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Ave Maria (Mendelssohn)
Eton College Chapel Choir
Ave Maria (Mendelssohn)

Ave Maria (Mendelssohn) 
Chapel Choir of Eton College
(Tenor Solo: Eddie Redmayne) 

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Palace of the Golden Bull
Toshiko Tasaki / Masaki Kurokawa / Kenichi Tsuchiya
Palace of the Golden Bull

Persona 2: Innocent Sin - Taurus Shrine theme

By far the most underrated variation of the Poem for Everyone’s Souls, possibly because for such a gradually developing piece it’s almost always interrupted by random battles before player can fully let it sink in. Fuller orchestration with deep male choral sounds and booming drums to contrast the solo soprano voice and harp (which functionally stands in for the usual piano), all built up with a more dramatic, film-score-like progression. The chords go from i-VII-VI-VII, a contemporary iteration of the lament tetrachord that has downward motion all the way (i-VII-VI-V) to symbolize being laid into the earth (and as chance would have it, this is the theme of the earth shrine.) When it finally develops into the familiar Velvet Room melody, it actually sounds more like Kimi no Tonari at first. Only 3 measures of the section are actually identical to Belladonna’s fabled tune, Not only is there less movement but the melody tends to fall at the end of each phrase to better fit the lament feel.

The Taurus shrine represents Lisa, and the question is why does she get to have this dramatic rendition of the Poem for Everyone’s Souls? I’ve actually always thought that Kimi no Tonari was most closely identified with her, from the lyrics to the fact that she’s a singer. The epic, melancholy atmosphere of this track presents a more serious interpretation of her emotional personality and theatrical mannerisms. Her Shadow is also probably the most ruthless, going deep into her drug abuse, prostitution to older men, and selfish motivations for her feelings for Tatsuya, all in front of her friends. The Taurus shrine is also a significant turning point for relationships of the protagonists as they (or at least Lisa and Tatsuya) let their feelings known.

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Voctave - Disney Love Medley (feat. Kirstin Maldonado & Jeremy Michael Lewis)

OPB: Various Disney (Mandy Moore & Zachary Levi/Phil Collins/Michael Bolton)

Voctave enlisted Pentatonix member Kirstin Maldonado as well as her boyfriend Jeremy Lewis for this beautiful medley of Disney Love songs

“I See the Light” From Disney’s Tangled

“You’ll Be In My Heart” From Disney’s Tarzan

“Go the Distance” From Disney’s Hercules

If this choral arranging sounds familiar it’s because Voctave is comprised of past/current members of The Voices of Liberty who perform regularly at the American Pavilion at Epcot Center at Walt Disney World. They’re actually both directed by Tony DeRosa (Who sings in this video) and both sing arrangements by Jamey Ray