Cole Porter (1891-1964): The tale of the oyster – Grant Doyle

Porter’s ‘Tale of the oyster’ received it’s first airing in 1929 in a show called ‘Fifty Million Frenchmen‘. Like many of Porter’s songs the ‘tale’ excoriates the snobbery and social climbing of New York ‘society’ and I suspect that this was why Gilbert Seldes who knew which side his bread was buttered on dismissed it…

Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D774

This deceptively simple song is one of Schubert’s most pleasing, and famous, water songs, it’s strophic but we hardly notice that we hear the same music in each of the three verses. The lyrics are a sentimental poem by  L. Graf zu Stollberg which Schubert takes and gives it  a rhythmic and harmonic treatment that…

Robert Fayrfax (1464-1521): Most clere of colour

When we think of English renaissance sung music we tend to think in terms of the large-scale polyphonic music written for cathedrals, colleges, and the Chapel Royal. Certainly this music is worthy of our fullest attention but it would be a mistake to ignore the chamber-song repertory of the time. Much of it is both…

Maria durch ein Dornwald ging

Over the years I’ve posted several choral versions of this extraordinarily beautiful late medieval German carol but there are of course many beautiful solo renditions of it available such as this one by the Freiburg Early Music Channel. If you’re not familiar with it you’re in for a treat, actually you’re in for a treat…

Alleluia (Exsultate, jubilate) – Aksel Rykkvin (boy soprano) – Stephen Hicks (piano) – Sept. 2015

Treble Aksel Johannes Skramstad Rykkvin sings "Alleluia" from "Exsultate, jubilate" (W.A.Mozart) during the opening concert of Røros Organ Festival 2015. Accompanist: festival director and cantor Stephen Hicks. Sept. 21th, 2015, Røros Church. http://www.ajsrykkvin.no Aksel is a boy soloist with the Children’s Chorus of the Norwegian National Opera ("Barnekoret ved Den Norske Opera & Ballett") and…