Feeds:
Færslur
Athugasemdir

Posts Tagged ‘Sinfóníuhljómsveit áhugamanna’

IMG_2200

Pablo Sarasate was born 10 March 1844 in Pamplona, Navarre, the son of an artillery bandmaster. He began studying the violin with his father at the age of five and later took lessons from a local teacher. His musical talent became evident early on and he appeared in his first public concert in A Coruña at the age of eight.
His performance was well-received, and caught the attention of a wealthy patron who provided the funding for Sarasate to study under Manuel Rodríguez Saez in Madrid, where he gained the favor of Queen Isabella II. Later, as his abilities developed, he was sent to study under Jean-Delphin Alard at the Paris Conservatoire at the age of twelve.
There, at seventeen, Sarasate entered a competition for the Premier Prix and won his first prize, the Conservatoire’s highest honour. (There was not another Spanish violinist to achieve this until Manuel Quiroga did so in 1911; Quiroga was frequently compared to Sarasate throughout his career.)
Sarasate, who had been publicly performing since childhood, made his Paris debut as a concert violinist in 1860, and played in London the following year. Over the course of his career, he toured many parts of the world, performing in Europe, North America, and South America. His artistic pre-eminence was due principally to the purity of his tone, which was free from any tendency towards the sentimental or rhapsodic, and to that impressive facility of execution that made him a virtuoso. In his early career, Sarasate performed mainly opera fantasies, most notably the Carmen Fantasy, and various other pieces that he had composed. The popularity of Sarasate’s Spanish flavour in his compositions is reflected in the work of his contemporaries. For example, the influences of Spanish music can be heard in such notable works as Édouard Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole which was dedicated to Sarasate; Georges Bizet’s Carmen; and Camille Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, written expressly for Sarasate and dedicated to him.
Of Sarasate’s idiomatic writing for his instrument, the playwright and music critic George Bernard Shaw once declared that though there were many composers of music for the violin, there were but few composers of violin music. Of Sarasate’s talents as performer and composer, Shaw said that he „left criticism gasping miles behind him“. Sarasate’s own compositions are mainly show-pieces designed to demonstrate his exemplary technique. Perhaps the best known of his works is Zigeunerweisen (1878), a work for violin and orchestra. Another piece, the Carmen Fantasy (1883), also for violin and orchestra, makes use of themes from Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen. Probably his most performed encores are his two books of Spanish dances, brief pieces designed to please the listener’s ear and show off the performer’s talent. He also made arrangements of a number of other composers’ work for violin, and composed sets of variations on „potpourris“ drawn from operas familiar to his audiences, such as his Fantasia on La forza del destino (his Opus 1), his „Souvenirs of Faust“, or his variations on themes from Die Zauberflöte. In 1904 he made a small number of recordings. In all his travels Sarasate returned to Pamplona each year for the San Fermín festival.
Sarasate died in Biarritz, France, on 20 September 1908, from chronic bronchitis. He bequeathed his violin, made by Antonio Stradivari in 1724, to the Musée de la Musique. The violin now bears his name as the Sarasate Stradivarius in his memory. His second Stradivari violin, the Boissier of 1713, is now owned by Real Conservatorio Superior de Música, Madrid. Among his violin pupils was Alfred De Sève. The Pablo Sarasate International Violin Competition is held in Pamplona. (Wikipedia)
Following recording Zigeunerweisen is performed by Chrissie Telma Guðmundsdóttir (violin) and The Iceland Amateur Symphony Orchestra directed by Oliver Kentish.
This was recorded at Seltjarnarnes Church 16th of October 2016.
Thanks to Oliver and Chrissie who gave me a permission to publish this recording on the web.

(320Mbps / 24,4Mb)

Recorder: Sound devices 788
Mics: Neumann KM184 (NOS) & Line Audio OM1 (AB40) in 3m above orchestra. Sennheiser MKH20 for bass and Line Audio CM3 on soloist (Chrissie).
Location: 64.1485379,-22.0052351

More information:
Chrissie Telma Guðmundsdóttir
Oliver Kentish
The Iceland Amateur Symphony Orchestra

Auglýsingar

Read Full Post »

IMG_49871

In 10th of February 2013 I recorded a concert with Amateur symphony orchestra.
The program contained a wonderful melody “Senur” composed in four chapters by Sigurður Sævarsson. It was composed for string orchestra and obo. Both the orchestra and the soloist, Guðrún Másdóttir, played it flawless. Hereby is the first chapter of Senur without any post work.
I was pretty happy with the recording result, even though the concert hall (a church) sounded terrible for recording. It has a very harsh sound and difficult peaks in some resonance frequencies.
Over the orchestra I used a Jeclin disk with a double pair of mics, parallel MKH8020 and MKH20 in 45°+45° (as shown on the picture).
Close to the soloist there was a pair of MKH8040 and far behind in the hall was a pair of SE4400 with spaced Omni (70cm).
Past months I have got a few emails where people ask me for a sound sample with my Jecklin disk. So here are two samples, both almost the same, but one is recorded with MKH20 in 45°+45° and the other one with parallel MKH8020.

