Saturday, May 28, 2011

BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Mark Elder - Prokofiev: Cantata For The 20th Anniversary Of The October Revolution, Op. 74 (1996)

From Wikipedia: Obscure as this cantata may be, it should never be dismissed as insignificant. Disturbing, it certainly is: its text alone, drawn from the writings of Marx, Lenin and Stalin, is, to say the least, controversial. In ten contrasting movements it relates the story of the Bolshevik Revolution and the birth of the Soviet Union, from the battle for the Winter Palace in 1917, through the suffering of 1918 and Lenin's funeral in 1924, to the building of factories and collective farms in the early Thirties and the final consolidation of Stalin's control over the country with his new constitution of 1936. Begun by Prokofiev in 1936 on commission from the All-Union Radio Committee, it was finished the following summer. Prokofiev expected it to be part of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the October Revolution of 1917. Due to the political climate towards artists in 1937, Prokofiev decided to assure his safety by withholding the work. The Cantata had to wait until May 1966 for its premier, 13 years after Prokofiev's death. Ironically, Stalin was also dead and also disgraced by this time. The cantata is a type of patriotic cantata. The music is frequently unconventional and certainly way out of line with the Communist Party's populist remit of Socialist Realism. Its extravagant sound palette combines a full orchestra with typically Russian choral writing, folk instruments and the sounds of marching, gunfire and sirens, all to spectacular pictorial effect. Leaving political acceptability aside, the Cantata is a thrilling piece of music, written when Prokofiev was at the height of his powers.

Recorded at Royal Festival Hall, London, England, Feb. 17, 1996.
Mark Elder - Conductor, Oleg Miroshnikov - Speaker, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, Stephen Jackson - Choir Master, Philip Burwell -Engineer.


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Pislarven - Strak en Stuiterend (Live in Parkhof 27-05-1995)

Pislarven was a hardcore punk band from the Parkhof scene in Alkmaar, The Netherlands, active in the mid-90s. First line up consisted of Ruudje on vocals, Bertje Doperwtje on guitar, Wørm (ex-Disciples of Tonka) on bass and Tesselaar aka Sjakie (later Mindfok and many more bands) on drums. After Sjakie moved to Groningen, Lennaert from Boycot and countless other bands replaced him on drums. Bertje Doperwtje was already replaced much earlier by Leus (ex-Convulsion and Disciples of Tonka on guitar. They played a sort of distorted Japanese style hardcore with Dutch lyrics.


Sunday, May 22, 2011

Zeitlich Vergelter - Schlagen / Dimension 7" (1985)

Japanese industrial band featuring Tetsuo soundtack composer Chu Ishikawa, Maki Fuji of Soft ballet and NEU of Neurotic Doll. Sort of a Japanese Einstürzende Neubauten. This is their only release, besides a couple of tracks on 'Dead Tech/No Wave From Japan' and 'NG' compilations.


ЯО 91404 Д – Ключ от Бездны (Key To Abyss) CDR (2005)

2005 release by YAO 91404 D, a St. Petersburg-based industrial project. Recorded using excerpts from radio monologues, musical cuts, factory noise and based on the book of 'The Last Soviet Writer' Ilya Masodov. This CDR was limited to 68 copies.


Friday, May 20, 2011

The Nurse - ナース 7" Flexi (1983)

First flexi single by this female Japanese punk band from Tokyo.


Saturday, May 14, 2011

A Bloody Occurrence CDR (2005)

Transatlantic gruesome team-up of SCHIZOID (one leg DIRK FREENOISE, one arm swinging the axe of The Zoid and partly braindead) and SHARKI FACE (part-time cheerleader in CRACK WAR and mysteriously part of the neon entity known as CAROLINER RAINBOW). Stuttering no-wave feedback and molten noise lava snorted at intense volumes. Like throwing slow-motion snowballs and gargling absinth in the snow, we've tried but we're not any wiser. Strings are raped, datacrushing effect swirl and non-wave dancefloor-friendly noise clouds. Will have you air-guitaring all over the place! The multi-color handsilkscreened big poster-sleeve was designed by full-time bum and part-time cripple Jelle Crama. Limited to 100 copies.


Saturday, May 7, 2011

Yellow Sunshine Explosion - Yellow Sunshine Explosion LP (Germany 1987)

Maybe still available for download on 1 or 2 other blogs, but here it is again. Excellent trippy acid garage psych album from Germany, 1987.


Friday, May 6, 2011

Rare Film Noir Music Of The 1940's

A collection of film noir music including tracks by Miklós Rózsa, Franz Waxman, Adolph Deutsch, David Buttolph, Victor Young, Daniele Amfitheatrof, David Raksin and 7 others from movies like 'Secret Beyond The Door', 'The Killers', 'Singapore', 'The Two Mrs. Carrolls', 'Force Of Evil', 'This Gun For Hire', 'Kiss The Blood Off My Hands' etc. Bitrate 320.