Traditional: If Anybody Ask Me Who I Am
The Chinese University of Hong Kong Chorus; Eric Stark, Conductor

Stephen Paulus: Pilgrim’s Hymn
The Chinese University of Hong Kong Chorus; Eric Stark, Conductor

PILGRIMS’ HYMN

Even before we call on Your name
To ask You, O God,
When we seek for the words to glorify You,
You hear our prayer;
Unceasing love, O unceasing love,
Surpassing all we know.

Glory to the father,
and to the Son,
And to the Holy Spirit.

Even with darkness sealing us in,
We breathe Your name,
And through all the days that follow so fast,
We trust in You;
Endless Your grace, O endless Your grace,
Beyond all mortal dream.

Both now and forever,
And unto ages and ages,
Amen

(Michael Dennis Browne)

What I’m currently doing:

Queen of the Night … for Two Oboes

Bravo!

Celeste Johnson Frehner and Aaron Hill, Oboes

Next up with Symphony Silicon Valley is Bach & Mahler with the wonderful Tatsuya Shimono. I always love working with him: he is one fine conductor and is so very musical.

I thought I’d see if he is on YouTube with Mahler 5, since that’s what I will be playing with him, but landed on some Mozart instead. That’ll do. The Gran Partita is one of my absolute faves!

Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra; Tatsuya Shimono, Conductor
Gran Partita (only four movements: Largo – Molto Allegro; Adagio; Tema con 6 variazioni, Andante; Finale: Molto Allegro)

I love the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola. It’s great fun to sit in the orchestra and play the little oboe part while listening to colleagues play those lovely string instruments.

BUT … well … a transcription? Sure. Why not?

I can just see raised eyebrows and hear the moans and groans. And no, this isn’t a flawless performance. That’s called live music! Perfection is recorded music. Live music is exciting and fun and so much more.

You will immediately notice the oboist holding his instrument so very high. No, we don’t do that here in the US. I’ve always assumed it has something to do with the reeds, since they play such different reeds in other countries. I’m not sure what a Russian reed even looks like!

Below is are the YouTube notes:

W. A. Mozart – Sinfonia concertante in E-flat major, K.364 (transcription for Oboe & English Horn)

Alexey Konoplyannikov (oboe)
Alexey Sorokin (english horn)
Chamber Orchestra “Instrumental Capella”
Conductor – Vyacheslav Valeev

(Something a bit different tonight.)

Victimae Paschali Laudes: Wipo de Bourgogne, Codex Las Huelgas, arr. Michael Engelhardt
Wheaton College Men’s Glee Club. Mary Hopper, director

Handel: Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah
The Royal Choral Society

Mary,
Listen, hear the cries
the herald the agony,
for the hour is come.

Mary, time will not stand still
for death, and so it is
for your son Jesus.

Remember all the days and months
that led to this calamitous day;
to soften your sorrow,
Mary, remember them all.

For his first steps and his first words
you his mother were always there, heard every cry,
and there is no better school than life itself.
Mary, the time has come.

Mary, Mary…

Mary, I hear them approaching,
they are coming along the road,
there is no more time for memories.

Mary,
they have come to arrest Jesus;
hard though that is,
there is now no hope.

For his first steps and his first words
you his mother were always there, heard every cry,
and there is no better school than life itself.
Mary, the time has come.

When force has defeated reason
one can expect only pain and folly.
The men have come bringing pain and violence.
Mary, nothing will stop them.

Mary, Mary…

Michael Klos: Ojcze, w Twoje rece (Father, into your hands)

Soprano: Katarzyna Firsowicz, Marta Furmanek, El?bieta Gracz, Magdalena Kozlowska
Alto: Anna Groborz, Katarzyna Moskiewicz, Krystyna Potoczna, Agnieszka Wójcik
Tenor: Piotr Frankowski, Piotr Iwa?ski, Marek Nowak
Bas: Maciej Firsowicz, Krzysztof Groborz, Ermanno Martini, Stanislaw Wo?ny
Arkadiusz Kozlowski, Conductor

Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.

Lord, you take refuge, may I never be put to shame,
save me in your righteousness.
Incline your ear to me,
hurry to save me!

But I trust in the Lord,
I rejoice and am glad your mercy.
Because wejrza?e? my misery,
You understand the anguish of my soul.

How great is your goodness, O Lord,
goodness, which you kept the righteous.
You show her fleeing to you
at the sight of all men.