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Concerts

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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Ēriks Ešenvalds (b1977): O Salutaris Hostia – KSCI Choral Scholars

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August 1, 2014

Ešenvalds' setting of Aquinas' Hymn to the Blessed Sacrament for the feast of Corpus Christi is a piece that really made me sit up and pay attention when I first heard how he makes the two soprano soloists weave and intertwine like birds on a summer day in the air above the "ground" of the choral parts. It's a perfect showcase for what a good small choir can do – as in this excellent performance by KSCI Choral Scholars directed by Chris Munce. Really they deserve high praise, particularly as they've only been around for five years. Enjoy :-)

mfi

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Arvo Pärt (b1935): Salve regina

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July 26, 2014

A very nicely sung performance of Pärt's setting of the Salve given on March 23rd 2014 as part of the twelfth Puerto Cruz Festival of Ancient and Baroque Music. It's a good performance – I was a bit dubious  at first when I saw the timing on the video as it's quite a bit slower than I'm used to but in fact it works very well as it brings out the hymn-like qualities of the piece. They handled the broad  harmonies of the build-up to the climax very well indeed. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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