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...

11 Aug 2017


[Instrumental Friday - Gramophone Awards 2017 Shortlist] 

Vivaldi's Concertos for Two Violins recorded and played dazzlingly by Amandine Beyer and her group Gli Incogniti, joined by guest soloist Giuliano Carmignola.

https://open.spotify.com/track/2SaGDAI1WTexlp4TzEvT8C

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2 Aug 2017


[Instrumental Wednesday]


The Gramophone magazine has just announced its Classical Music Awards 2017 shortlist. I will be sharing some of the selected recordings in my posts in the coming weeks. 
Giuseppe Tartini (1692 – 1770) was a composer and violinist. He is most w...

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...

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...

20 Jul 2017

[Vocal Thursday]

Handel wrote 'Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno' (The Triumph of Time and Enlightenment) when he was 22. It was his very first Italian oratorio. Why am I posting this? Because it is my sister's favourite Handel oratorio :) Congrats again Alison Lau...

19 Jul 2017


[Instrumental Wednesday]


Inspired by 潮吹大師, let's hear something composed for the baroque treble recorder lol 
Vivaldi's Concerto in C minor, RV441 is the composer's best-sustained work for recorder, 'it sits comfortably alongside his finest pieces in the concerto...

14 Jul 2017

[Vocal Saturday]

More Gesualdo! Here is another fine example of his mind-blowing harmonic language. 'Moro, lasso, al mio duolo' from his 6th book of madrigals. Look no further than the first two bars: C# major -> A minor...!

'I die, alas, in my suffering,

And she who coul...

14 Jul 2017

[Instrumental Friday]


This is definitely not the prettiest rendition of this piece, but this is how I feel after reading today's news.

Vivaldi himself wrote a set of four sonnets to accompany his famous 'Four Seasons' concertos, giving very specific descriptions of what...

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