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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Baroque Duet - Kathleen Battle - Wynton Marsalis


Kathleen Battle – Wynton marsalis
Baroque Duet

George Frideric handel
1.- Let the Bright Seraphim (from Samson, HWV 57) 05:32
Alessandro Scarlatti
(from 7 Arie con Tromba Sola)
2.- No. 1 Si Suoni la tromba 03:37
3.- No. 3 con voce festiva 01:29
4.- No. 4 Rompe sprezza 01:18
5.- No. 6 Mio tesoro per te moro (Aria in forma di menuet alla Francese) 04:46
6.- Su le sponde del Tebro I (Cantata a voce sola con violini e tromba) 01:41
7.- Su le sponde del Tebro II (Cantata a voce sola con violini e tromba) 00:59
8.- Su le sponde del Tebro III (Cantata a voce sola con violini e tromba) 02:53
9.- Su le sponde del Tebro IV (Cantata a voce sola con violini e tromba) 00:41
10.- Su le sponde del Tebro V (Cantata a voce sola con violini e tromba) 02:10
11.- Su le sponde del Tebro VI (Cantata a voce sola con violini e tromba) 02:39
12.- Su le sponde del Tebro VII (Cantata a voce sola con violini e tromba) 01:04
13.- Su le sponde del Tebro VIII (Cantata a voce sola con violini e tromba) 02:52
George Frideric Handel
14.- Eternal source of light divine (from Ode for the birthday of Queen Anne, HWV 74) 02:53
Luca Antonio Predieri
15.- Pace una volta (from Zenobia) 06:12
Alessandro Stradella
16.- Sinfonia before Il barcheggio (part 1) for trumpet, strings and basso continuo D major 01:09
17.- Sinfonia before Il barcheggio (part 1) for trumpet, strings and basso continuo D major 01:33
18.- Sinfonia before Il barcheggio (part 1) for trumpet, strings and basso continuo D major 01:40
19.- Sinfonia before Il barcheggio (part 1) for trumpet, strings and basso continuo D major 01:36
Johann Sebastian Bach
20.- Scufzer, Tránen, Kummer, Not (from Ich batte viet Bekümmernis, Cantata No. 21) 04:14
George Frideric Handel
21.- Alle voci del bronzo guerriero (from O! come chiare e belle, HWV 143, Cantata No.19) 03:34
Johann Sebastian Bach
(from Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, Cantata No. 51)
22.- I. Aria: jauchzet Got in allen Landen 04:32
23.- IV Chorale: Sei Lob und Preis mit Ehren, Alleluja 05:56


Silent Night - Kathleen Battle, Wynton Marsalis


Lovely Ms. Battle, accompanied by Wynton Marsalis, offer us their rendition of "Silent Night"

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A Carnegie Hall Christmas Concert / Frederica von Stade, Kathleen Battle, Wynton Marsalis

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Anu Komsi sings Villa-Lobos' Aria-Cantilena


Anu Komsi sings Heitor Villa-Lobos' 'Aria-Cantilena' (Bachianas
brasileiras no. 5) 
in a café-concert in Helsinki in 1993. 
Rautasalo conducts the Sibelius Academy cello ensemble, and Marko Ylönen
plays the cello solo.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Villa Lobos - Bachiana nº 5 - Amel Brahim


Villa Lobos - Bachiana nº 5 - Amel Brahim

 Nº 5 de las Bachianas Brasileiras de Heitor Villa-Lobos, interpretada por
Amal Brahim Djelloul (soprano) Gautier Capuçon (cello) Orchestre Du Violon Sur Le Sable (Les films Jack Febus)


Kathleen Battle and Wynton Marsalis, 'Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen' (J. S...

Kathleen Battle and Wynton Marsalis, 'Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen' (J. S.Bach)


Oscar Peterson - C Jam Blues


Oscar Peterson - C Jam Blues

Live in Denmark,1964.

Oscar Peterson on Piano

Ray Brown on Bass

Ed Thigpen on Drums

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Jacqueline du Pré British cellist


Jacqueline du Pré (1945-1987) with husband, Daniel Barenboim and the Davydov Stradivarius violoncello

Jacqueline du Pré
British cellist

Jacqueline Mary du Pré, OBE was a British cellist. At a young age, she achieved enduring mainstream popularity – unusual for a classical artist. Despite her short career, she is regarded as one of the greatest cellists of all time. 


Most Excellent
Order of the British Empire

About the Archive

This is a digitized version of an article from The Times’s print archive, before the start of online publication in 1996. To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. 

Jacqueline du Pre, a brilliant and charismatic English cellist whose career was cut short by multiple sclerosis, died last night in London, her concert managers said. She was 42 years old.

