Music I listen to

A selection of music I listen to…

Contemporary I (contemporary classical)

  • Arvo Part: (anything) Te Deum, Passio, Arbos, Miserere, Creator Spiritus, Da Pacem, Tintinnabuli, Alina, Orient & Occident (ECM recordings) ***
  • Meredith Monk: (anything) Facing North, Book of Days, Mercy, Do You Be, Turtle Dreams, Dolmen Music ***
  • Philip Glass: (most) Akhnaten, Satyagraha, Symphony no. 2, Glassworks, Dracula ***
  • Steve Reich: Different Trains, Music for 18 Musicians ***
  • John Adams: Shaker Loops (Nagano / Kremer) ***
  • Jan Garbarek: Twelve Moons
  • Stephan Micus: Athos

Contemporary II

  • Sting: (anything) Nothing Like the Sun, Ten Summoner’s Tales, Mercury Falling, Brand New Day ***
  • Kate Bush: (most) Aerial, Hounds of Love, This Sensual World, 50 Words for Snow ***
  • Laurie Anderson: (most) Big Science, Home of the Brave ***
  • Peter Gabriel: Passion: Music for the Last Temptation of Christ (+ sources) ***
  • Simon & Garfunkel: Old Friends (box set) ***

Contemporary III (Norwegian)

  • Jaga Jazzist: Starfire, Magazine, Stix, What We Must ***
  • Kings of Convenience: Riot on an Empty Street, Quiet is the New Loud
  • Royksopp: Melody AM, The Understanding
  • Hanne Hukkelberg: Rykestrasse 68

Contemporary IV (lounge, funk, jazz, electro-swing)

  • Stereolab: (anything) Dots & Loops, Cobra & Phases, Sound Dust, Emperor Tomato Ketchup, Margerine Eclipse ***
  • Caravan Palace: <|°_°|> (Robot Face) ***
  • Parov Stelar
  • St. Germain: Tourist
  • Gabin: Gabin
  • Ultra Lounge: Coctail Capers
  • Bitter:Sweet: Drama, The Mating Game
  • Funk Box [Box Set]
  • Parliament + Funkadelic
  • Nancy Sinatra
  • Django Reinhardt: Djangologie, All Stars Sessions
  • Sweet & Lowdown (soundtrack)
  • Benabar: Risques du Metier
  • Putumayo: French Cafe, Italian Cafe, Music from the Wine Lands, Paris
  • Paris Combo: Attraction.

Contemporary V (soundtracks)

  • Hans Zimmer: Interstellar ***
  • Ben Charest: The Triplets of Belleville
  • Bruno Coulais: Himalaya ***

New Ageish & Ambient

  • Carlos Nakai: (most) Carry the Gift, Island of Bows, Earth Spirit, Journeys, Feathers Stone & Light, Canyon Trilogy, Sanctuary ***
  • William Eaton: Where Rivers Meet **
  • Sacred Spirit: Chants and Dances of the Native Americans
  • Music from the World of Osho: This! Commentaries of the Bamboos, Shadow of the Pines, Yes to the river, Garden of the Beloved
  • Andreas Vollenweider: Behind the Gardens, Caverna Magica, White Winds **
  • The Harmonic Choir: Hearing Solar Winds ***
  • Naaz Hosseini: Soundpath
  • Voice of Earth (NASA recordings)
  • Jean Michel Jarre: Oxygene, Equinoxe, Zoolook, Magnetic Fields, Rendez-Vous ***
  • Brian Eno: Apollo – Atmospheres & Soundtracks, Small Craft on a Milk Sea **
  • Vangelis: Albedo 0.39, Themes, See You Later, Blade Runner, L’Apocalypse Des Animaux ***
  • Yello: Toy, Stella, Solid Pleasure
  • Boris Blank: Electrified

International: Middle-East

  • Axiom of Choice: (anything) Niya Yesh, Unfolding ***
  • Azam Ali: Portals of Grace ***
  • Niyaz ***
  • Seiur Marie Keyrouz: Chant Byzantin, Canticles de L’Orient ***
  • Fairuz: Good Friday Eastern Sacred Song ***
  • Najima: Pukar
  • Masters of Persian Music: Without You, Faryad ***
  • Ofra Haza: Fifty Gates of Wisdom

