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(US) Virginia Baroque Performance Academy (14-20 Jun 2015)

Contributed by admin on May 23, 2015

Location: Harrisonburg, Virginia

"This intimate workshop is designed to give participants hands-on experience in Baroque technique and interpretation through masterclasses and coaching sessions. Players of all levels are welcome in this five-day Baroque immersion course. Solo practice time will be available for all participants. ...


(UK) Chandos CD Release: John Christopher Smith's op. 3 set of Six Lessons of 1755

Contributed by admin on May 23, 2015

(From a recent email from Julian Perkins to the harpsichord list)

I thought you would like to know about a new solo harpsichord recording of mine that features two possible firsts; the first complete recording of John Christopher Smith's op. 3 set of Six Lessons of 1755, and the first commercial recording of a single-manual harpsichord made by Mabyn and William Bailey in London in c1770.  ...


(CZ) Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin Plays at the Prague Festival

Contributed by admin on May 22, 2015

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin plays at the Prague Festival which is wonderfully attended by a large audience ...


(UK) Beverley Early Music Festival

Contributed by admin on May 21, 2015

Location: Beverley, UK

"Our starting point Is 1215 with the sealing of the Magna Carta - an extraordinary event commemorated by Belinda Sykes' ensemble Joglaresa in a programme entitled Robbers, Rebels and Royals; our finishing point is within the cauldron of political conflict in 18th century France as celebrated by harpsichordist Carole Cerasi alongside snapshots of music across the centuries including glimpses into the present day.  ...


(UK) The Independent Article: A New Picture of Shakespeare? (by Nick Clark, 19 May 2015)

Contributed by admin on May 21, 2015

"Grandly presented to the world as the first known image of William Shakespeare to have been produced while he was alive, a 400-year-old drawing said to depict the Bard in his prime and with “film star good looks” has taken dubious scholars by surprise – not least because of its source. ...


(DE) Tage Alter Musik Regensburg (22-25 May 2015)

Contributed by admin on May 21, 2015

(From a recent newsletter from Tage Alter Musik Regensburg)

This year's early music festival at in Regensburg (DE) highlights many early music ensembles that make it worthwhile a trip to put on for this upcoming May dates. ...


(UK) The Guardian Article: Alice Coote: My life as a man (13 May 2015)

Contributed by admin on May 20, 2015

"Ahead of her solo Brighton festival appearance showcasing Handel’s gender-bending operatic writing, mezzo-soprano Alice Coote reflects on the complexities of a creative life playing ‘breeches’ roles. ...


(CA) Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival (23 Jul - 6 Aug 2015)

Contributed by admin on May 20, 2015

The Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival brings together top Canadian and international artists, in all stages of their careers, to present concerts that draw local, national and international audiences. 450 artists, 100 events over the course of 15 days. Although not exclusively early music events, you will find the following groups performing at the festival  ...


(ES) XVIII Festival de Música Antigua de Gijón/Xixón (5-12 July 2015)

Contributed by admin on May 20, 2015

After a successful festival in 2015, once again the" XVIII Festival de Música Antigua de Gijón/Xixón" is set for the month of July 2015. In addition to the festival, selected candidates competing in the concurrent "IV Concurso Internacional de Musica Antigua"  have been chosen and will move to the final phase of the competition.  ...


(IT) Edizione Antonino Reggio

Contributed by antonino1725 on May 20, 2015

Works of previously unknown Eighteenth Century Sicilian composer now being published.

Edizione Antonino Reggio (EAR) is the publishing arm of Fondazione Antonino Reggio, a non-profit organisation set up to research the life and works of the Eighteenth Century Sicilian Prelate, harpsichordist, violoncellist and composer, Monsignor Antonino Reggio.

EAR has begun to publish modern editions of Reggio's works as well as a thematic catalogue and a short monograph. 


(FR) Les Traversées Baroques Summer Academy: "Vêpres à la Vierge – Monteverdi" (6-12 July 2015)

Contributed by admin on May 19, 2015

This academy will be held from July 6 to 12 in Sarrebourg (Lorraine) as part of the Rencontres Musicales de Saint-Ulrich. Open to participants 15 to 35 years or age, the Academy is a musical experience for young musicians in training or professional pathway. The number of entries is limited so as to respect the partition nomenclature.  ...


(DE) TYXart CD Release:"Accademia dell'Arcadia - Roma 1710" (Baroque Masterpieces of a Secret Society)

Contributed by admin on May 17, 2015

Sabrina Frey, Recorder & Direction - Fiorenza de Donatis, Violin - Andrea Rognoni, Violin - Marco Frezzato, Cello - Philippe Grisvard, Harpsichord & Organ - Vincent Flückiger, Theorbo & Baroque Guitar - Bret Simner, Double Bass - Naoki Kitaya, Organ

Works by Corelli, Scarlatti, Marcello, Sieber, Bononcini* and Valentini* (* Premiere Rec.)

The composers and literati of the Accademia dell’Arcadia established in Rome in 1690 worked in secret — the pope had prohibited secular baroque music by decree. On this CD, recorder player Sabrina Frey — together with top-ranking artists — presents a few musical jewels of the secret society. The manuscripts are scattered throughout all of Europe today. ...


