NWR The "What are we listening to?" Thread

Could only be the 1970s - they just don’t make heavily orchestrated dance tracks like this any more.

I was about to ask our classical contingent whether brass players in orchestras ever get the urge to switch genres and cut loose as part of an imperious brass section really going for it? But then I suppose you can’t get more front and centre for brass than the Harrison Birtwistle piece above.

 
Very sorry to hear of Harrison Birtwistle's death. I know not many people like modernist contemporary classical music but I've always rather liked Birtwistle. But I haven't heard everything he wrote. Most notably his saxophone concerto Panic is one I've never listened to. Let's change that.


This is sad news. I've just heard that the pianist Radu Lupu also died on Monday. A terrible day for music.
 
Oh gosh Radu Lupu as well. I knew Birtwistle a little in the 90s, I spent 10 days on a composition course with him (and 40 trumpeters!) in Lake Placid. A very interesting although not very easy to get to know person, who wrote some truly exceptional music. I very much recommend earlier pieces like The Triumph of Time as well as the 'classic' pieces like Silbury Air.

Radu Lupu absolutely one of the finest recent pianists. I think as good as it gets for Schubert, Brahms, Schumann.
 
Could only be the 1970s - they just don’t make heavily orchestrated dance tracks like this any more.

I was about to ask our classical contingent whether brass players in orchestras ever get the urge to switch genres and cut loose as part of an imperious brass section really going for it? But then I suppose you can’t get more front and centre for brass than the Harrison Birtwistle piece above.

Reminds me of driving late in the evening with the 8 track on. Nice.
 
Surely this remains one of the all time great TOTP performances. When I saw him swinging that trombone around I feared he would have Kevin's head off. As for the two lads on sax. Unbelievably their producer apparently thought it was a terrible mistake to have them so prominent in the mix.

I liked that song when it came out but more than the track itself, I liked the homage to Geno Washington, a great live band of the late 60's.
 
An album called ‘Africa’ by a band called Amanaz who is from Zimbabwe, formed in the 70s. They made one album in 1975 which was recently rereleased. I first heard them on AppleTV’s Ted Lasso, then again on AppleTV’s Servant. Both series are well worth watching and added to the TV thread but you will need to watch them from the beginning.

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