Rolling Classical 2019

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I've been fascinated with Fausto Romitelli's music since I first heard Professor Bad Trip, an unusually successful attempt at spectralist psychedelia. Romitelli studied under Gérard Grisey and Hugues Dufourt, but he was no less a pupil of Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix. As a result, he is – to my knowledge – one of the few noted European composers of his generation (1963-2004) to have cast the electric guitar in a leading role. I've often listened to the solo Trash TV Trance, which has spawned a remarkable amount of performances on YouTube (of which I think I like this one the best) but wasn't familiar with his output for acoustic guitar, which was recently recorded for the Italian Stradivarius label alongside Trash TV Trance and two other works (one for flute and guitar, the second for solo flute). There's even a Highway to Hell from 1984 which, while more subdued than his later material for the electric guitar, gives a good sense of his overall intentions.

pomenitul, Friday, 4 January 2019 03:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I have 12 nominations left for the ILM poll if anyone has used up their noms and wants more classical (or jazz or avant stuff) on the ballot.

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Friday, 4 January 2019 19:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

If you've ever wondered what a YT-ready video of contemporary notated music might look like, this is pretty cool:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFEGSLRvV9U

pomenitul, Friday, 11 January 2019 14:45 (one week ago) Permalink

Enjoyed the piece a lot.

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Friday, 11 January 2019 16:14 (one week ago) Permalink

Listening to ILX Listen: 2019

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 16:45 (four days ago) Permalink

i'm iffy on spectralism as a whole (well, grisey mostly), but i did like professor bad trip!

The Elvis of Nationalism and Amoral Patriotism (rushomancy), Thursday, 17 January 2019 02:16 (three days ago) Permalink

Happy to hear it! If you're in the mood for more, his disc of orchestral works, Audiodrome (with Peter Rundel conducting), is also very much worth delving into.

pomenitul, Thursday, 17 January 2019 12:03 (three days ago) Permalink

Rebecca Saunders wins this year's Ernst von Siemens prize. Undoubtedly well-deserved!

https://www.rhinegold.co.uk/classical_music/ernst-von-siemens-prize-awarded-rebecca-saunders/

pomenitul, Thursday, 17 January 2019 13:33 (three days ago) Permalink

Ah yes, was gonna ask, afaik I have never heard a note of hers, is anyone up to suggesting a primer C60 or Rough Guide or something of Spotify-available Saunders?

anatol_merklich, Friday, 18 January 2019 01:07 (two days ago) Permalink

Re: electric guitar in new music, Pierluigi Billone is another composer. Two recordings of electric guitar works on Kairos.

Hans Holbein (Chinchilla Volapük), Friday, 18 January 2019 06:45 (two days ago) Permalink

I'm not much of a playlist guy, unfortunately, but I do think Saunders's first monograph for Kairos – QUARTET, Into the Blue, Molly's Song 3 – shades of crimson, dichroic seventeen, all played by musikFabrik – makes for a fine introduction. It should be available on Spotify.

pomenitul, Friday, 18 January 2019 10:38 (two days ago) Permalink

Readymade playlist is more than fine; thanks, pomenitul! :-)

anatol_merklich, Friday, 18 January 2019 14:24 (two days ago) Permalink

Nice to see the latest cd from Danish String Quartet got nominated in the album poll. Prism I, the first of five albums which will each include a late Beethoven quartet, and something else related to it. On the first it's Shostakovich Quartet no 15, and it's pretty amazing. Great album, snuck into the lower part of my ballot.

Frederik B, Friday, 18 January 2019 14:47 (two days ago) Permalink

I liked Wood Works a lot less than I thought I would but I love the Danish String Quartet. They used to call themselves the Young Danish String Quartet, right? Their Nielsen recordings are almost definitive as far as I'm concerned.

pomenitul, Friday, 18 January 2019 14:52 (two days ago) Permalink

Speaking of Nielsen, it's such a shame that Thomas Dausgaard never officially recorded Nielsen's six symphonies with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra during his tenure. He started a cycle with the Seattle Symphony a couple of years ago but either he's run out of ideas or the orchestra has little feel for the music (admittedly a bit of an acquired taste) because I found his 3rd and 4th surprisingly listless.

pomenitul, Friday, 18 January 2019 15:00 (two days ago) Permalink

I liked Wood Works a lot less than I thought I would but I love the Danish String Quartet. They used to call themselves the Young Danish String Quartet, right? Their Nielsen recordings are almost definitive as far as I'm concerned.

― pomenitul, 18. januar 2019 15:52 (thirty-eight minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Yeah, they were called the Young Danish String Quartet when they were younger. When the old Danish String Quartet retired they took over the name.

Frederik B, Friday, 18 January 2019 15:31 (two days ago) Permalink


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