We need to talk about Yehezkal.
Is classical music cool yet?
I've been waiting so patiently for the last 5 years for classical music to make a return, outside of the stereotype that it belongs only to the ears of the upper class but can we talk about the work of Yehezkal Raz yet?
Somebody tell me it's time.
There's actually very little information out there about him which adds a sense of mystery to his being, it's incredible being that he's been picked up by the likes of Ryan Reynolds as seen in an instagram story posted on his platform.
It's known that he started off his training in electronic music before moving into classical composition, which can be noticed in his earlier works which have a completely different energy to his most recent stuff.
So I figured rather than sitting here and telling you who he is, I'm going to give you my top five songs and introduce you to his music because ultimately, that's the theme of todays publication.
Without further ado, I introduce you to Yehezkel Raz.
Ballerina was the first song I found after a playlist I was listening to ended and jumped to radio. I remember stopping what I was doing, dropping my shoulders and just breathing out. It was instant. I've been obsessed since.
Ballerina belongs to the album 'Preludes, book 1 - streams' and the entire album is fantastic, but Ballerina. It envisions everything you could possibly envision when ballet comes into play. I describe it as 'Nutcracker meets Studio Ghibli' because it has the same whimsical feel to it as the afforementioned. Ballerina has actually taken the number one spot on spotify as his most played songs with an astounding 21,614, 008 plays.
2. Before you left
This next one comes from the same album as Ballerina, and in all honesty If I was to recommend any album to listen to first, it'd be streams. It's so gentle and delicate by nature and emotion. It has the capacity to break your heart and lift you back up in mere minutes.
Before you left is as heartbreaking as you'd expect. With a sombre and melancholy feel, it tells a tale of someone that didn't leave intentionally. A depiction of death perhaps. It's a magnificent piece, that leaves the very same hole in your heart that the power of death, grief and mourning do.
3. Corals under the sun
Corals under the sun is a duet composition by Sivan Talmor and Yehezkel Raz and it's astounding. The album itself is aptly titled underwater fantasies and without a word, both composers manage to depict tales of sirens through vocal sounds rather than spoken word.
The delicate tinkling of the piano keys in an upper key, in comparison to the lower key base notes is just everything. I've never known anyone to be able to put a sound to the feeling of the sun glistening off of water, until I'd heard this song.
Couple this with the airy orchestra vocals, you get the exact same feeling that you would had you come across a siren before your demise. It's incredibly clever.
This piece begins exactly as I thought it would but goes exactly where I wouldn't have guessed. The playing of singular keys in the beginning tells me a story of a bored little boy. Whether he was bored in his childhood or not, perhaps gifted without access, who knows?
A lot of his pieces feel too short, because you want them to last forever and this is a great case for it. I can feel summer breezes, fields of wheat, a time to play and a time to sleep. It's astounding to me that in little to no words, the imagination can take such a hold when it comes to his work.
This is also another great album to listen to. It's an original soundtrack called rain in her eyes. Definitely worth checking it out.
5. Behind every decision
This is another of my favourites and I think over time, this might top Ballerina for me. In the beginning, he plays with hesitation as you would when making a difficult decision. The crescendo here builds quite quickly and is has such a calming and beautiful melody through-out, before running off to an end. To me this signifies, a decision being made, being carried out and coming to an abrupt end but you might make something else of it.
You can find Yehezkel Raz on instagram here and you can find him on spotify here for further listening. For those of you without access to streaming music sites, you can find a full extension of his music on youtube here.
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My favourite was Childhood out of the five. Congratulations on your Top Story!
Billie, Thank You from the bottom of my heart for writing this piece. I had never heard of Yehezkal until I saw your article and my partner and I have not stopped listening to him now for the past 5 days. You have made my/our lives better by sharing your insight and I am forever grateful to you for that. 💙 Regarding your (excellent) article itself, I love the pieces you explore (Corals Under the Sun, and all of Underwater Fantasies is just beyond words). May I offer two more that have resonated with me? Here, There Prologue - Palliate Remix (I know it's a remix, but if you have a chance to play this one in a large enough space for the sound to carry and not pile up, this is astoundingly transportive) Hope you enjoy these, if you haven't already! Thank You, again, and congrats on your well-deserved Top Story!
𝐢 𝐥𝗼𝐯𝐞 𝐜𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝗺𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐜 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐝𝗼𝐧𝐭 𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐟 𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐜𝗼𝗼𝐥. 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐤𝐬 𝐟𝗼𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬. 𝐞𝐱𝐜𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝗼 𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐜𝐤 𝐡𝐢𝗺 𝗼𝐮𝐭.
Thanks for sharing this! Great music, great article! I love contemporary classical music, always happy to find some gems that are new to me!
Fantastic, Billie! I loved this article so much. It was very well written! I’ve enjoyed some of the beautiful work of Yehezkal, although I haven’t heard all of these pieces. So happy you shared!! Thank you! I’ve always been a major fan of classical music! I love the emotion it evokes and the stories told through the complexity or simplicity of it. It always gives me a little shot of dopamine. Thanks for a morning full of beautiful music! Congrats on top story- very well deserved!
This is beautiful, thank you for sharing his works. Now I have a new classical music to listen to early in the morning. I am not upper class but I enjoy classical music concerts. We have the Eastman theater where a live. Thank you for sharing this . ❤️
Congratulations on your Top Story❗🎉✨😉
This is one of the most well written profiles on a musical artist I have seen on here. I definitely think you should write about music more! Thanks for introducing me to his music.
Classical has always been cool to me. Thanks for sharing this.
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I appreciate this article so much! Thank you so much for introducing this artist. ❤️
Thanks for this. Always on the listen out for new music
I love this so much! Yes! classical should be back :).
I love that you posted about this. I don't know how many times I've fallen asleep to Howard Shore's soundtrack for LOTR or Hans Zimmer's works. Of the classics, I do love Tchaikovsky. I remember when I found out years ago that the actor, Anthony Hopkins, was also a composer, I lost it! If you haven't yet, check out his waltz performed by Andre Reiu. https://youtu.be/M57Fi19vcSI
Please keep sharing music!! I loved this, especially the Corals under the Sun one - so eerie in a way! And classical is always cool 🥰
What a pair of gems, both your article and artist! Never heard of him until your piece popped up. Just listened to the links you provided and I really enjoyed. To answer your opening question - Is classical music cool yet? - it never stopped being cool.