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.