On instagram, I've been following this cellist, Hauser, formerly of 2 Cellos, for a while now, because of an ad for him that showed up in my timeline. It was the piece, River Flows In You, that drew me to listen to more. Here are some recent short concerts he did in his home country of Croatia during this pandemic. Not too different from Andrea Bocelli's short concert, but he's not as famous, of course. I highly recommend these 2 videos if you're looking for a quiet evening (or whatever time of day) of beautiful music. The first one begins with a very familiar, beautiful piece most of us first heard on Pure. I'll let you find out which one by playing it. Haha but I'm betting his instrument will clue you in. The second one was recorded a few days ago for his birthday. Stunning scenery! I now want to go to Croatia!
I found a better music video for River Flows in You. I believe that's his girlfriend in the video, as well. She sometimes sings with him (not here, however), and isn't too bad; she has a somewhat nasal pop voice, which is kind of what's popular these days. Also, she's likely singing with a Croatian accent.
I've really enjoyed listening to Jonathan Antoine's new album Going the Distance, some wonderful songs on there, and his voice is getting better and better all the time, imo. His Nessun Dorma is incredible too (I know it has been done so often over the years but his version is defintely one of the very best). I think his version of Country Roads is my favourite song at the moment, www.youtube.com/watch?v=lImjP8q2uS4. www.youtube.com/watch?v=6j2brMoqJwA
I've also got into learning French again (I became fluent at one point then started forgetting a lot so during the pandemic, when I haven't been at work, I've been reading some French books etc.) I recently stumbled across this American band, Pomplamoose, they're currently releasing quite a few French songs (they do a lot in English too, some of them are very good too imo.) I particularly like these at the moment. My mum likes them too although she doesn't speak any French at all (well not knowingly she says! ) www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4YxAnTEiWs www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTP246fnKAI www.youtube.com/watch?v=7B4CLQGxHmI
I really like Hauser too, Libby, particularly Rachmaninov's piano concerto 2 and Caruso. I recently found this one. I love him playing the cello, I think Hayley sang the song much better, not least because it was in English and I could understand it better. www.youtube.com/watch?v=6j_zL76cOi8
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