The Royal Wind Music
Conductor: Paul Leenhouts
When King Henry VIII moved from Greenwich to Windsor in 1510, the author Raphael Holinshed describes the young monarch in his chronicles ‘exercising himselfe dailie in shooting, singing, dansing, wrestling, casting of the bare, plaieing at the recorders, flute, virginals, in setting of songs, and making of ballads.’ Lute, cittern, virginal, organ and recorder seem to be the main instruments from which the existence of English chamber music can be determined. Henry VIII, who owned seventy-six recorders alone near his death, introduced the fashionable Italian practise of having compl...+ info
Without a doubt, Frederic Chopin is the poet of the piano. With Beethoven, the piano already held a dominant position among musical instruments, but with Chopin it achieved poetic status. Chopin was born in Poland in 1810, 17 years prior to Beethoven's death, and so the parameters of Musical Form were already firmly established at that time in history, and from his childhood he took piano lessons in which he was taught classical structures that can be found in all of his works, even in the most innovative ones such as the Ballades. Chopin explored every possible genre for the piano. His w...+ info
Andrés Cea, órgano y claviórgano
May 1997. Professor Lorenzo Ghielmi has invited me to teach a course on Correa’s Facultad orgánica to his students at the Civica Scuola di Musica in Milan. Availing of my journey from Spain, Maestro Andrea Marcon has also asked me to give a concert on the Nacchini organ in the church of Santa Maria dei Battuti, in Treviso. Jean-Claude Zehnder was there, travelling with his students from the Schola Cantorum of Basel. Following the concert, some bottles of wine were emptied at the home of Georgio Gregolin, geometra. A night train would then carry me to Milan. At nine in the morning ...+ info
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