Bysjan, bysjan lite bån – Den norske Studentersangforening

Hush, hush little child, time to sleep,
the girl goes quietly to her bed,
the old one to the chamber.
Outside a pale light shines, shooting stars
and moonlight light up the forest until day begins to dawn.
Light up the way, starlight and moon,
for many a lost soul on the road, hush, hush child

G. M. Trabaci: Cantate Domino
Cor Cittá di Roma

Heinrich Schütz: Die Himmel Erzählen Die Ehre Gottes
Kup Taldea

I’d never heard this work before; the work is originally for horn and piano. Here is a transcription for oboe and it’s quite lovely.

Schumann: Adagio and Allegro, Opus 70
Christian Schmitt, Oboe; Alessandra Gentile, Piano

… at least for me!

From the YouTube page by Nonesuch:
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, mandolinist Chris Thile, and bassist Edgar Meyer perform J.S. Bach’s Trio Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV 530: I. Vivace from their album Bach Trios, due April 7 on Nonesuch Records. Video directed by Danny Clinch. Get the track now with album pre-order:

… because it needed something like this.

Ian Bostridge sings “Silent Noon” from “The English Songbook”

Your hands lie open in the long fresh grass, –
The finger-points look through like rosy blooms:
Your eyes smile peace. The pasture gleams and glooms
‘Neath billowing [clouds]1 that scatter and amass.

All round our nest, far as the eye can pass,
Are golden kingcup fields with silver edge
Where the cow-parsley skirts the hawthorn hedge.
‘Tis visible silence, still as the hour glass.

Deep in the sunsearched growths the dragon-fly
Hangs like a blue thread loosened from the sky: –
So this winged hour is dropt to us from above.
Oh! clasp we to our hearts, for deathless dower,
This close-companioned inarticulate hour
When twofold silence was the song of love.

—Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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 naksninas pret ziemeli
Redzej’ kavus karojam;
Karo kavi pie debesu,
Vedis karus mus’ zeme.

(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.