15 Aug 2017

[Vocal Tuesday - Gramophone Awards 2017 Shortlist]

Have not been able to post frequently in the past two weeks for various reasons... Will make this DAILY again!

Continuing with the Shortlist, here is an album of Monteverdi madrigals from his Books 7 & 8, recorded live b...

4 Aug 2017

[Instrumental Friday - Gramophone Awards 2017 Shortlist] 

Absolutely everybody knows this piece. The famous 'Air' (NOT on G string...) from Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major is universally loved.


Gramophone Aw...

29 Jul 2017

[Vocal Saturday]

One doesn't get to hear Monteverdi Vespers in Hong Kong often, even rarer does one get to hear it performed by a local choir, reinforced by oversea soloists and a period ensemble comprises of players both local and abroad. This Sunday evening is your...

26 Jul 2017

[Vocal Thursday]

Monteverdi's Vespro della beata Vergine, or simply Vespers of 1610, 'is an iconic work in more ways than one. For the composer...it was a calculated summation of his skill as a writer of sacred music...[it is] one of the great pillars of the Baroque vo...

24 Jul 2017

[Vocal Tuesday]

Johann Hermann Schein (1586 - 1630) was one of the most important early Baroque German composers. He was known for his use of Italian late Renaissance madrigalistic style. He wrote over 350 sacred works and near a hundred secular ones. Here is a motet 'D...

23 Jul 2017

[Cantata Sunday]

Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust, BWV 170 (Contested rest! beloved pleasure of the soul!) is one of Bach's best-loved solo cantatas. The work was written in 1726 for an alto solo. It takes the form and structure of the secular Italian solo cantata com...

22 Jul 2017

[Vocal Saturday]

Monteverdi's madrigals hold a special place in music history, they defined the early Baroque aesthetics, the stille moderno, and the stille concitato. Here is an example from his Book 8 of madrigals. If you like this music, a group of local young choral...

10 Jul 2017

[Vocal Tuesday]

Carlo Gesualdo (c. 1561 - 1613) was a late Renaissance / early Baroque composer. The music in his sixth book of madrigals (1611) employed 'abrupt changes in texture' and chromaticism that 'is extensively unusual, and the harmonic language is so beyond t...

1 Jul 2017

/Music of the 17th and 18th centuries/
[Vocal Saturday]

On the day of 1st July, I share with you the single most famous baroque lament in history, written by the most important English baroque composer. 

In this recording, conductor Parrott and soprano Van Evera took an...

27 Jun 2017

/Music of the 17th and 18th centuries/

[Vocal Tuesday]

A solo cantata by Dieterich Buxtehude (1637 - 1707), scored for soprano, two violins, violone, and continuo. The young JS Bach had much admiration for Buxtehude's works, and walked from Arnstadt to Lübeck, a distance...

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This blog is a platform for me to share music of the 17th and 18th centuries on a daily basis. I do this out of my love for music from the period, and my passion for historically informed performances (HIP). 

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