1: Dora Pejacevic - Chrysantheme
2: José Vianna da Motta - Fantasiestück op.2
3: Henriëtte Bosmans - Nuit Calme
4: George Enescu - Violin Sonata in A minor
5: Charles Koechlin - Suite for two piano's
6: Igor Stravinsky - Cantilene
7: Robert Moran - Stimmen des Letzten Siegel
8: Alissa Firsova - If sleep and death are truly one
9: Thomas Adès - Life Story
10: The War on Drugs - Touch of Grey
4: George Enescu Violin Sonata in A minor
(this is an absolute peak performance!)
1) My favorite tool is something too big to hold. It's my litho press. I'm in love with litho. Such a stubborn, rich, mysterious medium.
2: This year I got hold of an old amp and double cd deck. I play mostly classical music on it. I also took a spotify account which I now play over this wonderful JBL speaker.
3: As a kid I discovered the Rotring pen and drew a lot of comics with it. It truly heightened the joy of drawing with it's clear, even deep black lines.
During my recovery from heart failure I couldn't stand pop music for a while. I discovered the healing qualities of 19th century, early 20th century European chamber music. From there I (re)discovered some later and contemporary composers who write work for piano and ensembles.
It was difficult to give Charles Koechlin priority over Gabriël Fauré. I choose the lesser known composer so people might get to know him. This is a nice entry into his work which was for it's time very adventurous. Thomas Adès is the son of British art historian and specialist on Surrealism Dawn Adès. This piece is as dramatic as it is hilarious. The text is by Tennessee Williams. It's great to see this piece performed by different soprano's but I choose the version I got to hear it first by. Alissa Firsova is the daughter of Russian composer Dmitri Smirnov and a great composer in her own right as this piece illustrates.
Pop is growing on me a little bit again. For that it's been the year of 'The War on Drugs' with me. This band manages to get me in a very sentimental mood every time I play them. I'm adding their version of The Grateful Dead's 'Touch of Gray'. Also I love Mokadelic's music to 'Gomorra' (had a lot of time binge-watching Netflix series) but I have no room to add this to the list.