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(US) Billboard Article: "PIAS Acquires Classical Specialist Label Harmonia Mundi" (By Richard Smirke, 28 Sep 2015)

Contributed by admin on Oct 01, 2015

"European independent PIAS has acquired historic classical, jazz and world music label Harmonia Mundi for an undisclosed sum. ...

(SE) BIS Records CD Release: "Bach - Organ Works" (Aug 2015)

Contributed by admin on Aug 15, 2015

"Masaaki Suzuki playing the Schnitger/Hinz organ in the Martinikerk, Groningen

The recipient of the 2012 City of Leipzig Bach Medal, Masaaki Suzuki has earned an enviable reputation as an interpreter of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach – as a reviewer in International Record Guide has put it: 'With Suzuki you can hear Bach's heart beat'. To a wide audience he is known as the director of Bach Collegium Japan, and the moving force behind the ensemble's acclaimed recordings of Bach's complete sacred cantatas. Perhaps less well known is that he began his career – at the age of 12! – playing the organ at church services in Kobe, where he was born. ...

(UK) Hyperion CD Release: Loyset Compère (c1445-1518) "Magnificat, motets & chansons" by The Orlando Consort (August 2015)

Contributed by admin on Aug 15, 2015

"The Orlando Consort’s third recording for Hyperion turns to the music of Loyset Compère, a composer the group first investigated some twenty years ago. In the intervening decades musicological goal-post shifting has elevated our composer from also-ran outsider to something of a trailblazer, the wonderfully complex Magnificat recorded here, for example, now being thought to predate the masterworks of Josquin by some fifteen years. A gorgeous selection of motets and chansons further charts this period of radical musical experimentation." ...

(US) Harmonia Early Music: "Smell the Roses" by Elizabeth Clark (20 Jun 2015)

Contributed by admin on Aug 01, 2015

"Roses are red, violets are blue…and this week on Harmonia, we invite you to go tripping through the tulips with us as we bring you a program of early music with texts inspired by both romantic and symbolic associations with flowers. Later in the program we’ll feature Anonymous 4’s recent recording, 1865: Songs of Hope and Home from the American Civil War. ...

(US) Harmonia Early Music Podcast: "Plectrums, Pizzicato, And Plucks" by Janelle Davis Posted (20 Jul 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 29, 2015

"We’re devoting this edition of Harmonia to instruments of the plucked variety. Lutes, guitars, harps and harpsichords will pick and pizz us through the hour. Plus, a special tribute from Paul O’Dette for friend and fellow lute player Pat O’Brien who passed away in 2014, and a feature release from Armonia Celeste called Lover’s Beware.. ...

(SE) eClassical CD Special: "Biber - The Rosary Sonatas" (Ensemble Vintage Köln) (Release date: 10 Jul 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 28, 2015

(From a recent newsletter item)

"Biber - The Rosary Sonatas - 24 FLAC Discount

Available in FLAC 24, FLAC16 and MP3

BIS Boss Robert von Bahr: Of all composers for the violin, Heinrich Isaac Franz von Biber must be regarded as one of the most unique. Not only for his tonal language, which isn't so unique, but for his way of tuning the violin, a technique called scordatura. ...

(US) Harmonia Early Music: "Name-Dropping" by Benjamin Robinette (13 Jul 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 24, 2015

"What do LCD Soundsystem, Johannes Suzoy, the Beastie Boys, and Antoine Busnoys all have in common? Give up? They’ve all engaged in the art of musical name-dropping, paying respect to the masters that came before them. This week on Harmonia, we’ll bring you music that ...

(SE) BIS Records New CD Release: "Biber - The Rosary Sonatas"

Contributed by admin on Jul 23, 2015

"Biber’s ‘Rosary Sonatas’ for violin and basso continuo stand alone in the violin literature and in music history, offering a unique combination of programmatic material and the use of scordatura (tuning a string instrument differently than the standard tuning). Consisting of fifteen sonatas for violin and basso continuo, and a closing Passacaglia for solo violin, the cycle was presented by Biber to his employer, the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg, in a handsome manuscript .  ...

