“Music is in the air. Take as much as you want” Sir Edward Elgar. So too with these Churchill Music blogs – just dip in and sample what you like!
Music is definitely in the air in this first vignette. It features an excerpt from Mozart’s opera, The Magic Flute when the hapless bird-catcher, Papageno sings a delightful duet with his true love that he has finally found, Papagena. This clip has been very cleverly rearranged to be accompanied by birdsong. Well worth a click!
How about Switching off the gloopy river of doom oozing from the morning news and click on Edward Grieg’s Holberg Suite Op 40 No 1 in particular, the Praeludium to put a spring in your step. You could almost brush your teeth to it! You will see what I mean. The suite was written in 1884 to celebrate the life of the Danish poet and playwright Ludvig Holberg (1684-1754). Grieg originally wrote it for piano, but a year later orchestrated it. Bravo!
The ‘Lockdown’ has produced more wonderful creativity. Many of you will remember Katherine Jenkinson, the incredibly talented cellist in the Aquinas Piano Trio. Composer, Oliver Davis has written these 4 delightful ‘cello duets to ‘Keep Kath and Nick [‘cellist husband] out of mischief during the lockdown’. It was premiered on Classic FM last week. Happily, Kath and Nick were able to record them – they went up on Youtube today especially for Churchill Music followers to sample them for yourselves. Six minutes of fabulous new music which touches all the emotions – just a joy to watch. An absolute MUST.
For this week’s coffee ‘concertissimo, Peter Hewett provides us with another of his fascinating Beethoven performances to cherish over your coffee. This little scherzo is from Beethoven’s third piano sonata Op 2 no3 in C – 3rd movement, Scherzo.
Still celebrating Beethoven’s 250 anniversary, this week pianist Reiko Fujisawa has teamed up with Crawford Logan to create the first part of their, ‘Exploration in words and music of Beethoven’s extraordinary contribution to music development and his unmatched legacy’
And now for something completely different. From the music of birds to Byrd with I fagiolini the stunning British solo-voice ensemble directed by Robert Hollingworth. They have performed all over the world. CM Trustee Alice Harper first came across them when she was assisting at a Cheltenham Festival dinner. Between the courses, one by one the ensemble members all got up to sing – a kind of ‘flashmob’. I have been a huge fan of I fagiolini ever since! For the Lockdown, Robert Hollingworth has launched their ‘Sing the Score’ series in which he gives us the background to help us understand and sing Byrd’s Misere Mihi. It’s fascinating and again, well worth spending a few minutes to listen to his explanation and I Fagiolini singing this incredible ‘song’.
Still on the subject of birds, for those who like to slip in a little Jazz, try this wonderful song by Alex Kramer and Joan Whitney “Ain’t nobody here but us chickens” is a jump blues song. This version was recorded by Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five in 1946.
And Finally – it has to be the Two Ronnies to keep you giggling this week. They have joined the Plumstead Ladies Male Voice Choir – enjoy!
Very best to you all to keep happy, healthy and at home.