Joint Post with Mohammad: Persian & Chinese Classical Music

In this joint post series, Mohammad, my penfriend from Iran whom we knew for nearly four years, is glad to introduce some background information about the music of his country.  As a cultural exchange, I also feel pleased to share some interesting parts of Chinese classical music in this post as well. Continue reading “Joint Post with Mohammad: Persian & Chinese Classical Music”

Music Review: Vienna Boys’ Choir’s “Amazing Grace”(2005)

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The disc of “Amazing Grace”, and my ticket of the Choir concert last October

“The angelic vocals of the venerable Vienna Boys Choir can unite people of the most disparate countries, cultures and religions.” – Los Angeles Times

Those were the days when a number of future musicians in sailor uniform sang at the imperial court during the glorious era of Habsburg Empire.  Even up to now, their charm never fades with the passing of time.  This illustrious choir, with members selected by some of the greatest conductors, was established half a millennium ago, and now still captures the hearts of million fans worldwide.  This time, the Vienna Boys’ Choir released this interesting collection with fine melody lines, and sold it right after the live concert in Hong Kong last October.  Rows of boys’ sopranos and altos, along with light-hearting acoustics, inserted their youthful vigour and consistent vibrancy to this disc.

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Music Review: Andrea Bocelli’s “Passione” (2013)

“If God would have a singing voice, he must sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli.” – Celine Dion

“When I hear Andrea sing, I burst into tears.” – Oprah Winfrey

What is better than being greeted by the tenor voice of Andrea Bocelli in this remaining summer, and loosening up with his collection of romantic songs from the Mediterranean to Latin America? Taking us from the classical genre to popular music, Andrea Bocelli once again shows off his seducing vocal, as expressive as usual.

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Music: Beethoven’s Spring Sonata (Allegro)

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“Spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm.” – John Muir

It is already a week after the beginning of the Equinox.  Spring is always a refreshing season after a chilly winter, showing vigorous signs of awakening and new life in the vicinity.  Welcoming the arrival of Spring, this playful music piece of Beethoven just serves as a foil to add zest to the surrounding atmosphere.  This duo of violin and piano, with skillful collaboration by high-caliber performers, has been a pair of wonderful match.  In contrast to other extremely dramatic compositions, this time Beethoven demonstrates his gifted mastery of inventiveness and sense of amuse.  Hopeful, energetic, light-heartening are more to describe the liveliness of this first movement of Spring Sonata.  Bursting with moments of humor and fun, let’s enjoy this wondrous music.  May this season also reassure you with the music of laughter, the warmth of friendship and love. ♦