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Best Ever Album Tournament - Welcome!

1950: Psalm 130 for Mixed Chorus a cappella (Schoenberg)

4/19/2015 View
Best Ever Album Tournament - Welcome!

Last thing: you should make a similar playlist for movies. Guaranteed success.

4/17/2015 View
Best Ever Album Tournament - Welcome!

I pick up some other favourites of mine.
1990: La Sposa Occidentale
1972: Ziggy Stardust
1970: Desertshore
1971: Sticky Fingers
1972: Transformer
1967: Strange Days
1966: Revolver
1971: Emozioni
Certainly there are many more rock albums to discover and probably better than these ones.
Of course, if you consider contemporary classical music the first half of XX century all the above mentioned album should be erased and replaced by the very favourite of mine.
Pick up 10 works by Schoenberg, 5 by Webern, 3 by Valen, 3 by Berg, 2 by Prokofiev and it's okay for me.

4/17/2015 View
Best Ever Album Tournament - Welcome!

What do you mean with contemporary classical music?
It's a vast period of time.

4/17/2015 View
Best Ever Album Tournament - Welcome!

I'm not a rock connoisseur. Anyway these are my favourite album
1966 - Blonde on Blonde
1967 - Velvet Underground and Nico
1968 - Astral Weeks
1968 - Marble Index
1968 - The Beatles (aka The White Album)
1968 - The Doors
1968 - White Light / White Heat
1974 - Rock Bottom
1980 - Remain in Light
1988 - L'Apparenza

4/16/2015 View
MOVIE PLAYLIST

Werckmeiser Harmonies ... I recorded it a few weeks ago. Hope to watch it very soon.
Have you find any similarities between Interstellar and Solaris? Do you think Tarkovsky has been a clear influence for Nolan's last work?

3/21/2015 View
MOVIE PLAYLIST

Of couse the development of the characters' cognitive, emotional, intellectual, and social feelings is a reflection of consequences of the war. The same can be said about the inner structure of the movie, clearly made by juxtaposed and thematically different sequences.
For instance, Willard's different consideration toward the figure of Kurtz reflects the absurdities of what He has seen and heard, of that he testifies. He asked himself: how can you define Kurtz a mad man, a murderer, just here, in the middle of all of this.
Vittorio Storaro cinematography often use deeply saturated colors (like pulsating magentas and gaudy oranges). His choice reflects the redundant style of the movie.
I obviously heard about both the Greek director and Bela Tarr but i never watched one of their movies. About Tarkovsky, his movie are very difficult and I cannot judge them easily.
I remember i did not like mirror and the sacrifice. Stalker and Solaris were way better. But i need to rewatch them.
Sorry for my bad english.

3/21/2015 View
MOVIE PLAYLIST

Apocalypse Now is a great movie only on the surface. His greatness can be found in isolated fragments like the rise of the Valkyries, Duvall's mad portrait of Colonel Kilgore, Brando's magnificent quarter of an hour and Doors music to underline the desperation of the characters. The Idea to show Vietnam like Disneyland is original too. Anyway Apocalypse Now always have seemed to me like a mastodontic attempt to express and convey a lot of motifs without even reaching any single single target. It suffers of leviathanic gigantism.
Verhoeven is an underrated director and Showgirls is one of his best movies. Like Rivette said about it: "It has great sincerity, and the script is very honest. it's one of the great American films of the last few years. It’s Verhoeven’s best American film and his most personal. it’s about surviving in a world populated by assholes, and that’s his philosophy. Of all the recent American films that were set in Las Vegas, Showgirls was the only one that was real"

3/21/2015 View
MOVIE PLAYLIST

Go on hoping...

3/15/2015 View
MY DESERT ISLAND WORKS OF ART

Like Tristan and Isolde, there isn't a hors concours recording of the last work of Bach.
For Contrapunctus I I love Gould live interpretation (the one where you can hear a bird in the beginning of the video)
For Contrapunctus II Gould is my favourite one.
Contrapunctus III: Robert Hill or Kenneth Gilbert
Contrapunctus IV: Gould on mad piano '60 live tv broadcast
Contrapunctus V: Gilbert
Contrapunctus VI: Gould on organ
Contrapunctus VII: Koroliov by far
Contrapunctus VIII: Gilbert or Leonhardt
Contrapunctus IX: Gould or Gilbert
Contrapunctus X: Moroney
Contrapunctus XI: Gould or Gilbert
Contrapunctus XII: Walcha
Contrapunctus XIII: rectus dunno, inversus Gould
Canons: very hard to make a choice here
Contrapunctus XIV: absolutely Gould

2/7/2015 View
MY DESERT ISLAND WORKS OF ART

Why do u skip it? Coz it's too much intense?
Contrapunctus II is written in french style and display a masterful rendition in the treatment of notes inègales.
notes inégales refers to the swung, jazz-like, rhythmic inflections of the musical score.

1/31/2015 View
MY DESERT ISLAND WORKS OF ART

Argh.. you forgot the best page by Bach! no.14! The unfinished fugue.
The least satisying work in the art of fugue is maybe Contrapunctus 12 or 2. By they are even masterpieces on their own.

1/31/2015 View
MY DESERT ISLAND WORKS OF ART

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1/29/2015 View
MY DESERT ISLAND WORKS OF ART

One small prelude by Bach is better than all contemporary music, imho.
Anyway, which are your favourite contrapunctus from BWV 1080, if I may ask?

1/29/2015 View
MY DESERT ISLAND WORKS OF ART

Indeed, lol.
For instance, the only movie i'm going to include in this list is Trouble in Paradise.

1/21/2015 View