“We opened our 2011-12 season this week with Artistic Director Harry Bicket at Wigmore Hall with two performances of a programme featuring music by Alessandro Scarlatti, Handel, Vivaldi and Venturini. Scarlatti and Handel were sung by renowned tenor Ian Bostridge, while Mr Venturini, despite his name, turned out to have come from the Low Countries, only adding to the interest surrounding his unfamiliar Sonata in G minor, a piece that particularly attracted the attention of Geoff Brown in The Times -
INTERNATIONAL DEBUT CONCERT
Early Music Foundation presents Bertrand Cuiller, French harpsichordist. Bertrand Cuiller (Paris), young, exceptional harpsichordist, has received praise by European music critics. He appears regularly as soloist in many European cities, in prestigious festivals and places including Folles Journées, la Roque d’Anthéron, la Cité de la Musique, Saintes, Utrecht, les Concerts Parisiens, le Printemps des Arts de Nantes, and Japan. This event is Mr. Cuiller’s exclusive New York debut.
“Balbi and his time”
by Alberto Da Ros and Stefano Lorenzetti
with a foreword by Giulio Cattin
Edition: Lucca, LIM, 2011 (Biblioteca Musicale Lim - Saggi)
Pages: 19 + 87
Format: 14 x 21 - Paperback
Paolo Da Col
Ai confini della Serenissima
Ludovico Balbi ‘magister musicae’ nel Veneto del secondo Cinquecento
L’eredità musicale di Costanzo Porta nelle composizioni di Ludovico Balbi
Il manoscritto di Feltre
200 Early Music Albums at 25% Off
“This month we are offering over 200 early music albums at 25% off, courtesy of the early music label Chaconne, which is renowned for its broad cross section of early-music repertoire from Medieval to Classical, performed on original or period instruments.
“The theme of 'Dance' has provided us with the perfect follow on the last year's 'Ritual'. It again allow us to look into the very origins of music and its place in human culture from the dawn of civilisation. Music and dance have always been intimately bound together -- each influencing the other -- throughout human history, and dance can be the physical expression of how music makes us feel, as well as being an integral part of how we have always enjoyed ourselves.
We also have a recorder workshop for people of Grade 5+ standard led by Handel House regular and recorder specialist Lisete da Silva which is perfect for those who want to improve their technique and learn new repertoire.” …
Results from the “Froville 1st International Baroque Voice Competition” awarded by a jury of professionals and presided by James Bowman:
Hasnaa Bennani: 1st prize
Estelle Béréau: 2nd prize
Daniel Cabena: 3rd prize
The Audience Recognition Award awarded to Kamila Mazalova
EarlyMusicNews.org Weblinks Revisited
“Claas Harders began learning viola da gamba at the age of seven. He continued his studies with Jaap ter Linden and Sarah Cunningham at the Akademie für Alte Musik Bremen as well as at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon with Marianne Muller.
(DE) "Bach and the “Snake-Fire-Sprayers” - Fire-Fighting Regulations and Equipment During Bach’s Time in Leipzig"
“One might rightfully ask how this topic will enhance our understanding of Bach’s life and music. For this I do not have a reasonable answer. Perhaps this topic was selected out of frustration that other digitized scholarly sources like the 1733 revision of the Schulordnung for the Leipzig Thomasschule are not available online.
(US) Midwestern and Southeastern Historical Keyboard Societies: Call for Proposals (Deadline: 2 dec 2011)
The joint meeting of the Midwestern and Southeastern Historical Keyboard Societies will be held at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, March 21-25, 2012.
Proposals for papers, mini-recitals, or lecture-recitals are invited on topics relating to historical keyboard instruments and repertoire. All presentations are limited to 25 minutes, with five minutes reserved for discussion.
English composers Thomas Thomkins and Orlando Gibbons, and later Henry Purcell and John Blow, were inspired by the visionary, world-changing translation of the Bible completed under the sponsorship of King James in 1611.
(US) Brilliantly Accessible: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (San Francisco Classical Voice Review By Jonathan Rhodes Lee) (23 sep 2011)
“Musique pour csakan (flûte-canne) et quatuor à cordes, Vienne 1806-1826”
La Simphonie du Marais - Hugo Reyne invites you to share a festive and delicious moment on the occasion of this “chocolated” concert.
(US) Review: Indy Early Music's '¡Sacabuche!' by Tom Aldridge (NUVO, Indy's Alternative Choice, Indianapolis) (25 jul 2011)
EarlyMusicNews.org Weblinks Revisited
Harpsichord maker, Jean-Paul Rouaud instrument making spans the following: great French or Flemish harpsichord, spinet, virginal, clavicytherium. Since 1965 he produced unique instruments that have been heard in numerous recordings, concerts, films.
“Thinking of attending Nuit Blanche? Why not start the night with a fun concert?
Like the rest of us, you probably wish you were on sabbatical with our own violinist Julia Wedman when she took her grand European tour. Well, now you can experience it in musical form, as I FURIOSI welcomes her back with the harmonious stylings of her many ports of call.
(US) The Gothic Revolution: Music in Western Europe, 1100-1300 (Princeton University Conference) (4-6 Nov 2011)
This is the story of a monk who one morning left to meditate at a small nearby mountain and there listened to the beautiful trill of a bird. So beautiful was the birds song that he remained listening for 300 years or more, although to him it seemed only a moment.
The Cambridge Handel Festival takes place next weekend! Four fantastic concerts, two talks, two services, an exhibition, a festival lunch and a guided walk of Baroque Cambridge. We very much hope to see you at one or more of these events – there may be tickets available at the door for most events, but there is still time to book online at www.CambridgeEarlyMusic.org.
Cambridge Early Music
Cambridge CB2 1TQ
“Lindsay Kemp reflects on the 2011 Festival:
The Lufthansa Festival can go by in a bit of a blur, it has to be admitted. We spend a year getting ready for those eight busy days, and by the time they come around I'm already having to think hard about what to put on next year.
Welcome to the home page of our fifth annual series of sampler concerts, showcasing the richness of New York's early music performing community. This is your chance to preview the offerings of 8 of the City's finest ensembles in three venues -- West Side, East Side, and Downtown. The Saturday evening concert will feature an unusual demonstration of the relationship between Galileo's scientific work and his musical involvements, and will end with a gala reception.
(CA) La Scena Musicale: "Matthew White: A versatile Countertenor" (by Hélène Boucher / September 1, 2011)
Festival de Musique Baroque de Sézanne
“The art of hunting reached its peak in the eighteenth century. The hunt of course was accompanied by music, the instrument of choice remained the hunting horn.