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
Wednesday 29th October 2014
A new release from Angela Hewitt.
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:
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
This file was provided by Classical Connect where you can listen to classical music of your choice for free.
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
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/