This time a bit ‘o Bach with Robert Walters on English horn and Noam Elkies on harpsichord.


What a fine player, and he makes it look pretty easy! I’m really impressed with this lovely work, too. So far everything I’ve heard by Vasks really works for me.

P?teris Vasks: Concerto for English Horn and Orchestra
English Horn: Takahiro Watanabe
Cond.: Howard Griffiths
Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt

Imant Raminsh: Psalm 121
Mount Royal Kantorei Choir; David Ferguson, Conductor

John C. Tebay: Psalm 57
Dr. Carl Haywood, Conductor (the choir isn’t named, but Dr. Haywood conducts at Norfolk State University, so I’m assuming it’s a choir from there)

I never thought I’d hear a version of the wonderful Sondheim tune played by oboe, much less Baroque oboe! And I like it.

Live Performance 10/16/2016
from “Songs Without Words”

Debra Nagy, Baroque Oboe, Emily Walhout, viola da gamba, Eric Milnes, harpsichord

I’ve never posted about politics on this oboe blog: I know my readers come from around the world, and I know those in the states may have different views. I want to write about music. I really do. But today I can’t remain silent.

I’m horrified that we have elected who we elected to be our commander-in-chief. The things he has said are simply unacceptable in my opinion. The racism is abominable. The sexism extreme. Our environment is now in great danger of destruction. So, in fact, is not only our nation but our world. The hatred so overwhelming it breaks my heart. I can’t remain silent.

And yes, sometimes I wish I could “cross over into campground” although I feel uncomfortable “stealing” a Spiritual from those who have been so very abused and struggled for freedom that still doesn’t seem to be in their grasp.

Performed by Stellenbosch University Chamber Choir under the leadership of Martin Berger. (Sadly I don’t see the clarinetist named on the YouTube page.)

She’s five years old. Her name is Anke Chen. (I LOVE that smile at the end!)

Erik Ešenvalds: O Salutaris Hostia
State Choir Latvia; Maris Sirmais, Conductor

O saving Victim, opening wide
The gate of Heaven to us below;
Our foes press hard on every side;
Your aid supply; Your strength bestow.
To your great name be endless praise,
Immortal Godhead, One in Three.
O grant us endless length of days,
In our true native land with thee.

… because my heart needs it.

I recommend turning up the sound.

The fruit of Silence is prayer.
The fruit of Prayer is faith.
The fruit of Faith is love.
The fruit of Love is service.
The fruit of Service is peace.

—Mother Teresa

Latvian Radio Choir; Sinfonietta Riga; Sigvards Maple, Conductor
Riga Dome Cathedral

(Turning up the volume on this one works well for me … it’s stunning!)

Eriks Ešenvalds: In Paradisum
State Choir Latvia, Maris Sirmais, Conductor