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(US) Harmonia Early Music: "In Memoriam Thomas Binkley" (16 Nov 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 16, 2015

"... For around 35 years, Binkley was one of early music’s foremost performers, scholars, and educators, particularly in the area of medieval music. His recordings with his colleagues in the Studio der frühen Musik—Andrea von Ramm, Sterling Jones, and at different times, singers Nigel Rogers, Richard Levitt, and Willard Cobb—brought to the table ...


(SE) BIS CD Release: "Bach – Lutheran Masses, Volume 2"

Contributed by admin on Dec 12, 2015

"Johann Sebastian Bach: Lutheran Mass in A major, BWV 234; Lutheran Mass in F major, BWV 233

Marco Gioseppe Peranda (1625–75): Missa in A minor

Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki
Hana Blažiková, soprano (BWV 233 & 234); Joanne Lunn and Aki Matsui, sopranos (Peranda); Robin Blaze, counter-tenor; Katsuhiko Nakashima, tenor (BWV 234); Gerd Türk and Yusuke Fujii, tenors (Peranda); Peter Kooij, bass (BWV 233 & 234); Dominik Wörner, bass (Peranda)

By Bach's time, the traditional forms of church service had been fundamentally altered by the Reformation, and in German churches Latin had yielded to the country's own language. To an extent, however, ...


(SE) BIS CD Release: Vivaldi – Recorder Concertos

Contributed by admin on Dec 11, 2015

"Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in G major, RV 443 (originally C major); Concerto in F major, RV 442; Concerto in C major, RV 444; Concerto in E minor, RV 445 (originally A minor); Concerto in C minor, RV 441; Concerto in A minor, RV 108 for recorder, 2 violins & b.c.; Concerto in D major, RV 92 for recorder, violin & b.c

Dan Laurin, recorder and musical direction
1B1 / Jan Bjøranger, leader
Anna Paradiso, harpsichord
Jonas Nordberg, theorbo/baroque guitar

The Swedish recorder virtuoso Dan Laurin has demonstrated his remarkable versatility on some thirty recordings for BIS, ranging from ...


(BE) Outhere Music Christmas Special

Contributed by admin on Dec 07, 2015

For those of you interested in purchasing some music CD's at Christmas time, Outhere Music is offering a 10% reduction off the price of it large inventory of CD titles. As there are too many early music CD titles to name ...


(DE) Covielo Classics New CD Release: "LA BATAILLE D'AMOUR Tabulatures & Chansons of the French Renaissance" (Nov. 2015) (Maria Ferré · Renaissance guitar, lute & direction)

Contributed by admin on Dec 04, 2015

"The desire of Maria Ferré was to combine two of the most important instruments for her, which have accompanied her during her musical career – the Renaissance lute and Baroque guitar – led her on her path towards the Renaissance guitar. The “master instrument” lute thereby profited from the sincere energy of the guitar.  ...


(DE) L'Orfeo Barockorchester New CD Release: " "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy - String symphonies Nr. I–VI (Vol.1)" (Sep 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 03, 2015

(Viennese built fortepiano from ca 1815)

Stretching the reach of historically informed performance (HIP), a fresh look on the performance of Mendelssohn with fortepiano injected into the performance.


(DE) L'Orfeo Barockorchester New CD Release: "Johann Sebastian Bach - Cantatas for Soprano solo" (Nov 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 01, 2015

"The recent release is the third CD with Dorothee Mields, one of the leading interpreters of music from the 17th and 18th centuries. Discovering these Bach vocal highlights with her was a profoundly enriching experience for us.  ...


(FR) Le Poème Harmonique CD Release: "Coeur" (Oct 2015)

Contributed by admin on Nov 28, 2015

"In this new release, Vincent Dumestre’s Le Poème Harmonique once again immerses us in the France of the second half of the 16th century, which witnessed the emergence of new centres of artistic activity. These ‘bourgeois’ societies were initiated by patron princes concerned with building their prestige through the arts and letters just as much as by arms. At the same time, refined circles held by cultivated women enabled them to ...


(DE) TYXart New CD Release: "TIERISCH BAROCK - When animals talk" (October 2015)

Contributed by admin on Nov 27, 2015

Works by Biber, Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Uccellini, Merula, Buonamente, Cazzati, Williams, Matteis and Orme (Premiere Rec.)

