Yo-Yo Ma Plays The Complete Cello Suites. Yes…all of them in one video.

This is a reblog of a wonderful 2+ hour performance at the Royal Albert Hall of these transcendant pieces. There’s about 5-10 minutes of interviews, but then it’s just Yo Yo and his axe. Sublime.

Source: Yo-Yo Ma Plays The Complete Cello Suites. Yes…all of them in one video.

John Ireland: A Downland Suite – 3rd Movement (Minuet)

This is day nine of the A-toZ Challenge in which I attempt to blog every day (excepting Sundays) during the month of April. During this month, I am curating a collection of “classical” music pieces, which are lesser known or by lesser known composers (to me at least).

Today’s composer is John Ireland who lived from 1879 to 1962.

Ireland was a composer of songs and chamber works.  It appears he had a sad childhood with his father being 70 years old when Ireland was born.  Ireland studied organ and became a teacher at the Royal College of music where his students include Benjamin Britten.  Here’s wikipedia’s entry on him. He was influence by the early works of Stravinsky and Bartok and his music is described as English Impressionism.  A Downland Suite has a light and airy feeling to it, the way you feel driving through the British countryside.

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