Nick Drake cover, performed by The Books and Jose Gonzalez (2009).
There is such solitude in that gold.
The moon of these nights is not the moon
The first Adam saw. Long centuries
Of human vigil have filled her with
An old lament. See. She is your mirror.
Translation by A S Kline
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.
“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.