Thursday, 23 December 2010

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Gaudete Christus est natus

Piae Cantiones: Iucundare iugiter

Video info:

Finnish Radio Chamber Choir
Timo Nuoranne (conductor)

Iucundare iugiter
plebs devota debitis
melos canens dulciter
Christi Iesu meritis.

Iucundare iugiter,
plebs devota debitis.
Qui te tulit agriter
vinculis ab intimis.

S. Alfonso de' Liguori: Quanno nascette Nínno a Bettlemme (Pastorale)

Friday, 5 November 2010

J.S Bach: Mass in B Minor - Cum Sancto Spiritu

Performed by brass ensemble Solti György Rézfúvós Együttes.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Woman with a Candle

Woman with a Candle by Godfried Schalcken (1643-1706), date unknown

Friedrich II: Il ré pastore - Sinfonia for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 horns, strings & b.c. in D major

Video info:


Serenata composed with Carl Heinrich Graun, Johann Joachim Quantz, Christoph Nichelmann
dedicated to: Sophia Dorothea of Hannover

Sinfonia n. 3 for two flutes, two oboes, two horns, strings and basso continuo in D major [1743?]

I. Allegro assai - 0:05
II. Andante (Espressivo) - 3:39
III. Scherzando (Allegro) - 8:13

Manfred Friedrich (flute)
Reinhardt Vogel (harpsichord)

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra / Harmut Haenchen (conductor)

Capriccio 10.064 - DDD

Friday, 22 October 2010

Joseph-Nicolas Pancras Royer: La Marche des Scythes

Video info:



La Marche des Scythes (Fièrement) - 0:05

Skip Sempé (harpsichord)

Capriccio Stravagante

Paradizo PA-PBX - DDD

[on authentic instruments]

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

J.S Bach: Mt. Passion - "Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben"

Video info:

St. Matthew Passion BWV 244
Aria "Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben"
Sibylla Rubens, soprano
Collegium Vocale, Dir. Philippe Herreweghe

Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben,
Von einer Sünde weiß er nichts,
Daß das ewige Verderben
Und die Strafe des Gerichts
Nicht auf meiner Seele bleibe.

Out of Love my Saviour is willing to die,
Though he knows nothing of any sin,
So that eternal ruin
And the punishment of judgment
May not rest upon my soul.

1. G. Brandi, Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, 1650
2. D. Velázquez, Christ Crucified, c. 1632
3. A. Carracci, Pietà, 1599
4. A. Carracci, Pietà with Sts Francis and Mary Magdalen, 1602-07
5. D. Crespi, Pietà, c. 1626
6. J. de Ribera, Pietà, 1637
7. W. Bouguereau, Pietà, 1876
8. Baciccio, The Pietà, 1667
9. A. Carracci, Pietà, c. 1603
10. C. le Brun, Pietà, 1643-45
11. S. Botticelli, Pietà (Detail), c. 1495
12. P. Veronese, The Resurrection of Christ, c. 1570

Monday, 20 September 2010

W.A Mozart: Concerto in D minor "Romanze"

The Israel Sinfonietta,
Eleni Traganas, pianist
Uri Mayer, conductor

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Nicolas de Grigny

I have found a tremendous little piece by Baroque organ composer Nicolas de Grigny but unfortunately the uploader has inactivated the embedding function so please do follow the link below;


Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Antoine Forqueray: La Couperin / Il Giardino Armonico

La Finette

La Finette by Jean-Antoine Watteau, 1717

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Capriccio Stravagante #6 - Couperin : Forlane

Capriccio Stravagante: Fatal Amour, cruel vainqueur & Prelude en Do Mineur

I Marin Marais: Prélude en Do mineur, Livre III
II Michel de la Barre: Fatal amour, cruel vainqueur

Friday, 13 August 2010

Short Note

I've been thinking, and I've come to the conclusion that the film scenes I've posted here occasionally would probably fit better in a blog that really is about film, and nothing else -- Here we're indulging ourselves with Musica and Arte after all! So I have created another blog, namely, Ninon's Film Blog, so if anyone's interested they can go and check it out for film related material from now on! :)


Monday, 2 August 2010

Art in Film

Scene from Fellini's Casanova (1976).

