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The Rough Guide To The Music Of Scandinavia

One of the many great things about working in The Nomads Tent was that it stocked Rough Guide CDs and they were the staple background music of the day.

The Rough Guide to the Music of ScandinaviaEach one provides a selection of about wenty tracks from various regions of the world. I love the music of Okinawa, Eastern Europe and Tango, but my very favourite has to be the music of Scandinavia. There’s a wide and rich variety of music on there from fairly traditional to complex orchestral and vocal arrangements, to songs where you can see the origins of heavy metal and prog rock among the strands of folk music.

Of the many great songs on this album the one that stops me in my tracks is the last one: The Icelandic Symphony Orchestra With The Langholt Church Choir, Conducted By Jon Stefansson: Lofsöngur (Icelandic National Anthem). Once you’ve gotten through all the wierdness and beauty of the other songs, this one comes with the reward of bliss and peace. There’s a section about two-thirds of the way through it when the choir modulates up and it catches you and makes your eyes water.

I was tempted to post a link to the page where you can listen to samples of the tracks from this album, but I’d be doing a dissservice as they all must be heard in their entirety for full appreciation.

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