20. April 2020 · Comments Off on Happy Monday To You · Categories: Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes · Tags: ,

How about we start with this easy little number (hah!):

From the YouTube page:
Dear friends, I hope you and your families are well and I wanted to wish a happy Easter to my Christian friends ! Here is a new video of the Lockdown Wind Quintet ? the concept is simple but very hard : 5 people recording themselves with a phone and headphones, trying to make music together despite the distance ? we are playing here the Prelude, which is a fugue in 3 voices in E minor, of the famous suite for solo piano by Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin in the arrangement of Mason Jones for wind quintet. Composed between 1914 and 1917, the piece is in six movements, based on those of a traditional Baroque suite. The word tombeau in the title is a musical term popular from the 17th century, meaning “a piece written as a memorial”. The specific Couperin, among a family noted as musicians for about two centuries, that Ravel intended to evoke is thought to be François Couperin “the Great” (1668–1733). Ravel stated that his intention was to pay homage more generally to the sensibilities of the Baroque French keyboard suite, not necessarily to imitate or pay tribute to Couperin himself in particular.
With Magali Mosnier (flute) Hélène Devilleneuve (oboe) Hugues Viallon (French horn) and Julien Hardy (French bassoon).

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!)