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(US) Harmonia Mundi at ArkivMusic -- Sale!

Contributed by Admin on Feb 22, 2012
ArkivMusic has on sale one of classical music's classiest labels, Harmonia Mundi, with noteworthy new releases and frontline titles available at $7 off list price plus a selection of reissues for only $6.99 each! Our featured titles are below, or view the entire catalog while it is all on sale! (Sale ends 3/5/12.)

(US) Unquiet Thoughts Blog (18 feb 2012): "Heart songs: When you and I were young, Maggie" (Ron & Donna/Mignarda)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 21, 2012
“As Mignarda, we typically perform music for voice and lute from the 16th century, an enterprise that keeps us busy enough.  But it turns out that our musical tastes do extend to the repertory of 19th century 'heart songs' or, the better-known descriptor, parlor songs.

(UK) News from The Sixteen's Digital Shop

Contributed by Admin on Feb 21, 2012

(Note from editor -- The Sixteen continue adding to their digital shop with both new and back catalogue titles.)

“Since launching our digital site in September it has been our aim to make The Sixteen’s latest recordings available as Master Quality downloads. And so we are delighted to announce that our new disc The Earth Resounds, which features all of the repertoire from this year’s Choral Pilgrimage, is available in 96kHz/24-bit FLAC or ALAC files which were created direct from the studio master. MP3 and AAC files of the recording are also available to purchase. …

(US) Harmonia Early Music: "Two Shadows & A Spotlight" (12 feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 16, 2012
“We begin with a tribute to a legendary musician and leader in the field of early music, a singer whose haunting voice moved the hearts and souls of audiences, and inspired many musicians to further explore repertoire rarely heard.  On November 23rd, 2011, Montserrat Figueras died in Barcelona, Spain after a year-long battle with cancer.

(US) Notable New Releases - 14 feb 2012

Contributed by Admin on Feb 15, 2012 has a few new releases at some savings that may be of interest to you (sale ends 3/27/12):
  • Tune thy Musicke to thy Hart / Stile Antico (Stile Antico and Fretwork explore a long-neglected repertory – the wealth of Tudor and Jacobean sacred music written for domestic devotion, rather than for church worship)
  • Beethoven: Complete Symphonies / Thielemann, Vienna Philharmonic (Thielemann’s Beethoven is rigorous, intellectual, and well considered, and the playing is outstanding throughout. A bold attempt to recapture and redefine Beethoven for the 21st century. (6 CDs + DVD); dot.gif
  • Air: The Bach Album / Meyers, Mercurio, English Chamber Orchestra (On her new album, Anne Akiko Meyers performs both solo parts in Bach's Double Concerto on two different Stradivari violins as well as Violin Concertos 1 & 2, the Air on the G String, and the Bach/Gounod Ave Maria.) 

(US) Weekend Specials at ArkivMusic (11-12 feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 11, 2012

There seems to be a lot on special this weekend at ArkivMusic. You may want to take a look at their early music offerings from Tune thy Musicke to thy Hart / Stile Antico; Air - The Bach Album / Anne Akiko Meyers; Air - The Bach Album / Anne Akiko Meyers.

Additionally, ArkivMusic is also running Hungaroton which has a proud tradition of promoting Hungarian music and artists.

(SE) eClassical Special of the week: Beethoven – Complete Works for Solo Piano, Volume 11

Contributed by Admin on Feb 07, 2012

(Available in FLAC 24, FLAC16 and MP3)

BIS's Boss Robert von Bahr:
It is hard to sit and write texts about certain SACD:s without succumbing to ridiculous boasting, and this is one case in point. The very fact that we have asked Ronald Brautigan to record Complete Mozart (10 CD:s), Complete Haydn (16) and the Mozart Concerti (ongoing), 

(BE) Scherzi Musicali CD Release: "La Catena d'Adone Domenico Mazzocchi" (24 jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 03, 2012

La Catena d'Adone

La Catena d'Adone, first performed on 12 February 1626, presents the characteristics of the genre. A pastoral tale in a prologue and five acts, it relates the tumultuous love affairs of Adonis, Apollo, Venus and the enchantress Falsirena. The frivolous and sensual, even erotic, tone of the work has its response in the Christian moral...”


(US) Harmonia Early Music: "2011 EMA Naxos Recording Competition Finalists" (By Anna Pranger Posted January 15, 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 02, 2012
Early Music America is a non-profit service organization for the field of historical performance in North America. One of their many activities is the sponsorship of competitions for up-and-coming performers. In 2011 the EMA partnered with the recording label Naxos and held a competition designed to promote the careers of emerging early music artists.  …

(US) Opera Today Review: "Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina e la Compagnia dei Musici di Roma, Messa di Santa Cecilia" by Steven Plank (28 dec 2011) (Christophorus CHR 77288 [SACD])

Contributed by Admin on Feb 02, 2012
“Homage could take diverse forms in Counter-Reformation Rome, and this excellent recording by ensemble officium, Messa di Santa Cecilia, focuses on a particular instance that was interestingly polyvalent.

(US) ArkivMusic "Opera and Vocal Alert" (On sale through 2/15/12.)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 01, 2012
A reminder from ArkivMusic of their music sale "Opera and Vocal Alert" which is nearing its “end-of-sale” period. You may want to browse the list for any early music titles that interest you.

