Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Clair de Lune [Debussy]

I know, I know, I am the worst person in the world. Right now my life is far too hectic - I just haven't got the time to sit at the piano.

That kind of sounds like "I haven't got the time to breathe" to a part of me, but I really don't. There is too much going on at Casa Caela for such indulgences...

So here's one I prepared earlier - yes, I am turning into Janet Ellis - a not very polished recording of Claude Debussy's Clair de Lune. I used to dislike this piece greatly, which begs the question, "why do I bother with it?" - but it has grown on me.

Good music, shame about the pianist...

(Ellie is working towards a school concert at the end of May and I hope to sneak a few recordings from her. She's doing two Bach and a Beethoven.)


Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

I haven't been able to update here as many times as I would've liked; too busy, too few excuses, and so on.

Two of my Christmas concerts have been; the big charity deal was a phenomenal success and we raised far more than we could have ever hoped for.

Anyway, a Merry Christmas to you. I hope you have a wonderful one, and a happy new year.


Thursday, 11 December 2008

White Christmas

It's now only fourteen sleeps til Christmas...

This "White Christmas" isn't very me at all; I recorded it when I was up to my eyeballs with classical music, so it's gone in quite a different direction! Hope you like it all the same.


Sunday, 7 December 2008

Silver Bells

Silver bells, silver bells, it's Christmas time ...


As promised, another Christmas song. Next update: probably Wednesday.

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

December [Tchaikovsky]

Christmas is on its way, and I intend to upload new Christmassy pieces every few days over the next couple of weeks. For now, this is "Christmas" (December) from Tchaikovsky's Seasons.

More at the weekend ...


Saturday, 15 November 2008

Winter Fairy [Prokofiev]

It's now ... count them ... 41 sleeps until Christmas, and although I'm not going full pelt on the Christmassy music, I'm stepping in that direction.

This is the Winter Fairy (Act1, No16) from Sergei Prokofiev's ballet Cinderella. The recording quality is not quite as good as it could be - Ellie changed a few settings and I have no idea how to put everything back to how it was (oops...) so until we've got that fixed it's not CD quality. It's not far off - but not 100%. And that is why five year olds aren't allowed to touch things!

Have a lovely weekend.


Sunday, 26 October 2008

Nocturne in G minor, Op.15 No.3 [Chopin]

Another weekend, another daughter's birthday; my little one will be one tomorrow. I have decided against posting the pieces I composed when she was giving me the worst pregnancy known to mankind, and instead give you one of Chopin's nocturnes. I love Chopin very much indeed, and like to think that Composition for Ginger Baby has a vague Chopinesque air to it.

Anyways, this piece is genuine Frederic; the third nocturne (and most popular) of the set. Time will not allow me to perfect all of Chopin's work for solo piano (at least until the children are all away at university...) and for now I really must concentrate on my Christmas music, but it does seem vulgar playing carols before even Hallowe'en...