Friday 8 May 2020

Down on your lock?

While still getting my head around what I want to write about and how, during this drought of live events, I've been immersing myself in music that gives me a combination of energy and beauty. Without necessarily looking for the relentlessly upbeat - although some of that is fine - what I'm seeking, of course, is an uplift of some kind. The more stuck in one place I am, the more the urge for movement. And quiet or loud, busy or sparse, there's plenty of that below. (Well, perhaps not in the photo, but in the tunes...)

I hope you enjoy the selection. I'm particularly pleased to include the incredible version of Thomas Tallis's 'Spem in Alium', recorded in isolation - yet still so powerfully and dynamically - by the brilliant choral ensemble Stile Antico. The music famously has 40 individual parts, and the video illustrates how they multiply themselves up from 12. Sublime.

Stay safe and well.


Dr John - 'Locked Down'

R Strauss: 'Burlesque in D minor for Piano & Orchestra' - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Herbert Blomstedt

The Bar-Kays - 'Holy Ghost'

Penguin Cafe Orchestra - 'Dirt'

Miles Davis - 'Spanish Key'

Michael Chapman - 'The Last Polish Breakfast'

Cymande - 'Dove'

John Adams: 'The Chairman Dances' - San Francisco Symphony, Edo de Waart

Cavern of Anti-Matter - 'traces'

Max Richter - 'November'

Booker T & the MGs - 'Melting Pot'

Stile Antico - Tallis: 'Spem in Alium'

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