08. December 2015 · Comments Off on Goodnight · Categories: Choral, Videos

Luther Nordic Choirl Allen Hightower, Conductor

Grace Before Sleep

How can our minds and bodies be
Grateful enough that we have spent
Here in this generous room, we three,
This evening of content?
Each one of us has walked through storm
And fled the wolves along the road;
But here the hearth is wide and warm,
And for this shelter and this light
Accept, O Lord, our thanks to-night.

Sara Teasdale
(1884-1933)

08. December 2015 · Comments Off on More! · Categories: Advent, Christmas

I just checked out the YouTube page that featured the contrabassoon duet below and realized that they are posting daily advent videos. (They write: OFF musicians of the Orchestre de Paris join the team NoMadMusic to wish you a happy holiday season!)

Here is the first they posted:

Bach: Weihnachts-Oratorium BWV 248
Choral: Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier

Bruno Tomba, Frédéric Mellardi, trompettes
Guillaume Cottet-Dumulin, trombone
Stéphane Labeyrie, tuba

08. December 2015 · Comments Off on Nikolaus Harnoncourt Announces Retirement · Categories: Retiring

The great Austrian conductor and early-music pioneer Nikolaus Harnoncourt announced his retirement this weekend, as he celebrated his 86th birthday.

Mr. Harnoncourt — who founded the Concentus Musicus Wien in 1953, teamed up with Gustav Leonhardt to record nearly 200 of Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantatas for Teldec, and became a much-sought-after conductor of later music as well — announced his retirement in a handwritten note, copies of which were placed in the programs at a Concentus Musicus concert in Vienna.

“Dear audience,” Mr. Harnoncourt wrote in the letter, which was in German. “My bodily strength requires me to cancel my future plans.”

He wrote of the “unbelievably deep relationship has developed between us on the stage and you in the hall,” added that “we have become a happy community of pioneers,” and urged audiences to remain faithful to that spirit.

RTWT

08. December 2015 · Comments Off on A Contrabassoon Silent Night · Categories: Bassoon, Christmas

I love this!

F.X. GRUBER
Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht
(Variations pour deux contrebassons de Lionel Bord)
Lola Descours, Amrei Liebold: contrabassoons

08. December 2015 · Comments Off on Morning Music For Advent · Categories: Advent

Betelehemu – Olantunji and Whalum, arr. B. Brooks
Winston-Salem State University Singing Rams

12/7/14
Recorded live at Kenneth R. Williams Auditorium
Winston-Salem State University
Winston-Salem, NC