Neo-classical nuggets

I posted an article of Neoclassical Gems but have only just got around to posting a Tidal playlist. Tired late during a week and want something to chill out too? This Neo-classical nuggets playlist will do it….

Here is this list as well as the lowdown on some of these albums;

If you’ve got Roon, click the heart icon (in the Tidal App) and this playlist will be added to your collection. During the next sync with Roon, it will show up in your Roon library, ready for listening with your HiFi.

My Brilliant Friend – Max Richter : Resident Music

Neo-Classical Gems - Max Richter My Brilliant Friend Album cover
Neo-classical nuggets playlist

When the most important friend in her life seems to have disappeared without a trace, Elena Greco, a now-elderly woman immersed in a house full of books, turns on her computer and starts writing the story of their friendship. Based on the international bestselling novel by Elena Ferrante. American-Italian drama TV series with 8 episodes – a co-production between HBO and Italian network RAI. It marks the first foreign-language TV series venture for HBO. (Resident Music)

All Melody – Nils Frahm : Pitchfork

Neo-Classical Gems ; Nils Frahm All Melody album cover
Neo-classical nuggets playlist

We seem to have been waiting a long time for a new full-length proper from the german maestro, and he doesn’t disappoint on a far-reaching work where the lines between neo-classical composition and contemporary production are dissolved to dizzying, mesmeric effect.

the album reveals itself to be an opus with a striking rhythmic emphasis, as if steve reich is conducting jon hopkins in the art of pulses and phases. In truth this is a natural studio progression from frahm’s marvellous ‘spaces’ recording, where the boundaries of his talent have been blown open to incorporate whatever he wants into his glorious sound universe. we are left with an album that is, and could only be nils frahm – a remarkable achievement in a scene he continues to transcend. “With All Melody, Nils Frahm has retained his unique approach and emotional sensitivity…a record to be treasured” 8.5 – xlr8r, “An ambitious and unclassifiable album” 8/10 – mojo, “(his) grandest statement yet, yet it maintains the inquisitive, exploratory spirit of his most playful recordings” 7.8

Jean-Michel Blais – Dans Ma main : Exclaim

Jean-Michel Blais (Dans Ma Main) album cover
Neo-classical nuggets playlist

blais’ second lp is a poignant, neoclassical affair that will stop you in your tracks with its brilliantly emotive, piano-focused outpourings and subtle, electronic atmospherics.

fans of nils frahm and max richter’s intimate piano works; of eluvium, hauschka, goldmund or poppy ackroyd; will immediately fall in love with this. “Blais’ sophomore release expands the methods executed on ‘Il’ to accommodate a new vista of electronic sounds, picking up naturally on the piano-meets-synth dialectics of [2017’s] collaborative EP with CFCF while offering a vision that’s fully his own” 9/10

Neo-classical nuggets playlist – Tidal

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Qobuz Playlist – click here

  1. Elena & Lila – Max Richter : My Brilliant Friend
  2. Our Lord Debussy – A Winged Victory For The Sullen : The undivided five
  3. All Melody – Nils Frahm : All Melody
  4. Forteresse – Jean-Michel Blais : Dans Ma Main
  5. Bluebird – Alexis Ffrench : Evolution
  6. Glemmer Du – Agnes Obel : Late Night Tales compilation
  7. More – Nils Frahm : Felt
  8. Harbinger – Mike Oldfield : Music of the Spheres
  9. Theme from Silk Road – Kitaro : The Best of Ten years 1976-1986
  10. Theme from Antarctica remastered – Vangelis : Antarctica
  11. Spiegel im Spiegel – Arvo Part
  12. Gymnopedie No 1 – Satie
  13. Chanson – Jean Michel Blais : Dans Ma Main
  14. Sarah’s Theme – Frans Bak : Sound of North

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