Caroline Shaw is great. This is the most calming thing I have from my "most played of 2021" list, so this gets the nod.
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.
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.
With her stellar combo (cello, violin, horn and drums) in London, 2013. My favorite new artist. She's definitely not easy listening, but if you have an adventurous ear-you just might fall for her experimental mix of dream pop, classical and free jazz. I sure did. Call it space age chamber music.
This whole Cecil Sharp House show is excellent. After the jump, a few Continue reading Julia Holter – Four Gardens
The full piece, with special lighting. Performed on March 31, 2001 n Muziekgebouw aan't IJ, Amsterdam, as part of the Minimal Music Festival 2011. Directed by Clark Rundell.
Depending on my mood, this might be my favorite Reich.
Continue reading ASKO|Schönberg & Synergy Vocals — Tehillim (Steve Reich)