Friday, 12 November 2010

Tuesday's Classical Journey

For anyone who was having trouble keeping track of the music as Mary and I chatted away, these were the pieces we heard on Tuesday morning's Classical Journey:

Morales            Beata Mater (1580 Assumption Mass, Toledo)
                        William Missin and Fergus McLusky, counter-tenors
Vivaldi              Gloria Mass:  Gloria in Excelisis, Choir of Christ Church Oxford
                                              Laudate Te, Judith Nelson and Emma Kirkby
                         Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera, Mary O'Shea
Bach                 John Passion: Herr unser Herscher, the Monteverdi Choir (John Eliot Gardiner)
                                              Ich folge dir gleichfalls, Ruth Holton ( English Baroque Soloists)
Mozart             C minor Mass: Laudate Te, Victoria Loukianetz
Mendelssohn    Elijah: Hear ye Israel, Rosalind Plowright

Chopin             Etüde in G flat op. 9 No. 5, pianist Krzysztof Jablonski
                        Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor op. 21 (II Larghetto),
                        pianist Adam Harasiewicz, Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra

Piazzolla           Libertango!  'cellist Hilary Boxer, guitarist David Cottam

Soprano Mary O'Shea
Tuesday's special guest was Mary O'Shea.  We heard her wonderful recording of the motet 'Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera' by Antonio Vivaldi.

Nulla in mundo pax sincera
sine felle; pura et vera,
dulcis Jesu, est in te.

Inter poenas et tormenta
vivit anima contenta
casti amoris sola spe.

In this world there is no honest peace
free from bitterness; pure and true
peace, sweet Jesus, lies in Thee.

Amidst punishment and torment
lives the contented soul,
chaste love its only hope.

We also chatted about her singing (and violin and dancing) her work as soprano with the St Peter's Singers at the Cathedral, and her CD release of her own compositions, 'DollyO' which is available  from Bar Venezia on Exeter's  Quayside.

(Anyone listening from the beginning will know that Mary had lost her internet connection some time the night before and was joining in without being able to hear the show or read the playlist (above) which I had sent her.  She did incredibly well under the circumstances.  The only thing we couldn't remember was the name of the soprano singing 'Ich foge dir gleichfalls...' in John Eliot Gardiner's 'St John Passion'.  It was Ruth Holton of course.)

Circus Berzerkus: Ben Cornish and Steve Eldridge
By way of light relief we were visited at 11am by Ben Cornish of 'Circus Berzerkus'.  This comedy acrobatic and juggling double act is currently touring the UK playing to packed houses.  They represent a rare survival of traditional music hall slapstick comedy, extremely skilled and entertaining.  As Ben put it so succinctly, 'Morecambe and Wise with juggling'.  This highly entertaining show is also suitable for children of all ages (good clean fun!)  We are very fortunate to have an early evening performance here in Exeter at St Stephens Church at 6pm this Friday (12 Nov).  No school tomorrow and finishing in time for young children to get to bed, so bring the whole family!  More details here.

Many thanks to Edgar who reminded me that the 'Concert Gems' section of the show is often hard to follow, especially if you don't have paper and pencil to hand.  (Apologies also for the lateness of this section - guests must come first!)  The concert listings were as follows:

Exeter Recorded Concert Society meetings, Exeter Central Library Music Room:
Saturday 1.15-3.45pm every 2 weeks - next meeting, 20 Nov, Mike Drew (Chairman): 'Dvořák'
Admission free for visitors

Coffee and Music at Broadclyst Church, Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Broadclyst:
Occasional Saturday concerts to look out for 10.30-11.15am
Next concert, 15 Jan 2011, clarinettist Sally Kirby plays the music of Mozart, Schumann, Finzi, Langford
Admission free (retiring collection)

Review group for Paul Rooney's exhibition at Spacex was this Thursday 6-8pm

Devon Baroque (Dir: Margaret Faultless) : Les Goûts Réunis
The music of Archangelo Corelli, Francesco Gemniani, Françoise Couperin, Georg Muffat
Friday 12 Nov, 7.30pm, St Michael's Church, Great Torrington (box: 01805 624624)
Saturday 13 Nov, 7.30pm, St David's Church, Exeter (box: 10392 667080)
Sunday 14 Nov, 3.00pm, Dartington Great Hall (afternoon concert !) (box: 01803 847070)
Admission £18 (students/juniors £5) .  More details here.

Exeter Symphony Orchestra with violin soloist TASMIN LITTLE, Exeter Cathedral
Saturday 13 November, 7.30pm (pre-concert supper in the Cathedral Café)
Rossini:                   The Thieving Magpie
Mendelssohn:         Violin Concerto
Vaughan Williams:  The Lark Ascending
Saint-Saëns:           Organ Symphony (soloist Andrew Millington)
Admission £25/£15 (box: 01392 271354)  Click for more about ESO and Tasmin.

Lunchtime Concerts, Glenorchy United Reformed Church, Exeter Road Exmouth:
Every Wednesday 12.30-1.15pm
This Wednesday (10 Nov) we had Clarion Clarinet Quartet
next Wednesday (17 Nov) Duncan Honeybourne piano concert
Admission free (retiring collection)

(Also next Wednesday EVENING 7.30pm in the Cathedral Chapter House)
Kevin Hurst clarinet and Frances Waters piano
a programme of Vaughan Williams, Finzi and Stanford £12 (students £6)
(More details next Tuesday)

STOP PRESS: This Sunday, for Remembrance Sunday (14 November) at 7.30pm
there is a free-admission evening concert at St Margaret's Church Topsham
Exeter chamber choir, Ad-Hoc accompanied by the Ad-Hoc Orchestra (more details)
Conducted by Laurence Blyth, with organist Tony Yeates
Gabriel Fauré: Requiem in D minor op. 48 (Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead)
Mark Blatchly: 'For the Fallen' ('Ode to Remembrance')
Retiring collection

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