Showing posts with label beethoven. Show all posts
Showing posts with label beethoven. Show all posts

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Rowan sings Ode to Joy

Beethoven's 9th Symphony like you've never heard it before!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Stunning performance of Odes to Joy

City of Dunedin Choir, Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir and soloists joined the NZSO and conductor Pietari Inkinen last night, 28 September 2011, for the performance of the decade! The Dunedin Town Hall was packed and the audience spell-bound from the first to the last notes of Gareth Farr's new work Kaitiaki and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.

The soloists were:
Madeleine Pierard
soprano
Sarah Castle mezzo-soprano
Simon O’Neill tenor
Jonathan Lemalu bass-baritone

During the pre-concert talk Gareth Farr said that the afternoon rehearsal he attended had been the best performance of Kaitiaki so far, but you can bet we gave much more during the evening performance.

Here are some comments from the audience:

"Stunning!"

"You guys were just great" - from members of the NZSO to a City of Dunedin Choir member on the aeroplane flying back to Wellington

"Goosebumpy"

"The best Beethoven's 9th I've heard..."

"What a great concert!"

"Congratulations! What a spine tingling night from start to finish. I thought the Kaitiaki was fantastic and could have listened to it over again."

"The choir in both works was stupendous."

"Congratulations to the City of Dunedin Choir on a job well done! That was great...we've enjoyed every moment of the Odes to Joy!"  - from Southern Sinfonia

"Wonderful concert, the boys all loved it. Farr marvelous!" - from Waitaki Boys High

"I really enjoyed the Odes to Joy concert....especially the Gareth Farr.........what a wonderul work."

Where you there? What did you think of this performance?

Thank you to New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for bringing this opportunity to Dunedin - wow! what an experience!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Ode to Joy

"Ode to Joy", Beethoven's 9th Symphony, performed by the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Orchestra conducted by Volker Hartung. Live from Lee Foundation Hall in Singapore.




"Ode to Joy" (German: "An die Freude" in D major, first line: "Freude, schöner Götterfunken") is an ode written in 1785 by the German poet, playwright and historian Friedrich Schiller, celebrating the brotherhood and unity of all mankind. It is best known for its musical setting by Ludwig van Beethoven in the final movement of his Ninth Symphony (completed in 1824), a choral symphony for orchestra, four solo voices and choir.

The Beethoven setting was adopted as the Anthem of Europe by the Council of Europe in 1972 and the then European Community—since 1993 the European Union—in 1985; the tune was also used in the anthem of Rhodesia. It has been used in a number of other contexts: notably in Stanley Kubrick's 1971 film A Clockwork Orange and in the Die Hard film franchise. It is also the basic melody for the song "A Song of Joy" by Miguel Ríos, and "Road To Joy" by Bright Eyes.

City of Dunedin Choir will perform this work together with the NZSO on Wednesday 28 September, 6:30pm, Dunedin Town Hall.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

A conductor is born

This is 3 year old Jonathan conducting to the 4th movement of Beethoven's 5th Symphony. This piece was originally conducted by Herbert von Karajan and the Berliner Philharmoniker, one of Jonathan's favorite conductors and orchestras. Jonathan's passion for classical music became apparent when he was only eight months old. Shortly after that he began conducting on his own.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Bach bites Wolf, Wolf bites DOG, DOG takes Beet, Beet kills all...

I'll let you all in on a not-so-little secret: This isn't the only blogging I do.

I actually keep a few other blogs around the net, and participate in a few forums. Now, I'm not about to bore you with the off-topic discussions that I get involved with, so you don't have to worry about that. But I thought some of you might find my recent posts relevant to Mr Bach of interest.

I didn't think they were suitable for this blog - that is why they ended up on my own site. But I will post links to them here, as some of you might find them amusing. (Clicking on the links will open them up in a new window for you.)



If you're a Bach fangirl/fanguy, you might find the first two posts not so much to your liking. At this juncture, I should probably explain that I actually quite like Bach and am enjoying the current work we're doing (sometimes for the wrong reasons), but he just doesn't get me the spinal shivers that really great music should deal me.

So if you're looking for something to read, click on the above links. And if you disagree with me, please feel free to state your side of the case - disagreement is the spice of life, after all!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Ode to Joy



Okay, so it's not Bach, but it is a wonderful interpretation of one of the choral masterpieces.

Enjoy. Or not.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Greatest choral moments

What are your favourite musical moments of your choral career?

If I was going to write a list of greatest choral moments, it would be a long one, but there are a few that stand out.

  • The Alleluia from the Bernstein Mass is definitely up there, complete with Kazoo chorus. ("Alleluia al-allelui-ya ya!") (I couldn't find a Youtube for this movement, so I stuck in the Simple Song, which is lovely).

  • The Choir of Angelicals from the Dream of Gerontius. ("Praise to the holiest in the heights, and in the depths be praise. In all His words most wo-on-der-fu-ul!") What a great work.

  • The Lord's Prayer from Afrikan Sanctus for sheer thumb-candle waving nausea/hilarity in the dress rehearsal. Apart from that, the Sanctus is actually a great sing, combining recorded original content from 1970s Africa with Fanshawe's own composition. Truly unique stuff, and worth performing if only for its originality.

  • Beethoven's Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage ("Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt"). The most wonderfully crafted choral piece I've ever had the honour of singing. Choral orgasm. Absolute divinity. I know why I am alive. My favourite all-time piece. How can we convince David this is worth performing? Does he take bribes? Or is the Committee I have to slip twenties to? ;-)

  • Durufle's Ubi Caritas. Simple. Beautiful. I want it at my funeral, even though it isn't really a funeral piece, as it's about peace and friendship.


I could go on and on, but I'll cut the list here.

What are your 'greatest choral moments'?