gene's CLASSICAL shelf

if you are reading this, there's a good chance you know Gene. He's the owner/operator of Horizon Records and he's kind of a geek  about classical in all its many forms, and especially about piano music, things from ECM Records , and lately about what he calls late moderns (ambient, minimalists, and the generally bliss-ed out edges of classical)... I've heard that some days that's the only thing that gets played in the back room. Even Renaissance and Early choral music, omg Poor Luci.

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Vox Clamantis / Jaan-Eik Tulve

The album features revelatory performances of the choral music of Estonian composer Cyrillus Kreek (1889-1962). Kreek's pieces, incorporating graceful settings of psalms & folk hymns, are juxtaposed here with instrumental fantasias & interludes created for this recording by Marco Ambrosini. In previous ECM recordings, the choir have addressed works of Arvo P„rt, Erkki-Sven Tr & Helena Tulve, as well as Gregorian chant- thus proving to be ideal interpreters of a music poised between old & new.

Vox Clamantis / Jaan-Eik Tulve
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Sufjan Stevens & Timo Andres

The title of "The Decalogue" has a touch of the grandiose: it means "The Ten Commandments." Yet this score, composed by Sufjan Stevens for a dance work choreographed by Justin Peck that premiered with the New York City Ballet in May of 2017, is quiet and experimental. Stevens's piano score, as played and recorded by Timo Andres, sounds like etudes in the Romantic-modernist tradition, as if prompted by Debussy. With "The Decalogue," now released digitally, and on vinyl and CD, Sufjan is making-gently, without ostentation-new departures.

Sufjan Stevens & Timo Andres
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Sufjan Stevens & Timo Andres

The title of "The Decalogue" has a touch of the grandiose: it means "The Ten Commandments." Yet this score, composed by Sufjan Stevens for a dance work choreographed by Justin Peck that premiered with the New York City Ballet in May of 2017, is quiet and experimental. Stevens's piano score, as played and recorded by Timo Andres, sounds like etudes in the Romantic-modernist tradition, as if prompted by Debussy. With "The Decalogue," now released digitally, and on vinyl and CD, Sufjan is making-gently, without ostentation-new departures.

Sufjan Stevens & Timo Andres
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Sufjan Stevens & Timo Andres

The title of "The Decalogue" has a touch of the grandiose: it means "The Ten Commandments." Yet this score, composed by Sufjan Stevens for a dance work choreographed by Justin Peck that premiered with the New York City Ballet in May of 2017, is quiet and experimental. Stevens's piano score, as played and recorded by Timo Andres, sounds like etudes in the Romantic-modernist tradition, as if prompted by Debussy. With "The Decalogue," now released digitally, and on vinyl and CD, Sufjan is making-gently, without ostentation-new departures.

Sufjan Stevens & Timo Andres
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