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O ewiges Feuer, o Ursprung der Liebe (Chorus)
Johann Sebastian Bach, Lisa Larsson, Nathalie Stutzmann, Derek Lee Ragin, Christoph Genz, Panajotis Iconomou, The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
06:57
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Summer '68 - 2011 Remastered Version
Pink Floyd
05:28
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Haydn : Symphony No.59 in A major, 'Fire' : IV Allegro Assai
Franz Joseph Haydn, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien
04:02
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Recomposed By Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons: Summer 2
Max Richter, Daniel Hope, Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin, Andre de Ridder
03:59
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Saint-Saëns: 6 Études, Op. 111: No. 4, Les cloches de Las Palmas
Camille Saint-Saëns, Bertrand Chamayou
04:02
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Sueno Latino - D. May Illusion First Mix
Sueño Latino
11:18
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Monaco
Bon Entendeur
04:31
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Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15: 1. Allegro con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven, Martha Argerich, Philharmonia Orchestra, Giuseppe Sinopoli
14:10
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Syrinx, L. 129
Claude Debussy, Juliette Hurel
02:40
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Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, L. 86
Claude Debussy, Peter Lloyd, Claudio Abbado, London Symphony Orchestra
09:50
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Les flocons de l'été - Radio Edit
Étienne Daho
03:35
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Recomposed By Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons: Summer 1
Max Richter, Daniel Hope, Raphael Alpermann, Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin, Andre de Ridder
04:11
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Recomposed By Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons: Summer 3
Max Richter, Daniel Hope, Raphael Alpermann, Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin, Andre de Ridder
05:00
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Aquarius
Boards of Canada
05:58
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Jour d'été: III. Nocturne (Allegro vivo)
Gabriel Dupont, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, Patrick Davin
05:02
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Platée [ou Junon jalouse]: Orage - Live
Jean-Philippe Rameau, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski
02:32
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Grand Canyon Suite: 5. Cloudburst
Ferde Grofé, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
09:55
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Le Soleil, vainqueur des nuages (Allegorical cantata on the recovery of the King's health): Air: "Préparons d'éclatantes fêtes"
Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Mireille Delunsch, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski
05:03
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Acperience 1
Hardfloor
09:02
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Little Fluffy Clouds
The Orb
04:27
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Concerto pour piano et orchestre No. 2 en ut mineur, Op. 18: Concerto pour piano et orchestre No. 2 en ut mineur, Op. 18: II Adagio sostenuto
Sergei Rachmaninoff, Boris Berezovsky, Dmitri Liss, Orchestre Philharmonique de l’Oural
10:34
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Summer H116 - 1989 Remastered Version
Frank Bridge, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Charles Groves
09:42
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Chausson: 7 Mélodies, Op. 2: VII. Le colibri
Ernest Chausson, Jessye Norman, Michel Dalberto
02:27
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Vivaldi : Orlando furioso : Act 1 "Sol da te mio dolce amore" [Ruggiero]
Antonio Vivaldi, Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti
07:30
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Wagner: Siegfried: Forest Murmurs
Richard Wagner, Philippe Jordan, Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris
08:26
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Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op.24
Samuel Barber, Renée Fleming, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Sakari Oramo
15:29
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Suita Española No. 1, Op. 47: VI. Fantasia
Isaac Albéniz, Teo Gheorghiu
04:35
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Indian Summer
The Doors
02:34
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Désir d'amour
Camille Saint-Saëns, Tassis Christoyannis, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Markus Poschner
02:14
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Harmonielehre: III. Meister Eckhardt and Quackie
John Adams, Berliner Philharmoniker
11:18

My Summer of Love

There are two ways to hear the summer. One is with the light music of Bach, Beethoven, Haydn and Debussy. The other is with what emerged from the summers of love between 1968 to 1988 where house music and raves emerged. We will see that these two styles are far from being incompatible.

My summers oscillate between composers of the Enlightenment such as Haydn and Beethoven, and 1988’s Summer of Love, somewhere between sun-drenched energy and ecstatic dancefloors. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy Haydn’s hundred or so symphonies, at about the rate of one per day. They are an effective antidote to the miasma of sadder seasons.

My season of the sun begins in June at Pentecost, when the sun descends like the tongues of fire upon the heads of the Apostles. To mark this beginning there is no better music than the opening chorus of Bach’s incandescent Cantata BWV 34, coupled with the finale of Haydn’s Symphony 59, The Fire, and its exhilarating horn battle. Summer is also the time for sunny naps. Debussy’s Faun, intoxicated from playing his mysterious flute Syrinx all day, lounges in the sun. Vivaldi’s lovers sigh in the shadows. It’s the summer of love.

The sensual, soothing movement of Rachmaninov’s 2nd Concerto becomes a heady night of love under the fingers of Daniil Trifonov. Lovers answer the call of Saint-Saëns’ “Désir d'amour”. Sounds and pheromones swirl in the nocturnal air orchestrated by Gabriel Dupont where Chausson’s “Hummingbird” is buzzing. They become memories in Samuel Barber’s music, to which The Doors, Bon Entendeur and Etienne Daho tip a wink.

So to the other side of this warm season: the eternal party begun in 1988, where no one counted the days and nights under the Balearic sun. The polyphonic rise of TB 303 orchestrated by Oliver Bondzio, the shrill cicadas of “Sueno Latino” revisited by Derrick May, The Orb burning after hours echoing the founders of Pink Floyd. And what would summer be without a nice storm where you can dance naked in the rain? I leave it to Vivaldi, Rameau, Grofé and Clérambault to provide that, just before the arrival of John Adams’ rainbow.

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