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Performance and Pedagogy Blog

A blog about the performance and pedagogy of music.

Filtering by Tag: Royal Albert Hall

Bach Mass in B Minor: Monday YouTube Fix

Andrew Hitz

This is one of the all-time classics. I can't ever get enough Bach. There is so much to focus on at any given time that you can hear a piece like his Mass in B Minor for the 500th time and hear something new.

This is from the BBC Proms in 2012 at Royal Albert Hall in London with Harry Bicket conducting The English Concert and the Choir of the English Concert. The soloists are:

Joélle Harvey soprano
Carolyn Sampson soprano
Iestyn Davies counter-tenor
Ed Lyon tenor
Matthew Rose bass


Sir Georg Solti and the London Philharmonic: Monday YouTube Fix

Andrew Hitz

Here is a great performance of Beethoven 9 from the 1986 BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall featuring the London Philharmonic under the direction of Sir Georg Solti.  The soloists are Jessye Norman, Sarah Walker, Reiner Goldberg and Hans Sotin.  The choir is a combination of The BBC Singers, the London Voices and the Chorus of Welsh National Opera.


Bob Dylan: Monday YouTube Fix

Andrew Hitz

This week's clip is a song that is very special to me.  You know, one of those songs that you hear for the first time and you then proceed to listen to it four more times in a row immediately afterwards.

This song is "Visions of Johanna" off of Bob Dylan's timeless album Blonde On Blonde.  This song is just dripping with IT, that thing you can't ever put into words but that all musicians know about.

The style that Dylan both sings and plays with is just so genuine to me.  It screams at me in a way that less than 1% of music does.  There's just something about it.  You might not like Bob Dylan, but you know exactly what I mean...


And then a bonus version of him doing this same piece with just an acoustic guitar at the Royal Albert Hall: