18. April 2017 · Comments Off on A Fave Of Mine · Categories: MozartMusicMatters™

Next up with Symphony Silicon Valley is Bach & Mahler with the wonderful Tatsuya Shimono. I always love working with him: he is one fine conductor and is so very musical.

I thought I’d see if he is on YouTube with Mahler 5, since that’s what I will be playing with him, but landed on some Mozart instead. That’ll do. The Gran Partita is one of my absolute faves!

Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra; Tatsuya Shimono, Conductor
Gran Partita (only four movements: Largo – Molto Allegro; Adagio; Tema con 6 variazioni, Andante; Finale: Molto Allegro)

16. April 2017 · Comments Off on Well why not?! · Categories: MozartMusicMatters™

I love the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola. It’s great fun to sit in the orchestra and play the little oboe part while listening to colleagues play those lovely string instruments.

BUT … well … a transcription? Sure. Why not?

I can just see raised eyebrows and hear the moans and groans. And no, this isn’t a flawless performance. That’s called live music! Perfection is recorded music. Live music is exciting and fun and so much more.

You will immediately notice the oboist holding his instrument so very high. No, we don’t do that here in the US. I’ve always assumed it has something to do with the reeds, since they play such different reeds in other countries. I’m not sure what a Russian reed even looks like!

Below is are the YouTube notes:

W. A. Mozart – Sinfonia concertante in E-flat major, K.364 (transcription for Oboe & English Horn)

Alexey Konoplyannikov (oboe)
Alexey Sorokin (english horn)
Chamber Orchestra “Instrumental Capella”
Conductor – Vyacheslav Valeev

29. October 2015 · Comments Off on A Mozart Afternoon · Categories: MozartMusicMatters™

I just need a little Mozart. How about you?

Lucas & Arthur Jussen playing Piano Duo Sonata K.521: I. Allegro

11. September 2015 · Comments Off on Some Mozart for your Afternoon · Categories: MozartMusicMatters™

This is gorgeous!

Mozart: Vorrei spiegarvi oh Dio
Jodie Devos, Soprano; Millenium Orchestra; Leonardo García Alarcón, Conductor

07. September 2015 · Comments Off on Swingle Singers, 1969 · Categories: MozartMusicMatters™

I was wondering if the current group ever does this work when I happened upon all of the movements by a more current (if not THE current) group, but the video is just someone posting their recording with a still photo and I suspect wasn’t put up legally. Oh well.

In any case, yes, they still do it. Here’s the 1969 version of the last movement, though. Gotta love those hair styles, right?

Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, last movement.

09. August 2015 · Comments Off on Sunday Evening Music · Categories: MozartMusicMatters™, Sunday Evening Music

Mozart: Escultate, jubilate
Julia Lezhenva, Soprano, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra; Aapo Häkkinen, Conductor

07. May 2015 · Comments Off on Queen of the Night Aria · Categories: MozartMusicMatters™, Opera, Videos

I tend to call this the “Because I’m your mother and I said so!” aria. 😉

But listen and be amazed. (And you just might recognize a famous face in the background.)

27. January 2015 · Comments Off on Happy Birthday, Mozart! · Categories: Birthdays!, MozartMusicMatters™

Liang Wang, oboe; Giora Schmidt, violin; Lily Francis, viola; Felix Fan, cello

I’m sure I’ve put this up before, but it’s worth more attention!

01. November 2014 · Comments Off on UNT Faculty Woodwinds Play Mozart · Categories: MozartMusicMatters™

From the YouTube page:

Serenade No. 10 in B-flat Major,
“Gran Partita,” K. 361 (c. 1781)……Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

I. Largo – Molto allegro
II. Menuetto – Trio I – Trio II
III. Adagio
IV. Menuetto (Allegretto) – Trio I – Trio II
V. Romance (Adagio)
VI. Tema con variazioni
VII. Finale (Molto allegro)

James Ryon and Jason Paschall, oboes • Daryl Coad and Deb Fabian, clarinets

John Scott and Kimberly Cole Luevano, basset horns
Kathleen Reynolds and Jorge Cruz, bassoons • Joseph Klein, contrabassoon

William Scharnberg, Mathew Croft, Li Zhi Yeoh, and Terence Reynolds, horns

Gabriel Sakamoto, double bass

Recorded live September 10th, 2014
Paul Voertman Concert Hall, College of Music
University of North Texas

20. May 2014 · Comments Off on Maybe a little Mozart for your Morning? · Categories: MozartMusicMatters™

Flute — ANNA KOMAROVA/ the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory Music
Harp — ALISA SADIKOVA/ the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory Music
The Symphony orchestra of the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory Music
Video – Dmitry Volohdyn
Sound – Boris Alekseev, Fedor Naumov