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Concerts

Mahler: Symphony No. 5 Gergiev · World Orchestra for Peace · BBC Proms 2010

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April 19, 2015

This was the second part of a thrilling concert consisting of the fourth and fifth symphonies. If you want the whole thing you'll find the performance of the fourth symphony on YouTube here  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agP_zCTn5c4 there's a good review on Bachtrack by Simon Birch here - Prom 26: Valery Gergiev conducts the World Orchestra for Peace. So without further ado ….

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Les Petits Chanteurs de Sainte-Croix de Neuilly: – MESSIAH – Rejoice

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April 18, 2015

The fast major-key beginning and end of this lovely soprano aria from Messiah require a singer capable of virtuosic singing while the slow minor-key middle section requires the singer to be expressive and meditative. In short it's difficult to sing. Rémi B of the Petits Chanteurs de Sainte-Croix de Neuilly under Simon Polgar sings it really rather well in this video of a live performance given in May 2006. Enjoy :-).

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Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736): Messa di S. Emidio (Missa Romana) — Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini

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April 12, 2015

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There are quite a few Masses attributed to Pergolesi but this is one of only two that are known to be by him. It's a Missa brevis consisting of Kyrie and a Gloria, don't let that fact mislead you at nearly forty minutes it's a fairly hefty piece of music. It was first performed in 1732 at a service of dedication in honour of St. Emygdius (San Emidio) who was being  adopted as one Naples' patron saints. He subsequently beefed it up with the addition of further choirs and in  1734 he had the honour of being brought to Rome specifically to hear it being sung at San Lorenzo in Lucina. It starts very dramatically with voices building to a climax over the accompaniment – an effect he repeats in the Gloria. It's a lively piece of music, very operatic, with many shifts in in texture and tone to maintain interest. it's performed below by the Concerto Italiano conducted by  Rinaldo Alessandrini. Enjoy :-).

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"Missa pro Defunctis" Cristóbal de Morales – Sólo Voces

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April 1, 2015

Cristóbal de Morales  wrote two setting of the Mass for the Dead this one is the (mostly) five-part Missa pro Defunctis setting which was published in Christophori Moralis Hispaniensis Missarum Liber secundus in Rome in 1544, . It's a meditative and somewhat austere setting that not withstanding its austerity is serene and beautiful. Morales uses the chant in generally found in the top voice of each part supported by contrapuntal writing in the voices under the top voice.  The counterpoint is mostly imitative but there's some homophonic writing as well.  It's sung below in a live performance given by the Concerto do Grupo Vocal Sólo Voces Lugo on June 8th 2013. You can find the score which repays careful reading at Nancho Alvarez's site.

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Thomas Weelkes (1576–1623): The Ape, The Monkey and The Baboon

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March 21, 2015

Weelkes was best known to contemporaries as a madrigalist and published several volumes. The  Ape, the monkey and the baboon was one of his last compositions and was published in 1608 in Ayeres or Phantasticke Spirites for Three Voices. It's surprisingly difficult to find good recordings of it but this performance by The Alley Barbers singing at  the University of Bath's Choral and Orchestral Society's 2014 Easter Concert captures the spirit of the piece well. The lyrics which were distinctly risqué for the time are below the video. Enjoy :-)

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