Philip Glass: Akhanaten. Amenhotep III:n hautajaiset
Michael Nyman: Musique à Grande Vitesse, The Queen of the Night etc. Sometimes I like to listen to minimalistic music. The Queen of the Night recalls Finnish Suvivirsi hymn in my twisted mind.
Charmingly positive music with distinctive mood that is not easy to describe. I was reading a book on Tove Jansson and the Moomin world when I listened this work first time. Mystical black-and-white drawings of Jansson and Sinfonietta have something in common.
Adams: Nixon in ChinaModern opera on Nixon's visit to China. Simple, but powerful music with a touch of humour. The last act is not as good as the first and second, but as a whole this is one of the best 20th century operas I have heard.Shostakovitch: 24 Preludes and Fugues, op. 87I listened this masterpiece very intensively for many days. These are my favourites with short descriptions.Shostakovitch: The Nose
Prelude and fugue no. 4 Prelude and fugue no. 5 (serene and beautiful, very positive music) Prelude no. 8 (obsessive) Prelude no. 15 (exaggerative and rcstless) Prelude and Fugue no. 24 (Answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything))This is an incredible opera about a man who wakes up without a nose. The opera is based on Gogol's short story. I would describe the opera with the adjectives hysterical and absurd.
In one of the unforgettable scenes barber's wife becomes hysterical and sounds like a frightened dog barking. I also loved the scene with the man mourning his nose -- he howled like a wolf. It is touching and beautiful, believe it or not.
Charles-Maria Widor: Sympony no. 6
Charles-Maria Widor: Toccata from Symphony no. 5
Joonas Kokkonen: Viimeiset kiusaukset (The Last Temptations)