Tierisch Barock - Incredible baroque zoo - the title lives up to its expectations: a CD full of baroque music, full of animal voices and thus full of baroque aesthetics and fascination.

Nel Dolce approaches the topic of "Man, animal and music" through a multifaceted selection of compositions of the early and the high baroque showing the musical study of the animal kingdom in the most diverse ways possible. ...


(DE) TYXart New CD Release: "Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Sonatas for Flute & Basso Continuo" (October 2015)

Contributed by admin on Nov 26, 2015

Katalin Horvath, Transvers Flute - Eva Maria Pollerus, Harpsichord/Clavich./Square Piano - Thomas Platzgummer, Cello

"Time and again, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's (1714-1788) music undergoes fascinating metamorphoses in the interplay with instruments and interpretation. Inspired by these, the flute (Katalin Horvath, transverse flute) participates in a lively dialogue with the manifold timbres of harpsichord, clavichord, square piano (Eva Maria Pollerus), and cello (Thomas Platzgummer). This results in a multifaceted and highly musical recording portraying the development of almost the entire productive period of the composer. ..."


(US) A Latin Holiday Voyage-CD release (11 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Nov 24, 2015

(From a recent La Donna Musicale newsletter )

"Launch the holiday season with the sizzling Afro-Hispanic rhythms of our Latin-Baroque Fusion program! An entrancing performance of Renaissance, Baroque, and Afro-Hispanic music from Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and Colombia, played on Baroque and folk instruments. We will release our new CD, "I’ve Found a New Baby: Baroque Meets Latin Jazz", at this concert. ..."


(UK) Soundboard Records New Release: "Louis Couperin, Harpsichord Music" (10 Oct 2015)

Contributed by admin on Nov 16, 2015

"Like Grounds for Pleasure, Colin [Booth]'s latest CD, Louis Couperin, was recorded on the early French harpsichord by Nicholas Celini that he restored during 2013. The music is by the 17th century French master Louis Couperin, uncle of the more famous François. ..."


(UK) Opera Today CD Review: "John Taverner: Missa Corona spinea" (by Claire Seymour, 04 Nov 2015)

Contributed by admin on Nov 08, 2015

"This new release of John Taverner’s virtuosic and florid Missa Corona spinea (produced by Gimell Records) comes two years after The Tallis Scholars’ critically esteemed recording of the composer’s Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas, which topped the UK Specialist Classical Album Chart for 6 weeks, and ... "


(US) Billboard Article: "PIAS Acquires Classical Specialist Label Harmonia Mundi" (By Richard Smirke, 28 Sep 2015)

Contributed by admin on Oct 01, 2015

"European independent PIAS has acquired historic classical, jazz and world music label Harmonia Mundi for an undisclosed sum. ...


(SE) BIS Records CD Release: "Bach - Organ Works" (Aug 2015)

Contributed by admin on Aug 15, 2015

"Masaaki Suzuki playing the Schnitger/Hinz organ in the Martinikerk, Groningen

The recipient of the 2012 City of Leipzig Bach Medal, Masaaki Suzuki has earned an enviable reputation as an interpreter of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach – as a reviewer in International Record Guide has put it: 'With Suzuki you can hear Bach's heart beat'. To a wide audience he is known as the director of Bach Collegium Japan, and the moving force behind the ensemble's acclaimed recordings of Bach's complete sacred cantatas. Perhaps less well known is that he began his career – at the age of 12! – playing the organ at church services in Kobe, where he was born. ...


(UK) Hyperion CD Release: Loyset Compère (c1445-1518) "Magnificat, motets & chansons" by The Orlando Consort (August 2015)

Contributed by admin on Aug 15, 2015

"The Orlando Consort’s third recording for Hyperion turns to the music of Loyset Compère, a composer the group first investigated some twenty years ago. In the intervening decades musicological goal-post shifting has elevated our composer from also-ran outsider to something of a trailblazer, the wonderfully complex Magnificat recorded here, for example, now being thought to predate the masterworks of Josquin by some fifteen years. A gorgeous selection of motets and chansons further charts this period of radical musical experimentation." ...


