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Performance and Pedagogy Blog

A blog about the performance and pedagogy of music.

Filtering by Tag: Richard Strauss

Marty Hackleman: Monday YouTube Fix

Andrew Hitz

When I was a kid I had this poster of Marty Hackleman with the Empire Brass up in my room:

One of the great brass quintet albums of all time.

One of the great brass quintet albums of all time.

So needless to say, the first time I got to perform with Marty (in a brass quintet that also featured Jens Lindemann, Kevin Gebo and Joe Alessi!) I was over the moon excited.

This recording of Marty performing Richard Strauss's Horn Concerto No. 2 live in 1992 makes me actually laugh out loud in a few places. He is just a stunning musician.

If you haven't heard it already you can find our interview with Marty for The Brass Junkies podcast below the YouTube clip.

You can also find some incredible quotes from two different master classes that Marty did at George Mason here:

Enjoy this phenomenal performance of the Strauss Horn Concerto No. 2!

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra: Monday YouTube Fix

Andrew Hitz

I recently stumbled upon this wonderful performance of the Pittsburgh Symphony performing at the opening night of Musikfest Berlin 2013. They are lead by their music director, Manfred Honeck. It's a great program:

Janaček: Suite for String Orchestra
Lutosławski: Chain 2, Dialogue for Violin and Orchestra
Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Opus 40


Marin Tinev Playing Strauss Oboe Concerto: Monday YouTube Fix

Andrew Hitz

Here is a fantastic live performance of Richard Strauss' Concerto for Oboe in D Major by Marin Tinev.  Sebastian Tewinkel is leading the Orchestra of the Trossingen Musikhochschule in a performance from May 8, 2013 at the Franziskaner Konzerthaus in Villingen, Germany. I love Strauss and I love oboe solos so I couldn't go wrong with this clip!


Monday YouTube Fix: Deodato

Andrew Hitz

If this clip doesn't make you bob your head, tap your foot, or get up and start dancing in the middle an otherwise quiet room you might actually have passed away without knowing it. This arrangement of the great Richard Strauss tone poem 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' was made famous to me by my favorite band in the world, Phish.  They do a wonderful cover of this funky version.  This is the first time I've seen this clip and I almost flipped my desk over in excitement!

This features Eumir Deodato on the organ fronting his band and they are joined by the Orquestra Experimental de Repertorio.  The guitar solo is smoking enough that I'm surprised it didn't catch on fire in the middle of it.