I was in Berlin a couple of weeks ago and I found some great new cd’s from my favourite store in Berlin, the Kulturkaufhaus Dussmann. The first album that got my attention was the recently released Sleeper by Keith Jarrett and his so called European quartet. As one of the best jazz albums in my opinion – Personal mountains by the Jarrett and the same quartet – Sleeper is also recorded live from a concert in Japan in 1979. And unlike Personal mountains, the double-cd Sleeper includes the whole concert with applause and everything. What a great listening experience!
Two other records I bought are classical music, the first is by the Swiss recorder player Maurice Steger, who on his new album Una Follia di Napoli plays works by Neapolitan Baroque composers from the year 1725. Virtuosic playing and marvellous embellishments, Steger succeeds again. The Danish recorder player Michala Petri has released a cd called The Nightingale last year on her own label, OUR recordings. The album features new works fro recorder and choir, the choir being the great Danish National Vocal Ensemble. Interesting contemporary music, nice musical colours, pioneer work. And yes, the recorder has been used with human voices before (in Finland by Erik Bergman for example), but a whole album with contemporary music for this combination is very rare. It’s worth listening to!