(US) Unquiet Thoughts Blog: "Saturday morning quotes 5.13: Assumptions II"

Contributed by admin on Aug 15, 2015

"August 15th marks the Feast of the Assumption, an important feast day in the liturgical calendar and an active day for those inclined to dedicate their Saturday to singing a Missa Solemnis.  In addition to the chant propers, today we are treated to a banquet of renaissance polyphony as we sing the "Missa Ave maris stella" by Victoria and the motets "Hodie Maria Virgo caelos ascendit" by Luca  Marenzio, "Quae est ista quae ascendit" by Thomas Crecquillon, and "Surge amica mea" by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. ...

(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) Oxford Journals Release: "Early Music" (Volume 43 Issue 3 August 2015)

Contributed by admin on Aug 15, 2015

(From a recent Oxford Journals newsletter)

Oxford Journals announces the release of its most current issue of "Early Music" of which the following articles may be of interest to some of you:

  • Rose A. Pruiksma ~ Pomey rewrites Scudéry: the novel source for Pomey’s rhetorical sarabande description
  • Géraldine Gaudefroy-Demombynes ~ Achille et Polyxène (1687): the Trojan war and a plea for peace at the Académie royale de musique


(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) Opera Neo Production: Handel's Rinaldo (14-15 Aug 2015)

Contributed by admin on Aug 15, 2015

Location: Palisades Amphitheater on the Point, 6301 Birchwood St, San Diego, CA 92120

"This new production by Opera NEO is conducted by the world renowned early music specialist Nicholas Kraemer (UK) and staged by the artistic director, Peter Kozma."

"Opera NEO investigates the role of opera today and in the future by engaging broader audiences and finding new possibilities for contemporary interpretations. By marrying historically informed musical performance with stagings that speak to the theatergoers of today, we build a bridge that connects performers and audience members to the artists of the past and keeps their timeless work alive and relevant.  ..."

(US) Detroit Free Press: "DSO launching archive of webcasts for on-demand viewing" by Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press (13 Aug 2015)

Contributed by admin on Aug 15, 2015

In what is expected to grow in trend, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has put to public view all of its recent video archives of its performances. The DSO has recently been more than active on the electronic scene and is hoping to boost its brand on a larger scale through its free video archives. ...

(UK) Suffolk Gazette: " Morris Dancers and Blind Footballers in Mass Brawl "

Contributed by admin on Aug 15, 2015

Not sure what dance steps were undertaken during the brawl, but they were at best most lively. (Marc Paré, Editor)

"... He promptly kicked one of the dancers in the shin, sending him flying over a table and crashing into a flower pot. A hanging basket then fell on his head. ... More blind footballers then joined the melee, kicking out at the bells and then being surprised when they were punched by furious morris men. ...

(CA) Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra Launches App

Contributed by admin on Aug 15, 2015

(From a recent Talfelmusic newsletter post)

Joining the 21st century, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir launches an app to keep track of their offerings. No doubt a trend that will continue with other early music groups. ...

(UK) Cambridge University Press New Release: "The Guitar in Tudor England"

Contributed by admin on Aug 06, 2015

Publication planned for: September 2015

Few now remember that the guitar was popular in England during the age of Queen Elizabeth and Shakespeare, and yet it was played everywhere from the royal court to the common tavern. This groundbreaking book, the first entirely devoted to the renaissance guitar in England, deploys new literary and archival material, together with depictions in contemporary art, to explore the social and musical world of the four-course guitar among courtiers, government servants and gentlemen. Christopher Page reconstructs the trade in imported guitars coming to the wharves of London, and pieces together the ...

(UK) British Library: "Happy Uncommon Musical Instrument Appreciation Day!" (31 July 2015)

Contributed by admin on Aug 04, 2015

(From a recent British Library post)

"As we are sure you are all aware, today (July 31st) is Uncommon Musical Instrument Appreciation Day, the day on which we are urged to take time to think about the rare and unusual instruments that have gone obsolete, or are otherwise beyond our ken.  ...

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