10. March 2014 · Comments Off on Previn Trio · Categories: Videos

Enjoy! I’m not familiar with this work, but now that I’ve heard it I’d love to play it!

From the video page:

André Previn Trío para oboe, fagot y piano
Salvador Barberá, oboe. Vicente Alario, fagot. Duncan Gifford, piano.
Grupo de cámara de la Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE
Teatro Monumental de Madrid
André George Previn, KBE ( born Andreas Ludwig Prewin; April 6, 1929) is a German-American pianist, conductor, and composer. He is considered one of the most versatile musicians in the world and is the winner of four Academy Awards for his film work and ten Grammy Awards for his recordings (and one more for his Lifetime Achievement).
Previn has received a total of thirteen Academy Award nominations, winning in 1958, 1959, 1963 and 1964. He is one of few composers to accomplish the feat of winning back-to-back Oscars, and one of only two to do so on two occasions (the other being Alfred Newman). In 1970 he was nominated for a Tony Award as part of Coco’s nomination for Best Musical. In 1977 he became an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music. The 1977 television show Previn and the Pittsburgh was nominated for three Emmy awards. Previn was appointed an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1996. (Not being a citizen of a Commonwealth realm, he may use the post-nominal letters KBE but is not called “Sir André”.) Previn received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1998 in recognition of his contributions to classical music and opera in the United States. In 2005 he was awarded the international Glenn Gould Prize and in 2008 won Gramophone magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in classical, film, and jazz music. In 2010, the Recording Academy honored Previn with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy.

10. March 2014 · Comments Off on Please Don’t Be This Man! · Categories: Read Online

Last week I went to a concert, as one does. A little way off from where I was sitting, I spotted a small African-American girl, probably aged about 8, with her mother. She sat very still and kept very quiet all the way through the first half. Then in the first piece of the second half she bent down and took a sweet out of her bag. A man in front of her turned round and glared daggers.


Thank you, Ms. Duchen, for writing about this. I SO hope that woman and her daughter aren’t completely turned off by that man’s behavior. Sigh.

I’ll just let you read what she has to say.

10. March 2014 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

Why on earth would a second oboe have a solo? #apocalypse?

10. March 2014 · Comments Off on Shuffle Concert · Categories: Read Online

THE people around me were ordering music the way I order a burger. “I’ll take the Prokofiev,” No. 12 declared. “Let’s have the Bach,” No. 2 said.

At the Shuffle Concert, where crowdsourcing crashes into classical, every guest gets a number. If yours is called, you pick the next piece.

The pieces are numbered, too: In theory, Guest No. 4 could order Piece No. 6. But to prevent the whole thing from tumbling into anarchy, the audience knows to skip the menu numbers and order by composer name. For full effect, you should mutter it casually, as if you and Stravinsky go way back. If there’s a faintly European gargling noise involved (see, for example, Bach), gargle it.

Classical music can rouse the aspiring sophisticate in some people. But on a recent rainy evening in a Brooklyn district that real estate brokers might call “on the cusp of the cusp,” in the dingy borderlands between East Williamsburg and Bushwick, an experiment was in progress. An ensemble of six young but highly accomplished classical musicians was magnificently slumming it for one night, knocking the genre from its pedestal with a game of musical “Choose Your Own Adventure.”