Feature: Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Stabat mater RV621 — Soloist: Francisco Javier Rodríguez Braojos, Escolanía del Escorial

Vivaldi’s setting of Stabat Mater for Alto and strings is one of his earliest religious works and may even be the earliest.It commissioned by Santa Maria della Pace in Brescia in 1711 for their patronal festival and received its first performance on March 18th 1712 during the Feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed…

Sunday Concert: Gala Concert 450 Years Sächsische Staatskapelle (1998)

My cup runneth over just look at the programme for this wonderful concert: Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto per l’orchestra di Dresda (G. Sinopoli & Sächsische Staatskapelle) Carl Maria von Weber – Jubel Ouverture, Op. 59 (Giuseppe Sinopoli & Sächsische Staatskapelle) Richard Wagner – Ouverture to Rienzi (Giuseppe Sinopoli & Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden) Richard Strauss –…

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): Missa canonica

Brahms’ Missa Canonica is a fairly early work – he probably composed it sometime around 1856. Despite the fact that it’s an early work Brahms obviously thought well of it, well enough that he quoted it heavily in his motet Warum ist das Licht gegeben?  And yet it’s almost unknown, so unknown in fact that…

Albert Cano

One of the things about being interested in choral music is that you often think "I wonder what that chorister is doing now". Particularly for cathedral choirs the level of musical professionalism is so high that it’s easy to forget that the singer is still a schoolboy or schoolgirl with years of schooling ahead of…