Buskaid Live!, a compilation of extraordinary live international performances by the
Buskaid Ensemble between 2001 and June 2005 was released in late 2005.
This double album features a breathtaking rendition of Griegís Holberg Suite,
as well as the romantic slow movement of the Elgar Serenade, recorded in
Southwark Cathedral in 2002 by the Ensemble under the baton of Sir John Eliot Gardiner,
who won the prestigious Gramophone Award for 2005. In addition,
the internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink sings Handel arias
and Spirituals in a performance recorded in London in 2001.
Also featured are talented soloists from within the Ensemble, including
the charismatic vocalist Teboho, the wonderfully earthy singer Mathapelo, exciting
lead violinists Samson and Kabelo, and the haunting sounds of cellist Innocentia.
The Ensembleís Director, Rosemary Nalden writes in the booklet -
ĎAs an overview of our studentsí grasp of music style these recordings could scarcely
provide a more comprehensive range of examples.í Composers include
Biber, Farina, Mozart, Bartok, Massenet, Albinoni, Tchaikovsky, and Purcell,
as well as those from the lighter side, such as John Williams, Hoagy Carmichael,
Timothy Kraemer. And of course there is also quite a bit of that vibey Kwela!
All the tracks on this double album were recorded by top engineers and producers
at Buskaid concerts, and combine the spontaneity and excitement of live performances
with the musicality and attention to detail which have become Buskaidís hallmark.
An added bonus is the beautiful packaging of this double album, designed
by the London-based South African Aubrey Kurlansky. The 34-page booklet is full
of beautifully reproduced photographs of the young musicians, and also contains
imaginative - and sometimes witty - sleeve notes written by the Buskaid students.
high quality recordings encompass an amazing range of composers and
musical styles (including Biber, Purcell, Handel, Mozart, Grieg,
Tshaikovsky, Bartůk, as well as some new Kwela), whilst the albumís
packaging, designed once again by Aubrey Kurlansky, is very striking
indeed. Included is a 34-page booklet of photographs, information, and
sleeve notes written by our students. The CD production and booklet
design were funded by Siemens, with Supporting Grant Funding from
Business and Arts South Africa.