Monday, February 22, 2010

Monday Music: two very different treats with Michala Petri

Reader Jack W thought we could use a nice palate-cleanser after last Monday's strangeness, and I agree. So he pointed me to this stunning performance by Michala "And-you-thought-the-recorder-was-a-kid's-instrument" Petri.


That little number was called Devil's Trill Sonata, and both the story behind its composition (and thus the composer) are pretty messed-up.

Now as an extra treat, the same lady in a very different mood, with the incomparable Victor Borga. This is a favorite of Phil Johnson's, which is how I came to know of it.

8 comments:

Brad Williams said...

Thanks Dan. I liked the Devil's Sonata. Now I feel unclean.

DJP said...

Great! Even when I win, I lose.

/c:

DJP said...

I liked it too, BTW, so what does that say about me?

Watch the other video now, you'll feel better.

JackW said...

Well at least you can still blame me.

My DAOD was a very good recorder artist, though she was not a recording artist. We did a couple of guitar/recorder duets, but nothing like this.

Rabbit said...

I adore Victor Borge. Had the privilege of seeing him perform live when I was a young girl, and our family laughed till our sides ached and clapped till our hands were raw. And in a note (ha ha!) of good timing, my kids are in a music club that is learning to play the recorder. We start our spring session up on Friday...and do I ever have the video to inspire them now! :) Thanks for sharing these, Dan.

Mesa Mike said...

I've never seen a 20-string guitar before! Well, I guess it's actually a lute of some sort.

Also, I never suspected that such beautiful music could come from a toy flute. I don't suppose she plays the one that you can get at Wal-Mart for $5.99, though.

Susan said...

Hmm, to have the devil come into one's dream and to be asked to be his servant--what does that tell me about the composer?? Would he be one of those (anachronistically speaking) who would have encounters with UFOs today?? (I say that because I've heard from a radio interview that people who encounter UFOs usually have had experiences with the occult in the past.) Just a thought.

candy said...

I graduated from flutophone in the fourth grade to private recorder lessons all through sixth grade. I totally thought it was cool when I saw Grace Slick with one on the cover of a Jefferson Airplane album. Alas and alack, I gave up my lessons and learned how to play the piano. I sure wish I could have kept on after watching this video.