Heitor Villa-Lobos

3 10 2008




Indian harmonium

26 09 2008

Not native to the Indian subcontinent, the harmonium was introduced into raga in the 19th century, and has been a staple ever since. Here is one good example of its use by Suvendu Banerjee.





For AG

22 09 2008

“Mon Coeur s’ouvre à ta voix”

Olga Borodina, Plácido Domingo

Samson et Dalila
Camille Saint-Saëns (1877)

[It’s one of her favorite moments in opera]





Some Purcell

19 09 2008

Hasn’t been a decent English composer since… don’t even get me started on Benjamin Britten!





El Último Vals

14 09 2008

The first single by the Spanish rock group, La Oreja de Van Gogh, since the departure of their former lead singer, Amaia Montero, last year. Their new vocalist, Leire Martinez, seems to be a good Amaia impersonator, but she has spunk, and that is to be respected. We’ll give her a shot.





Some Mexican culture

5 09 2008

This is by Manuel de Zumaya, an 18th century Kapelmeister of the Mexico City Cathedral, as sung by Chanticleer on their Mexican Baroque CD.





Berg’s Violin Concerto

29 08 2008




Carnatic Classical Music

19 08 2008


To take the place of the polemical post. As you may know, Indian classical music is generally divided into two types: northern Hindustani music characterized by such instruments as the sitar and the tabla, and the Carnatic southern school. Note here the the woman playing the veena accompanimed by the mridangam, or drum.





Verano Porteño

20 07 2008

“Buenos Aires Summer”. Some timely music of Astor Piazzolla from Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires) (though down there, it’s winter).





John Adams – Harmonielehre

4 07 2008

I usually regard orchestral music to be unbearably pretentious, but it has been over two years since I have spoken of the composer John Adams, and the video above was worth watching, so here it is.