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The Spirit Is The Thing: Irmin Schmidt's Favourite Records
Sean Kitching , December 4th, 2015 10:46

As the former Can man releases his Electro Violet box set this week, he boils his all-time favourites down to a 'records of the day' selection, taking Sean Kitching from albums to individual songs and classical compositions

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Debussy and Ravel's string quartets
So, remaining in France, we come to Debussy and Ravel. I love string quartets, of course I could start with Haydn, but there is a special, wonderful charm about the Debussy string quartet and the Ravel too: they are always on one CD, and both are absolutely miracles. Miracles in melody and atmosphere. The string quartet is such a limited form - four people with string instruments - and still, I think it's the most sublime art in Western music.


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