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Friday, February 11, 2011

Early Music Friday: Apollo's Fire play Vivaldi

Today:  The Apollo's Fire orchestra under the direction of Jeannette Sorrell play Antonio Vivaldi's Variations on La Folia.  One of the very cool things about this video that I love - besides being a great performance - is that, during his life, Vivaldi's "day job" was headmaster of the Pieta, which was an orphanage for girls.  The orphanage was music centric, and taught all of its students music first.  As a result, the orphanage continually turned out great ensembles, soloists and singers.  So, back in Vivaldi's day when this piece would have received its premier, this is probably really close to how it would have looked!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Wind Wednesday AND Vocal Thursday: Mnozil Brass play Queen

I decided to combine Wind Wednesday and Vocal Thursday for this one special, über post!  The very multi-talented Austrin Brass Ensemble Mnozil Brass perform their own special rendition of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Keyboard Tuesday: Elaine Comparone plays Couperin

Today:  Harpsichordist Elaine Comparone plays Francois Couperin's beautiful Les Baricades Misterieuses.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Guitar Monday: Jason Vieaux plays Bach

Today:  Classical guitarist Jason Vieaux performs the Prelude from J.S. Bach's Prelude, Fugue and Allegro BWV 995.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Friday, February 4, 2011

Early Music Friday: Jonas Nordberg plays de Visée

Today:  A MUST SEE - Jonas Nordberg performs Robert de Visée on one of the absolute coolest instruments ever made - the theorbo.  Also in HD - this is the best video of theorbo I've ever run across - check it out!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Vocal Thursday: Cecilia Bartoli sings Vivaldi

Today:  Incredible Italian Mezzo-Soprano Cecilia Bartoli sings Antonio Vivaldi.  Her voice and vocal control is just - wow...

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Wind Wednesday: Joseph Schwantner, Black Anemones

Today:  Joseph Schwantner's beautiful Black Anemones for flute and piano, here performed by Daniel Stein (flute) and Carlin Ma (piano).