Bach's violin partitas and sonatas Bartok's string quartets Janacek's solo piano music Anything by Scriabin Rzewski's "The People United Will Never Be Defeated" Gubaidulina's viola concerto
Basically, anything that makes me feel either cerebral or impassioned!
added in edit: unforgivably I forgot Shostakovich's preludes and fugues. To be honest, if you want to do a "desert island discs" kind of thing, I could survive quite happily for the rest of my life with nothing but the Bartok string quartets.
This message has been edited by mick, 07-17-2005 09:43 PM
Get the Rzewski, it's worth it. I think only one Cd is available right now. He was (is?) a Chilean socialist who ran away from the dictatorship to the US, where he was a music Professor at some University, possibly Columbia. He wrote music for solo piano which uses the instrument in a very percussive manner inspired by Negro work songs and the like. It's cool, slightly jazzy and entirely unique. "The People United Will Never Be Defeated" is based on a Chilean revolutionary song, with variations on the theme. Some of the variations are incredibly moving, and others are virtuosic technically challenging things. It's all very weird - you'll like it.
Cheers for the recommendation and information. I recently inherited my dad's vinyl collection (he is still with us, just wanted rid of nearly 10,000 records), and there he was(not my dad)! Not the piece you mentioned ,but a couple of short piano pieces (less than 3 mins), more like tone poems. Not really the stuff to type or read to, but as you said interesting. For jazzy I prefer Miles Davis and cool, anything Philip Glass (with a cold guinness).
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