07. April 2014 · Comments Off on John Shirley-Quirk 1931-2014 · Categories: Losses

I just read that John Shirley-Quirk died today. I don’t yet see any articles about this.

Here is an interview with him from 2013.

One of my favorite songs:

Silent Noon ( D Rossetti)
Ralph Vaughan Williams (House of Life Song Cycle No.2)
John Shirley Quirk (baritone)
Martin Isepp (piano)

… and then there’s this:

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Cantata BWV 82 “Ich habe genug”
0:00 1. Arie ‘Ich habe genug’
9:42 2. Rezitativ ‘Ich habe genug’
11:12 3. Arie ‘Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen’
22:25 4. Rezitativ ‘Mein Gott! wann kommt das schone: Nun!’
23:25 5. Arie ‘Ich freue mich auf meinen Tod’

John Shirley-Quirk, bass
Roger Lord, oboe
George Malcolm, organ continu
Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields
Conducted by Neville Marriner

07. April 2014 · Comments Off on I Know It’ll Get Better But … · Categories: Ramble

… it sure feels rotten right now!

I was on vacation for a week. No oboe with me. No reeds. I didn’t even listen to music, believe it or not.

Now I’m home. I’ve listened and watched Don Giovanni twice, and was going to do a third recording but I couldn’t bear it due to less than stellar singing and staging that was bothering me far too much.

And yes, I’ve played oboe.

It feels absolutely rotten!

I hate the “getting it back” period. I know it’ll come back rather quickly. Or at least it usually does. But currently I just dislike my sound, and feel quite clumsy with the instrument.

Rehearsals begin tomorrow.


07. April 2014 · Comments Off on Not Dead Yet? · Categories: Read Online

Following Postponement of Closure, San Diego Opera Receives $1 Million Gift From Board Member

he San Diego Opera has received a $1 million gift from a board member that is intended to assist the the company in developing a new business model, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The money was given “to encourage us to rescind the dissolution vote as soon as possible,” board member Carol Lazier said in a release sent by the company April 4.

I read that here.

07. April 2014 · Comments Off on A Future for Classical Music? · Categories: Listen

It’s a long listen … but perhaps some of you will enjoy it. There are some very good things in this.

07. April 2014 · Comments Off on Oboe & Guitar for Monday Morning · Categories: Listen

Jacques Ibert: Entr’acte

Dúo de caña,

Melissa Artunduaga (Oboe)
Gabriela Aedo (Guitarra)

07. April 2014 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

Not playing oboe for 10 days has been worse than any jet lag this trip has given me… #oboeproblems #mymouthistiredalready

07. April 2014 · Comments Off on Salut Salon Having Fun · Categories: Havin' Fun, Videos

I suspect that’s what they do most of the time, but I’ll have to watch more videos to know for sure!

07. April 2014 · Comments Off on Intestinal Fortitude Rules! · Categories: Read Online

… the oboe is the instrument used to tune the rest of the orchestra. It requires plenty of intestinal fortitude and you have to be able to keep the stream of hot air very steady.

Yep. I read it online so it must be true! 😉