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Lento by Howard Skempton.  A piece for orchestra written as a companion piece to Wagner's Prelude from Parsifal.

 

 

The Protecting Veil, for Cello and Orchestra, by John Tavener.

 

 

Lento is a little minimal, but beautiful nonetheless.

What CD of his would you recommend? Ive never heard of him...

 

The John Tavener piece I am going to need some more time withbiggrin.gif

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Skempton specialises in very short piano pieces, which he calls "the central nervous system" of his work.  Lento is an unusual foray into orchestral writing.  A representative collection of his piano works is in the Well, Well, Cornelius CD.  There are a few moments of beauty, but I personally am not too keen on this CD in general.

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Skempton specialises in very short piano pieces, which he calls "the central nervous system" of his work.  Lento is an unusual foray into orchestral writing.  A representative collection of his piano works is in the Well, Well, Cornelius CD.  There are a few moments of beauty, but I personally am not too keen on this CD in general.

 

His piano works are a little Satie-esque (to my relatively untrained ear).

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I don't know how much you're familiar with the classical repertoire, but if you're looking for something dark and emotive, what first comes to mind for me is Tristan & Isold's Prelude by Wagner. I think I've yet to hear something that expresses the melancholia, passion and desire of the human soul more profoundly (the use of it in von Trier's Melancholia is brilliant for that matter).

 

Arvo Part has a lot of dark, yet uplifting music full of human emotions and divine longing. His Miserere is my favorite of his, using lots of dissonance but also some absolutely divine moments such as the ending. Try also De Profundis, Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten and Wallfahrtslied / Pilgrim's Song.

 

Richard Strauss' Four Last Songs are also some of the most powerful music I know of, as they were written right before his death and deal with death on a poetic level. The harmonies are absolutely gorgeous and the 3rd song is one of the wonders of this earth.

 


 

 

So I picked up Parts "Miserere" and although I really am not into vocals, the second piece (Festina Lente) is an absolutely breathtaking piece of music.

More like this please!

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