sábado, maio 30, 2009

It’s a great day. A long weekend, a sunny day and I’ve been around looking for records and stuff and what did I find? A real whopper :) I never thought I would ever find this one but I just did, Manuel Göttsching’s E2-E4 record.
Maybe that doesn’t make a bell ring for many people but it’s just awesome. It supposed to be recorded on one seminal evening in September 1981 after he returned from a tiring tour with Klaus Schulze, who used to be a member in his band Ash Ra Temple, and got first released in 1984 after many people pushed him to do so and it ended up being virtually the blueprint for much of the Techno and Ambient house music afterwards.
It’s still incredible to hear this piece of music as something that’s not brand new but as a record that’s 28 years old. The length of the record is a sign though. Almost 60 minutes. Only Ricardo Villalobos does that these days :)
I made an edit of the first part which is about 13 minutes and it’s called Ruhige Nervosität or quiet nervousness. It pretty much marks the essence of the music.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

quinta-feira, maio 14, 2009

Recital Romantique
Philippe Jaroussky, contratenor
Jérôme Ducros, piano

captage RTBF – la monnaie, 19 avril 2009

And now for something completely different, a classical intermezzo. If you’re into ‘old’ music like Italian Baroque you probably have heard about this new young virtuoso from France called Philippe Jaroussky. Apparently he likes some adventure from time to time because now he released an album called Opium with colorful French belle époque chansons that some people may find a bit old fashioned or even corny but in the capable hands of Jaroussky it all sounds fresh and well tempered.
He came to Brussels on the 19th of April to promote the album and the Frenchspeaking classical radio made a recording of it and a broadcast.
It’s a cycle of 4 times 5 songs divided by solo piano and a pause in the middle. I recorded the live streaming and edited it into two parts. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

This time it’s one mediafire link with the two files in it, or as 2 separate files:

Gabriel Dupont: Mandoline 02:20
Ernest Chausson: Le colibri 03:06
Camille Saint-Saëns: Opium 02:30
Reynaldo Hahn: Offrande 02:54
Jules Massenet: Nuit d'espagne 03:14

Cécile Chaminade: Automne – solo piano 05:58

Reynaldo Hahn: A Chloris 03:08
Gabriel Fauré: Automne 02:30
Ernest Chausson: Papillons 01:04
Ernest Chausson: Les heures 03:27
Cécile Chaminade: Sombrero 01:30

César Franck: Nocturne 03:24
Reynaldo Hahn: Trois jours de vendange 03:24
Gabriel Fauré: En sourdine 03:00
Guillaume Lekeu: Sur une tombe 04:00
Reynaldo Hahn: Fêtes galantes 01:41

César Franck: Prélude – solo piano 03:36

Gabriel Fauré: Nell 01:28
Ernest Chausson: Le temps des lilas 04:00
Reynaldo Hahn: Quand je fus pris au pavillon 00:57
Cécile Chaminade: Mignonne 02:58
Reynaldo Hahn: L'Heure exquise 02:16