These two, Diana Doherty and Alexandre Oguey, are a married couple, playing in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. This is just a wonderful way to start my day and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. The start of the video is such fun, and the music making is glorious!

10. January 2021 · Comments Off on Beautiful! · Categories: Listen

When SO many of us oboists are asked what string instrument we’d choose cello is the response. Well … there’s THIS …! She chose and plays it!

Premier mouvement de la sonate en trio HWV385
de Georg Friedrich Haendel
(écrite pour deux hautbois et basse continue)

Hautbois et violoncelle :
Mathilde Lebert,
hautbois solo de l’Orchestre National de France

And why not?! (Really, doing the opening on those low clarinets … quite lovely! Who knew I’d say something like THAT in my lifetime?)

I’m not sure how many times I’ve played the English horn solo, but it’s a lot. I’m going to guess I’ll never play it again, but who knows for sure?

Be sure and WATCH as well as listen … it’s fun!

William Tell Overture for Wind Ensemble

03. August 2020 · 2 comments · Categories: Listen

I worry for the winds in Seoul, but I hope they are being very careful and know what they are doing. (Maybe things are much better in Korea.) But oh this speaks to my heart, and a part of me would love to just say goodbye and not just goodnight with this. But I’m sure I’ll be back … it just feels, sometimes, as if everything is ending.

From the YouTube page:
Brought together by Music Director Osmo Vänskä, the Minnesota Orchestra and Seoul Philharmonic build a musical bridge across the globe to bring you this one-of-a-kind collaborative edition of Edward Elgar’s sublime Nimrod from the Enigma Variations.

“I believe strongly that music enables each of us to share our emotions both alone and together, and it can elicit feelings like grief, hope, faith in a better future and love,” says Vänskä. “Nimrod by Edward Elgar brings to my mind all of those emotions when I am conducting or listening to it, and I am convinced that all the players on the video are also sharing the same thoughts literally across the globe, from Minneapolis to Seoul. We all wish you strength, hope and peace.”

13. November 2019 · Comments Off on Goodnight · Categories: Listen

O Du Stille Zeit
Text: Joseph v. Eichendorff (1788-1857)
Musik: Cesar Bresgen (1913-1988)

4ME Acapella

(My German is long gone so I don’t know much about what they are saying at the end.)

I always enjoy this group. They are pretty amazing. Watching them communicate with each other is great, listening to their musicality makes me marvel. Bravi tutti, Carion! (And note that Mark Chudnow, though his first name is misspelled, gets a mention below!)

A.Vivaldi / J.S.Bach: Concerto in D-minor, III. Allegro – Carion Wind Quintet

From YouTube:
Dora Seres SERES, flute
Egils Upatnieks, oboe
Egils Sefers, clarinet
David M.A.P.Palmquist, horn
Niels Anders Vedsten Larsen, bassoon

As featured on Carion’s ” The Carnival of Venice” program, that includes works by Buonamente, Briccialdi, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, Stravinsky, Paganini and Cavalli

Instrumentarium for this recording:

Flute – 18 carat gold Muramatsu flute with 14 carat gold mechanics
Oboe – Lorée Royal, Chiarugi and Marc Chudnow brass staples, handmade reeds
Clarinet – Luis Rossi French model B-flat clarinet, Richard Hawkins G model mouthpiece and handmade reeds.
Horn: Hans Hoyer, Giardinelli C15 mouthpiece
Bassoon: Heckel 14945, CC2 Bocal, handmade reeds
Microphones: Oktava MK012 stereo pair
Audio interface: Apogee Duet Firewire
Cameras: Canon EOS R and 5D Mark IV

05. August 2019 · Comments Off on Music & Poetry as Balm · Categories: Listen

When our country seems to be going from bad to worse. When I wonder when God will finally say “Enough!” music and poetry can speak to me, along with dwelling in the poetry of the Psalms. So I offer this word. I can’t print the words to the poem, as that would break copyright law, but if you click through on the YouTube video Jake Runestad has printed them with permission on the YouTube page.

The Peace of Wild Things by Jake Runestad. Performed by the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus. Michael Kerschner, conductor.

02. August 2019 · Comments Off on Even When He Is Silent · Categories: Listen

… because sometimes (and especially these days), God seems so very silent.

Kim André Arnesen: Even When He Is Silent
S:t Jacobs Vokalensemble

I believe in the sun
I believe in the sun
Even when it’s not shining
Even when it’s not shining
Oh shining, oh shining
I believe in the sun
I believe in the sun
I believe in the sun
I believe in the sun
I believe, I believe, I believe,
I believe in love
I believe in love, I believe in love
In love
I believe in love (I believe in love)
I believe in love (I believe in love)
I believe (in love)
I believe (in love)
In love
Even when I
Even when I
Even when I feel it not
When I feel it not
I believe in God, in God
Even when (Even when) He is silent
He is silent
I believe (I believe)
I believe in God
When He is silent
When He is silent
When He is silent
When He is silent.

29. May 2019 · Comments Off on No Reeds … · Categories: Listen

… but I can’t imagine playing the salterio.

Il Dolce Conforto – V.Ugolino/ Sonata per Salterio con Basso
Franziska Fleischanderl, Salterio; Lukas Henning, Archlute

24. May 2019 · Comments Off on How About A Little Rhapsody? · Categories: English horn, Listen, Oboe

Oboenkalsse Weimar – Oboehemian Rhapsody
Our Cover of the famous Bohemian Rhapsody for Oboe, Cor Anglais, Piano and the Guitar
Music: Freddy Mercury/Queen
Our Oboes: Katharina Althen, Sergio Montijano Bares, Leopold Kern,
Sabrina Fürtsch
Cor Anglais: Daniela Juriši?
Brian May guitar solo: Ralf Siedhoff
Piano, arrangement & production: Mykyta Sierov
Camera: Robert Elias Wachholz