Author: marksmith

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 A Classical A-Z This is the first show in what is going to be a change of format  to Variations on a Theme.  A change of circumstances has robbed me of the time needed to put together new themed shows every week so I’ve come up with a new format and show that I’m going […]

 My theme for this week is the work of two contemporary classical musician, the French violinist  Isabelle Faust and the Russian pianist Alexender Melnikov.  Faust and Melnikov record for the same label, Harmonia Mundi and both of them have very recently released new and excellent CD’s which you will get to hear pieces from,  but […]

 My theme for today is The Sixteen, which is a United Kingdom-based choir and period instrument orchestra; founded by Harry Christophers in 1979 and still conducted by him. The Sixteen has been a regular at major concert halls and festivals worldwide for over 30 years.  The group performs early English polyphony, works of the Renaissance, Baroque […]

 Today’s theme is the going to be the Baritone voice, which is a type of male singing voice that lies between the bass and tenor voices. It is the most common male voice and the word Baritone is derived from the Greek word (barýtonos), which means deep sounding.  Now a lot of the most famous […]

This weeks show is going to feature music for wind instruments by Mozart.  Mozart wrote some of the most beautiful music for wind instruments in the history of music and he really captured the lyrical qualities and capabilities of a wide range of wind instruments.  He even managed to make the bassoon sound beautiful.!!   […]

  Concerto Italiano Part 1 – My theme for the next 2 weeks is music played by an ensemble called the Concerto Italiano.  Now the Concerto Italiano is is an Italian early music vocal and orchestral ensemble that has become well known for playing the music of baroque composers and especially for their involvement in […]

 The Fortepiano – Repeat of show from 2011 Bartolomeo Cristofori is properly credited with making the first example, which was recorded among Ferdinando’s possessions in 1700. Cristofori named it gravicembalo col piano e forte,meaning ‘harpsichord with soft and loud’ ― but unlike a conventional harpsichord it did not pluck the strings, but had small hammers striking them.  This is the […]

 Welcome to the first Variations on a Theme show for 2012.  Now I was very dilgent through December and stuck to the theme of Christmas and Advent throughout the month but now it’s the New Year so time for some new themes  and I’m going to start with a theme suggested by Mel Moratti, one […]

I think that we all know that Advent is the time of year leading up to Christmas, which is probably best known to children through the ever popular advent calendar. But advent is actually a very specific period in the liturgical calendars it is the beginning of the Western liturgical year and commences on Advent […]

I think that we all know that Advent is the time of year leading up to Christmas, which is probably best known to children through the ever popular advent calendar. But advent is actually a very specific period in the liturgical calendars it is the beginning of the Western liturgical year and commences on Advent […]


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