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What’s On Her Playlist This Week?

Amber Gran | A&E Editor | 02/02/2011

Lately, the type of music that has been the most meaningful, inspiring, motivational and focusing has been of the instrumental/classical/film score genre. I have shared a few instrumental tracks before, but this week I am dedicating an entire playlist to it.

The first three are from German-born British composer Max Richter. My personal favorite, “November,” is off of Richter’s 2002 album “Memoryhouse.” Next from his 2004 album, “The Blue Notebooks,” is a score called “The Nature of Daylight”; and finally a short 1:27 minute track titled “Berlin by Overnight,” from his 2008 album “24 Postcards In Full Colour.”

The next tune comes from French composer René Aubry, off of his 1998 album named “Plaisirs d’amour,” which means “Pleasures of Love” in French. The song, “Salento,” is beautifully crafted together with the plucking of different stringed instruments, among others.

Fifth on the list is actually from a progressive hardcore/metal core band, 7 Angels 7 Plagues, from Wisconsin. The group broke up a while ago, but left us with a flowing, emotional, piano instrumental called “Jhazmyne’s Lullaby.”

My next three are brought to you by German film score composer and music producer Hans Zimmer, who has composed music for over 100 films.  These selections come from his latest work, the music from Hollywood thriller “Inception.” Straight from the soundtrack, “One Simple Idea,” “Lost Souls” and “Time” are all pretty intense, but well worth the listen, especially the last.

For something a bit more mellow, I give you “Melodia (III)” from Icelandic musician, composer and producer Jóhann Jóhannsson. This song happens to be the sixth track off his sixth album, “Fordlândia,” which came out in November of 2008.

Last, but certainly not least, on this week’s playlist is a soft piano piece from Ludovico Einaudi, who is an Italian contemporary composer and pianist. The song is called “I GIORNI,” which is Italian for “Daily” or “The Days,” and is so graceful.  Coincidentally, this is also the title of the 2001 album on which it is featured.

Enjoy, and I hope this leaves you focused and feeling well prepared for the coming week!