(CA) Nota Bene Baroque Players Interview: "In the Spirit of Christmas" (01 Dec 2013) (Constance Madelina, 12 Jan 2014)
Nota Bene Baroque Players presented their program "In the Spirit of Christmas" at the Registry Theatre (Kitchener ON, Canada) on December 1, 2013. It can only be regarded as a significant event for this ensemble as the Registry was filled to capacity. Nota Bene's Christmas musical offering was received with excitement and enthusiasm!
Music for the concert was written by composers Michael Corrette, Georg Philipp Telemann, Antonio Vivaldi, Giuseppe Torelli, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, and Gaetano Schiassi whose lives collectively span the time period of 1683-1795.
After the concert, I spoke with Artistic Director Borys Medicky ...
From a recent newsletter from Outhere Music
"what a year it has been! Once again we've just finished a year full of good surprises! With various awards and distinctions in the press all over Europe, we want to put forward the STAR artists and albums for 2013!" ...
Location: The Lufthansa Festival takes place at three beautiful and historic venues in the heart of London
"We know when it's time to celebrate at the Lufthansa Festival, and a clutch of anniversaries in 2014 leaves us in no doubt that now is one of those times. Not only is it our own 30th birthday, it is also the 300th anniversary of the founding of the church that today is our home, St John's Smith Square.
But it is another momentous event 300 years ago that is the main inspiration for our programming this year: 1714 was the year in which Georg, Prince-Elector of Hanover, acceded to the throne of Great Britain as George I, thereby ushering in the era of political stabilisation and economic growth that was the Georgian Age. ...
" 2013, Linn's fortieth anniversary year, has been full of fantastic new recordings.
As well as our special 'Linn 40th Anniversary Collection', highlights have included two spectacular recordings from Dunedin Consort - Six Brandenburg Concertos and John Passion ...
"The 2013 Gramophone Classical Music Awards have been announced! ...
For the first time in the history of the Gramophone Classical Music Awards the Award-winning recordings in each category were revealed exclusively here on the Gramophone website three weeks before the Awards ceremony."
(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.