Tag Archives: ECM New Series

Leos Janacek–On an Overgrown Path

Works from Janacek’s Piano cycle transcribed for string orchestra, + one work each from Dvorak, Suk with text read by Brami. Gracious, Romantic works!

Ferenc Snetburger–Hallgat√≥

For guitar & strings, a collection of pieces by Snetberger, Barber, Shostakovich and Dowland. Nice!

Hosokawa/Mozart

Two works one by each composer. Hosokawa’s inspired by Mozart’s but minimalist, both works for piano + orchestra.

Konstantia Gourzi–Anajikon

Composer/conductor Gourzi’s pieces are lyrical and strident, one quartet, one duet and one orchestral piece on this CD.

Eleni Karaindrou–Tous des Oiseaux

Ethereal, gorgeous, sad pieces for a play and a film dealing with the Isreali/Palestinian conflict, with voice, Middle Eastern and Western instruments. Play all!

J. S. Bach–Six Suites for Viola Solo

Kim Kardashian performs the classic Bach Suites for Cello, transcribed for viola. Play!

Franz Schubert–Die Nacht

Lovely transcriptions for viola and guitar of Schubert and Burgmuller works. Play!

Stefano Scodanibbio–Alisei

Mostly slow, quiet works (some long) for double bass and strings. “Due Pezzi” faster. Play!

Ravel, Franck, Ligeti, Messiaen

Works for violin and piano, from late Romantic to modern era, performed by Duo Gazzana. These are diverse pieces, Franck’s well-known. Play!

Arvo Part–The Symphonies

Modern orchestral works stand out for their style in an oppressed Estonia, where composers were expected to conform to Soviet guidelines. Play!

Komitas– Seven Songs

Beautiful, seemingly simple and short pieces for solo piano by the Armenian composer Komitas. Some folk elements. Play!

Valentin Silvestrov–Hieroglyphen der Nacht

Contemporary pieces for cello and piano with Baroque elements–somber, some eeriness. Play!

Gavin Bryars–The Fifth Century

Ethereal choral works by Thomas Traherne  composed in the 17th century, here with saxophone quartet.

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach–Tangere

Baroque pieces performed on a tangent piano, not a harpsichord, and sounds more fluid. Play!

Danish String Quartet–Last Leaf

An interesting mix of Danish traditional pieces with originals by the quartet’s members. Nice!

Mieczyslav Weinberg–Chamber Symphonies

Beautiful, modern chamber symphonies, lyrical yet with tension. Play!

Debussy & Hosokawa–Point and Line

Pianist Momo Kodama performs these lovely abstract and impressionistic pieces. Play!

Meredith Monk–On Behalf of Nature

Stunning new album from Monk, highly lyrical with marimba, vibraphone, harp and others, in addition to voices, flowing and wandering. Play!

Frode Halti–AIR, Bent Sorensen and Hans Abrahamsen

Contemporary works for accordion, mostly intense, with strings. Sorensen’s sweet. Play!

Tonu Korvitz– Mirror

A mix of instrumentals with interesting mix of instruments (strings, kannel, violoncello) and choir (both mixed and male) with accompaniment. Voice pieces tend to be subdued, some eeriness. Play!

Bartok, Schnittke, Lutoslawski

Miranda Cuckson and Blair McMillen perform these Slavic composers’ sonatas and partitas–modern and contemporary, intense, abstract and emotive. Play or sample most!

Arvo Part–Musica Selecta

ECM Records producer Manfred Eicher has selected works by Part for this collection. Gorgeous, spare and somber. Play! (some with choir).

Giya Kancheli–Chiaroscuro

Two, long, somber, ethereal and beautiful works for violin and chamber ensemble inspired by human’s ugliness and the desire for something else.

Dino Saluzzi–Imagenes

Lovely piano pieces by bandeonist Saluzzi with elements of Argentina. Play!

Barber, Bartok, Jarrett

Keith Jarrett performs works by Barber, Bartok and his own improv piece. Jazzy embellishments, his own the best.