Reis glorios

Five pieces for the Summer sunrise: Concert: First, Reis glorios (Glorious King), a 12th century alba by Guiraut de Bornelh, who was styled the ‘master of the troubadours’. The alba (Occitan) or alborada (Spanish) or aubade (French) is a dawn song. After the (hopeful, on the part of the singer, anyway) seduction of the evening […]

The bassment

Visit Bill Bytheway’s Flickr site Bass open strings: The continuo: Bass (=Violone) andHarpsichord (= Cembalo) Bach: Brandenburg No. 6 BWV 1051, original score … and, if you wondered about Beethoven’s double bassoon… Concert: To start at a specific movement just click on its title. A full-blooded, late Romantic concerto from a musician we associate more […]

An arm or a leg?

The open strings: A bit more… Scordatura in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante: (tuned a semi-tone higher) The ultimate in subdivision… Richard Strauss: Don Quixote, Variation II Concert: To start at a specific movement just click on its title. The music of Marin Marais (1656 – 1728) has gained popularity through the advocacy of such viol players […]

Strings attached…

’ Listen (too loud? too quiet?? Please adjust the volume at home)…   Cello open strings: Elgar’s concerto: Kodály’s scordatura: Left hand pizzicato: Concert: Locked down Bach: Mischa Maisky plays the C major suite during lockdown. Timings: 00:16 Prelude 04:27 Allemande 08:37 Courante 12:14 Sarabande 16:45 Bourree I/II 20:49 Gigue   Rostropovich, Giulini and the […]

What a rackett!

’ Listen (and don’t forget to adjust the volume at your end if needs be)… The autograph of Mozart’s Requiem (the magnifying glass is by me!) The Crumhorn The Shawm The Rackett aka Sausage Bassoon Concert: The Mozart Clarinet Concerto played on period instruments, including – naturally – the basset clarinet:   Cecilia Bartoli and […]