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Tabula RasaThe Berlin based Estonian Arvo PÄrt is one of the most important composers of the post-war era. His postmodern style is equally inspired by traditional as by new methods and has earned him the reputation of being a visionary.
Tabula Rasa stands as one of his most widely-performed compositions, as well as a fine example of his mature style. At once reverent, bleak and timeless, rich with otherwordly harmonies, Tabula Rasa aptly displays exactly why Arvo PÄrt is regarded as one of the most exceptional composers of the late 20th century.
This 2LP set from Vinyl Passion includes: Tabula Rasa - Concerto for 2 Violins, Prepared Piano and String Orchestra (1971); Symphony No. 1 'Poliphonic' (1964); Collage On The Theme B-A-C-H (1964); and Concerto for Cello and Orchestra. To Mstislav Rostropovich (1966).LP1:
Tabula Rasa: Concerto for 2 Violins, Prepared Piano and String Orchestra (1971)
Symphony No. 1 'Poliphonic' (1964)
2. Prelude and Fugue
Collage On The Theme B-A-C-H (1964)
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra. To Mstislav Rostropovich (1966)
8. Allegro$27.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Sound Of Arvo PartArvo PÄrt creates music of deceptive simplicity, and listening to his work can be a transformative experience. Imagine taking your ears on a retreat, and you're some way to understanding why his work is so popular. The Estonian composer underwent his own transformation in the 1970s, having explored dense avant-garde music in the early part of his career. He put himself through an eight-year creative exile, and emerged with a new, purer voice. The Arvo PÄrt that many people are devoted to today (including R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and Björk) creates music that cleanses. A sonic detox.1. Spiegel im Spiegel (violin & piano)
2. Fratres (violin & piano)
3. Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten (string orchestra & bell)
4. Tabula Rasa (for 2 violins, string orchestra & prepared piano)
5. Ludus (with movement)
6. Silentium (without movement)$23.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Box Of BirchRichard Skelton is an artist from Lancashire in the UK. He started his Sustain-Release Private Press in 2005 as a commemorative tribute to his late wife Louise, with the intention of publishing her artwork alongside his own musical offerings. Since its inception he has released a slew of raw, beautiful recordings presented in lovingly-assembled, individualised editions. Operating under a variety of guises, including Heidika, Carousell, Harlassen and Clouwbeck, Skelton creates powerful, instrumental music out of densely-layered acoustic guitar, bowed strings, piano, mandolin and accordion, often laced with delicate, shimmering percussion. The result is something utterly unique, a music which is both life-affirming and yet etched with memory and loss, evoking equal parts Arvo PÄrt and Ry Cooder, Nick Drake and Henryk Górecki.
It is with A Broken Consort, perhaps, that Skelton most-assuredly draws these elements together, creating an ever-changing drift of rich textures and interleaved melody that effortlessly evokes the landscapes which inspired it. Box Of Birch, his second album in this guise, was originally published in a boxed edition that contained, among other things, birch twigs collected from the West Pennine Moors. For Skelton these things act as a synecdoche for the landscape itself, a physical connection to the places in which much of his music is recorded. In this new edition for Tompkins Square, Skelton has created an exclusive series of artworks which draw on the hidden histories of the English landscape, and their narratives of displacement and loss. The result is something which perfectly complements the music whilst adding another dimension, providing a fuller picture of the artists vision.1. A Sundering Path
2. Weight of Days
3. Something Fell
4. The Elder Lie$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Arvo Part: Fratres / Tabula Rasa / Symphony No.3Recorded With Neeme JÄrvi & The Goteborgs Symfoniker
Pressed On 180-Gram Vinyl By Optimal
Celebrating Philip Glass's 80th birthday on January 31st, 2017, essential interpretations of Masterpieces of Late 20th Century is available on vinyl for the first time. This will be issued on 180g vinyl pressed by Optimal.1. Fratres For Violin, String Orchestra And Percussion
2. Ludus: Con moto
3. Silentium: Senza moto
5. Più mosso Attacca
6. Alla breve$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SpheresAward-winning violinist Daniel Hope presents an eclectic and accessible mix of neo-Baroque, minimalist and soundtrack favourites, including works and
arrangements by contemporary masters like Ludovico Einaudi, Arvo PÄrt, Karl Jenkins, Max Richter, Gabriel Prokofiev, Alex Baranowski and many more
"Spheres" features a curated collection of repertoire celebrating the idea, first brought forward by Pythagoras, that planetary movement creates its own
kind of music, bringing beauty, harmony and simplicity to our complex solar system. This idea has fascinated philosophers, musicians, and
mathematicians for centuries.
An album of broad consumer appeal, featuring a number of world premieres, and destined to drive interest in the digital space.
Music of reflection, contemplation and relaxation, this album can sell to admirers of Einaudi, Philip Glass, Karl Jenkins and others, as well as the wider,
Featured as main soloist on Max Richter's acclaimed "Vivaldi Recomposed", Hope is known for an effortless classical sound and intriguing approach to
1. Imitazione delle Campane
4. Cantique de Jean Racine, Op.11
5. 15. Adagio sognando
6. Berlin By Overnight
10. 8. Andante
1. Fratres For Violin, String Orchestra And Percussion
2. Eliza Aria
3. Musica Universalis
7. Trysting Fields
8. Nachspiel$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Earth Has DoorsFour years ago Wymond Miles, guitar player and songwriter in San Franciscos The Fresh & Onlys, began writing solo material thematically based on the concepts of eschatology, anthroposophy, and Gnostic and Hermetic symbolism. Drawing from a vast musical pool of inspiration, including Scott Walker, Robert Wyatt, Arvo Part, and Nikki Sudden amongst others, Earth Has Doors is Miles first solo release.
These songs concisely yet esoterically document the existential crisis of our current epoch, moving from the nothingness of modern materialism, fragmented reductionist thought, and drug escapism to a world imbued with subjectivity and meaning through a new relationship with the Earth and cosmos as alive and full of inherent intelligence.
Wymond describes his early writing process: For the first time I had a sense of place, and a reverence of humility for my surroundings. I was full of wonder, but I felt very small, and went inward to begin the work of writing. He elaborates, Sonically the mood had to reflect the somberness of moving between the existential chaos of my twenties into this new perspective of living. The mysterious hues of the soundscape reflect a sense of curiosity and possibility in the canyons of sound.
Working in his home studio and using 8 track tape (the infamous Tascam 388), Miles performs almost everything on this record: guitars, synths, bass, drums, manipulated tape delay, and vocals. A few friends played with him, guesting on drums (Hidden Things, Earth Has Doors) and viola (As the Orchard), while his wife Sarah sings some harmonies on side A.1. Hidden Things Are Asking You To Find Them
2. Temples Of Magick
3. As The Orchard Is With Rain
4. Earth Has Doors, Let Them Open$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now