Magic Choral Trick #158 When the Presentation Works
My Dad, who is 87, likes to watch the Berlin Phil podcasts that he subscribes to while he works out on his elliptical machine.
The cinematography for both the live streaming and the library of podcasts is really stunning. The most subtle expressions on the faces of the players have now been immortalized for millions of people to enjoy.
The players of course are aware of this, so whatever it is they might previously have done during the counting of rests (I’ve seen orchestral players read magazines, make new reeds, knit, nap…) they now stay involved with the music because they need to be part of the cohesive visual picture. (Though I doubt that players of the calibre of the Berlin Phil ever read novels on the gig) Every moment is interesting because the players appear to be fully engaged.
So – just a heads up – the presentation bar has been raised for both instrumentalists and singers.
Here are three examples you might enjoy. All three of these groups are far beyond just singing right notes at the right time.
In The Sixteen’s performance, though it’s not flashy, all the singers are completely absorbed in the music – and in presenting it in an atmosphere of peaceful reflection. The colours and lighting are also exquisite.
The Sixteen Komm Jesu Komm
In this clip, the Lion’s Gate Women’s Barbershop Chorus presents two songs. In the first, though there’s very little actual choreography, there’s a great deal of physical movement in the presentation. The second song has a ton of choreo, and is simply a joy to watch.
Lion’s Gate Chorus (Sweet Adelines) 2009 Semi Finals
And these guys are out of this world! Very exciting performance.
Ambassadors of Harmony – Barbershop Harmony Society 2009 Champions