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(US) ArkivMusic Weekend Specials (ends 18 mar 2012 midnight)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 16, 2012
Weekend specials at ArkivMusic where you may find some early music titles of interest. Of note:“Los Pajaros Perdidos / Christina Pluhar, L'arpeggiata” -- Echoes from the pre-Columbian era, African rhythms, and the styles and structures of the European Baroque all enrich this thrilling and arresting fusion of musical styles from the 17th century to the present day.
                           

(NL) Semibrevity "A Blog About Early Music Pioneers" Article: "In Early Music, how famous is “famous enough”?"

Contributed by Admin on Mar 16, 2012
“Following on from my blog post on Semibrevity about Mary Potts, the forgotten harpsichord teacher of Christopher Hogwood and Colin Tilney, I’ve been looking into who else, from Mary’s circle, is remembered – or not.” Semibrevity blog.
         

(US) Harpsichord Unlimited Concert: Bach Birthday Festival Evening (24 mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 16, 2012

Location: First Moravian Church, 154 Lexington Ave at 30th Street, New York City

The Queen's Chamber Band & Choir (with guests Janet Steele and Janice Thomas) perform Bach's Cantata 100 (Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan) with soloists Sharla Nafziger, soprano; Marshall Coid, countertenor; Andrew Fuchs, tenor; and, Constantinos Yiannoudes, bass-baritone. Violinist Robert Zubrycki, aided by his colleagues Peter Seidenberg, cellist, and Elaine Comparone, harpsichordist, perform Bach's Sonata in C minor for Violin and Obbligato Harpsichord (BWV 1017). Flutist Karla Moe and violist Veronica Salas join cellist Seidenberg and harpsichordist Comparone for Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's Quartet in G Major. The entire Band (including oboist Marsha Heller and violinist Lori Miller Abbot) opens the program with Handel's Concerto Grosso in D, Opus 3, #6. The choir and soloists perform (in English) choral works by Johann Sebastian's cousins, the brothers Johann Michael (1648-1694) and Johann Christoph (1642-1703), described by Johann Sebastian as "the great and expressive composer."  Cantata 100 will be sung in German.
                      


(US) Washington Early Music Festival 2012 (2-30 jun 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 16, 2012

VICES & VIRTUES Passionate Music of Early Europe

PASSION will wind its musical way through June in Washington, as it has through centuries of music.

“This intriguing theme will unleash creative forces in our artists’ programming. We can look forward to emotional performances of sacred or secular passion – love, intrigue, jealousy, death, spirituality.

As has become a tradition, the Festival will offer events throughout the entire month of June. We invite you to take expeditions into the heart of D.C. to attend our concerts, visit museums, try new restaurants, stroll the neighborhoods.
                        


(BE) Musica.be: International Gabrieli Workshop (23-25 mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 16, 2012

The course is already full. But everyone is welcome to the free show moment on Sunday 25th March at 3 pm!

Location: Academy of Music, Word and Dance Lier, Gasthuisvest 50, 2500 Lier

In 2012 the annual Gabrieli workshop expands to both instrumental and vocal-instrumental works:

  • Nunc dimittis servum tuum à 14 (vocalists: soprano, 2 altos, 2 tenors, bass)
  • Magnificat à 12 (vocalists: soprano, 2 altos, 2 tenors, bass)
  • Lieto Godea à 8 (vocalists: soprano, alto, tenor, bass)
  • Anima mea à 12 (vocalists: soprano, 2 altos, 2 tenors, bass)
  • Dulcis Jesu patris imago à 20 (vocalists: soprano, 2 altos , 2 tenors, bass)
                  


(CA) Tafelmusik Chamber Choir: Choral Spectacular - Celebrating 30 Years (27, 29-31 mar, 1 apr 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 16, 2012
“Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir with this concert exploring the power of words and music from the baroque and beyond: songs of praise and penitence, of love and regret, of joy and celebration. Composers include Bach, Handel, Rameau, Martin, Poulenc, Tavener and Whitacre. …
         

(IT) Urbino Early Music 2012 XLIV International Early Music Courses (20-29 jul 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 15, 2012
“FIMA - Italian Foundation for Early Music - formerly known as SIFD (Italian Recorder Society, founded in 1971 by Giancarlo Rostirolla) - is a non-profit organization based in Rome. FIMA runs every year in Urbino an International Course of Early Music, an Early Music Festival and a Trade Exhibition for instruments makers.
         

