Piano Concerto in A minor Opus 17 (2) Ignacy Jan Paderewski
From the tear-jerking to the melodramatic, a haunting selection of classical funeral music catering to all personal preferences.
Composer: Verdi, Pärt, Mahler, Grainger, Barber
Repertoire: Requiem, Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten, Irish Tune, Adagio for Strings
Artists: Various artists
Label: Chandos CHAN 241-18
A selection of classics no one hopes they’ll need. The Agnus Dei from Verdi’s Requiem is for that relative who always had a sense of melodrama. The Adagietto from Mahler’s Fifth (also included on Music for Romance) was played at Robert Kennedy’s funeral, so has form. Barber’s Adagio for Strings is an obvious weepy, and Percy Grainger’s Irish Tune and Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in memory of Britten are included for those of a more esoteric nature.