My musical favoUrites
On this spot I'll add more and more tips about all kind of awesome music. Music that I played over and over again. That I want to share want with you. Sometimes it's about music from befriended composers and musicians. Sometimes it's about well-known music, but evenso about music that deserves way more attention!
So, please revisit this spot for new musical inspiration !
btw....suggestions for this page are always very welcome....just drop a mail.
Hughes de Courson - Babel
Bagad Brieg - Karamba
William Susman - Scatter my Ashes
A stunning album from American composer William Susman, performed by his ensemble Octet.
Included are two song cycles Scatter My Ashes and Moving in to an Empty Space, Piano Concerto and the ensemble work Camille. "...the next developments in the sphere (of) minimalism..." – All Music, "constant delight...impeccably crafted..." – Fanfare.
Wojciech Kilar - Orawa
No complete album this time, but the matchless composition Orawa of the Polish composer Wojciech Kilar, best known for his soundtrack of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Orawa is a wonderful work, originally for string orchestra, but in this clip assisted by three accordionists of the Motion Trio.
Nicolas Lens - Terra Terra
Terra Terra – The Aquarius Era is a music drama by Nicholas Lens. It is the second part of the operatic trilogy The Accacha Chronicles, following the successful first part Flamma Flamma. In 12 sections Lens combines orchestra, electronica, choir, six operatic voices and two female singers from Le Mystère Des Voix Bulgares.
Max Pashm - Never Mind The Balkans
Yann Tiersen - Infinity
It's only been two weeks since I discovered this album. Of course I knew Tiersens preference for unusual instruments like toy pianos, but on Infinity these sounds sources are upscaled to a stunning and inventive audio landscape. Listen to the track Ar Maen Bihan (in the video starting at about 12'30").
francesco di fiore - visioni
Visioni contains beautiful post-minimal, slightly jazzy music for piano and electronics, written and performed by Italian pianist and composer Francesco Di Fiore.
Visioni consists of eight very different but subtly related parts that together depict the story of human evolution. In live performances the music blends with videos created by video artist Valeria Di Matteo.
John Metcalfe – The Inner Line
John Metcalfe's debut cd The Inner Line received glowing reviews. Billboard magazine described it as "a solo debut that crosses all manner of boundaries. Melding avant-pop and electronica, film music and contemporary classical, The Inner Line puts forth a set of highly melodic, sonically compelling songs without words".
Clint Mansell - The Fountain
The music of Darren Aronofsky's film The Fountain is a layered, beautiful composition from composer Clint Mansell. The album varies from ambient drones to plaintive piano music, from minimalist motifs to swelling strings. Mansell, who previously collaborated with director Aronofsky, used nearly all of the sound palette he has at his disposal. Kronos Quartet is joined by the Scottish noise act Mogwai. Subtle and melancholic, often to replay.
Re-Sound - In C
Terry Riley's classic minimalist work In C receives its first electroacoustic interpretation by the Melbourne-based contemporary music ensemble Re-Sound. “Exhilirating ... unique and totally innovative” (Chris Copas, The Star). Here is the Spotify-link.
Mellits Consort - Paranoid Cheese
This is the insane good music of my composition - brother and great friend Marc Mellits. An album on the cutting edge of rock and post- mimimalisme. Violin, cello , marimba, guitar and keyboards crackling in a rhythmic celebration, with the pieces Machine IV and V as huge highlights.
Sebastian Plano - Arrythmical Part of Hearts
A hard to describe but beautiful album by the Argentinean composer and cello-player Sebastian Plano. Acoording to The Silent Ballet one of the strongest contemporary classical albums of 2011. Music that "evolves smoothly and moves forward gracefully, like seamless plots. Sweet but not cheesy, melancholic but not dark, nostalgic but not sad" (Igloo).
Mike Oldfield - Hergest Ridge
Quite a bit of the music I used to listen to as a teenager now sounds out dated. Nevetherless, the second album of a, in 1974, still young Mike Oldfield – Hergest Ridge - is still timeless. Oldfields guitars, completed with oboe, trumpet, choir and strings is the most absolute form of pastoral music in rock history.
Sparks - Lil’ Beethoven
Since the hit This Town Is not Big Enough For Both of Us, all those years ago, I never heard again from this duo. Until a few weeks back, when I came across their album Lil 'Beethoven from 2001. Einstein on the Beach, Monty Python, barbershop, Lauri's Superman, campfire singing. It's all in music that makes me incredibly cheerful.
My opinion of streaming services is double. While Spotify makes it for composers almost impossible to survive, at the same time the service offers a great way to discover new music. I created a public playlist : ONE. "One artist, one track. Strange beautiful music, from rock to classic, from balkan to avant-pop, from french chansons to prepared piano" . Discover new music on ONE.
I only know this for a couple of days, but I'm already been completely addicted to the titleless album of accordionist Mario Batkovic. According to the website loutherthanwar.com: "It is global and unifying. It deserves to be heard by everyone. It's music distilled to its very essence and is an album that will stay with you a very very long time." And so it is.