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(US) Arcimboldo's Feast for the Eyes -- Smithsonian Magazine

Contributed by Admin on Jan 08, 2011

(Although not directly music related, this article may be of interest to some -- ed.)

The job of a renaissance court portraitist was to produce likenesses of his sovereigns to display at the palace and give to foreign dignitaries or prospective brides.


(FR) "De Paris à Versailles". Charpentier, Marais, Couperin -- Les Passions Orchestre Baroque (2011 January 22)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 08, 2011

Église du Bouclier – Strasbourg

With Italian influence and in defense of the French style, these three composers entertained contrasting rapports with the Court at Versailles. The delicacy and richness of music by Charpentier regularly attracted Louis XIV in Paris, while Marin Marais, Lully's successor, enjoyed the grace of the King in the splendor of the Court. Couperin, meanwhile, sailed incessantly from Paris to Versailles and was able to skillfully combine French and Italian styles by the subtle and learned style of his writing.


(US) Johann Adolph Hasse: Antonio e Cleopatra - Review by Dr. Brian D. Stewart (Opera Today)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 07, 2011
Johann Adolph Hasse (1699-1783) was arguably the most successful opera composer of the 18th century. Together with his favourite librettist, Pietro Metastasio, Hasse defined the genre of opera seria for an entire generation.

(US) Worth a Reprise at Age 401 -- Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 -- Review by Steve Smith (New York Times)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 07, 2011
Almost exactly a year ago, the New York soprano Jolle Greenleaf, the Boston violinist Scott Metcalfe and a couple of dozen close associates from around the country presented the fruit of what they called the Green Mountain Project: a performance of Monteverdi’s grand and glorious Vespers of 1610, mounted in observance of the work’s 400th anniversary.

(US) GEMS Gala Showcase -- (Jan. 9, 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 07, 2011

Come to a gala showcase featuring 7 of the finest world-class early music ensembles, produced by GEMS Live! and Nancy Carlin Associates.


(US) Mozart at Salzburg Festival: Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte - Review by Chris Mullins (Opera Today)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 06, 2011
Once a preserve of opulent traditional productions, the summer Salzburg Festival has become a destination for viewing more cutting edge stagings. 

(UK) Handel's Operas Workshop

Contributed by Admin on Jan 06, 2011
In a series of five lectures Manuel Minguillon will explore the main features of Baroque Operas, focusing on Handel's in particular.

(UK) Ten Years of Handel House

Contributed by Admin on Jan 06, 2011
We are thrilled that 2011 sees the tenth anniversary of the Handel House Museum and to celebrate the history of the house, the main exhibition in 2011 will focus on the building itself, its occupants and the developments it has seen over the centuries.

(UK) Dance Books retail closing sale

Contributed by Admin on Jan 06, 2011
Dear Customers, Colleagues, & Friends,

As many of you know, I've been in indifferent health for the last couple of years, and my doctors are now insisting that I must take life more easily. So, with enormous regret, I am closing the retail part of Dance Books and in future shall run the company solely as publishers. I have tried to find a buyer for the retail part of the company, but so far without success, so if there are any eccentric millionaires out there who've always dreamt of running an online dance bookselling company, do feel free to get in touch.

(US) Songs, Scribes, and Society The History and Reception of the Loire Valley Chansonniers (2010 Nov.) - Oxford Press

Contributed by Admin on Jan 05, 2011
A new kind of songbook emerged in the later fifteenth century: personalized, portable, and lavishly decorated. Five closely related chansonniers, copied in the Loire Valley region of central France c. 1465-c. 1475, are the earliest surviving examples of this new genre.

(FR) Brillamment Baroque (Brilliantly Baroque) -- 11th international Early Music and Baroque Workshop (2011 February 19-26)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 05, 2011
The international workshop in Thoiry, France (2010 February 19-26) is directed to all instrumentalists of the “Baroque” orchestra, beginner and experienced musicians, as well as modern instrumentalists wishing to learn about the practice and interpretation of Renaissance music and pre-classical Baroque. It is also directed to singers interested in the same repertoire.

(US) David Daniels: The Bold, the Baroque, and the Braves - Interview by Marianne Lipanovich (San Francisco Classical Voice)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 05, 2011
Change can be good. It certainly was for David Daniels. After studying at Cincinnati College's Cincinnati Conservatory of Music as a tenor, he switched to the highly unlikely vocal category of countertenor as a graduate student at the University of Michigan.

(UK) Die Entführung aus den Serail, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London (Review by: Claire Seymour)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 20, 2010
“With its tricky ‘orientalist’ connotations, Singspiel-originating spoken dialogue, not to mention the problem of finding five outstanding singers who can cope with the considerable demands of the solo roles (and the commercial challenge presented by the need to pay a chorus who sing barely a few bars of music), Mozart’s Die Entführung aus den Serail does not receive as many stagings as it deserves.

(UK) Lost Vivaldi concerto found in the National Archives of Scotland

Contributed by Admin on Nov 16, 2010
The discovery of a previously unknown score of a flute concerto by Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) in the National Archives of Scotland has been announced. Andrew Woolley, Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, has identified the score of 'Il Gran Mogol' as a lost part of series of four ‘national’ concertos by Vivaldi. The manuscript score (GD40/15/54/2) is in the hand of a copyist, and is among the family papers of the Marquesses of Lothian, an important collection that was purchased by the National Archives of Scotland in 1991.

(DE) New Items Published by TREE EDITION (2010 Nov.)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 12, 2010
Easy Dances for Renaissance Lute,  selected from sources in the  Leipzig music library.

