(CA) Vinyl Record Sales and Commentary

Contributed by admin on Oct 14, 2015

While most of us have heard of the reappearance of the "vinyl record", there has been very little evidence, if any of its impact on the music industry ... and especially that of early music. It is quite obvious that the vinyl record pressing factories of yore have pretty well been reduced to just a few and struggling with sales. In the following piece that has appeared in the (UK) The Guardian, this whole question is taken up by its author giving us ...

(US) Unquiet Thoughts Blog: "Saturday morning quotes 5.20: Dowland and Context" (03 Oct 2015)

Contributed by admin on Oct 13, 2015

"Our weekly posts are unapologetically focused on vocal music of the 16th century and the lute as it was regarded in its golden age; an emblem for all that was civilized and sophisticated, refined and nuanced.  Firmly committed to providing contextual references, we hope we might steer today’s lutenists away from their classical guitarist roots and and toward the sense and sensibility of an earlier time and a more intimate aesthetic.   ...

(UK) Opera Today Review: "Monteverdi: Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria" (05 Oct 2015)

Contributed by admin on Oct 13, 2015

"The third and final instalment of the Academy of Ancient Music’s survey of Monteverdi’s operas at the Barbican began and ended in darkness; the red glow of the single candle was an apt visual frame for a performance which was dedicated to the memory of the late Andrew Porter, the music critic and writer whose learned, pertinent and eloquent words did so much to restore Monteverdi, Cavalli and other neglected music-dramatists to the operatic stage. ...

(US) Improving Wikipedia's Pages ... MoMA's Change of Direction

Contributed by admin on Oct 13, 2015

In light of the continued growth in content and use of the gargantuan Wikipedia site, the Museum of Modern Art (New York) has embarked on a project meant to improve some of the Wikipedia pages as well as train groups on the process of improving these pages. ...

(UK) NCEM Young Composers Award 2016

Contributed by admin on Oct 13, 2015

The National Centre for Early Music and BBC Radio 3 are proud to present the 2016 NCEM Young Composers Award in partnership with Theatre of the Ayre, directed by one of Europe’s leading lutenists, Elizabeth Kenny, with mezzo soprano Clare Wilkinson and Nicholas Mulroy, tenor. The Award will be launched on BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show on Sunday 1 November 2015. The broadcast includes performances of the winning pieces of the 2015 Award. ...

(US) Les Délices "Suite Success!"

Contributed by admin on Oct 13, 2015

(From a recent "Les Délices" Newsletter)

"In September, Les Délices debuted a new program entitled Toutes Suites, which highlights the relationship of French Baroque music to dance and the instrumental suite through works of Jean-Baptiste Lully, François Couperin, Marin Marais, and more. ...

(DE) New Year's Eve at Burg Gaillenreuth

Contributed by admin on Oct 06, 2015

Location: Burg Gaillenreuth, Burggaillenreuth 5, 91320 Ebermannstadt DE

Ring in the new year with an evening of historical dancing. You are invited by Peter Hoffmann to an evening of historical dance. "Is there anything better, to leave the "old" behind? A colorful journey through the different eras ... There will be dancing, anything goes." Mixing of costumes will make for a wonderful evening of dance. There will also be a multi-course menu offered to participants. ...

(NL) Huismuziek -- Courses

Contributed by admin on Oct 06, 2015

(From a recent Huismuziek newsletter)

"The past week was sunny summer weather, but we all look on. As many as four christmas courses are planned: "Recorder Music for Advent and Christmas" is already full, but there is still room for "Gregorian chant: Advent and Christmas", "Georgian carols" and "Making music with Christmas". For the first time a course of baroque music for advanced players with auditions: "Spanish Baroque". ...

(US) San Francisco Classical Voice Article: "Nicholas McGegan: 30 Years and Counting with Philharmonia Baroque" (by Jason Victor Serinus)(29 Sep. 2015)

Contributed by admin on Oct 01, 2015

"Thirty years ago, the founder of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, early music crusader and harpsichordist Laurette Goldberg tapped Nicholas McGegan to become Philharmonia’s music director. Under “Nic’s” leadership, a five-year-old ensemble previously run by four ensemble musicians who conducted orchestra business in a spare bedroom in the back of soprano Judith Nelson’s house was transformed into one of the world’s most captivating period ensembles. ...

