Sep 18, 2013
Aisslinn Nosky's 'My Musik'
Inspired by the CBC Radio 2 programme “This is My Music,” we have launched a series in which Tafelmusik musicians offer their reflections on various pieces of music that play a special part in their lives. view full listing
Aisslinn reflects on some of the music from her “relaxation playlist.”
When I first heard this album in 1994, it had a huge impact on me. I had never even heard of the genre known as “trip hop” and this masterpiece opened my ears to a sound world which was brand new to me. This album became the background music to many evenings spent with friends as a teenager talking about extremely deep and important things. I still enjoy sitting and thinking with this on in the background … even though my bedtime is now at a more reasonable hour!
William Lawes: Consort Sets in Five & Six Parts
I find the basic sound colour of any consort of viols to be one which can melt away all the pressures of a day, and in these pieces by Lawes that sound is combined with many surprising and interesting harmonic moments. When I listen to this music, I imagine that I can actually feel my brain getting a nice massage!
Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On
I came relatively late to this appreciation party. I had heard of Marvin Gaye and knew some of his more commercial successes, but I didn’t become a fan until a friend asked me to sit in with their band and handed me this CD at the first rehearsal, saying, “Absolutely everything you need to know about soul/funk is on this album.” As I don’t consider myself an expert in “soul/funk performance practice,” I cannot speak to the veracity of this statement, but I do know that I love this album, and every time I listen to it I feel that I hear something fresh.
György Ligeti: String Quartet No. 2
It’s possible that the inclusion of this work on my “relaxation” list may surprise some people. With his second string quartet, Ligeti started to break away from the more traditional language of his earlier compositions and this quartet is, at moments, very ferocious and, at others, very calm and understated. I can’t quite put my finger on why this should be so … but I experience listening to it as very relaxing.