What is the best version of Pachelbel's Canon

  • Hello,

    I'm looking for a specific version of Johann Pachelbel's Canon. The recording is a little faster than any other version of the piece I know and starts with violins (plucked though, not like the normal versions). A little later a whole orchestra joins in, and there is definitely a piano among them. It's Canon in D, most likely major, but maybe also minor, I can't remember that exactly. Instead of melancholy, this version radiates pure joie de vivre. It's only a little longer than two minutes.

    Does anyone happen to know where the recording could have come from, which orchestra played it, or who could have interpreted the piece in this way?

  • Hello Andrea,

    I don't know who made this interpretation either,
    but I recently heard a similar one or the one you mean on the radio. Sounded really refreshing and joyful.

    In any case, the canon is in D major and not in minor, otherwise it would be called "Canon in D" and not "Canon in D".

    Greetings, Peter.

  • Hi Peter,

    can you maybe remember which station it was on? Then I could ask there.

  • That was the culture radio from the RBB.
    Should have been about 1-2 months ago.
    If I am not wrong...

    Greetings, Peter.

  • Original from Andrea... Instead of melancholy, this version radiates pure joie de vivre. ...

    the original version exudes anything but melancholy!

  • Original by Andrea41
    the original version exudes anything but melancholy!

    Most of the recordings, however, are slow and melancholy, you have to admit that.

  • no, I don't think so at all. the many recordings that i know express exactly what this piece contains: joy.
    Besides, I don't think it's nice to noodle musk down so quickly ...

  • Could you give me a few examples of good recordings, preferably from an orchestra, if you know them, so that I too can add a joyful interpretation to my collection?

    Personally, I only know rather slow and sad sounding versions of the song, so that's why I ask. I liked the recording I mean best because it conveys the joy of the piece very well, also through the choice of instruments and not just the tempo. There really is no question of "noodling down".

  • Dear Andrea,

    I cannot contribute anything to your initial question. The Canon from Pachelbel is actually difficult for classical music fans. Discovered relatively late at all, musically probably not of decisive importance, but one of the "hits" of classical music in general. So almost a piece that you pass by with less interest.

    But I am answering here because I know a recording that is worthwhile for me, which in turn cannot be compared to any other recording I know and which perhaps shows a side of the piece that should arouse interest.

    In short, there is a wonderful sampler with baroque orchestral music, which begins with an incredibly deep use of the canon and IMO expresses the piece as a whole in an impressive and beautiful way:

    Christopher Hogwood / Academy of ancient music - Pachelbel Canon - Decca (recordings from 1977 to 1991) Pachelbel - Bach - Handel - Vivaldi - Corelli - Marcello - Orchestral works.

    A CD that often plays when we're in a relaxed mood, when friends are around, for breakfast on Sunday morning, etc. If you ever come across this recording (last seen by me as a special offer for 5 euros), buy, listen and enjoy. Not only the Canon, but also the other pieces, especially in this combination.

    Granted, this Canon is not light and lively, but it has something.

    Enjoy listening

    Matthias

    Apparently still available via amazon (between 4.99 and 9.99 euros)

    Raging world and jumping
    I stand here and sing.

  • Thank you, Matthias.

    Andrea, please write something else! It is really very important to me.

    Peter, it would be very nice if you could try to remember a little more precisely when you heard it or what time you heard it. Otherwise, the people at RBB cannot help me.

    To everyone else: nobody really knows this or a comparable recording?

  • Hello Andrea! maybe you will find what you are looking for on this cd:
    . you can get it from amazon and there are various adaptations of pachelbel's canon on it.

    otherwise i can recommend recording with reinhard goebel and musica antiqua köln, they play the canon a bit more slowly than others.

  • @Andrea:
    I'm sorry, but I really can't tell you more precisely.
    Too many recordings are on the radio all day.

    Greetings, Peter.

  • hello andrea, a piano version of pachelbel's canon was playing on the classical channel:
    George Winston Variations on the Canon by Johann Pachelbel
    George Winston George Winston (piano) Windham Hill Records WD-1025
    maybe this is what you are looking for.

  • Original by Andrea41
    hello andrea, a piano version of pachelbel's canon was just playing on the classical channel:
    George Winston Variations on the Canon by Johann Pachelbel
    George Winston George Winston (piano) Windham Hill Records WD-1025
    maybe this is what you are looking for.

    Thanks for the hint, but in the first posting I clearly stated that it is not a piano version. In the meantime I've found a similar piece.