Beautiful setting, outdoors,
01:30 • J.S. Bach: Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen, BWV 43
25:27 • J.S. Bach: Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden, BWV 6
46:55 • J.M. Bach: Ach, bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ
58:11 • J.S. Bach: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV 11
• Dorothee Mields, soprano
• Damien Guillon: countertenor
• Thomas Hobbs: tenor
• Peter Kooij: bass
Collegium Vocale Gent
Conducted by Philippe Herreweghe
Linked to by Pirate’s Cove. Thank you!
Since the current stagings of Baroque operas are for the most part insanely bizarre, here’s Georg Friderich Handel’s Ariodante in concert form instead,
Handel: Ariodante, opera seria in three acts, HWV 33
Ann Hallenberg: Ariodante
Roberta Mameli: Ginevra
Varduhi Abrahanyan: Polinesso
Ana Quintans: Dalinda
Nicholas Phan: Lurcanio
Matthew Brook: Re di Scozia
Il Complesso Barocco
Conducted by Alan Curtis
y hay que escucharlo,
conducted by Jordi Savall, in period instruments,
Modern stagings of Baroque operas always are weird-looking, and this Italian version is no exception, opening with the fat cupids, and, where else could you find operatic firemen?
Bejun Mehta: Orlando
Sophie Karthäuser: Angelica
Kristina Hammarström: Medoro
Sunhae Im: Dorinda
Konstantin Wolff: Zoroastro
Baroque Orchestra B’Rock
Conducted by René Jacobs
Melody may have its origin in human nature or in the realm of spirit, but, as we’ve noted, it is inflected differently in different cultures. Tonal systems vary dramatically; yet, though all these systems will qualify as music, not all can be described as melodic. It may well be that the Western imagination is specifically attuned to the reception of melody from its undocumentable source—at any rate, melody in its more elaborate, sophisticated and memorable aspects. The Bible is replete with references to song; the Greeks pioneered a plurality of melodic modes—Dorian, Phrygian, Mixolydian, Lydian, Aeolian, whose intervals were based on mathematical ratios discovered by Pythagoras, which came to be known as “the fingerprints of the Gods”; and Church monophony eventually developed into lavishly harmonic and rhythmic polyphony. I am tempted to say that melody as it has been heard, cultivated, refined and transmitted is one of the signatures of Western civilization, an aural distillate of its essence.
Read the whole article.
Like Judith, “I’m finding that I spend more and more time streaming operatic concerts as a way of cocooning during this almost unbearable election cycle.”
A reader requested, Die Walküre as conducted by Daniel Barenboim, so here we go,
And here they ride the $1million Met contraption, which actually looks like fun, in a see-saw way,
It didn’t take long for another opera fan to send this,
No, I don’t know a word of Russian, so I hope that Анна Нетребко и Дмитрий Хворостовский. Красная площадь means “Anna Netrebkp and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Moscow concert”, or something to that effect.
Those two together – how more gorgeous can you get?
Judith send Hvorostovsky, as always, Jay Nordlinger’s review of the Carnegie Hall recital.
Now I want to see them in concert with her dressed in pure white, with her black hair down, and him in his customary black and his white hair.
Yin and yang!