Canon in D | Original Version
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Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D.
Pachelbel’s original version, played on the original instruments from the time of Pachelbel.
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David Tayler, theorbo
Voices of Music is remastering some of our videos that went online before YouTube was available in full 1080p HD video. A new master was cut from the original tape which was made during the recording session of the Concerto Barocco CD, recorded in St. Stephen’s, Belvedere, California.