Paul Mealor: Locus Iste
Tenebrae; Paul Mealor, Conductor

Ndikhokhele Bawo, Traditional isiXhosa, arr. by Michael Barrett
Oasis Chorale

NDIKHOKHELE BAWO
(Sung in Xhosa)

Ndikhokhele Bawo
(He paid for me, my Father)
Ndikhokhele Mmeli wami
(He paid for me by representing me)

Zalomhlaba Bawo
(While on earth, my Father)
Zundikhokhele
(I implore you to lead me.)
Ezintsizini
(During times of sorrow/strife)

Bawo, ndiya bonga ngoba wena
(Father, I thank You because You)
Usandi gcinile
(Will always keep me safe)
Hlal’ Uhlele duze kwami
(You are always standing nearby)

For more information and recordings, visit: www.oasischorale.com/

It sure does look like François Leleux is having fun playing this encore of a Mozart aria with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.

John Sheppard: Libera nos I
San Diego Pro Arte Voices; Patrick Walders, Director

John Sheppard: Libera nos, salva nos II
Gesualdo Six

It’s about the accuracy and the clarity. Yes, Trevor Mowry can play quickly. But if he hadn’t also played all of this cleanly one would just think, “Slow down!” This is something I frequently have to say to my students: I care much more about musicality and accuracy than I do about speed. Play it slow first. Get it right. Get rid of glitches.

Then work on speed.

Please.

Bravo, Mr. Mowry. I’m in awe. Clearly accuracy AND speed are no issue for you!

(Hat tip to Robert Hubbard, who sent out the link.)

This is a set of challenging pieces for unaccompanied oboe inspired by the following French paintings:

I. Hôtel des Roches noires à Trouville (Claude Monet 1870)
II. Potager et arbres en fleurs – Printemps, Pontoise (Camille Pissarro 1877) 4:16
III. Boulevard des Capucines (Claude Monet 1873) 7:25
IV. Sentier dans les bois (Auguste Renoir 1874) 9:15
V. Scène de plage – Ciel d’orage (Eugène Boudin 1864) 11:43
VI. Le ballet espagnol (Edouard Manet 1862) 12:55

Each movement was recorded as a single take. The only edits are in between movements. Recording engineer: Alan Wonneberger

… but I confess I really don’t think I could manage to move around and play oboe very well. I’m a clumsy sort.

Dmitri Shostakovich: Waltz No. 2
Clarion Wind Quintet

“Night at the Theater” program feature

DÓRA SERES, flute
EGILS UPATNIEKS, oboe
Eg?ls Š?fers, clarinet
David M.A.P. Palmquist, horn
Niels Anders Vedsten Larsen, bassoon

(I’d like my students to watch the oboist fingers … nice and close to the keys. I like that.)

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina; Sicut lilium inter spinas
scatola di voce

Henrik Ødegaard: Krist stod op af Døde (Christ rose from the dead)
scatola di voce

One work I mentioned earlier today is Debussy’s La Damoiselle Elue. I am charmed by the work! (I’m also a wee bit nervous, but oh well.)

I’m assuming one of the soloists will be Daniela Tabernig, but I don’t see anyone listed for the other soprano soloist on the symphony page. I guess I’ll find out who it is soon, as we are rehearsing it for the first time today.

Info provided by the YouTube video:
The Radio Chamber Philharmonic and Cappella Amsterdam conducted by Michael Schonwandt perform Debussy’s ‘La Damoiselle Elue’. With wonderful vocal performances by soprano Marie-Bénédicte Souquet and mezzo-soprano Carine Séchaye.

This concert was recorded in February 2012 in Vredenburg, Utrecht.

Musicians:
Radio Chamber Philharmonic & Cappella Amsterdam
Michael Schonwandt, conductor
Marie-Bénédicte Souquet, soprano
Carine Séchaye, mezzosoprano
Paul Meyer, clarinet

(I’m not quite sure why the clarinetist is named and not all the other players. Interesting.)