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An Ommadawn Chorus: Mike Oldfield's Favourite Albums
Gary Kaill , January 23rd, 2017 10:59

As Mike Oldfield releases new album Return To Ommadawn he guides Gary Kaill through 13 albums that he listened to before he began making music - after which he never listened to much music at all


Fauré - Requiem
I was at a church school for the last two years of my schooling, in Essex. I left school on my 15th birthday - I couldn't wait to get out of there. But our teacher used to play us little snippets of classical music. So I had heard bits of Beethoven and Bach from quite an early age. Anyway, out of this I discovered Requiem. In fact I’ve recently uncovered some old vinyl records and I’ve still got my original copy.I just love the clarity of the voices; I love the sopranos. Also, the peace that it gave me was very important. I was really quite wound up as a teenager, very prone to anxiety in those days. I would listen to Requiem to calm those anxieties - it had a very real calming influence on me.