(PL) Viola Organista CD Recording Project on Kickstarter

Contributed by admin on Jul 22, 2015

"The Da Vinci Sound -- First Album of Leonardo first ever built Concert instrument Viola Organista is to be funded by Kickstarter supporters

Viola organista – extraordinary bowed piano invented by Da Vinci - has been constructed in Poland by musician Sławomir Zubrzycki. Now he wants to release first ever CD album with solo viola organista recital." To do that Zubrzycki has launched a Kickstarter campaign with a goal of $10,000  ...

(US) Alia Vox First release in its new Diversa collection: "Euskel Antiqva - Legacy of the land of Basque"

Contributed by admin on Jul 13, 2015

Harmonia Mundi Store announces Alia Vox First release in its new Diversa collection: "Euskel Antiqva - Legacy of the land of Basque" available online.

"Alia Vox presents the first release in its new Diversa collection. This fascinating series will showcase neglected repertoire in performances that are respectful of historical practices and traditions of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. ...

(UK) Linn Records Deal Of The Day: 25% off Dunedin Consort Mozart: Requiem

Contributed by admin on Jul 09, 2015

Deal Of The Day: 25% off Mozart: Requiem. Discount already applied.  

"The Dunedin Consort presents the premiere recording of Mozart scholar David Black's new 2013 edition of Süssmayr's completion of Mozart's Requiem. It was named winner of the 'Choral' category at the 2014 Gramophone Awards. Also available on 180g vinyl. ...

(US) Ars Lyrica Houston New CD Release: Heart & Soul ~ Devotional works from the German Baroque (Release date: 10 July 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 09, 2015

Ars Lyrica Houston announce the forthcoming CD release: "Heart & Soul ~ Devotional works from the German Baroque"

"Devotional works from the German Baroque for voice, strings, and organ. With a renowned British counter-tenor Ryland Angel, Matthew Dirst on the Fritts organ at St Philip Presbyterian Church, and Ars Lyrica core  ..."

(SE) eClassical CD Release: "C.P.E. Bach – Solo Keyboard Music, Vol. 30" (10 Jun 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jun 20, 2015

(From a recent eClassical newsletter)

"Besides his more than 150 sonatas, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach also composed a large number of single-movement pieces for solo keyboard. Some of these were published in collections, beginning with the Probestücke (Study Pieces) of 1753, included on Volume 22 in this series (BIS-1762). On the present disc Miklós Spányi presents three other sets intended  ...

(UK) Stile Antico CD Release: "Sing with the Voice of Melody" (Harmonia Mundi, 9 Jun 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jun 09, 2015

"To celebrate Stile Antico’s tenth anniversary as a professional ensemble, Harmonia Mundi has released this special compilation of music drawn from the group’s first nine recordings. The twelve members of the group have each chosen a single track, and written ...

(FR) La Simphonie du Marais – Hugo Reyne ~ Crowd Funding on KissKissBankBank for Next CD Release

Contributed by admin on Jun 06, 2015

For its next CD release of the Bandenburg Concertos, La Simphonie du Marais – Hugo Reyne has posted to the KissKissBankBank crowd funding site. They hope to have to CD released sometime in the Fall of 2015 ...

(DE) TYXart Records - New Releases

Contributed by admin on May 29, 2015

(From a recent email from TYXart Records)

Recent releases from TXYart that may be of interest to you:

  •  "Capriccio sopra il genio del Bach giovanissimo" ~ Cécile Mansuy, Organ and Harpsichord (CD)
  • "VOYAGES – REISEN  - From Germany to France - D'Allemagne en France" ~ Jakob David Rattinger, Viola da Gamba (CD and LP)
  • "L'UNIVERS DE MARIN MARAIS" - Finest Viola da Gamba Music from France ~ Jakob David Rattinger, Viola da Gamba, Rosario Conte, Theorbo - Ralf Waldner, Harpsichord (CD)
  • "CLAVIERMUSIK AUS NÜRNBERG" - CLAVIER MUSIC FROM NUREMBERG ~ Ralf Waldner, Harpsichord/Organ/Clavichord/Regal (CD) ...

(SE) eClassical CD Ssale: Christopher Simpson – Ayres & Graces

Contributed by admin on May 28, 2015

(From a recent eClassical newsletter)

"Dear friends, this week we present a new pair of products for you, a brand New Release and a related older album at a 30% discount.

This brand New Release is sold at the same price for FLAC 24 as FLAC 16 and MP3 during a limited time. Christopher Simpson - Ayres & Graces - 24 FLAC Discount, Available in FLAC 24, FLAC16 and MP3 ...

