Sunday 15 December 2019

Freedom of movements...

...and easy passage across genre borders.

I don't tend to come over all political on the Specs blog. So, here's a European playlist.

Hope you enjoy it. (YouTube clips immediately below, then a Spotify version at the end.)


Poland, represented by composer Karol Szymanowski: 'Nocturne and Tarantella, Op. 28: II. Tarantella: Presto appassionato', performed by Tamsin Waley-Cohen & Huw Watkins.

Belgium, represented by singer-songwriter Jacques Brel: 'La chanson de Jacky'.

Norway, represented by composer Edvard Grieg: 'Haugtussa Op. 67: VIII. Ved Gjætle-Bekken, perfomed by Claire Booth & Christopher Glynn.

Greece, represented by progressive rock band, Aphrodite's Child: 'It's Five O'Clock'.

Estonia, represented by composer Veljo Tormis: 'Raua Needmine (Curse upon Iron)', performed by Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir / Tõnu Kaljuste.

Switzerland, represented by ritual jazz collective Nik Bärtsch's Rohin: 'Modul 36'.

France, represented by composer Louise Farrenc: 'Air russe varié, Op. 17', performed by Biliana Tzinlikova.

Ukraine, represented by atmospheric black metal band Drudkh: 'Autumn in Sepia'.

Spain, represented by composer Isaac Albéniz: 'Asturias', performed by Xuefei Yang.

Finland, represented by neofolk band Tenhi: 'Sutoi'.

Italy, represented by synth-rockers and horror-soundtrackers Goblin: 'Snip Snap'.

Germany, represented by composer C.P.E. Bach: 'Variations in D minor on "Die Folie d'Espagne", Wq 118/9 & Wq 270', performed by Andreas Staier.

Sweden, represented by arguably finest pop group of all time ABBA: 'Cassandra'.

Latvia, represented by composer Ēriks Ešenvalds: 'The First Tears', performed by Portland State Chamber Choir / Ethan Sperry.

Austria, represented by composer Franz Schubert: 'Nachtstück', performed by Ilker Arcayürek & Simon Lepper.

Spotify version:

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