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(FR) Festival La Tour Passagère (15 Jun - 15 Jul 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jun 05, 2015

"Jerome Salord, the artistic director of the Festival La Tour Passagère, chose this wooden tower, which is inspired by places where one was at the theatre in  Shakespeare's time. In this serene space, the public makes a circle around artists who are always close, no matter where it is placed, ...


(CA) Use of Supertitles in Opera Houses -- The Debate Rages On

Contributed by admin on Jun 05, 2015

Recently there have been hot debates on the use of supertitles in opera houses, and, more in particular, whether they have helped grow audience or whether they have affected negatively the original intent of opera being rooted in music. In the following two articles, Fred Plotkin and Cori Ellison present their arguments ...


(UK) 17th Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music (13-17 Jul 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jun 04, 2015

Location: Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is "thrilled to be hosting the 17th Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music in July 2016. Since it began in the 1980s the conference has become a renowned and widely recognised musicological event, focusing on all aspects of Baroque music and providing a platform for both long established and emerging scholars.  ...


(ES) MusicaAntigua.com

Contributed by admin on Jun 04, 2015

Keep up to early music news from the international scene with MusicaAntigua.com.

"MusicaAntigua.com aims to support all those who are engaged in some way to early music (teachers, ensembles, musicians, directors, organizers, performers ...) always spreading their work and helping in any way possible. ...


(DE) EUROPAMUSICALE Festival: "Musica Sacra" (07-21 Jun 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jun 03, 2015

Region of Lower Bavaria from 07-21 June 2015
Western Bohemia from June to August 2015

The EUROPAMUSICALE Festival "Musica Sacra" proposes a reflection of  the development of sacred music in Europe and of its influence on later artistic work to contemporary music. ...


(NL) Brill Recent Book Release: "The Book Trade in the Italian Renaissance" (Angela Nuovo. Translated by Lydia G. Cochrane)

Contributed by admin on Jun 03, 2015

Although not of early music in topic, this book title may answer some questions on how the book trade worked in Renaissance Italy.  (EarlyMusicNews.org Editor)

"This work offers the first English-language survey of the book industry in Renaissance Italy. Where traditional accounts of the book in the Renaissance celebrate authors and literary achievement, this study examines the nuts and bolts of a rapidly expanding trade that built on existing economic practices while developing new mechanisms in response to political and religious realities. Approaching the book trade from the perspective of its publishers and booksellers, this archive-based account ...


(ES) 2015 International Course on Medieval Music Performance of Besalú (4-12 Jul 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jun 03, 2015

From a recent Facebook post May 28th:

The 2015 International Course on Medieval Music Performance of Besalú is completely full! We would like to thank all of those who had believed in our hard work during these four years of continuous growth. ...


(PT) Festival de Música Antiga De Castelo Novo (26-28 Jul 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jun 03, 2015

(*Google Translate) "The Municipality of Fundão and Historical Villages of Portugal, with the support of Antena 2, organize, 26-28 July, the Festival de Música Antiga De Castelo Novo, taking place for the first time in this historic village in the county of Fundão. ...


(IT) Premio Selìfa, Concorso Internazionale di Musica Antica - seconda edizione (16-18 Oct 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jun 03, 2015

Location: San Ginesio (MC) - Italia

"The great success of the first two editions of the Competition (2013 and 2014), has confirmed the good intentions and motives that led the "Associazione Musicale Selìfa" to organise this important musical event: to offer young musicians from every nation the opportunity to perform and succeed in the world of concert performance and to create an event with a high musical profile and with a cultural level that could promote and spread international interest in Early Music. ...


(BR) IV Festival de Música Barroca de Alcântara (16-21 Jul 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jun 03, 2015

THEME: The Music in the Time of the Jesuit Missions.

The 4th edition will be between 16-21 July in Rosário, Bacabeira, Alcântara and São Luís where the best baroque music groups in Latin America (Paraguay, Venezuela, Cuba and Brazil) will appear.

The importance of the Jesuit in Brazil's history is quite significant and was also felt in the music performances of the day ...


(US) Saturday morning quotes 5.2: Bach on lute or guitar

Contributed by admin on Jun 01, 2015

(From a recent "Unquiet Thoughts" blog newsletter)

"Today’s post summarizes a few thoughts and reactions after spending two days auditing Nigel North’s masterclasses for guitarists interested in Bach’s music for lute.  Nigel has for many years expressed strong reservations as to whether Bach’s music works at all for the 18th-century baroque lute, given the constraints of its odd tuning of d-minor.  ...


(SE) Stockholm Early Music Festival (SEFM) (3-7 Jun 2015)

Contributed by admin on May 31, 2015

(From Peter Pontvik, Artistic Director Stockholm Early Music Festival welcoming message ...)

"Let's take a look at this year's treasure chest! On top of the wish list – SEMF proudly presents La Fenice, one of the most celebrated early music ensembles in France, led by Jean Tubéry, making a rapturous start in the festival with the vocal music of Charpentier. The exclusive presence of Philippe Herreweghe, the conductor of Collegium Vocale Gent, is yet another highlight, a delight of sounds for many of you. Gesualdo's Sixth book of madrigals could probably not be approached more accurately. ...


(US) Smithsonian Magazine Article on Airline Lost Luggage and Where it Reappears

Contributed by admin on May 31, 2015

Ever take a plane trip and lost your luggage? Have you ever wondered where the un-claimed luggage ended up? Have a peek on the walls of a photo displayed on this particular article from the Smithsonian Magazine page, you may recognize your instrument, or at least know where to check for possible treasures ...


