Sunday, July 05, 2009

The Darius Ensemble Performs Ravel's Nahandove

There needs a better way to visualize performances of art song, so that it can not only survive, but reach out and move a much larger audience. This performance of Ravel's Nahandove (from Chansons Mad├ęcasses) by the Darius Ensemble was filmed for the Dutch TV program Vrije Geluiden at the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam and is an excellent example of how to visually make art song work on television with only some fine performers, an engaging performance space and cool camera angles.

The Darius Ensemble are: Barbara Kozelj (mezzo soprano), Romana Goumare (flute), Teije Hylkema (cello), and Mirsa Adami (piano).

Compare this video to the fascinating montage of Wolfgang Muhr's Nahandove music video. If you're interested in keeping up to date with another fascinating reinvention of the art of song, be sure to check out the Sparks and Wiry Cries Podcast by Martha Guth and Erika Switzer, whose Episode 2 (National Holidays) has just been released.

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