(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. ...

(US) Solamente Naturali ~ Miloš Valent artistic leader -- Concert (16 Oct 2015)

Contributed by admin on Oct 01, 2015

Musica Globus: 17th- and 18th-century Folk and Dance Music from Middle Europe

Location: First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, Boston MA, US

"A favorite of audiences and critics alike for their appearances at our biennial Festivals, the energetic and dynamic players of Solamente Naturali are back by popular demand! Celebrating their 20th anniversary and under the leadership of world-renowned violinist Miloš Valent, this ensemble melds classical and folk traditions like no other in performances bursting with  ...

(FR) Académie Bach - Photo Gallery Delight

Contributed by admin on Sep 30, 2015

How does the saying go? "A picture is worth a thousand words"? The Académie de Bach has a lovely set of photos that you may want to browse through, many players and instruments (pedal harpsichord as well). A nice collection of photos instead of those thousands of words. Have a peek at their photo collection as well as concert season offerings. ...

(FR) Final Weekend of "Festival de musique baroque d'Ambronay" (11 Sep - 4 Oct 2015)

Contributed by admin on Sep 30, 2015

(From a recent newsletter)

News that this is the final weekend for those wishing to attend any of the "Festival de musique baroque d'Ambronay", for which has had quite a good line-up of concert events. What is more formidable is the fact that some concert events have been made available on-line, some are just snippets, while others are the complete concert. and in good streaming quality.

If you are one of those who has missed out on the concerts you will find ....

(UK) Cambridge Early Music: "La Serenissima" Celebrates its 21st Anniversary with Vivaldi's Seasons (21 Nov 2015)

Contributed by admin on Sep 22, 2015


NEWS RELEASE: "The Four Seasons remains the most popular piece of classical music of all time.  To celebrate their 21st anniverary year, La Serenissima will be presenting a programme of these fabulous concertos, performed using a new edition made by violinist Adrian Chandler from parts which are in the hand of Vivaldi’s father, Giovanni Battista; this source is housed in the ...

(US) BEMF's Operas by Monteverdi Air on WCRB

Contributed by admin on Sep 14, 2015

"In a project of unprecedented artistic ambition, the Boston Early Music Festival performed groundbreaking operas by Monteverdi. Now WCRB brings you these performances, Sunday nights in September at 8pm.

Every couple of years, the opera productions from the Boston Early Music Festival inevitably generate some of the most memorable moments on the concert calendar. For the 2015 festival, organizers multiplied the excitement by featuring not just one operatic centerpiece, but three: ...

(FR) Compagnie Fantaisies Baroques / Irène Feste, Pierre-François Dollé: Dance Workshop (26-27 Sep 2015)

Contributed by admin on Sep 14, 2015

"Irène Feste and Pierre-François Dollé are both professional dancers and teachers specialized in historical dance and especially in french Renaissance, baroque and french first Empire. The company Fantaisies Baroques is composed by dancers, musicians, singers and comedians which are all passionate of those periods and willing to create new forms with historical material. We're available for any question or request. ..."

(US) 2,600 Years of Western Culture Spread Across the Map in Five Minutes

Contributed by admin on Sep 14, 2015

"Culture spreads through people, but how does that really happen? This data visualisation from Nature Video charts the movement of 120,000 prominent cultural figures – predominantly European and North American – between 600 BC and 2012 CE, by plotting lines between where each one was born and died.  ...

(US) Oxford University Press: "Shop your Favorite Music Books Under $25: Back to School Sale"

Contributed by admin on Sep 14, 2015

(From a recent Oxford University Press newsletter)

" Shop our featured selection of books under $25 and under $50 and save 40% on our entire collection of Music books. Use promo code BTS2015 at checkout to redeem offer. " Oxford also notes that some exclusions apply on some titles and that  "*Offer expires 9/18/2015 at 11:59pm (EST)."

