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.

 

cheers,

Douwe

Wojciech Kilar - Orawa

Orawa for chamber string orchestra crowns a series of Wojciech Kilars compositions inpsired by highland folklore. Since its first performance in 1986 it has been a hit in concert halls, delighting with its spontaneity, energy and temperament. In this video together with the Motion Trio on accordions.



ZOË KEATING - ONE CELLO X 16 : NATOMA

A rich landscape of layered cellos that appeals to a broad range of listeners, from fans of post-rock to acoustic ambient to classical.



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.



AGNES OBEL - CITIZEN OF GLASS

The new beautiful album of the Danish Agnes Obel. "Citizen of Glass is like entering a misty realm of wonder where each unpredictable turn holds a new set of unknowns" (noripcord.com).



ÓLAFUR ARNALDS - ISLAND SONGS

Just released, this warm, quiet impressions of the Icelandic landscape.



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)..



CLINT MANSELL - THE FOUNTAIN

The music of Darren Aronofsky's film The Fountain is a layered, beautiful composition from composer ClintMansell. 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.



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.



HUGHES DE COURSON - BABEL

Hughes de Courson brings in his "greatest hits" double album Babel - in an incredibly attractive way - the most diverse musical styles together. Bach with African rhythms, Vivaldi takes trips to Ireland and Mozart's blends effortlessly into arabic tradiotionals. Sometimes it's just a bit over the top, but there areso many great musical adventures on this album that you take that for granted.



MARIO BATKOVIC

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.



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".



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.



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.



MAX PASHM - NEVER MIND THE BALKANS

Once a year I'm DJ at the afterparty of the Night of the Night in my hometown Middelburg. Each year afavorite at the aprty is the highly infectious music of the album Nevermind the Balkans from Max Pashm. Klezmer Balkan Greek Gypsy Punk with Electro Beats, as he calls it. One of the few BalkanBeat albums that never bores.



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").



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.