International: Africa

  • Youssou N’dour: (most) Eyes Open, The Guide, Set, Egypt, Nothing’s in Vain ***
  • Egypte: Les Musiciens Du Nil ***
  • Ayub Ogada: En Mana Kuoyo ***
  • Hamza El Din: Eclipse, Escalay **
  • Oumou Sangare: Moussolou **
  • Cheb Mami: Meli Meli **
  • Salif Keita
  • Samite
  • Natacha Atlas: Ayeshten

International: Europe

  • Mari Boine: Eight Seasons, Goaskinviellja / Ørnebror, Leahkastin ***
  • Agnes Buen Garnås: Han red den mørke natt, Rosensfole (exceptional album with Jan Garbarek) ***
  • Anne Vada & Aki Fukakusa: Solrenning ***
  • Sinikka: Strengen var av røde guld
  • Kalenda Maya
  • Värttinä: Värttinä, Aitara
  • Bulgarian Women’s Choir: (anything) Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares, Ritual, Bulgarian Custom Songs ***
  • Maria Salgado: Siete Modos De Guisar Las Berenjenas **
  • Gaelic Voices (compilation) **
  • Altan: (anything) Harvest Storm, Horse With a Heart, The Red Crow **
  • Kila: (anything) Tog e go bog e, Ganbler’s Ballet, Luna Park, Suas Sios, Lemonade & Buns ***
  • Milladorio: Agua de Maio ***
  • Patric Ball: Celtic Harp ***

International: Americas

  • Bela Fleck: The Bluegrass Sessions, Tales from the Acoustic Planet ***
  • Bill Monroe
  • Flatt & Scruggs
  • Newgrass Revival
  • Sam Bush
  • Ensamble Gurrufio: El Cruzao
  • Soledad Bravo: Volando Voy
  • Putumayo: Latin Lounge*, Brazilian Lounge*, Brazilian Groove*, Brazilian Cafe, Cafe Latino, Nuevo Latino, Vintage Latino, Samba Bossa Nova, Bossa Nova Around the World

International: Asia

  • Huun Huur-Tu: (anything) If I’d Been Born an Eagle, Where Young Grass Grows ***
  • Angelite & Huun HuurTu: Fly Away My Sadness ***
  • Tuva, Among the Spirits ***
  • Shakuhachi – The Japanese Flute ***
  • Tadashi Tajima: Shingetsu ***
  • Flute & Koto du Japon ***
  • Ravi Shankar ***
  • Hariprasad Chaurasia: Chaurasia’s Choice, Rag Lalit, Rag Bhimpalasi
  • Putumayo: India

European Classical

  • Bach: Morimur (ECM label), Die Kunst Der Fuge (Keller Quartett), Orgelwerke (Ton Coopman), Sonatas for Viola da Gamba (Jordi Savall) ***
  • Rachmaninov: Vespers (Paul Hillier) ***
  • Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli, Missa Aeterna Christi Munea, Stabat Mater (Naxos label) ***
  • Victoria: Missa O Magnum Mysterium, Missa O Quam Gloriosum (Naxos label), Cantis Canticorum (Hilliard Ensamble), Victoria Masses (Oxford Camerata) ***
  • Allegri: Miserere (Tallis Scholars) ***
  • Masterpieces of Mexican Polyphony ***
  • Marin Marais: (anything) Pieces de Viole du Second Livre (Jordi Savall) ***
  • Sainte Colombe: Concerts a Deux Violes Esgales (Jordi Savall) ***
  • Marais/Colombe etc: Tous Les Matins du Monde (Jordi Savall) **
  • Couperin: Lecons de Tenebres (Les Arts Florissants)
  • Lully: Arys (Les Arts Florissants)
  • Carlo Gesualdo: Tenebrae (Hilliard Ensamble), Madrigaux a 5 Voix (Les Arts Florissants)
  • John Dowland: Lachrimae or Seven Tears (Jordi Savall)
  • Canteloube: Songs of the Auvergne (Dawn Upshaw) ***
  • Franz Schubert: Winterreise (Njål Sparbo)
  • Erik Satie: Piano Works (Naxos label) **

to be continued…

And a few from my teens:

  • Yello / Art of Noise / Frankie Goes to Hollywood
  • Japan / David Sylvian / Ryuichi Sakamoto
  • Depeche mode

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.