Archive pour la catégorie ‘video’

Einaudi’s Experience: powerful

6 March 2015

The power of Ludovico Einaudi’s music is undeniable, whether you listen to it by itself or juxtapose it to a beautiful short film produced by Montreal based Antler Films. An unforgettable day for all those we encounter in this film certainly and it is impossible to not let this enthralling score stay with you long after the last frame is over, especially when performed as beautifully by Angèle Dubeau et La Pietà.

You can listen and download the complete album launched officially on March 3, here…

Für Elise

13 January 2015

Even if you have never taken one piano lesson in your life, you most probably know Beethoven’s famous – sometimes infamous – Für Elise.

This short piano piece, one of Beethoven’s bagatelles, was written in 181o. It is not certain who “Elise” was, but it has been suggested that the original work may have been named “Für Therese,” for one of the two Thereses in his life—Therese von Brunswick, the woman he fell in love with, and Therese Malfatti von Rohrenbach zu Dezza, who refused his marriage proposal in 1810—and that title was simply incorrectly transcribed when the work was published in 1865.

The piece is in rondo form, based on a refrain, the “A” section, that alternates with a “B” section and a “C” section, resulting in an A-B-A-C-A structure. The “A” section is the one that is well known, while the “B” section is technically more difficult. Listen carefully in this section to hear the right hand playing a figure of repeated thirty-second notes (so named because thirty-two of these equal one whole note!). The “C” section is built around repeated notes in the left hand. Near the end of this section, you will also hear several arpeggios (when the notes of a chord are played in sequence over several octaves) and a chromatic descending scale (when all the keys on the piano, whether black or white, are played in sequence). 


3 October 2014

The Tymes was a very popular American soul group in its days and made it to the top of the charts with So Much in Love in 1963. It also recycled the first movement of the Mozart K. 545 Sonata, often nicknamed the “Easy” Sonata (though students dealing with it certainly won’t ever think of it as being easy) for this other love song (that only made it to Number 19), Somewhere. Notice how at first you readily recognize the theme but it becomes more and more tinted with those wonderful a capella harmonies. Some sunny sounds to forget about the rain ahead… Have a great weeekend!

A Mozart rap?

26 September 2014

Mozart probably would have found unusual the sampling of his famous Rondo alla turca as a tool to inspire teenagers, but I’m pretty sure he would have enjoyed the technique. American rapper and producer Mac Lethal must have been quite surprise to get this letter from a music teacher: “Dear Mr. Mac Lethal. My name is Mrs. Francine, I’m a 53 year old high-school music teacher, and I love your YouTube videos. The problem is, I can’t play them for my students because they contain too many bad words. Would you consider making a fast rap video for my students, to inspire them to be great? With no bad words?
Sincerely, Mrs. Francine. P.S. Do you like Mozart?”

The answer was almost immediate and here is the result. Who said classical musical was outdated?

Ten no-nos

8 July 2014

Concert etiquette has become somewhat blurred, one must admit. How many times in the last few months have you considered strangling your neighbour, whether he was updating his status in the middle of the symphony or unwrapping his candy with much ardour or – perhaps even worse – explaining to a friend what was so particular about an instrument or a composer. (Yes, of course, he was whispering, but so intently that everyone could easily follow the whole lecture.)

Is it the same at the opera? Now that some productions have become almost hollywoodian, some audience members have lost some of the points of reference that could make everyone’s experience more satisfying. To laugh a bit about this whole thing (sometimes a lot), Michael Kessler, a comedian many nicknamed the German Mr. Bean, explains to us the 10 major no-nos. (Even if your German is rusty, you will easily get his points.)

10 choses à ne pas faire à l’opéra par joebart72

A couple of suggestions for the weekend

16 May 2014

The long weekend won’t be too great it seems weather wise. Why not take the opportunity to listen to a couple of new albums and attend live performances? Vocal music lovers will certainly be thrilled with three of Analekta’s recent releases: L’heure rose (collaboration between Hélène Guilmette and Martin Dubé), Love’s Minstrels (Philippe Sly and Michael McMahon) and Handel, Porpora: Les années londoniennes (Julie Boulianne and Luc Beauséjour).

Since there aren’t any tickets left for Turandot at Opéra de Montréal, why not try a brand new opera, premiered last night at Monument-National, Pierre Michaud’s Le Rêve de Grégoire (sung in French)? This Chants libres production tells Grégoire’s journey (loosely inspired by the character from Kafka’s Metamorphosis) who has to learn how to transform his revolt into action. The show is directed by René-Daniel Dubois. More information here…

You may also take in the sights at the Botanical Garden before planning your own planting. Why not catch a concert at the same time? Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà will be performing in the auditorium of the Garden at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

A new kind of battle of the bands

4 April 2014

Thank God it’s Friday, so let’s be light once again… Two videos, one featuring an all-male cast, the other a female quartet. The men are performing a rather original new take on the famous Carmen hit, all the traditionnal instruments having been replaced by some very creative home-made alternatives. The latter invites you to something that could ressemble a cat fight if it were not so efficient and brilliantly performed, that will make you travel from Vivaldi to Mozart to Kurt Weill.

First, here are the guys from Zic Zazou

… and the ladies, from Hamburg, the members of Salut Salon…

The OSM plays Mahler in Vienna

18 March 2014

There is no doubt about it: playing Mahler in Vienna at the Konzerhaus can bring chills to any professional musician’s spine! This is what the OSM had the privilege to do last night, as it performed Mahler’s Seventh Symphony under Kent Nagano’s direction. The concert was recorded by Medici. tv and can be viewed here for free if you missed it yesterday.

André Moisan and Paul Merkelo, two musicians of the orchstra, decided to get themselves ready for the concert in a slightly different manner than usual and they took the opportunity to visit the composer’s summer home, where the Fottinger family now lives. It is just a few hundreds meters from there, on the other side of the lake actually, that Mahler is said to have heard in his head the famous horn solo featured in the Third Symphony. Paul Merkelo, the OSM Principal Trumpet, couldn’t resist the place and played a few instants for some very lucky visitors.

Parla piu piano by Gino Quilico

30 December 2013

Ensemble Caprice and Arvo Pärt

27 December 2013