The Rolling Stones are back with a slice of swagger and strut: ADRIAN THRILLS reveals his track of the week
The Rolling Stones are back with a dash of swagger: ADRIAN THRILLS unveils his song of the week
The Rolling Stones: Angry (Universal)
From the staccato guitar riffs to the pouting presence of Mick Jagger, the first new Stones single in three years is an instantly recognizable piece of swagger and strut.
Played between Start Me Up and Undercover Of The Night, Angry is a textbook preview for the band’s first album of new songs in 18 years.
“Don’t be mad at me, I never hurt you,” laments the 80-year-old frontman, before lamenting he’s not having enough sex and threatening to fly to Brazil in protest. It’s ridiculous, of course, but also kind of fun.
There’s even a cracking, bluesy guitar solo from Keith Richards. The band made the single, and much of next month’s Hackney Diamonds LP, with American musician Andrew Watt, a producer who has worked with Justin Bieber, Ozzy Osbourne and Iggy Pop.
The new album will also be the band’s first since the death of Charlie Watts, although the late drummer does play on two tracks. Steve Jordan is a handy replacement here, although Charlie’s less-is-more style will be missed.
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood at the Rolling Stones’ ‘Hackney Diamonds’ launch event on Wednesday
Steve Jordan is a handy replacement here, although Charlie’s less-is-more style will be missed, writes ADRIAN THRILLS
The album will be released on October 20.
BACH: Orgel-Buchlein Vol. 1
Bach’s vast array of music for his own instrument, the organ, is one of the great treasures of our Western culture.
The great Japanese Bach connoisseur Masaaki Suzuki seems to have performed and recorded almost all choral music and has been giving us organ recitals in recent years.
This fourth part brings us the first part of the Orgel-Buchlein or Kleine Orgelboek, with 26 of the 45 chorale preludes based on hymn melodies from the Lutheran Church.
Suzuki plays a beautiful sounding organ from Bach’s time, the 1737 Christoph Treutmann instrument at the Stiftskirche St Georg in Grauhof, and it’s all beautifully recorded
Most are quite short, but BWV 622, on ‘O Mensch, bewein’ dein’ Sunde gross’, lasts six and a half minutes, while Bach’s great intellect conjures wonders from the melody.
Suzuki plays a beautiful sounding organ from Bach’s day, the 1737 Christoph Treutmann instrument at the Stiftskirche St Georg in Grauhof, and it’s all beautifully recorded.
He begins his program with the major Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543, and breaks off the chorale sequence with the Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV 549.
TEODORESCU-CIOCANEA: Archimedes Symphony etc
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I’m not sure what earned the ancient Greek scientist Archimedes this, but he inspired a colossal symphony.
Livia Teodorescu-Ciocanea’s album of ‘orchestral music’, including the Archimedes Symphony and the Mysterium Tremendum Cantata
The Romanian composer Livia Teodorescu-Ciocanea relates her 37-minute symphony from 2006-2011 to episodes from the life of Archimedes and begins with the battle of Syracuse.
LT-D uses a large orchestra, sometimes with violent effect: is she fooling us, and doesn’t the music also portray the chilling post-war history of her native country?
The Romanian Radio National Orchestra does an excellent job under the direction of Valentin Doni and there is also a religious cantata sung beautifully by mezzo Antonela Barnat.
A pretentiously titled Flute Concerto usually consists of breathy effects that remind me of The Flatulent Flutist; amazingly it was written in Huddersfield.