This was one of the stranger recordings issued by Konnex at the time, in that the band listed as playing 4,4,4 (in five parts) isn't the only band on the record. After the quartet's five selections are played through, a new band consisting of Stevens with violinist Nigel Coombes and guitarist Roger Smith improvises "Surfaces" for over 23 minutes! There is no information on the front cover to denote such a thing. Oh well, those Brits. As for the seasoned quartet on "4,4,4," strange, haunting, and beautiful are the words that describe the result of their latest collaboration.
Mike + The Mechanics was formed in the mid-80's by Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford while Phil Collins was pursuing his (very) successful solo career. Joined by ex-Squeeze member Paul Carrack, Paul Young, Adrian Lee, and Peter Van Hooke, the band released 5 albums over the course of a ten-year span from 1985-1995. Filmed September 7, 2004 at Shepherd's Bush in London, Mike + The Mechanics take the stage with a mix of new recordings from their 2004 effort "Rewired" along with many of their classics from their original 1985-95 run, including the chart topper "The Living Years" and the top 10 hits "Silent Running" and "All I Need Is A Miracle". The lineup for this incarnation of the Mechanics is: Mike Rutherford, Paul Carrack, Peter Van Hooke, Gary Wallis, Jamie Moses, Rupert Cobb, Abbie Osmon, and Paul McGee.
Hindemith composed more than 30 sonatas for the most diverse instruments – all of which he was capable of playing himself! This fascinating selection of works written between 1935 (when he became persona non grata in Nazi Germany) and 1948 (the brilliant Cello Sonata for Piatigorsky) is played by some of today’s finest soloists, with the guiding spirit of Alexander Melnikov at the piano. How often does one hear a sonata for Althorn? Especially one published along with a poem by the composer?
Plus de 120 cartes pour comprendre les origines multiples des violences du Moyen-Orient, cet ensemble géopolitique allant de la Turquie au Yémen, et de l'Egypte à l'Iran. Les racines historiques des conflits actuels, depuis l'effondrement de l'Empire ottoman. Les impasses politiques des régimes autoritaires et les dérives nationalistes, islamistes et sionistes. …
Hearing or performing music comes closest in the range of human activity to a visceral connection to the past. As long as we have notation and knowledge of how to interpret it, we can effectively experience something like our ancestors did when they sang the same music. Of course, our 20th-century sensibilities and knowledge–or lack thereof–prevent us from sharing identical responses, but as with the music on this disc, when we hear it we are in some way transported to another place. We know a completely different sound world from our own; we know that the accepted order of certain things was different. And we also know that in many ways people haven't changed. Machaut's music conveys a spirituality–both joyful and contemplative–that's as true in its impact as it must have been 600 years ago, a point made ever so clearly by these especially vibrant and vital performances.
Two classic easy-listening albums by Paul Mauriat and His Orchestra, originally released in 1977 on the Philips label, together on one CD and remastered from the original analogue stereo tapes for Vocalion's trademark crystal-clear sound.