Tag: Germany

Watch Pierre Boulez’ 90th Birthday Concert

Pierre Boulez turns 90 on 26th March. Where has the time gone. Miss Mussel has always had a soft spot for M. Boulez due in large part to his resemblance to Grandpère Mussel. Aside from that claim to fame, he’s…

Sunshine and Roses

On my way to Leipzig for the Praetorius Mass for Christmas Morning performance at the Thomaskirche, the sky gave a glorious performance. The train car was empty and my phone battery full, so there was nothing to do but try…

Praetorius Mass for Christmas Morning

Promised for several Christmases and never quite delivered thanks to a variously infuriating string of technical malfunctions. This year, I’m going to Leipzig to hear the piece performed live. With real people. And hopefully real serpents. But. For the restivus,…

Train Into Cologne Main Station

The other night I was coming home late from a concert and thought it would be good to get a bit of video practice in. The journey was not nearly as introspective and full of the feelings as the music…

Day 18: O, du Fröliche

On the left, Diana Damrau. On the right, Anatol from Bochum who will come to your house or senior’s home and play his accordion. Today marks two years since Miss Mussel arrived in the Deutschland. Where has the time gone?…

Cologne Christmas Markets – Music at the Dom

Every year in Cologne and most cities in Northern Europe, let’s be honest, the Christmas markets bathe the city in lovely yellow light, the happy hum of convivial chatter and the smell of sweaty hockey socks, a detail present thanks…

Day 11: Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen

After yesterday’s 11/10 loudissimo Adeste Fideles explosion, it seems right and meet to bring it down to a more human scale. The oldest hymns, Christmas or otherwise, often have these delightfully higgledy, piggledy rhythms about them and complex harmony as…

How To Maraca Like Nobody Is Watching

Sunday afternoon I went to Ehrenfeld – Cologne’s Hackney/Williamsberg – and somewhere inside the mass of vega, bearded baby-wearers, I found a lamb kebab and Mr Maracas. After three songs, I still wasn’t sure if he was with the band…

Day 1: Jauchzet Frohlocket, Interwebs!

“Jauchzet Frohlocket” from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio BWV 248, Part the first Performed by: Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden at Frauenkirchen, Dresden. Christian Thielemann, baton. In other words, let’s get this party started, yo. Listen to the whole Advent 2014 playlist here.

The Cold Song

Purcell – The Cold Song from his opera 1691 King Arthur | Klaus Nomi – New York 1982, just months before he would die of complications relating to AIDS. What power art thou, who from below Hast made me rise…

Trude Herr: Cabaret Genius

The OM’s foreign correspondent sends these slices of brilliance from Cologne. Trude Herr (auf Deutsch) was a hometown girl, who had a great career as a character actress in German film and as a singer on the Berlin cabaret circuit….

‘Friend Of Dorothy’ Fiddle

A friend of a friend ended up buying a violin from Reinhard Goebel, founder of the now defunct Musica Antiqua Köln. When the new owner opened the case, he found that someone had indulged in a delightfully ribald spot of…

Praetorius: Lutheran Mass For Christmas Morning

Happy Christmas from the OM! Here is the most glorious of Christmas pieces: Michael Praetorius’ Lutheran Mass For Christmas Morning performed by Paul McCreesh’s impeccable Gabrieli Consort. If you wish to add this recording to your collection (and Miss Mussel…

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 3

The evergreen quality of the fir tree inspired many songwriters over the years, so there are several versions of this carol in its original German. The version that is the most well-known to English speakers was written in 1824 by…