martes, 22 de junio de 2010

Solo Piano by Philip Glass

This recording features remarkable unaccompanied piano unlike the work of any other composer to date. Glass wrote the first five arrangements as an ode to Kafka's The Metamorphosis. The other two tracks are Mad Rush and Wichita Sutra Vortex the first of which was written in 1981 for the Dalai Lama's first public address in New York City the latter being a collaboration with the poet Allen Ginsberg, a long time friend of Glass.

lunes, 14 de junio de 2010

Gravikords, Whirlies & Pyrophones: Experimental Musical Instruments

This is an excellent collection of some of the most bizarre instruments ever recorded. The CD originally included a book describing each song that I would love to get my hands on. There is even an introduction by none other than Tom Waits! Anyway, it's an excellent album with a very wide variety of musical styles. Most of the songs are well written and are a real joy to listen to. I highly recommend it to anyone, if not for enjoyment, for curiosity.


Louis Goldstein Performs John Cage's Sonatas and Interludes

This astounding version of Cage's famous pieces for prepared piano is conducted by Wake Forest University professor Louis Goldstein. There is also a rendition of Dream, a piece composed by Cage in 1948.