<bgsound src="http://jliverson.com/sound/la_califfa.mp3" loop="1" />

John playing his drums drum logos

John's Favourites

(Subject to change...)


View this background - Shades of Classics Artist Collage


HEARTFELT MUSIC

I created this category for all of the artists whose beautiful and inspiring music reaches and caresses your heart and your soul.
New members will be added as they are deemed worthy.

Original Members:
  • Fionnuala Sherry & Rolf Lovland (Secret Garden)
  • Sarah Brightman
  • Steve Bell
  • David Lanz
Secret Garden
New Members:
  • Phil Coulter
  • André Rieu
  • Peter Calamera (Cal)
  • Betsy Foster
  • Richard Carr
  • Sissel
  • Loreena McKennitt
  • Michael Conway Baker
  • Karen England & Rebecca Knight (The OperaBabes)
  • Janet Chvatal
  • Rebecca Luker
  • Hayley Westenra
  • Joshua Bell
  • Fiona Joy
  • Karen Marie Garrett
  • Frank Smith
  • Dana Cunningham
  • Elena Galitzkaya (Ariaphonics)
  • Gloria D'Amos (Ariaphonics)
  • Joe Bongiorno
  • Denise Young
  • Ann Sweeten
  • Giorgia Fumanti
  • Sean Christopher (Dockery)
  • Natasha Marsh
  • Will Ackerman
  • Nathan Pacheco
  • Silvard
  • Anne Trenning
  • Sora
  • Evan Wish
  • Amy Lauren
  • Amy Janelle
  • Tim Glemser
  • Heidi Breyer
  • Marc Enfroy
  • Kevin Keller
  • Cathy Oakes
  • Bruce Mitchell
  • Steven Vitali
  • Antonija Pacek
  • Roberto Cacciapaglia
  • Christine Brown
  • Carolyn Southworth
  • Michael Dulin
  • Jeff Oster
  • Angelo Râpan
  • Renée Michele
  • Katya
  • Anaya Music
  • Mary-Jess Leaverland
  • Lynn Yew Evers
  • Rachel LaFond New
  • Anastasia Partafylla New

MY GREATEST OF ALL TIME
  • Greatest Musical Artist: Secret Garden
  • Greatest Canadian Musical Artist: Loreena McKennitt
  • Greatest Classical Artist: Joshua Bell
  • Greatest Canadian Classical Artist: Jon Kimura Parker
  • Greatest New Age Artist: Secret Garden
  • Greatest Canadian New Age Artist: Loreena McKennitt
  • Greatest Choral Ensemble: Anúna
  • Greatest Canadian Choral Ensemble: Camerata Nova
  • Greatest Female Vocalist: Sarah Brightman
  • Greatest Canadian Female Vocalist: Loreena McKennitt
  • Greatest Male Vocalist: José Cura
  • Greatest Canadian Male Vocalist: Ben Heppner
  • Greatest Band: The Moody Blues
  • Greatest Canadian Band: The Guess Who
  • Greatest Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Greatest Canadian Composer: Michael Conway Baker
  • Greatest Recording: Dawn of a New Century  (Secret Garden)
  • Greatest Canadian Recording: An Ancient Muse  (Loreena McKennitt)
  • Greatest Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Greatest Canadian Orchestra: Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
Secret Garden

THE BEST SARAH BRIGHTMAN SONGS
  1. La Califfa  (La Luna)  (...the background music)
  2. Il Mio Cuore Va  (Eden)
  3. La Luna  (La Luna)
  4. How Fair This Place  (La Luna)
  5. Nessun dorma (Eden)
  6. So Many Things  (Eden)
  7. Solo Con Te  (La Luna)
  8. Lascia Ch'io Pianga  (Eden)
  9. Time to Say Goodbye (Intimate Version)  (Classics)
  10. The War is Over  (Harem)
  11. Who Wants To Live Forever  (Time To Say Goodbye)
  12. Until the End of Time  (Harem)
  13. No One Like You  (Time To Say Goodbye)
  14. Figilio Perduto  (La Luna)
  15. Attesa  (Symphony)
THE BEST SECRET GARDEN SONGS
  1. Hymn to Hope  (White Stones)
  2. In Our Tears  (Dawn of a New Century)
  3. When Darkness Falls  (Earthsongs)
  4. Prayer  (Dawn of a New Century)
  5. Once in a Red Moon  (Once in a Red Moon)
  6. Grace  (Earthsongs)
  7. Nocturne  (Songs from a Secret Garden)
  8. Song from a Secret Garden  (Songs from a Secret Garden)
  9. Aria  (Dawn of a New Century)
  10. Poéme  (White Stones)
  11. Sleepsong  (Earthsongs)
  12. Passacaglia  (White Stones)
  13. Frozen in Time  (Winter Poem)
  14. Duo  (Once in a Red Moon)
  15. You Raise Me Up  (Once in a Red Moon)

THE GREATEST FEMALE VOCALISTS
  1. Sarah Brightman
  2. Dawn Upshaw
  3. Rebecca Luker
  4. Elena Galitzkaya
  5. Gloria D'Amos
  6. Janet Chvatal
  7. Sissel
  8. Katya
  9. Julie Biggs
  10. Hayley Westenra
  11. Isabel Bayrakdarian
  12. Natasha Marsh
  13. Giorgia Fumanti
  14. Mary-Jess Leaverland
  15. Patrizia
THE GREATEST FEMALE VOCALISTS (NON-CLASSICAL)
  1. Loreena McKennitt
  2. Karen Matheson
  3. Susan Jacks
  4. Enya
  5. Linda Ronstadt
  6. Lisa Kelly
  7. Karen Carpenter

