22. November 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: Huh?

I just ran across a very bizarre YouTube video. It has oboe in the piece, so that’s why I was alerted to it. It is supposed to be someone’s original composition, but whoever wrote it clearly knows the Marcello oboe concerto and it’s really a sort of reworking of the slow movement.

So you wonder why I can’t put it up here so you can all puzzle over it with me? You DO wonder … right?

It’s apparently in memory of dogs being hit by cars because the video is of dogs being killed on freeways. Really.

I don’t even know what to say about this other than this: bizarre.

22. November 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: OutsideMyWorld™

I’m not going to be able to keep these up, I fear — it’s difficult to find anything I’m willing to post here! If any readers find anything please do let me know. Oboe, d’amore, or English horn — all qualify for this “Oboe Outside My Little World” spot). So do oboe-like instruments … shawm, suona … you name it, I’ll put it here if the video is decent enough.

Kate St. John plays oboe and English horn. And she sings. She was in the band “Dream Academy” … I posted a video of them back in July.

22. November 2010 · 3 comments · Categories: FBQD

I need someone to personally take care of my oboe reed.

22. November 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: Symphony

We’ll see that at the first show. I don’t know about other countries, but in Moscow, no one has ever done anything of this kind. 3D technology is known to everyone thanks to cinemas, but we decided to apply it to [highbrow] art.”

RTWT

22. November 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: Read Online

Read on one of ‘em:

Studying to perform double bass on the internet is arguably the most effective oboe instructing approach ever

22. November 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: TQOD

the oboe teaches you to be able to breathe in and out at the same time!!!!!!

22. November 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: Quotes

The soul and emotion of [classical music] is so powerful that to like it is so easy – it’s just people think you need to be educated. I thought that myself for a long time, until I had listened to so many kinds of music, that one day I just tried it. But it’s not about learning…It’s about learning that it’s just there.

-Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (of Daft Punk)

I read it here.

22. November 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: Conductors, News

Remember when I wrote about the conductor who walked out right before a concert? She’s now been fired. But of course she said she wasn’t coming back if one player wasn’t gone, so I suppose she really quit since he wasn’t removed.

Ugly stuff.

(I went to the orchestra site. It’s rather strange. I couldn’t even find an orchestra roster.)

I think this would be a fantastic gift for many! Christmas is not that far away. :-)

Countertenor Andreas Scholl Returns to Decca with All-New Recording of Purcell

O Solitude is Andreas Scholl’s First-Ever Recording of the Music of Purcell, Available November 23, 2010

“There are more excellent countertenors before the public today than ever before, but one of them stands out above all others… Andreas Scholl” – Fanfare

You can catch bits of the CD here.

I received an advance copy of the CD*. I have to tell you this is one mighty wonderful disk. Scholl is just incredible. What a beautiful, pure sound he has. So incredibly musical. I was pretty darn mesmerized. And the orchestra sounds wonderful as well. Really.

I’d love to pick a favorite number, but I think that would be ridiculous. Like picking a favorite child, you know? So I guess I won’t go there.

My birthday is in November. I’m going to call this CD my birthday present. It is music to feed me for a very long time. :-)

What Power art thou
(the cold song)

What power art thou, who from below
Hast made me rise unwillingly and slow
From beds of everlasting snow
See’st thou not (how stiff) and wondrous old
Far unfit to bear the bitter cold,
I (can scarcely move or draw my breath)
Let me, let me freeze again to death.

I suspect this is the album version:

I think I favor this one: