arnold schoenberg – verklärte nacht

In this recording, made in 1957, Leopold Stokowski conducts Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), a string sextet in one movement composed by Arnold Schoenberg in 1899 and his earliest important work. Read more about the context HERE.

blind willie johnson – dark was the night, cold was the ground

“Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground” is a gospel-blues song written and performed by Blind Willie Johnson, probably recorded in 1927. The song is primarily an instrumental, featuring Johnson’s self-taught bottleneck slide guitar and picking style accompanied by humming and moaning.

For more about this haunting record, check out the fascinating Wikipedia page.