14 Great Songs with Orchestra

A song in its simplest form can be nothing more than words and melody, accompanied by a few chords. Whether a song is simple or complex, the words and music combine together to create something that is more than the sum of its parts. Another way that composers have sought to enhance the expressiveness of a song is by having an orchestral accompaniment. The endless possibilities of orchestral colors and textures have allowed composers to create some powerful and moving vocal works. I have selected 14 compositions for voice and orchestra that I highly recommend.

Berlioz Les nuits d'été
Mahler – Des Knaben Wunderhorn

Mahler – Rückert-Lieder

Mahler – Kindertotenlieder

Mahler – Das Lied von der Erde

Delius – Sea Drift

Strauss – Four Last Songs

Sibelius – Luonnotar

Ravel – Sheherazade

Canteloube –  Chants d’Auvergne

Altenberg Lieder
Shostakovich – Symphony No. 14

Barber – Knoxville, Summer of 1915

Marc-Andre Dalbavie – Sonnets sur un poeme de Louise Labe

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