26. September 2018 · Comments Off on Goodnight · Categories: Listen

Franz Schubert – Nacht und Träume, arr. Sylvia Maessen
Tenor Seil Kim; Sinfonia Rotterdam; Conrad van Alphen, Conductor

Holy night, you sink down;
The dreams flow down, too,
Like your moonlight through the rooms,
Through the people’s silent chests.
They listen softly with desire;
They call, when day awakens:
Come back, holy night!
Sweet dreams, come back!

24. September 2018 · Comments Off on Some Never Agains and Some Sadly Nevers · Categories: Listen, Ramble

I was chatting (well, texting really) with a friend about a work I’ve never gotten to play. He was working on it for an upcoming concert, and I admitted to being a wee bit envious. It’s not a work that is frequently performed — or at least not in any groups I’m connected to — so it is highly unlikely I’ll ever get to do it. The work touches my heart in ways not all music does. I’m sorry I don’t get to do it, but I am very glad Ryan is getting to play it, as he’s a good musician and a good guy as well.

Barber: Knoxville, Summer of 1915 • Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra; Maria Valdes, soprano

Then there are works I absolutely adore, and have played, but would prefer not to do again: this particular work is one of the most exquisite of compositions, but is a killer (as far as I’m concerned) for English horn. It’s one I’d love to see programmed … on a concert I’d attend! I’d happily sit in the audience and wrap myself up in the beauty of this piece.

LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA | Claudio Abbado | Magdalena Kožena (mezzo-soprano)

I believe I’ve shared both of these YouTube videos in the past, but they are well worth another listen.

It’s strange to be at an age where I know that some works won’t pop back up while I’m still around. Sure, some are bound to get done again and again — and I’m not quitting yet! — but some? Some are done maybe every ten years if that. It is highly unlikely I will playing my instruments when I’m 71. That is not in the plans. I will never stop listening to music (I hope!) but I will not always be on the stage or in the pit.

Besides, there are plenty of young’uns chomping at the bit for my chairs!

21. September 2018 · Comments Off on Joy! · Categories: Listen, Watch

These musicians of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra look so joyous as they play. I love it!

Edvard Grieg: Holberg Suite, Op. 40, Praeludium

12. July 2018 · Comments Off on Goodnight · Categories: Listen

Schubert: Nacht und Träume
Seil Kim, Tenor; Sinfonia Rotterdam; Conrad van Alphen, Conductor

26. June 2018 · Comments Off on Hindemith, Anyone? · Categories: Listen

There is a new recording of Hindemith music, played by some mighty fine musicians: Alexa Still, Robert Walters, Richard Hawkins, George Sakakeeny and James Howsmon. You might want to check it out.

I loved playing both the oboe and the English horn sonatas, but it’s been a very long time. This brings back great memories.

Here’s a little sampling:

24. June 2018 · Comments Off on An Extra For This Sunday Morning · Categories: Listen, vocal · Tags: , ,

… because I just ran across this. What a talented man, and what a lovely work.

Mary Ellen Haupert: Illumina le tenebrae
Matthew Curtis, singer

Most High, glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart and give me true faith, certain hope and perfect charity, sense and knowledge, Lord, that I may carry out your holy and true command. Amen.

22. June 2018 · Comments Off on For The Clarinetists Out There · Categories: Listen, vocal · Tags: , , ,

(Side note: Those on Facebook and Google+ will see this because both this and my photo site are set to automatically share posts on those. I’m finding social media was bashing my heart just a wee bit too much, and I needed a break.)

So no oboe on this one, but I thought it was quite beautiful, and wanted to share it to bring it to clarinetists’ attention. I wish one could see the performers doing what they do, but the group only shared the image of their recording.

Anthony Maglione: O Thou Great Power in Whom I Move
East Carolina University Chamber Singers; Daniel Bara, Conductor; Christopher Grymes, Clarinet

Provided to YouTube by NAXOS of America

16. February 2018 · Comments Off on Sonnet of the Night · Categories: Listen

Morten Lauridsen: Soneto de la Noche
Pablo Nerudo, poet
Cor Cantiamo; Dr. Eric Johnson, Conductor

(Morten Lauridsen is sitting at the piano….)

Here is the translation:

When I die I want your hands on my eyes:
I want the light and the wheat of your beloved hands
to pass their freshness over me one more time
to feel the smoothness that changed my destiny.

I want you to live while I wait for you, asleep,
I want for your ears to go on hearing the wind,
for you to smell the sea that we loved together
and for you to go on walking the sand where we walked.

I want for what I love to go on living
and as for you I loved you and sang you above everything,
for that, go on flowering, flowery one,

so that you reach all that my love orders for you,
so that my shadow passes through your hair,
so that they know by this the reason for my song.

15. February 2018 · Comments Off on Music For Today · Categories: Listen

… because I don’t know about you, but I need it.

J.J. Fux: Kaiserrequiem
Vox Luminis & Scorpio Collectief

13. January 2018 · Comments Off on Eugene Izotov, Jon Nakamatsu, and Poulenc · Categories: Listen, Oboe, Piano

Just an excerpt of the work … but such a great work it is! (And Chris Thile is such a kick!)

Bravo to Eugene Izotov and Jon Nakamatsu. What a duo this is! ??