Have a peek at the Oxford University Press online music books selection, there could be an early music title that may interest you, with the additional savings on its ticket price. (Marc Paré, editor)

(CA) Ottawa Chamberfest 2015-2016 Concert Series

Contributed by admin on Sep 14, 2015

From a recent newsletter item, the Ottawa Chamberfest 2015-2016 Concert Series is now on sale. But interestingly enough, there is a bit of early music to be heard from ...

(US) Opera Today Interview: "A Chat with Tenor René Barbera" (by Maria Nock, 08 Sep 2015)

Contributed by admin on Sep 14, 2015

"American tenor René Barbera is fast making a name for himself as one of the top bel canto singers in opera houses around the world.

On September 19, 2015, he will be singing a recital at the Balboa Theater in downtown San Diego. Accompanied by Cheryl Cellon Lindquist, he will sing Alberto Ginastera’s Five Popular Argentine Songs ... Maria Nockin took the opportunity to have a brief chat with this exciting singer. ..."

(FR) Review: "Collectionner la musique : érudits collectionneurs" (Collecting music: learned collectors) by Eusebius

Contributed by admin on Sep 14, 2015

(From a recent newsletter)

"Collectionner la musique : érudits collectionneurs" (Massip Catherine, Herlin Denis, De Wispelaere Valérie (éditeurs.), Collectionner la musique : érudits collectionneurs. Brepols, Turnhout 2015 [582 p. ; ISBN 978-2-503-55327-6 ; 100,00 €]) (release date: May 1, 2015).

In this blog post, Eusebius reviews the background leading to this particular publication. After a series of workshops with the common topic of research into the collection of music from learned collectors, Catherine Massip, Denis Herlin and Valérie De Wispelaere cooperate on a project ultimately leading to this particular release. In it we find mention of such names as from private manuscipt "collectionneurs" as ...

(FR) France Musique Interview/Podcast with Les Sacqueboutiers and Les Passions (Aprl 17, 2015)

Contributed by admin on Sep 10, 2015

Missed the interview? The podcast is still available on the France Musique website!

"France Musique visited Toulouse at the Toulouse National Theatre Friday, April 17 to reflect of the richness of the musical and cultural life of the pink city. On the program: more than 16 hours of programming, including 9 in public and live, with many guests, live musicians trays, broadcast concerts of the Orchestre National du Capitole, ensemble Les Elements ... and excerpts interpreted live by Les Passions between 19h and 20h "Dans l'air du soir" presented by François-Xavier Szymczak." ...

(UK) Early Music at the Spitalfields Winter Festival 2015 (4-15 December 2015)

Contributed by admin on Sep 10, 2015

"This year’s Winter Festival offers something for everyone with an extraordinary blend of music, film and discussions to explore. Over twelve days there’ll be plenty of premieres, surprises and ways for you to connect with artists and composers old and new. Come and join us and add some sparkle to your winter festivities."

Early music events include: The Sixteen, The Marian Consort, The English Concert, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Club Inégales in Purcell’s semi-operatic masterpiece, King Arthur,  Les Arts Florissants, B’Rock, Solomon’s Knot present JS Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.

(US) Submit proposals by September 30, 2015 | 2016 5th Annual Meeting of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America (HKSNA)

Contributed by sonialee on Aug 18, 2015

Oberlin College’s Conservatory of Music (Ohio, USA) will host the fifth annual meeting of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America (HKSNA) from Monday, 21 March, to Wednesday, 23 March 2016. The meeting’s theme “The Compleat Keyboardist: harpsichord, fortepiano, organ, clavichord, continuo” hopes to inspire us with the variety of instruments played by our forefathers and foremothers.

Three days of morning and afternoon events (Monday to Wednesday) will include papers, lecture-recitals, mini-recitals, and an exhibition of publications, recordings, and contemporary instrument makers’ work. Proposals for individual presentations or for themed sessions with multiple participants on any subject relating to historical keyboard instruments, their use and repertories from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century, are welcome.

*Of special note: Oberlin College will also host the Eighth Jurow International Harpsichord Competition during 22-24 March 2016. For more details, visit:

(US) Enter by October 1, 2015 | 8th 2016 Jurow International Harpsichord Competition

Contributed by sonialee on Aug 18, 2015
The deadline for the 2016 Jurow International Harpsichord Competition is
fast approaching! Entries must be received by October 1, 2015.

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