Three Baritones by preobrazhenskiy
April 19, 2009, 9:14 pm
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Puccini – Tosca – Te Deum – Bryn Terfel and his crazy eyes as Scarpia (1998)

Mussorgsky – Boris Godunov – Coronation – Aleksandr Pirogov as Boris (1947) 

Bizet – Carmen – Toreador Song – Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Escamillo (2006?)  The performance was for a British audience, if you’re wondering about the Union Jack.


The Magic Flute – The Awesomeness of the Voice by bernadette
April 3, 2009, 12:53 am
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Queen of the Night Aria

Chopin Time! by bernadette
March 21, 2009, 12:00 am
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Piano Prelude Op. 28 No. 7 in A Major

For I Will Consider My Cat, Geoffrey by myamphigory
March 9, 2009, 12:00 am
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The background music to this, uh, video of a cat is “For I will consider my cat, Geoffrey,” a movement for solo soprano from Benjamin Britten’s choral work Rejoice in the Lamb. Rejoice in the Lamb is a setting of Jubilate Agno, a poem by Christopher Smart, about whom my favorite fact is that he spent a decent chunk of his life as a denizen of Mr. Potter’s Madhouse. Feel free to peruse the full text of Rejoice in the Lamb.

Batter My Heart by bernadette
February 28, 2009, 12:00 am
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John Donne’s “Batter My Heart” from Doctor Atomic by John Adams.

Tabla and Zakir Hussain by Gilbert Keith
February 25, 2009, 11:42 am
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Also, pardon the delay; I completely forgot about posting here. For today, I have decided to post some clips of Tabla performance of Zakir Hussain. Tabla is an Indian percussion instrument thought to have been invented by Amir Khusrau, who is also known for inventing the Sitar. Zakir Hussain is the most prominent Tabla player around the world, and is known for his grasp of both traditional styles of playing as well as ability connect the Tabla to western music.

The first video is a duet featuring Zakir Hussain and his father Allah Rakha. The second is a song by the Tabla Beat Science, a group formed by Zakir Hussain that is known for fusion music. Hope you enjoy them.

Two late-Renaissance motets by myamphigory
February 23, 2009, 12:01 am
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Tomas Luis de Victoria’s O Magnum Mysterium

William Byrd’s Ave Verum Corpus

Tomas Luis de Victoria (1548-1611), composer, was a Spanish contemporary of Palestrina and was one of the most important composers of the Counter-Reformation. The works of de Victoria are enjoying something of a renaissance presently, particularly the motet linked above. O Magnum Mysterium is a text usually sung in Advent derived from the Christmas Matins; another setting I’d recommend is Morten Lauridsen’s.

William Byrd (1540-1623), composer, was a major Engish composer of the late Renaissance. A student of Thomas Tallis, Byrd was born to Protestant parents but became increasingly attracted to Catholicism as an adult. This espousal of what was (at the time) a forbidden faith informed Byrd’s writing, and scholars now believe many of his pieces were “coded” works aimed at the English Catholic community. Byrd’s
Ave Verum Corpus is one of his most widely-performed and beautiful pieces. Ave Verum Corpus is a Eucharistic hymn typically sung during the consecration of the Host (or, during one wedding I attended, during the bride’s processional while I hoped that none of the attendees understood Latin).