This Man is My Latest Obssession

  

Until today I had never heard of this composer. I was listening to BBC Radio 3 online and came across Wojciech Kilar’s piece Orawa. And now I am obssessed. Thanks Radio 3, I have been searching for classical music that is new to me.

It is amazing. There are many videos of this piece on YouTube but I chose this one because the acoustic of the room makes for an interesting effect and the conductor looks like Iris Murdoch. If you listen to this make sure you give it a minute or two to really get into it. And if you stay to the end you won’t be disappointed.

7 thoughts on “This Man is My Latest Obssession

  1. Inkslinger April 8, 2010 / 5:16 pm

    That was great! What I treat. Love the conductor!

    I'm going to bookmark this for myself (makes for lively write-to music) . . .

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  2. Thomas at My Porch April 8, 2010 / 7:40 pm

    Inkslinger: I am glad you liked it. If I weren't on a spending moratorium right now I would buy a recording or two of his works.

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  3. Mrs. B. April 8, 2010 / 8:16 pm

    Wonderful and very amazing! I'd love to have this on cd.

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  4. Steerforth April 9, 2010 / 1:23 pm

    Thanks for this. Classical music is my main passion – even more than books – but I rarely discuss it on the blog as it seems to be the kiss of death to any comments.

    I shall have to listen to the music without the distraction of Iris!

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  5. Thomas at My Porch April 10, 2010 / 9:28 pm

    Mrs B: I definitely want to get this on CD.

    Steerforth: I have found the same thing. I figure if I slip it in now and then it may inspire someone to open their mind to classical music.

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  6. Isabella April 28, 2010 / 1:42 pm

    Kilar writes a lot of film scores as well, perhaps most famously that for Bram Stoker's Dracula. When I first heard it outside the context of the film (and during a storm in a café outside the Jewish cemetery in Krakow, which made for excellent ambience), it blew me away, and I've been a fan ever since.

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  7. Thomas at My Porch April 28, 2010 / 9:17 pm

    Isabella: That sounds amazing. After I discovered the clip I posted here, I listened to a bunch of other videos of his music including the Dracula soundtrack. It really is quite compelling.

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