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April 8, 2019

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Rebecca Franks Six of the best… works by Grażyna Bacewicz

Grazyna Bacewicz

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Grażyna Bacewicz was admired by Witold Lutosławski as ‘a distinguished Polish composer of the 20th century and one of the foremost women composers of all time’. She began composing when she was 13, and went on to study with Kazimierz Sikorski, a pupil of Nadia Boulanger. In 1932, she headed to Paris to learn from the great pedagogue herself, as well as continuing her violin studies. Bacewicz saw her music falling into three periods: 'I – youthful, very experimental; II – wrongly referred to here as neo-classical, though, in fact, it's atonal'; and 'period III… absolutely avant-garde in nature.' Her output includes four symphonies, seven string quartets, seven violin concertos and two piano quintets.

 

Concerto for String Orchestra (1948)

Whatever the composer's protestations, the neo-classical label seems apt here. The Concerto for String Orchestra, which draws on the Baroque concerto grosso, is often cited as Bacewicz's most performed orchestral piece. It certainly deserves to be often heard. Each movement is a gem. First, a vigorous Allegro, bristling with energy. Next, an Andante in which poignant solos lead into ecstatic writing for the whole ensemble, before the music subsides towards a wistful close. And to end, a dancing Vivo.

 

 

Music for Strings, Trumpets and Percussion (1959)

The title suggests a homage to Bartók – his Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, specifically – but this 1959 avant-garde concerto grosso is Bacewicz through and through. Cast in three movements, and scored for five trumpets, celesta, xylophone, side-drum, timpani and strings, the work pits its instrumental groups against one another. It's fierce, unsettling and inventive.

 

• Bacewicz Complete String Quartets, Vol. 1

• Bacewicz Complete String Quartets, Vol. 2

 

String Quartet No. 4 (1950)

The seven string quartets by Bacewicz are an important, if still underperformed, part of 20th-century string repertoire. The Fourth Quartet won first prize at the International Contest for Composers in Liège in 1951. Falling into her neo-classical period, a label Bacewicz herself disliked, this quartet draws on Polish folk music and explores the expressive possibilities of the genre. 'It is Beethoven that comes to mind, this time from his last quartets,' wrote one journalist after hearing the piece in Belgium.

 

Piano Quintet No. 1 (1952)

Bacewicz wrote two piano quintets, both of which are works of impressive stature and imagination. The First is flavoured with Polish folk music, and blends expressive intensity with sparky writing. It's her best-known chamber piece, and there are several execellent recordings of it, including a recent recording by the Silesian Quartet and pianist Wojciech Świtała, on Chandos, given five stars by BBC Music Magazine.

 

• Krystian Zimerman plays Bacewicz

• Bacewicz Violin Concertos Nos 2, 4 and 5

 

Violin Concerto No. 7 (1965)

Bacewicz's series of violin concertos culminates with the Seventh in her avant-garde period in the 1960s. Although she had premiered many of her other concertos herself, by this point a serious car accident had put an end to her performing career. The three-movement work was first performed by its dedicatee, the Spanish violinist Augustín León Ara. It's a searching, taut piece, with a moody night music section at its heart.

 

 

Piano Sonata No. 2 (1953)

The violin might have been Bacewicz's preferred instrument, but she was no slouch at the piano either. She premiered her Second Sonata, later described as 'a real display piece' when the world-renowned pianist Krystian Zimerman championed it on disc. The three-movement work comprises a volcanic Maestoso, a sombre Largo and – as so often with Bacewciz, a fleet-footed finale, in this case a Toccata.

 

 

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‘Truly this was the Son of God’Jens F Laurson 4 April, 2019The Crucifixion (1635-1665), by Alonso CanoI was moved to tears by a visionary approach to Bach’s great Passion, says Jens F LaursonIt was a little before Easter 2008, and I had only just begun to grasp that my life in the United States, where I had spent the previous dozen years, had come to an end. Back in my native but estranged Munich

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Mark Kimber Classic Album Sundays Manchester Presents The Clash ‘London Calling’

40 year’s ago, The Clash released the ground breaking “London Calling”. To celebrate we’ll be giving it the Classic Album Sunday treatment with a breakdown of the story behind how the album was created, playback in full on our high quality soundsystem and a Q&A to round everything off.

Ticket holder receive 33% off food including Sunday roast!

This event is for over 18s only – No refunds will be issued for under 18s

Manchester

Time and Date: Sunday May 5th 2019 2:00pm – 5:00pm

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33 Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JG

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Presenter

Victoria Turnbull

Audio Menu

PMC MB2SE speakers, Bryston 4B3 amp, Bryston BP-20 preamp, MasterSounds SL Silver turntables, Rega RB-202 tonearms, Radius 4V mixer, TRBxM ‘Total Resonance Blocking’ Turntable Isolation System

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Discogs Staff Tips For Getting Everything You Want On Record Store Day 2019

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Record Store Day 2019 is almost upon us. Every year, there’s chatter that it won’t be as crazy as the last one. And every year, it seems to get worse: more to keep track of, higher demand, longer lines. Whether you’re brand new to record collecting or you finally want to take that next step, any tiny advantage helps.