(US) Boutique Labels from Harmonia Mundi at ArkivMusic (sale ends 10 apr 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 15, 2012
Harmonia Mundi is well known as one of the finest independent classical record labels in the world. In the United States, they also distribute many other exceptional European labels which share their standards of excellence. This month at ArkivMusic, we are turning the spotlight on a handful of these "boutique" classical labels and the terrific classical recordings they produce. …”
               

(US) Gotham Early Music Scene Concert: A Musical Feast in the Palaces of the Georgian Era (21 mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 14, 2012

Location: Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium 417 East 61st Street, New York NY, US

“An evocation of an evening in the palaces and country houses of England's great Georges, with an introduction to the musical developments of the period.  Works by Purcell, Bach, Handel, Haydn and Mozart performed by the Sinfonia Players with guest vocal soloist Rufus Müller.”
                          


(BE) Festival Laus Polyphoniae 2012 | MARE ADRIATICO (24 aug- 2 sep 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 14, 2012

Location: Antwerp, Belgium

“In 2012 Antwerp's early music festival Laus Polyphoniae will focus on the 'Mare Adriatico', the Adriatic Sea. For the first time in its history the festival will have not one but two artists in residence:

  • Daedalus directed by Robert Festa
  • Dialogos directed by Katarina  Livljanić.

Acclaimed projects like the International Young Artist's Presentation and the concerts for babies will be continued.
               


(IT) La Messa della Madonna – Concert at Santa Barbara dei Librai (Rome, Italy)

Contributed by harmoniamusicae on Mar 14, 2012

In the cozy and beautiful environment of the Church of Santa Barbara dei Librai in Rome a reconstruction of a XVII century mass celebration, based on Frescobaldi’s Messa della Madonna and coeval vocal music, in the perfect style of period religious rites.

Nell'affascinante e raccolto ambiente della Chiesa di Santa Barbara dei Librai, nel cuore di Roma, una ricostruzione idealizzata di una celebrazione liturgica dei primi anni del XVII secolo, basata sulla Messa della Madonna di Girolamo Frescobaldi (tratta dai suoi Fiori Musicali), sommo organista ferrarese trapiantato ed attivo a Roma a cavallo tra il XVI e il XVII secolo, e su musiche vocali coeve. Organo e voci si alternano nel puntualizzare i vari momenti della celebrazione nello stile dell'epoca, quando la musica costituiva l'unico contatto tra celebrante e fedeli nei riti delle varie cappelle musicali romane.
                 


(FR) Stage de Danse Renaissance Italienne et Baroque Escrime Artistique (5-12 aug 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 14, 2012

(Italian Renaissance and Baroque DanceFencing” Workshop)

“The Marguerite, whether flower, symbol or name, is the theme of the fourth summer internship organized by Bassa Toscana. Like dance, fencing, as proposed at the initiation stage, meets the same rigor and beauty of movement in space. This discipline is found in early writings of the quattrocento in the manual "Flos Duellatorum" of Fiore dei Liberi. Thoinot Arbeau himself in "the Orchesographie" describes a war dance “Les Bouffons” where the current vocabulary of combat is already quoted (but dancing!).  …”


(BE) Musica.be: LAST CALL! International Young Artist’s Presentation 22-26 August 2012 (Application Deadline: 01 apr 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 13, 2012

“Take your chance to launch your career! As a vocal and/or instrumental ensemble playing on historically authentic instruments you can participate in the International Young Artist's Presentation. If you are selected, you will be awarded with 2 days of coaching sessions by Jill Feldman and offered a stage during the early music festival Laus Polyphoniae 2012.”
                     


(FR) Concerto Soave: 10e festival Mars en Baroque "Passion(s) et débordements" (14-29 mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 13, 2012

Location: Marseilles, France

"Passion(s) et débordements" (Passions and Excesses) are on the agenda of the tenth Festival "Mars en Baroque", unmissable event for lovers of music and art. For this special edition, it was indeed an exceptional theme.

The "extraordinary" has attracted many artists of the Baroque era, fascinated by the delicate balance point where the excess tipped the reason of man. The spectators will feel this dizzying attraction on a day of "excess" Italian. They will be able to hear three composers, Domenico Scarlatti, Arcangelo Corelli and Carlo Gesualdo, whose music has never ceased to amaze with their novelty. ...”
                    


(US) Early Music America Presents Baroque Performance Competition (Application Deadline: 01 may 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 13, 2012
“[SEATTLE, WA]-Early Music America will sponsor a new Baroque Performance Competition in 2012 for the purpose of encouraging the development of emerging ensembles in the performance of Baroque music. “
                         

(US) Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) Aannounces its 2012-2013 Concert Series

Contributed by Admin on Mar 12, 2012
“Each Boston Early Music Festival concert season offers a new opportunity to experience the most legendary, the most daring, and the most extraordinary musicians performing today. Join us for the 2012–2013 Concert Series and create musical memories to last a lifetime.”
               