(UK) Chandos CD Release: John Christopher Smith's op. 3 set of Six Lessons of 1755

Contributed by admin on May 23, 2015

(From a recent email from Julian Perkins to the harpsichord list)

I thought you would like to know about a new solo harpsichord recording of mine that features two possible firsts; the first complete recording of John Christopher Smith's op. 3 set of Six Lessons of 1755, and the first commercial recording of a single-manual harpsichord made by Mabyn and William Bailey in London in c1770.  ...

(DE) TYXart CD Release:"Accademia dell'Arcadia - Roma 1710" (Baroque Masterpieces of a Secret Society)

Contributed by admin on May 17, 2015

Sabrina Frey, Recorder & Direction - Fiorenza de Donatis, Violin - Andrea Rognoni, Violin - Marco Frezzato, Cello - Philippe Grisvard, Harpsichord & Organ - Vincent Flückiger, Theorbo & Baroque Guitar - Bret Simner, Double Bass - Naoki Kitaya, Organ

Works by Corelli, Scarlatti, Marcello, Sieber, Bononcini* and Valentini* (* Premiere Rec.)

The composers and literati of the Accademia dell’Arcadia established in Rome in 1690 worked in secret — the pope had prohibited secular baroque music by decree. On this CD, recorder player Sabrina Frey — together with top-ranking artists — presents a few musical jewels of the secret society. The manuscripts are scattered throughout all of Europe today. ...

(DE) Carpe Diem Records New Release: Bach & Weiss by Toyohiko Satoh (1 April 2015)

Contributed by admin on May 16, 2015

The new solo CD of Toyohiko Satoh, the 72 year old Japanese lutenist who is considered my many as one of the most influential lute players of the last century, presents a well-known repertoire of baroque lute music. Mr. Satoh was the first lutenist to record Bach’s lute music on LP in the 70s (Phillips). Now he returns to this music 40 years later, delivering a completely different rendering of these iconic pieces. ...

(BE) Outhere Music: "RICERCAR now celelbrates its 35th anniversary!" (CD sale ends 17 May 2015)

Contributed by admin on May 15, 2015

"Over 30 years ago, in 1980, Jérôme Lejeune created the label Ricercar. It promptly became a major actor in the rediscovery of ancient music. 

Every Ricercar disc is a page in the history of music, to be discovered by listening, but also by reading the detailed commentary, accessible to the wider public. ...

(US) Harmonia Early Music Review: "One Man Show" (by Janelle Davis, April 25, 2015)

Contributed by admin on Apr 27, 2015

(From a recent Harmonia Early Music newsletter.)

Bud Roach performs music of Giovanni Felice Sances.

"An interesting aspect of this recording is that tenor, Bud Roach doesn’t sing with an accompanist, but rather accompanies himself on the Baroque guitar.  It was actually a common practice in the 17th century, though in classical music concerts nowadays, we are used to almost always seeing singers perform together with a separate accompanist.  ...

(BE) outhere Music CD release: Project HAYDN 2032 – vol. 2

Contributed by admin on Apr 24, 2015

"For this second volume in the Haydn 2032 project, the complete recording of his symphonies, Giovanni Antonini has chosen to put forward the Symphony Der Philosoph. He associates with it a symphony by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, eldest son of the Kantor of Leipzig, who is generally considered the most gifted of his sons.  ...

(SE) BIS Records: "Müthel – The Five Keyboard Concertos" (CD Release Date: 30 March 2015)

Contributed by admin on Mar 14, 2015

(From a recent BIS newsletter)

Marcin Świątkiewicz, harpsichord; Arte dei Suonatori

"Johann Forkel, the biographer of J.S. Bach, numbered Müthel among the most remarkable of Bach’s pupils. Another of the great chroniclers of 18th century music, Charles Burney, described Müthel's works as 'so full of novelty, taste, grace, and contrivance, that I should not hesitate to rank them among the greatest productions of the present age.’  ...

(US) Harmonia Early Music: "English Songs Of Sinners And Saints"

Contributed by admin on Mar 09, 2015

"This hour, we'll hear some bawdy songs and tragic ballads, as well as more uplifting, devotional songs and hymns. Plus, a featured CD of Tudor church music. ...

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