THE GREATEST MALE VOCALISTS
  1. José Cura
  2. Luciano Pavarotti
  3. Marcelo Alvarez
  4. Alessandro Safina
  5. Nathan Pacheco
  6. Ben Heppner
  7. Mario Frangoulis
  8. Victor Micallef (The Tenors)
  9. Remigio Pereira (The Tenors)
  10. Vittorio Grigolo
THE GREATEST MALE VOCALISTS (NON-CLASSICAL)
  1. Steve Bell
  2. John Denver
  3. Elton John
  4. David Gates
  5. Ray Thomas
  6. Burton Cummings
  7. Gordon Lightfoot
  8. Justin Hayward
  9. Kent "Lobo" Lavoie
  10. Peter Cetera

THE GREATEST CLASSICAL MUSICIANS
  1. Joshua Bell (Violin)
  2. Jon Kimura Parker (Piano)
  3. Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  4. Nigel Kennedy (Violin)
  5. Ofra Harnoy (Cello)
  6. Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  7. Rachel Gauk (Guitar)
  8. André Rieu (Violin)
  9. James Galway (Flute)
  10. Angela Hewitt (Piano)
Classical violinist Joshua Bell
THE GREATEST NON-CLASSICAL MUSICIANS
  1. Fionnuala Sherry (Violin)
  2. David Lanz (Piano/Keyboards)
  3. Rolf Lovland (Piano/Keyboards)
  4. Loreena McKennitt (Harp/Piano)
  5. Vangelis (Keyboards)
  6. Johannes Linstead (Guitar)
  7. Jesse Cook (Guitar)
  8. Jean Michel Jarre (Keyboards)
  9. George Winston (Piano)
  10. Ottmar Liebert (Guitar)
Violinist Fionnuala Sherry

THE GREATEST NEW AGE PIANISTS
  1. David Lanz
  2. Rolf Lovland
  3. Vangelis
  4. Amy Lauren
  5. Fiona Joy
  6. Joe Bogiorno
  7. George Winston
  8. Richard Carr
  9. Evan Wish
  10. Tim Glemser
  11. Bruce Mitchell
  12. Antonija Pacek
  13. Zade
  14. Phil Coulter
  15. Roberto Cacciapaglia
  1. Heidi Breyer
  2. Amy Janelle
  3. Cathy Oakes
  4. Karen Marie Garrett
  5. Denise Young
  6. Ann Sweeten
  7. Anne Trenning
  8. Silvard
  9. Dana Cunningham
  10. Laura Sullivan
  11. Steven C
  12. Mark Pinkus
  13. Michael Dulin
  14. Lynn Yew Evers
  15. Christine Brown
Pianist and composer David Lanz

THE GREATEST CLASSICAL COMPOSERS
  1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Unparalleled musical genius
  2. Ludwig van Beethoven
  3. Franz Schubert
  4. Antonin Dvorak
  5. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  6. Felix Mendelssohn
  7. George Frederick Handel
  8. Johann Sebastian Bach
  9. Gustav Holst
  10. Michael Conway Baker - Canada's greatest composer
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

THE GREATEST LOCAL ARTISTS
  1. Loreena McKennitt, singer, musician and songwriter
  2. Steve Bell, singer, musician and songwriter
  3. Julie Biggs, soprano
  4. Carolyn Boyes, soprano
  5. Burton Cummings, singer, musician and songwriter
  6. Doug Bairstow, oboist (WSO)
  7. Jan Kocman, flutist (WSO)
  8. Jana Ting, classical pianist
  9. Andriana Chuchman, soprano
  10. Eric Lussier, harpsichordist
  11. Ian Hodges, classical guitarist
  12. Nikki Einfeld, soprano
  13. Kurt Tittlemier, classical guitarist
  14. Haley Marie, flute
Singer/songwriter LoreenaMckennitt
THE GREATEST CANADIAN ARTISTS
  1. Loreena McKennitt, singer, musician and songwriter
  2. Steve Bell, singer, musician and songwriter
  3. Jon Kimura Parker, classical pianist
  4. Michael Conway Baker, composer and musician
  5. Julie Biggs, soprano
  6. Susan Jacks, soprano
  7. Johannes Linstead, nouveau flamenco guitarist
  8. Ofra Harnoy, cellist
  9. Jesse Cook, nouveau flamenco guitarist
  10. Giorgia Fumanti, crossover soprano
  11. Giselle Minns, crossover soprano
  12. Burton Cummings, singer, musician and songwriter
  13. Gordon Lightfoot, singer, musician and songwriter
  14. Isabel Bayrakdarian, soprano
  15. Rachel Gauk, classical guitarist
  16. Angela Hewitt, classical pianist
  17. Steven Vitali, musician and composer
Singer/songwriter Loreena McKennitt

THE MODERN DAY MUSICAL GENIUS

Artists who have amazing skills at creating and arranging music:

  1. Michael Conway Baker, heartfelt Canadian classical composer
  2. Rolf Lovland, the extraordinary composer and musician in Secret Garden
  3. Paul Schwartz, the mastermind of the Aria and State of Grace album series
  4. David Lanz, the wonderful heartfelt pianist and composer
  5. Loreena McKennitt, the incredible singer, songwriter and musician
  6. Will Ackerman, the brilliant producer, arranger and musician
  7. Vangelis, the pioneer of electronic music
Canadian composer Michael Conway Baker

MY FAVOURITE DRUMMERS
  1. Danny Seraphine (Chicago, CTA)
  2. Mike Botts (Bread)
  3. Gordon Marshall (Moody Blues)
  4. Doug Clifford (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
  5. Garry Peterson (Guess Who)
Drummer Danny Seraphine


Return to the top of the page


Shades of Classics