15. July 2010 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

So, maybe Emma will follow in Mommy’s footsteps after all. Got her Oboe today and she is super excited about learning to play it!

15. July 2010 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

I WANT MY OBOE!!!! *throws tantrum*

15. July 2010 · Comments Off on More on Sir Charles Mackerras · Categories: Losses

Found online, blogs and news articles …

The Guardian
The Telegraph
Associated Press
Slipped Disk
Prima la Musica

La Cieca
Iron Tongue at Midnight
I’ll Think Of Something Later
The Arts Desk

… and then there’s an interview which mentions that he did a recording of Handel’s Water Music (which I now want to hear!):

DH: Let’s start with Handel. You were really a pioneer in research on the subject of authentic performance practice, long before the period instrument groups became so trendy. How did you first become interested in that?

CM: Well, I was always interested in how things were performed in their day. And the first thing that made me really aware of it is that I used to have a recording of the Handel Water Music conducted by Sir Hamilton Harty. I knew it was an arrangement, but I had never been aware of how much of an arrangement it was. The same was true of the Messiah. The recordings that were available when I was a child were all of the enlarged, reorchestrated version by Prout or someone like that–not even the version made by Mozart. But when I was a teenager I got to look at a facsimile of the score and I saw immediately that what we were hearing bore little relationship to what Handel had actually written. And with the Fireworks Music, I saw the original orchestration and I thought “My God, I wonder what this must sound like!” You know, the original has 24 oboes, and all those bassoons and horns. Then later, in the ’50s, Pye got interested in recording the original version.

The opportunity came up in 1959 at the bicentenary of Handel’s death, when we got every wind player in London to come for one session, in the middle of the night, and have a go at it. It was all edited and issued very quickly, in just a few days, and I must say I was a bit frightened that it would sound horrible, but of course just the opposite occurred. It sounded marvelous. I was very relieved, let me tell you! We also did the Concerti a Due Cori on the other side of the LP, and even these works hadn’t been played at all since Handel’s day.