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(DE) Tree Edition Book Releases February 2017

Contributed by admin on Jan 17, 2017

(From a recent newsletter item from Tree Editions)

Series: The Rostock Lute Mss
Rostock 12

Ms Mus Saec XVIII-53,3 a-c
3 Parthies for Lute and Strings / 3 Parthien für Laute und Streicher
del Sign. Pichler
Facsimile / French Tablature / Baroque tuning / Euro 30.-

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(US) WIRED Magazine Article: "What Happens When Algorithms Design A Concert Hall? The Stunning Elbphiharmonie" (by Liz Stinson, 12 Jan 2017)

Contributed by admin on Jan 17, 2017

"The most interesting thing about Herzog and De Meuron’s newly opened concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie, isn’t its wave-like facade, which rises above the city of Hamburg, Germany. It’s not the gently curved elevator at the base of the lobby that deposits you into the belly of the Swiss architects’ alien landscape. And it’s not the Escher-esque stairways that guide you from one floor to the next.

Though Hamburg’s $843 million philharmonic is filled with stunning architectural gems, its most interesting feature is the central auditorium, a gleaming ivory cave built from 10,000 unique acoustic panels that ...


(FR) Musicologie Book Review: "L'orchestre à cordes sous Louis xiv" (by Duron Jean et Gétreau Florence, 2016) (Review by Jean-Marc Warszawski, 15 Jan 2017)

Contributed by admin on Jan 17, 2017

Duron Jean et Gétreau Florence (direction), L'orchestre à cordes sous Louis xiv : Instruments, répertoires, singularités. « Musicologies »Vrin, Paris 2016 [472 p. ; ISBN978-2-7116-2619-9 ; 29 €].

"This book brings together 23 contributions relating to string orchestras, but also to strings in orchestras, under the reign of Louis XIV. With the center, Versailles practices: the tyrant had paid little attention to the expense to impress the world and erect to the and his royalty, in fact already declining and for this reason, an outstanding monument, including music. Versailles was a reference - certainly partly phantasmagoric - to the princes of the whole earth, even to those who never showed their majesty or the tip of their noses. ...


(FR) Musicologie Article: "Bertolli Francesca ....-1767 [contralto]" (by Jean-Marc Warszawski, 09 Jan 2017)

Contributed by admin on Jan 17, 2017

"Contralto, she is in 1728, she is at the service of the great Duchess of Tuscany and sings in two operas in Bologna and two others in Livorno.

Georg Friedrich Händel hired her in September 1729 for the season at King's Theater in London. Until 1733 she sang ...


(UK) Cambridge Early Music - Summer Schools 2017 (30 Jul 12 Aug 2017)

Contributed by admin on Jan 17, 2017

"‘Venice in Cambridge
Girton College, Cambridge

Venice was a major centre of music and culture in its own right. It was also the centre from which musicians, their music, and the instruments they played were exported and imported all over Europe.  We may not be able to turn the River Cam into the Grand Canal, but over these two weeks we guarantee to evoke the musical culture of this most remarkable of cities in its heyday! ...


(UK) 30th Anniversary Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival (26-29 May 2017)

Contributed by admin on Jan 17, 2017

"2017 marks the coming of age of the much loved Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival, (Friday 26 – Monday 29 May) as the Festival celebrates its thirty years of music-making alongside an extraordinary year for culture in the region, as Hull is 2017 City of Culture.

Initiated by the local authority, with the aim of attracting visitors to the area to discover a rich medley of history, striking architecture and music of the past, over the years the Festival has grown to be recognised as a ‘jewel in the cultural crown’ of the region, attracting internationally renowned performers of early music to appear in a programme alongside emerging youth ensembles and engaging community projects. ...


Early Music Month of March 2017 - European Early Music Day 2017 (March 21st)

Contributed by admin on Jan 17, 2017

From both sides of the Atlantic, the month of March celebrates early music in a big way. 

"Early Music Month of March 2017", promoted in North America by Early Music America (EMA) is "designed to raise awareness of early music throughout the North American music community. Early Music Month seeks to connect enthusiasts, performers, presenters, scholars, builders, students, venues, and more to bring early music to its widest audience ever."

Opting for a more specific day, "European Early Music Day 2017 - 21st of March" promoted in Europe by the Réseau Européen de Musique Ancienne - European Early Music Network (REMA) "is held every year on 21st March, a day celebrating the beginning of spring, and the birthday of Early Music’s period probably most relevant and known composers: Johann Sebastian Bach (born on 21st March 1685, according to the Julian Calendar)." 

Now is the time to register ...


