… I’m not sure the kids knew quite what to think! Some look like the volume was a bit much for their ears and I often wonder how singers deal with that when they are singing so close to each other!

From the YouTube Sacla’ page:

Sacla’ the Pesto Pioneers and Italian foodies favourite, served up a great surprise at a Buckinghamshire primary school and staged an impromptu Opera in the canteen one lunch time.

Four secret opera singers, disguised as canteen staff, broke into song bringing the room to a standstill with a rousing medley of the Italian classics by Verdi, Puccini and Rossini.

From soaring soprano to booming baritone, the singers’ stunning performance thrilled the unsuspecting school children whose shocked and surprised reactions were captured on camera by a six strong film crew behind the scenes.

30. January 2019 · Comments Off on The Baroque Oboe · Categories: Baroque, Oboe, Videos

… the prior video then took me to this one. Such fun to hear and learn about!

Co-Principal Oboe Katharina Spreckelsen on why the quirks of the Baroque oboe make it so exciting.

30. January 2019 · Comments Off on Haydn’s Oboe · Categories: Oboe, Videos

This is a fun and informative video. I’m grateful to my friend Carolyn Fahm for bringing it to my attention!

30. October 2018 · Comments Off on Wow … And It’s Not About the Speed · Categories: Listen, Oboe, Videos

It’s about the accuracy and the clarity. Yes, Trevor Mowry can play quickly. But if he hadn’t also played all of this cleanly one would just think, “Slow down!” This is something I frequently have to say to my students: I care much more about musicality and accuracy than I do about speed. Play it slow first. Get it right. Get rid of glitches.

Then work on speed.

Please.

Bravo, Mr. Mowry. I’m in awe. Clearly accuracy AND speed are no issue for you!

(Hat tip to Robert Hubbard, who sent out the link.)

This is a set of challenging pieces for unaccompanied oboe inspired by the following French paintings:

I. Hôtel des Roches noires à Trouville (Claude Monet 1870)
II. Potager et arbres en fleurs – Printemps, Pontoise (Camille Pissarro 1877) 4:16
III. Boulevard des Capucines (Claude Monet 1873) 7:25
IV. Sentier dans les bois (Auguste Renoir 1874) 9:15
V. Scène de plage – Ciel d’orage (Eugène Boudin 1864) 11:43
VI. Le ballet espagnol (Edouard Manet 1862) 12:55

Each movement was recorded as a single take. The only edits are in between movements. Recording engineer: Alan Wonneberger

29. October 2018 · Comments Off on Shall We Dance? · Categories: Listen, Videos

… but I confess I really don’t think I could manage to move around and play oboe very well. I’m a clumsy sort.

Dmitri Shostakovich: Waltz No. 2
Clarion Wind Quintet

“Night at the Theater” program feature

DÓRA SERES, flute
EGILS UPATNIEKS, oboe
Eg?ls Š?fers, clarinet
David M.A.P. Palmquist, horn
Niels Anders Vedsten Larsen, bassoon

(I’d like my students to watch the oboist fingers … nice and close to the keys. I like that.)

12. January 2018 · Comments Off on Alex Klein on Living the Classical Life · Categories: Oboe, Videos

So very interesting! Imagine starting out by just having a reed to play most days of the week!

Also interesting to hear him say he put “no” on an audition paper because he didn’t like he way the woman left … as if she was angry. Guess there was no screen.

The discussion on focal dystonia is truly heart-breaking. I have always said, and will continue to say, “I am not my oboe.” I hope I mean it.

Go to about 40 minutes in and it is fascinating what his brain is telling him. Wow. And DOUBLE WOW to the dystonia being “task specific”: “I can play oboe d’amore, I can play English horn, I can play Baroque oboe” … amazing.

And yes, oboe is, for most, NOT an old age playing instrument. He said he can’t imagine playing after age 65. :-)

Alex Klein – Living the Classical Life: Episode 51 from Elyria Pictures on Vimeo.

09. January 2018 · Comments Off on I’m Impressed! · Categories: ACappellaTuesday™, Videos, vocal

I played this version of Gaudete last night for Dan before he could see the singers. Then I said, “Look at them!” Like me he didn’t expect such young singers. These young men get such a wonderful sound and I’m so very impressed!

Raffles Voices Male Chamber; Toh Ban Sheng, Conductor

04. November 2017 · Comments Off on Or Perhaps Goodnight with Mozart? · Categories: Listen, MozartMusicMatters™, Videos

I just can’t resist posting one more before I had off to bed!

Mozart – The Marriage of Figaro Overture for & English Horn
Arr. Andrey Rubtsov

Sophya Belyaeva (oboe)
Olga Gotovtseva (oboe)
Svetlana Usacheva (oboe)
Anna Borisova (English Horn)

Because this is fun! (I love playing these with my students, although we don’t take this tempo and we don’t end it quite that way!)

G. P. Telemann – Canonic Sonata G-dur 3 mov

Olga Smirnova (oboe)
Svetlana Usacheva (oboe)