Beethoven: Variations on Don Giovanni (excerpt)

OFF des musiciens de l’Orchestre de Paris
Oboes: Alexandre Gattet, Benoît Leclerc
English Horn: Rémi Grouiller

I wonder if I’ll ever get to see them in this lifetime. I certainly hope so, but life is so short ….

Eriks Esenvalds: Northern Lights
Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble: Dr. Donal Nally, Conductor

Filmed December 2, 2013
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at Northwestern University
Evanston, IL

Davee Distance Learning Initiative
Video Director: Richard Van Kleeck

Tenor: Ryan Townsend Strand

Cik naksn?nas pret ziemeli
Redz?j’ k?vus karojam;
Karo k?vi pie debesu,
Ved?s karus m?s’ zem?.

(How many nights against the North wind
I saw the Northern Lights fighting;
Fighting in the sky, the Northern Lights
Bring wars to our land.)

It was night, and I had gone on deck several times.
Iceberg was silent; I too was silent.
It was true dark and cold.
At nine o’clock I was below in my cabin,
When the captain hailed me with the words:
“Come above, Hall, at once! The world is on fire!”
I knew his meaning, and, quick as thought,
I rushed to the companion stairs.
In a moment I reached the deck,
And as the cabin door swung open,
A dazzling light, overpow’ring light burst upon my startled senses!
Oh, the whole sky was one glowing mass of colored flames, so mighty, so brave!
Like a pathway of light the northern lights seemed to draw us into the sky.
Yes, it was harp-music, wild storming in the darkness;
The strings trembled and sparkled in the glow of the flames
Like a shower of fiery darts.
A fiery crown of auroral light cast a warm glow across the arctic ice.
Again at times it was like softly playing, gently rocking silvery waves,
On which dreams travel into unknown worlds.

Text: Latvian folksong, Charles Francis Hall, Fridtjof Nansen

Imant Raminsh: Ubi Caritas
Cappella Nova Mundi; William Kempster, Conductor

John Sheppard: I Give You A New Commandment
University of New Hampshire Chamber Singers; William Kempster, Conductor

I give you a new commandment:
that ye love one another e’en as I have loved you.
By this all men shall know that ye are my disciples.

Oh this Saturday afternoon …

Ed Rex: Sonnet 116 (Shakespeare)
Siglo de Oro

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand’ring bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me prov’d,
I never writ, nor no man ever lov’d.

Maurice Ravel – Tombeau de Couperin (Prélude for oboe and piano)

(I wish I could remember how I found this video … surely it was someone on Facebook? Maybe Robin Tropper? I’m just not sure. But whoever it was … this is a gem!)

From the YouTube page:
Christian Schmitt – Alessandra Gentile
Contact: [email protected]
Special Thanks:
Ass. Cult. blugen

Caroline Shaw’s “So Quietly” (I’m unable to locate the text, so perhaps it’s Shaw’s own?)

Again, by the very talented Brooklyn Youth Chorus. I don’t see a conductor listed, but I’m thinking this might be Dianne Berkun Menaker, just from glancing at their site.

This is the very talented and adventurous Brooklyn Youth Chorus singing Nico Myhly’s “Advice to a Young Woman”. I have yet to find the full text available, but I know it’s from The lady’s new-years gift, or, Advice to a daughter by George Saville, Marquie of Halifax (1633-1695).

Below I include any of the text I located via his writing that I can hear or see on the video. I copied it completely, although Muhly may have deleted a few words here and there.

…it must engage you to have a perpetual watch upon your eyes, and to remember that one careless glance giveth more advantage than a hundred words not enough considered; the language of the eyes being very much the most significant, and the most observed.

It is better for a woman never to dance becasue she hat no skill in it, than to do it often, because she doth it well.

Last week was a week I will be happy to forget. I haven’t been so very sick in a long time. Today it’s almost as if it never happened, as I feel just fine. What a relief.

I’m apprehensive, but today I go back to play in Opera San José‘s Silent Night. I played three of the six rehearsals. They had to have two subs come in for the two shows last weekend, so I still played more rehearsals on principal than they did, but I never was able to do a straight run through. I’ve been working on it all week long, of course, but in order to be sure I understand the “lay of the land” as you might call it, I just played the entire DVD and played along with it. That can be a challenge with an opera that has such varying tempi and isn’t as straight forward as older operas. The conductor will be greatly appreciated (and closely followed) tonight!

Opera San José today announced the company’s 2017-18 season opening September 19, 2017 with Mozart’s Così fan tutte, conducted by Peter Grunberg and directed by Brad Dalton, followed by Puccini’s La rondine, conducted by Christopher Larkin and directed by Candice Evans. The company will begin 2018 with Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman on February 10, directed by Brad Dalton, and conclude the season in April with Verdi’s La traviata directed by Shawna Lucey, both conducted by Opera San José music director Joseph Marcheso.

“Opera San José is bringing four time-honored masterpieces to the California Theatre this coming season, by the opera giants: Mozart, Puccini, Wagner, and Verdi. These are works that we have not produced in many years, and having assembled casts that are perfect for these roles, we believe audiences will find that each will engage the mind and refresh the senses. Each of these operas was conceived to be beautiful, and each one is beautiful. It seemed especially fitting to bring La rondine to the stage, as this is the 100th anniversary season of its Monte Carlo premiere,” announced General Director Larry Hancock.

The 2017-18 season will feature principal artists from Opera San José’s resident company and guest artists from across and United States and Europe. All performances will be held at the California Theatre, 345 South First Street in downtown San José. Subscriptions and tickets are available by phone (408) 437-4450, online, and at the Opera San José Box Office, 2149 Paragon Dr., San José, CA 95131.

Single tickets will go on sale July 24, 2017, priced from $56.00 to $176.00. As always, students 25 and younger (with current student ID) can purchase tickets for $10. Performances are supported, in part, by a grant from the San José Office of Cultural Affairs.

I read it here