(UK) Gramophone Editor's Choice - Blue-Ray of the Month: " Alcina & Tamerlano, Handel by Les Talens Lyriques (dir. Christophe Rousset), Alpha" (by David Vickers)

Contributed by admin on Jan 13, 2017

"These productions began life a few years apart in Drottningholm before double-bill revivals at the Dutch National Opera and La Monnaie in Brussels. Pierre Audi’s post-Baroque stagings are often astutely deliberate in pacing and action, and are designed simply but artfully (beautiful 18th-century-style costumes, economical lighting, use of mechanical stage flats). At their best, they function as compellingly psychological dramas reminiscent of tragedies by Shakespeare and Racine. ...


(BE) Outhere Music CD Release: "Sigismund von Neukomm - REQUIEM à la mémoire de Louis XVI" (Jan 2017)

Contributed by admin on Jan 13, 2017

La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy - Jean-Claude Malgoire

"In spite of the immense success he enjoyed in his lifetime, Sigismund Neukomm (born in Salzburg in 1778, died in Paris in 1858 at the age of eighty) is practically forgotten nowadays. Yet he left a catalogue of nearly two thousand works, including fifty masses and a number of oratorios and motets. ...


(US) WFMT Impromtu with Ronn McFarlane, lute (09 Jan 2017)

Contributed by admin on Jan 13, 2017

"For "WFMT welcomes GRAMMY-nominated lutenist, Ronn McFarlane to Impromptu. He and fellow all-star veteran of the lute, Paul O’Dette, perform[ed]virtuoso duets from Elizabethan Italy and England at the University of Chicago on January 8."

http://blogs.wfmt.com/impromptu/2017/01/09/ronn-mcfarlane-lute/


(BE) Compact Disc Reviews: "Flanders Recorder Quartet (FRQ) - "The End of a Beautiful Chapter" (by Tom Bickley)

Contributed by admin on Jan 13, 2017

"An Interview by Tom Bickley, Compact Disc Reviews Editor, with members of the Flanders Recorder Quartet for their approaching 30th Anniversary and Final Tour

Since being founded in 1987, the Flanders Recorder Quartet (FRQ) has evolved into one of the world ’s top ensembles.Their success in 1990 at the prestigious Musica Antiqua competition in Bruges (Belgium), organized by the Flanders Festival, was the start of an extensive concert career. ...


(US) Columbia Journalism Review Article: "Curtains fall on arts critics at newspapers" (by Jed Gottlieb, 06 Jan 2017)

Contributed by admin on Jan 12, 2017

"“Boston is a music city, look at how many music schools are here and at the number of people purchasing concert tickets,” says Steve Morse, a Globe staff critic from the 1970s through the 2000s. “There should be much more coverage.” ...


(IT) Libreria Musicale Italiana (LIM) New Title Release: "Rivista Internazionale di Musica Sacra - n. 37, 2016/1-2"

Contributed by admin on Jan 12, 2017

News from LIM of the availability of the "Rivista Internazionale di Musica Sacra"

The Summary of its contents:

 Sommario

Ezio Aimasso
Aggiornare la mente, vivificare lo spirito Giacomo Baroffio
Apologia per una manutenzione degli edifici intellettuali Valerio Morucci
La musica nella filosofia mistica ebraica medioevale e rinascimentale: una prospettiva storiografica Francesca Mellace ...


(SE) BIS Records CD Releases

Contributed by admin on Jan 12, 2017

News of 3 CD releases of interest from BIS Records:

Beethoven – Complete Works for Solo Piano, Vol.15: ‘Diabelli’
BIS-1943 | SACD    EAN 7318599919430    TT: 67'34

Ronald Brautigam, fortepiano, completes his acclaimed series with Beethoven’s last great piano work

Ludwig van Beethoven: 33 Veränderungen über einen Walzer von Anton Diabelli ('Diabelli Variations'), Op.120
6 National Airs with Variations, Op.105 ...


(UK) The Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras Announce Confirmed Tour Dates for 2017

Contributed by admin on Jan 12, 2017

From a recent newsletter, the Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras announce their upcoming confirmed tour dates and suggest to monitor their website and social media pages for updates.

Monteverdi 450
April - October 2017

An international cast of soloists, together with members of the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists, will celebrate the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi's birth by performing his Vespers and surviving trilogy of operas: L’Orfeo, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and L’incoronazione di Poppea, across Europe and the USA. ...


(UK) Linn Records Blog: "Dunedin Consort Tops The Critics' Picks"

Contributed by admin on Jan 12, 2017

(From a recent Linn Records newsletter)

"The Dunedin Consort continues to dominate the 'Best Of' lists that are so popular at year end. Here are just some of the accolades the brilliant Christmas Oratorio collected: 2016 Best Classical Christmas Releases - The Observer ; The Year's Best Seasonal Releases - The Arts Desk: Notable Performances and Recordings of 2016 - The New Yorker ; Top 100 Discs Of The Year 2016 - Presto Classical; One Of The Albums For Christmas - Berliner Zeitung. ...


(IT) Ut Orpheus Edizioni: "Ad Parnassum Journal Newest Issue XIV/27" (April 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jan 11, 2017

News from Ut Orpheus Edizioni that the most recent issue of Ad Parnassum Journal is now available.

