Sunday, February 20, 2011

thanks to colder than expected temps today the snow, sleet and rain forecast turned out a quick 3 inches of snow and after being in the 50s this week Mira the snow dog and I got to XC ski for the fifth weekend in a row! Had the honor of doing some casual music videotaping yesterday afternoon at Dave's with an all star band: Jerry Brandell, Pete Klaver, and Ben Jansson on tenors, Dave on bari, Brian Delaney and George Bedard on guitars, and Andy and me. We were doing Lester Young, here's "Lester Leaps In":
Sad that you can't even see George.

This week's el cheapo classical special is Mozart's Quintet for Horn and String Quartet K.407. Performers are Sebastian Huber on horn and the Endres Quartet, whoever they are, from Vox DL 1000. From the notes: "Like the four Horn Concerti, it was written at the request of the composer's rather picturesque friend, the cheese-handler Ignaz Leitgeb, who was also one of the supreme virtuosos of the French Horn in Mozart's time. Mozart always treated his friend in a truly familiar and even jesting way, always inventing new practical jokes at the expense of the horn-player, who was willing to submit to any of Mozart's whims in order to receive a new composition from him." Mozart supposedly once marked the orchestra part in one of the horn concerti "Allegro" and Leitgeb's part "Adagio".

1st movement
2nd movement
3rd movement

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Mira the snow dog (old picture) and I went skiing again today, this time out on Tubbs Road northwest of town at Paul and Jackie's place. Snowed harder and harder all the time we were out - I think we got more than 3 inches in just a few hours. Here is the C.P.E. Bach Cello Concerto in A WQ 172, in three movements:
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro assai

This recording is MHS 3219, with cellist Robert Bex and an uncredited chamber orchestra conducted by Pierre Boulez. Kloppman had this record back in high school at Interlochen. It's a wonderful concerto but what always struck me was the long cadenza in the third movement. I've heard at least a couple other recordings of this piece and none has a long cadenza like this. Some performances don't have a cadenza here at all. And this cadenza quotes or at least paraphrases J.S. Bach's Partita No. 3 for Violin:

partita excerpt
cello concerto excerpt

J.S. Bach himself reused the Prelude from the Partita No. 3 in the well known Sinfonia from the Cantata No. 29.