Sunday, 4 October 2009

Philippe Jaroussky: Se L'hore Volano (Landi, Sant' Alessio)

As mentioned in tonight`s sermon: St Alexius under the staircase.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Sitwell and Walton -- Facade with Edith Sitwell and Peter Pears

Many thanks to SmilingPessimist for putting extracts from the Sitwell and Pears version of Facade on YouTube. This is one of my all time favourites although I`ve never met anyone who shares my enthusiasm.

Monday, 14 September 2009

Sunday, 13 September 2009

The Kinks - Sunny Afternoon

Just for a change from the Beatles!

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Where the Wild Things Are & Higglety Pigglety Pop! - Knussen / Maurice Sendak / Glyndebourne



I`m more keen on `Higglety Pigglety Pop` (starts at 1.04) than `Where the Wild Things Are`. I would love to see it live but am looking forward to seeing the new DVD release this week.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Stradella- Sonata in D major a 8 viole con una tromba: Allegro

Can`t get enough of Stradella. I wish there was a recording of one of his operas. I`ve always enjoyed his oratorio on John the Baptist and have a Harmonia Mundi disc of some cantatas which is very enjoyable.

Monday, 25 May 2009

Corelli: Sonata for violin "La Folia"

More Jordi and La Folia.

Saturday, 23 May 2009

Tous Les Matins du Monde - Improvisation sur les Folies


More on La Folia. I saw this film in Rome in about 1992. By the end there was hardly a dry eye in the house. It got me interested in the viola da gamba and the music of Marin Marais. The gamba parts are played by Jordi Savall.

Friday, 22 May 2009

La Folia



Known in these parts as Geordie Saville. I was lucky enough to see him in a solo concert at the Edinburgh Festival two years ago.

Thursday, 30 April 2009

mood indigo - Duke Ellington

I love the trio for two trombines and bass clarinet.

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Benny Goodman Orchestra Sing Sing Sing from Hollywood Hotel

Ok so I don`t like swing but I`m brushing up my clarinet playing at the minute and Benny Goodman is always good value. Also one of my father`s early heroes was Gene Krupa. I find that so many of the musicians and writers I like are Jewish.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

10. Handel: Julius Caesar in Egypt (HWV 17) / William Christie

Looking forward to seeing Danielle de Niese at Covent Garden after Easter!

Saturday, 28 March 2009

Extreme Sheep LED Art

I thought this blog was going to be purely musical but this is too odd to miss.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Monday, 9 March 2009

Angels Ever Bright and Fair

Theodora is my favourite Handel oratorio and I always enjoy hearing Dawn Upshaw.

Saturday, 7 March 2009

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Walton`s Facade with Jeremy Irons (Hornpipe)

I wish I could find the Sitwell and Pears version on YouTube. This is the nearest I can find: in other extracts it is sung rather than recited.

Sunday, 1 March 2009

Friday, 27 February 2009

György Ligeti - Poème Symphonique For 100 Metronomes

Looking forward to a live performance at this year`s Aldeburgh festival!

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Monday, 23 February 2009

Louis Armstrong - Potato Head Blues

Last week saw the 9th anniversary of my father`s death. He wasn`t expecting to die: he went into hospital for a fairly routine op. and things started going wrong. A few months before this happened I`d asked him what his favourite single recording was. His hero was Louis Armstrong and he told me it was his recording of `Potato Head Blues`. Apparently it is the second trumpet chorus after which music was never the same. Although my father played drums in his own band, I could never fathom the attraction of traditional jazz: I just couldn`t stand the banjo or sousaphone. I think you had to be there in the 1950`s to understand the trad jazz revival. His band played at his funeral. We also played this recording.

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Saturday, 31 January 2009

Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Thursday, 15 January 2009

Duke Ellington - A Night At The Cotton Club

I`ve always enjoyed early period Ellington, especially with the trumpet playing of Bubber Miley.

Pasadena Roof Orchestra - Egyptian Ella

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Sunday, 11 January 2009