In a recent email from Naxos there was a featured album of bassoon and orchestra pieces by some of the great composers, some of whom were not known for bassoon or orchestral pieces: Such as Verdi, Puccini and Paganini. This third movement from Puccini’s Bassoon Concerto is certainly no master work – but a charming little piece nonetheless! Enjoy
Once again I’ll be off the air for a while during the time we are moving up north. From Central Victoria to the Sunshine Coast. Since we are house-sitting while we search for our new home, I won’t have access to my music collection (unless I do some ‘cloud solution’ real soon!) So … here is a sublime send off.
I only ‘discovered’ Bach French suites and his Preludes and Fugues recently. My Bach collection has been lacking for a long time!
What glorious music, and perfect to de-stress during moving!
In a few weeks I’m off to India for 3 months in Meherabad, Maharastra State – where the tomb shrine of Avatar Meher Baba is. Tricia and I are busy packing and preparing for this Spiritual Adventure! So I’ll just leave you with a final piece until next year. See you in early 2015.
Well I’ve finally started to appreciate, and be moved by Vocal pieces. (*See Opera Apology at the top of the page) I find this particular piece by Jan Dismas Zelenka to be “Compelling.” Bach liked his music. What else need be said! (* How about what the piece is?! It’s Miserere I)
Here’s another composer who has been almost forgotten and whose music is rarely performed these days; and yet ‘back in the day’ was hugely popular. The interesting thing about Pleyel from what I gather via the Wikipedia link below, is that his popularity was due in some part to the simplicity of his compositions. Easy listening! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignaz_Pleyel
Here’s his concerto for Clarinet in B flat major followed by the Sinfonia Concertante for flute in B flat major. Both pieces are the second movements.
September 2013 was my last posting! Amazing how time flies when you’re battling prostate cancer! Yep … the adventure of my life and it’s going better than I would have hoped. Determined to avoid any of the intrusive horrors; I’m using many of the natural cancer fighting modalities. Tons of powerful nutraceuticals and supplements, fresh veggie and wheatgrass juices, meditation, exercise, month by month hormone injections (the least intrusive of the ‘effective’ mainstream tools) and a secret weapon!
Hey I just thought of a cool way to mark my progress. What better than Beethoven’s answer to being healed!
His string quartet #15 – Heiliger Danksgesang eines Genesenen an die Gottheit-Neue Kraft fuehlend
translated: “A Convalescent’s Holy Song of Thanksgiving to the Divinity, in the Lydian Mode”
Like all of his late string quartets this is a ripper! (Aussie slang for good stuff)
After a long absence from the site – I’m back! I want to share with you this wonderful piece by Mendelssohn which I heard for the first time a few days ago. It was played on the radio station where I present a classical program. The other fellow who does a Classical Music program played it on his show. I immediately went shopping to find it! The same recording he played: (Deutsche Grammophon) With Martha Argerich on piano and Gidon Kremer on violin. Fantastic piece of music.
Hans (the other presenter) introduced the piece saying that Mendelssohn wrote it when he was 14; and that when he presented it to his teacher, the teacher made a remark along the lines of now Felix could join the ranks of Mozart and other greats. It’s really hard to imagine the emotional depth shown in the second movement coming from a 14 years old! (actually he may have been 13 if the Wikipedia article is correct)
This Sunday, April 28, 2013 I’m presenting an all Hummel program in my new role as a DJ! Whist researching for the program I came upon this web site: www.jnhummel.info
It gives an insight into just how great Hummel was as a composer and links to how and where you can enjoy his music. Also if you use the search function here on my web site you’ll find several postings with his music.
I went through a phase several years ago where I was crazy for the bassoon. I still really enjoy the sound and the ‘vibe’ of it. Today this piece caught my ear. It’s the Bassoon Sonata in C major op. 24 by Francois Devienne (all 3 movements joined together).
Francois Devienne Bassoon Sonata in C major op. 24
The other night I traveled to Melbourne and attended an all Schubert concert by the wonderful pianist Paul Lewis. Paul is in the process of (I think) recording all of Schubert. My favorite piece in the concert was this one:
At the end of the concert I got in the line to have CD’s signed. I said something to him like: ‘Hi Paul .. I’ve got a bunch of your Beethoven, and I just wanted to ask you; what do you feel Schubert brought to the table that his Master and guru, Beethoven, hadn’t done better already?’ I then said, ‘Something has happened to me in the past year that I never thought would happen … I’ve become a Beethoven freak’ – He said, “Really!” with a bit of intensity as though he found it very interesting! (he was quite personable and lovely)
Paul answered rapidly along the lines of how very different they were and at the end said, ‘Schubert is instinctive while Beethoven is logical.’ I thanked him and we shook hands. He had a firm handshake!
Hmmmm? I’ve been pondering the instinctive/logical bit, and don’t quite get it yet!