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(AT) 5th International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti (16–21 Aug 2014)

Contributed by admin on Aug 17, 2014

As with previous years, the singing competition will take place during the "Innsbruck Festival of Early Music"

"The International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti will take place in Innsbruck for the fifth time. Named after the Italian composer Pietro Antonio Cesti, who turned Innsbruck into a centre for the Italian opera north of the Alps in the mid-17th century, young singers from all over the world with a special talent and training will compete in the varied field that is the baroque opera for participation in the final concert on 21 August. ... "
 


(AT) 38th Innsbruck Festival of Early Music (17-31 Aug 2014)

Contributed by admin on Aug 17, 2014

If you are in the region of Innsbruck, you may want to consider attending some of the concerts at this year's Innsbruck Festival of Early Music.

"The stars were favourable for music in 1685: Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frederic Handel and Domenico Scarlatti were born. The three bright stars that shone over the baroque era are the focus of the 2014 Innsbruck Festival. Presenting masterpieces from the opera, the church, the concert hall and the chamber. To round off the picture, there will also be music by the father figures and teachers of Bach, Handel and Scarlatti, by friends and contemporaries as well as by their sons’ generation. ...
 


(DE) 23rd Festival of Ancient Music Knechtsteden 2014 (19-28 Sep 2014)

Contributed by admin on Aug 16, 2014

A recent reminder from the organisers of the "Festival Alte Musik Knechtsteden" (DE), reminding us that if  in the area of Knechtsteden, consider the upcoming Festival concert lineups and symposium dates. (Read on) ...


(CA) Nota Bene Baroque Players: End of Successful 2013-2014 Concert Season

Contributed by admin on Aug 03, 2014

With the end of its 2013-2014 Nota Bene Baroque Players (NBBP) Concert Season, the NBBP Organization has proven itself resilient at re-inventing itself and offering it's audience a new and more dynamic approach to performances and community services.

Having reached a low in performance appearances in previous years (3 performances per year), the NBBP Organization undertook a closer look at its potential as the Region of Waterloo's (Ontario Canada) early music orchestra with the result being of a staggering expanded performance schedule of 14 concerts, as well as a number of NBBP-led initiatives. This past 2013-2014 season consisted of performances with a long list of luminaries such as, not only of the Nota Bene Baroque Players (NBBPlayers) but also the birth of its newly formed choir Nota Bene Baroque Singers (NBBSingers) and invited soloists of famed recognition such as: Michael Schade, Daniel Taylor, Agnes Zsigovics, Sean Watson, Baroque trumpetist John Thiessen, organist/harpsichordist Jan Overduin, conductor Howard Dyck (with concertmaster, Baroque violin Julie Baumgartel) as well as up and coming stars Anthea Conway-White Baroque flute and Victoria Melik Baroque violin.


(NL) Brilliant Classics (Record Lable): "C.P.E. Bach: Keyboard Symphonies"

Contributed by admin on Jul 30, 2014

"A curious and unsatisfying reduction of huge music for tiny forces? By no means. These are not, after all, symphonies in the way that Beethoven, let alone Mahler, understood the term, but breezy three-movement affairs which had lately sprung out of an operatic context and were enjoying a new and independent life through the always-unpredictable idiom of C.P.E., who wrote eight such works between 1741 and 1762. Most of them began as symphonies for strings, with wind parts added later when Bach’s orchestra was enlarged. ...

Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Artist: Andrea Chezzi harpsichord
Instrument: Alberto Colzani (2000), after Goermans-Taskin (Russel Collection of Edimburgh, 1764-1783)
Release: April 2014


(UK) Dolmetsch Historical Dance Society (DHDS): 46th Annual International Summer School (27 Jul-3 Aug 2014)

Contributed by admin on Jul 23, 2014

Location: University of Chichester, College Lane, Bishop Otter Campus, PO19 6PE Chichester UK

"This new format Summer School responds to the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth by combining a Renaissance dance course with an exploration of the scenes of dancing and music in his plays. ...


(UK) Music for a While: Improvisations on Henry Purcell (Review by Claire Seymour 12 July 2014)

Contributed by admin on Jul 23, 2014

From a recent Opera Today newsletter

"L’Arpeggiata did not simply perform arrangements of Purcell; rather they created entirely new, highly original, works. Their musicianship, technical prowess and the joy that their shared musical dialogue so obviously inspired, both on the platform and among the audience of the Wigmore Hall, made this performance an absolute delight. ..."


(US) Harmonia Early Music: Call Me Cate

Contributed by admin on Jul 21, 2014

From a recent newsletter item from Harmonia Early Music, an hour-long podcast of anything of  "Catherines"

"We’re listening to music for, by or about famous Katies, Catherines, and Katerinas.  Next, we’re shining a spotlight on that namesake and getting to know one visionary in the revival of early music: Catherine Mackintosh. ...

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