18 May 2011

This week's KDS, from 8-11am Central Time on 101.5 in Winnipeg and http://www.umfm.com/, ventures quickly into thorny musical territory, politics too.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:30am

1. Nikos Skalkottas: Series II from 36 Greek Dances (1936-49)
Nikos Christodoulou - conductor, BBC Symphony Orchestra
BIS Records, CD-1333/34

2. Diamanda Galás: Schrei X Live (1995)
Diamanda Galás - voice
Mute, 9037-2
("Her works largely concentrate on the topics of suffering, despair, condemnation, injustice and loss of dignity." In programming today's episode, I strove for maximum emotional contrast between the first two pieces. The booklet advises: "PERFORMED IN TOTAL DARKNESS PLAY AT MAXIMUM VOLUME ONLY THIS IS NOT AMBIENT MUSIC" — a prescription for the next piece too.)

Set #2 - 9:30am - 11:00am

3. Iannis Xenakis: Persepolis (1971)
Fractal Records, FractalOX
(The Goldberg Variations of electroacoustic music! Composed in 1971 for a multi-media spectacular celebrating the 2500th anniverary of the Persian empire. Others have conjured up better metaphorical descriptions of the music than I can. Today, I'm primarily interested in Persepolis and its political connotations: An unpopular Iranian regime, which was about to be deposed, commissioned a Greek composer to create a piece named after the ancient capital which Alexander the Great burnt to the ground in 330 BCE. Was most recently [November 2010] performed in Los Angeles.)

4. Sote [Ata Ebtekar]: Dastgaah (2006)
Dielectric Records, n.n.
("Voices of ancient Persia" reflected in a distorting electronic mirror. Seeing this album described as "electro-ethnic" gave me pause, but it's far from the inane thumping I expected.

Where to buy CDs featured on today's show:
Nikos Skalkottas - ArkivMusic
Diamanda Galás - CD Universe
Iannis Xenakis - Amazon
Sote - CDBaby

1 comment:

alex, london u.k. said...

Brightening up my day no end! This should be followed up in the next week or two with Defixiones.

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