music for late night thursday

(i think we had an idea once, that she’d conduct her own Ariodante show with her orchestra, and sing Polinesso at the same time! She can tour it, with all our fav Ariodantes! and on occasions she can also swap out with Prina for Polinesso! jeah!)

(and we also have candidates for Ginevra and Dalinda!)


music for the night

Monteverdi “Voglio di vita uscir” (I want to depart this life)

Voglio di vita uscir, voglio che cadano
Quest’ossa in polve e queste membra in cenere,
E che i singulti miei tra l’ombre vadano,
Già che quel piè ch’ingemma l’herbe tenere
Sempre fugge da me, ne lo trattengono
I lacci, ohimè, del bel fanciul di Venere.

Vo che gl’abissi il mio cordoglio vedano,
E l’aspro mio martir le furie piangano,
E che i dannati al mio tormento cedano.
A Dio crudel, gl’orgogli tuoi rimangano
A incrudelir con gl’altri. A te rinuncio,
Né vo’ più che mie speme in te si frangano.

S’apre la tomba, il mio morir t’annuncio.
Una lagrima spargi, et alfin donami
Di tua tarda pietade un solo nuncio,
E s’amando t’offesi, homai perdonami.

I want to depart this life, I want my bones
to fall into dust, and my limbs into ashes,
and my sobs to disappear among the shadows,
since those feet, which adorn the tender grasses,
are always fleeing from me; nor are they restrained,
alas, by the bonds of the lovely son of Venus.

I want the depths of hell to see my sorrow,
and the Furies to weep for my harsh agony,
and the damned to acknowledge my torment.
Farewell, cruel one, let your pride remain
to torture others; I renounce you!
I no longer want you to dash my hopes to pieces.

The tomb opens: my death is at hand.
Shed but one tear, and at the last give me
a single sign of your pity (now too late);
and if my love has offended you, forgive me now!

(now i’m hoping to eventually get a clip of her singing “lasciatemi morire” …)

music for thursday

sorry for the overly religious content if you understand and can’t handel it.. without understanding (though i know what it’s about..) you can really enjoy the harmony , interactions between the vocal and viola da gamba mixed in with harpsichord, then finally the gorgeous interweaving of baroque violin and the other 2 instruments in the entire last minute (would have been great to hear the oboe here too!). waaaay back in college just after discovering classical music, i stepped into a record store and heard a recording of Kathleen Battle singing this and fell in love with it instantly (without ever checking the meaning). In this particular take, you can interpret the voice as simply part of the 4 instruments, and likely the content is reflected in the “swing”. We can jot this down as the mildly expressive way, the “typically” way to sing Bach? As opposed to something with a bit more expression, e.g., Sandrine Piau’s version here, to super fast tempo? Am still working that into head, especially after a recent discussion on secular vs “typical” approach..

Romina Basso radio alert

look at the cast!! and conductor!

Live radio streaming on Sveriges Radio P2
Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno
Sandrine Piau, sopran
Inga Kalna, sopran
Romina Basso, kontraalt
Michael Spyres, tenor
Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester
Emmanuelle Haïm, dirigent
Live concert: 12 Januari 2018 Berwaldhallen

When: Friday 12/Jan/2018, at 7.00pm Central Eastern time, 1.00pm Eastern time, 10.00am Pacific time.

(also annoyingly i’ll have a telecon right in the middle of this, *(&$#%#, but i’ll keep the capturing running again. i guess the time to avoid telecon is afternoon..)

Sonia Prina radio alert

Edit: you can re-listen here.
now, from Wigmore hall, here.

(her English is very charming 🙂 . She’s now talking about singing “Il pianto di Maria” )

(annoyingly i’ll have to leave in 1/2 hour, likely just when she starts singing.. due to a telecon meeting (meaning i can’t capture the music either), but will come back..)

Nathalie Stutzmann video stream alert

yaaaaaaay, Nathalie Stutzmann conducted Händel Messiah last night (16/Dec/2017) in Götenborg (with K.Hammarström singing the mezzo part) and it was broadcast live in cinema across entire Sweden! (they really do it right with the broadcast, her Messiah is really something, now i can’t unhear it (the dynamics, am still so sad there was no radio broadcast of it back in 2014 in Paris or in DC in 2015), especially when now listening to other conductors… In any case it is now available for ONE WEEK beginning today here!

relatedly, she also conducted the same piece 2 weeks ago in Oslo, and there will also be a radio broadcast of that on 23/Dec/2017 at 1700GMT here.

Nathalie Stutzmann (and Sara Mingardo) stream alert

Edit: live-stream on youtube here.
Tomorrow, Friday, 1/Dec/2017 , live video stream from Dublin at 1930 GMT, 1430 East coast time, Nathalie Stutzmann conducting the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir and RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra:

(ps- now that i know there is always a stream from Dublin and São Paolo, am hoping soon she’ll also conduct Händel Messiah with Sara Mingardo singing 🙂
and Bach Matthews Passion too!).