Brahms Intermezzo in C: Grazioso e giocoso Op. 119 Nº 3
Sviatoslav Richter (live)
Tempo, yeah. But check the manuscript (pictured above).
Whereas Brahms’ bachelor yolo-mottos “Frei aber einsam” and ”Frei aber froh” (F-A-E, F-A-F) descend from an apex to settle in discomfort and relative contentment, respectively, there is a more spiritually optimistic and emotionally ambiguous motive—a rising third plus a rising step—which one frequently finds lurking about. It dominates this Intermezzo from Op. 119, and has precedents in the motet Op. 74 Nº 1 as well as Ein deutsches Requiem.
A belated Happy Birthday to the magnificent immortal, soprano Montserrat Caballe who turned 81 at the weekend.
Here she is singing in the most defining role of her career- Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia at Carnegie Hall in 1965. Filling in for the indisposed Marilyn Horne at short notice, the virtually unknown (at least in opera’s most esteemed circles) Caballe had the international breakthrough that rarely happens to very few singers (Sutherland in Lucia, Callas in Norma). Earning a 25 minute ovation, she solidified the sacred status as a Diva with the title ‘La Superba’, possessing one of the most divine, ethereal voices ever recorded.
Every sinew of the vocal line placed and moulded with such tenderness and expression, creating an inner beauty within the character of Lucrezia that very few artists had managed to capture. Combined with the most graceful messa di voce and fioratura, she managed to embody all the subtleties and dramatic essence of Bel Canto singing within the role. Benevolent, dramatic, and pouring with gorgeous melancholy.
Natacha Kudritskaya plays Rameau, Suite en la Gavotte et six Doubles
En concert le 25 et 30 juillet au Festival 1001 Notes
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Clip réalisé par Simon Bouisson
Prise de sons Thibaud Maillard
You’re looking at Chladni Figures and this experiment dates back to the 17th century. Ernst Chladni was a physicist and a musician who discovered this phenomenon of acoustics. He was also ridiculed by his peers for theorizing that meteorites came from outer space, not from volcanoes. Boy, were those guys wrong! We digress…
It’s hard to believe that single tones can make such beautiful, intricate designs. It makes us wonder what a symphony must look like!