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Lyrical Delights | What the Fugue? | Dancin’ Shoes | Mad about Madeline | All that Glitters…

October 2, 2016: Lyrical Delights


BARTOK Romanian Folk Dances
This is a recording made in Budapest, fascinating because the theme of the third dance (Buciumeana) is played initially by a folk musician on a Bucium – a long wooden flute (1:53). And then there’s an interlude from a folk trio before the final movement, in which they join in.

PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto no. 2
The great Janine Jensen

MOZART Symphony no. 41
The recording here may be a bit slow overall, but it’s quite interesting from a historical perspective, as it’s played on the instruments in use in Mozart’s day. You’ll see that they look – and sound – a bit different from modern instruments.


November 27, 2016: What the Fugue?


CORELLI Christmas Concerto
This is a nice performance by the Symphony Orchestra of Galicia

VIVALDI Bassoon Concerto in E Minor
This performance was by a student, with a Polish student orchestra. It’s particularly germane, as Vivaldi, known as the Red Priest for his head of flaming red hair, worked with the girls in a public orphanage. This student orchestra is almost all women, and the head of red hair on this conductor is nothing short of memorable.

BACH Little Fugue in G Minor
A hip version from four young singers, a capella. We’ll play it sans shades.

MOZART Adagio and Fugue
Speaking of a conductor with a great head of hair…

STRAVINSKY Concerto in D
Really now, who needs a conductor, after all?


February 12, 2017: Dancin’ Shoes


BERNSTEIN On the Town: 3 Dance Episodes
The third movement – Times Square 1944.

GOULD Tap Dance Concerto
Dance much?

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4
Barenboim’s East-West Divan orchestra, made up of young Israeli and Palestine musicians. A noble effort!


April 9, 2017: Mad about Madeline


BRAHMS Violin Sonata No.1, op. 78
Kyung Wha Chung, violin. As beautiful a piece of music as there is.

An artistic film.

HAYDN Violin Concerto mvts 1, 2, and 3
Gil Shaham playing Haydn’s C Major Violin Concerto in Israel.

Someone should wake up this conductor. But boy the Russians always seem to have interesting stage lighting.


May 28, 2017: All that Glitters…


MOZART Violin Concerto no. 4 in D, K.218
Baltimore’s own Hilary Hahn.

What an entrance!

BRAHMS Serenade no. 2, op. 16 in A Major
Here’s a performance conducted by Antoine Clark, who attended one of our recent conductor training programs. This was the video he submitted to apply – in other words it was before he worked with us. You should see him now!


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