The first October edition of Sound Sunday is dedicated to classical music, composed or interpreted by contemporary musicians.
You think you don’t like classical music? Well, I bet you’re wrong. Open your ears and realize that you are exposed to classical music almost every day. Now imagine it was eliminated from your life. None of it in elevators, department stores, played by street musicians, in advertisements, movies, or at ceremonies. Now think again.
This Sunday we also celebrate the 20th anniversary of the German Unity. For this occasion there will be a slight focus on German composers.
Michael Houstoun – Johann Sebastian Bach
Genre: classical, piano
|Michael Houstoun is a concert pianist from New Zealand. On this album, Houstoun plays Johann Sebastian Bach’s French Suite No.5 in G, BWV 816. Bach composed his six French Suites between 1722 and 1725. This album was recorded in August 2009 in the Gallagher Theater at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.The seven piece album Johann Sebastian Bach is available for free from Bandcamp.|
Michael Houstoun Homepage.
Jake Sidwell – Soft Listening
Genre: classical, minimalist, piano
|Jake Sidwell is a freelance videographer and musical composer from Chicago, Illinois. His debut album Soft Listening contains four pieces played on the piano.The album is hosted by NoiseTrade.|
Ekaterina Kotcherguina – Junior Recital
Genre: classical, soprano
|Ekaterina Kotcherguina is a singer from Arkansas, USA. Her singing voice is the soprano. The present album contains her favorite pieces from her Junior Recital, including compositions from HÃ¤ndel and Schumann.The album Junior Recital is a free download from Bandcamp.|
Forms – R/S
Genre: classical, contemporary, jazz, guitar, piano, rock, fusion
|R/S is one of my favorite albums in this edition of Sound Sunday. Unfortunately, the artist or band behind it remains a mystery. I wasn’t able to track down a web presence.Yet, the album is available for free via Bandcamp.|
Zachery Ewald – Passacaglia
Genre: classical, violin, duet
|Zachary Ewald is a violinist from Los Angeles, California. This free piece of almost eight minutes is his debut performance as a viola virtuoso. He plays a Passacaglia, composed by Georg Friedrich HÃ¤ndel.Download the track from Bandcamp and if you like it check out the entire album.|
Zachary Ewald MySpace and .
Cliff Dweller – Revolutions of the Indigenous
Genre: classical, electronic, downtempo, psychedelic
|Revolutions of the Indigenous is another great album that unites classical and modern contemporary styles. The 22 songs were recorded in London, Los Angeles, and Tokyo. The artist, Cliff Dweller, however, remains in the shadows.Download the album from.|
Cliff Dweller n/a.
Scott Anderson – Music From The Quiet
Genre: classical, jazz, improvisational, guitar
|Scott Anderson is a professional musician, who has been performing and recording internationally for several years. The album description brings it to the point: “Intrinsic to the quiet, still, dark places are the possibilities of sound, movement, and light.”Music From The Quiet is a name your price download from Bandcamp.|
Scott Anderson Facebook and .
Steven Chin – Steven’s Musical Collection
Genre: classical, new age, piano
|Steven Chin is a 21 year old classical composer from Malaysia. Steven’s Musical Collection is a 6 track EP of original compositions and rearrangements by Steven Chin. Hard to believe that music is just a hobby, as he pursues a degree in a pharmacy programme.Download the album from Bandcamp.|
Steven Chin YouTube.
Richard Mayer – with Friends
Genre: classical, jazz, rock, improvised
|Richard Mayer is a flutist who has mastered many musical genres. In the 1970s he was a founding member of the Russian rock group ZA. His wife Norma is a soprano.Download this and his other albums from Bandcamp.|
Richard Mayer MySpace and .
Benjamin Speed – Film Music Of The People’s Republic Of Animation
Genre: classical, alternative, electronic, jazz
|Benjamin Speed is a composer of scores and sounds for film, television, and theater. He writes that he uses his dreams to gather and refine ideas for his music. As the name suggests, this album was created for the films of the The People’s Republic Of Animation.Film Music Of The People’s Republic Of Animation is a name your price download from Bandcamp.|
If by now you have developed an appetite for classical music, check out. They feature a free classical album every week.
I am happy to review material and suggestions for upcoming editions of Sound Sunday. Please get in touch with me: tina at makeuseof dot com
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