The Classical mixtape #001

Notes on update #001 of The Classical mixtape.

RIP Heinrich Schiff. He was a Austrian cellist and conductor. He is most famous for his astonishing recordings of the Bach cello suites and Shostakovich concertos.

Happy Birthday Alexander Scriabin! One interpreter of his music that is one of my favourites is the Swedish pianist Maria Lettberg. In 2007 she made a very good recording of Scriabin solo piano work.

I am a big fan of John Eliot Gardiner and his Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Especially the recordings of the Beethoven symphonies. I really like the noisy, fast performed with period instruments in small orchestras. It’s a refreshing contrast to the many big, romantic interpretations that you are used to. They have also recorded a very fine album with the complete symphonies of Robert Schumann.

Also, a new album with the Beethoven cello sonatas performed by Ralph Kirshbaum and Shai Wosner.

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The Jazz mixtape #001

Notes about update #001 of The Jazz mixtape.

RIP Alphonse Mouzon. He was one of the great fusion drummers. He was a member of the early Weather Report and performed on the legendary first album. After that he started a solo career. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1995. Mind Transplant is an album he recorded in 1974 for blue note.

Weather Reports first self titled debut album was released 1971. They were a true super group with Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter as founding members. Many tracks have a ambient feel to it with very little progress and beautiful slow soprano saxophone melodies.

Also, Thelonious Monk and new albums with Dungen, Ethan Iverson and Bugge Wesseltoft.

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