13. December 2011 · Comments Off on Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy by Quartet Scherzo · Categories: Nutcracker

Balalaika Prima
Domra Alto
Balalika Double Bass

13. December 2011 · 2 comments · Categories: FBQD

The Messiah had a pretty sparse orchestra: just 22 strings, 3 woodwinds (the oboe, who does not do much in the Messiah other than help the rest tune at the beginning, changed one of his reeds during the performance), 2 trumpets (who are only briefly on stage), a tympanist (who is even more briefly on stage), an organ and harpsichord. But the chorus had 106 singers. The alto solos were sung by a countertenor: most men can reach the same high notes he did, but countertenors, unlike the rest of us, don’t need cattle prods to hit those high notes.

(I’m not sure what the issue is with an oboe player changing reeds …?)

13. December 2011 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

Should I fall asleep to: Arabic Groove, Marcello’s Oboe Concerto, Gipsy Kings or East Winds Ensemble?

13. December 2011 · Comments Off on Advent: Day 17 · Categories: Advent

William Byrd: O Magnum Mysterium

In case you’ve missed earlier Advent posts:
Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9, Day 10, Day 11, Day 12, Day 13, Day 14, Day 15, Day 16