Since we’ve always got your back, here are a few tips for getting the most out of Record Store Day. If you’re a seasoned pro and know exactly how win big every time, then you can skip ahead to all the RSD releases flooding the Discogs Database. If not, read on intrepid collector.

Plan Meticulously

Step one is the most important. In order to get prepped for the madness, you need as much info as possible. This includes figuring out how many stores in your area participate, making a list of every single release you want, which records might be good to flip (you need to pay for that 13th Floor Elevators picture disc somehow), and the way you’ll get your hands on everything.

This may sound a little self-evident, but many a Record Store Day has been ruined when an unprepared rube rolled up to a shop 10 minutes before the doors open, assuming they’ll be able to find a bunch of good stuff. Do your homework.

Ask Ahead To See What Stores Have

Not all stores spill their guts about what’ll be on the shelves, but your luck increases if you frequent a store regularly. Most RSD stock is in hand a week or two before the event, so shop owners know what they have ahead of time. If you stroll in early this week and nonchalantly ask your bud behind the counter about that Brett Smiley LP, you’ll probably get some answers.

If you’re around often enough, you might even be able to bring a list of your must-haves and get a comprehensive rundown of which titles they’ll have and how many copies are on hand. Hit a couple of shops like that, and you now have a very clear picture of what you can realistically expect to nab on Saturday. But remember, this comes with trust. If you aren’t hanging around on the reg, it won’t work.

Work Together With Friends

Now that you know what you can get and where you can get it, chat with a friend or two and develop a plan of action. Share your lists, prioritize who gets what when there are only one or two copies, set budgets, and establish protocols for communication. This might seem like overkill, but three people standing first in line at three different stores with a clear strategy can make Record Store Day dreams come true.

Use Discogs

This is admittedly a little self-serving, but we can help on a few different fronts every April and November. One way to wring as much value out of Discogs as possible is to keep track of your Record Store needs with Wantlist or Collection functionality. More and more RSD releases are being added to the database every day, so you can simply add them to your Wantlist and mark them off when you purchase. You can also get more sophisticated and categorize stuff you’re digging for in Collection folders, so you can keep track of priorities and the needs of any tag team partners.

Then there’s the incredibly obvious way we can help: buying and selling stuff after the fact. With some regional releases numbering in the low hundreds, you have almost no chance to find them in a store on Saturday. On the flipside, there will be vinyl you can find that almost no one else in the world can. So much is made of the downsides of Record Store Day flipping, but at the end of the day it helps. You get to subsidize your record-buying habits through selling a few hard-to-find regional releases. Then you get to find the one album that makes your RSD haul complete.

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Discogs Staff Record Store Day 2019 Releases To Watch Out For

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With over 400 releases in the US alone, the lineup for Record Store Day 2019 is a bit unwieldy. Many of those releases are bloated box sets or entirely unnecessary major label reissues, but there are still plenty of gems in there.

We’ve combed through as many as possible and picked a handful of records to keep an eye on. Some are high-priced albums getting the reissue treatment, some are are new releases, and others are records you just need to own.

This list is clearly far from comprehensive. If there’s anything you’re excited about, let us know in the comments. And if you want more, rummage through the Record Store Day 2019 releases that are already in the Discogs Database.

Robyn - Body Talk for sale

Robyn – Body Talk

If you’ve ever thought, “I really need Call Your Girlfriend and Dancing On My Own on vinyl so I can spin them during all-vinyl sets,” you probably got sick to your stomach once you realized a sought-after Swedish copy of Body Talk (the only version on wax) will cost upwards of $300. That is now remedied thanks to 2,500 additional copies on white vinyl available worldwide — with an unreleased acoustic version of Stars 4-Ever to boot.

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Various Artists – Lost In Translation (Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Here’s another high-ticket item getting a well-deserved reissue. Sofia Coppola’s modern classic includes original compositions for the film by Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine, which appear next to The Jesus And Mary Chain, Air, and Phoenix. Copies of the original 2003 release have gone for as high as $340, so we workaday collectors can finally afford to relive Bill Murray and ScarJo’s whirlwind romance on the turntable.

Azymuth ‎– Demos 1973-75: Castelo (Version 1) / Juntos Mais Uma Vez for sale

Azymuth ‎– Demos 1973-75: Castelo (Version 1) / Juntos Mais Uma Vez

From FarOut Recordings: “We are extremely proud to present two previously unreleased and unheard tracks from the formative years of Brazil’s iconic jazz-funk titans. Recorded between 1973-75 at the late great keyboard maestro José Roberto Bertrami’s home studio in Rio, the demos are a mesmerising document of the futuristic sound Bertrami, Ivan Conti (drums), Alex Malheiros (bass) and Ariovaldo Contesini (percussion) were developing before going on to release their cult favourite, self-titled debut with Som Livre.”

Flaming Lips - King's Mouth: Music And Songs for sale

The Flaming Lips – King’s Mouth: Music And Songs

It’s always nice to see brand new music in the RSD spotlight. Leave it to The Flaming Lips to make the biggest splash on that front. The band’s 15th album features a dozen tracks all threaded together by narration from Mick Jones of The Clash. While King’s Mouth is hitting shelves in limited quantities this Saturday, it will see a wider release this summer.

Courtney Barnett ‎– Everybody Here Hates You for sale

Courtney Barnett ‎– Everybody Here Hates You

Courtney Barnett is following the FLips lead on a smaller scale, with a new song on the heels of 2018’s runaway hit, Tell Me How You Really FeelEverybody Here Hates You is backed by Small Talk, a non-album track from the Tell Me… sessions.

The Bird And The Bee for sale

The Bird And The Bee – The Bird And The Bee and Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future

The first two breezy, endearing records from The Bird And The Bee had a very limited vinyl release. In subsequent years, they’ve become hot items in the Discogs Marketplace, going for as high as $125. This is your opportunity to drop the needle on Again & Again without breaking the bank.

Alpha & Omega ‎– Dub Plate Selection Vol 1 for sale

Alpha & Omega ‎– Dub Plate Selection Vol 1

From Record Store Day UK: “Vintage killer addictive electronic reggae & dub selection by UK pioneers Alpha & Omega! These are dub-plate mixes (normally only available to sound system operators) of tracks from various Alpha & Omega albums. Originally released on CD in 1995, now for the first time on a limited colored and numbered 500 copies … normally only available to soundsystem operators.”

Cecil Taylor ‎– The Great Paris Concert for sale

Cecil Taylor ‎– The Great Paris Concert

From ORG Music: “Cecil Taylor has always been considered one of the most daring and radical improvisers within the jazz genre, often pushing the boundaries with avant-garde and free jazz compositions. The Great Paris Concert is no exception Taylor’s reputation. The artistic communication between the players of Taylor’s quartet is second to none, and it’s certainly palpable on every track of the album.”

Brett Smiley ‎– Sunset Tower for sale

Brett Smiley ‎– Sunset Tower

From Record Store Day US: “In 1974 Brett Smiley was given $200,000 to record a glam rock epic with Andrew Loog Oldham, based on a demo reel and a polaroid. Sunset Tower is your first chance to hear the Del Shannon-produced demos recorded at Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles CA, coupled with demos and acetate recordings. 200 copies of this LP will be pressed on pink vinyl and randomly inserted into the black vinyl run, be sure to look for yours!”

Joan Shelley ‎– Rivers & Vessels for sale

Joan Shelley ‎– Rivers & Vessels

Louisville’s Joan Shelley writes songs that feel timeless. On this collection of covers from 2017, she lends her rich voice to songs from days gone by, including tunes from Dolly Parton, Nick Drake, and JJ Cale. Shelley’s collaborative nature is on full display as well, featuring duets with Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Julia Purcell, Doug Paisley and Daniel Martin Moore.

Chambray ‎– Evenue for sale

Chambray ‎– Evenue

In 2016, German house producer Chambray — aka André Rost — digitally released the banger Evenue via Unknown To The Unknown. Almost three years to the day, Evenue and B-side Makin’ Me are being made available on 12″ vinyl. It might be hard to get your hands on a copy though, since there are only 50 available copies in the world.

Alice Clark - Alice Clark for sale

Alice Clark – Alice Clark

From Record Store Day US: “When it comes to legendary albums, very few can match the cult status achieved on the international jazz and funk scene by Alice Clark’s eponymous album. The record, which went unnoticed when it first came out, has become one of the most sought-after albums ever since it became cult on the London jazz and funk scene in the late ’80s.”

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Help Musicians UK opens round two of 360-degree fund for music creators Do It Differently

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C M Artist Of The Week: Nii

Nii is our Artist Of The Week! This Leeds-based pop/R&B singer may be influenced by artists like Frank Ocean, John Mayer and HAIM, but his bright upbeat guitar-driven sound is something all his own. And we’re not lone in loving his music, having been recognised by both Fender and Futuresounds as an artist to look out for. As we finally start to see some sunshine, we feel like “Let It Show” is the perfect anthem for getting out of the house and shaking off the cobwebs!

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