(US) Harmonia Early Music: "Smell the Roses" by Elizabeth Clark (20 Jun 2015)

Contributed by admin on Aug 01, 2015

"Roses are red, violets are blue…and this week on Harmonia, we invite you to go tripping through the tulips with us as we bring you a program of early music with texts inspired by both romantic and symbolic associations with flowers. Later in the program we’ll feature Anonymous 4’s recent recording, 1865: Songs of Hope and Home from the American Civil War. ...


(US) Harmonia Early Music Podcast: "Plectrums, Pizzicato, And Plucks" by Janelle Davis Posted (20 Jul 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 29, 2015

"We’re devoting this edition of Harmonia to instruments of the plucked variety. Lutes, guitars, harps and harpsichords will pick and pizz us through the hour. Plus, a special tribute from Paul O’Dette for friend and fellow lute player Pat O’Brien who passed away in 2014, and a feature release from Armonia Celeste called Lover’s Beware.. ...


(SE) eClassical CD Special: "Biber - The Rosary Sonatas" (Ensemble Vintage Köln) (Release date: 10 Jul 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 28, 2015

(From a recent eClassical.com newsletter item)

"Biber - The Rosary Sonatas - 24 FLAC Discount

Available in FLAC 24, FLAC16 and MP3

BIS Boss Robert von Bahr: Of all composers for the violin, Heinrich Isaac Franz von Biber must be regarded as one of the most unique. Not only for his tonal language, which isn't so unique, but for his way of tuning the violin, a technique called scordatura. ...


(US) Harmonia Early Music: "Name-Dropping" by Benjamin Robinette (13 Jul 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 24, 2015

"What do LCD Soundsystem, Johannes Suzoy, the Beastie Boys, and Antoine Busnoys all have in common? Give up? They’ve all engaged in the art of musical name-dropping, paying respect to the masters that came before them. This week on Harmonia, we’ll bring you music that ...


(SE) BIS Records New CD Release: "Biber - The Rosary Sonatas"

Contributed by admin on Jul 23, 2015

"Biber’s ‘Rosary Sonatas’ for violin and basso continuo stand alone in the violin literature and in music history, offering a unique combination of programmatic material and the use of scordatura (tuning a string instrument differently than the standard tuning). Consisting of fifteen sonatas for violin and basso continuo, and a closing Passacaglia for solo violin, the cycle was presented by Biber to his employer, the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg, in a handsome manuscript .  ...


(PL) Viola Organista CD Recording Project on Kickstarter

Contributed by admin on Jul 22, 2015

"The Da Vinci Sound -- First Album of Leonardo first ever built Concert instrument Viola Organista is to be funded by Kickstarter supporters

Viola organista – extraordinary bowed piano invented by Da Vinci - has been constructed in Poland by musician Sławomir Zubrzycki. Now he wants to release first ever CD album with solo viola organista recital." To do that Zubrzycki has launched a Kickstarter campaign with a goal of $10,000  ...


(US) Alia Vox First release in its new Diversa collection: "Euskel Antiqva - Legacy of the land of Basque"

Contributed by admin on Jul 13, 2015

Harmonia Mundi Store announces Alia Vox First release in its new Diversa collection: "Euskel Antiqva - Legacy of the land of Basque" available online.

"Alia Vox presents the first release in its new Diversa collection. This fascinating series will showcase neglected repertoire in performances that are respectful of historical practices and traditions of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. ...


(UK) Linn Records Deal Of The Day: 25% off Dunedin Consort Mozart: Requiem

Contributed by admin on Jul 09, 2015

Deal Of The Day: 25% off Mozart: Requiem. Discount already applied.  

"The Dunedin Consort presents the premiere recording of Mozart scholar David Black's new 2013 edition of Süssmayr's completion of Mozart's Requiem. It was named winner of the 'Choral' category at the 2014 Gramophone Awards. Also available on 180g vinyl. ...


(US) Ars Lyrica Houston New CD Release: Heart & Soul ~ Devotional works from the German Baroque (Release date: 10 July 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 09, 2015

Ars Lyrica Houston announce the forthcoming CD release: "Heart & Soul ~ Devotional works from the German Baroque"

"Devotional works from the German Baroque for voice, strings, and organ. With a renowned British counter-tenor Ryland Angel, Matthew Dirst on the Fritts organ at St Philip Presbyterian Church, and Ars Lyrica core  ..."

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