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Concerts

Stephen Paulus: Loving-Kindness – Taipei Male Choir

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January 8, 2015

The American composer Stephen Paulus was born in 1949 and studied composition at the University of Minnesota with Paul Fetler and Dominick Argento, his music is often influenced by romanticism and this neo-romanticism can be heard very plainly in Loving-Kindness sung hear by the always excellent - Taipei Male Choir conducted by guest conductor Craig Hella Johnson in a concert given at the National Concert Hall, Taipei, Taiwan in March 2013. enjoy .-).

mfi

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Wednesday Earwig: Shosholoza – World Choir Games 2014, Closing Ceremony

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January 7, 2015

The first earwig of  the year – enjoy :-)

mfi

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Concert de Noël des Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal (version intégrale)

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December 30, 2014

I hadn't actually realised that this had been uploaded and stumbled across it by happy accident while I was looking for something else. The Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal are a superb choir whose singing I love. I hope as the year winds down you manage to find the time to listen – it's just under 40 minutes, enjoy :-).

mfi

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J.S. Bach – Christmas Oratorio BWV 248

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December 28, 2014

Sir John Eliot Gardiner chose to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the death of Johann Sebastian Bach in his own inimitable style: with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists he undertook an extended concert tour to perform the composer's entire known output of sacred cantatas at churches and concert halls all over Europe. The tour began at the Herderkirche in Weimar, where on 23rd and 27th December 1999 all six parts of the Christmas Oratorio were performed and recorded.

Bach's "Oratorio Performed Musically During the Holy Christmas Season in Both Principal Churches in Leipzig" - as the inscription on the printed libretto states - was written at the end of the year 1734/35. The "oratorio" is in fact a grouping of six cantatas and Bach intended the individual works to be performed on six separate feast days between Christmas and Epiphany. But in calling the piece an oratorio, is it possible that Bach perhaps intended a complete performance at a later date? This is unlikely. As the celebreated Bach scholar Albert Schweitzer wisely remarks, there is little to be gained by performing the entire oratorio in a single evening, since "the weary listener would be in no state to appreciate the beauty of the second part." A more plausible theory, perhaps, is that it was easier to sell a compilation of cantatas rather than individual copies. But Bach's real motives will probably remain hidden.

Enjoy :-)

markfromireland

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American Boychoir School Training Choir Christmas Concert at Christ Church

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December 20, 2014

The American Boychoir runs a School Training Choir where boys learn how to sing choral music to the remarkably high standards of the ABC. As part of that training they give public concerts – this one is their Christmas Concert given on December 2nd, 2012 at Christ Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey. As you might expect it features superb singing and is most enjoyable.

mfi

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