Shakira and Alejandro Sanz Performing La Tortura

This video clip features Shakira and Alejandro Sanz live on stage together in a concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which was organized in an event for fund raising in favour of some part of the population with a social disadvantage.
When we present such a kind of songs in this blog, we usually point out the lack of artistry and focus on saleability of these products made by an uniformly dominated international entertainment industry. Since this concert was organized for a ‘good reason’ we will be more indulgent. However, we still think that this entertainment industry is making tons of money which comes from the pockets of the fans and we are convinced that the enterprises and benefitting stars should put this money from their own pockets instead of using a cover of pretended social commitment with the sole interest of making more publicity for their signed ‘artists’ and to distort the image of a personal profit oriented business by making it appear a socially commited enterprise. Something similar happens when the record labels ask youtube to withdraw certain video clips from the world’s most important moving pictures archieve, claiming copyrights and bringing up arguments like they have to protect the interests of their signed artists when in fact these artists usually like to gain more popularity and don’t receive significant royalties.

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Guitar Players Attila Zoller and Jim Hall Perform Carefull

This video shows the guitar player duo Attila Zoller and Jim Hall performing the jazz tune Carefull on a show for the german television from 1973. It is a quiet piece and shows the exquisite musical taste of both guitar players as well as their well achieved musical understanding of each other.
Attila Zoller can be considered as one of the most important german jazz guitar players of post-war Germany, if not the best. We encourage you to look for other examples of his playing on youtube.
Jim Hall is also a well known guitar player and has performed with many international jazz musicians such as Barney Kessel, Bill Evans and Sonny Rollins, among others.

Tradicional Chinese Tune Liu Yang River Performed by Gu Zheng Duo

In this video Qiong Song and Su Zhao perform the ancient chinese tune Liu Yang River on a tour at the University of New Brunswick Saint John in Canada. Some people think that the 1st song (Liu Yang River) is out of tune because one girl pressed too hard with her left hand while the 2nd tune should be performed much faster. I personally think that the performance of the song is quite enjoyable. You decide for yourself!
For most of the western listeners of this tune it might be difficult to hear the subtleties of the interpretation and yet, they can enjoy the music. However, there is a pont in the critics: Why is this song performed by two gu zheng instrumentalists when they play the same thing? This reminds the desire of pope Gregor when he asked for unisonos for the music performed during the church services which became a starting point for the history of western classical music in the sense that this history culminates with Arnold Schoenberg and other composers of atonal twleve tone music after having suffered the progressive ‘consonantization of dissonances’.
Of course, this kind of concept is not applicable to the chinese music. However, the gu zhengs could have been playing slightly different parts.

Ludwig van Beethoven Cello Sonata in A Major played by Glenn Gould and Leonard Rose

Unfortunately, some jerk removed the embed ability for this video on youtube. This happens sometimes with people full of envy who don’t want to share the videos they upload to youtube, even thought they are for sure not the copyright holders. They just don’t want other people to enjoy the music videos outside of youtube, a contradiction by itself. Youtube should offer the possibility to disallow embedding at publishing time and not only when some jerk suddenly finds out that his/her video had been republished somewhere. Why wait all the time till somebody actually uses the features of youtube and then destroy his/her work of embedding and commenting? We’re pretty sure that some of the videos which later on where disabled for embedding are not propperty of the republisher, some show a tv station logo and in these cases the corresponding tv station should hold the copyright while the republisher just happens to have a tv recording or DVD. Envy rules the world!
After all, the Music Video guide wants to help people to learn more about the vast spectrum of music beyond the typical pop stuff. We promise to find a way for you to watch this video clip of a recording from 1960 where Glenn Gould on the piano and Leonard Rose on the cello and play the first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major which is catalogued as Op. 69 of this famous german composer who lived at the borderline between classical and romantic music. The tempo of this movement is indicated as Allegro ma non tropo.
This is a beautiful interpretation of the piece by both artists, despite the fact that it sometimes seems to be a piano sonata accompanied by the cello and not a cello sonata accompanied by a piano. This might be related to Glenn Gould’s particular style of piano playing but could also be the intention of the composer who in fact was one of the first composers who used to write indications regarding the dynamics of his compositions. This has to do partly with the evolution of piano constructing techniques and the mechanism between the keys and the strings which was changing at Ludwig van Beethoven’s time.
Both musicians put a lot of soul into their playing and there is an anecdote about the recording. Check that both musicians are playing out of memory. Leonard Rose knew this piece from former performances and the recording staff didn’t want to have a stand with the sheet music between the camera and the cello player, so Rose decided to play out of memory to please the producers. Glenn Gould didn’t want to look less talented and so he memorized the entire sonata the night before the recording!

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Concert for Flute Harp and Orchestra

This video clip shows Katrina Szederkenyi on the harp and Desislava Dobreva on flute performing the first movement of the Concert for Flute, Harp and Orchestra. In this version, the orchestra is subsituted with a piano, which is a frequent way of reducing costs and still be able to perform a musical piece that involves a symphony orchestra. The composition is registered under the number 299 in the Köchel-Register and is the only composition of Mozart that includes a harp which was still being developed at the time.
The austrian composer was requested to compose this concert by the Duke of Guines who ocasionaly played the flute while his daughter played the harp, receiving composition lessons from Mozart.
Since then this piece has become very popular and is frquently played in the original form as well as with small orchestras or piano and serves to expose the capacity of harp players, despite the fact that there are no rich glissandi in the piece which are one of the characteristics of modern harp compositions.
During the performance, the harp and the flute play as a duo in some parts while most of the time they or the harp alone play together with the orchestra, or with the piano in this case. When playing duo, the harp and the flute perform a counterpoint which is a classical element of composition. In this first movement, both themes are presented by the piano and lateron developed by the harp and the flute.
Enjoy this beautifull piece and listen to more music by Mozart, one of the most prolific composers of the classical period. There are some more videos of music by Mozart on fiesta-musical.com, including a version of the Turkish March on alto saxophone.

Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass – ‘Stormy Weather’

Watch this video of two jazz giants treating the classical blues theme ‘Stormy Weather’. As always, Joe Pass plays his guitar in a superb manner and building an excellent base for the divine voice of Ella Fitzgerald. This video was recorded around 1975 in a german television studio.