FEB in BERLIN
This list of music reporting on February in Berlin is kind of both,
comfort for the mostly nasty weather in this month of transition
as well as a longing and – even more – an anticipation of things to come,
Should also do wonders on lazy Summer days,
windy Fall walks and shady Winter evenings.
(Thea Djordjadze, Andreas Reihse)
Besides some rare concert snippets on YouTube, it was really difficult to find music of the amazing Vagif Mustafazadeh. His daughter managed to get more famous. Zadeh was a piano player who combined the rhythmic structures of jazz with the lyrical poetry of folkloristic tunes of his country and/ or classical/ romantic music. He died in 1979 only 39 years old, shortly after performing a concert. Finally here’s a website dedicated to Azerbaijani’s jazz. And you can at least listen to a couple of his compositions and his piano style (unfortunately badly programmed: click e.g. ENGLISH VERSION then in the left column: MUSIC)
Symphonie op.21- Pierre Boulez & London Symphony Orchestra
Let’s get some 12-Ton in. Actually, we prefer Boulez as a conductor than as a composer.
(click MUSIC in the lower row, then scroll to Op 21: Symphony (1927-28))
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
Arnold Schönberg Chor, Wiener Sängerknaben, Concentus musicus Wien, con: Nikolaus Harnoncourt (2000)
The making of; but you can easily search-engine for more or – recommended – purchase the album, which is one of the most impressive recordings of one of Bach’s master pieces. Best of all: you don’t have to believe in something like god, to enjoy this.
Chamber Symphony for Strings, Op. 110a-Largo
We go for the largo, listen to it; then read some chapters in Solomon Volkov’s bio-pic Testimony.
BEETHOVEN / SCHILLER
Ode an die Freude
A favourite of our son Nika; we have just chosen this most hilarious take (but Nika loves each and every version.)
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Always add some Sviatoslav Richter to each and every playlist. Here, playing Rachmaninov’s masterpiece. Parts of this may sound familiar to your ears: All By Myself by Eric Carmen. All by myself – besides the music, you might say, which Carmen simply copied while quite relaxed, keeping all the author credits to himself. The shrouded in myth all-american idea of the self-made millionaire per exemplum, exactly the same procedure with his follow up million seller, Never Gonna Fall in Love Again. Never mind. But we prefer the original.
No Plans No Projects
Even though, over the years, he became a bit of the alternative-pain-in-the-aaa-Philip-Glass, his early stuff is a beauty; by the way: always add some Les Disques de Crepuscule to each and every playlist.
THE DURUTTI COLUMN
Destroy She Said
Vini Reilly, unfortunately suffers from some serious health problems these days – all support to him, buy his albums! Reilly is doing his thing for decades now. Destroy She Said is a very fine 1984ian example of his way of composing and playing the guitar. Also: always add some Factory to each and every playlist.
Finally, for a most placable congé. Some of Khancheli’s amazing film compositions on solo piano. Unfortunately there’s no edition available with his early film- and theater pieces; only awful kitschy re-renditions – Beware!!!
(Post-Soviet Union when Khancheli was free at last to compose the way he wanted, he exploded with colours and emotions, mostly of the darker and skewer side, embrassing and summarizing the last 3 centuries of human race, humanity and dis-humanity. Tough stuff! Well edited at ECM:
Image: Thea Djordjadze, Untitled (c-print, 2013)