We really don’t know what the coming months will bring. Many of us — perhaps all? — are rather certain there will be no concert halls full of listeners and a stage of musicians. Until there is a vaccine it is hard to imagine that we can possibly go back to “normal”. Some wonder if the old “normal” can ever return. It’s difficult to say. At the moment we are forbidden to be on stage, and that’s as it should be.

But no one can stop the music!

When live in-person concerts stopped musicians immediately started to post the “virtual” videos — performers each recording their part (or parts in some instances) and someone (or someones) would put it all together: it’s a very time consuming job, but the end results can be quite glorious, as you’ve seen here at oboeinsight.

And now there are occasionally the small groups. A reduced orchestra on stage, everyone six feet or more apart. Sometimes with a conductor, sometimes not. Still no audiences.

But THIS … a quartet. Still separated by space. With no audience. But oh the music making! If this is what we have to have for a while, I can live with it. SUCH beauty! (But if you’ve never heard the full orchestra version of the Adagietto you have missed something incredible, so do search it out.)

Mahler: Adagietto (from the Fifth Symphony)
The Alma Quartet

Followed by more Mahler, including Nino Gvetadze on piano … please do listen!

30. April 2020 · Comments Off on Somewhere Over The Rainbow · Categories: Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes · Tags: , ,

Beautiful.

Cellists from the TSO perform Somewhere Over the Rainbow | Musical Moments

30. April 2020 · Comments Off on Dancers Gotta Dance, Part II · Categories: Can't Stop the Dancing!, Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes · Tags: , , ,

Oh this is fun, and yet so moving … at least to me!

Bach to the Barre! Staying Home with TSO musicians & National Ballet of Canada dancers

Bach to the Barre! A charming and funny view of what #StayingHome looks like for dancers and musicians, created by long-time friends Timothy Dawson (TSO Double Bass) and Guillaume Côté & Heather Ogden, Principal Dancers at the National Ballet of Canada.

06. April 2020 · Comments Off on Morning Music · Categories: Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes · Tags: , , ,

Vocalise (by S. Rachmaninoff)
Played by Quarancelli, 12 quarantined members of New York City’s community of musicians