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Where classical elements are to the fore and dominate, but the track is rooted in some sort of modern form, from the mid 20th century onwards.

The Jukebox Pick (of 176):

 A Loon [strings version]

 (Kristin Hersh)

 Kristin Hersh

 10 out of 10 “Utterly perfect” Contemporary Classical

 It's hard to call which is the best version of this tempestuous masterpiece, highly strung then de-stressed in two parts, the initially paralyzing fear subsiding in favour of a contemplative mood. “A Loon” first appeared in January, 1994 on her “Hips and Makers” album, with Kristin and her acoustic guitar to the fore. Just shading it for me was the version which was re-imagined for strings. “My cellist, Martin McCarrick, wanted to hear five strings of my guitar turned into five stringed instruments, for some reason” reflected Hersh. Making the magic happen were: Kristin Hersh (vocals), Martin McCarrick (cello and string arrangements), Jane Scarpantoni (cello), Wilfred Gibson (violin), Perry Montague-Mason (violin) and Gavin Wright (violin). Finds beauty in the eye of the storm.

Some favourite artists:

Kristin Hersh, Kronos Quartet, Apocalyptica, Elvis Costello

The Jukebox pick:


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