Obviously not a song I sing to my kids, but one I'll often play as they're drifting off to sleep. It has become one of my favorite pieces, and I think this performance nails it (minus the coughing audience members). Right about 2 minutes in, when it almost seems like the song could be winding up, but then it shifts into an other-world quality... perfectly dream-like. I haven't stopped being wowed by that, despite hearing the song probably a hundred times.
There's text saying which ones, but if you want to ignore it and guess which prelude(s) or fugue(s) or what have you he's playing, I will certainly be impressed.
I want to talk about "spacious" music. I don't know if there's a different or better word for it. I'm sure there is, and if anyone wants to share it, I'd be glad to have it. What I mean to describe is that type of music that sounds big, like it is properly heard bouncing off the walls of a giant cavern or played before a tremendous concert hall. It can be instrumental ("Also Spake Zarathustra") or it can have lyrics (Cloud Cult's "There's So Much Energy In Us"). It can be old, it can modern, and it can come from a fair number of genres (I don't think I've ever heard a "spacious" country or hip hop song, but there are a few that come close and I'd have to think on it more. Please direct me if you know of one).
There's something about playing these songs for me, usually at night, usually through headphones with settings that better capture that wide grandeur, that just scratches a particular itch. I freaking love it.
Anyway, I'd love a list of "Spacious" songs, other names for this type of thing, your thoughts, and random 10's if you've got 'em!
It's an established fact that Sundays are for ballet. I was going to share a video from a ballet performance, but then this caught my eye.
Thanks for a sweet week, guys!
We take a moment to remember the composer Pierre Boulez who passed away this week. Here is his third sonata played by Paavali Jumppanen.
Hold on to your hats: freealonzo week is next.
Arpège Duo is George Durham on cello and Kihwa Lee on harp.
Wonderful piece played beautifully and shot with style.
I've been listening to a lot more classical music of late. Continue reading Arvo Pärt – Fratres for Cello and Harp
Here's something a bit off our standard jive for the middle of your week.
From the 1947 film "Carnegie Hall", with Fritz Reiner conducting.
This feature needs more classical music.