Chris Anderson asked recently for recommendations of “knock-your-socks-off-gorgeous instrumental music.” I’m always a bit wary of a steady diet of “knock-your-socks-of-gorgeous” music, but there certainly is a place for some lighter music now and then in between regular meals!
So here’s what I offered. Actually, most of this is what I would consider fruit: very accessible (and yummy!), but also quite healthy.
Most of these are available for Amazon download or at least have audio samples.
Bolero & Other Classical Blockbusters – Canadian Brass
Britten: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra; Simple Symphony, etc. – London Symphony Orchestra
Children’s Classics: Prokofiev, Saint-Saëns, Britten
Ancient Dances and Airs for Lute
Christopher Parkening – Elmer Berstein: Concerto for Guitar
Copland Greatest Hits
Henry V Soundtrack
Amadeus: The Complete Original Soundtrack
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Night on Bald Mountain
Paris – La Belle Époque – Yo-Yo Ma
Classic Perlman: Rhapsody
Roses and Solitude
John Rutter/Distant Land The Orchestral Collection
Schindler’s List soundtrack
Sense and Sensibility Soundtrack
Summon the Heroes – John Williams
The Ultimate Relaxation Album
Intimate Inspiration – the very best of The Amadeus Guitar Duo
Williams on Williams (Music from the Films of Steven Spielberg)
American Journey – Williams
Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone
Yo-Yo Ma Plays The Music of John Williams
99 Perfectly Relaxing Songs
Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is Chair of the Worship Ministry Department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He is the author of Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, and By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Cutlure, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and three children.