97 years old!

From the YouTube page:
On July 11, 2024, Herbert Blomstedt celebrated his 97th birthday.

A little bird told the ?@BambergerSymphoniker? that he loves and appreciates the Swedish summer psalm “I denna ljuva sommartid”. ?? So they played it for him as a birthday serenade in St. Florian. ?

It was an immense honor and pleasure to have spent this special day together for the filming of that same evening’s concert with Bruckner’s Ninth in St Florian, which will be broadcast on September 8th on Arte to celebrate Anton Bruckner’s 200th birthday on September 4, 2024!

A double birthday, so to speak!

SvPs 201 I denna ljuva sommartid
arr. Andreas Wetterlund

Played by the Bamberg Symphony
July 11, 2024
Stift St. Florian (Austria)

But NOT after Ovid! Nope. “After Covid”!

Composer: Piet J. Swerts
Oboist: Bram Nolf

Read about it and purchase the music here.

I’m assuming that #5 (Digital Transformation) is somehow played through a device but it’s still Mr. Nolf playing …?

04. May 2024 · 2 comments · Categories: Listen, Oboe

This is a lovely version of Gabriel’s Oboe. I met Keve many years ago … maybe she’ll remember, but maybe not? I think she was in town playing for a show. It’s all a vague memory now, but she played some audition pieces for me, and I do know I was impressed with her playing. If I’m remembering correctly the late Ken Cramer had invited me to meet her and hear her play.

Posted with Keve’s permission … THANK YOU!

Keve Wilson, oboe
Justin Rothberg, guitar
Scott Petito, engineer
Josh Dewoody, videographer

Mass for the Endangered, “I. Kyrie” by Sarah Kirkland Snider
Houston Chamber Choir


Kyrie Eleison (Lord, have mercy.)
On earth, air, and water
Have mercy
On stone, tree, and flower
Have mercy, world have mercy
Kyrie Eleison
Give mercy to all wing and paw
Mercy to all creed and claw
On flower, seed, leaf and root
Give mercy to all broods and tribes
Mercy to all nests and prides
To tide and spring, squall and breeze
To those who plead for calm and peace
not hunted, hounded, poisoned, fleeced.
To barren, poisoned land
Forgive us
To the vanished, and the left
Forgive us, world forgive us
Mercy on this refuge,
this braided boundless stone
Mercy for their old
Mercy for their young
And mercy now for what we’ve done
Kyrie Eleison

14. April 2024 · Comments Off on The Blue Bird · Categories: Listen · Tags: , , ,

by Charles Villiers Stanford


12. April 2024 · Comments Off on Batter My Heart · Categories: Listen

A favorite sonnet put to music. Heaven.

Holy Sonnet XIV
John Donne

Batter my heart, three-person’d God, for you
As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend;
That I may rise and stand, o’erthrow me, and bend
Your force to break, blow, burn, and make me new.
I, like an usurp’d town to another due,
Labor to admit you, but oh, to no end;
Reason, your viceroy in me, me should defend,
But is captiv’d, and proves weak or untrue.
Yet dearly I love you, and would be lov’d fain,
But am betroth’d unto your enemy;
Divorce me, untie or break that knot again,
Take me to you, imprison me, for I,
Except you enthrall me, never shall be free,
Nor ever chaste, except you ravish me.

06. April 2024 · Comments Off on Maybe You Need This … · Categories: Listen · Tags: , ,

Maybe I do.

Maybe we all do?

Gabriel Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine
VOCES8; English Chamber Orchestra; Barnaby Smith, Conductor

Word of the Highest, our only hope,
Eternal day of earth and the heavens,
We break the silence of the peaceful night;
Saviour Divine, cast your eyes upon us!

Pour on us the fire of your powerful grace,
That all hell may flee at the sound of your voice;
Banish the slumber of a weary soul,
That brings forgetfulness of your laws!

O Christ, look with favour upon your faithful people
Now gathered here to praise you;
Receive their hymns offered to your immortal glory;
May they go forth filled with your gifts.

02. April 2024 · Comments Off on A Silence Haunts Me · Categories: Listen

Have I shared this work before? I can’t recall. But it moves me, as someone who now deals with a hearing loss. Mine, though, is nothing compared to Beethoven’s.

You can read more about the work here.

A Silence Haunts Me
adapted from a letter by
Ludwig van Beethoven
Hear me, brothers —
I’ve a confession painful to make.
Six years I have endured a curse
that deepens every day. They say
that soon I’ll cease to hear the very
music of my soul. What should be
the sense most perfect in me
fails me, shames me, taunts me.
A silence haunts me.

They ask me —
Do you hear the shepherd singing
far-off soft? — Do you hear a distant
fluting dancing joyously aloft?
— No. — I think so? — No. — I
think so? — No.
God, am I Prometheus? — exiled
in chains for gifting humankind
my fire? Take my feeling —
take my sight — take my wings
midflight but let me hear the
searing roar of air before I score
the ground!
Why? — Silence is God’s reply
— and so I beg me take my life —
when lo — I hear a grace and feel
a ringing in me after all —
so now as leaves of autumn fall, I
make my mark and sign my name
and turn again to touch my flame
of music to the world, a broken
man, as best I can,
As ever,
Faithfully yours,
(— A bell? — A bell?)
Hear me,
and be well.

08. March 2024 · Comments Off on Happy International Women’s Day! · Categories: Listen

Please enjoy some music composed by a woman and played by two women. Bravi tutti!

Lemon Lily Waltz for Oboe and Piano, composed by Jenni Brandon
Dr. Jillian Camwell, oboe
Dr. Hui-Ting Yang, piano
Recorded December 2023 at Rabadash Studios
Video by C.A. Video Productions
Audio and Video edited by Dr. Dave Camwell
Supported by a grant from Troy University

09. November 2023 · Comments Off on This Site is not Oboe Only · Categories: Listen

I absolutely love Lea Desandre and Thomas Dunford, and this particular video includes Bruno Philippe on cello as well. And I’m just in awe. If Hahn’s À Chloris doesn’t hit you like it hits me … well … I guess we won’t connect all that well! (It’s possible I’ve posted this before. But if so I think it’s well worth a re-share!)