My Favorite Things (2010)
(from The Sound of Music by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein performed by mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade from the 1987 studio recording, film star Julie Andrews from the movie track, the John Coltrane Quartet from the 1961 recording, vocalist Bobby McFarrin ‘live’ in Copenhagen, concert pianist Stephen Hough from his recording of virtuoso encores and transcriptions*, and popular singer Nataly Dawn of Pomplamoose. along with a variety of electronic sounds)

The popular song My Favorite Things is one of the most arranged, recorded, and performed songs of all time. I must confess I was unable to resist an attempt to uncover the hidden meaning, or essence, of this simple music. The melody seems to reside in both major and minor modalities simultaneously, which, faithful to its subject, evokes a deep sense of nostalgia that is nearly irresistible to the listener.

In this recording, there are nine recorded tracks, six ‘performance’ tracks and three electronic tracks. The performances of the five primary artists were divided into short musical segments. The segments were then separated by silences. Finally, the segments were recombined to form various duets, trios, etc. and mixed with electronics.

Duration: 4:32


* It is Stephen Hough’s transcription for piano that he performs on his album My Favorite Things.