Sunday, November 23, 2014

Kamerkoor Jip Camber Choir concert spotify

Last weekend, Dutch chamber choir JIP gave a concert in Amsterdam and Utrecht. As I don't have too much choral music on this blog, I thought it was a nice idea to re-create that concert on Spotify. The two Dutch items are not on the list alas (although youtube has the Shakespeare Sonnet 43 by Jurriaan Andriessen, yes, brother òf...), but the rest is there, and makes a fine playlist :-)

Ralph Vaughan Williams – Come away, death
Ralph Vaughan Williams – Silence and Music 
Quink vocal ensemble
Hubert Parry – Music, when soft voices die
Canzonetta Chamber Choir, Jeffry Wynn Davies
Camille Saint-Saëns – Calme des nuits Op. 68 no. 1
Camille Saint-Saëns – Les fleurs et les arbres Op. 68 no. 2
Monteverdi Choir, John Elliot Gardiner
Johannes Brahms – Fünf gesänge Op. 104
Capella Amsterdam, Daniel Reuss
Charles.V. Stanford – Blue Bird
Choir of new College Oxford, Edward Higginbottom
Edward Elgar – My love dwelt in a Northern land
Musica Intima
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JIP Chamber Choir

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Johann Franz Xavier Sterkel Muziekdragerij Spotify

Guilt. As said earlier, you have those feelings sometimes… Especially when you walk into such a nice environment as „De Muziekdragerij”, Dordrecht, the Netherlands. If you ever come to visit the Netherlands, don’t *only go* to Amsterdam or Rotterdam; it’s cities like Leiden and Dordrecht are sò much more interesting, as many of our foreign friends endorse… 
But, guilt… The Muziekdragerij is one of those shops that once made your heart make a leap when you entered; music, posters, and a selection of CD’s that offered more than the Cecilia Bartoli-only-section… Early music, small labels, the-things-you-loved-on-the-big-labels, to cut short, the classical CD shop you always wanted. And then came Spotify. 
Availability over quality, no info over well written booklets *well, most of the time, that is*, cold hearted delivery over a fine conversation in a nice environment, but accessible with a mouse click and horn of plenty abundance in music choice. 
Yes, ladies and gentleman, guilt… 
Luckily, the Muziekdragerij has a nice selection of vintage vinyl and the early stereo Supraphon’s want to make me come back for more exploration. And I hope with this story I will have cultivated enough interest to make you come to the Voorstraat’s finest shop. Then why the guilt? The Muziekdragerij also has a Facebook page, and on that I read about this wonderful new Deutsche Harmonia Mundi CD, with a composer, early music band and conductor I never heard of.
And I enjoyed it. 
On Spotify… 

Johann Franz Xavier Sterkel (1750-1817)
“Once you’ve heard Sterkel, you can understand Beethoven’s early works better,”  (Werner Ehhardt)
-Symphony no 1 in D-major op 35.1 (1800)
-Symphony no 2 in Bb-major op 35.2 (1800)
-Overture a grande orchestre.

L’Arte del Mondo
Werner Ehhardt, conductor
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Muziekdragerij interior. Photo by Joop Schilp