2020/08/11

Ligeti/György Ligeti Edition 5, Mechanical Music (Charial/Terrioux/Hocker, 1995)

A Hungarian composer born in Romania, György Ligeti's collection of works for mechanical (automatic playing) instruments: player piano, barrel organ, and metronomes (SONY). "Poème Symphonique for 100 metronomes" (1962), an adaptation for barrel organ of "Musica ricercata" (a piano piece composed in his Hungarian days, 1951-1953), and adaptations for player piano of the pieces from "Études pour piano" (1985-). Pop, mysterious and humorous music. Recommended for electronic music lovers too. Performed by Pierre Charial (barrel organ), Francoise Terrioux (metronomes), and Jürgen Hocker (player piano).

György Ligeti Edition 5, Mechanical Music

2020/07/27

Dead Boys/Young, Loud and Snotty (1977)

An American punk band band from Cleveland, Ohio, led by Stiv Bators (vocals) and formed in 1976, Dead Boys' first studio album. Although known as one of the bands who played at the New York rock club CBGB, unlike art punk-oriented New York punk bands, their music was pure punk rock influenced by Iggy Pop. Includes the punk anthem "Sonic Reducer". The seventh track "Hey Little Girl" (a cover of "Little Girl", a popular song by the California group the Syndicate of Sound) is recorded live at CBGB.

Young, Loud and Snotty

| Music: D |

2020/07/14

Schumann/Symphony No. 2 (Bernstein, 1985)

A German Romantic composer of the 19th century, Robert Schumann's Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61 (Deutsche Grammophon). Like Beethoven's fifth symphony, a motif appears in the three movements except the third as a cyclic theme, and it gives organic unity to the whole. Leonard Bernstein conducts Wiener Philharmoniker.

Schumann: 4 Symphonies

2020/06/30

YMO/Technodon (1993)

A music group, who was formed in Tokyo in 1978 by Haruomi Hosono (bass, keyboards, vocals), Yukihiro Takahashi (drums, lead vocals) and Ryuichi Sakamoto (keyboards, vocals), and became one of the pioneering bands in the field of electropop in the late 1970s and early 1980s, YMO's eighth studio album (#2 on the Japanese oricon charts) when they reunited a decade after the band's breakup in 1983. An ambient techno-oriented album as a whole, including the elements of electronica of the early 1990s, such as acid house, techno, and IDM (intelligent dance music). Includes singles, "Pocketful of Rainbows" (a cover of Elvis Presley's song) and "Be a Superman".

Technodon

2020/06/16

Ligeti/György Ligeti Edition 1, String Quartets and Duets (Arditti String Quartet, 1994) *

A Hungarian composer born in Romania, György Ligeti's chamber music pieces (SONY). "String Quartet No. 1 (Metamorphoses nocturnes)" (1953?54) is his early piece influenced by Bartók's third and fourth quartets and based on the chromatic scale technique. "String Quartet No. 2" (1968) is an avant-garde piece with using the technique of micropolyphony. A texture of sound without themes and outlines, like the paintings of Paul Cézanne, who replaced outlines with pointillism and colors. Also includes three short chamber pieces, "Hommage à Hilding Rosenberg" for violin and cello (1982), "Baladâ și joc (Ballad and Dance)" for two violins (1950), and "Andante and Allegretto" for string quartet (1950). Performed by Arditti String Quartet.

Ligeti Edition 1, String Quartets and Duets

2020/06/02

Green Day/American Idiot (2004)

An American rock band formed in the East Bay of California in 1987, Green Day's seventh studio album (#1 on the US/UK album charts). Melodic pop punk in the rock opera style inspired by The Who's "Tommy" (1969) and the like. It charted in 27 countries, peaking at #1 in 19, and sold 16 million copies worldwide. Includes singles, "American Idiot", "Boulevard of Broken Dreams", "Holiday", "Wake Me Up When September Ends" and "Jesus of Suburbia".

American Idiot

| Music: G |

2020/05/19

Seikima-II/The End of the Century (1986)

Seikima-II is a heavy metal band led by Demon Kakka (vocals) and formed in 1982. In the 1980s, they played an important role in popularizing hard rock and heavy metal in Japanese music scene. The second album (#5 on the Japanese oricon charts) is the best-selling one among their early albums. Pop-oriented heavy metal catchy melodies, based on British hard rock and a parody of Satanism like Black Sabbath. Includes a hit single "House of Wax" (#17 on the oricon charts).

The End of the Century

2020/05/05

Brad Mehldau/Places (2000)

An American pianist and composer, Brad Mehldau's second all-original album (Warner Bros.), followng his previous album "Elegaic Cycle" (1999). It contains both piano solo and piano trio performances. A meditative and introspective concept album with travel and memories as themes, in the style like Keith Jarrett's 1970s recordings. Its melancholy and melodic pieces are impressive.

Places

2020/04/21

Metallica/Master of Puppets (1986)

An American heavy metal band formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California, Metallica's third studio album (#29 on the US album charts). A thrash metal masterpiece featuring melancholy melodies and complex, dramatic music compositions in the progressive metal style. Includes a single "Master of Puppets".

Master of Puppets

| Music: M |

2020/04/06

Novela/La Songerie (1980)

A progressive rock band, who was formed in 1979 from the union of the members of two rock bands in Kansai region, progressive rock band Scheherazade and hard rock band Sansuikan, and had their influence on the Japanese subsequent rock bands (heavy metal in the 1980s and visual-kei in the 1990s), Novela's first album. A hybrid of progressive rock like Renaissance and heavy metal like NWOBHM (The new wave of British heavy metal) such as Judas Priest. Features high-toned vocals, catchy melodies, irregular time signature, and symphonic, dramatic compositions.

La Songerie