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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


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.