Celestial music interpreted by a jazz panist

Händel - music descended from heaven. © Charles Thibo
Händel – music descended from heaven. © Charles Thibo

Händel is everywhere. At least in the German town of Halle/Saale, just like Mozart in Salzburg. I lived for many years in Halle, and for a long time, I kept my distance to that Baroque composer. Being constantly exposed to his “Feuerwerksmusik” (Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351) and his “Wassermusik” (Water Music, HWV 348–350), I ended up hating his music.

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Sound the trumpet: Here comes 007!

Tamas Palfalvi - a promising trumpeter from Hungary. © Charles Thibo
Tamas Palfalvi – a promising trumpeter from Hungary. © Charles Thibo

How well do you know James Bond? He drinks vodka martini, likes woman, fast cars and oysters. How about music? Ian Fleming is silent about it, and as far as I remember, music does not play a major role in the plot of any James Bond movie, even though most of them have fantastic sound tracks. So what? Well, there is that young Hungarian trumpeter Tamas Palfalvi, who has just released his first album “Agitato”.  It features Laszlo Dubrovay’s Trumpet Concerto No. 3 which would have made a great sound track for “Spectre”, the new Bond movie released today. So check it out!

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Corelli is rocking the palaces of Rome

Corelli's music gives us a taste of the good life in Rome at the end of the 17th century. © Charles Thibo
Corelli’s music gives us a taste of the good life in Rome at the end of the 17th century. © Charles Thibo

It was love at first sight, or rather love at the first sounds. Arcangelo Corelli, an Italian Baroque composer, wrote 12 concerti grossi Op. 6, works for chamber music ensembles, and the way they are played by Amandine Beyer’s formation “Gli Incogniti” is just stupendous. I can’t sit still, when I am enjoying these pieces, some parts of me always have to move: arms, shoulders legs. This rocks, really! And it’s over 300 years old.

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