Produced by Fernando Vacas, I Love Your Glasses is the debut album from the indie folk singer/songwriter Russian Red. Influenced by the likes of Feist and Joanna Newsom, its 12 English-language tracks include the single "They Don't Believe" and a stripped-down cover version of Cyndi Lauper's '80s pop classic "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun".
Five of the discs on this six-CD set are previously released Naxos recordings of a broad variety of works by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. The set offers a generous sampling of works spanning the composer's career, from his polystylistic Collage über BACH (1964) for orchestra to his 2001 Nunc dimittis for a cappella chorus.
The film received a pasting from UK critics but as the soundtrack chooses from a vast archive of great performances, it’s possible to retrieve something from the experience. The opening track, the Grosse Fuge, is a bold choice given the wider audience for whom this soundtrack is aiming. It receives a magnificent performance from the Takács Quartet which is as finely attuned to the music’s jagged outcrops as its sheltered byways. The uninterrupted flow of the sweet and soulful second movement of the third Razumovsky is pure poetry in their hands. Ashkenazy gives a brilliant but never rushed performance of the finale to the early Sonata in C minor and his straightforward manner in the Arietta from Beethoven’s last sonata is illuminated by the very clear Decca recording. Haitink’s performance of the finale of the Ninth Symphony with the Royal Concertgebouw and a quartet of soloists led by Lucia Popp does not storm the heavens and I don’t ever recall being so aware of this movement’s proceeding by paragraphs. However, it would seem to have found a comfortable place in a well planned and wide-ranging celebration of Beethoven’s genius.
Keeping their anonymity, Syrinx are comprised of four musicians playing acoustic guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, drums and occasional flute. Syrinx normally is a nymph who works in the world of sound creation. As musicians, they are obviously influenced by all sort of music. The musical construction of Syrinx is called "Metamorphic Music" lending within a different texture to the complex arrangements. An excellent instrumental band between Priam and Taal, but more melodic.