“De Profundis”

“De Profundis” -- Music based on Psalm 130 J.S. Bach (1685-1750) -- Chorale Preludes on “Aus tiefer Noth schrei’ ich zu dir” BWV 686, 687 Herbert Howells (1892-1983) -- Psalm Prelude, Set II, No.1Ü Gustav Merkel (1827-1885) -- Sonata in e, Op.137 Psalm 130 is one of the so-called “Seven Penitential Psalms” associated with penitential … Continue reading “De Profundis”

Mendelssohn at 200

Sonata in A major, Op. 65, No. 3 -- Con moto maestoso,  Andante tranquillo Prelude and Fugue in G major, Op. 37, No.2 Sonata in f minor, Op. 65, No. 1 --Allegro moderato e serioso, Adagio, Andante. Recitativo, Allegro assai vivace A lot of “serious” musicians dislike Mendelssohn. (They also dislike Tchaikovsky, even though he … Continue reading Mendelssohn at 200

Celebrating Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Kinderszenen (Scenes of childhood), Op. 15 Vom fremden Ländern und Menschen (Of foreign Lands and Peoples) Kuriose Geschichte (A Curious Story) Bittendes Kind (Pleading Child) Wichtige Begebenheit (An Important Event) Der Dichter spricht (The Poet speaks) Waldszenen (Forest scenes), Op.82 Vogel als Prophet (Prophet Bird) Frauenliebe und-Leben (Woman’s life and love), Op. 42 This year … Continue reading Celebrating Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

The Twentieth Century

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) Sonate I Jean Langlais (1907-1991) Ave Maria, Ave maris stella (No. 1 of Trois Paraphrases Grégoriennes) Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) Prelude and Fugue on a theme of Vittoria It would be quite impossible, in the space of half an hour, to present a definitive programme of music from the twentieth century. This applies … Continue reading The Twentieth Century