Category: Music

mainly youtubes

Jabbo Smith

Though youtube is big, it’s not that big when it comes to jazz from the 20s and 30s and we’ve pretty well done all the major numbers, which makes the search that much more difficult of late. Found Jabbo though.… More here ...

Il periodo barocco [8]

If you look back over our few weeks of Baroque music, what’s been the constant motif?

It’s been the sheer, unadulterated pleasure the musicians have felt playing it. With an added ingredient – infectious fun and exuberance. Baroque does this and in the context of the dire political times in the early 1620s, the music must have been a blessed relief.

L’incoronazione di Poppea, below, is an example of that, with its little in-jokes:

Baroque, to me, became far more than just interesting new styles, it was freedom, it was quality but without the dead hand of, say, a Wagner. Each to his own – phlegmatic readers among us might appreciate Wagner – I prefer the less serious, the more experimental, the basso-continuo, the variants,  the small chamber groups, each feeding off the other … but that’s just me.… More here ...

Il periodo barocco [7]

Again undated and a modern arrangement:


“In L’Amore innamorato, Christina Pluhar’s ensemble L’Arpeggiata and sweet-voiced sopranos Nuria Rial and Hana Blažíková offer us a gem, a rarity that cleverly borrows the title of a mysterious opera by Cavalli, thought to have been lost or perhaps never premiered.”

Finally, another composition in the idiom:… More here ...

Il periodo barocco [6]

This is also later Baroque:

Robert de Visée (c.1655 – 1732/1733) was a lutenist, guitarist, theorbist and viol player at the court of the French kings Louis XIV and Louis XV, as well as a singer and composer for lute, theorbo and guitar.

This has no specific date:

Anna Kowalska – baroqueguitar
Anton Birula – theorbo


1. Zefiro torna
2. Bertalli: Ciaconna
3. Vecchi: L’Amfiparnasso; Caccini: Amarilli
4. Uccellini, Kircher: Tarantella
5. La Carpinese; Scarlatti: Il Rosignollo
6. Visée: Ciaconna; Lute Duo
7. Cavalli: Innamorato; Los pàjaros perdidos: fandango
8. Baroque dissectedMore here ...