(US) Books: George Frideric Handel A Life with Friends (Published: Sep 2014)

Contributed by admin on May 17, 2015

"During his lifetime, the sounds of Handel’s music reached from court to theater, echoed in cathedrals, and filled crowded taverns, but the man himself—known to most as the composer of Messiah—is a bit of a mystery. Though he took meticulous care of his musical manuscripts and even provided for their preservation on his death, very little of an intimate nature survives.  ...


(UK) Opera Today Review: ‘Where’er You Walk’: Handel’s Favourite Tenor (by Claire Seymour)

Contributed by admin on May 17, 2015

"I have sometimes lamented the preference of Ian Page’s Classical Opera for concert performances and recordings over staged productions, albeit that their renditions of eighteenth-century operas and vocal works are unfailingly stylish, illuminating and supported by worthy research. ...


(UK) Gregynog Festival 2015: Révolution (12-28 Jun 2015)

Contributed by admin on May 17, 2015

Location: The Festival events are focused on Powys in Mid Wales and bordering counties.

"Founded in 1933, Gregynog Festival is the oldest extant classical music festival in Wales. Set principally in the beautiful countryside of rural North Powys, the Festival features performances by the world's leading musicians in intimate historic locations.  ...


(US) Renaissance Society of America - CFP: Ladies-In-Waiting in the Early Modern World (BOSTON 2016 ~ March 31-April 2)

Contributed by admin on May 17, 2015

"Paper proposals are invited for one or more sessions that explore the role of ladies-in-waiting in early modern Europe. Ladies-in-waiting enjoyed numerous privileges at princely and royal courts, including special access to centers of power and avenues of communication, opportunities for social and political advancement, education, international travel and exchange.  ...


(DE) Carpe Diem Records New Release: Bach & Weiss by Toyohiko Satoh (1 April 2015)

Contributed by admin on May 16, 2015

The new solo CD of Toyohiko Satoh, the 72 year old Japanese lutenist who is considered my many as one of the most influential lute players of the last century, presents a well-known repertoire of baroque lute music. Mr. Satoh was the first lutenist to record Bach’s lute music on LP in the 70s (Phillips). Now he returns to this music 40 years later, delivering a completely different rendering of these iconic pieces. ...


(UK) London Festival of Baroque Music Iterviews Masaaki Suzuki (Bach Collegium Japan)

Contributed by admin on May 16, 2015

(From a recent London Festival of Baroque Music (LFBM) newsletter)

"Our opening night promises to be an exciting occasion for many reasons, not least the fact that it will given by one of the world’s most admired Bach interpreters, Masaaki Suzuki and his Bach Collegium Japan. ...


(DE) EarlyDance.de Community

Contributed by admin on May 16, 2015

Just a reminder for those of you who are interested in early dance, if you are not aware of it as of yet, there is a wonderful site where dance workshop dates, classes, events etc. may be found. Dance events are ...


(US) Harmonia Early Music: "Hamelin 1284: An Interview With Norbert Rodenkirchen" (4 May 2015)

Contributed by admin on May 15, 2015

"This week: medieval flute, improvisation, and the true story behind the medieval tale of the Pied Piper, in a conversation with Norbert Rodenkirchen of the renowned medieval ensemble Sequentia.


(BE) Outhere Music: "RICERCAR now celelbrates its 35th anniversary!" (CD sale ends 17 May 2015)

Contributed by admin on May 15, 2015

"Over 30 years ago, in 1980, Jérôme Lejeune created the label Ricercar. It promptly became a major actor in the rediscovery of ancient music. 

Every Ricercar disc is a page in the history of music, to be discovered by listening, but also by reading the detailed commentary, accessible to the wider public. ...


(US) Texas Early Music Project: 2015-2016 Season Subscriptions Available

Contributed by admin on May 12, 2015

News from the Texas Early Music Project that their 2015-2016 season subscriptions are available NOW! ... "Join the Texas Early Music Project as we take a season-long tour across Europe to some of Danny's favorite places and some of his favorite musical times throughout the ages. ...


(UK) Handel House Talent 2015-16 (Deadline: 22 May 2015)

Contributed by admin on May 12, 2015

"Handel House Museum is looking to recruit promising young baroque music performers at the start of their professional career for its next year-long programme. The museum and baroque specialist Laurence Cummings will select five singers and instrumentalists and one ensemble (maximum of 4 players including harpsichordist) with a particular interest in performing music from the baroque period." ...


(US) San Francisco Renaissance Voices: "Celebration of 10 Years of Renaissance Music Making" (30-31 May, 6 June)

Contributed by admin on May 12, 2015

(From a recent SF Renaissance Voices news release)

San Francisco Renaissance Voices (Katherine McKee, Music Director) concert: "Our Favorite Things - A Celebration of 10 Years of Renaissance Music Making:  featuring works by Allegri, Byrd, Palestrina, Janequin, Josquin and others" ...


(US) San Francisco Classical Voice Article: "John Eliot Gardiner: Monteverdi is the Shakespeare of Music" (By Niels Swinkels, April 22, 2015)

Contributed by admin on Apr 30, 2015

"For the better part of a half century, English conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner has been one of the leading forces in the early music revival. Growing up in a family where, every day after meals, he sang Bach motets with his parents and siblings ...

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