I need more Jolivet! He's not the most recorded of composers and the works that got recorded are among his more conventional ones (Violin Concerto, Flute Concerto, etc). I need offbeat, mystical stuff like Mana.but if you're familiar with Jolivet's wacky but quaint ideas about spiritualism, you can get some lovely sensations from this very rustic-sounding suite. It's worth checking the movement names below the video, so you get a mental picture.
Mana is good fun; I'm very fond of L'Oiseau as a kind of peyote hallucination of birds.I need more Jolivet! He's not the most recorded of composers and the works that got recorded are among his more conventional ones (Violin Concerto, Flute Concerto, etc). I need offbeat, mystical stuff like Mana.
Chopin's my personal favorite in the sense that his musical language and emotion just hits my ears perfectly, but I listen to J.S. Bach more than any other composer. I've been a fan of the classical über genre since my mid teens, and have been collecting it ever since.I've been listening to Chopin recently.
I'm also a fan of Bach and Handel.
When I was quite younger, I preferred Scriabin's early pieces. As I got older, his later sonatas and poems were more interesting for my ears.I must admit most of Scriabin's piano works, except the Sonatas and a few longer pieces like Vers la Flamme, don't do much for me. They are too short and fragmentary. I love his late Sonatas, especially the way he use various types of trills for very distinct, expressive means.
It is also fortunate that modern pianists are turning towards Medtner and Alkan, and that the Alkan anniversary in 2013 didn't go entirely forgotten.
Oh I just ordered two CDs of the young pianist Vincenzo Maltempo playing Alkan. The reviews seem to be great. And of course I'd like to get my hands on Hamelin eventually.Alkan is very under-appreciated, but it is refreshing that more pianists are discovering his genius.