Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Clasical Journey 4 January 2011

A quick note on what we heard this morning:

1725 Bach ‘Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt’
1743-6 Bach ‘Sinfonia in D’
1746 Handel ‘Father of Heaven’ (Judas Maccabaeus)
1749 Handel ‘Gentle Morpheus’(Alceste)
1779 Mozart ‘Kyrie/Gloria’ (Coronation Mass)
1791 Mozart ‘Vengeance/Worship’ (The Magic Flute)
1817 Paganini ‘ Rondo’ (Violin Concerto 1)
1845 Lortzing ‘Ballet Suite’ (Undine)
1868 Brahms ‘Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit’ (German Requiem)
1921 Barrios ‘La Catedral’ (Sorry not enough time this week!)
1980 Zhu ‘Love in Spring’ (Especially for Denise!)
1999 Pärt ‘Cantique des Degrés’ (Courtesy of Dave Treharne)

Denise called at the end of this morning's programme to ask for more information about our Chinese classical music, both today and on 21 December.  Here's what we heard Denise:

Tuesday 21 Dec:
Piece: Street Musician (San Bang Gu)
Composer: Gang Chen and Zhanhao He (arranged by Huichang Yan)
Place: Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Year: 1959
Orchestra: Shanghai Conservatory Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Cheng-wu Fan 
Soloist: Takako Nishizaki (violin)

San Bang Gu (drum with three sticks), popular in Hunan and Tianmen, is a kind of traditional folk art form.  The theme of Street Musician is based on the melody of San Bang Gu, depicting the bitter life of folk musicians.  The introduction provides a background of misery and the sad tune played by the 'cello expresses the wretched fate of the musicians.  The technically demanding violin cadenza is followed by a cry of anguish at the unfairness of life.  In a quicker section the main theme re-appears, in different speed and rhythm, as the music reaches a climax. (Notes by Keith Anderson)

Tuesday 4 Jan:
Piece: Love in Spring
Composer: Xiaogu Zhu
Place: Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Year: 1980
Orchestra: Shanghai Conservatory Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Cheng-wu Fan 
Soloist: Takako Nishizaki (violin)

Love in Spring was specially written for the Japanese violinist Takako Nishizaki.  By using various folk-songs and operatic themes from the North and South of China, the composer attempts to show the great beauty of Chinese melodies transcribed fro the solo violin.  The orchestral introduction, its shifting harmonies recalling the changing colours of spring, leads to a tender and sensuous theme fro the solo violin.  The melody suggests the transience of spring or perhaps a dream of the past, the dialogue of soloist and orchestra like that of spring breezes and the willow.  In conclusion the theme appears in fragmented and poignant form.  There is an orchestral crescendo, leading to a climax, in a work that conveys the character of spring, something beyond words, a love that embraces the whole earth.  (Notes by Keith Anderson)

Both recorded on the Naxos label in Shanghai in October 1992.  Producer Kovan Goh.

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Here's details of the Dartington Concerts coming up:


1. South West Music School & The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Sunday 9 January
4.30pm Studio 31
Join members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and SWMS students for an informal concert of baroque solo and orchestral works plus a specially commissioned piece for our young performers and OAE players by composer Rachel Stott.
Students will have spent the weekend working intensively on period style inspired by Bach’s masterpiece the Christmas Oratorio.
FREE Concert
Please reserve in advance at the Box Office

Box Office | 01803 847070

2. Young Artist Showcase: Classical Music

Saturday 29 January
7.30pm Ship Studio, Dartington Hall
An intimate evening in the wonderful Ship Studio presented by four students from the prestigious South West Music School.
This classical programme will contain repertoire ranging from Bach to the present day. An opportunity to experience these exceptionally talented musicians at the start of their careers up close and personal.
“The best £3 I’ve spent in a long while!” – audience member
Elanor Best Voice
Annabel Lainchbury Violin
Molly Lopresti-Richards Marimba
Henry Tozer Piano
Box Office | 01803 847070  www.dartington.org/arts
Opening Hours
12.30 - 19.00 Monday - Sunday
and 1 hour prior to events.

For any keen singers, here's the Exeter Bach Society press release. (Rehearsals start on Thursday!)

EXETER BACH SOCIETY (Honorary Patron: Peter Hurford, OBE, DMus, FRCO)                                                                               
Media Release, 3 January 2011
Sing for your Life!

It is now an accepted fact that singing is good for your health, not only physically, but also emotionally – in fact,  it is just what the doctor ordered after the Christmas and New Year over-indulgences! So why not consider joining the Exeter Bach Society Choir for its next concert and get fit too?

The Exeter Bach Society, known for its friendliness, invites good singers to join them for their next concert – Bach’s magnificent Mass in B Minor - to be performed at St David’s Church on Saturday 2 April.  The rehearsals, directed by Nicholas Marshall, begin this Thursday (6 January) at 7pm in Kalendar Hall, South Street, Exeter (opposite Kentucky Fried Chicken). All voice parts will be very welcome, including sopranos, as they divide into two different choruses.

Interested singers can telephone the Hon. Secretary, Gill Manning, on 01392-255177 or email her on gill@gmanning.plus.com.  More details are on the EBS website: www.exeterbachsociety.org.uk

A second exciting opportunity for singers is the Society’s annual choral workshop – this year studying Haydn’s Harmoniemesse with popular conductor and former King’s Singer, Brian Kay, on Saturday 12 February at St Sidwell’s Methodist Church.

Another regular EBS event is a Bach Cantata sung with St Peter’s Singers as part of Exeter Cathedral’s occasional evening service, after which the Society often holds a recital or a talk by well-known musicians in the Cathedral Chapter House. The next such event is a piano recital by Lara Melda (formerly Omeroglou), outright winner of the BBC Young Musician 2010 Competition, at 6pm on Sunday 6 March.
Media contact: Juliet Meadowcroft, EBS Publicity Officer – 01392-490963

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