Update for 2007-08-27
I hope you've been enjoying your summer. I have been busy with work
and family and preparing for an upcoming small recital -- more about
that below. I want to point out a link in the links section, below,
which is very dear to me -- Sasha Kantsberg's site. Enjoy!
** OrganPROMOTION is releasing a CD/DVD honoring Daniel Roth in
September. Interviews with Daniel Roth in English and French and the
DVD jacket may be viewed at this URL:
** Liudmila Matsiura sent me these videos of the First International
Organ Festival in Alcala de Henares (Madrid, Spain):
The first concert - GUY BOVET (Switzerland)
The second concert - LIUMILA MATSYURA (Russia)
** Photos and program from Domitila Ballesteros' concert at XXI
International Organ Festival of Montevidéu can be viewed here:
** NEW LINKS:
In Church Musician Resources:
**Hymns on the Pipe Organ - The site aims to provide quality hymn
accompaniments for congregational singing. Public Domain hymns only,
and as such are provided free of charge. All MP3 files (320 bits
compression) can be freely downloaded.
In Choral Resources:
** Composer Lior Navok - Music for orchestra, chamber music, choir, and more.
** Sasha Kantsberg (Israel) - Official Website of Alexander (Sasha)
Kantsberg – Choir Conductor, Big Band Leader, Teacher, Saxophonist and
Sasha Kantsberg was my beloved conductor when I sang in a children's
acapella choir in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. He is an extremely talented
arranger, imaginative jazz musician, and most importantly (to me) a
brilliant, inspiring choir conductor. I owe so much to him as a
musician. To see old photos of our choir performing at the St.
Petersburg capella and other venues, click here:
There is also a video made from a movie about our choir, which was
shown on Russian National TV in 1989:
http://www.kantsberg.com/cd.htm -- scroll down to Video Tapes and
click on Prelude (documentary film about Alexander's work with
Children's Choir) – Rostov, Russia 1989
In J.S. Bach sites:
Why Bach? - Why Bach? is an online appreciation of Bach's genius for
the general reader. It features notated musical examples that play as
a cursor follows along. Lively, incisive commentary uses colored text
to call attention to specific events in the examples, giving the
non-music reader a window into Bach's incomparable art.
I have looked at the free examples and loved the commentary. My only
gripe is that all music is played back via software, which makes it
sound kind of... dead. Especially since the aim of this project is to
open the world of Bach to the general readers, it would have
benefitted immensely from including clips of real performers playing
on real instruments.
** Arthur LaMirande sent a link to this NY Times article.
Unfortunately at the time I am writing this newsletter, the article is
no longer free.
Newspapers Trimming Classical Critics
Classical music criticism, a high-minded endeavor that has been around
at least as long as newspapers and reached an English-language peak
with George Bernard Shaw, has taken a series of hits in recent months.
Critics' jobs have been eliminated, downgraded or redefined at
newspapers in Atlanta, Minneapolis and elsewhere ...
In a couple of weeks, I am going to be playing a small all-Bach
recital in Nantucket, MA.
Prelude XXI from Well-Tempered-Clavier vol 1
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV 645
Wo soll ich fliehen hin BWV 646
Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ BWV 649
O Mensch, bewein dein Sunde gross BWV 622
Fantasia super Komm, Heiliger Geist BWV 651a
Fugue from Toccata and Fugue in F, BWV 540
Comments/feedback on the program are welcome.
Thanks and have a good week!