Les Boréades - The Best of Beatles Baroque
Ob-La-Di, Ooh La La! A French Baroque ensemble meets the Fab Four in an unusual new recording. Classic FM Drive Featured Album, 10 June 2013.
Surprising though it may seem, it was during a session in which the French-Canadian Baroque ensemble Les Boréades were recording 17th-century Italian music that the idea of Beatles Baroque was born. They started improvising some famous Beatles songs and, before long, an entire album had been created.
Fifteen of the Beatles' biggest hits - including Yesterday, The Long and Winding Road and All You Need Is Love - are here given the Baroque makeover. In theory it sounds like a recipe for disaster but it surprisingly works rather well.
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