Can you spot the common properties of these?
No, neither can I.
Although I like most music, I don't sing (except in private), for a very good reason, summed up well by:
-- Paul Clarke, rec.arts.sf.written
-- Douglas Adams (attrib)
-- James Stephens (1882-1950)
The usual suspects -- Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, .... I like mostly the big noisy stuff -- symphonies and concertos -- that just sweeps me along.
I'm neutral about chamber music: I usually find it a bit weedy. I positively dislike opera (despite having based the names of three toy computer languages on operas in High Integrity Compilation): I think it sounds strained and affected. (I do like some vocal classical music -- Beethoven's 9th, Carl Orff's Carmina Burana -- but not opera.)
-- Jeffrey Salzberg
Clannad are an Irish family group, originally singing traditional music, now more of their own work. They rose to 'overnight fame', after 20 years in the business, with the theme of the TV series Harry's Game, also used in the film Patriot Games. Their song I Will Find You was the love theme from the film The Last of the Mohicans.
1980: Crann Ull
1983: Magical Ring
1984: Legend -- music from TV series Robin of Sherwood
1986: Ring of Gold
1989: Atlantic Realm -- music from the BBC TV series
1989: Pastpresent -- compilation album
1996: Lore -- CD includes bonus compilation album Themes and Dreams
1998: An Diolaim -- compilation album -- the folk roots of Clannad
1999: The Celtic Voice
Clannad's lead singer, Máire (Moya) Brennan, also has solo albums:
1994: Misty Eyed Adventures
1998: Perfect Time
1999: Whisper to the Wild Water
2003: Two Horizons
2008: Heart Strings -- live
Enya is a member of the Brennan family, and sang in early Clannad, but has since gone solo. Her music features very complex sounds, very distinctive, and rich with overlays -- "ethereal" or "out of this world" might describe it.
The Celts was used in the BBC TV series of the same name. Her songs have also been features in movies, such as Green Card, Home and Away, and L. A. Story.
1986: The Celts
1991: Shepherd Moons
1995: The Memory of Trees
1997: Paint the Sky with Stars -- A 'Best of Enya' compilation, plus two new tracks: 'Only if...' and 'Paint the Sky with Stars'
2000: A Day Without Rain
2008: And Winter Came...
there are also various singles
I originally listened to this group because they were recommended as 'Clannad-esque', although their music is mainly Scottish rather than Irish. Their earlier albums are almost entirely in Scottish Gaelic, but their more recent albums have more of the lyrics in English (so now I can tell the words really are as melancholy as they sound!) The instrumental jigs and reels counterpoint the vocal tracks well, so the overall effect isn't at all dreary. But it is emotional.
1992: Get Out -- special edition of live tracks and remixes
1993: Secret People
1995: To the Moon
1995: The Blood is Strong -- music from the TV shows The Blood is Strong, Prince Among Islands, and Highlanders
1997: Beautiful Wasteland
2001: An Introduction to -- compilation album
2002: Live in Concert -- compilation album
2003: Choice Language
2008: Roses and Tears
Capercaillie's lead singer, Karen Matheson, also has solo albums:
1996: The Dreaming Sea
2002: Time to Fall
1987: To Drive the Cold Winter Away
1989: Parallel Dreams
1991: The Visit
1994: The Mask and Mirror
1995: A Winter Garden -- 5 Christmas songs
1997: The Book of Secrets
2006: An Ancient Muse
It's high tech, but it's still music.
1981: Magnetic Fields
1990: Waiting for Cousteau -- [rather too much "water music" at the end for my taste]
1997: Oxygene 7-13
Can you tell the relationship between this music and the above? I can't, but it doesn't stop me liking it!
1977: Bat Out of Hell
1981: Bat Out of Hell, Re-Vamped
1981: Dead Ringer
1983: Midnight at the Lost and Found
1984: Bad Attitude
1986: Blind Before I Stop
1993: Heaven and Hell (with Bonnie Tyler)
1995: Welcome to the Neighbourhood
2003: Couldn't Have Said it Better
2006: Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose
2010: Hang Cool Teddy Bear
-- Meat Loaf