Concerts

Concerts

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847): A Midsummer Nights Dream (Complete Ballet)

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June 1, 2014

Continuing the Shakespearean theme …

Enjoy :-)

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Henry Purcell (1659-1695): An Evening Hymn ‘Now that the sun’

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May 26, 2014

I wrote about Purcell's 'Evening Hymn' here : Henry Purcell (1659-1695) Now that the sun hath veiled his light ‘An Evening Hymn’ – YouTube | Saturday Chorale it's a jewel-like piece of music and utterly different from most of his religious compositions. Of all the performances of it that I've heard the one given by Eamonn O'Dwyer that you can hear in that posting remains the best, but this one given by Philippe Jaroussky, Andreas Scholl, and  Ensemble Artaserse at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées December 11th  2010 and broadcast by France Musique on January 3rd 2011 isn't half bad. Enjoy :-).

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W.A. Mozart – Sinfonia Concertante, KV 364: Soloists Vilde Frang, Nils Mönkemeyer live concert

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May 25, 2014

This is Mozart's only surviving complete work of the Sinfonia Concertante genre and it's a magnificent piece of music. The Sinfonia Concertante genre incorporates elements of both the symphony and concerto, is generally scored for two or more solo instruments and orchestra and in Mozart's time was particularly popular with audiences throughout Europe. He composed it in Salzburg during  1779 and its scoring calls for the viola to be tuned somewhat higher than is normal for than that instrument to prevent it being overshadowed by the more penetrating violin's sound. It's in three movements, an allegro maestoso, an andante and a rondo and is a warm and expansive work full of rich harmonics and with an amazingly beautiful dialogue between the two solo instruments. Enjoy :-)

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Playing Elizabeth’s Tune : A concert of music by William Byrd – The Tallis Scholars

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May 18, 2014

Playing Elizabeth's Tune, was a BBC television programme that explored William Byrd's life and music  made for the BBC by The Tallis Scholars. During the making of the programme they recorded a concert of his music at Tewkesbury Abbey that illustrated the Byrd's mastery of different styles in his vocal music. In the YouTube video below you'll find the entire programme – music and commentary together with some extra material. I was delighted to discover that this unmissable programme was on YouTube in its entirety together with the extra material. Enjoy :-).

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Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924): In Paradisum – Skt. Clemens Drengekor

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May 17, 2014

Skt. Clemens Drengekor (St. Clemens Boys Choir) is a young Danish choir founded in May  2003 by Århus Cathedral's  Domkantor Carsten Seyer-Hansen in conjuction with Århus Musikskole within six monts they'd given their first concert. Today they number 45 choristers ranging in age from nine to sixty and as well as singing in the Cathedral give about ten concerts a year in Denmark as well as recent tours to Germany, Holland, Belgium and France. They're a good choir who sing well and who work hard to improve their singing and expand their repertoire. You can hear them below singing In Paradisum from Gabriel Fauré's Requiem in a concert they gave at Løgumkloster Church on June 29th 2009.

Fauré's requiem is very different from the Requiems of his contemporaries such as Verdi, Cherubini and Berlioz whoe settings show them to have been captivated by the text's emphasis on death, judgment and destruction, it's a gentle a serene work whose message is that Death should not befeared but rather it was to be welcomed as a relief from suffering and the passage into a more blissful life. It's a beautifully melodic work eminently suitable to the very clear tone of Danish choral singing. Enjoy :-)

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