The order forms offering music for the year-end festivities begin crossing my desk in September. All lovely, pretty stuff. All pretty much the same as last year. And then we have a banner year, and newly minted magic fills the airwaves. So here's a short list of holiday CD's I found this year--some with a new take on old pieces, and some with something entirely new.
The video game Rock Band lets you sing into a microphone that's plugged into your game console. If you sing the right pitches and the right rhythms, you earn points. A bored flutist recently made this stunning discovery:
While reading through my emails, I found one slugged "Touching story RE: Andre Watts." It both broke my heart and reaffirmed all that we can do with music, and with TV. I was once told that Andre Watts is a great and generous man. This confirms that beyond all doubt. Enjoy.
Fresh from Athens and just a few days after singing Mahler's Das Lied Von Der Erde at Carnegie Hall, tenor Gregory Kunde (who lives in Rochester) will pick up a baton on November 1 at St. Anne Church and conduct Brahms' German Requiem. If you've never seen him sing, here's his performance of Bellini's "A te o cara" from I Puritani.
Translation: To you, oh dear one, love at times lead me furtively and in tears; now it guides me to your side in joy and exultation. At the radiance of such a beautiful hour if I remember my torment, it redoubles my happiness, and I cherish my heart’s beating.