Spotify-list: Griffiths Modern Music and After (part 1)
I'm using Paul Griffiths comprehensive but still concise overview of the history of modern western art music after 1945, Modern Music and After, in one of my courses. This spotify-list is a collection of some of the central works he is discussing. It doesn't include every piece, but it should at least contain one example from every composer mentioned (if available on Spotify).
Recently the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) sent a radio-documentary about Arne Nordheim and his technician Eugeniusz Rudnik. Nordheim and Rudnik worked together on several of Nordheim's classic electroacoustic pieces from in Studio Experymentalne in Warsaw: Ode to Light (1968), Solitarie (1968), Pace (1970), Poly-Poly/Lux et Tenebrae (1970), and several others. Much of this music can be heard on the album Electric.
The fact however, is that Nordheim never consciously tried to tone down Rudnik’s contributions. On the contrary he often talked warmly about what he called his “superb technician." One example out of many: In the cover of the album Dodeka from 2003, which is a reworking of much of …
It seems to be accordionist season. I have found two uploads of Arne Nordheim's Flashing from the last two weeks. So far I've heard five performances of the piece this year. It seems to really have become central to the contemporary accordion repertoire. The level of both performances are stunning!
First out is the Russian (?) Arseniy Strokovskiy, a very sharp and virtuosic performance.
Next is the Serbian Palágyi Krisztián. Maybe not as clean-cut as Strokovskiy, but with plenty more pathos, something that fits the piece well. The performance is a part of a very nice collection of contemporary accordion-works, found on his channel.
I have made a little collection of playlists with music by Arne Nordheim; on Youtube, Vimeo and Spotify. I will update these list as new videos and tracks are getting uploaded.
The Youtube playlist contain videos of live performances of Arne Nordheim's music. As of today, I have found 31 videos - most of them of his works for soloists: Flashing (for accordeon), Clamavi (cello) and The Hunting of the Snark (trombone).