28. March 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: For Your Listening Enjoyment

… and for my listening enjoyment too! :-)

How about some Zelenka? This is wonderful! At least I think so. Hope you do too!

From Sub olea pacis et palma virtutis: Symphonia ZWV 175
Visegrad Baroque Orchestra
Conductor: Marek Stryncl

(No way you’d catch me singing before playing!)

Un jour mon prince viendra – Quatuor Ebène

But wait! … there’s more!

So, since this is played on strings, it’s classical … right? ;-)

13. March 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: For Your Listening Enjoyment

… Clara Schumann, that is. These were published in 1855 and were written for violin and piano (yes, we oboists can steal too!). Robert Schumann’s were written in 1839. I hear similarities. How about you?

From the YouTube page:
Juan Manuel García-Cano Ruiz, oboe. Alina Artemyeva, Piano
Auditorio SONY,Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía, Junio 2011

29. February 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: For Your Listening Enjoyment

… because it’s raining today. But also because I love this poem by Sara Taesdale. “… not one will know of the war, not one will care at last when it is done. Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree, if mankind perished utterly….”

There Will Come Soft Rains

There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;

And frogs in the pools singing at night,
And wild plum trees in tremulous white;

Robins will wear their feathery fire,
Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;

And not one will know of the war, not one
Will care at last when it is done.

Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree,
If mankind perished utterly;

And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn
Would scarcely know that we were gone.

Sara Teasdale

28. February 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: For Your Listening Enjoyment

I just love this music and these instruments so here you go:

and more …

23. February 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: For Your Listening Enjoyment, Videos

Mandarin Ducks by Phil Salathé (philsalathe.com/)

Ling-Fei Kang, oboe
Charles Huang, English horn

… and new to my ears, the AZAHAR ENSEMBLE plays À Chloris by Reynaldo Hahn:

Info provided:
Frederic Sánchez – Flauta
María Alba Carmona – Oboe
Gonzalo Esteban – Clarinete
Antonio Lagares – Trompa
María José García – Fagot

Direcció de vídeo, Igor Cortadellas

So. Zoom

Càmeres: Marc Campà, Igor Cortadellas

Giovanni Gabrieli: Canzon septimi toni

Info provided at YouTube:

The Green Mountain Project (music director Scott Metcalfe and artistic director Jolle Greenleaf) presented “A Grand Festive Vespers in Venice, c. 1640, for the Feast of the Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary” with music by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643), Giovanni Gabrieli (c. 1555-1612) and Chiara Margarita Cozzolani (1602-c. 1676), at the Church of St. Jean Baptiste in New York City, January, 2012.

The instrumental selection above featured as the Prelude to the concert.

Featured performers: Scott Metcalfe and Julie Andrijeski (violin), Kiri Tollaksen and Alexandra Opsahl (cornetto), Greg Ingles, Erik Schmalz, Liza Malamut, and Mack Ramsey (sackbut), Emily Walhout (bass violin), Hank Heijink and Daniel Swenberg (theorbo), Avi Stein (organ).

Audio Recording: Marc Aubort. Cameras: Dan Fridman, Scott Greenleaf and John Stone. Video Editing: John Stone.

12. January 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: For Your Listening Enjoyment

At least that’s what I was thinking. I’m sure it’s hard work, but everyone looks as if they are really having a good time! And the soloist does make it look like what she’s doing is pretty darn easy.

Vivaldi: Concerto for falutino in Ca Major
Anna Fusek, Falutino
Collegium 1704
Conducted by Andrea Marcon

11. January 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: For Your Listening Enjoyment, Videos

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba:

YouTube Info: The famous Handel’s oratorio Solomon part: The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba. By the Radio Chamber Philharmonic and Radio Choir conducted by Kenneth Montgomery. Performed in the concert series, the Friday of Vredenburg on December 23, 2011.

But hey, if you want to watch and listen to the entire, 2 hour and 44 minute work Solomon go right ahead because it’s right here! No, I’ve not had the time to listen to it all yet. Maybe later, though. I’d love to find a way to watch this while hooked up to good speakers. Hmm. wonder if that’s possible with AppleTV. Anyone know? (Of course first I’d need an HDTV. Not there yet.)

Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn, Utrecht – Friday, December 23, 2011

Radio Chamber Philharmonic
Radio Choir
Kenneth Montgomery, conductor
Edward Caswell, choirmaster
Handel – Solomon

Solomon: Paula Murrihy, mezzo soprano
Queen / 1st Harlot: Dominique Labelle, soprano
Queen of Sheba / 2nd Harlot: Sherezade Panthaki, soprano
Zadok / Attendant: Thomas Cooley, tenor
Levite: Christian Immler, bass