Valentin Silvestrov lives on the near horizon through marvelous discs on ECM. His Requiem for Larissa pounds on our consciousness with jagged savagery. Winds and brass hurl fragments of troubled melody over empty vastness, and at the end a soft wind seems to caress a troubled landscape. That all seemed like poetic nonsense when I wrote it a few months ago, but I listened again and don’t need to change a thing.
Guilty pleasures: I Like Your Eyes Liberty has Terry Riley’s music and Michael McClure’s poetry from spontaneous recording sessions at the Sri Moonshine Studio, and suddenly you’re in San Francisco, 1964. It’s on the Sri Moonshine label. Brian Wilson’s milewide Smile is on Nonesuch, the feel-good almost-classical album of the year, or maybe 10 years.