Category Archives: CB — Listening 2018

First-time listening for December 2018

25361. (Wolf­gang Amadeus Mozart) Bastien et Basti­enne, Operetta in One Act, K.50
. . . . . [d. Clemen­cic; Choy, Kirch­n­er]
25362. (Audra McDon­ald) Sing Hap­py
25363. (Wham!) The Best of Wham
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First-time listening for November 2018

25328. (Richard Strauss) Mac­beth, Tone Poem after Shake­speare for Orches­tra
25329. (Seun Kuti & Egypt 80) Many Things
25330. (Infect­ed Mush­room) Con­vert­ing Veg­e­tar­i­ans
25331. (Hilde­gard of Bin­gen) O vis aeter­ni­tatis
25332. (Hilde­gard of Bin­gen) Nuch ape­ruit nobis
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First-time listening for October 2018

25296. (Iner­ane) Music from Agadez
25297. (Sil­vius Leopold Weiss) Suite #1 in F for Lute
25298. (Sil­vius Leopold Weiss) Suite #2 in D for Lute
25299. (Sil­vius Leopold Weiss) Suite #3 in G Minor for Lute
25300. (Day­g­lo Abor­tions) Out of the Womb
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First-time listening for September 2018

25254. (Dan­ger [Franck Rivoire] ) 太鼓 [Taiko]
25255. (Paul Oak­en­fold) Essen­tial Mix: Live in Chi­na
25256. (Kanye West & Kid Cudi) Kids See Ghosts
25257. (Giro­lamo Fres­cobal­di) Ricer­car #9 con quat­tro sogget­ti for Harp­si­chord
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First-time listening for August 2018

25172. (Gio­van­ni Bononci­ni) Astar­to [com­plete opera; d. Bion­di; Valen­ti­ni, dalle Molle,
. . . . . Müller-Moli­nari]
25173. (Wale [Olubowale Vic­tor Akin­time­hin]) Ambi­tion
25174. (Bri­an Fer­ry) These Fool­ish Things
25175. (Johann Sebas­t­ian Bach) Can­ta­ta #80a “Alles, was von Gott geboren” [vari­ant of #80]
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Kurdish Folk Music

Kurdish band Nishtiman performed their second album "Kobane" Toronto, Canada, Sep. 29, 2017. The band unites musicians from the different Kurdish communities of Iraqi Kurdistan Iran, and Turkey.

Kur­dish band Nish­ti­man per­formed their sec­ond album “Kobane” Toron­to, Cana­da, Sep. 29, 2017. The band unites musi­cians from the dif­fer­ent Kur­dish com­mu­ni­ties of Iraqi Kur­dis­tan Iran, and Turkey.

For a pedi­gree of musi­cal con­ti­nu­ity, you can’t beat Kur­dis­tan. The old­est known nota­tion of music dates from the ancient Hur­rian king­dom, in the sec­ond mil­le­nium BC. Two sacred hymns recov­ered by archae­ol­o­gists from that ancient civ­i­liza­tion, locat­ed in the heart of today’s Kur­dis­tan, are in the same mode and bear a vis­i­ble kin­ship to the Kur­dish folk music of today. The mod­ern Kur­dish folk move­ment is frag­mented: vari­ant scenes in Iraqi Kur­dis­tan, Iran, Syr­ia, or Turkey, as well as a Kur­dish dias­pora in Europe and North Amer­ica. In Turkey, singing in the Kur­dish lan­guage was against the law, pun­ished by impris­on­ment and phys­i­cal abuse, until very recent­ly. In Iran, how­ever, it thrived, and in new­ly self-gov­ern­ing Kur­dis­tan, I’m sure it must be under­go­ing quite a renais­sance. Oth­er than a few stray pieces on gen­eral col­lec­tions of mid­dle east­ern music, the only record­ings I have are one by instru­men­tal­ists Tah­moures and Sohrab Pour­naz­eri, with accom­pa­ny­ing vocals by Rojan, enti­tled sim­ply Kur­dish Folk Music, and a cd called Kur­dish Dances fea­tur­ing Moham­mad Bhamani on dozak and sornâ, ‘Abdol­lâh Nabi­ol­lâhi on dobol, and vocals by ‘Abdol­lâh Qor­bâni. But I heard a mar­velous live con­cert last year, at the Agha Khan Muse­um in Toron­to. The first thing that strikes the lis­tener is the music’s acces­si­bil­ity. The melodies are catchy and upbeat, and not buried in the micro­tonal intri­c­as­ies and melis­ma that makes it hard for out­siders to fol­low mid­dle east­ern music. You could eas­ily par­ty to this music, in a mod­ern dis­co, though it is pure­ly tra­di­tion­al.

