.” It comes from Act II of the opera, Orfeo ed Euridice, (Orpheus and Euridice) by Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787). The movement is a short but divine piece, beautifully played by Franco-Belgian cellist Camille Thomas who plays a 1730 Stradivarius cello. 

I love the cello; it is such a deep sounding instrument, and while it can sound mournful, it sings hopefully just as well. There is a mix of the two emotions in this piece, I find.

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the audio for the piece from Camille Thomas’s official YouTube channel:

And I thought I’d add this Deutsche Grammophon video of Thomas performing, though it’s odd that the production does not show the orchestra. Still, it is impressive to see the artistry of her playing.

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