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(UK) The Telegraph Article: "Why watching classical music through Google Glass is a waste of time" (By Ivan Hewett 13 Aug 2014)

Contributed by admin on Aug 18, 2014

From a recent article in The Telegraph, a news article extolling the virtues (or not) of the use of Google Glass technology in music performances. While perhaps not be best of medium to view and hear a performance, but, as one commentator suggests, a way by which to augment the performance with such options as extra performance notes or even translations of libretto, etc. You be the judge ...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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(UK) Summer with Shakespeare Family fun in Stratford-upon-Avon until 31 August

Contributed by admin on Aug 18, 2014

From the latest newsletter from the Shakespeare Trust

"There's still plenty of time to make the most of the Summer holidays at Shakespeare's family homes!  ...

 
 
 
 
 
 

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(UK) The Guardian News Article: " Dutch conductor Frans Brüggen has died aged 79"

Contributed by admin on Aug 18, 2014

EarlyMusicNews.org joins the early music world in commemorating the death and contribution of Mr. Frans Brüggen to the early music movement. He will be sorely missed by all of us. For more information of his passing, visit (UK) The Guardian website.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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(UK) Four countertenors : Handel Rinaldo Glyndebourne

Contributed by admin on Aug 17, 2014

" ...For their first revival of the production, Glyndebourne brought back conductor Olivier Dantone, and assembled a cast which showcased the modern counter-tenor revival by including a total of four in the cast. . Unusually for a modern performance of a Handel opera, all the male characters were played by men ...

 
 
 

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(AT) 5th International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti (16–21 Aug 2014)

Contributed by admin on Aug 17, 2014

As with previous years, the singing competition will take place during the "Innsbruck Festival of Early Music"

"The International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti will take place in Innsbruck for the fifth time. Named after the Italian composer Pietro Antonio Cesti, who turned Innsbruck into a centre for the Italian opera north of the Alps in the mid-17th century, young singers from all over the world with a special talent and training will compete in the varied field that is the baroque opera for participation in the final concert on 21 August. ... "
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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(AT) 38th Innsbruck Festival of Early Music (17-31 Aug 2014)

Contributed by admin on Aug 17, 2014

If you are in the region of Innsbruck, you may want to consider attending some of the concerts at this year's Innsbruck Festival of Early Music.

"The stars were favourable for music in 1685: Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frederic Handel and Domenico Scarlatti were born. The three bright stars that shone over the baroque era are the focus of the 2014 Innsbruck Festival. Presenting masterpieces from the opera, the church, the concert hall and the chamber. To round off the picture, there will also be music by the father figures and teachers of Bach, Handel and Scarlatti, by friends and contemporaries as well as by their sons’ generation. ...
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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(DE) 23rd Festival of Ancient Music Knechtsteden 2014 (19-28 Sep 2014)

Contributed by admin on Aug 16, 2014

A recent reminder from the organisers of the "Festival Alte Musik Knechtsteden" (DE), reminding us that if  in the area of Knechtsteden, consider the upcoming Festival concert lineups and symposium dates. (Read on) ...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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(CA) Nota Bene Baroque Players: End of Successful 2013-2014 Concert Season

Contributed by admin on Aug 03, 2014

With the end of its 2013-2014 Nota Bene Baroque Players (NBBP) Concert Season, the NBBP Organization has proven itself resilient at re-inventing itself and offering it's audience a new and more dynamic approach to performances and community services.

