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Performance and Pedagogy Blog

A blog about the performance and pedagogy of music.

Filtering by Tag: Mozart

Claudio Abbado: Monday YouTube Fix

Andrew Hitz

The world lost one of the greats when Claudio Abbado, 80, passed away earlier today in Bologna, Italy.  His many accomplishments included being the music director of La Scala as well as being the successor to Herbert von Karajan with the Berlin Philharmonic. This clip perfectly shows the intensity that Abbado brought to the podium.  At the conclusion of this performance of Mozart's 'Requiem' by the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, he paused for a full 40 seconds of silence before ending the performance, including a very intense glance upwards.  This is a man in the later stages of life cherishing every moment on the podium.

This clip gives me goosebumps every time I see it.  RIP, maestro.  You were truly one of the greats.

Jean-Pierre Rampal - Flute: Monday YouTube Fix

Andrew Hitz

This video is two hours of footage of Jean-Pierre Rampal performing live on Radio-Canada telecasts from 1956-1966.  He performs a wide range of music.  A lot of it features another brilliant French musician, Robert Veyron-Lacroix, on harpsichord. In the event you are not familiar with this legendary flutist, two things will immediately strike you: his tone and his phrasing.  Rampal is one of those musicians who makes everything sound both effortless and elegant.  He is one of the most famous instrumentalists of all time for good reason.

He performs works by Mozart, Bach, Haydn, Boccherini and Couperin.  I don't know how any musician could listen to this and not play more musically the next time they play their instrument.