“Senur” fyrsti kafli

Sigurður Sævarsson hóf söngnám við tónlistarskólann í Keflavík undir handleiðslu Árna Sighvatssonar. Þaðan lá leiðinn í Nýja tónlistarskólann, þar sem hann nam hjá Sigurði Demetz Franzyni og Alinu Dubik. Hann lauk þaðan prófi vorið 1994. Sama ár hóf Sigurður söng- og tónlistarnám við Boston University í Bandaríkjunum, þar sem kennarar hans voru William Sharp, Charles Fussel, Sam Hendrick og Martin Amin. Hann lauk þaðan meistaraprófi í báðum greinum vorið 1997.
Helstu viðfangsefni Sigurðar hafa verið óperur og kórverk. Tveir geisladiskar haf verið gefnir út með verkum hans. Hallgrímspassía kom út árið 2010 og Missa Pacis kom út 2011. Nýjasta verk Sigurðar er Jólaóratórían sem var frumflutt 2. desember 2012.
Sigurður samdi “Senur” upphaflega fyrir óbó og strengjakvartett, að tilhlutan Eydísar Franzdóttur óbóleikara. Verkið var frumflutt á Myrkum músíkdögum 2012 og hefur verið flutt nokkrum sinnum síðan í Tékklandi og Þýskalandi. Sigurður umritaði verkið fyrir skömmu fyrir óbó og strengjasveit og er sú gerð verksins frumflutt hér.
Guðrún Másdóttir hóf að læra á óbó í Tónskóla Sigursveins D. Kristinssonar 14 ára að aldri. Hún lauk þaðan fullnaðarprófi árið 1992 undir handleiðslu Daða Kolbeinssonar. Hún sótti nær öll námskeið Sinfóníuhljómsveitar æskunnar undir stjórn Paul Zukovsky á árunum 1985-1991 og hefur nokkrum sinnum leikið með Sinfóníuhljómsveit Íslands. Guðrún hefur leikið með Sinfóníuhljómsveit áhugamanna óslitið frá byrjun árs 1991. Hún er í stjórn hljómsveitarinnar og hefur umsjón með vefsíðu hennar, en aðalstarf Guðrúnar er staða tölvunarfræðings hjá fyrirtækinu Mentor.

_____________________________________________

Recording with Sennheiser MKH20
Download mp3 file. (256kbps / 9Mb)

Recording with Sennheiser MKH8020
Download mp3 file. (256kbps / 9Mb)

Recorder: Sound Devices 788
Mics: Sennheiser MKH20, MKH8020, MKH8040 and SE4400
Picture of the Jecklin disk

______________________________________________
Recording with MKH20(+8dB) and MKH8040.
MKH8020 and SE4400a are turned off.


If you do not see the Sound Cloud link above, please press on this link: https://soundcloud.com/fieldrecording-net/senur-chapter-one

Read Full Post »

Þann 27. nóvember 2011 hélt Sinfóníuhljómsveit áhugamanna stórskemmtilega tónleika. Á efnisskrá voru Mozart og fleiri furðufuglar. Tónleikarnir einkenndust af skemmtiatriðum milli og á meðan flutningi tónverka stóð þar sem Dean Ferrell bassaleikari, Gissur Páll Gissurarson tenor og Oliver Kentish stjórnandi voru í aðalhlutverkum. Hluta af tónleikunum má sjá hér á Youtube.
Tvö lög þar sem Dean Ferrell fer á kostum má heyra hér fyrir neðan. Fyrra lagið er The Pause of Mr. Claus eftir Arlo Guthri og seinn lagið er Menuett eftir Franz Anton Hoffmeister.
Dean er óvenulega fjölhæfur tónlistamaður. Hann leikur á fjölmörg bassahljóðfæri og er nánast jafnvígur á þau öll. Hann er sérfræðingur í afbrigðilegum stillingum kontrabassa (scordatura) og standa honum þar fáir á sporði. Hann hefur sótt fundi Alþjóðlega bassaleikarfélagsins undanfarin ár og getið sér þar frægð fyrir sérlega frumleg atriði sem finna má á Youtube. Þar sameinar hann afburða færni sína á hljóðfæri, leikræna tilburði og afrakstur rannsókna sinna á gamalli tónlist og hljóðfærum.
Lögin tvo sem hér má heyra eru birt með leyfi Dean og Olivers