Having reached a low in performance appearances in previous years (3 performances per year), the NBBP Organization undertook a closer look at its potential as the Region of Waterloo's (Ontario Canada) early music orchestra with the result being of a staggering expanded performance schedule of 14 concerts, as well as a number of NBBP-led initiatives. This past 2013-2014 season consisted of performances with a long list of luminaries such as, not only of the Nota Bene Baroque Players (NBBPlayers) but also the birth of its newly formed choir Nota Bene Baroque Singers (NBBSingers) and invited soloists of famed recognition such as: Michael Schade, Daniel Taylor, Agnes Zsigovics, Sean Watson, Baroque trumpetist John Thiessen, organist/harpsichordist Jan Overduin, conductor Howard Dyck (with concertmaster, Baroque violin Julie Baumgartel) as well as up and coming stars Anthea Conway-White Baroque flute and Victoria Melik Baroque violin.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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(NL) Brilliant Classics (Record Lable): "C.P.E. Bach: Keyboard Symphonies"

Contributed by admin on Jul 30, 2014

"A curious and unsatisfying reduction of huge music for tiny forces? By no means. These are not, after all, symphonies in the way that Beethoven, let alone Mahler, understood the term, but breezy three-movement affairs which had lately sprung out of an operatic context and were enjoying a new and independent life through the always-unpredictable idiom of C.P.E., who wrote eight such works between 1741 and 1762. Most of them began as symphonies for strings, with wind parts added later when Bach’s orchestra was enlarged. ...

Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Artist: Andrea Chezzi harpsichord
Instrument: Alberto Colzani (2000), after Goermans-Taskin (Russel Collection of Edimburgh, 1764-1783)
Release: April 2014


(UK) Dolmetsch Historical Dance Society (DHDS): 46th Annual International Summer School (27 Jul-3 Aug 2014)

Contributed by admin on Jul 23, 2014

Location: University of Chichester, College Lane, Bishop Otter Campus, PO19 6PE Chichester UK

"This new format Summer School responds to the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth by combining a Renaissance dance course with an exploration of the scenes of dancing and music in his plays. ...


(UK) Music for a While: Improvisations on Henry Purcell (Review by Claire Seymour 12 July 2014)

Contributed by admin on Jul 23, 2014

From a recent Opera Today newsletter

"L’Arpeggiata did not simply perform arrangements of Purcell; rather they created entirely new, highly original, works. Their musicianship, technical prowess and the joy that their shared musical dialogue so obviously inspired, both on the platform and among the audience of the Wigmore Hall, made this performance an absolute delight. ..."


(US) Harmonia Early Music: Call Me Cate

Contributed by admin on Jul 21, 2014

From a recent newsletter item from Harmonia Early Music, an hour-long podcast of anything of  "Catherines"

"We’re listening to music for, by or about famous Katies, Catherines, and Katerinas.  Next, we’re shining a spotlight on that namesake and getting to know one visionary in the revival of early music: Catherine Mackintosh. ...


(US) Saturday morning quotes 4.10: New music for lute

Contributed by admin on Jul 21, 2014

From a recent "Unquiet Thoughts" post

"Now in its fourth year, Unquiet Thoughts was and is primarily an outlet for musings on music for the lute and how it does or does not fit into the aesthetics of modern life. In our ever-growing archive of essays, one of the more frequently visited posts posed a handful of questions that asked whether the lute was an appropriate medium for modern sounds. ...


(DK) Via Artis Konsort: Anaustia (video)

Contributed by admin on Jul 21, 2014

From a recent Via Artis Konsort newsletter item

"Anaustia is a popular tune, probably from around the XVII century, found in the archives of the Bolivian Jesuit Missions. This kind of Spanish, Latinamerican Baroque music, based on a local tune, was quite common in the 16th and 17th centuries. The words of the tune are in a local Indian language. ..."


(DE) XIX. Leipzig International Bach Competition 2014

Contributed by admin on Jul 21, 2014

From a recent Bach-Archiv Leipzig Newsletter

"Yesterday, the XIX. Leipzig International Bach Competition 2014, ended with a concert in the Leipzig Gewandhaus. For ten days, 100 musicians from 28 countries competed in the categories piano, harpsichord and violin/Baroque violin for the title »Bach Prize Winner«.  As the youngest finalist, 18-year-old Hilda Huang (USA) won the piano category, Schaghajegh Nosrati (Germany) and Georg Kjurdian (Latvia) came to the second and third position. Jean-Christophe Dijoux (France) achieved the title in the harpsichord final, followed by Olga Pachchenko (Russia) and Alexandra Nepomnyashchaya (Russia). The first prize in the category violin went to Seiji Okamoto (Japan), the second to Marie Radauer-Plank (Austria), and the third to Niek Baar (Netherlands).