35 easy dance pieces for Renaissance Lute. Music for lute does often come in form of complete lute books from the period, but sometimes music is found bound together with totally different books. From these  appendices we have made this edition: from an appendix of Leipzig Ms II.66. and Leipzig II.5.32b. Expect enjoyable dance pieces that are not difficult to play. French tablature / Renaissance tuning (Euro  20.-)


(US) Witchcraft and Madness in Restoration England

Contributed by Admin on Nov 12, 2010

Restoration Theater (in brief)

In 1660, Charles II was crowned King of England. The country had been in a political and parliamentary dictatorship for many years, and had now been restored. Hence, a new chapter in English history called the Restoration. It wasn’t just the restoration of the monarchy, however, but the return of a culture that had been shut down during the dictatorship, such as public theaters.


(US) Rameau’s Zéphyre, New York (Review by John Yohalem) (2010 Oct. 21)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 11, 2010

In sports they say, “Winning isn’t the most important thing—it’s the only thing.” In the theater, getting the show on the boards out front is the key.

All else is, if not irrelevant, subservient: the look, the style, the star, the archival accuracy. You can pull any strings you like; just get out there and dance. Or sing.


(US) Clarion Warms the Holidays with the Return of its "Bach for Christmas" Concert (2010 Dec. 15)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 11, 2010
In a season bursting with Messiahs, the Clarion Music Society celebrates the holidays with a repeat performance of its popular Bach for Christmas concert, which sold out in December 2008. 

On Wednesday, December 15th, young Early Music maestro Steven Fox once again conducts the Clarion Choir together with the period-instrument Clarion Orchestra and an outstanding group of soloists in Bach’s celebratory Cantata No. 133 ‘Ich freue mich in dir’, and the 2nd and 5th Cantatas from the Christmas Oratorio, ‘Und es waren Hirten’ and ‘Ehre sei dir, Gott, gesungen.’  The concert, which takes place at Park Avenue Christian Church (1010 Park at 85th Street), features soloists Sherezade Panthaki, soprano; Melissa Attebury and Virginia Warnken, altos; Oliver Mercer, tenor (Evangelist); Daniel Mutlu, tenor; John Boehr, baritone, and Douglas Williams, bass.


(US) "The Magic Flute" -- New release by Harmonia Mundi

Contributed by Admin on Nov 11, 2010
This recording represents in a sense the accomplishment of René Jacobs’s Mozartian enterprise: after showing us another way of looking at the Da Ponte trilogy and taking a profoundly innovative approach to the two great opere serie (Idomeneo and La clemenza di Tito), he has now set out to harmonise the multitude of viewpoints exposed more or clearly in Die Zauberflöte, ranging far beyond its Masonic rituals and mixture of dramatic genres. As a result, Mozart’s most ‘nocturnal’ work is illuminated as if by . . . magic.

(US) Early Music America Announces Naxos Recording Competition 2011

Contributed by Admin on Nov 11, 2010
(SEATTLE, WA) Early Music America (EMA) and Naxos will collaborate on a competition for early music soloists and ensembles, whose prize is a debut commercial CD recording, which will be produced and marketed by Naxos. EMA and Naxos hope to promote the career development of emerging early music artists and the philosophy of historically informed performance by offering to the public a CD of the highest quality.


(US) Philharmonia Baroque Does Strange and Wonderful (Review By Jonathan Rhodes Lee) (2010 11 05)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 11, 2010

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

Concerto grosso ... Vivaldi’s Four Seasons ... “Pre-classic” music — these terms are probably enough to send a seasoned classical music fan running for the hills. They tend to conjure up advertising soundtracks, bargain basement recordings, and, above all, generic interpretations. But put this repertoire in the hands of expert interpreters and a seasoned period-instrument orchestra, and it soon becomes apparent why 18th-century audiences were hungry for orchestral repertoire by the bucket load. 


(US) Les Délices Season Preview: a Conversation with Debra Nagy (ClevelandClassical.com) (2010 Nov. 2)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 07, 2010
For its 2010-2011 season, Les Délices’ founder and artistic director Debra Nagy has once again dug deep into her imagination and created three unique programs that are a sure bet to enthrall Northeast Ohio lovers of early music. Since the group’s founding in 2006, Les Délices has quickly established a reputation for polished, expressive, and dynamic performances of masterpieces and little-known works from the French Baroque. And each season the ensemble brings together artists who share a passion for this beguiling yet seldom heard repertoire. Their performances on period instruments allow them to explore a rich tapestry of tone colors, and the group's name conveys their approach to the music of this era: a delight, a fine delicacy, sumptuous, and exciting. 

(FR) Chandos Anthems et Concertos Grossos --"Concert Haendel" (2010 Nov. 14)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 07, 2010
Command of the Duke of Chandos to 1717, these sacred vocal pieces are representative of Handel's genius in this field.

(UK) Major record deal for reclusive Benedictine nuns (BBC News, 2010 Jul. 25)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 07, 2010
The nuns hope the album will help people 'find peace'

An order of Benedictine nuns has signed a major record deal with the company behind Lady Gaga, it has been revealed.

The Nuns of the Abbaye de Notre-Dame de l'Annonciation, from France, won a global search of more than 70 convents across Europe, the US and Africa.

(UK) Haydn: L’isola disabitata, London (2010 Nov. 2) -- Opera Today Review

Contributed by Admin on Nov 07, 2010

Haydn’s L’isola disabitata is ideally suited to the modern taste for chamber opera. This is Haydn for those who think they don’t like his operas or even baroque form.

Written in 1799, just before the three best known operas, L’isola disabitata is enjoying a major revival all of its own, thanks to the 2007 edition used at the Young Artists production in the Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House, London. It’s short, snappy and there are no high male voices. 

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