(US) Opera Today Review: "Donizetti: Les Martyrs" (by Claire Seymour, 30 May 2015)

Contributed by admin on May 31, 2015

(From a recent Opera Today newsletter)

"As the editor of Opera magazine, John Allison, notes in his editorial in the June issue, Donizetti fans are currently spoilt for choice, enjoying a ‘Donizetti revival’ with productions of several of the composer’s lesser known works cropping up in houses around the world. ...


(US) VdGSA 2015 Conclave "All the Colours in Ayre" (26 July - 2 Aug, 2015)

Contributed by admin on May 31, 2015

(From a recent VdGSA tweet)

The VdGSA (Viola da Gamba Society of America) 2015 Conclave will take place from 26 July - 2 August 2015.

"Vocal Program at the VdGSA's Conclave 2015 at Emory University
Early Music Singers should consider the Viola da Gamba Society Conclave, which will be held this year from July 26 to August 2 at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. ...


(US) Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies Conference/Festival (5-9 Aug 2015)

Contributed by admin on May 30, 2015

Forte/Piano: A Festival Celebrating Pianos in History

"Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies presents five days of concerts, lectures, and master classes by fifty distinguished performers and scholars from around the world. With pianos from every period in the instrument’s three-hundred-year history, this event is a rare opportunity not to be missed! ...


(CA) 13ième Festival de Music Montréal Baroque (25-28 Jun, 2015)

Contributed by admin on May 30, 2015

"Earth to ether, alcohol to flames, tobacco to smoke and terrestrial to celestial;
Transformations will inspire the 2015 Montreal Baroque Festival!
Ascending to Parnassus with Legendary violinist, Sigiswald Kuijken, sipping cognac with Louis XIV's chef,
smoking a pipe with the eccentric, mercenary soldier and fashionable fop, Tobias Hume,  ...


(FI) BRQ Vantaa Festival (2-9 Aug, 2015)

Contributed by admin on May 30, 2015

"BRQ Vantaa focuses on musical delights. We strive at the festival to keep our program fresh, innovative and experimental by extending our focus from the Baroque era to encompass Medieval, Renaissance and even Classical to Modern Periods. ...


(DE) TYXart Records - New Releases

Contributed by admin on May 29, 2015

(From a recent email from TYXart Records)

Recent releases from TXYart that may be of interest to you:

  •  "Capriccio sopra il genio del Bach giovanissimo" ~ Cécile Mansuy, Organ and Harpsichord (CD)
  • "VOYAGES – REISEN  - From Germany to France - D'Allemagne en France" ~ Jakob David Rattinger, Viola da Gamba (CD and LP)
  • "L'UNIVERS DE MARIN MARAIS" - Finest Viola da Gamba Music from France ~ Jakob David Rattinger, Viola da Gamba, Rosario Conte, Theorbo - Ralf Waldner, Harpsichord (CD)
  • "CLAVIERMUSIK AUS NÜRNBERG" - CLAVIER MUSIC FROM NUREMBERG ~ Ralf Waldner, Harpsichord/Organ/Clavichord/Regal (CD) ...

(DE) Mozartfest in Würzburg (31 May - 2 June, 2015)

Contributed by admin on May 28, 2015

Since 1921, the city of Würzburg has entertained audiences during its renowned Mozart Festival. The festival hosts more than 60 concerts as well as more fringe concerts and has drawn approximately 25,000 visitors to the festival. ...


(SE) eClassical CD Ssale: Christopher Simpson – Ayres & Graces

Contributed by admin on May 28, 2015

(From a recent eClassical newsletter)

"Dear friends, this week we present a new pair of products for you, a brand New Release and a related older album at a 30% discount.

This brand New Release is sold at the same price for FLAC 24 as FLAC 16 and MP3 during a limited time. Christopher Simpson - Ayres & Graces - 24 FLAC Discount, Available in FLAC 24, FLAC16 and MP3 ...


(US) Virginia Baroque Performance Academy (14-20 Jun 2015)

Contributed by admin on May 23, 2015

Location: Harrisonburg, Virginia

"This intimate workshop is designed to give participants hands-on experience in Baroque technique and interpretation through masterclasses and coaching sessions. Players of all levels are welcome in this five-day Baroque immersion course. Solo practice time will be available for all participants. ...


(UK) Chandos CD Release: John Christopher Smith's op. 3 set of Six Lessons of 1755

Contributed by admin on May 23, 2015

(From a recent email from Julian Perkins to the harpsichord list)

I thought you would like to know about a new solo harpsichord recording of mine that features two possible firsts; the first complete recording of John Christopher Smith's op. 3 set of Six Lessons of 1755, and the first commercial recording of a single-manual harpsichord made by Mabyn and William Bailey in London in c1770.  ...


(CZ) Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin Plays at the Prague Festival

Contributed by admin on May 22, 2015

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin plays at the Prague Festival which is wonderfully attended by a large audience ...


(UK) Beverley Early Music Festival

Contributed by admin on May 21, 2015

Location: Beverley, UK

"Our starting point Is 1215 with the sealing of the Magna Carta - an extraordinary event commemorated by Belinda Sykes' ensemble Joglaresa in a programme entitled Robbers, Rebels and Royals; our finishing point is within the cauldron of political conflict in 18th century France as celebrated by harpsichordist Carole Cerasi alongside snapshots of music across the centuries including glimpses into the present day.  ...

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