Tafelmusik Blog

Dec 15, 2015

The Blog with No Name

As you may know, Tafelmusik musicians and staff often blog when we’re on tour – in fact, I was tasked with this very recently when we travelled to Versailles.

Mar 17, 2014

Alison Mackay's 'My Musik'

Beethoven Symphony No.5: Music Appreciation Records (Thomas Scherman/Norman del Mar) The iPod of the mind, like the sense of smell, is a powerful vehicle!

Mar 17, 2014

Keith Lam, 'My Musik'

The Righteous Brothers: Unchained Melody. There are two main reasons why this is my pick. My father used to listen to music from the 40s, 50s and 60s while I was growing up.

Mar 17, 2014

John Abberger's 'My Musik'

Vivaldi: L’Estro Armonico (Academy of Ancient Music, dir. Christopher Hogwood) I’m not given to sweeping statements, but I think it’s fair to say this recording changed my life.

Dec 18, 2013

Cristina Zacharias' 'My Musik'

The first early music CD I ever bought is a classic — the Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin performed by Sigiswald Kuijken. I listened to this recording a lot as a young student, and it played a huge role in shaping how I hear and understand this amazing music that is the backbone of the violin repertoire. It also sparked my interest in learning more about period performance and historical instruments.

Dec 18, 2013

Francine Labelle's 'My Musik'

Oh dear … where do I begin? There’s so much out there that I like! I love opera (Verdi, Puccini, even Rossini), renaissance and baroque music, jazz (Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Tormé, Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee), Mahler, organ music, a good dose of new music, Maria Callas, Requiems in general, Poulenc, world music (especially African and Arabic music), pretty much anything by Tafelmusik, and French singers Aznavour, Montand, Brassens, and arrrgghhh … Jacques Brel.

Oct 31, 2013

Tim Crouch's 'My Musik'

Gustav Holst: The Planets. This was what got me hooked to "classical" music. Exciting, dramatic, colourful harmonies, meditative— The Planets had it all for me.

Oct 31, 2013

Will Johnson's 'My Musik'

Beethoven: Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123 / Symphonies Nos. 3 & 9. While studying in Germany, a group of singers aged 18 to 32 gathered in Überlingen to study and perform various works by Beethoven. We rehearsed for several weeks both the chorus of Fidelio and the almost unsingable Missa Solemnis.

Oct 31, 2013

Julia Wedman's 'My Musik'

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major (Jascha Heifetz with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by John Barbirolli, 1937). When we were kids, my sister Naomi and I used to dance around the house to this recording.

Oct 2, 2013

A View from the Orchestra – what our musicians are thinking about Baroque Austria: Salzburg and Vienna

Baroque Austria: Salzburg and Vienna is Tafelmusik’s first concert at our newly revitalized home venue, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall. We are looking forward to showing off our new space, but also to introducing you to some rarely-heard, and really quite exciting, music. Guest directed by the German/Argentinian violinist Manfredo Kraemer, this concert includes music by Fux, Biber, Schmelzer, Rittler, and Muffat.