Saturday, December 2, 2017

Things to Listen to...

For Saturday morning a different kind of miscellanea. Just a few things to listen to. First up, a piece by Swedish composer Magnus Granberg who was featured at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (I've been to Huddersfield, but it was to deliver a couple of papers on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, not attend concerts):

I don't know if it is music or "sonic art," but I like the sounds.

Next up the first cut from the famous Miles Davis album Kind of Blue from 1959. This is a filmed version. The theme is an appoggiatura from E7 to D7 (with an added 4th):

Since it's morning, we really need some Bach. This is Grigory Sokolov in a 1982 performance of the Goldberg Variations:

Two of the most significant women composers of the last century are both Russian (Soviet) and both had some association with Shostakovich. I did a post on Galina Ustvolskaya who was his student a while ago. Now let's listen to some music by Sofia Gubaidulina. This is In Tempus Praesens, a concerto for violin and orchestra. The soloist is Anne-Sophie Mutter and the London Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Valery Gergiev:

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