Music

Why include a section on music? A similar comment to the book reviews. I listen to music and I want to share the music I are currently enthusiastic about. One aspect of music I am very enthusiastic about is the Naxos label. When I first retired I signed up to both the web radio site and the Naxos home site and it has been worth every penny of the subscriptions.

Playing the Piano    

Playing the Flute

Singing


Listening

Wednesday 29th October 2014

A new release from Angela Hewitt.

artoffugue

Stunning playing. A lifetime achievement. Thank you so much.

Saturday 12th April 2014

Messa di Requiem by Ildebrand Pizzetti - I think this is an amzing piece of music. I have not heard anything like it before.

 

 

 

3rd February 2013

Bach Cantata BWV 127 Chorale: Herr Jesu Christ, wahr’ Mensch und Gott

It is a transcription by Harold Bauer played by Angela Hewitt.

It completely stopped me in my tracks. It is such a sensitive transcription. Angela Hewitt says of it, 'No one can say, however, that he doesn't beautifully capture the poignant sadness of this extraordinary aria.' She plays it so powerfully too. It is on a disc by Hyperion. It was a clip on Youtube but Hyperion pulled it which, in my book is a good reason not to buy it. This is a part of it here. Having heard it I had to buy it and have also found the sheet music on Amazon. It is in this collection.

 

Unfortunately, Hyperion have decided to pull this. This is another verson, not as good as Angela Hewitt's and it is not available to embed but can be listened to here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlz5ZnbQMZk

Last week of March 2012

Radio Three Schubert Festival introduced me to a number of pieces I did not know. Here are a few I really liked.

Mass No. 1 in F major, D105 - VI. Agnus Dei

 

The whole mass is available here.

Mass No 6 Messe E flat 3 Credo II C Kalmar

Güte Nacht, Lieder for Flute and Piano

 Classical Connect - Free classical music online

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October 2008

Most impressed by George Shearing's Songs and Sonnets from Shakespeare which are available on two separate discs:

Feel The Spirit which includes songs by John Rutter and

Music to Hear which also includes songs by Beethoven and Mozart.

Both discs available from Classicsonline

July 2007

And this was why I included the page really. During last winter we listened over and over again to Johann Nepomuk Hummel's Missa Solemnis in C major and his Te Deum and thought they were sublime. (Naxos 8.557572)

This led us on to Hummel's Bassoon Concerto in F major and his Clarinet Quartet in E flat major which we have enjoyed immensely. (Naxos 8.554280)

We have just bought the recently released Concerto for Piano and Violin, Op. 17 / Violin Concerto. (Naxos 8.557595) Hummel seems to have a sense of fun which is really unrestrained in places. I think the instrumentalists must enjoy playing him very much.

The Naxos catalogue still leaves us much of this composer's work to explore and because of the subscriptions we can listen to it before deciding to buy the cds.

Naxos cds and others are now available to buy or by digital download from http://www.classicsonline.com/