Yesterday Voices of Music announced the latest round of uploads to their YouTube channel as part of their Great Works Project. Readers may recall that last month saw the first upload of a “Brandenburg” concerto in its entirety, BWV 1048 in G major (the third). This month the Project continues with the first movement of BWV 1049 in G major (the fourth), following up on the video of the second movement of this concerto released in November of 2013. Once again the soloists are Carla Moore on baroque violin and Hanneke van Proosdij and Andrew Levy on recorders (as opposed to the echo flutes they used for the second movement). The ripieno is again played with one musician to a part: Kati Kyme first violin, Gabrielle Wunsch second violin, Lisa Grodin viola, William Skeen cello, and Farley Pearce violone. Continuo is performed by Katherine Heater on a double manual harpsichord.
Moore is also the featured soloist on another new video, this one of the BWV 1041 violin concerto in A minor. In this case the violinists are Maxine Nemerovski and Elizabeth Blumenstock, along with Kyme. The low strings are the same as the “Brandenburg” performers; and the continuo is taken by Proosdij on baroque organ and David Tayler on archlute. Tayler, who continues to shoulder the lion’s share of both brains and muscle behind producing such well-informed editing behind the initial capture activities, has also allowed himself the luxury of producing a solo video, in which he gives an archlute performance of the BWV 999 prelude in C minor. This provides excellent close-up views of this impressive instrument, allowing the viewer to observe the distinction between those strings that are fingered and the set of “arch” strings, which are only plucked as open strings, providing particularly resonant bass tones (which definitely need to be sustained in this prelude).
The remaining video released this month is the next produced for the Worldwide Music Education initiative. The first of these was released in the summer of 2013, a lecture-demonstration by Grodin about the violin bow. Intended for both distance learning and informing casual but interested listeners, each video in this series is structured as a lecture in which all of the key points are demonstrated through performance.
The new video is entitled “George Muffat: the rules of bowing.” Violinist and musicologist David Wilson walks the viewer through ten rules of proper bowing that Muffat had documented in a treatise. In this case the visual element of the video serves not only to show Wilson in the act of bowing but also to use the upper right area of screen space to show the music he is playing annotated with all up-bow and down-bow marks. The entire video takes less than seven and one-half minutes and is extremely efficient in the delivery of a generous amount of content.
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