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Classical Corner

Started by Pat, March 29, 2016, 01:25:18 PM

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so_P_bubble

Gabriel's Oboe: one of my favorites! Thanks for this original interpretation.

Oldiesmann

Red Ingle and some very talented musicians tear apart some classical music in this romping fiddle tune from 1947. The only thing I recognize in this is a brief snippet of the aria from Barber of Seville. The label credits Paganini, Rossini and someone named Mellorini (possibly a joke or pseudonym? I can't find anybody by that name but apparently there's a food called mellorine which is a low-cost ice cream alternative)


MarsGal

From Debussy's Children's Corner: The Snow is Dancing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mndn7ogRP6o

Oldiesmann

Proof that good music crosses national boundaries. A Greek singer doing a song originally recorded by a Dutch artist which incorporates parts of a piece of classical music written by a French composer.



Oldiesmann

Belgian singer Helmut Lotti turned the drinking song from Verdi's Il trovatore into a love song.


so_P_bubble

What a delight!  That performance at the Grand Place in Brussels must have been wonderful to experience 

Oldiesmann

February 28, 2021, 02:30:19 PM #2287 Last Edit: February 28, 2021, 02:32:47 PM by Oldiesmann
Another Verdi adaptation by Lotti. This is from his Helmut Lotti Goes Classical II album released in 1994. This time it's an adaptation of "Marcia trionfale" from Verdi's opera Aida.


Oldiesmann

A couple different English adaptations of "Vesti la giubba" from the opera Pagliacci. This was also lampooned by Spike Jones, first featuring fellow comedians Homer and Jethro and later featuring Betsy Gay.

Vaughn Monroe, 1941

Joe Valino, 1960

PatH2

We just lost conductor James Levine, a person of mixed good and bad.  As longtime conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, he forged it into the magnificent institution it is today, and did the same for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

But it turns out that along the way, he abused many aspiring young artists, and he ended his career in disgrace.

I find it hard to see such mixtures, but here are two examples of his good side.

The Ride of the Valkyries, with a recent, very controversial mechanical staging that worked well in places, and poorly in places:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeRwBiu4wfQ

The overture to The Marriage of Figaro:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqICABDa7WE

MarsGal

I see one of them had a little trouble unwrapping her rag bundle. Hah!

PatH2

You'd think someone whose job description was schlepping fallen heroes to Valhalla would be able to handle a rag bundle.

Oldiesmann

A little over 30 years ago American guitarist Eric Johnson hit #5 on the Mainstream Rock chart here in the US with a guitar piece called "Cliffs of Dover".

This guy takes it to a new level by covering it on cello.


MarsGal


MarsGal

April 29, 2021, 06:25:36 AM #2294 Last Edit: April 29, 2021, 06:27:31 AM by MarsGal
A seasonal favorite: Vivaldi's Spring from The Four Seasons Concerto.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPaUtnJTMn8

BTW, I found a neat app that I now have on both my Windows and Linux machines. It is called FreeTube. What it does is strip out the ads from video clips. It works. Here is a link to their website.
https://freetubeapp.io/

Oldiesmann

Spike Jones and the City Slickers take on Pagliacci with a little help from Homer & Jethro


Vanilla-Jackie

May 15, 2021, 12:58:09 PM #2296 Last Edit: May 15, 2021, 02:15:41 PM by Vanilla-Jackie
Hearing this for the first time, just fallen in love with this haunting - hypnotic piece by Ukrainian soloist Anna Reker...
...translated as " Moonlight Night "





" look after our planet, it is the only one we have "
             

Vanilla-Jackie

May 17, 2021, 03:11:14 PM #2297 Last Edit: May 17, 2021, 03:13:49 PM by Vanilla-Jackie
Sure miss our Don ( Radioman, ) he kept us active in our Classical Corner room...

" look after our planet, it is the only one we have "
             

Oldiesmann

An interesting arrangement of Monti's famous "Csardas" from 1960.

Oldiesmann

And a more unusual version from 1948, featuring Gene Conklin whistling the melody

so_P_bubble

wow, what a whistling performance!

MarsGal

June 07, 2021, 08:12:55 AM #2301 Last Edit: June 07, 2021, 08:37:01 AM by MarsGal
I recently had the pleasure of listening to YoYo Ma narrating a biographical sketch called Beginner's Mind. In it, he relates various influences through his life, including encounters that lead to his Silk Roads Project. Some of his music is interspersed throughout; he is thoughtful and philosophical. It was well worth the 92 minutes I spent listening to it. It is part of Audible Originals Words+Music series. The only other audio narrative featuring classical music so far is Jonathan Biss, Unquiet: My Life with Beethoven. As of now there are still less than 20 in the series.

Oldiesmann

A great rendition of a well-known classical piece that few know the name or origins of. From German composer Carl Orff's cantata Carmina Burana is the epic "O Fortuna". The cantata is from the mid-1930s but this song sounds older than it is


MarsGal

I have the whole of Carmina Burana in my stack, but I forget which conductor and orchestra just now. Haven't listened to it in a long while.

I am listening to a book called This Tender Land by William Kurt Krueger. The title reminded me about Aaron Copland's Tender Land Suite. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkDuEQKED4Y I haven't listened to many of Copland's works, many of them are too "brassy" for me. Having said that, it doesn't explain why I like The Canadian Brass. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_po-KTu2Js

Oldiesmann

A fun forgotten novelty song from 1966 based on an aria from Verdi's opera Rigoletto. I don't think it was ever a hit, but it certainly caught on internationally - I've found versions recorded in 10 different languages so far (in case anyone's wondering, I'm an editor for a website that keeps track of cover songs so I spend my free time researching this stuff for fun :P)