Missing from photo- John Avery; Les Rodgers; Bev Lee
Bill commenced the session with the following:
• Mendelssohn’s Flute Concerto with the Orchestra Royal de Chamber
• Wagner’s Tannhauser Overture played by the Berliner Philharmoniker
• Bach’s Cantata BWV 140 by Kings College Choir, Cambridge University
Neville presented Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Sabine Meyer was the Clarinetist.
Bill concluded the session with Handel’s Hallelujah from The Messiah. Most appropriate for our last session for 2017 before Christmas.
This is the performance of the Messiah by Collegium 1704 & Collegium Vocale 1704, the Prague baroque orchestra and vocal ensemble, recommended by Bill during class today.
Collegium 1704 is a Czech early music orchestra and choir which specializes in Baroque music, particularly that of Zelenka, Bach and Handel.
27 October 2017
Bill commenced the session with Richard Strauss’ ‘Four Last Songs’ (a swan song of sublime beauty), Soprano – Jessie Norman
John presented Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Violinist – Arthur Grumiaux and Beethoven’s Romance for Violin and Orchestra Nos 1 and 2.
Bill concluded the session with a DVD of Act One of The Mikado performed by the English National Opera Company. Act Two will be played later.
10 November 2017
Doug commenced the session with the following:
Bill concluded the second session as follows:
22 September 2017
John is still on a break. He anticipates being back with us next session.
Les presented a DVD featuring Martha Argerich, pianist, playing Sergei Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No.3 conducted by Andre Previn with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Neville played the following selections:
13 October 2017
We welcomed John’s return. We played a selection of music as follows:
25 August 2017
In John’s absence the programme was organized by the members present, as follows:
Les played a CD entitled ‘Transcription of Pictures at an Exhibition’ by Mussorgsky from the piano version to organ by John Victor Arthur Guillou. Juag played the Organ at the Touhalle Concert Hall in Zurich.
Joan’s offering was Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet played by the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra.
Neville then selected from ‘you tube’ the following:
8 September 2017
John is still indisposed – we wish him a speedy recovery. In his absence the group presented various music segments.
To conclude the session, Joan presented a short selection of Chopin’s favourites played by Vladimir Ashkenazy.
28 July 2017
In John’s absence, Les presented the first session, as follows:
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 3
Pictured: Joan Visvader and Les Rodgers, presenters on 28 July
11 August 2017
John presented the session with music from the following composers:
This Youtube video follows the music score with different choral parts - perhaps you would like to follow and perhaps sing the words.
23 June, 2017
John presented the session commencing with Aurelio Magnani (1856 - 1921), composer, clarinettist and pianist. We played
14 July, 2017
John presented a session of American music. The composers are:
26 May 2017
John presented the session with the following selection:
Ludwig van Beethoven 1770 – 1827, Romance No.2 (this was a repetition from last session as we did not play it entirely)
Vaughan Williams 1872 – 1958, The Lark Ascending
Massenet 1842 - 1912, Meditation
The next section included:
Shostakovich 1906 – 1975, two tracks from 'The Gadfly', Romance and Nocturne played by the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine.
Gustav Holst 1874 – 1934 (English and Swedish descent), The Planets Suite played by the Royal Concert Gebouw of Amsterdam.
9 June 2017
John presented the program as follows:
Ludwig van Beethoven 1770 -1827, the Moonlight Sonata
Vladimir Ashkenazy born 1937, Beethoven’s Appassionata Sonata performed by Jeno Jando
Franz Schubert 1797 – 1828, ‘The Trout’ Piano Quintet (three tracks were played)
Mozart 1756 – 1791, three arias from The Magic Flute
We then returned to ‘The Trout’ and listened to two tracks.
We concluded with Neville presenting a short DVD featuring Paul Simon (of Simon and Garfunkel fame) singing with his daughter a song he wrote for her – A moment of Nostalgia.
John presented the session. We commenced with:
2017John presented the session as follows:
10 March, 2017
We welcomed a new member Jan Morgan, and a visitor friend of Freida’s, Sue Campbell.
Joan commenced the session with the first half of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Classical Spectacular’, conducted by Anthony Inglis and performed at the Rod Laver Arena.
After morning tea, Freida presented a TED ED you tube called ‘Music for your Brain’ by Anita Collins. This showed what is happening to your brain when listening to your favourite music.
Joan then presented a CD of Maxim Vengerov, Russian Violinist, playing the Bruch Violin Concerto, part 1 of which is included below.
Doug presented two short segments featuring the Guitar.
24 March 2017
John presented the session commencing with Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893)
Piano Concerto No. 1, Pianist Joseph Banowetz, played by CSR Symphony, Bratislava.
During the coffee break, Doug presented a short clip of an exceptional 13 year old soprano, Amira Willghagen, who won ‘Hollands Got Talent’ at the age of 9.
John continued with a track from Django Reinhart, Classical Jazz Guitarist, playing ‘Sweet Georgia Brown’ recorded in 1939.
We then played Symphonic Poem No. 4 by Lithuanian composer Mieczyslaw Karlowicz (1876 – 1909).
