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XVI: Reflections on Classical Music

Artist: Various Artists
XVI: Reflections on Classical Music CD
Label: Universal Music
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Year: 2009
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Featuring Takeo Toyama, Sylvain Chauveau, Alva Noto, Gas, Final Fantasy, Francesco Tristano, Philip Glass, Murcof, Max Richter, Akira Rabelais, Ryan Teague, Greg Haines, Gavin Bryars, with with exclusive tracks by Lawrence, Hauschka and Slowcream.

In pop music, the days are finally over when a new genre simultaneously means the end of the old genre. The same applies to social and political relevance of styles in pop music. There will no longer be such a thing as a new music style, which comes along like punk did, leaving behind scorched earth and an entirely new attitude to life. Pop music has gradually lost its identity-defining momentum. Instead, crazy pop style mixes are becoming successful. Happy eclecticism has long been suitable for clubs and even the charts. Sampling is a common cultural practice, not just since yesterday and not only in music. We are living in the age of open archives. Since high-speed data transmission has enabled access to practically the entire repertoire of recorded music, a silent revolution has been underway. A revolution that is apparent in various ways, including the dissolution of stylistic boundaries. The musician and owner of the 'nonine recordings' record label Me Raabenstein has long been following these fundamental changes. What he is observing are not deliberately fabricated crossover hypes. The new combinations of the most diverse music styles have more of an organic nature. XVI Reflections on Classical Music gives a name to a genre that does not yet exist. That is to say, there is no term for it yet. But there are certainly well-established connections between classical and unconventional, often electronic music. In countless forms and hues, worldwide, conscious or unconscious. XVI Reflections on Classical Music is dedicated to this musical meltdown. XVI Reflections on Classical Music was compiled entirely according to aesthetic criteria. This is not a question of musicological stringency or historical assignment. It is rather an individual effort by a music enthusiast who has painstakingly put together the pieces which he is most passionate about. So, on the one hand, this compilation is subjective. On the other hand, something has been created unintentionally here which can be considered a cross-section through a young musical genre. This is an absolutely huge achievement for Raabenstein, as the phenomenon of a music genre which is influenced equally by classical and electronic can be compared to a swarming beehive. Just listing the similarities of the pieces compiled here is no simple task. All these musical pieces are imbued with the classical spirit, that much is certain, whereby 'classical' here embraces all the different types of art music from Renaissance to New Music." Housed in a stylish trifold digipack with a 24-page booklet with notes on each artist.
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Takeo Toyama, Sylvain Chauveau, Alva Noto, Gas, Final Fantasy, Francesco Tristano, Philip Glass, Murcof, Max Richter, Akira Rabelais, Ryan Teague, Greg Haines, Gavin Bryars, with with exclusive tracks by Lawrence, Hauschka and Slowcream.
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