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

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…

Busking @ Drakensberg on December 03 2014

The boys of the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir giving an impromptu performance during the interval of a concert of African music given on December 3rd 2014 at their school. Every time I hear them sing I’m reminded of why their one of my all-time favourite choirs. Enjoy :-). mfi

Mendelssohn: Symphony Nº 2, ‘Lobgesang’ – Live Concert HD

Mendelssohn composed this symphony-cantata for orchestra and chorus in response to a commission from the organisers of the 1840 celebrations commemorating the 400th anniversary of Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press. Its title “Lobgesang” which you can translate variously as “Hymn of Praise” or “Song of Praise” reflects its hybrid structure of three movements scored…

Hats!

In which the boys of the Choral school for boys DUBNA sing to us most enjoyably of hats. My first earwig of the year. Enjoy :-). mfi

Stephen Paulus: Loving-Kindness – Taipei Male Choir

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…