The contents of this issue:

EDITORIAL
Massimiliano Sala
A New Network on Music Criticism

ARTICLES
Michael Talbot
Robert Valentine and the Roman Concerto Grosso
Joshua S. Walden
«Novelty, Wit and an Abundance of Ideas»: The Mid-Eighteenth-Century German Instrumental Cadenza as Interpretation ...


(UK) National Centre for Early Music Newsrelease: "National Centre for Early Music Launches Free Online Directory" (11 Jan 2017)

Contributed by admin on Jan 11, 2017

"The National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) announces the launch of its free online early music artist directory.

The directory contains a comprehensive list of early music artists and ensembles working across the UK. It is presented alphabetically, across specialist periods including: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical and also by style including: vocal, instrumental, consort and soloist. Each entry includes biographical information, an image and any relevant You Tube video audio soundbites. The directory is easy to navigate and will be an invaluable resource for the early music community, promoters and agents. ...


(UK) York Early Music Festival Announces 40th Anniversary Partnership with Hiscox in 2017

Contributed by admin on Jan 11, 2017

"2017 is a significant year for the York Early Music Festival, as the internationally acclaimed 10-day summer festival celebrates its 40th anniversary and announces a new three-year partnership with specialist insurer, Hiscox. ...


(US) Yahoo! News Article: "Scholars fret about fate of 'holy grail' German abbey books" (by David Rising, 26 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jan 11, 2017

"It was filthy, cramped and in major disarray, but when art historian Eva Lindqvist Sandgren entered the library in Altomuenster Abbey, off-limits to all but the German monastery's nuns for more than five centuries, she immediately knew she was looking at a major treasure.

The dusty shelves held at least 500 books, by her estimate, including precious illuminated manuscripts from the 16th century, chants used by the uniquely women-led Bridgettine Order and processionals bursting with colorful religious and ornamental decoration in their margins. ...


(UK) New Scientist Article: "Norway is first country to turn off FM radio and go digital-only" (by Timothy Revell, 10 Jan 2017)

Contributed by admin on Jan 11, 2017

(Sign of the times ... EarlyMusicNews.org Editor)

"Norway will be the first country to start turning off FM radio. Over the course of 2017, the FM radio network will slowly be switched off, with listeners only able to listen to digital programmes instead.

The northern county of Nordland will cease to broadcast FM radio from tomorrow, with other regions following suit throughout the year. ...


(CZ) Arte Records CD Release: "Jan Dismas Zelenka: Psalmi Vespertini II - Ensemble Inégal, Adam Viktora"

Contributed by admin on Jan 11, 2017

Gabriela Eibenová, Lenka Cafourková – soprano;
Filippo Mineccia – alto; Tobias Hunger – tenor;
Marián Krejčík, Jiří Miroslav Procházka – bass
Ensemble Inégal, the Prague Baroque Soloists conducted by Adam Viktora

This is Arta Records second CD installment of the "Jan Dismas Zelenka: Psalmi Vespertin" set.

"Beginning late in 1725 and ending towards the end of 1728, he composed three cycles of 33 compositions for Vespers. Each cycle begins with a setting of the psalm Dixit Dominus and then develops to serve one or more Vespers sequences. Thus, the psalm texts set by Zelenka for this entire project could be used for almost every Vespers service of the liturgical year (Psalms for Saturday Vespers before the four Sundays of Advent, Saturday Vespers before Septuagesima, and Vespers of Wednesday of Holy Week were not set by Zelenka). ...


(CZ) Baroque dance workshop with Robert Le Nuz (16-19 Feb 2017)

Contributed by admin on Dec 27, 2016

Location: Prague

"Historical dance workshop will focuse on reconstruction of Sarabande d'Issé, theatrical dance for a couple (man and woman). Among different versions of this choreography of sarabande à deux, extract from Issé by Destouches, we have chosen to work on the choreography created by Mr. Pécour and notated by Mr. Gaudrau (1713). ...


(US) Unquiet Thoughts - Saturday Morning Post: "Puer natus est" (24 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 27, 2016

"This Christmas Eve we offer a dual discussion: first a brief mention of a 15th-century painting of the Nativity, and secondly a synopsis of a miniature musical masterpiece by Cristóbal de Morales (c. 1500 – 1553). ...


(UK) British Library - Medieval Manuscripts Blog: "Christmas Coronations" (by Becky Lawton, Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 27, 2016

"Throughout the Middle Ages, Christmas was a season of festivities and celebrations, just as it is today. 25 December was certainly a high point of this festive season, beginning the twelve days of Christmas which would last until Epiphany. On three occasions in the early medieval period, the Christmas Day celebrations may have been more extravagant than usual: on Christmas Day in 800, 855 and 1066, merrymakers also celebrated the coronations of the very first Holy Roman Emperor and two English kings with interesting legacies. ...

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