Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Haydn Project

This past Sunday, September 26, we started a new project: get together casually once or twice a month, with the idea of working our way through all 68 Haydn string quartets in chronological order, starting with Op. 1, No. 1.

Composed over four decades, between 1757 and 1803, they comprise roughly 20 hours of stunning musical invention -- clearly this will take some time to explore.

The stand out piece came early: the slow movement of Op. 1, No. 1 - showing Haydn at his sunniest - MP3

Swang Lin, violin
Amy Faires, violin
Jennifer Sweetman, viola
Norbert Gerl, viola
Mitch Maxwell, violoncello

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Loren & Robert, Shearith Israel

This lovely ceremony took place on Sunday, September 5, 2010 at Shearith Israel.

Brother of the bride - and very fine clarinetist - Todd Cope suggested collaborating with us in Mozart’s late masterpiece, the “Clarinet Quintet”, KV 581. We ended up playing the complete first movement during prelude - listen to the sample MP3. The sublime “Larghetto” was reserved for the Seating of the Grandparents.


J. S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
Mozart: Divertimento No. 1 in D Major
Respighi: “Italiana” from Ancient Airs and Dances
Mozart: “Clarinet Quintet” - Allegro

Seating of the Grandparents
Mozart:  Larghetto from Clarinet Quintet -  MP3

Groom and Parents
S’u Sh’orim  (Look Up to the Gates)

Bridal Party & Flower Girls
Mi Bon Siach (Jewish Wedding March)

Bride’s Processional
Pachelbel: Canon in D

Siman Tov

Jennifer Sweetman, viola  |  Todd Cope, clarinet  |  Oliver Schlaffer, violoncello

Violinists Gary Schnitzer & Ordabek Duissen

Monday, September 13, 2010

Laura & Stephen’s “Real” wedding

Featured in the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of DWeddings: This very beautiful wedding ceremony took place on Sept. 19, 2009 at Laura’s home in Lakewood.


Seating of the Grandparents and Parents
Schubert – “Ave Maria”

Wedding Party Processional
Bach – “Air on the G String”

Bridal Processional
Bach – “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”

Handel – “Hornpipe” from “Water Music”

Handel – “The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba”

We blogged about this ceremony last year here -- great photos, as always, by Gary Donihoo, f8 studio

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