Monday, September 23, 2013

Bruckner No. 5 Coda - Eugen Jochum Live 1986

Click HERE for the last minutes of Bruckner's Fifth Symphony from a live 1986 concert with Eugen Jochum and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. No one but no one brings it home like this. Wow.

Cheers,
Angus

P.S.: My favorite parts start after 1:10 in the video...

P.P.S.: I'm sure others do a great job as well... just saying this is pretty cool.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Davy Graham


You should hear this - another guy Jimmy Page got his chops from. This whole album is on Spotify and Xbox Music (the latter of which is pretty awesome, with free streaming and some ads like Spotify). Some albums spell his name Davey. Also check out The Guitar Player, which is only on Xbox now - what a classic!

Cheers,
Angus

Friday, September 6, 2013

Maria Kalaniemi & Martin Hayes

Let me pick these two to highlight as performers you might want to hear. Maria Kalaniemi is an accordion player from Finland, and Martin Hayes an Irish fiddler. The gentleman on the right is guitarist Dennis Cahill, who provides the mesmerizing pulse for Hayes in their collaborations. Similarly, on Kalaniemi's album Airbow, you'll hear the violin playing of Sven Ahlbäck, who complements the sparse wintry sound on that album perfectly.

What Kalaniemi and Hayes have in common is beautiful phrasing. You'll find quietness and fire in their work - maybe not enough fire for some ears, but it works just perfectly for me. If neither instrument is something you associate with grace or beauty, dig in. They make such excellent music - Hayes and Cahill with The Lonesome Touch and Live in Seattle, and Kalaniemi on the album mentioned above (which you can find to sample as a download if you dig through these archives) and on Bellow Poetry. And these albums are just a beginning. I've not heard anything by either of them that is not stellar.

Cheers,
Angus