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Forbes: The 10 Best Classical Recordings Of 2015

Forbes: The 10 Best Classical Recordings Of 2015

December 9, 2015
National

"It’s fair to say to say that such “Best-Of” lists are inherently daft if one clings too literally to the idea of “Best.” Still, I have been making “Best of the Year” lists for classical music since 2004, when working at Tower Records gave me a splendid oversight (occasionally insight) of the new releases and of the re-releases that hit the classical music market. Since then, I’ve kept tabs on the market as much as possible. (The 2014 Forbes list for new recordings can be found here, the one for re-issues here.)..."

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No.8
Skratch my Violin (And I’ll Scratch Yours)

SPIN CYCLE
Afiara Quartet
feat. Skratch Bastid
(Centrediscs)

"I’ll do my best turntable-scrubbing sound: Woop-Woop. Gwaa-kwakka-Gwaa-kwakka. Woop-Woop. Scratching it on the turntables 90’s Hip-Hop style, Skratch Bastid accompanies the excellent Afiara Quartet who are leaving the shores of classical music behind for this. And what is this? I have no idea, really, how to explain it. Reading the supporting material, apparently this is what happened: Four young Canadian composers wrote a bunch of pieces that incorporate classical music (you’ll recognize a few famous classical passages). These works were “repurposed and re-envisioned by DJ Skratch Bastid” and then each composer, hearing what Skratch Bastid had done, responded by writing parts for the Afiara Quartet to play with (or against) the DJs remix. Come to think of it, I don’t care how the sausage is made, as long as the sausage sounds good. And this re-mixed, semi-classical, hip-hopping, col legno-beating, pizzicato-plucking, Beethoven-quoting sausage sounds great! It genuinely, organically merges classical music and beat, jam and semi-quavers… in a way that even Gabriel Prokofiev and Max Richter manage only at their very best. I am bopping my head along in seriously uncool fashion as I write this. When I am in need for a pick-me-up other than Bach, this goes in the player where I have been spinning the two discs of SPIN CYCLE more often than any other disc this year"

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