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A couple of modern classical pieces to end the night -

Erkki Sven-Tüür - Passion (1993)

Erkki-Sven Tüür- Illuminatio (Viola Concerto)

Jón Leifs

Dec. 20th, 2016 10:42 pm
jazzy_dave: (beckett thoughts)
Here is a new composer to me and hails from Iceland.

Jón Leifs - Hekla

Prelude / Förspel (1961)
Helsinki PO.../Leif Segerstam (1997)

Jón Leifs - Geysir

jazzy_dave: (Jazzy D in da house)
More music now - electronic stylee ..

Edgar Froese - Specific Gravity of Smile

More music here )
jazzy_dave: (reflective mood)
A new discovery for me - but his music blows me away.

Jóhann Jóhannsson - Flight From The City

Jóhann Jóhannsson presents “Flight from the City” from his highly anticipated new studio album – the first in 6 years!
Orphée traces a path from darkness into light, inspired by the Orpheus myth. A story about death and rebirth, the elusive nature of creation and art and the ephemeral nature of memory. It's an album about change, love and art – a reflection of our relationships, as is the film Flight from the City directed and produced by Clare Langan.

Jóhann Jóhannsson - Heptapod B [From "Arrival" Soundtrack}

Arrival (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Jóhann Jóhannsson is the Icelandic composer’s third original film score for director Denis Villeneuve and his second release on the Yellow Label. Jóhannsson combined both classical and avant-garde elements in his compositions, augmenting his already unique approach of combining orchestral writing with digital sound processing.

Jóhann Jóhannsson - They Being Dead Yet Speaketh

Taken from Jóhann Jóhannsson's release The Miners' Hymns. © FatCat 2011

Jóhann Jóhannsson is an Iceland-born musician, composer and producer. Jóhann's stately, slow-building and hauntingly melodic music, which frequently combines electronics with classical orchestrations, has been quietly bewitching listeners since he released his first solo record Englabörn in 2002 on the well respected British label Touch. The record was re-released in 2007 by 4AD, by which time its reputation had grown as an influential recording in the burgeoning field that has been variously called post-classical or neo-classical.
jazzy_dave: (reflective mood)
So, after such a downer of a day some music to lift things backup again - and WiFi everywhere tonight seems to be so slow and crap -

To Rococo Rot -Speculation Ship

More music here )

jazzy_dave: (Jazzy D in da house)
I also picked up the December issue of Wire,and as well as the interview with Shirley Collins last month they have given a full page review of the CD Lodestar by her this month. She still lives in the county town of east Sussex,Lewes.

Amongst other reviews is one of the Norwegian metal band Wardruna.

So here are some Wired sounds -

Shirley Collins - Washed Ashore, Lodestar album launch

More Wired grooves )
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As far as i am concerned this composer should be better known -

Roger Sessions: Symphony No.2 (1946)

Roger Sessions (1896-1985): Symphony No.2 (1946) -- New York Philharmonic conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos --

I. Molto agitato - Tranquillo e misterioso
II. Allegretto capriccioso
III. Adagio tranquillo ed espressivo
IV. Allegramente

-- painting by Mark Rothko

Two Parts

Nov. 15th, 2016 10:34 pm
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Another piece of classical music for relaxing to - well two in fact -

Arvo Part - Spiegel Im Spiegel

Arvo Pärt - Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten

jazzy_dave: (Jazzy D in da house)
You know what - here's another selection of musical waterways. Well i told ya i was eclectic.

John Cage, Meredith Monk and Anthony de Mare - Double Fiesta

More music here )
jazzy_dave: (Jazzy D in da house)
Following on the BBC Radio 3 River of Music day on Sunday of continuous music.

More musical bifurcations -

Henry Purcell - Passacaglia from King Arthur

An astonishing performance by the English Concert and Choir, conducted from the harpsichord by Trevor Pinnock, shining with emotional and technical perfection. I felt nothing but pure euphoria when listening to their recording of Henry Purcell's semi-opera King Arthur, Z 628, 1691, and especially from the hauntingly beautiful Passacaglia from Act IV.

More music here )
jazzy_dave: (beckett thoughts)
Another of my favourite modern composers.

Erkki Sven Tuur - Insula Deserta

painting - Leonardo Da Vinci "Madonna of the rocks (detail)
jazzy_dave: (beckett thoughts)
A couple of comtemplative modern classical items -

Arvo Pärt - Silentium

Sofia Gubaidulina — The Lyre Of Orpheus

jazzy_dave: (beckett thoughts)
Just one classical piece to end the night - another modern composer i love.

Tristan Murail ~ L'esprit des dunes (For ensemble and electronics)

jazzy_dave: (pipe man)
Some modern classical avant garde stuff now -

Iannis Xenakis - Metastasis

Toru Takemitsu - To the Edge of Dream.

Composed in 1983.

Toru Takemitsu (1931-1996) was a self-taught Japanese composer who combined elements of Eastern and Western music and philosophy to create a unique sound world. Some of his early influences were the sonorities of Debussy, and Messiaen's use of nature imagery and modal scales. There is a certain influence of Webern in Takemitsu's use of silence, and Cage in his compositional philosophy, but his overall style is uniquely his own. Takemitsu believed in music as a means of ordering or contextualizing everyday sound in order to make it meaningful or comprehensible. His philosophy of "sound as life" lay behind his incorporation of natural sounds, as well as his desire to juxtapose and reconcile opposing elements such as Orient and Occident, sound and silence, and tradition and innovation.