(US) Harmonia Mundi New Releases January 2012

Contributed by Admin on Jan 29, 2012

New Titles at Harmonia Mundi

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach 1714-1788
Trio Sonatas Wq 154-156, 158
London Baroque

C. P. E. Bach was particularly attached to the trio sonata, to   which he devoted some of his finest works.

(US) ArkivMusic Newsletter (17 jan 2012): "Featured Titles from Chandos - Winter 2012" (Sale ends: 14 feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 29, 2012
From the latest ArkivMusic newsletter: “Warm up your winter with some terrific new recordings from Chandos, on sale now at ArkivMusic. Our featured titles are below, or view the entire Chandos catalog while it is all on sale! (Sale ends 2/14/12.)”

(US) Harmonia Early Music: "A Musical Tour Of Prague" (By Laura Osterlund Posted 1 Jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 23, 2012
“In the 17th-century, the city of Prague experienced a resurgence of cultural and musical life inspired by foreign influences.

(FR) Ensemble Syntagma CD: "Rosa e Orticha"

Contributed by Admin on Jan 23, 2012

News from Ensemble Syntagma that its most recent CD release “Rosa e Orticha” (November 2011, Carpe Dium Records) has received “Best Recordings of the Year (2011)” by the Medieval Music and Art Foundation (USA) website. In addition, it has received a“20/20” from Musik and Sich, “Best Recordings of the Year” from “O Templo das Heresias” and, finally, was featured on the “In the Mode” (Public Valley Radio, California) programme on 8 Jan 2012.

(US) Opera Today Review: "Operas of Jean-Philippe Rameau" (DVD) (Donald R. Boomgaarden Dean, College of Music and Fine Arts Loyola University New Orleans, 19 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 10, 2012
“Jean-Philippe Rameau, an organist and music theoretician, was active for much of his life in musical centers distant from the cultural juggernaut of Paris. …  The beautiful selection of works provided in this recording allows the modern listener to view and enjoy the spectacle of five of Rameau’s most popular operatic creations in historically accurate performances …

(SE) eClassical "Daily Deal"

Contributed by Admin on Jan 05, 2012

(From the latest eClassical newsletter of 02 Jan 2012. Some of you may be interested in some of the CD titles on sale.)

Introducing our Daily Deal.
Starting this month, we would like to offer an album every day at a huge discount of 50%. We hope this will be attractive for you helping you to enlarge your classical library and perhaps discover new and exciting music.  Click here for our Daily Deal

(UK) Linn Records Reflects on "The Best of 2011"

Contributed by Admin on Jan 05, 2012

The year that was

“It’s that time of year where we take a moment to reflect on the past twelve months. As Gramophone Editor James Inverne put it: "Having won Gramophone's coveted Label of the Year award in 2010, Linn Records are not a label to have rested on their laurels. Instead, as we have come to expect from them, the slate of fine new releases continued apace."

(US) Opera Today Review: "San Marco in Hamburg: Motets by Hieronymus Praetorius" (CD) (Steven Plank, 19 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 03, 2012
“In the first part of the seventeenth century, the north German city of Hamburg spawned an unusually rich organ culture, with Jacob Praetorius, the younger, and Heinrich Scheidemann both pupils of the famous Dutch organist, Jan Pieterzoon Sweelinck, as leading figures.

(UK) Hyperion Records Ltd. New Releases - January 2012

Contributed by Admin on Jan 01, 2012

New releases for January 2012 from Hyperion Records Ltd.

Handel in Hamburg

A boisterous selection of the orchestral music Handel wrote for the Hamburg opera, some recorded for the first time. He arrived aged just eighteen and spent four hectic years absorbing the influences of this most culturally diverse of cities.

(US) Opera Today Review: "A Year at King’s" (CD) (By Steven Plank, 18 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 30, 2011
“This recent recording of the men and boys from King’s College, Cambridge, is an anthology organized around the texts and themes of the liturgical year, a scheme that offers ample opportunity for diverse works—in that sense the recording feels something like a “sampler”—but a scheme that also reflects the real experience of the daily life of the choir which sings demanding choral services six days of the week in term time.

(US) ArkivMusic Weekend Specials & New Year's from Vienna (Newsletter: 30 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 30, 2011

For those of you who may be interested: 

“This holiday weekend at ArkivMusic includes an extra day of savings for our Weekend Specials, which include the 2012 New Year's Concert from Vienna, a gorgeous set of Mozart's quartets, a wonderfully vibrant box of Marais's viol music, one of the great recordings of the 13th-century Carmina burana, and an exceptional Hammerklavier from Emil Gilels. Remember, these deals end Monday at midnight EST!”

(US) BEMF Holiday Sale Extended to January 1-Save on tickets and CDs!

Contributed by Admin on Dec 25, 2011

(From the latest BEMF news -- ed.)

“Due to overwhelming response, we will be extending our Holiday Sale through January 1, 2012!

(US) Newsletter: (22 Dec 2012): "Get Holiday Music Now at ArkivMusic"

Contributed by Admin on Dec 23, 2011

(From the latest Newsletter.)

“ If you need music for Christmas, we have it. King's College Choir, The Waverly Consort, Chanticleer, John Rutter, Canadian Brass, a Steinway Grand, a string quartet, and more -- all ready to be delivered immediately as digital downloads.

(US) Folger Consort New CD Release: A New Song (Record Label: Bard) (Release Date: Dec. 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 22, 2011
A New Song is Folger Consort’s first entirely new recording in eleven years. It was produced in 2011 as part of the worldwide celebration of the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.
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