(UK) The Rameau Project

Contributed by admin on Jun 26, 2014

"The Rameau Project is a major international multidisciplinary research project devoted to the operas of Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764). With the 250th anniversary of Rameau’s death taking place in 2014, this ambitious venture is uniting international scholars, performers, institutions and organisations to advance our understanding of the most significant composer of the French Enlightenment. ...


(US) Theoria – Historical Aspects of Music Theory -- online

Contributed by admin on Jun 26, 2014

From a recent announcement on the AMS mailing list:

News from Dr. Frank Heidlberger (Professor of Music Theory, Chair, Division of Music History, Theory and Ethnomusicology, University of North Texas, College of Music)  that the journal “Theoria – Historical Aspects of Music Theory” is now online.  ...


(CA) Ninth Annual Colloquium of the Gregorian Institute of Canada (22-23 August 2014)

Contributed by admin on Jun 26, 2014

Location: St. Mary’s Anglican Church and Holy Rosary Cathedral, Regina Saskatchewan, Canada

"Workshops suitable for beginners and more advanced practitioners will include sessions on chant notation, chant by ear, ancient hymnody and psalmody, ornate chanted antiphons, and choral music for contemplative quiet. ...


(US) Harmonia Early Music: A Claviorga-whaa??

Contributed by admin on Jun 22, 2014

From the latest newsletter from Harmonia Early Music ...

"The first time you see a claviorganum, you might feel like you’re seeing a mythical creature. Like the part lion-part man griffen, or part girl-part fish mermaid, the clavigorganum is part harpsichord and part organ.  ...


(UK) Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music -- Name Change

Contributed by admin on Jun 20, 2014

From a recent newsletter from Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music

For 30 years, the Festival has been lucky enough to benefit from one loyal sponsor: Lufthansa German Airlines. It is with profound gratitude and respect that we acknowledge Lufthansa’s decision to cease funding after the 2014 Festival has ended. But ...


(US) Folger Shakespeare Library

Contributed by admin on Jun 19, 2014

News from the Forger Shakespeard Library of its upcoming summer events. Not to be disappointed if you are indeed a fan of Shakespeare.


(US) ArkivMusic "Complete Opera Recordings Clearance"

Contributed by admin on Jun 19, 2014

News from ArkivMusic of its "Complete Opera Recordings Clearance" and reminders that the stock is limited "at these low prices". Have a look and you may find some long sought recordings of early music works.


(FR) Festival EmbarOquement Immédiat 2014

Contributed by admin on Jun 19, 2014

From the latest Harmonia Sacra newsletter of June 19 2014

News from Harmonia Sacra and of the Festival EmbarOquement Immédiat 2014 which is already over with a planned June 24th evening to thank volunteers who helped make the festival the success that it was. The upcoming 2014-2015 Hormonia Sacra season will also be announced on the same day, in addition, details of next year's 2015 festival season as well.


(BE) MAFestival Bruges: Expo Historical Instruments (2-5 August 2014)

Contributed by admin on Jun 07, 2014

Location:  Bruges, BE

focus ON MELODY INSTRUMENTS

"Historical instruments will be resounding at the Provincial Court in Bruges from August 2nd till 5th 2014. Renowned builders and publishers form all over the world presenting themselves to the international MAfestival public. ...


(US) Harmonia Early Music: Barqouevolution

Contributed by admin on Jun 07, 2014
"Renaissance to Baroque: a new era The 16th century’s interweaving lines of contrapuntal choral polyphony gave way in the 17th century to monody—accompanied solo song—in which treble and bass lines...
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