Ooh ooh, new Guthrie improv stuff!!
Burzum - The Ways of Yore
First listen to the new Burzum. I wholeheartedly support Varg's decision to abandon black metal in favor of embracing ambient. A man should follow his heart.
I think today is going to be all ambient music for me. I'm currently enjoying Porya Hatami's Land album. Highly recommended.
Porya Hatami - Land
It's not every day that an Iranian sound artist catches your ear. Then again, it's not every day that yet another album of ambient tones and field recordings stands out from the ever-growing crowd.
But Porya Hatami's Land CD-R does jut that. Based in the northwestern city of Sanandaj, Hatami employs noises such as birdsong, vinyl crackles, rainfall, and the constant bustling of distant crowds and creaky carts that provide a real-world context for his gentle, glassy keys. As opposed to the sparse purity of, say, Celer, Hatami's music comes across like a whispered secret while the rest of the world recedes into gorgeously blurry focus. Anyone even remotely familiar with the 12K roster will find little new on Land but should also appreciate the album’s tranquil resonance that soothes yet never bores. This seems to be Hatami's debut release, but regardless of whether that's the case, he's clearly spent a lot of time working with these sounds. I don't know much about the state of experimental music in Iran, but if Hatami's work is any indication, it's a scene that deserves a wider audience.
Antonymes - There Can Be No True Beauty Without Decay
Having started learning to play the piano, I very much enjoy the simple yet effective use of the instrument on this fine record. Of these three records I've listened to today, this one I find the easiest to recommend although I love every single one of them.
Per Nørgård: Symphony No. 8 (2010-2011)
Vienna Philharmonic/Sakari Oramo
Christoph Graupner: 'Die Nacht ist vergangen', GWV 1101/22; 'Heulet, denn des Herrn Tag ist nahe', GWV 1102/26; 'Wer da glaubet dass Jesus sei der Christ', GWV 1103/40
Amaryllis Dieltiens, Elisabeth Scholl (sopranos)
Lothar Blum, Reinoud van Mechelen (tenors)
Stefan Geyer (baritone)
Mannheimer Hofkapelle & Ex Tempore/Florian Heyerick
Albéric Magnard: Symphony No. 4
Malmö Symphony Orchestra/Thomas Sanderling
Charles Koechlin: Le buission ardent Op. 203 & 171, Poème symphonique after an episode from "Jean-Christophe" by R. Rolland
SWR Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart/Heinz Holliger
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata in E flat Major Op.31 No.3
Ronald Brautigam, fortepiano
Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Sonata in F minor, Op. 120 no. 1
Walter Boeykens, clarinet
Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden, piano
Franz Xaver Richter: Sinfonia a 4 in C minor
New Dutch Academy/Simon Murphy