Thursday, August 13, 2009

Bachianas in Aspen

The InstantEncore website has added lots of new music this summer. Here's a recent concert that you can stream online - it's from August 8th, and it features cellos from the Aspen Festival Orchestra, soprano Carla Janzen, and mezzo-soprano Jazmina MacNeil. The programme includes Bachianas Brasileiras #1, BB#5 (with Janzen), and music by George Benjamin, Anne Wilson, Julius Klengel, and Astor Piazzolla (arranged by Derek Snyder).

Harvey Steiman reviews this concert at MusicWeb International's website. Apparently there were 37 cellists on stage for the event, which was billed as "A Recital with Cellos." Like Steiman, I was impressed by the playing of the cellos in the Villa-Lobos works, and by the moving piece by Anne Wilson called "Lament (In Memory of Matthew Shepard)".

I listened to this concert on the new Aspen Music Festival iPhone application, powered by InstantEncore. This free app is a winner - I'll be listening to lots of music from Aspen while riding my bike this summer & fall.

1 comment:

  1. Speaking of iPhone apps, the brand-new CBC Radio one is awesome. Though recent changes to Radio 2 haven't all been to my taste, there are very good all-Classical & all-Jazz Internet-only streams, and excellent On-Demand shows. I'm looking forward to listening to the Pinchas Zukerman on Brahms series, and (everyone's new favourite conductor) Bramwell Tovey's series on Beethoven's symphonies.

    Search on iTunes App Store for CBC, or go here for more info: