Pachelbel’s ultimate canon

A compilation of various recordings and arrangements of Pachelbel’s Canon in D from 1940 to the present day

Composer: Pachelbel
Repertoire: Pachelbel’s Canon in D
Artists: Various
Rating: 2/5 
Genre: Instrumental/Vocal/Orchestral
Label: RCA 82876 55307 2

This new release celebrates the enduring Pachelbel’s Canon in D with 15 different versions of the work. They range from the very first recording, made in 1940, to John Dankworth’s interpretation, a song How, Where, When? performed by the gravelly voiced Cleo Laine. Also included are arrangements for brass quintet, guitar, vocal ensemble and Japanese instruments. But most are uninspiring, making the CD impossible to take at one sitting.