22. March 2017 · Comments Off on A Favorite of Mine · Categories: Listen, Videos

I love Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin, and playing the second oboe/English horn part is truly a delight, and a whole lot less stressful than that tricky first oboe part!

These young players sure do a fine job! Kudos especially to oboist Juan Manuel García-Cano!

From the YouTube page (you can probably do the translating thing, yes?):
Le tombeau de Couperin. Ravel. Orquesta de Cámara SONY de la Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía de Madrid. Director/Conductor: JAIME MARTÍN. Primer oboe/First oboe: Juan Manuel García-Cano. Junio/June 2011.
Auditorio Nacional de Música de Madrid. Sála de Cámara/Chamber Music Hall.

17. February 2017 · Comments Off on And One More … · Categories: Children Making Music, Choral, Listen, Videos

Caroline Shaw’s “So Quietly” (I’m unable to locate the text, so perhaps it’s Shaw’s own?)

Again, by the very talented Brooklyn Youth Chorus. I don’t see a conductor listed, but I’m thinking this might be Dianne Berkun Menaker, just from glancing at their site.

17. February 2017 · Comments Off on Because I like it · Categories: Children Making Music, Choral, Listen, Videos

This is the very talented and adventurous Brooklyn Youth Chorus singing Nico Myhly’s “Advice to a Young Woman”. I have yet to find the full text available, but I know it’s from The lady’s new-years gift, or, Advice to a daughter by George Saville, Marquie of Halifax (1633-1695).

Below I include any of the text I located via his writing that I can hear or see on the video. I copied it completely, although Muhly may have deleted a few words here and there.

…it must engage you to have a perpetual watch upon your eyes, and to remember that one careless glance giveth more advantage than a hundred words not enough considered; the language of the eyes being very much the most significant, and the most observed.

It is better for a woman never to dance becasue she hat no skill in it, than to do it often, because she doth it well.

12. January 2017 · Comments Off on Elaine Douvas on Figure Skating · Categories: Videos

(I can’t stay up on skates to save my life!)

13. November 2016 · Comments Off on More Sunday Music · Categories: Choral, Videos

… because my heart needs it.

I recommend turning up the sound.

The fruit of Silence is prayer.
The fruit of Prayer is faith.
The fruit of Faith is love.
The fruit of Love is service.
The fruit of Service is peace.

—Mother Teresa

Latvian Radio Choir; Sinfonietta Riga; Sigvards Maple, Conductor
Riga Dome Cathedral

05. November 2016 · Comments Off on Good Morning · Categories: ACappellaAnyday™, Choral, Listen, Videos

Everyone knows I love choral music if they visit this page. I can’t help myself … the human voice is an amazing thing. I’m envious of those with beautiful voices.

This choir is a local group and I think they do a beautiful job with this Appalachian hymn. What a lovely way to begin my morning, before the Saturday morning students start arriving.

Bright Morning Stars, arranged by Shawn Kirchner
The Choral Project; Daniel Hughes, Conductor; Jason Brittsan, Soloist

02. November 2016 · Comments Off on Bravo Dave … and Simpson Choir as well! · Categories: Videos, Watch

I would wait to post this until a Sunday music feature but, well, it’s my friend Dave playing! So here it is for you now. Beautiful!

(And yes, there are other reeds in the world. It’s not ALL oboe and English horn!)

Evening Prayer by Ola Gjeilo
Simpson College Choir + Dave Camwell
Directed by Dr. Timothy A. McMillin

19. July 2016 · Comments Off on Voice & Cornetto · Categories: Videos

Yes, I love oboe. But I love other instruments as well!

From the YouTube page:
A sample of the first rehearsal period in Prague of breathtaking, a project of Hana Blažíková and Bruce Dickey. Many thanks to Jan Krej?a for generously providing us with a basso continuo beautifully and anonymously for these rehearsal, and to Kristýna Bartošová for the video work. In the first phase of the project (November 2015) the team will be: Veronika Skuplik and Catherine Aglibut – violin, Mieneke van der Velden – viola da gamba, Kris Verhelst – organ and harpsichord, Jakob Lindberg – theorbo.

Plans include a North American concert tour Oct. 23 – Nov 12, 2016, and a tour in Japan in 2017.

A CD will be recorded for Passacaille in November 2015.

I wish I had a good voice. I would love to be able to sing in a choir. Sadly, my voice is less than stellar, so I listen instead, and I strive to sing through my instruments.

I landed here tonight and just love this:

Whom Will You Cry to, Heart? by Richard Burchard
Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, at California State University, Long Beach; CSULB Chamber Choir; Jonathan Talberg – Conductor

The text is from Rilke. (I don’t post texts if I don’t know about copyright status.)

06. June 2016 · Comments Off on For Your Listening Enjoyment · Categories: Listen, Videos

Just because … a little treat! (And a teaser, to be sure, as it makes me want more.)

From the YouTube Video:

New Arpeggiata album out 23 October, 2015.
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/amore-innamorato
In L’Amore innamorato Christina Pluhar’s ensemble L’Arpeggiata and sweet-voiced sopranos Nuria Rial and Hana Blažíková offer us a gem, a rarity that cleverly borrows the title of a mysterious opera by Cavalli, thought to have been lost or perhaps never premiered. Bonus DVD included.