Baiba Skride – That unique ability to speak directly through her violin.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Part 1: Helsinki Phil. Concert – Part 1
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Part 2: Helsinki Phil. Concert – Part 2
Over to Finland this week for a concert by The Helsinki Philharmonic, conducted by Olari Elts and featuring Latvian String-sation Baiba Skride in music of Szymanowski and Rachmaninoff.
The concert is on two players and the top player has the Szymanowki and the bottom player has the Rachmaninoff.
Here’s what’s in store for you:
Olari Elts, Conductor
Baiba Skride, Violin
Recorded: January 24, 2013
1. Szymanowski – Concert Overture
Violin Concerto Nr. 1 (w/Skride)
2. Rachmaninoff: Symphony Nr. 2
The concert was recorded and broadcast live by YLE-Radio 1 in Helsinki. The announcements are in Finnish, but there’s aren’t enough to have you run to the Finnish-English dictionary.
Good concert – Nice Wednesday Anti-Road Rage stuff.
Jumping with The Mods.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Modligliani Quartet In Concert
Over to Brussels this week via Madrid, for a concert recorded during the 2011 Valonia Festival in September 2011 by The Modigliani Quartet. Announcements are in Spanish, since it was relayed via RNE in Spain. But you don’t need to scramble for the Berlitz Phrase book. Honest.
Here’s what’s on the player:
Concierto celebrado en el Palais des Beaux Arts de 5
Charleroi, el 30 de septiembre de 2011. Grabación de la
RTBF, Bélgica. Festival de Valonia 2011.
1 MOZART: Cuarteto nº 6 en Si bemol mayor, K. 159
2. MENDELSSOHN: Cuarteto nº 2 en La menor,
Op. 13 (30‟18”).
3. RAVEL: Cuarteto en Fa mayor (27‟40”).
4. SHOSTAKOVICH: Polka (2‟11”). Cuarteto Modigliani.
The perfect concert to play while sitting in traffic on any one of a number of Freeways right about now.
You’ll thank me some day.
Carla Bley – One of the key figures in the Free Jazz movement.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Carla Bley -Christmas Carols – Live In Berlin – 2008
Since we’re approaching knee-deep in the Christmas season, what better excuse to play the Carla Bley Christmas Carols Concert from Berlin in 2008 than now. As one of the leading lights in the Free Jazz Movement, Bley has been involved in an extraordinary number of projects, with a far ranging and diverse batch of fellow-travellers.
Here she is heading up a group consisting of the legendary Steve Swallow on bass, Tobias Weidinger on Trumpet and Glockenspiel, Axel Schlosser on Trumpet, Christine Chapman on French Horn, Adrian Mears on Trombone and Ed Partyka and Bass Trombone and Tuba. And of course the inimitable Carla Bley doing the arrangements as well as playing Piano and leading the ensemble.
In case you need a bit of reminding on the Carols being played, here goes:
01 O Tannenbaum 02:23
02 Silent Night And Day 08:35
03 Jingle Bells 03:22
04 The Christmas Song 05:25
05 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town 05:35
06 O Holy Night – Joy To The World 08:29
07 God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen 09:46
08 O Come To Bethlehem, All Ye Faithful 05:53
I know ECM issued this concert commercially. This is rather the original broadcast, coming from RBB Kulturradio in Berlin on December 4, 2008.
A good time was had by all. A little something to set up the Christmas Tree with. No?
Yves Abel – another bright and promising light on the podium.
Click on the link here for Audio Player:Orquesta Sinfonica de Asturias
Back after a two week hiatus, this week it’s back to Spain with a concert by Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias, led by Yves Abel and featuring Basque-born cellist Asier Polo in music of Dutilleux, Rosini-Respighi and Liszt. It was recorded live in concert by the venerable Radio Nacional Espana’s Radio Clasica channel on February 17th of this year.
A little short, coming in at a little over an hour, but a good mid-week break.
Here’s what’s on the player:
Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias
Concierto celebrado en el Auditorio Príncipe Felipe de
Oviedo el 17 de febrero de 2012.
DUTILLEUX: “Tout un monde lointain…”, concierto para
violonchelo y orquesta. RESPIGHI: La boutique
fantasque: Suite. LISZT: Los preludios, S. 97, R. 414. Asier.
Polo (vc.), Orq. Sinf. del Principado de Asturias. Dir.: Yves.
Both Abel and Polo are getting very good press throughout Europe. They are definitely two talents to watch for.
In the meantime, it’s Anti-Road Rage Wednesday (or Thursday where you are). So enjoy.