Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Venue: Walt Disney Concert Hall 111 South Grand Avenue Los Angeles, California, 90012 Date: Wednesday, 26 October 2016 – 8:00 PM Presenter: Los Angeles Philharmonic 323-850-2000 www.laphil.com Artists: Hilary Hahn (Violin), and Robert Levine, piano Program: J. S Bach: Sonata No. 6 in G Major for Violin and Piano, BWV. 1019 Anton Garcia Abril: Solo Partita for Violin Mozart: Violin Sonata in E-flat Major for Violin and Piano, K. 481 Intermission Hans Peter Türk: Träume (solo piano, written for Robert Levin) Schubert: Rondo in B Minor for Violin and Piano, D. 895 Here is Hilary Hahn as soloist, performing the violin concerto by Johannes Brahms:
Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon English Touring Opera’s soloists were joined by local choirs and new English translations of Bach’s verses, both adding a vivid modern relevance English Touring Opera’s latest presentation is Bach’s St John Passion, but their approach is not operatic in the sense of staging the work with the trappings of costume and props. Neither is it touring in the conventional way of a production doing the rounds. Rather, ETO’s soloists and regular accompanists, the Old Street Band, are working at each venue with choruses from within that community, in a natural extension of the company’s outreach and education programme. The impact of the opening chorus Herr, unser Herrscher, delivered by the joint forces of the Cantamus Chamber Choir, the Wiltshire Music Centre Chorus and choristers from St Laurence School with a considerable body of sound, was testimony enough to a worthy endeavour. Continue reading...
The conductor and founder of the Tallis Scholars on the Beatles, Bruckner and Bryd, and why we should treat Bach with less respectWhat was the first record or cd you bought? Being born in 1953 I was exactly of the generation to grow up with the music of the Fab Four. I collected their singles in purchases of three – costing 6/8d meant you could get exactly three for a pound. The release of Ticket to Ride was the moment of greatest excitement for me and my friends down in the school locker room. Continue reading...
“I immersed myself in the expressive worlds of music, the filial act of copying, survival in an age of destruction, in the effort to understand how a person tries to be free. Bach’s Goldberg Variations played in my head and on the page, showing me how structural constraint – limitations on freedom – might provoke artistic creativity, individuality, resonance. To write a novel is to find many other ways of being alive.”
I heard Mr. Tharaud play the music of Chopin this morning. It was direct, sensitive, fluid, musical, and satisfying. Then I did some searching and located his playing of Schubert’s Impromptus. That is when I decided that I must share his music with y’all… There are few recordings by this artist available right now. I found Bach, Rachmaninov, and one more. I like what I heard… Here is Mr. Tharaud playing Schubert:
Laurent Wagschal (piano) (Evidence)Among all the virtuoso pianists who have embellished the music they play, Leopold Godowsky was one of the most extreme. His imaginative paraphrases go far beyond the bounds of mere transcription: Saint-Saëns’s famous Swan is sugar-coated with decoration, and three Schubert songs take Liszt’s elaborations even further. Most fascinating here is Bach’s G minor sonata for solo violin, in which the first movement is an entirely original meditation. It is difficult to quite see the point of Chopin studies arranged for the left hand, but Laurent Wagschal plays them with clarity and definition – which is admirable, but possibly at odds with the warm, late Romantic tradition from which the arrangements spring. Continue reading...
Johann Sebastian Bach (21 March 1685, - 28 July 1750) was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity. Although J.S. Bach did not introduce new forms, he enriched the prevailing German style with a robust contrapuntal technique, an unrivalled control of harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected throughout Europe during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a revival of interest and performances of his music in the first half of the 19th century. He is now generally regarded as one of the main composers of the Baroque style, and as one of the greatest composers of all time. Revered for their intellectual depth, technical command and artistic beauty, Bach's works include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Partitas, The Well-Tempered Clavier, the Mass in B minor, the St Matthew Passion, the St John Passion, the Magnificat, A Musical Offering, The Art of Fugue, the English and French Suites, the Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, the Cello Suites, more than 200 surviving cantatas, and a similar number of organ works, including the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor and Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, as well as the Great Eighteen Chorale Preludes and Organ Mass.
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