Accompanied by the period ensemble Les Siècles, French contralto Delphine Galou sings “Erbarme dich, mein Gott” (English: Have mercy, my God), an aria for contralto, solo violin, strings (originally 2 violins and 1 viola) and basso continuo, from the sacred oratorio “Matthäus-Passion” (English: St Matthew Passion), BWV 244 written by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1727. Solo violin: François-Marie Drieux. Conductor: François-Xavier Roth. Continue reading “Delphine Galou sings Bach: Erbarme dich, mein Gott (Matthäus-Passion)”
Tabula Rasa, an ensemble from Saint Petersburg, Russia, performs their own rendition of Boléro, a one-movement orchestral piece by the French composer Maurice Ravel (1875-1937). Originally composed as a ballet commissioned by Russian actress and dancer Ida Rubinstein, the piece, which premiered in 1928, is Ravel’s most famous musical composition.
An ensemble based in Ravenna, Italy; EST (the acronym for Electric String Trio) perform their rendition of Pequeña Serenata, “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” (Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major), K. 525; a 1787 composition for a chamber ensemble by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The German title means “a little serenade”, though it is often rendered more literally but less accurately as “a little night music.”
Conducted by the Dutch conductor, organist, and harpsichordist Ton Koopman, the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra performs Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 30 in D major, K. 202/186b. Recorded on May 19, 1991, in Tokyo, Japan. Mozart completed this symphony on May 5, 1774, in Salzburg.
Italian classical guitarist Marco Salcito performs Invierno Porteño (Buenos Aires Winter), the last (4th) movement of The Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas, also known as the Estaciones Porteñas or The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, a set of four tango compositions written by the Argentine tango composer, bandoneon player, and arranger Ástor Piazzolla (March 11, 1921 – July 4, 1992). Transcribed, arranged and performed by Marco Salcito.
Conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm, the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra) and an instrumental and vocal ensemble dedicated to baroque music, directed by Emmanuelle Haïm, Chœur du Concert D’Astrée perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Magnificat, BWV 243, a musical setting of the biblical canticle Magnificat and one of Bach’s most popular choral works. Soloists: Emőke Baráth, soprano; Lea Desandre, mezzo-soprano; Damien Guillon, countertenor; Patrick Grahl, tenor; Victor Sicard, baritone. Continue reading “Bach – Magnificat (hr-Sinfonieorchester, Chœur du Concert D’Astrée)”
Conducted by Frieder Bernius, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest (Netherlands Radio Philharmonic) and Groot Omroepkoor (Netherlands Radio Choir) perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Litaniae de venerabilialtarissacramento, K.243. Recorded: AVROTROS Friday concert on Friday 24 March 2017, in TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht. The AVROTROS Friday concert is a concert series of NPO Radio 4 and AVROTROS, in collaboration with NTR, the Stichting Omroep Muziek and TivoliVredenburg. Soloists: Sarah Wegener, soprano; Sophie Harmsen, alto; İlker Arcayürek, tenor; Sebastian Noack, bass. Published by the AVROTROS Klassiek channel.
Accompanied by the Cambridge ensemble, Welsh soprano Angharad Gruffydd Jones and the American countertenor Lawrence Zazzo perform Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, a musical setting of the Stabat Mater sequence, a 13th-century Catholic hymn to Mary, which portrays her suffering as Jesus Christ’s mother during his crucifixion. Conductor: Timothy Brown.
Countertenor Kaan Buldular and classical guitarist Hande Cangökçe perform French baroque era composer Michel Lambert’s “Ombre de Mon Amant” (English: Shadow of my beloved). Arrangement for guitar: Hande Cangökçe.
Claire Arbus (Piano) and Maxime Bazerque (saxophone) perform Csárdás, a very famous composition by the Italian composer Vittorio Monti (6 January 1868 – 20 June 1922). Czárdás is actually a traditional Hungarian folk dance, the name derived from csárda (old Hungarian term for tavern). Monti’s piece is based on that form of folk music, written around 1904 and became very popular, played by almost every gypsy orchestra. This is one of the few good renditions of the piece.