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Monday, 28 June 2010

Henry Purcell: The Cold Song (master interpretation)

Here is The Cold Song as performed by the French ensemble "Le Concert Spirituel" under its conductor Hervé Niquet, produced by Corinne and Gilles Benizio.

What power art thou, Who from below,
Hast made me rise, Unwillingly and slow,
From beds of everlasting snow!
See'st thou not how stiff, And wondrous old,
Far unfit to bear the bitter cold.
I can scarcely move,
Or draw my breath,
I can scarcely move,
Or draw my breath!
Let me, let me,
Let me, let me,
Freeze again...
Let me, let me,
Freeze again to death!

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Portrait of a Lady

Portrait of a Lady by Bernardino Luini, 1525

28 Portraits

by eggman913

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Film music worth listening

Soundtrack from the period drama 'Young Victoria', named 'Constitutional Crisis' by composer Ilan Eshkeri. The lyrics are Purcell's. :)

Other great film music I can recommend is the soundtrack in Patrick Leconte's 'Ridicule'. The film music is by Antoine Duhamel, with a really Baroque feeling to it!

Oh, and you might want to compare the beginning to another great modern piece by Michael Nyman...

EDIT: Okay, I did some research, and 'Constitutional Crisis' seems to be some kind of paraphrase on Henry Purcell's 'The Cold Song' from his semi-opera 'King Arthur'. No wonder I like it so much! I guess Michael Nyman was influenced. Or it's a coincidence! Many things have been invented twice... :)

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

An Embarrassing Proposal

An Embarrassing Proposal by Jean-Antoine Watteau, c. 1716

Nelly O'Brien

Portrait of Nelly O'Brien by Joshua Reynolds, 1762/64

Tomaso Albinoni: Oboe Concerto #2 in D Minor Op. 9

I. Allegro e no presto

II. Adagio

III. Allegro

Performed by Il Fondamento
Directed by Paul Dombrecht, oboe

Antonio Vivaldi: Bassoon concerto in G min RV495

I. Presto
II. Largo
III. Allegro

Lady Henrietta Herbert

Portrait of Lady Henrietta Herbert by Joshua Reynolds, c. 1777

Carlo Gesualdo: Peccantem me quotidie

Monday, 14 June 2010

Antonio Vivaldi: Laudate pueri [psalm 112] in A major (RV 602)

IV. Sit nomen Domini - 0:05
V. Suscitans a terra - 0:34
VI. Ut collocet eum - 2:20
VII. Sit nomen Domini - 3:43
VIII. Gloria Patri, et Filio - 4:12
IX. Sicur erat in principio - 7:57

Carolyn Sampson (soprano I)
Joanne Lunn (soprano II)


Okay, I guess three persons are better than nothing! I'm sorry if the latest post was a bit too much, not everybody likes to be actively involved in the blogs/sites they are following! And I didn't wanted to give you a guilty conscience or anything!! I just became a bit curious. The latest commenter wanted more posts again, and I've a couple of drafts now so I don't see why I should hold them back anymore! But I promised to share similar information about myself last time, so here we go;

Not so long ago I graduated, so future is right ahead of me now. I've applied for a couple of universities in Sweden, so hopefully I'll be able to move there and study this year. Right now I'm spending my summer in Hungary with relatives.

I don't have any current obsessions, at least if you don't count one with a rather guilty pleasure status...! (I'm talking about my infatuation with Serbian pop singer Milan Stanković... I'm completely charmed by him (and believe me, NO ONE is more surprised than I am!! This is a very unusual thing for me to happen. I mean, I certainly don't tend to fall for young pop artists. I don't even listen to that kind of music..!)). My other passions are literature, art and music as always.
What else? I'm currently reading 2666 by Roberto Bolaño and Henry James' The Portrait of a Lady is waiting for me on my bedside table along with The Folding Star by Alan Hollinghurst, I, Claudius and a book by Swedish author Stig Dagerman. I've not seen any films for a while now, but my favourite directors are (so far) Stanley Kubrick and Peter Greenaway.

