Paul Hindemith Conducting Paul Hindemith

Paul Hindemith was one of the most important composers of the beginning 20th century. Watch this video where he is conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing one of his own compositions, the Concert Music for Strings and Brass, Op. 50.

Vals Venezolano No. 2 by Antonio Lauro Performed on Accoustic Guitar

This video clip shows the classical guitar piece Vals Venezolano No. 2 composed by Antonio Lauro and performed by Manuel van de Mosselaar, a german musician and music teacher. Antonio Lauro lived from 1917 until 1986 and is considered as one of the most important classical guitar composers from South America. He also worked with several choirs in his country and later became the direcor of the Venezuela symphony Orchestra.
The piece of the video is particulary beautifull and sometimes is called Andreina, a girl’s name, since all the valses of this composer have a girl’s name.
The Vals Venezolano No. 2 is regarded as a piece for guitar players with intermediate skills and should be practiced slowly first. Since it is a vals without any rubato or off time parts, there should be no problem with maintaining the rhythm.

Rostropovich playing the Prelude of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1

Mstislav Rostropovich is one of the great cello players of all times. His interpretations are well received among the classical music lovers, even though some of the people who like to listen to classical compositions like the Cello Suites composed by Johan Sebastian Bach prefer other performers, e.g., Yo Yo Ma or Pablo Cazals. We think that it is a matter of taste.
Watch this video with Mstislav Rostropovich performing the Prelude of the Cello Suite No. 1 and compare it to Yo Yo Ma’s performance. While Rostropovich plays the prelude in about 2 minutes while Yo Yo Ma slows it down about 25% resulting in a 2 minutes and a half performance. Personally, I prefer the faster version of the prelude.
Play this video clip and listen to the Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, which is included in the catalogue of Johan Sebastian Bach’s compositions under the number BWV 1007. The present footage was filmed at the Basilique Sainte Madeleine, Vézelay, Yvonne, France in 1991.
Since Johan Sebastian Bach did not include any indications about the performing details, it is supposed that this prelude should not be played with a slowing down effect on certain parts, which is one of the stylistic elements Yo Yo Ma uses almost anywhere. Since Bach didn’t annotate anything like this in his composition sheets, it should be played straight forward as Mstislav Rostropovich is doing it. He catches and expresses more of the original spirit of this composition.

Beijing Classical Music Ensemble Performing an Old Tune

This video shows the Bejing Classical Music Ensemble playing an old song on traditional instruments. It is a quartet and the song is an old melody composed for these instruments. The concept of chinese music is quite different from western music, even though in recent times, the globalization has a strong impact on the chinese music scene. Now you can listen to a big bunch of singers performing pop music which sounds like any other modern pop song, just with chinese lyrics. The chinese national identity disappears and the product is complying with the need for almost identical stuff that can satisfy the ‘needs’ of millions of potential buyers from all around the world.
This ensemble, however, performs traditional music with traditional chinese instruments. Some comments for this video clip of chinese music mention a too high pitch and the lack of an counter-melody. That’s just not the way chinese music was composed. In chinese music tonality is not that important as rhythm and rhythmical coincidence is release, not harmonic coincidence as in western music. We think that all people regardless of their cultural identity can perceive the joyfull character of the song in this video.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – ‘Der Hölle Rache’ – The Magic Flute

This quintet tries to play western music, a total failure though

This quintet tries to play western music, a total failure though


In 1791 Mozart composed The Zauberflöte (Magic Flute), an opera in two acts which includes a chapter called Königin er Nacht (Queen of Night), and this video showed a song called “Der Hölle Rache” (Hell’s Vengance) which was played in this video by the Cassiano Brass Quintet with NH Lee playing piccolo trumpet. The performance was a regular one with some mediocre spots which we had published here for illustration of bad mediocre playing of one of the great masters of classical composition. If you wish you can go to youtube and watch this video since the publisher there has solicited a no insertion permit after finding out we had recommended this video clip on our guide. To us it seems that the correct thing would have been mailing us with asking for removal (and maybe asing youtube for no insertion too). If you like it, you can download it from there using Real Player or other downloading software. If you wish you might also contuct us for other links to download locations of this video.
Anyway, we soon will provide our readers with some Mozart Quintet and will look now for something that’s worth listening too.