When Virtual Reality meets the orchestra

Welcome to the digital society of the 21st century. A society where any time, any where, at your fingertips, is increasingly and faster than ever, becoming the standard across industries, products, geographies and people.

It is no longer about millennials only – it is about our contemporary society and our everyday life across the globe. It is about mobility and convenience, as well as the consolidation of the smartphone era.

This new normal challenges the status quo as a whole – and the orchestras are no exception. Standing still is no option at all, and the way to the very survival involves a fair deal of innovation, strategy, technology and customer-centric attitude. It involves reimagining the possibilities and embracing new ways to conveying a message, to engaging with the audiences, to providing relevant and fulfilling experiences with music. Continue reading “When Virtual Reality meets the orchestra”

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The Long Journey Of Women To The Podium

Listening to one of my favourite radio programmes the other day – BBC Radio 3’s Music Matters – I was delighted to learn more about a fascinating history of Mrs. Sylvia Caduff, the world’s first maestra. So many achievements, so many milestones… it is a shame her name is not spoken and revered everywhere when we comes to great conductors!

Who would say she had to hide behind a window of a room where Mr. Herbert von Karajan was giving a masterclass to young conductors at Lucern Festival one day, only to approach him by the end of it and… secure a test! Her very first time conducting, no formal specific study at all prior to that occasion – apart from conducting via… the radio at home.

Later on, Mrs. Caduff had some specific study, and was Leonard Bernstein’s assistant at the New York Philharmonic. Continue reading “The Long Journey Of Women To The Podium”

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Tchaikovsky: The ultimate essence of the symphony is Life

My first time live with Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony was back in 2010, when the French conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier beautifully conducted the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra at Sala Sao Paulo, in Brazil. It was not when I first heard this masterpiece, but it was certainly that one time when I seriously connected to it in a very deep way. I was lucky enough that a CD recording was made at that very session, enabling me to revive that magical event every now and then.

Tchaikovsky considered naming his 6th Symphony “Program Symphony”, but eventually gave up this idea since he was not willing to share his motivations, what the program was all about. Continue reading “Tchaikovsky: The ultimate essence of the symphony is Life”

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Understanding some basics: Concerto and Concerto grosso

Concertos are musical works usually written for orchestras and feature a both musically and technically talented soloist or sometimes even a group of soloists. In its more than 300-year history, the designation concerto has been used to describe a large variety of musical pieces.

Here goes three of my favourites that you can explore to appreciate the different work pieces named concertos: Continue reading “Understanding some basics: Concerto and Concerto grosso”

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Music to the… eyes?!

The intention was to share a bit of my experience shooting the NYE fireworks in London. But then, I could not help but think of the incredible ballet of images as if they we part of a great Sonata… So, how about you imagine the sound of the fireworks, mixed with sounds of happiness all around, and bells from a distant church? Now, here you have a couple of pictures to help setting the scene… 🙂

1. Prelude – Allegro appassionato

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2. Andante un poco adagio – Allegretto grazioso

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3. Finale – Allegro vivace!

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Happy 2015! 🙂

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Night and Day in Sao Paulo

Last evening we took advantage of the beautiful moon shining above us in order to start off testing our new camera lens. It is being a while since we finally got to the conclusion that “depth” was precisely the characteristic that was missing in our night shots. More to come.

For now and to celebrate this beautiful dusk today I decided to post two shots taken with my iphone. And because night and day brings me Frank Sinatra, why not close this post with a “petite cadeau” from the master? 🙂

There you are: first, the shots…

… Moonlight as of October 29th and sunset as of October 30th – both taken from a balcony at Brooklin, Sao Paulo, Brazil…

night-and-day-out2014… and now the master: Frank Sinatra singing Night and Day, in a version of 1957. Good evening! 🙂

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Eudoxia de Barros interpreta Kabalevsky

No fim de semana tive o prazer de assistir a um dos muitos concertos da pianista paulista Sra. Eudóxia de Barros, em um dos meus cantos preferidos para ouvir piano na cidade: a sala de recitais do Museu Brasileiro da Escultura, o MuBE. No programa, um extenso colorido de tintas de compositores nacionais, aos quais a pianista dedica sua vida como intérprete, diligentemente na missão de divulgar a brasilidade de suas notas.