So that's it I think. I hope that all followers (and passersby) of this blog will have a very pleasant summer!


Monday, 10 May 2010

Dear Everybody,

Okay, here is the thing: there's 4o of you followers, that means actually 4o people who occasionally visits this blog. I haven't heard a word from any of you since... well, a very long time. Not even a little reaction (by the way, do you think I need to change that? Do you want like a "Dislike" reaction too..?). Therefore, I would like to know what you all are up to right now. Of course, to find that out I could just visit all your blogs, but let's make it a bit more fun and personal - and thus, break the silence. You are welcome to comment below and tell me what you are currently up too, if you're working, or studying, what books you are reading/films you are watching/your current pieces of music you're obsessed with/other obsessions, where you're located right now, what your lives look like etc. These are just examples. So I get to know you people a litte bit! :)

Of course, I will share similar information about myself when you're all finished.

Yours Truly,


Saturday, 8 May 2010

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

W.A Mozart: Divertimento in F Major - 3rd Movement

Hanover Chamber Orchestra
Leader: Adam Kostecki

Friday, 16 April 2010

Portrait of Ecaterina Petrovna Holstein-Beck

Portrait of Ecaterina Petrovna Holstein-Beck, Later Princess Bariatinsky Pietro Rotari, 1762

Antonio Vivaldi: Cello Concerto in A Minor RV420


Tuesday, 13 April 2010

The Scullery Maid

The Sculleray Maid by Jean-Baptiste Simeon Chardin, 1738

Antonio Vivaldi: Trio Sonata in G Minor RV74

Movement 4/4

Antonio Vivaldi: Trio Sonata in G Minor RV74

Movement 3/4

Antonio Vivaldi: Trio Sonata in G Minor RV74

Movement 2/4

Monday, 12 April 2010

Monday, 5 April 2010

The House of Cards

The House of Cards by Jean-Baptiste Simeon Chardin, c.1735

Friday, 2 April 2010

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Giuseppe Torelli: Concerto for 4 Violins in A Minor

1. Largo

2. Allegro

3. Largo

4. Allegro

Pietro Locatelli: Violin Concerto in G minor (1-2)

1. Largo - Andante

2. Capriccio

Still Life

Still Life by Alexandre-François Desportes (date unknown)

Pietro Locatelli: Violin Concerto in G Minor (3-5)

3. Adagio

4. Vivace

5. Cappricio

Friday, 12 March 2010

Harlequin and Columbine

Harlequin and Columbine by Jean-Antoine Watteau, 1716-18

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Death of Actaeon

Death of Actaeon by Titian Vechellio,1562


Video info:

This is an analysis of the relationships and intertextuality between the masterpiece filmed by Stanley Kubrick and the painting of the XVII, XIII and XIX centuries.

Friday, 26 February 2010

Monday, 22 February 2010

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto No.8 A major op.3, RV 522

Larghetto e spiritoso

Friday, 12 February 2010

Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville: Dominus regnavit (I)


Dominus regnavit decorem indutus est ;
Indutus est Dominus fortitudinem
et praecinxit se.

Sophie Daneman (soprano)
Maryseult Wieczoreck (soprano)
Paul Agnew (counter-tenor)
Francois Piolino (tenor)
Maarten Koningsberger (baritone)
Francois Bazola (bass)

Les Arts Florissants
Dir.: William Christie

Friday, 29 January 2010

Oh, Beauty!

Very nice art video made of scenes from the 18th century movie 'Barry Lyndon' (1975). With Bach's Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C Minor BWV1060.

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Portrait of a Woman Revealing Her Breasts

Portrait of a Woman Revealing Her Breasts by Tintoretto, c. 1570
(Guess that title will attract some publicity!)

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni: Sonata a Cinque in G Minor Op. 2 No. 6

1. Adagio

2. Allegro

3. Grave

4. Allegro

J.S Bach: Harpsichord concerto in F minor BWV 1056

I. Allegro
II. Largo (A flat major, BWV 156)
III. Presto

Saturday, 2 January 2010