(It has been my goal to only post performances recorded during Covid Times. I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be able to find things, but I do keep searching! If any readers find things I’ve yet to see please feel free to contact me.)

Bach: Ich esse mit Freuden mein weniges Brot from BWV 84
Les Délices:
Sherezade Panthaki, soprano
Shelby Yamin, violin
Debra Nagy, oboe
Mélisande Corriveau, cello
Eric Milnes, keyboard

I have to force myself to go outside and walk these days. This is something I normally love doing. Thankfully I have an encourager here who does suggest I head on out, and I usually take his advice. And then yes, I think to myself, “What a Wonderful World”.


Schola Diffusa | Virtual Choir

This is sweet!

From the YouTube page:
Hope Lingers On
Music by Lissa Schneckenburger
Arranged by Andrea Ramsey

Sung by the Augustana College Summer Virtual Choir 2020
Augustana College
Rock Island, Illinois

This video was recorded by some of the
incoming first-year students at
Augustana College in Rock Island Illinois.

Before recording this project,
these students had never met or sung together.

The choir met to discuss the piece and
work on preparation in five one-hour virtual sessions.

This video is the culmination of their
hard work and dedication to choral music.

As arranger Andrea Ramsey suggests in
the introduction to the score, we find this piece
to be a heartfelt, timely, and determined call for optimism.

Here is Jennifer Higdon’s arrangement of Amazing Grace, played by members of the Minnesota Orchestra. For so many reasons it makes me rather weepy.

Sarah Grimes, violin
Hanna Landrum, violin
Sifei Cheng, viola
Anthony Ross, cello

… played, of course by the instruments that are Queens of the Woodwinds!

Brava, Bernice Lee!
Arrangement by Fergus Davidson

What fun to see friend Layna Chianakas in this group … and the music just hits my heart!

MacMillan: In splendoribus sanctorum
The Gesualdo Six and Matilda Lloyd

Brava to Bernice Lee for doing both parts of the Ferling! It’s so clever how she looks as if she is looking at the “other” player (herself) when of course no one would be there in real time. I’m not sure how she made that image at the end!

Ferling – Duo Concertante for 2 Oboes, Op. 13 (Rondo)

Duets are something I really miss while teaching online. I’ve suggested to students that they record one part and play along with that, but it’s not like the two of us playing together (I nearly always ended a lesson with a duet). I’m starting to ponder how to teach here. The other day I walked by a house when I saw a guitar student get out of her car, carrying her guitar, a chair, and a stand. I thought, “Oh dear … NO MASK? And she has a lesson?!” Well, as it turned out, she set up on the porch at the house. The teacher was inside the house, with the door opened (but she had a screen door closed). Hm. Perhaps I can do something like that if students are up for it. I’m still not willing to handle instruments or reeds, but at least we could play duets!

Bragi a-capellakoor in lockdown
o.l.v. Rein de Vries

Bide with us, for evening shadows darken, and the day will soon be over.

Good stuff here! A big bravo to each of you!

W. A. Mozart: “Madamina, il catalogo è questo”” from Don Giovanni
Denis Bourakov, Principal Flute, Los Angeles Philharmonic
Eugene Izotov, Principal Oboe, San Francisco Symphony
Recorded in Seoul, Korea / San Francisco, USA