________________________________________________

Arlo Guthri and Franz Anton Hoffmeister
In November 2011 I recorded a concert with Amateur Symphony Orchestra. Special guest and soloist in this concert was a Gissur Páll Gissurarson tenor and Dean Ferrell bass player. This concert was different from many others I‘ve seen and heard. Most of the time during the concert, Dean, Gissur and the director Oliver Kentish, were acting in a comedy.
Part of this concert is now visible at YouTube.
I have noticed that omnidirectional mics give the best result in sound quality. That is one of the reasons I use very often omnidirectional mics as Mid-side mic in MS setup.
In this concert I decided to use AB setup located over the orchestra.
For many reasons it gives a fabulous result. Compare using same multi polar pattern mics in MS setup it gives better result in the lower frequency resolution. The only negative thing was a bit too long reverb on the orchestra and too short on soloists. Six pieces of mics could also make a phase error.
At concert like this, I can´t act as a king. I need to make me as compact as I can. For many reasons I like that. It is a challenge to make a nice recording without be necessarily in the best place, or have a trailer of recording equipment.
During the concert I tried to beware the phase problem. But the soloist was “acting” almost everywhere. Most of the time they were far away from the best place for the mics so I got some phase failure.
Following two songs are made by Arlo Guthry (The Pause of Mr. Claus) and Franz Anton Hoffmeister (Menuett). In this recording Dean Ferrell bass player is singing and playing on his fabulous Bass. Violist, Celloist and Bass player in the orchestra are playing with Dean in the Menuett song.

  Download mp3 file (224kbps / 12.8Mb)

Recorder: Sound Devices 744 w. 552 preamp
Mics: SE4400 in AB setup. 60cm apart in 2.5 meters over the orchestra. For bass soloist, SE 4400 in MS setup (mid mic omni). For tenor, SE1a in XY setup (not used in this web session).
Pix: Canon 30D. (more pictures)

Read Full Post »

Guitar on wall   Gítar á vegg

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895 – 1968) fæddist í Flórens og starfaði fyrri hluta starfsævinnar á Ítalíu sem tónskáld og píanóleikari. Hann var af gyðingaættum og flúði til Bandaríkjanna árið 1939 með konu sinni og tveimur ungum sonum. Hann settist að í Hollywood, starfaði fyrir MGM Studios og samdi tónlist við fjölda kvikmynda. Hann samdi einnig mikinn fjölda annarra verka, þ.á.m. sjö óperur og yfir 300 verk fyrir gítar, þar á meðal tvo gítarkonserta og einn konsert fyrir tvo gítara. Tedesco var einnig eftirsóttur kennari, kenndi meða annarra John Williams, Henry Mancini og André Previn. Sá síðastnefndi lét eitt sinn þau orð falla að til þess að fá verkefni í kvikmyndaverum Hollywoods væri nánast skylda að vera nemandi Castelnuovo-Tedesco.
Hér er á ferðinni annar þáttur af þremur úr gítarkonsert nr. 1, í D dúr, ópus 99 sem saminn var fyrri hluta árs 1939 fyrir Andrés Segovia. Þessi annar þáttur sem byggður er á stefjum ítalskra þjóðlaga, er saknaðarfull kveðja til fósturjarðarinnar.
Þórarinn Sigurbersson spilar á gítar með Sinfóníuhljómsveit áhugamanna. Oliver Kentish stjórnar. Tónleikarnir voru haldnir 13. febrúar 2011 í Seltjarnarneskirkju
Bæði Þórarinn og Oliver gáfu leyfi fyrir því að þetta færi á vefinn.

___________________________________

I am so lucky to be able to train my self recording a symphony orchestra several times a year.
On 13th February 2011 was the Amateur orchestra playing Guitar Concerto, Op. 99 by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Here is second episode; Andantino Romanza.
Guitar player is Þórarinn Sigurbergsson. Director Oliver Kentish
Recorder: Korg MR1000 1bit/5,644Mhz with two Sound devices 302 preamps
Mic: one pair SE4400 (MS setup for orchestra) and one pair SE1a (X/Y setup for guitar)
Pix: Nokia N82 – in local store Tónastöðin

Sækja mp3 skrá (192kbps / 9,8Mb)

Read Full Post »