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Saturday, October 13, 2018 Permalink

The One-Hit Wonder Connection

"The Sorcere's Apprentice," from Walt Disney's Fantasia


In the pop music world, a “one-hit wonder” usually refers to singers who have only one top-40 hit.

One can see something like that in classical music, as well—although in this case, it’s a composer known almost entirely for a single work—no matter how much other music they may have written.

And there’s probably no better examples than Johann Pachelbel and his famous Canon, and The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Paul Dukas.  In this hour, we hear both, plus works by both composers that deserve to be better known.


Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Danse Macabre Montreal Symphony, Nagano Decca 483 0396 028948303960 
Pachelbel: Canon Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood Decca 443 201-2 028944320121 
Pachelbel Canon, etc. Orchestre de Chambre Jean-François Paillard Erato 4509-98475-2 745099847524
Pachelbel: Un orage d’avril  Gli Incogniti, Amandine Beyer Harmonia Mundi HMC 902238 3149020223826
Pachelbel: Organ Works, Vol IV - Chorale Preludes [for “A Mighty Fortress”] Marilyn Mason Musical Heritage Society 513276H 717794327625 
Pachelbel Vespers  King's Singers, Kah-Ming Ng cond. Signum SIGCD 198 635212019825 
Albinoni Adagio, Pachelbel Canon, etc. Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Deutsche Grammophon ‎429 390-2 028942939028
Paul Dukas [for Symphony in C and La Peri] National Orchestra of France, Leonard Slatkin RCA Red Seal 68802 090266880225
Paul Dukas: Ouvres pour Piano, track 8 [for Variations, Interlude and Finale on a theme of Rameau] Herve Billaut Mirare MIR242 3760127222422

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