14. June 2019 · 1 comment · Categories: Oops!

Yes. Really. GE made a commercial. GE needs to study instruments. See and read about it here.

09. June 2019 · Comments Off on Sunday Evening Music · Categories: Sunday Evening Music

Rev. Michael Panachikal V.C.: Thirunama keerthanam
The Living Stones Quartet

The translation I found:
Oh Lord what is the use of tongue for me, if I cant sing your holy name?
Oh Lord what is use of the mouth if I can’t sing your blessings?
Oh Lord what is the use of this Life then?

I shall sing along with the birds who sing and awake the world.
I will sing mixed with the cool breeze which carries the music of the river>

I will sing in a top voice, looking into the eyes of stars that appear (bloom) far on the sky.
I shall sing along with angels when you come at last over the clouds of the sky.

09. June 2019 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Sunday Morning Music

?riks Ešenvalds: Trinity Te Deum (Recording in Ely Cathedral)
Trinity College Choir

04. June 2019 · Comments Off on And Speaking of Competitions · Categories: Competitions

For the first time the International Tchaikovsky Competition has added woodwinds to the mix!

I see there are a ton of flutes and three oboists. I’m surprised there are no other instruments represented. You can see the players here.

Update: NO! I’m quite wrong … I just had to click on the “See more competitors” button. TONS more players! There are twelve of each woodwind.

The competition runs from June 17 to the June 29. I look forward to hearing the fine players!

04. June 2019 · Comments Off on At the Cliburn Competition · Categories: Cliburn Competition, Competitions

I’m currently watching the Cliburn Junior Piano Competition. I am not a huge fan of competitions — I believe I’ve mentioned that before — but I love watching and hearing these young music makers so much. They are pretty amazing. It’s not just that they play the notes … they play music!

Music is so much more than the notes. It’s the story one is telling. It’s line. It’s color. Without expression I couldn’t care less. These young players make me care.

What will be quite telling is the finalists, who perform with an orchestra. That can really be a challenge Making music on one’s own is different than working with an ensemble. (But hey, they don’t have to think about intonation or reeds!)

If you start with the link below you’ll hear all in the preliminary round, as it goes through the full playlist:

And here is the start of the quarterfinals:

02. June 2019 · Comments Off on Sunday Evening Music · Categories: Sunday Evening Music

Take it to the Lord in Prayer
Aeolians of Oakwood University
(This was the group that was recently in California, and suffered a bus accident. They all escaped the bus, but the person who ran into the bus was killed.)

02. June 2019 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Sunday Morning Music · Tags: , ,

Jake Runestad: Alleluia
National Taiwan University Chorus; Fang-Pei Tracy Lien, Conductor