We finished with Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Tempest’.
10 February 2017
At our first session John introduced two new members, Les Rodgers and Bill Squires. John’s presentation was follows:
28th October, 2016
Neville presented the session which consisted of selections from Mozart on You Tube, featuring the world famous soprano Kiri Te Kanawa with the Welsh National Opera Orchestra.
11th November, 2016
Joan presented the session, which consisted of the following:
25th November, 2016
John presented the session as follows:
John presented the session.
Freida presented the session. The first presentation was the Goldberg Variations by Bach - played by pianist, composer and arranger Joe Chindamo with the interweaving counterpart for violin composed by Joe played by violinist Zoe Black. We had been introduced to the variations in our last session by John. Bach was commissioned by Goldberg to compose music for him to listen to at night as he was a poor sleeper.
For the second half of the session Freida diversified by showing a Youtube clip of Joe Chindamo talking of his introduction to jazz and playing several pieces.
We concluded with another YouTube clip of Joe and Zoe playing a jazz arrangement of Gershwin’s ‘It ain’t necessarily so’.
26th August 2016
John presented a session of favourites, as follows:
9th September 2016
John presented a group of Scandinavian composers:
Music Appreciation meets twice every month. The next meeting is scheduled for Friday14th October in W4.
Music Appreciation meets twice every month. The next meeting is scheduled for Friday 9th September in W4.
24 June 2016
John presented the session with music from the following composers.
1. Jenohubay (1880-1937). Hungarian violinist, composer and teacher. We listened to two segments of his Concertos, 1 and 2.
2. Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904). His cello concerto with Yo Yo Ma, soloist with the New York Symphony Orchestra.
3. Samuel Barber (1910-1981). His Neo Romantic music, Adagio for Strings.
4. Concluding with Jenohubay's Violin Concerto, No 2 with Chloe Hanslip, soloist.
8 July 2016
John presented the session with music from the following composers.
1. Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). Swedish (born in Finland). We listened to his compositions, Finlandia and Karelian Suite, played by the CSR Symphony Orchestra, Bratislava.
2. Erik Satie (1866-1925). French composer, known to be an eccentric. We listened to a selection of his piano works, Klara Kormondi, pianist.
3. We returned to Sibelius with a selection of his Romantic music, for strings.
22 July 2016
1. Carl Orff (1895-1982) German composer. We played his Carmina-Burana, a large scale work, consisting of 24 poems set to music, the first of which is the well known, O Fortuna.
2. Peter von Winter (1754-1825). German violinist, and composer of flute concertos.
3. Antonio Rosetti (1750-1792). We played a flute concerto with Bruno Meier, soloist with the Prague Chamber Orchestra.
A lively BBC proms performance of Camina Burana from 1994.
You can just watch 'O Fortuna' which is first, or continue on to see the whole performance.
27 May 2016
Joan presented the session. We commenced with Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto played by the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra; followed by a short DVD of the Australian Youth Orchestra’s Tour of Europe. Joshua Bell accompanied them and played the Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto.
In the second half of the session, we listened to Camille Saint Saen’s Symphony No. 3 for Organ played by the National Orchestra of France. We also listened to his composition, La Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah.
We concluded with a portion of Saint Saen’s Carnival of the Animals finishing with the Swan.
10 June 2016
Doug presented the session. In the first half he presented a number of Youth Orchestras of the World some of which were: Venezuelan Youth Orchestra, Contemporary Youth Orchestra Cleveland State University and the Australian Youth Orchestra.
This was followed by music and arrangements by George Percy Grainger (1882 to 1961) and literature regarding the interesting aspects of his life.
The Music Appreciation group also met on Friday 24th June. Notes will be included in the July Newsletter.
Our class is following the career of Joan's granddaughter, a violinist with the Australian Youth Orchestra who has now progressed to play with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Like Joan, we are all very proud of her and enjoy hearing news of her progress each month.
Freida presented our session on May 13th. She chose the classical guitarists, the Grigoryan Brothers. Slava, born 1976 in Kazakhstan (the then USSR) and Leonard, born in 1985 in Australia, after the family emigrated.
They played The Seasons, by Pytr Tchaikovsky – a set of twelve short character pieces for solo piano. Each piece is the characteristic of a different month of the year in the northern hemisphere.
Freida narrated the poems relating to each month of the year – prior to the music.
If you are interested in listening to the 12 'Seasons' on piano, here is the link to Wikipedia on which you can find them, together with the poems relating to them. www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Seasons_(Tchaikovsky). A sample of the month of April, as recorded by the Grigoryan brothers can be found below.
About Music Appreciation
If you enjoy listening to and discussing classical music in a relaxed atmosphere this might be the group for you. the great classics of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries are played on cd followed by discussion, and if you would like to know more about Beethoven, Mozart and their ilk then you would like this group.
2nd and 4th Friday
10 am to 12 noon.
U3A Meeting Room, Fawckner Drive
Convenor and Contact Details
John Avery 5762 1818
Music at BPACC
Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, September 9, 2014.
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