Wednesday, July 26, 2006

The Theremin hates our Freedom!

Whhhoooooooohoho whohohohohohohohh whooooooooooooo. A Theremin sounds just like that. I'm pretty good at making theremin noises, just ask my friend Darko, he'll tell you. Clara Rockmore: The Art Of The Theremin. Clara means business and doesn't fool around, this is some serious Theremin playing that tackles major Classical works. Just take a look at the track list. Most people think of the Theremin as a Classic Sci-Fi instrument used in movies like, "The Day The Earth Stood Still", and "Forbidden Planet" where flying saucers always make that sound and people walking down a dark spider webby hallway do too. Listening to Clara play will blow your mind.
You see Clara Rockmore is one of the original Theremin Gangstas. She was taught how to play by the inventor, Léon Theremin (Fun Wiki Theremin with all kinds of great facts). Clara Rockmore is SO good at playing it that I was a little disappointed. It didn't sound all campy goofy like all the other theremin playing I've heard. Sometimes it sounds just like a Violin and other times it sounds like someone singing Soprano. Whatever the case, it's pretty impressive and still kind of weird.
<------ That's Clara. I think she's sexy. Oh yeah, I even found a book by Clara Rockmore that teaches you how to play! It's in English, Italian, and Spanish. It's in PDF format and you can get it here.
Escape Goat Warning: Do not listen to more than 20 minutes in one sitting. You will become hypnotized and walk around like a Mummy. This happened to me anyway.

Track List:
1. Vocalise, transcriptions for various instruments, Op. 34/14
Composed by Sergey Rachmaninov
with Clara Rockmore, Nadia Reisenberg

2. Work(s) Song of Grusia
Composed by Sergey Rachmaninov
with Clara Rockmore, Nadia Reisenberg

3. The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements
Composed by Camille Saint-Saens
with Clara Rockmore, Nadia Reisenberg

4. El Amor brujo, ballet for mezzo-soprano & orchestra in 1 act, G. 68 (revised version) Pantomime
Composed by Manuel de Falla
with Clara Rockmore, Nadia Reisenberg

5. Hebrew Melody for violin & orchestra, Op.33
Composed by Joseph Achron
with Clara Rockmore, Nadia Reisenberg

6. Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22 Romance
Composed by Henryk Wieniawski
with Clara Rockmore, Nadia Reisenberg

7. Berceuse, for violin & piano (after L'Oiseau de Feu, transcribed by Stravinsky)
Composed by Igor Stravinsky
with Clara Rockmore, Nadia Reisenberg

8. Vocalise-Étude en forme de Habanera, for voice & piano
Composed by Maurice Ravel
with Clara Rockmore, Nadia Reisenberg

9. Morceaux (18) for piano, Op. 72 Berceuse
Composed by Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
with Clara Rockmore, Nadia Reisenberg

10. Valse sentimentale, for piano (or violin & piano) in F minor, Op. 51/6
Composed by Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
with Clara Rockmore, Nadia Reisenberg

11. Sérénade mélancolique, for violin & orchestra (or piano) in B minor, Op. 26
Composed by Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
with Clara Rockmore, Nadia Reisenberg

12. Chant du ménéstral (Minstrel's Song) for cello & orchestra in F sharp minor, Op. 71
Composed by Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov
with Clara Rockmore, Nadia Reisenberg

Quick Stats:
Clara Rockmore - The Art of the Theremin
68 MB
192 kbps
pw = whooo


At 7/27/2006 5:29 PM, Blogger Tiki-Tim said...

This is a GREAT Album...Thanks for sharing it...Tiki-Tim

At 7/28/2006 8:10 PM, Blogger Escape Goat said...

You're welcome and I completely agree.

At 7/30/2006 11:17 PM, Blogger muse1453 said...

Thanks for sharing Clara Rockmore. I've been seeking this one for awhile since I first heard the opening track on the Ohm compilation. I personally think this album is good background music for relaxation. Take care.

At 7/31/2006 12:14 PM, Blogger Escape Goat said...

Thanks muse, your comments are always welcome here. I snagged Ohm too. I was suprised to see Clara on that comp. It may have even triggered something in my head to put up Clara Rockmore.

At 8/30/2006 2:19 PM, Blogger Chardman said...

I too love those pictures of Clara.
She looks like she's in some Russian Futurist sculpture or painting.
Thanks for the cool shares!

At 8/31/2006 10:54 AM, Blogger Escape Goat said...

Thanks chardman.
I'll try to keep this place as interesting as I can.
Clara is from the FUTURE and she brought her fancy instruments with her!

At 10/04/2006 11:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for posting this - GREAT stuff! Say, does the CD or vinyle have any info. on when these tracks were actually recorded?? I saw on AMG that the CD came out in 1987, but surely they were recorded before that? Anyone know?



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