President Obama appears to be enjoying a chacona.
A playlist for Listen to This can be found on iTunes. It's not a "top twenty" or "greatest hits" kind of thing, rather a sampler of various pieces I talk about in the book.
— Juan Arañés, "Un sarao de la chacona"; Jordi Savall leading Hespèrion XXI and La Capella Reial de Catalunya (Alia Vox)
— Monteverdi, Lamento della ninfa; Bernarda Fink, René Jacobs leading the Concerto Vocale (Harmonia Mundi)
— Purcell, Dido's Lament from Dido and Aeneas; Sarah Connolly, Steven Devine and Elizabeth Kenny leading the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Chandos)
— Bach, "Crucifixus" from Mass in B Minor; Philippe Herreweghe conducting the orchestra and chorus of the Collegium Vocale Gent (Harmonia Mundi)
— Skip James, "Devil Got My Woman"
— Mozart, "Don Giovanni, a cenar teco," from Don Giovanni; Johannes Weisser, Alessandro Guerzoni, René Jacobs conducting the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra (Harmonia Mundi)
— Radiohead, "Everything in Its Right Place" from Kid A (Capitol)
— Debussy, "Fêtes" from Nocturnes; Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Sony)
— Schubert, Notturno; Trio Wanderer (Harmonia Mundi)
— Björk, "In a Hidden Place" from Vespertine (One Litte Indian)
— John Luther Adams, "Thunder" from The Mathematics of Resonant Bodies; Steven Schick (Cantaloupe)
— Verdi, final scene of Otello; Plácido Domingo, James Levine conducting the National Philharmonic (RCA
— Golijov, Prelude from Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind; Todd Palmer, St. Lawrence String Quartet (EMI)
— Sonic Youth, "Schizophrenia" from Sister (Geffen)
— Sinatra, "It's a Lonesome Old Town" from Only the Lonely (Capitol)
— Anon., "Deep River"; Marian Anderson, Kosti Vehanen (Preiser)
— Mozart, Adagio from Piano Concerto No. 23; Mitsuko Uchida, Cleveland Orchestra (Decca)
— Bob Dylan, "Simple Twist of Fate" from Blood on the Tracks (Columbia)
— Handel, "As with Rosy Steps the Morn" from Theodora; Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Harry Bicket conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Avie)
— Brahms, Intermezzo Opus 117 No. 1; Radu Lupu (Decca)