31. May 2020 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Sunday Morning Music · Tags: , ,

Bach: Jesu, menine Freude BWV 227
Collegium 1704; Václav Luks, Conductor

24. May 2020 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Sunday Morning Music · Tags: , , ,

Bach: How shall I fitly meet Thee?
Ex Cathedra; Jeffrey Skidmore, Conductor

05. May 2020 · Comments Off on Mahler: Brass Chorale · Categories: Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes · Tags: , , ,

There is some music that just hits one in the gut. Mahler does this a lot — at least to me.

Here is the New York Philharmonic brass, plus contrabassoon and percussion. Enjoy.

26. April 2020 · Comments Off on Sunday Evening Music · Categories: Sunday Evening Music · Tags: , ,

Bach: Nun komm, der Heiden Heilland, BWV 62
Malaysia Bach Festival Singers and Orchestra

From the YouTube page:

For two years, the Malaysia Bach Festival Singers and Orchestra have been looking forward to performing at the St. Thomas Church during Bachfest Leipzig 2020 in June. Since the festival has now been postponed to 2022, we decided to make a virtual performance recording of a complete cantata – Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 62 – one of the three cantatas which we were going to perform at the festival. Here’s the opening chorus movement, and more to come.

We would like to especially thank our baritone Caleb Woo, who has spent much effort and incredible amount of time to compile, engineer, and produce the audio. We would also like to thank members of the Malaysia Bach Festival Singers and Orchestra who voluntarily contributed to this very challenging recording project, even during this very trying time. Scenes of the St. Thomas Church seen throughout the video was filmed by our videographer Moses Lim. Our gratitude also extended to Carus-Verlag for sponsoring us the Urtext performance score.

May this recording bring much hope and joy to our friends both near and far, and we look forward so much to the day when we will actually perform at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig.

MALAYSIA BACH FESTIVAL SINGERS
Chew Shi Yun, Soprano (Kuala Lumpur)
Rachel Kwok, Soprano (Hong Kong)
Esther Ting, Soprano (New York)
Chia Wee Kiat, Alto (Boston)
Lee Mei Yen, Alto (Kuala Lumpur)
Chan Wei En, Alto (Singapore)
Okawa Tan, Tenor (Sarawak)
Pablo Willey-Bustos, Tenor (New York)
Caeleb Tee, Tenor (Kuala Lumpur)
Caleb Woo, Baritone (Hong Kong)
Bryan Sim, Baritone (Selangor)
Chin Vun Chieh, Baritone (Kuala Lumpur)

MALAYSIA BACH FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA
Bernice Ooi, Concertmaster (Sweden)
Lee Hai Lin, Violin 1 (Kuala Lumpur)
Mabel Wong, Violin 1 (Kuala Lumpur)
Wong Lu Ee, Violin 2 (Kuala Lumpur)
Lisa Chia, Violin 2 (Kuala Lumpur)
Keng Xin Tian, Violin 2 (Kuala Lumpur)
Andrew Filmer, Viola (Kuala Lumpur)
Angela Lou, Viola (Kuala Lumpur)
Chong Eugene, Cello (Kuala Lumpur)
U-En Ng, Viola da gamba (Kuala Lumpur)
Clement Leong, Double bass (Kuching)
Nelson Wong, Oboe (Kuala Lumpur)
Shigeki Sasaki, Oboe (Japan)
Howard Ng, Oboe (Singapore)
Midori Suzuki, Bassoon (Japan)
David Chin, Conductor & Harpsichord (Selangor)

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13. April 2020 · Comments Off on Bach for Your Monday · Categories: BachTrac™, Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes · Tags: , , ,

Of course Bach is wonderful ANY day!

Ex Cathedra

The third of our films for Holy Week, recorded from our own homes, is the final chorale from Bach’s St John Passion.

We were due to have performed this wonderful music at Symphony Hall today (our annual Good Friday performance), so we’re thrilled that our singers and period instrumentalists have generously volunteered their contributions so we can, in some way, perform together.

In his introductory video, Jeffrey explains the optimism and hope of this piece, particularly poignant at this time.

This video is offered free of charge during what is a financially devastating time for organisations like Ex Cathedra. If you have enjoyed the video, please support us if you can with a small donation: Help Us Thank you.