NWR The "What are we listening to?" Thread

I was lucky enough to be about 10 feet from mick jagger and florence welch at the 02 nearly 10 years ago when they sang gimme shelter. We couod hear both their voices directly rather than through the sound system. She absolutely nailed it and blew jagger off the stage. The best live singing I’ve ever heard. A genuine hairs on the back of one’s neck moment!

this youtube video doesn't do it justice!

PS Pretty sure that the guy videoing on an iphone in the bottom right hand corner of this clip at about the 5min 30 mark is me!
 
Something to read rather than listen to, but wonderfully absorbing lectures from someone who knew them all
Chisholm led an extraordinary life though as far as his music goes I can't help feeling that as so often natural selection has not entirely got it wrong.
 
Currently listening to the album my son gave me for my recent birthday, The New World by Swindle. It's always a joy to get an abum from him because it is without fail something I don't know and so it challenges me (although the album is easy on the ear). There's a great track which is probably my favourite, featuring one of the many collaborators, Greentea Peng (who I know he's going to see soon), an artist I must explore more.

Totally different, but on the subject of earworms, Closer to the Heart (Rush) came on my shuffle last Friday on a drive up to the Midlands. Pretty much every time I have woken up in the night since then it has entered my head.
 
I am on catch up and Tony Blackburn has just reminded me of a single I purchased in 1969.
A hundred million others have done so as well, and at this particular time it seems more incredible than ever it was that Zager+Evans did “In the year 2525” within months of the world stopping to share the Apollo11moment.

I just can’t help but feel a bit sad that we are so far ahead of schedule.

 
Now prepare for a little oddness. :)

I’ve always been heavily into music. Of course drinking makes you more friends than growelling about some obscure band, but wine still takes second place. Being 70 I grew up surrounded by the pop music of the 60ies and 70ies, and still listen to pop a lot, but the last new act to really excite me was Radiohead.

One of my many areas of interest has been early music of the kind that makes Bach a young revolutionary, and writing a column on late medieval and early renaissance musical structure, composers and recordings for a Norwegian hifi/music site I came across some youtube stuff I thought I could bother you with.

This is a short and wonderful 3-part motet by Guillaume de Machaut (dying fittingly in Reims in 1377). The lower voice (tenor) sings the words vidi dominum slowly and repeatedly, while above that the motetus sings a song of grief and dissapointment, and on top of that the triplum sings an even quicker song of lost love.


Another motet with 4 minutes of sheer bliss is this, and notice particularly how the three parts merge at approx. 55 seconds for some magical harmonies despite the very different and independent parts they sing.

 
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Yes, I do. Ensemble Organum is a very particular ensemble able to hit a nerve, not very broadly represented in my collection, but I have this and a couple of others of their recordings (I just checked and found the Ockeghem Requiem on one of the shelves). Now listening to Josquins Missa di Dadi with the Medieval Ensemble of London while drinking coffee and reading todays newspaper. :)

 
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I have a couple CDs of Machaut from The Orlando Consort. I quite like them, though my preference is generally for later Renaissance. How do you late middle ages / early Renaissance geeks like Orlando Consort?

Here's the stuff I especially like:

 
I don't quite know. I have some of their Machaut issues, but haven't felt compelled to aquire all of the 7 volumes of their Machaut series on Hyperion. They sing very well, but also perhaps a tad too smoothly, and I like the instrumental accompagniment at least to the medieval, secular repertoire (they are an a capella group).
 
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