(UK) Opera Today Review: "Les Arts Florissants: Airs sérieux et à boire" by Claire Seymour (24 Dec 2013)
From a recent Opera Today review article:
William Christie, director; Emmanuelle de Negri, soprano; Anna Reinhold, mezzo-soprano; Cyril Auvity, high tenor; Marc Mauillon, baritone; Lisandro Abadie, bass. Wigmore Hall, London, Thursday 19th December 2013.
"In this unusual programme of late-seventeenth-century airs de cour, Les Arts Florissants presented a flowing sequence of songs for solo and ensemble voices with chamber accompaniment, the intimacy of the Wigmore Hall neatly mimicking the privacy of the royal chambers of Louis XIV in which the courtly compositions were originally performed. ...
(US) Salon Sanctuary Concerts: "From Ghetto to Palazzo -- The Worlds of Salomone Rossi" (26 Jan 2014)
Location: Edmond J. Safra Hall, Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Park Place, New York NY, US
“Co-produced with The Museum of Jewish Heritage and co-presented by Centro Primo Levi, an unprecedented exploration of Rossi's music and time marks the fourth presentation of Salon/Sanctuary's program devoted to the groundbreaking Italian-Jewish composer.
A violinist in Monteverdi's orchestra, Salomone Rossi (c. 1570 – 1630) is credited with having invented the trio sonata. …
Location: Metropolitan Valenciennes, FR
Relatively new on the scene of festivals, Festival Ebar(O)quement immédia! 2014 found its beginnings in 2002 with the help of Yannick Lemaire and Fabien Guilloux who shared a passion for their sacred musical heritage and founded the association of Harmonia Sacra followed by the Festival Ebar(O)quement immédia! 2014. It has since flourished into the festival that we now know.
As the 2013 year draws to its end, we would like to wish all, the very best of wishes in the new year and a most exciting and fulfilling 2014 concert year.
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Location: Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, UK
"Our next concert is only a week away: Les Haulz et les Bas are travelling over from Germany to be with us on Friday 3rd January for a programme of New Year revelry. With shawms, bagpipes, slide trumpet, dulcimer, fiddle, harp and voice they will be conjuring up the sounds of the late Middle Ages with music by Landini, Ciconia and Dufay. Let their “laser-beam tuning and atomic clock timing” blow away the cobwebs and fill you with vigour for 2014! ...
Location: Windermere United Church, 356 Windermere Ave, Toronto Ontario, Canada
"Any composer worth his or her salt has written on the subject of change and seasons. I FURIOSI welcomes back English harpsichordist James Johnstone to help demonstrate the old expression: “Plus ça change, plus ç’est la même chose.” Works by Stradella, Purcell, Arne and more. ...
(US) ArtsJournal's Article: "How The Romans Celebrated The Holidays" (Dr Matthew Nicholls, 23 Dec 2013)
From a recent Arts Journal Newsletter article
"When opening your presents or enjoying a night out this Christmas spare a quick thought for the Romans. We owe much of our festive fun to them.
The Romans celebrated the winter festival of Sigillaria on 23rd of December, part of their Saturnalia¹ festivities. ...
Their Master’s Voice
Well-known to audiences throughout Chicago and internationally, Baroque Band’s harpsichordist David Schrader needs no introduction. His program includes C.P.E Bach’s String Symphonies and Telemann’s Suites and Ouvertures and concludes with J.S. Bach’s Triple Concerto.
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