Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Quest.

I'm scouting desperately for a piece of music that hypnotizes me. The sort that fills you up, makes the air seem heavy, has you imagining sparks bursting out of the windows and puts the whole world on fire. The supposed Richard Halley brand of music. The closest I've ever come to finding it, is this :

I've been in love with Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 since before I can remember. But, I seek more. 
Recommendations, anyone?


noThiNG but "fiCUs" said...

I am no classic music lover. My tastes are very crude - but I suggest you try Fleet Foxes. You could start with "White winter Hymnal" and then listen to Mykonos.

You will hate it. Or love it. Lemme know which one it is.

Tangled up in blue... said...

Well, my brother's violin teacher told him if he died without having heard Four Seasons by Vivaldi, he wud have lived a pointless life.

I personally dont suppose it sets anything on fire really, but Winter is lovely.

soin said...

first of all this one was quite good.but it took three times for it to sink in.
and i dont know your taste but still i can recommend few,once i get my laptop back.try piap for starters.infact it will get long here,i will post later..
and fleet foxes are damn good.and pity no metal.but do try this-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1SF8C8D1qo&feature=related


Tangled up in blue... said...

Oh and I just read the other comments, I totally agree. White winter hymnal has got these really haunting harmonies..

Anushka said...

Well Mozart's 25th Symphony and Beethoven's 9th are pretty well established but if you haven't checked them out, you seriously should.

Yumeji's Theme from In the Mood for Love.

As for non instrumental pieces- Miss Sarajevo by Bono and Pavarotti (yes, a duet between THOSE 2!), Troy by Sinead O'Connor, Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush, Empty Garden by Elton John, Listening to You (See Me, Feel Me) by The Who.

Arzaletta said...

ur music sense gettin better...

Sherry Wasandi said...

@noThiNG but "fiCUs": Strangely, I fall into neither category. Though Mykonos I did like, Thanks for that.

The videos are interesting. In the first case, more than the music. But then, I'll attach an IMHO to it. :)

@Tangled up in blue: It surprises me how Spring must have featured in at least a dozen movies I've seen. Really.

And I completely agree. Winter is, by far, the best of them all. Has this ominous strain going through it. Yet, I still haven't found what I'm looking for.

Sherry Wasandi said...

@soin : I have no idea what/who you mean by "piap". But that link was good. Interesting collaboration. Reminded me of Mediterranean Sundance, for some reason.

@Anushka : Who hasn't grown up listening to the Titan jingle? :) That's part of Mozart's 25th, I believe. I've also liked the 40th by him. And Beethoven's 9th is Scherzo? Yes. That, I am fond of.

Love Troy and Listening to you. Wuthering Heights makes me wince. ;) On the rest, right now! Thanks for this list. It'll keep me happy for quite some time!

Sherry Wasandi said...

@Arzaletta: Mine has been pretty good all along. It's your knack for impertinence that's getting better.

soin said...

ah yes my mistake.piap is basically a percussion group.from paulo state univ.i cant point out anything extraordinary about them.but somehow the whole thing sounds good.and i had the pleasure of watching them once live.
and you into the "typecast" indian fusion thing too?i have many good stuff which i recorded live.

and btw heres the piap torrent-


Srishti said...

Well okay, my comment is gonna sound reallyyyyy stupid, but since a few days, I've become really obsessed with...

Irish rock.

Okay. Go on. You can laugh. I know its gonna sound stupid in front of Beethoven and all, but I've kinda become crazy about Irish Rock.
The Pogues. Is the Best.

soin said...

@sherry.sorry i come back again.bad memory.i presumed you have listened to "how to name it","shakthi","nothing but wind" such stuff..if not make how to name it a must listen.i cant do justice by writing about it.
and carlos gardel,even if its of a different genre.

@srishti.. beethoven and all is for tragic,dramatic people.and the pogues are quite good.i listened to tuesday morning,yeah yeah,fairytale of new york,sunny side of street.any other must listen song from their side?>


Anty said...

Winter, from the Four Seasons by Vivaldi is beautiful.

Enchanting actually.

The Hungarian Piano recitals are also rather interesting. They sound vaguely like fairies whispering :)

Sherry Wasandi said...

@ soin: I haven't heard of a lot of the ones you listed. Will check them out pronto. Thanks for the link.

As for indian fusion, I suppose world music in general qualifies. Deepak Ram, Anoushka Shankar and Sawhney.

@ Srishti: Oh come on! Not stupid in the least. Beethoven has its place, and so do The Pogues. Believing anything to the contrary would be hopelessly snobbish. :)

Speaking of Irish, it's been the Damien Rice revival-month for me!

Sherry Wasandi said...

@ Anty: True, about Winter. But still not "explosive" enough. Some pieces by Bach come fairly close though. You must try more of Bach, if you haven't. :)

Anty said...

Bach happens to be my much beloved companion during the metro journey each day.

Sherry Wasandi said...

@Anty: Hah! I listen to super-angsty goth and thrash on the metro and put forward a perineally pissed-off countenance to the general public everyday. :)

Srishti said...

@Soin: If I ever leave this world alive, If I should fall from Grace with God and Love you till the end-MUST

@Sherry: Damien Rice, really? Recommend me some?

Srishti said...

@Soin: And oh yeah, Streams of Whiskey. :D

Sherry Wasandi said...

@Srishti : Everything! Though it would do you a whole lot of good if you start with Cannonball, The Blower's Daughter and Nine Crimes.

mgeek did a post on him very recently. Do check it out, if you haven't already.