Tune Into These Incredible Classical Music Albums - Odd Nugget
Classical music is the only variety of music where the composer is honored more than the artist performing the music.
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Classical music albums may vary wildly in sound and meaning, but each of the picks pulled together below should be enough to help you let go and let loose.
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- Ravi Shankar - The Spirit of India (full album)
Gat I (Tala: Jhap-tal) 26:21
Gat II (Tala: Ek-tal) 43:31
Raga Hameer 50:13
Sitar -- Ravi Shankar
Tabla -- Alla Rakha
Tambura [Tanpura] -- Mrs. Jiban, Mrs. Widya
Label Deutsche Grammophon
Phonographic Copyright (p) -- Polydor International GmbH
Made By -- PMDC, Germany
Printed By -- Neef
Recorded At -- Studio des Dames
Kyle Archer said: 'First I found the sitar. Then the Dharma found me. India, you are a gift to this world. This music is love, pure and simple. '
tyler solomon said: 'I learned about Ravi Shankar after falling in love with Hindustani culture and music in high school. I took a world religions class and obsessed over all of the eastern music. Hindustani classical music is truly divine. I am now 22. Been listening since 15, will listen forever! Namaste, Jai Ram'
Study Of The Invisible by Vanessa Wagner
RELEASE DATE - MARCH, 25th
Vanessa Wagner continues her exploration of the minimalist repertoire by introducing her audience to pieces, many rare or unpublished, by acclaimed composers, young pianists, and genre-bending personalities from the ambient and electronic scenes. In France or even Europe, Vanessa Wagner is practically the only classical pianist to tackle this contemporary and timeless repertoire. Study Of The Invisible features interpretations of pieces by a spectrum of composers that includes Suzanne Ciani, Harold Budd, David Lang, Bryce Dessner and Phillip Glass.
The first track to be taken from the album is her singular version of Roger and Brian Eno "Celeste" recorded for the first time for acoustic piano. Celeste was originally released in Mixing Colors on Deutsch Gramophone in 2020. Brian Eno admits that the bulk of the album was composed while travelling by train. The naked beauty of the melody played on the piano by Vanessa Wagner in her interpretation enhances a new depth and interiority onto the piece.
I've been listening to Brian Eno's music for many years, its ambient layers and soaring atmospheres from which sometimes (...) melodies emerge. Listening again to the synthesizer version of... more
aubades by Jean-Michel Blais
aubades, the new album from post-classical piano icon Jean-Michel Blais, marks the Montreal-born musicians transition from pianist to composer, as he writes for an ensemble for the first time in his career. Written during the pandemic and following a breakup, Blais has used his distinctive musical voice to create a defiantly uplifting record with glistening instrumental textures and warm major tonalities. The albums title refers to the aubade, a Middle Ages morning love song about lovers separating at daybreak, a dawn serenade.
Despite the difficult global and personal backdrop, Blais described the time writing this album as a fruitful moment of creativity for me. We started having hares in the park, beautiful butterflies flying everywhere. It was a time of lots of blossoming, and also a moment when I blossomed from being a pianist into a composer. Musical ideas captured in over 500 recorded piano improvisations were transformed by Blais into 11 compositions performed by a 12-person ensemble. During the composition process, Blais collaborated with Alex Weston, former music assistant to Philip Glass. The musicians were recorded with close-up microphones, creating a richly intimate atmosphere that captures the human behind each instrument, from the mechanics of the woodwind keys to the snap of adouble bass... more
- Ravi Shankar - The Origins (FULL ALBUM - BEST OF CLASSICAL MUSIC)
01- Raag Jog 00:11
02- Raga Hamsadhwani 28:21
03- Dhun In Mishra Mand 37:36
04- Fire Night 55:39
05- Improvisation on the Theme Music 01:00:11
06- Karnataki 01:07:04
07- Madhuvanti 01:13:38
08- Raga Ahir Bhairav 01:37:19
09- Raga Ramkal 01:52:49
10- Raga Simhendra Madhyamam 02:13:23
Ravi Shankar, KBE (IPA: [ˈrɔbi ˈʃɔŋkɔr]; 7 April 1920 11 December 2012), born Rabindra Shankar Chowdhury, his name often preceded by the title Pandit ('Master'), was an Indian musician and a composer of Hindustani classical music. He was one of the best-known exponents of the sitar in the second half of the 20th century and influenced many other musicians throughout the world. Shankar was born to a Bengali family in India, and spent his youth touring India and Europe with the dance group of his brother Uday Shankar. He gave up dancing in 1938 to study sitar playing under court musician Allauddin Khan.
After finishing his studies in 1944, Shankar worked as a composer, creating the music for the Apu Trilogy by Satyajit Ray, and was music director of All India Radio, New Delhi, from 1949 to 1956. In 1956 he began to tour Europe and the Americas playing Indian classical music and increased its popularity there in the 1960s through teaching, performance, and his association with violinist Yehudi Menuhin and Beatles guitarist George Harrison. His influence on the latter helped popularize the use of Indian instruments in pop music throughout the 1960s. Shankar engaged Western music by writing compositions for sitar and orchestra, and toured the world in the 1970s and 1980s.
From 1986 to 1992, he served as a nominated member of Rajya Sabha, the upper chamber of the Parliament of India. He continued to perform until the end of his life. In 1999, Shankar was awarded India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna.
Johannes Ziervogel said: 'just take a moment to sincerely appreciate how we're having free access to all this great music out there. Wonderful times to live in 3'
Diana Todd-Banks said: 'I learned to play the sitar - but I'm an Australian woman and was living in Chicago in the 70's studying music. Sitar music captivated me since I was a little girl. But in Chicago I actually learned the instrument and managed an Indian group - sitar player, tamboura and tabla and my gosh it was fun. A total joy. Diana'
KhalDrogo76 said: 'I was lucky enough to see Ravi and his daughter at Symphony Hall in Boston in the 90's, what an amazing night of music'
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