Estêvão Lopes Morago 

18-08-06 LISTN Estêvão Lopes Morago

Lis­bon at the time of Lopes Mor­a­go: a glob­al entre­pôt.

Much of the artis­tic achieve­ment of the Por­tuguese Renais­sance was destroyed by the great Lis­bon Earth­quake of 1755, which killed 30,000 peo­ple. Among the loss­es where most of the works of the com­poser Estêvão Lopes Mor­ago (c.1575 — after 1630). But some of his work that sur­vives indi­cates that he was very good. I have only five short pieces, record­ed by the Gul­benkian Foun­da­tion choir on their Por­tu­galiae Musi­ca series. All are poly­phonic pieces, four of them for four voic­es, one for a dou­ble choir of 3 and 4 parts each. The most beau­ti­ful is the Jesu redemp­tor, which is a litany for the dead, pray­ing for Christ to accept the soul of the depart­ed, and per­haps sung dur­ing the cortège, between the house of the deceased and the church. Mor­ago was actu­ally a Spaniard, but appar­ently spent most of his life in Por­tu­gal as choir-mas­ter of the Cathe­dral of Viseu.

First-time listening for July 2018

25132. (Arthur Sul­li­van [& W.S. Gilbert]) The Sor­ceror [com­plete opera; D’Oyly Carte]
25133. (Glob­al Com­mu­ni­ca­tion) Fab­ric 26 [DJ Mix 12 by Mark Pritchard, 12 by Tom Mid­dle­ton]
25134. (Gia­co­mo Meyer­beer) L’Africaine [com­plete opera; d. Capua­na; Stel­la, Nikolov, Rinal­di]
25135. (Kun­naku­di Vaidyanathan) Gold­en Krithis: Colours
25136. (3 Inch­es of Blood) Here Waits Thy Doom
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Sichuan Folk Song

18-07-13 LISTN Sichuan Folk Song

The huge west­ern Chi­nese province of Sichuan has its own, dis­tinct his­tory. It con­sists of a broad and fer­tile basin around the city of Cheng­du, ringed by a sparse­ly pop­u­lated wilder­ness of moun­tains, forests and swamps. While this was a cen­ter of ancient non-Han civ­i­liza­tion as ear­ly as the sec­ond mil­le­nnium BC, it grad­u­ally became Sini­fied over the cen­turies, and the city and fer­tile regions are inhab­ited by Han Chi­nese speak­ing a south­west­ern dialect of Man­darin. How­ever, most of the province con­sists of rugged moun­tains, and these are the home of many minor­ity groups, eth­ni­cally and lin­guis­ti­cally not at all Chi­nese. Among them are the Yi, relat­ed to the Burmese, the Qiang, and the Naxi (or Nakhi). The west­ern half of the province is cul­tur­al­ly clos­er to Tibet, many of the minori­ties speak­ing dialects of Tibetan, or close­ly relat­ed lan­guages. All these minori­ties have dis­tinc­tive musi­cal tra­di­tions, and the met­ro­pol­i­tan musi­cal main­stream of Chi­na has drawn from them with the same mix­ing and min­ing process that went on in the devel­op­ment of America’s folk music. The album I have, Sichuan Folk Song and Bal­lad, Vol­ume 2 gives a good sam­ple of this vari­ety. Per­son­ally, the more “folky” the songs are, the more they appeal to me. I par­tic­u­larly like the Naxi song “This Hill is Not As High As That One”.

China’s many eth­nic minori­ties, who com­prise tens of mil­lions of peo­ple, have been hid­den from the world’s view by mil­lennia of obses­sive impe­r­i­al cen­tral­ism and racism. In some cas­es, there are cul­tures of a mil­lion or more peo­ple about whom one can­not find a sin­gle book in a large uni­ver­sity library. Can you imag­ine what it would mean if there was not a sin­gle book in a major library devot­ed to Wales, or the Basques, or to Esto­nia? For­tu­nately, the musi­cal wealth of Sichuan can give us a foot-in-the-door to cel­e­brat­ing a diver­sity that has been kept from our view by ide­ol­ogy and intel­lec­tual lazi­ness.

First-time listening for June 2018

25099. (Hec­tor Berlioz) La Damna­tion de Faust [com­plete opera; d. Inbal; Gulyás, Lloyd, Ewing]
25100. (Dinah Wash­ing­ton) Dina Wash­ing­ton [Verve Jazz Mas­ters #40]
25101. (Imag­ine Drag­ons) Night Visions Live
25102. (Lak­sh­mi­narayana Shankar) Raga Aberi [w. Zakir Hus­sain]
25103. (Slam) BBC Essen­tial Mix, May 1,1994
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