Sean Shibe(guitar)/BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Christoff Konig.

Einojuhani Rautavaara - Symphony No.8 ("The Journey")

Rautavaara is a prolific composer with a career spanning seven decades. So far he has created ten operas, of which Thomas (1982-1985), Vincent (1986-1987) and Aleksis Kivi (1995-1996) are the best known. He has also produced eight symphonies and many concertos including the popular Cantus Arcticus; concerto for birds & orchestra (1972) and the double bass concerto Angel of Dusk (1980). Rautavaara has also written reams of choral, chamber and vocal music and a small amount of electronic music. Through working directly from his emotions and not hewing to party line serialism, Einojuhani Rautavaara has emerged, in the autumn of his life, as one the major figures in contemporary music worldwide.Symphony No.8 was composed in 1999.

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Mikko Franck.
jazzy_dave: (pipe man)
More modern classical music for new LJ friend [livejournal.com profile] anna_wing. All composers have been given retrospective articles and reviews from the Wire magazine. Still the best mag on anything modern , and slightly avant garde.

The Wire Issue 391 September 2016 Cover

Edgard Varèse - Octandre (Full)

Edgard Varèse (1883-1965)
I Assez lent
II Très vif et nerveux
III Grave - Animé ed jubilatoire

Ensamble Intercontemporain
Conductor: Pierre Boulez

More modern classical )
jazzy_dave: (reflective mood)
A couple of modern classical stuff to end the night -

Henry Cowell: Symphony No.11 "Seven Rituals of Music" (1954)

1. Andantino
2. Allegro
3. Lento
4. Presto
5. Adagio
6. Vivace
7. Andante

The Louisville Orchestra conducted by Robert Whitney.

Roger Sessions: Symphony No.1 (1927)

I. Giusto
II. Largo
III. Allegro vivace

-- painting by Mark Rothko

Japan Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Akeo Watanabe
jazzy_dave: (reflective mood)
More lovely Harrison music -

Lou Harrison - Double Concerto for Violin and Cello with Javanese Gamelan (1981/1982)

Lou Harrison (1917-2003): Double Concerto for Violin and Cello with Javanese Gamelan (1981/1982) -- Kenneth Goldsmith, violins; Terry King, cello -- The Mills College Gamelan Ensemble (with Lou Harrison) --

I. Grandly, but moderate
II. Stampede
III. Allegro moderato

Lou Harrison - Piano Concerto (1983/1985)

Lou Harrison (1917-2003): Piano Concerto (1983/1985).

I. Allegro 0:01
II. Stampede 11:44
III. Largo 21:28
IV. Allegro moderato 30:05

Keith Jarrett, pianoforte

New Japan Philharmonic directed by Naoto Otomo.
jazzy_dave: (beckett thoughts)
A couple of pieces by Charles Wuorinen -

Charles Wuorinen - Microsymphony (1992)

Charles Wuorinen - Five (1987)

Charles Wuorinen (*1938): Five, Concerto for Amplified Cello and Orchestra (1987) -- Fred Shelly, violoncello -- Orchestra of St Luke's directed by Charles Wuorinen

-- painting by Victor Vasarely
jazzy_dave: (beckett thoughts)
Final post of the night and another piece of music by Hovhaness.

Alan Hovhaness - Symphony No. 6, Op. 173 "Celestial Gate"

jazzy_dave: (beckett thoughts)
Hovhaness has become one of my fave moderncomposers - i find his music is so lyrical. Here is another ab fab piece of music.

Alan Hovhaness - Symphony No. 66, Hymn to Glacier Peak, Op. 428

Conducted by Gerard Schwarz
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

I. Andante maestoso
II. Love song to Hinako - Andante espressivo - 9:08
III. Prelude and Fugue- Largo maestoso - 11:56

Mysterious Mountains

Liner Notes excerpt by Hinako Fujihara
The Seattle Youth Symphony commissioned this work for their fiftieth anniversary season in 1991. It was premiered on May 10, 1992 on Mother's Day. In 1991 he was eighty years old, and had just had a hip operation. He walked with a cane, majestically slow, like the first movement of the symphony. But soon he recovered completely. He saw Glacier Peak from his living room windows. To look at the mountains was his daily ritual and inspiration.

Original Unedited Draft of Program Notes by Alan Hovhaness:
I. The music for the first movement was inspired by Glacier Peak (in the Cascade Range) and begins with a hymn to the mountain in 7/4 meter. Trumpet, trombone, and English horn solos lead to an orchestral crescendo. Horn and trumpet lead to a lively dance in canon form for three flutes. The movement ends with horn, trumpet, and strings.

II. The movement begins with strings and harp, leading to a quicker allegretto section for solo oboe and solo flute over pizzicato strings. I hope this music will please my wife, Hinako.

III. Prelude and Fugue, with a tempo marking of largo maestoso, the movement opens with trumpet, chimes, and timpani, followed by strings and clarinet. Falling flute and bell sounds lead to the fugue marked allegretto molto. The fugue becomes a canon, ending with a grand climax for full orchestra in praise of Glacier Peak.

*All due credit and respect to the original photographers of the North Cascades in Washington.

*Artwork by Rockwell Kent


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