The accordion is not a musical instrument I automatically associate with classical music, though I did hear a concerto for accordion and orchestra back in the late 1980s or early 1990s. Canadian composer and accordionist Jim Hiscott (b. 1948) wrote the concerto and played the solo part, accompanied by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. It was quite a memorable piece of music.
Today, I was searching for something unique to post for Classical Sunday. After sampling a lot of music, I found a piece for cello and organ, Priere in F Major, Op. 16, by the French organist and composer Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911). The version I heard today is an arrangement for classical accordion and piano, arranged and played by Milos Milivojevic and Simon Callaghan.
The Priere (French for “prayer”) is serene and thought-provoking, and I am grateful to have discovered it today. The accordion sound in the piece makes me think of sitting in a Parisian cafe after strolling through the French capital. (I can’t wait to go back there again someday.)
Today’s selection is a pre-release from a collection with piano and harmonium duos composed by French organist, conductor and composer Charles-Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921) that is scheduled to be issued by Nimbus Records next month.
Now you know a little about why this is my Song of the Day for Today. Thanks for joining me here. Please enjoy.
Here is the audio track from the upcoming album, on the Milos Milivojevic YouTube topic channel. (The recording is so new, I was the first to give it a “thumb’s up”! Be sure to give one if you like it, too.)
With my best wishes,