Miss du Pre, who was stricken with the disease in 1971, had a career that lasted barely a decade. But during her prime she was recognized as one of the world's leading cellists, and served as a role model for many young musicians. During the late 1960's and early 1970's, Miss du Pre and her husband, the conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim, seemed a charmed couple. Often compared with Robert and Clara Schumann, they were admired for their energy, musicality and youthful glamour.

Miss du Pre's playing was characterized by an unusual mixture of elegance and ferocity. ''Miss du Pre is a cellist in the modern vein,'' Harold C. Schonberg wrote in The New York Times after a 1967 concert. ''There is plenty of strength to her playing, and a good measure of romanticism without the romantic string mannerisms of portamento (sliding from note to note) and a fast wide vibrato. She can produce a mellow sound of unusual size and clearly was born to play the cello.''

Miss du Pre excelled in a wide variety of music, specializing in the sonatas of Johannes Brahms and the concertos of Haydn, Boccherini, Schumann, Dvorak and Saint-Saens. She had a particular affinity for English music, and made memorable recordings of the Delius and Elgar concertos. The Elgar was associated more closely with her than with any other cellist since Beatrice Harrison, who died in 1965.

Raymond Ericson, reviewing a 1965 performance of the Elgar work for The Times, observed that ''Miss du Pre and the concerto seemed made for each other, because her playing was so completely imbued with the romantic spirit. Her tone was sizable and beautifully burnished. Her technique was virtually flawless, whether she was playing the sweeping chords that open the concerto, sustaining a ravishing pianissimo tone, or keeping the fast repeated note figures in the scherzo going at an even pace.'' 'Couldn't Feel the Strings'

The first signs of Miss du Pre's illness appeared when she was 26 years old and at the height of her fame. ''My hands no longer worked,'' she recalled in 1978. ''I simply couldn't feel the strings.'' She withdrew from concertizing for one year, then returned, to mixed reviews. The diagnosis of multiple sclerosis followed shortly, and Miss du Pre retired.

By the mid-70's, Miss du Pre was virtually paralyzed. She could no longer dress herself, nor stand unaided, nor travel without a great deal of planning. She put all of her energies into two major activities - teaching, whenever possible, and working for the cause of multiple sclerosis research.
''I had to learn to reconstruct my life,'' she said in 1978. ''But I have found a great deal to do. I go to concerts and see my friends. And the music is still alive in my head.''

Jacqueline du Pre was born in Oxford, England, on Jan. 26, 1945. Her talent was obvious from an early age, and she began cello lessons when she was 5 years old. Her early teachers included Herbert Walenn and William Pleeth; she later studied with Paul Tortelier, Mstislav Rostropovich and Pablo Casals. At the age of 11 she won her first competition, and she eventually took every possible prize for cellists at the Guildhall School of Music.

Her career began in earnest in 1961, when she played a concert at Wigmore Hall in London, using a 1672 Stradivarius that had been presented to her anonymously. ''She was immediately acclaimed for her instinctive feeling for style and breadth of understanding as well as technical proficiency,'' Noel Goodwin wrote in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. When Mr. Rostropovich first heard her play, he remarked that he had found somebody to carry on his work. Married in June 1967
Miss du Pre met Daniel Barenboim at a party in London in 1966. ''Instead of saying good evening,'' she later recalled, ''we sat down and played Brahms.'' They were married in June 1967. Together, they helped begin the South Bank Summer Musical Festival in London the following year.

Mr. Barenboim was once asked what it was like to accompany his wife. ''Difficult,'' he replied. ''It doesn't dawn on her sometimes that we mortals have difficulties in following her.'' In the next few years, they performed throughout the world, both separately and as a duo.

After her incapacitation, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, in tandem with an organization called the Jacqueline du Pre Research Fund, presented several benefit concerts at Carnegie Hall. Among the participants were the violinist Pinchas Zukerman, the cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the pianist Eugene Istomin and several others. Reviewing a 1980 concert, John Rockwell wrote in The New York Times: ''The consistently high quality of these particular benefits can be traced to the close professional and social circle in which Miss du Pre and her husband move. They know the best, and the best play at their benefits.''

In 1981, Miss du Pre's story became the subject of a Broadway play, ''Duet for One,'' by Tom Kempinski, which starred Anne Bancroft and Max von Sydow.

Throughout her illness, Miss du Pre remained sanguine about the future. ''Nobody knows if I'll ever regain mobility,'' she said in 1978. ''It could be that next week I'll find myself walking down the road. I believe in realistic optimism but not wishful thinking.''

She is survived by her husband.


Jacqueline du Pré - Dvořák Cello Concerto – London Symphony Orchestra

Jacqueline du Pré

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191 by Antonín Dvořák 

 A recently re-discovered recording of a concert held in tribute to the
people of Czechoslovakia days after the Soviet Union invaded. 

live at the Royal Albert Hall in September 1968. 

1. Allegro 0:00
2. Adagio, ma non troppo 16:10
3. Finale 29:01