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Musical Fruit

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

Classic Yo-Yo

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

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is director of doctoral worship studies 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 Culture, 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 four children. Views posted here are his own and not necessarily those of his employer.