Concerts

Concerts

Bonus Sunday Earwig: Beatles Medley – Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal – Live, August 16th 2014.

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August 17, 2014

The Beatles as you've never heard them. Enjoy :-)

mfi

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Sunday Concert: "Viva Vivaldi!" – Cecilia Bartoli & "Il Giardino Armonico – YouTube

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August 17, 2014

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Viva Vivaldi! with Cecilia Bartoli

Cecilia Bartoli's all-Vivaldi sell-out concert performances with the Italian period instrument ensemble Il Giardino Armonico, at Paris's Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, brought together the talents of today's most celebrated mezzo-soprano and an outstandingly creative group of musicians. Included are arias from Vivaldi's operas and pasticcios L'Olimpiade, Tito Manlio, Ottone in Villa, Gloria, Juditha Triumphans, Farnace, Bajazet and La Fida Ninfa. The repertoire displays Bartoli's breathtaking virtuosity in arias demanding a phenomenal range of vocal expression.
Cecilia Bartoli (born June 4, 1966 in Rome) is an Italian mezzo-soprano opera singer and recitalist. She is best known for her interpretation of the music of Mozart and Rossini, as well as for her performances of lesser-known Baroque and classical music. She is known for having the versatility to play both soprano and mezzo roles, and is sometimes considered a soprano with a low tessitura. Bartoli's coloratura skill has earned her the title the Queen of Agility." –Wikipedia

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Kearsney College Choir: World Choir Games 2014, Riga

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August 16, 2014

Kearnsey College Choir are another wonderful South African Choir whose fortunes I follow with keen interest, I was delighted when they won gold at this year's World Choir Games in Riga. Delighted but not surprised – they're very good at what they do. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904): Piano Quintet No. 2 Op. 81 – Ilya Itin Et Al, Miami International Piano Festival

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August 3, 2014

Dvořák 150x190 captionedWhat do you think of when you think of Dvořák's music? Nearly everybody thinks first of his grand scale music his Ninth Symphony, his Cello Concerto, his Violin Concerto and of course the Slavonic Dances. If you're me his Mass in D Major, Op. 86, his setting of the Stabat Mater, and his Tu Trinitatis unitas are the first that spring to mind followed closely by some of his wonderful songs. Now all of these are wonderful pieces of music that well and truly merit their status but some of Dvořák's most profound, beautiful, and deeply satisying work is to be found in his chamber music of which he wrote a great deal. Whenever I think of his chamber music the first piece that springs to mind is the Piano Quintet Op.81. which to me is the jewel in Dvořák's crown. If ever I were to be confined on Roy Plomley's infamous desert island out would go all the works I've mentioned above in favour of the piece of music you can  hear below his Piano Quintet No. 2 Op. 81. It is to my mind one of the greatest chamber works ever written, and yet it's surprisingly little known.

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Joint Concert Drakensberg Boys Choir and Chicago Children’s Choir – I Need You to Survive

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August 2, 2014

Oh my.

mfi

As performed live on Thursday 26 June 2014 - the Drakensberg Boys Choir and Chicago Children's Choir performing I need You to Survive.
Conducted by: Josephine Lee of the Chicago Children's Choir

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