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His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, passed away on 13 October, 2016 after seventy years on the throne. He was 88. Remembered very much as a king of the people, beloved to the point of reverence, he proved a unifying figure during times of social upheaval. He initiated and immersed himself in numerous royal projects located across Thailand, earning a registered patent for an invention for water treatment that remains in use today. King Bhumibol was multi-talented – a painter, photographer, writer, sportsman and musician. He was a jazz enthusiast, who played the saxophone and clarinet, even appearing once with Benny Goodman. Arrangements of his compositions are frequently featured in concerts by Thai and visiting musicians. Some have been recorded on the Naxos and Marco Polo labels. We share two here in memoriam King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Guitar Recital: Jearakul, Ekachai - WEISS, S.L. / MERTZ, J.K. /

In 2014 Ekachai Jearakul became the first Asian guitarist to win the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition (GFA). Winner of numerous awards and an international artist, he has selected a recital that takes the listener on a journey from the baroque beauties of Weiss through nineteenth-century classics by Mertz and Legnani, concluding with three modern compositions influenced by jazz.

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H. M. King Suite: II. Oh I Say!

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Glory to Our Great Kings (Thai Piano Music)

“Glory to Our Great Kings” is issued as a tribute to His Majesty King Bhumibol of Thailand on the 50th anniversary of his accession to the throne of Thailand. It includes a new sonata that is based on four themes composed by earlier kings and six themes by King Bhumibol, in addition to six songs by the King.

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6 Songs by H. M. Bhumibol of Thailand:
No. 4. Still On My Mind

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[8.201001 - CD 9]
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The Royal Anthem of Thailand

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