10. June 2008 · 1 comment · Categories: Ramble

… for the recordings of the works I just blogged about, I just ran across this at emusic.com:

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3
Artist: Mona Golabek
Release Date: December 28, 2007
Genre: Rock/Pop
Styles: Pop
Label: Romantic Hours / CD Baby

Well. Okay then.

But here’s another:

Symphony No.1, Piano Concerto No.3, Romeo & Juliet Prokofiev, Musically Speaking
Artist: Los Angeles Chmbr. Seattle Symphony G. Schwarz Prokofiev Atamian
Release Date: December 19, 2007
Genre: Rock/Pop
Styles: Pop
Label: Musically Speaking, Inc. / CD Baby

They need my help, I tell ya!

10. June 2008 · Comments Off on Lots Of Music, Little Time · Categories: Ramble

We have been handed a lot of music for this week’s event. Because my main gig was English horn for 27 years, I’ve not played but one of these works. Yes. Really! So much music in the folder …

P. Tchaikovsky
Concerto #1
Concerto #2

S. Rachmaninoff
Concerto #1
Concerto #2
Concerto #3

S. Prokofiev
Concerto #1
Concerto #3

Sometimes I look at a folder and don’t even know quite where to begin.

And no, we won’t be playing all of these. After the finalists are selected, we will learn which three (?) works will be performed. But of course that won’t be until right before our first rehearsal, or so I’ve been told.

I realize that most readers will think I’m crazy to not know these works already, and I know most of you already know ’em and have played ’em. What can I say? I’ve lived 51 years without playing 6 of these. Wouldn’t ya know? I’ve heard them, but that just isn’t the same.

So how do I prepare? Well, I will listen to the works, to be sure, to see which portions need to be worked on first. And I will go through and mark absolutely anything that looks “missable” (left Fs, various places I might miss a flat or sharp, things like that). I’ll try to have everything as put together as possible. Then I’ll hold my breath and run with it.

Or I guess I won’t hold my breath, but you know what I mean. Yes?

10. June 2008 · Comments Off on It Made Me Smile · Categories: Listen, Videos, Watch

… hope it makes you smile, too. (Seen first at Arts Journal)

What is it about this type of music that makes a person have to smile, I wonder?