live broadcast alert

update [07-Jun-2012]: let’s start here! all videos available for next 29 days, courtesy of Finnish Television. ENJOY!

rearranging post, now with updates on the works themselves (slowly…)

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live broadcast from Helsinki Wednesday Jun 6, 2012, 1600GMT:
Video stream link, radio stream link, or link from the worldconcerthall. Clik here to sort out your time zone.

G.B. Ferrandini Il Pianto di Maria — The Virgin’s Lament. (<– i currently re-listening, AMAZING!!! let’s hope they put it up somewhere, else i put on YT soon! truly amazing)

It is a lament from the Virgin Mary while witnessing the crucifixion of her Son. The piece takes on styles appropriate to both the theatre and to the church, no mean achievement in a time when the church was “on the lookout” for secular tendencies. The recitatives are bold, original and sometimes quite dissonant. The Virgin’s utterances are heartfelt, and therefore, quite dramatic. In one recitative, she remonstrates with the angels, with God the Father and with the Holy Spirit for not coming to the aid of her Son in His agony. While this sort of expression has its roots in the psalms, it is remarkable to dramatize the Passion from the direct standpoint of the Blessed Virgin—even the Stabat Mater sequence tells the story in the third person. The arias are where we hear the contrpuntal style of the church. The singer’s part is almost instrumental, becoming more vocal only in one aria. The last recitative (and the last number of the piece) ends abruptly—it depicts the earthquake after Christ’s death.

That’s quite a repertoire shift: Verdi to Bellini to Berlioz and now to Händel.  Just saw a review her voice is also in top form in Halle, so , quite looking forward, pending technical / time conversion suspense.

While you’re at the concert site, check out a couple of very nice interviews, one with Frau Kasarova and one with the young and interesting conductor Yordan Kamdzhalov.  It’s nice to hear him discussing making music, very genuine.
He was just here in Boston! at harvard university! on the same day i was in Munich seeing premiere of Capuleti :-), otherwise it would have been a nice concert to attend.

some pix from video stream, that was some beauuutiful soft singing!! really like the sound of orchestra.


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21 Responses to live broadcast alert

  1. Eyesometric says:

    Completely off topic: do you have good conditions for the transit of Venus tonight?

    • thả diều says:

      :-), no, i havent seen the sun since… it seems to be a global phenomenon, this cloudy sky business, so thick cloud + rain + temperature hovering around 10degC! we (work group) have visitors from Italy and England here and they’re freezing (since heaters are off for the summer…) so no, no venus for me :-), what about you? (seems like Smorgy has good view..)

      • Eyesometric says:

        Apparently we get a view at about 05.30 and the conditions today have been similar to yours, so 2 reasons it is doubtful for me!

  2. thả diều says:

    yay, after some (*&$#%, audio capturing is on… and video streaming working for me

    • thả diều says:

      swinging, tapping feet along, Ferandini…
      wow, that’s some beaaautiful soft singing….love orchestra too
      back again, that soooft part, gosh… she should sing MORE often with these small baroque orchestras!!! sooo much room for sooooft expression, *love*, those trills, gave me goosebumps…

      • Eyesometric says:

        I HAD A POWER CUT waaaailll!
        Where are we?

      • thả diều says:

        oh, poor you, we’re in intermission now, she’s singing Handel on 2nd half, 1st half, orchestra played 3 small Handel works, then she sang this beaaaautiful Ferandini’s piece which Smorgy and I will now have to do some research to see vhat she sang :-). That soft part was reallly amazing, wow. time like these, i really wish orchestras can just be so small and nice to let singers caresses suuuch soft phrases and trills.

        • Eyesometric says:

          Isn’t the Finnish language interesting?

          • thả diều says:

            yes! i wanted to capture this on the screen, how they register on the soundwave :-). i think dutch is also like this, my sister says it sounds like “arranging the dishes” 🙂

            Edit: hmm, Eyes, you need to get to fb at some point down the line. we’ve been mainly discussing over there throughout the past few concerts, including a lively one on this 🙂

  3. Eyesometric says:

    Look in your email box!

  4. Cat says:

    Grr frustrating just out of one task and got to start another shortly and they are on intermission 😦 .

    She did a piece from Il Pianto? How long was it? There is a stunning Cavatina in that… I have a gorgeous album of that sung by Bernarda Fink… very exciting 🙂

    • thả diều says:

      ah, then you must have seen my 100+ messages both here and on fb about the soft singing? AMAZING! Hopefully they leave the video of the concert up so we can watch later as well…

      • Eyesometric says:

        I *have* joined the VK fb page – is that the one you mean? I’m still trying to work out how things work!!

  5. thả diều says:

    wow, that was exciting! shoulder wrapper flew off! i’d fly to europe anytime to hear her sing, both ariodante and Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno

    • thả diều says:

      gosh, i love the sound of orchestra to start “verdi pratti”

    • Eyesometric says:

      I’m with you on the small orch. suiting her. Entirely different feel being part of the orch rather than being accompanied by and she really seemed to have fun.

    • thả diều says:

      and now the beautiful orchestra sound to Haydn… sadly i have to pack up and run… darn meeting at 2pm, argh.

      back, turns out i can’t leave yet, this darn sound capturing device thinks it needs 5 more min to save…

      more time to enjoy this realllllly beautiful sound from the orchestra. Did i mention i big fan of period instruments? and small orchestra? very nice personality too, how about that solo violin bit in 2nd movement ay!

  6. operasmorg says:

    Hey, so there was a live session here, too! 😀 I guess we’ve gotta organize live watching/listening places for next broadcast or something.

    • thả diều says:

      yes, i realized Eyes were not on fb, so i spilled out here :-). In a way, fb is more instantaneous.
      Eyes, so you did make it to VK fb page! congratulations!
      Actually a bunch of us WS were commenting on my private wall coz i didn’t want to spam VK’s page, so in a way, you wouldn’t have seen it Eyes, unless you become our “friends” 🙂 . and i leave it to you, coz i can’t invite you anyway, you must have put up the great wall of security.

      gosh, am still listening to il pianto di Maria… must have been 10th round now…

  7. Eyesometric says:

    Very grateful for your consideration – thank you.
    Now to get to grips with this “friends” concept!

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