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(SE) Polar Music Prize 2016

Contributed by admin on Feb 13, 2016

"The Polar Music Prize 2016 is awarded to the mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli from Rome, Italy. With a vocal range of three octaves and a unique ability to live a role with fullness of expression, Cecilia Bartoli has developed song as an art form. Cecilia Bartoli has spellbound audiences in the world’s great opera houses, but is not content with the well-known repertoire. She has also dug deeply into the history of music and presented long-lost music from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries that is completely new to today’s audiences. ...


(US) Harmonia Early Music: "A Tribute To Handel" (by Janelle Davis, 12 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 13, 2016

"There he connected with another foreign born musician, G.F. Handel who, in the 18th century was up to his elbows in opera production. Handel eventually named Caporale his principal cellist for which he wrote several solo obbligato parts ...


(US) NewMusicBox Article: "Tracing Influence" (by By Jeff Arnal, 10 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 13, 2016

"My mind is blank, but down one inch deep I have, we have, access. Access to what happened before—the universe is embedded in all of us. Is that too dreamy? What we heard, what was seen, what was felt…all that was picked up along the way. As moments click by, we find ourselves moving through time and space picking up fragments of experience. Our senses are tuned to what we want to hear and what we want to block.  ...


(FR) Passe ton Bach d'abord festival (3-5 Jun 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 12, 2016

The 2016 Festival "Passe ton Bach d'abord"'s theme is centered around the "concerto" which appeared during the Baroque period.

For the opening concert, 2 magnificient concertos, JS Bach's Brandenburg concerfto with two natural horns, and CPE Bach's concerto for cello in a minor.  ...


(UK) Spitalfields Music Summer Festival 2016 (2-26 June 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 12, 2016

Location: London UK

News from Spitalfields that they "we've got summer sorted"! "24 days of sumptuous early music, intriguing contemporary collaborations and spellbinding choral sounds collide in some of East London's most unexpected places, plus fun for little ones (and grown-ups) too. ...


(AT) 7th International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti (21-28 Aug 2016)(Application Deadline: 15 May 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 12, 2016

Location: Innsbruch Austria

"“The International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti” will take place in Innsbruck for the seventh time. Named after the Italian composer Pietro Antonio Cesti, who turned Innsbruck into a centre for the Italian opera north of the Alps in the mid-17th century, young singers from all over the world with a special talent and training will compete in the varied field that is the baroque opera for participation in the final concert on 26.08.2016.  ...


(FR) L'Encelade CD Release: "Le Voyage d'Allemagne by Emmanuell Guigues, Viole de Gambe" (Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 12, 2016

"This album is a journey into the German school of music for solo viola de gamba and takes place in the years between 1705 and 1729. There are twenty-four years of music history between the earliest and latest pieces, namely the works by Schenck (1660 - 1712) and Telemann (1681 - 1767) respectively. In its own way, the programme symbolises the place occupied by instrumental music both in Germany and in Northern Europe as a whole in the first quarter of the 18th century. It is a landscape which shows the wide range of different influences on this repertoire - whether English, French or Italian - not to mention the extraordinary flowering of the German organ school and its stylus fantasticus. ...


(FR) Musicologie.org Article: "Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782" (by Michel Rusquet)

Contributed by admin on Feb 12, 2016

From a recent Musicologie.org newsletter item, Michel Rusquet's fourth chapter from his "Three Centuries of Instrumental Music: A Journey of Discovery ... IV "Between Bach and Mozart""

In this instalment, Michel Rusquet takes a closer look at Johann Christian Bach's early beginnings to later influence and departure from his father's music style. "It made him the "London Bach" or even "the Bach of Milan". With this "youngest" of the son of the great Bach, we skip a generation, and - this explains it a bit - it deviates significantly from the family traditions." (Google Tranlsation) ...


(US) The Atlantic Article: The Research Pirates of the Dark Web (by Kaveh Waddell, 9 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 11, 2016

After getting shut down late last year, a website that allows free access to paywalled academic papers has sprung back up in a shadowy corner of the Internet.

There’s a battle raging over whether academic research should be free, and it’s overflowing into the dark web.

Most modern scholarly work remains locked behind paywalls, and unless ...


(NL) Utrecht Early Music Festival 2016 (26 Aug- 4 Sep 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 11, 2016

La Serenissima with amongst others: L’Arpeggiata, Philippe Jaroussky, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Le Concert Spirituel, Collegium 1704, Vox Luminis, Ensemble Correspondances, Ghislieri Choir & Consort and many more.

Stephane MacLeod's Gli Angeli Genève will be artist in residence. ...


