13. October 2011 · Comments Off on NewToMyEars™: Gottfried Finger · Categories: NewToMyEars™

Gottfried Finger (ca 1655-1730): Sonata in D major for viola da gamba and basso continuo
Petr Wagner – viola da gamba

Sometimes I worry that I’ve not heard of a composer before. This is one of those times. I mean … how was I not familiar with this particular wonderful work before? Yikes!

But this is Thomas Linley‘s “O bid your faithful Ariel fly”.

Julia Gooding, soprano
Paul Goodwin, oboe
Paul Nicholson/Peter Holman
The Parley of Instruments

Antoine Forqueray (1671 (?)-1745) — not a name I’d heard before — and I love finding these!
“La Couperin”
Petr Wagner, viola da gamba; Premysl Vacek – theorbo

22. September 2011 · Comments Off on NewToMyEars™: Felix Draeseke · Categories: NewToMyEars™

Anyone ever heard of Felix Draeseke? I couldn’t find many videos that showed musicians playing his music, but here are a couple.

Quintet for piano, violin, viola, cello and horn in B-flat op 48: Finale

Coburger Draeseke Ensemble:
Diana Zohrabyan, Violine
Zhuo Lu, Viola
Michael Gareis, Violoncello
Klaus Rohleder, Horn
Christian Reissinger, Klavier

Little Suite for English Horn and Piano, Op. 87: 1. Menuett and Trio
Bernhard Forster, Englisch Horn
Antonio Grimaldi, Klavier

Should I be ashamed that I didn’t know Fromental Halévy until I heard the work below sometime in August?

TWO English horns?! How cool is that? So rare ….

08. September 2011 · Comments Off on NewToMyEars™: Charles Avison · Categories: NewToMyEars™

Charles Avison 1709-1779

Charles Avison, Concerto grosso n. 5, done from the Book of Lessons for the Harpsicord composed by Sig. Domenico Scarlatti.
Ensemble L’Aura Soave – Cremona
Nicholas Robinson & Ulrike Fisher, violini
Diego Cantalupi & Pietro Prosser, chitarre
Davide Pozzi, clavicembalo

01. September 2011 · Comments Off on NewToMyEars™: Giuseppe Martucci · Categories: NewToMyEars™

Giuseppe Martucci is new to my ears. My ears are happy.

I read about him here in a rather interesting story of a recent concert with Chicago and Muti:

Instead of making his final exit after his fifth bow, Muti turned to address the audience and began telling them of a great composer about whom they’d probably never heard: one Giuseppe Martucci.

Someone in the audience tittered, and Muti said sternly, “It is nothing to laugh (at).”

Another cackle, perhaps a nervous one, came from the seats, and Muti stood there silently with a look that…well, let’s just say, you don’t want a parent or anyone else in authority looking this way at you. Tension hung in the silence. Would he take his baton and leave?

No, he wouldn’t. “He was a great composer. He was a great conductor,” Muti continued, telling of Brahms’ and Mahler’s support of him and of Toscanini and the fascists, all while the audience listened intently.

The encore went over as it should have, frosting on a rich cake, and after three more bows, the evening was done.

Notturno per orchestra, op. 70
Giuseppe Sabbatini and thh Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra

25. August 2011 · Comments Off on NewToMyEars™: Francesco Zappa · Categories: NewToMyEars™

When I first saw the name Francesco Zappa I laughed, and wondered if Frank Zappa knew of the Classical composer. Turns out he did … and even put out an album titled Francesco Zappa that featured the earlier Zappa’s music. (I will confess to being pretty darn unfamiliar with Frank Zappa’s music. I mostly know of him due to his love for the bassoon!)

I’d not heard of Dennis Agay (1912-2007) before. How ’bout you?

Johann Adolf Hasse (baptised 25 March 1699 in Bergedorf, Germany – 16 December 1783 in Venice) … heard of him? I hadn’t! And he wrote a Concerto in F for Chalumeau, Oboe, Bassoon, and Continuo. Wow! So here you go the work on original instruments.

Thomas Carroll, Chalumeau
Graham St-Laurent, Oboe
Kelsey Schilling, Bassoon
Masayuki Maki, Harpsichord