Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Current Listening


Austin Storm said...

Intensely damaging! Don't do that again. =)

But seriously, what do you think of that Sting album?

CSUF Rock Star said...

I'm curious about the Sting album as well. How legit is it?

Pärt is usually a good call; "Fratres" is my favorite work, his choral stuff gets boring to my ears after a while.

Randomly, I've also been listening to the Martin Mass recently. So good! I have the Dale Warland Singers recording ("Cathedral Classics") which also includes Herbert Howells' Requiem, which our university choir sang this semester. Both great pieces.

Maybe not so much on the quintets. Am I the only musician who doesn't like Brahms?

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Greg said...

Thanks for the comments. The Sting recording is intriguing. It is legit to a degree, but also makes use of his untutored and distinctive voice. In some ways, I almost wish it was less legit--the diction seems a bit strong.

As for the quintets, I'm working on a film score with strings and clarinet and was looking for sonic inspiration.


Bonnie said...

WOW.....can you put on some favorites for us to listen to? I see that on a blogger from the UK ~~not sure how that is done.


Amy said...

Yes, the Sting album does, almost from the beginning, bring up the issue of his "untutored and distinctive voice". Almost to the point that I wonder what Edin Karmazov, who accompanied Sting, is thinking. But it is quite facinating what Sting attempts to do with the script he has chosen from John Dowland.

Evan said...

I like the passion Sting brings to the table, but ultimately it wears thin for me. For an unparalleled reading of Dowland and other English Rennaissence songs the Julianne Baird/Ron McFarlane recording "Greensleeves" is a wonder. Baird brings each text breathtakingly (and sometimes excruciatingly) to life. Wow.