Saturday, January 23, 2010

Label:NonClassical - G. Prokofiev's Concerto for Turntables, Quartets, Etc.

If you look for classical music in Spotify by searching "genre:classical", all you get is a bunch of film scores and ambient music. Before Spotify makes better navigation for its enormous classical library, we can try "label:nonclassical", you will find out that Sergei Prokofiev's grandson, Gabriel Prokofiev, is a composer who has written a concerto for turntables and premiered his string quartets in clubs.

Here's the Spotify playlist of the Label:NonClassical It includes G.Prokofiev's concerto and quartets. I put Sergei Prokofiev's two quartets at the end, as the most played 20th century classical composer, his chamber works always seems to be overshadowed by his keyboard and orchestral works. But to me his only two quartets, together with his majestic cello sonata, are among the very best of this genre.

Now back to the turntables once more, here's a video of Dr.Octagon's Blue Flowers(unavailable in Spotify), the twisted violin sampler is from the first movement of Béla Bartók's Violin Concerto No.2. Magic.



Happy weekend and happy listening.


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