08. April 2020 · Comments Off on Say WHAT?! Piano AND English horn?! · Categories: Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes · Tags: , ,

Yes, indeed, the English hornist of the New York Philharmonic is playing the Ravel Piano Concerto … on piano AND English horn.

I have no words!

From the YouTube page:

Double threat! Watch as New York Philharmonic English Horn Ryan Roberts performs Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major as both soloists: piano and English Horn.

In Ryan’s words:

“Finally!! The English Hornist gets to choose the tempo. When Ravel was praised for the beauty of this melody, he responded, ‘That flowing phrase! How I worked over it bar by bar! It nearly killed me!’ I think oboists can relate to this sentiment.”

(I actually enjoy it a wee bit slower, but that’s just me and I am certainly not qualified to play in the NYPhil!)

08. April 2020 · Comments Off on Time for Elgar · Categories: Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes · Tags: , ,

This is from Milwaukee Symphony. And yes, I cried.

Nimrod from Enigma Variations, Op. 36

08. April 2020 · Comments Off on Virtual Opera · Categories: Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes, Opera · Tags: , ,

We’ve had virtual orchestras and choruses, but surely one can’t do an OPERA when everyone is stuck at their own home?

Or CAN you?


The Marriage of Figaro Finale
W.A. Mozart
Susanna – Elena Villalón
Figaro – Daniel Noyola
Countess – Dorothy Gal
Count – Ryan McKinny
Cherubino – Megan Samarin
Basilio/Curzio – Trey Smagur
Marcellina – Leia Lensing and Lindsay Kate Brown
Antonio – William Guanbo Su
Bartolo – Nicholas Newton and Geoff Hahn
Piano – Geoffrey Loff

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