Just feels like a good day for something like this
I've started listening to a lot more classical music in the last year*, mainly by streaming MPR's classical station. By luck, I heard this flute piece by Yuko Uebayashi and was thoroughly hooked.
*It's interesting how technology can shape our listening habits. I had been working from home on my personal laptop since the pandemic hit, but the IT department was upgrading laptops, so I finally got one. It's a big improvement for doing work (larger screen, easier access to stuff on the server), but I don't have any sort of music streaming service on it, so my listening habits shifted accordingly.
First we had "Carrot Revolution" by Gabriella Smith, and now this.
Book pairing: Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast by Josh Funk, illustrated by Brendan Kearney
Welcome to Pepper week!
DG played something else by this quartet last year, which let me to this wonderful piece composed by Gabriella Smith.
And if you're curious (as I was), according to their website, "the Aizuri Quartet draws its name from 'aizuri-e,' a style of predominantly blue Japanese woodblock printing that is noted for its vibrancy and incredible detail."
Let's keep guitaring it up.
I'm still spending a lot of time listening to this album.
This piece is from an opera by Lembit Beecher, "Sophia's Forest", and this two part suite is the inner world of the narrator, an immigrant child fleeing a civil war. There are nine "sound sculptures" that are electronically manipulated in addition to the four string players.
I like this (and most everything else on the album) because it is certainly modern and not just straightforward string quartet music, but there is a lyricism and a theme that comes through without difficulty.
Plus, I figured just playing The Beths would be too easy.
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.