(UK) Lufthansa Festival 2012 News, Issue 10 March 2012

Contributed by Admin on Mar 10, 2012

The latest Lufthansa Festival 2012 newsletter is out. Of particular interest is that the festival now tweets! So, if you are interested in keeping up at the “bleeding edge” of information regarding the Lufthansa Festival 2012, add them to your tweet favourites!

“YOU CAN NOW FOLLOW US... Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music now tweets!  With something like 300 million tweeters worldwide, we reckon there must be at least a few Baroque aficionados among them, so please do follow us ;@lufthansafest.  We aim to be dedicated followers of the like-minded. …
      


(US) Bach Society Houston: Organ Recital (18 mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 10, 2012

Location:  Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Boulevard at Greenbriar, Houston TX, US

“The Bach Society (Houston)’s Organ Recital series presents Kimberly Marshall (University of Arizona) in a celebration of German liturgical organ music, with works by J.S. Bach, Schlick, Brahms, Scheidemann, and Bruhns on the Bach Organ (Noack, 1995) at Christ the King Lutheran Church.
           


(SE) eClassial: Bach for Japan (Fundraiser for Tohoku Relief Foundation Japan)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 10, 2012

Available from eClassical in FLAC 24, FLAC16 and MP3

BIS's Boss Robert von Bahr:
This is a very, very special release. The release date coincides with the passing of exactly one year since the terrible disaster in Japan. It was Masaaki Suzuki's idea to release this compilation in order to give solace to the victims of this disaster - the music has been especially chosen for this purpose, including some newly recorded material - and also to contribute to their physical well-being: all the royalties are going to the Tohoku Relief Foundation and BIS are matching that, penny for penny.
                     


(UK) The English Concert Master Class 2012

Contributed by Admin on Mar 10, 2012
“The second English Concert Master Class for young harpsichordist-directors will take place in June 2012 at the Foundling Museum in London.
              

(US) Weekend Specials at ArkivMusic

Contributed by Admin on Mar 10, 2012
ArkivMusic holds regularly held weekend specials of its CD holdings. You may be interested in adding the site on your links of early music sites as some of its sale items may be of interest to you. This weekend has its 2-disc set of the J.C. Bach: Milanese Vesper Psalms/Concerto Köln on sale.
                 

(UK) The Hyperion Conductus project

Contributed by Admin on Mar 09, 2012
“This is the performing and recording arm of Southampton University's Cantum Pulcriorem Invenire research project: 13th Century Music & Poetry, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, begun in October 2010.

The outcomes of the project include a series of three CDs, Conductus I, II & III (appropriately subtitled) which will be released by Hyperion from July 2012 onwards, sung by John Potter, Christopher O'Gorman and Rogers Covey-Crump. The live version of the project is initially for two tenors (John Potter & Christopher O'Gorman) with a specially commissioned video by Michael Lynch, to be launched at the York Early Music Festival in 2012.
      

(US) Unquiet Thoughts Blog (21 jan; 17 feb 2012): Remembering John Milton Ward, Musicologist (6 jul 1917-12 dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 09, 2012

In these two Mignarda blog posts, Ron & Don lay tribute to John Milton Ward who recently passed away on December 21, 2012. 

“… The world of the lute has attracted people who share in common a fascination with trivial details concerning the geometry of the instrument, specialized playing techniques, string materials and the surviving historical sources of lute music.  For the latter, we should all bow down and thank the brilliant 20th century scholars who have spent endless hours researching, analyzing, and codifying this surviving music in order to make it available to those of us who are inclined, with many drops of sweat, to reconstitute the dessicated old manuscript pages back into living, breathing music. …” (21 jan 2012, blog post)
                


(US) Ars & Amici tours Venice & the Dolomites in April 2012 (11-23 apr 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 09, 2012

Recent news from the Ars & Amici group.

“Ars & Amici will visit the Dolomites and Venice, April 11-23, 2012.  In addition to singing masses and presenting concerts, we will enjoy Nature’s beauty in the mountains and valleys of the Trentino/Alto-Adige region, the glories of Venice, and fine art and food at many stops along the way.

Music by Gabrieli, Monteverdi, Priuli, Marenzio, Banchieri, Croce, Canale & other composers connected to the Veneto.


(AT) zeitenTANZ Workshop: "Dances of Biedermeier - and sewing" (16-20 may 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 09, 2012

Location: St. Benedict Education Center, Seitenstetten Austria

“A varied Biedermeier dance program, a new piece for the historical wardrobe, recreation in the countryside - all in just one long weekend!

The course content of the following dances are planned: “Quadrille, Ecossaise, Tempete, Ländler, Walzer, Contredanse, Francaise, Hops-Anglaise, Contre-Ecossaise, Figouraise”. The course is suitable for beginners but also for the advanced …” Instructor: Pia Brocza