Saturday Soiree 08/08/2020

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted here. I’ve been too overwhelmed by life and deadlines. Today’s Saturday Soiree is inspired by the heat wave. It makes me want to listen to music that’s the equivalent of shards of ice and crystal with slabs of obsidian thrown in here and there, evoking cold, wind and the ripple of light through water. Needless to say, today is dominated by contemporary classical and jazz/experimental pieces!

Onwards to the selections!

Matana Roberts (Saxophone) performing Shoes of Gold by Matana Roberts

More Matana Roberts because she’s that awesome

Kristo Kondakçi (Conductor), Eureka Ensemble, performing Symphony in E-minor, Op.32 “Gaelic” (1894-96) by Amy Beach. Discovered via Kristen Turner’s tweet (I’m discovering so many new-to-me composers via classical music twitter, lately).

Michael Wenderberg (Conductor), WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne performing Moult by Clara Iannotta

Mikko Franck (Conductor), Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France performing Cantus Arcticus by Einojuhani Rautavaara

Leonid Kazakov(Conductor), Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra performing Cyberbird Concerto for Saxophone, Piano, Percussion and Orchestra by Takashi Yoshimatsu (one of my favourite pieces of contemporary classical music ever!)

John Coltrane (Tenor Saxophone) performing Equinox by John Coltrane

Sir Simon Rattle (conductor), Orquesta Filarmónica de Berlín, performing Atmospheres by György Ligeti

Valérie Milot (harp), performing Vltava (Moldau) by Bedrich Smetana

Ekaterina Dvoretskaya (harp), performing Rhapsody by Marcel Lucien Grandjany

The feature picture of an Arctic Tern is by AWeith and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license. Sourced via Wikimedia Commons.