Friday 20 March 2009

What are we listening to?

So, what are we in the Britten Sinfonia office listening to (the first of an occasional series............)?
'Eclectic' is a cliche, but best describes The Marketing and Development team's current range.

Frances' current list:
'Fleet Foxes (this one’s a bit trendy!)
Biffy Clyro (this one’s a bit EMO, eek)
Alphabeat (this one’s a little shameful, electro pop)
Red Arc/Blue Veil – by John Luther Adams (experimental)

I enjoy Walton’s incidental music for Henry V: Passacaglia, The Death of Falstaff, and Touch her soft lips and part. – I’m sure it must be a classic FM favourite

Lauridsen Nocturnes (I love track 9)?

Bartok, Allegro Barbaro is a favourite at times and String Quartet No. 6.'

Claire's current favourites:
'At the moment in the car I’m listening to;
Earth Wind and Fire – Best of – you can’t beat a bit of disco for late night driving after a concert
Eleanor McEvoy’s album Yola – fantastic Irish singer/songwriter who’s quite folky – saw her live at artsdepot last year
Brahms – Symphony No.1 with Bernstein conducting
Mexican Institue of Sound – Pinata – it’s hilariously good

And on my hi-fi the most recent things I’ve listened to in the last week or so are;
Kate Rusby – either Awkward Annie, Underneath the Stars and The Girl Who Couldn’t Fly – all fantastic albums – I’m looking forward to seeing her live again in April
Janacek – Sinfonietta – the brass opening is fantastic
Freak Power – Turn On, Tune In, Cop Out – heard them live at a festival last year and although the album is a bit old school its still great
Esbjorn Svenson Trio (EST) – Tuesday Wonderland and Seven Days of Falling – fabulous and such a shame Esbjorn died last year, lucky enough to see them live 3 times (I also love listening to EST Live ’95 on my ipod)
Finzi Clarinet Concerto with Richard Hickox conducting
Radiohead – The Bends – simply because it is one of the best albums ever
The Cardigans – Life – perfect for a sunny day
Satie – Piano Works with Joanna MacGregor – I lent this CD to someone and have only just got it back so its great being able to listen to this again
Nico Muhly – Mothertongue – research/finding out about music BS is performing next season
And of course Britten Sinfonia’s new CD Songs of the Sky!

Haven’t listened to my ipod in the last week (no long train journeys) – but most recently;
Amy Winehouse
Brahms String Quintets 1 & 2
Stravinsky – The Firebird suite
EST Live 95
Lucie Silvas – Breathe In (not sure whether I want to admit that one).'

This all makes my list a little prosaic!
The Sixteen's new CD of Purcell and James MacMillan, Bright Orb of Harmony

Anything by Christina Pluhar and L'Arpeggiata, especially their new Monteverdi CD Teatro d'Amore

Concerto Italiano's recording of Vivaldi's L'Olimpiade, starring the amazing Roberta Invernizzi
Amy MacDonald, whom I heard live at the V Festival last summer
Our own recording of Lukaszewski's Via Crucis.

More soon........!

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