Milena Cord-to-Krax | Sofia Chekalina | César Queruz
Last 21-12-15 I played a concert in Berlin with Sofia Chekalina (baroque cello) and César Queruz (tiorba) at KiezKulturWerkstadt. It was the first time for me to travel to Berlin and I had spoken with César via eMail, but we only got to know each other 3 days before the concert. His teacher Björn Collel kindly put us into contact after I asked him whether he knew anybody who would like to play with me at my friend’s, Javi Vela’s, small and very beautiful stage in Berlin-Charlottenburg. In the end we performed as a trio, as Sofia joined us. Everything worked out fine and we had a good time. I hope we’ll repeat. 🙂
Milena Cord-to-Krax, recorder | Johanna Rose, viella
Earlier this month, I was lucky to get to perform with excellent viol player Johanna Rose. This piece forms part of a medieval music duo program:
La dolçce sere
Medieval Italy around 1400: names such as Ciconia or Landini, famous and celebrated composers in their time, often seem to be quite unknown to lovers of early music nowadays. Through ballatas, madrigals and virtuously ornamented pieces from the Faenza Codex we invite you to have a little look into a surprising repertory of particular beauty!
San Roque – original photo by RaMaOrLi (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Next week, 09/04/15, I’m going to play a duo concert with Alejandro Casal (organ) in a village in Southern Spain –San Roque– next to Gibraltar. I am very happy about the program, since this music is one of my favorites and quite rarely chosen by programmers: 16th century diminutions on madrigals. Next to diminutions by Ortiz, Bovicelli, Rognioni & Bassano there’ll be 2 diminutions by myself, one of them will be premiered that day. ☺
I’m selling a baroque alto recorder, made in boxwood, 415 Hz (after Denner) by Joachim Rohmer for 1100€.
I bought the instrument in 2011 at the ERTA ibérica recorder exposition in Madrid. Of all recorders from the Rohmer Recorders workshop I loved this one most. The voicing is quite open and it allows quite a lot of air. The low notes are very strong and powerful.
I’m a bit sad to let it go, but I bought another recorder and unfortunately I can’t keep both of them.
Vendo una flauta alto barroca, madera de boj, 415 Hz (según Denner) de Joachim Rohmer por 1100€.
Compré el instrumento en 2011 en la exposición de flautas del encuentro de la ERTA ibérica en Madrid. De todas las flautas que traían del taller de Rohmer ésta específicamente me encantó. Es una flauta bastante abierta que se deja soplar bien. Tiene graves muy potentes.
Me da mucha pena venderla, pero he comprado otra alto y por desgracia no me puedo quedar con las dos.
“It is not likely that anybody could question the necessity of ornaments. They are found everywhere in music, and are not only useful, but indispensable. They connect the notes; they give them life. They emphasise them, and besides giving accent and meaning they render them grateful; they illustrate the sentiments, be they sad or merry, and take an important part in the general effect. They give to the player an opportunity to show off his technical skill and powers of expression. A mediocre composition can be made attractive by their aid, and the best melody without them may seem obscure and meaningless.”
I had to take some photos of the baroque alto recorder I’m selling, which was fun, so I went on with a renaissance recorder by Bob Marvin and it ended up being a little photo session. The quality may not be the best, I took the photos with a mobile phone 🙁 The photos of the baroque alto are here.
I home-recorded this movement because I have to sell the recorder I’m playing in the audio. Later I thought that it was actually kind of nice (except for a few little things 😉 ) and that the photos I took were also not too bad, so… I shared it. ♪