#353 Cults Percussion Ensemble

I’ve been to Cults, they’ve got a nice garden centre there. There’s a lot of nice garden centres south of Aberdeen in the Deeside area. I should know, I used to work in one, in Banchory (about 14 miles from Cults on the A93). This CD is a lovingly remastered and reissued release by Mr … Continue reading #353 Cults Percussion Ensemble


#1157 Erik Satie – Piano Music

This is quite possibly one of the first LPs in my collection. It was certainly one of the first that I “borrowed” from my Grumpa. I must have known who Satie was at the time, but I was mainly attracted by the gently surreal album cover. It is a 1980 release by the British pianist … Continue reading #1157 Erik Satie – Piano Music

#1172 Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphony No 8 (LSO)

I developed a bit of crush on Shostakovich when I was in my mid-teens. I think this is largely due to the Marxist phase I went through of loving all things Russian and revolutionary. That, and the LP I perma-borrowed from my Grumps of Dmitri’s Symphony No 12, dedicated to Lenin and subtitles 'The Year … Continue reading #1172 Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphony No 8 (LSO)

#767 London Chamber Orchestra – LCO10: Power

Not to be confused with the London Contemporary Orchestra, the London Chamber Orchestra is the baby and brainchild of Christopher Warren-Green who relaunched Britain’s oldest professional chamber orchestra, originally dating from 1921, in 1989. They tour and perform regularly, performing also at the 2011 royal wedding. This album is a sampler essentially, a compilation of … Continue reading #767 London Chamber Orchestra – LCO10: Power

#957 Tennant/Lowe – Battleship Potemkin

This album is credited to Tennant/Lowe and performed by the Pet Shop Boys with the Dresdner Sinfoniker. Essentially, its Neil and Chris giving Eisenstein’s 1925 masterpiece of early silent filmmaking the modern soundtrack makeover, with their own unmistakable footprint. It was commissioned by "Red Ken" Livingstone, the first Mayor of London for a free performance … Continue reading #957 Tennant/Lowe – Battleship Potemkin