For your Good Friday:  excerpts from “Messiah” by Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St.-Martin-in-the-Fields
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For your Good Friday: excerpts from “Messiah” by Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St.-Martin-in-the-Fields

Some Good Friday music for you (just not that “Good Friday Music“): Here is a brief excerpt from Part the Second of Handel’s Messiah (“Surely He hath borne our griefs,” “And with His stripes we are healed,” “All we like sheep,” and “All they that see Him / He trusted in God”).  Sir Neville Marriner conducts the … Continue reading

Music Video:  post-April-Fool’s-Day classical music fun and silliness, care of the excellent duoW
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Music Video: post-April-Fool’s-Day classical music fun and silliness, care of the excellent duoW

I hope you survived April Fool’s Day without a scratch to either your person or psyche.  I witnessed some good-natured April Fool’s Day pranks, and managed to fall victim to none of it. FWIW:  I’m a big fan of silly fun, and feel that there’s not enough of it during the other 364 days of the … Continue reading

Sway for me on a Mardi Gras day (because Preservation Hall Jazz Band says so)
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Sway for me on a Mardi Gras day (because Preservation Hall Jazz Band says so)

In honor of Fat Tuesday 2014, I offer you the magnificent Preservation Hall Jazz Band with one of the oldest Mardi Gras songs around: “Tootie Ma is a Big Fine Thing.” In fact, since I’m feeling generous, here are two different versions of “Tootie Ma . . . “ The video above features a pared-down … Continue reading

Video of Air Force Band’s holiday music flash mob at The Smithsonian
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Video of Air Force Band’s holiday music flash mob at The Smithsonian

Visitors to The Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum last Tuesday, December 3rd, were given a surprise holiday musical treat, care of the excellent musicians of The Air Force Band.   Fortunately for us, it was captured on video so we can all enjoy it (watch it below). You’re welcome. http://mrc-tv.s3.amazonaws.com/sites/default/files/videos/converted/125668.mp4 Continue reading

Veteran’s Day music, care of the US Air Force Academy Cadet Chorale
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Veteran’s Day music, care of the US Air Force Academy Cadet Chorale

On this Veteran’s Day, I share with you music appropriate for Veteran’s Day by a group that is near and dear to my heart:  the Cadet Chorale of the United States Air Force Academy. This video is circa 1989/1990.  The whole thing is  relatively short and worth watching, but I’d recommend skipping to 6:27 (click … Continue reading

Great moments in film music:  <i>Being John Malkovich</i>
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Great moments in film music: Being John Malkovich

Inspired by Tim Mangan’s identically titled blog series, I offer up two brief scenes from Being John Malkovich which use the same excerpt from the second movement of Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta by Béla Bartók. The first is the opening scene of the movie featuring  some startlingly life-like puppetry (John Cusack plays the puppeteer). The second … Continue reading

And now for something completely different:  a chronological cover of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”
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And now for something completely different: a chronological cover of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”

Mad props to the esteemed Brian Lauritzen for unearthing this gem.  As he says, it’s better than the original.  And don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong with the audio — it’s supposed to be like that, you’ll see. (Oh, and if you’re wondering what the original is like, click HERE) Continue reading

An atypical pairing of good music
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An atypical pairing of good music

Saw links to the two videos below via Twitter earlier today, and I felt compelled to share both of them here.  If they seem like an unlikely match — well, what can I say, I have diverse tastes in music. The first is Ligeti’s “Hungarian Rock (Chaconne),” originally written for harpsichord but arranged here for … Continue reading

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Ralph Sauer performs the Bach Cello Suite No. 1 on trombone

For your listening pleasure on this Monday evening: Ralph Sauer, legendary former Principal Trombone of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, performs this rare — dare I say, “unique” — rendition of Bach’s ubiquitous Cello Suite No. 1. Yes, I know. . . . You’re welcome. ————— Photo credit:  S.E. Shires Co. Inc   Continue reading

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Some much needed levity, of both high brow and low brow variety

I was going to finish my review of this past Saturday’s Los Angeles Philharmonic Mahler 5 concert, or of András Schiff‘s sparkling take on Book 2 of The Well-Tempered Clavier before that, or the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s excellent organ concert before both of them. Instead, I figured I’d post a couple of funny things to … Continue reading

Anna Prohaska sings “Exsultate, Jubilate” from this year’s Salzburg Festival
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Anna Prohaska sings “Exsultate, Jubilate” from this year’s Salzburg Festival

Anna Prohaska, recently appearing as Zerlina in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s production of Don Giovanni, is seen here at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Salzburg Festival singing some different Mozart: Exsultate, Jubilate (K. 165) What makes the performance more impressive is that she was only given a few hours notice that she’d be performing … Continue reading

NEWSFLASH:  CKDH actually manages to enjoy some Brahms, care of Fima Bronfman, Lionel Bringuier, and the LA Phil
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NEWSFLASH: CKDH actually manages to enjoy some Brahms, care of Fima Bronfman, Lionel Bringuier, and the LA Phil

I have more than a few things to say about last Tuesday’s Los Angeles Philharmonic concert at the Hollywood Bowl, as usual.  But let’s get one thing out of the way, shall we? Yefim Bronfman is a bad-ass. Ok, perhaps this is old news, but even if that’s the case, it’s worth repeating. So many … Continue reading