Blogging live from the departure lounge at the airport where I am to start my latest round of travels, I thought I would leave my loyal readers some things to entertain themselves while I’m on the road. Well, it turns out that one can watch a bunch of classical music performances free on Youtube. Here are some that I stumbled across in the last few days and found in accordance with my taste (heavily weighted towards the German baroque)

Flammende Rose, from the Nine German Arias by Handel, sung by a countertenor and accompanied on period instruments.

A playlist mainly composed of Misha Maisky playing the Bach Cello suites. Good to put on as background music while typing.

Another playlist with a very generous selection of Bach choral music by different performers.

Readers are invited submit their own favorite Youtube videos of classical music performances in “comments”

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Fleisher, Graffman, Istomin

Speaking of Dearly Departed Ivories, the Library of Congress has released a series of videos (webstreaming links here) of Eugene Istomin interviewing a series of panels of great musicians. As an indication of the sort of the luminaries he was able to draw together, the “Pianists” panel features Emmanuel Ax, Yefin Bronfman, Leon Fleisher, Gary Graffman, Charles Rosen, and the “Composers”, “Virtuosos”, “Conductors” and “Chamber Musicians”, are all at a similar level. Of course this is all must-see for music history geeks like myself, so I’ve been working my way through the videos, starting with “The Pianists”, then “The Composers”, and I’m now on “The Conductors”. Read the rest of this entry »

Edward Aldwell, 1938-2006

March 13, 2007

Edward Aldwell

Checking up on what Aldwell was up to these days–I remembered hearing something vague about his working on some new recordings–I found out that he died in an ATV accident a few months ago. Turns out he was getting ready to record the English Suites, but now we’ll never get to find out to find out what his interpretation might have been like, which is a real shame. Amazon lists about 6 CD albums, belonging to him, all but one of them Bach. There must be others recorded on LP and not remastered, and I’d be interested to find out what those might be. Read the rest of this entry »