Listen to Brief Musica Bella Recordings

The most recent recordings are at the bottom of the list.

1. MUSICA BELLA IN REHEARSAL: DVORAK CARNIVAL OVERTURE. This is an amateur recording, made by the conductor with a cheap microphone and a not-so-cheap Sony MiniDisc recorder, and with the mike in not the best possible spot, of the ending of the Dvorak Carnival Overture. It is 31 seconds long, and the file size is 311K. This recording of what we hope you will agree is the FABULOUS Musica Bella Orchestra was made on February 24, 2003, at only our THIRD rehearsal of this very difficult piece.

At this rehearsal, the orchestra was missing the timpani player and two of the three percussion players. To hear the entire orchestra (and the entire piece), we guess you’ll just have to come to our concert on March 23, 2003!

    To listen to selection #1, click here.


2. MUSICA BELLA IN REHEARSAL: DVORAK CARNIVAL OVERTURE. Okay, we lied. This is another recording, recorded in the same manner as selection #1 above, of the same section of the Carnival Overture. It is 24 seconds long (less talking this time), and the file size is 284K. This recording was made on March 10, 2003, at our fifth rehearsal of this piece. And this time, all the percussion players were there.

    To listen to selection #2, click here.


3. MUSICA BELLA IN CONCERT: BEETHOVEN 7TH. This is a professional recording, the same as you’ll get if you make a $50 donation to the orchestra and choose this concert CD set as your premium. This selection, 17 seconds long and 201K in size, is of a section of the first movement of the Beethoven Seventh Symphony recorded live at our October 13, 2002 concert.

    To listen to selection #3, click here.


4. MUSICA BELLA IN CONCERT: BRAHMS 3RD. This is a professional recording, the same as you’ll get if you make a $50 donation to the orchestra and choose this concert CD set as your premium. This selection, 23 seconds long and 275K in size, is of a section of the first movement of the Brahms Third Symphony recorded live at our December 8, 2002 concert.

    To listen to selection #4, click here.


5. MUSICA BELLA IN CONCERT: BRAHMS ACADEMIC FESTIVAL. This is a professional recording, the same as you’ll get if you make a $50 donation to the orchestra and choose this concert CD set as your premium. This selection, 1 minute 26 seconds long and 1,008K in size, is the ending of the Brahms Academic Festival Overture recorded live at our December 8, 2002 concert.

    To listen to selection #5, click here.


 6. MUSICA BELLA IN CONCERT: MAHLER 4TH. This is a professional recording, the same as you’ll get if you make a $50 donation to the orchestra and choose this concert CD set as your premium. This selection, 23 seconds long and 260K in size, is the beginning of the Mahler 4th Symphony recorded live at our May 2, 2004 concert. Note that the clarinets and violins make a ritardando at the end of the third measure, but the flutes and sleighbells don’t; this is correct, according to Mahler’s instructions.

    To listen to selection #6, click here.


 7. MUSICA BELLA IN CONCERT: MAHLER 4TH. This is a professional recording, the same as you’ll get if you make a $50 donation to the orchestra and choose this concert CD set as your premium. This selection, 32 seconds long and 376K in size, is the end of the first movement of the Mahler 4th Symphony recorded live at our May 2, 2004 concert.

    To listen to selection #7, click here.



If you have trouble listening to these selections, write to the Webmaster, and we’ll try to help you. Of course, you’ll need some sort of an MP3 player on your computer. If you don’t have one, free MP3 players are available on the Web. We recommend you go to Google and search for “mp3 player”; on the other hand, if you’re on a Mac, going to Version Tracker and searching there will produce quicker results.