The Classical mixtape #007

Notes about update #007 of The Classical mixtape.

Talking about Jean-Philippe Rameau. The true classical recording of his piano music is probably the one that Marcelle Meyer did in 1953 and 1946. She worked with Lex Six and they had her as their favourite pianist. She also made a number of recordings and the one with music by Jean-Philippe Rameau is legendary. I usually find it difficult to appreciate really old albums but this is really good.

You don’t hear the the symphonies of Villa-Lobos that often. Naxos is currently making a series of albums with them. The eleventh, for instance, is really good.

Lastly I must mention Valery Gargiev’s recording of the sixth symphony by Tchaikovsky. Such power.

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The Early mixtape #001

Notes about update #001 of The Early mixtape.

I really like the keyboard music of Jean-Philippe Rameau. For me he is one of the most important composers for the keyboard during the baroque era and on par with both  François Couperin and Domenico Scarlatti. He wrote three collections of keyboard music where Nouvelles Suites de Pièces de Clavecin is the last one.

Another very good collection of chamber music by Rameau is the Pièces de clavecin en concerts for harpsichord, violin and viol.

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The Modern mixtape #005

Notes on update #005 of The Modern mixtape.

Regarding Le Déluge d’après Poussin by Hugues Dufourt. It’s like a spectral variant of Morton Feldman. Brian Eno compares ambient music with a river that is floating by. It is always evolving and moving but from your point of view, as a observer, it is standing still. I find these qualities in both Morton Feldman and John Cage music. Le Déluge d’après Poussin is constantly changing, with new harmonies and timbres but standing still at the same time. Very beautiful.

The pianist Sabine Liebner has a atmospheric and dreamy way of playing the piano. She have done very nice recordings of both of Feldman’s late piano pieces and Cage number pieces for solo piano. Here is Tilbury by Christian Wolff.

In the second movement of Voyage into the Golden Screen Per Nørgård uses his infinity series melody for the first time. It is a fractal way that constructs a never ending infinite melody. In the second symphony it is explored even more with a tone row that consists of over 4000 notes. The result is a strange and beautiful piece of music.

Neptuni Åkrar is an orchestra piece by the Swedish composer Henrik Strindberg. The basic idea is arpeggios of natural harmonics played on string instruments. You can read a detailed description about the structure and techniques used in the piece in Swedish here. It won the Christ Johnson prize in 2007.

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The Classical mixtape #006

Notes on update #006 of The Classical mixtape.

Valses nobles et sentimentales is a piano/orchestra piece by Maurice Ravel. He first published the piano version 1911 and one year later the version for orchestra. It is dedicated to Schubert and his two collections with waltzes Valses nobles and Valses sentimentales. 

Karol Szymanowski is one of the most notable Polish composers from the 20th century. Impressionistic and modern. A favourite.

Erich Wolfgang Korngold was both a very talented classical composer and a famous and influential film music composer. The style is late romantic with a modern touch and a lyric tone.

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The Early mixtape

The Early mixtape is a playlist with music from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque era.

Some highlights.

Domenico Scarlatti is one of my favourite composers. A very good interpreter of his sonatas is Pierre Hantaï who have recorded four albums with Scarlatti’s sonatas.

Membra Jesu Nostri is seven cantatas, each one dedicated to one of Jesu crucified limbs, by Dieterich Buxtehude.

Graindelavoix astonishing recording of Guillaume de Machaut Messe de Nostre Dame.

Claudio Monteverdi stands between the Renaissance and Baroque Era. The music is both bold beautiful.

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The Classical Boost mixtape

Yet another mood playlist. This time a sort of energy boost playlist. A bit cheesy but I think it serves it’s purpose.

The tricky thing with mood / moment playlists is that the purpose is to accompany an activity, and not take overhand. I am therefor trying a technique both in this playlist and The Classical Dinner mixtape where I work with a large pool of similar tracks and then do a random selection out of that pool.

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