Das 11 peças escolhidas para compor o programa do recital, 4 delas lhes foram especialmente dedicadas pelos compositores Ernst Mahle (Tocatina), Sousa Lima (Preludio Nr. 10), Camargo Guarnieri (Estudo Nr. 10) e Antonio Ribeiro (Estudo Nr. 02).

Sua interpretação estivera brilhante e vigorosa, como em minha lembrança de outros recitais dela. Nesta ocasião, fiquei particularmente impressionada com a Sonata Opus 46, Nr. 03, composta em 1946, pelo russo Dimitri Kabalevsky (1904-1987): precisa, colorida, e vigorosa na medida em que a peça o exige. Linda interpretação! Arrancou uma acalorada salva de palmas da plateia atenta, e diga-se de passagem, bastante mais numerosa que minha experiência habitual na série de recitais de piano do MuBE.

Outra surpresa veio no bis: a Grande Fantasia Triunfal sobre o Hino Nacional Brasileiro, de Gottschalk. Bastante apropriado para a ocasião, um domingo de eleição presidencial no Brasil.

Infelizmente não encontrei no Youtube nenhuma gravação desta grande pianista executando a peça do compositor russo, então para fechar, deixo aqui com vocês uma gravação de 2001, realizada na Universidade do Arizona, com o pianista Joshua Hillmann. Boa audição!

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The New Yorker Cartoons

Very often these cartoonists from The New Yorker make me laugh a lot. I simply could not help but share here the cartoon by the late Charles Barsotti, that was republished last Sunday. Actually, you may find interesting exploring the ‘Daily Cartoon’ section every once in a while. Have fun! 🙂

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Musical Sudoku

My friends do know I am passionate about resolving sudoku puzzles. Maybe not as much as I am about concert music nevertheless. So they just sent me one of those interesting ideas combining both worlds: a musical sudoku! I found it super cool and here I am sharing it with you at LesAmis. Have fun!

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Rules:

  • You can use the notes C-C#-D-D#-E-F-Gb-Ab-Bb-B
  • No enharmonics
Credit: Music Whiz’s Blog! (http://musicwhizs.blogspot.de)
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‎#throwbackthursday‬

Me deparei hoje com várias organizações e pessoas postando fotos antigas com a hashtag #‎throwbackthursday‬. Aqui vai minha parte na brincadeira do dia.

Para quem nunca ouviu falar, ‎#throwbackthursday‬ nada mais é do que uma referência usada especialmente nas redes sociais, para marcar postagens de fotos antigas (throwback) e o Thursday uma referência ao dia da semana quinta-feira. É isso, as pessoas usam esta hashtag para marcar fotos antigas postadas na quinta-feira.

1956-first-sketch-BPhilEste é o sketch de 1956, do prédio da Sala de Concerto da Filarmônica de Berlin, desenhado pelo arquiteto alemão Hans Scharoun. Este desenho faz parte da história arquitetônica do prédio e o original está armazenado no arquivo da Academia de Arte de Berlin.

Ele representa um ponto de vista de quem olha para baixo, a partir do teto da sala de concerto. Até certa medida, é possível perceber nos traços as diferenças na altura e profundidade da alocação de assentos da plateia. Mas a grande inovação introduzida por este projeto foi ter colocado a orquestra no centro, observável de praticamente todos os “lados” da sala.

E só para deixar a brincadeira mais interessante, aqui abaixo uma fotografia de tomada interna da sala principal de concerto da Filarmônica de Berlin. Uma espécie de antes e depois 🙂

 

É isso. Fica aqui então meu #tbt #throwbackthursday

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