(FR) Orgue en France Project: Abandonned Organs

Contributed by admin on Feb 11, 2016

Founded in 2011, the "Orgue en France" association has given itself the mandate of taking inventory of all organs, whether in playing order or in disrepair in France. According to information pulled from its website, France holds five centuries of the craft of organ-making; 10,000 organs; hundreds of other organ societies/associations; 200 classes of  organs; 80 enterprises of organ-makers and hundreds of thousands of organ lovers.

It's most recent project is to find and inventory lost and forgotten organs in France. They have thus far ...


(US) Baroque Band's Rivalry Series Continues with "Leipzig's Got Talent" (11-12, 16 March 2016)

Contributed by baroqueband on Feb 10, 2016

Bach, Telemann, and Graupner do battle for the post of cantor at St. Thomas Church, Leipzig. Who will win the post of Cantor at St. Thomas Church? You listen and decide! ...

 


(US) Dr. Phillip W. Serna and "Viols in our Schools "

Contributed by admin on Feb 10, 2016

From recent postings from Dr. Phillip Serna, news of his very active and successful "Viols in our Schools" program. Follow Dr. Serna's account of his success stories and technique in his approach to teaching young students of the value of music, and, in particular, those of early music and music on viols. ...


(US) Salon Sanctuary Concert: "L'Épitome Musicale - French Music for Viol Consort" (03 March 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 10, 2016

Location:  The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 East 61st Street, New York, NY 10065

LeStrange Viols

Loren Ludwig & John Mark Rozendaal, treble viols
Kivie Cahn-Lipman & James Waldo, tenor viols
Zoe Weiss & Douglas Kelley, bass viols

"Though often imagined as a primarily English ensemble, the viol consort had a rich history in France as another vehicle for that nation's characteristically colorful and expressive musical imagination. ...


(AT) Innsbruck Festival of Early Music (19 Jul - 27 Aug 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 10, 2016

(From a recent Innsbruck Festival of Early Music press release)

"In 2016 we celebrate our 40th anniversary! From July 19th to August 27th the city of Innsbruck will be once again filled with fabulous concerts and rare operas from the Renaissance and Baroque era.

The festival’s artistic director Alessandro De Marchi will conduct “Il matrimonio segreto” by Domenico Cimarosa, a prime example of the opera buffa, featuring outstanding singers like Vesselina Kasarova, Donato Di Stefano or Renato Girolami. De Marchi’s predecessor René Jacobs, who sang the first notes in the first ever festival concert in 1976, will be back in Innsbruck to conduct C. W. Gluck’s dark masterpiece “Alceste”. Another key event of the festival is the opera "Le nozze in sogno" that was only recently identified as being composed by Innsbruck's court composer Antonio Cesti.  ...


(US) TribLive Article: "Pittsburgh Symphony retirees find the music goes on" (by Mark Kanny, 6 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 10, 2016

Although this article does not specifically speak of early music musicians, it may be of interest to some of us on the retirement decisions taken by some professional musicians (Marc Paré, EarlyMusicNews.org editor)

"Performing music is a consuming profession. The mental concentration and physical precision and accuracy required are intense. And after thousands of hours in childhood spent mastering an instrument and many thousands more in rehearsals and performances, retirement can be an appealing prospect.  ...


(CA) Analekta CD Release: "Luc Beauséjour: Baroque Session on Piano" (Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 10, 2016

Newly released from Analekta record label:

"Outstanding harpsichordist Luc Beauséjour has done the unexpected. Analekta is proud to present his brand new recording, Baroque Session on Piano, which once again raises the question of whether works intended for the harpsichord should be played on the piano. Luc Beauséjour answers the question by playing. ...


(US) Harmonia Early Music: "Cantigas de Santa Maria" (by Janelle Davis, 29 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 03, 2016

"The collection of over 400 Marian devotional songs compiled sometime in the middle to late 13th century at the court of Alfonso X, is monumental in size.  The sheer number of pieces contained in the collection is impressive.

Alfonso’s Cantigas de Santa Maria are unique for the vernacular language, Galician-Portuguese, in which they are written. The collection is also unique in terms of its musical notation. ...


(US) New York Times Article: "Report Exposes Widespread Abuses in Ticketing Industry in New York" (by Ben Sisario, 27 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 03, 2016

Interesting article on ticket sales that are most likely prevalent in many regions of the globe and for all concert genres. (Marc Paré, EarlyMusicNews.org editor)

"... Those are some of the findings in a detailed report to be released on Thursday by the New York attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, about the opaque world of ticket scalping for concerts, sports and other entertainment events.

The report, titled “Why Can’t New Yorkers Get Tickets?” is the result of a three-year investigation of the online ticketing market, and portrays ...


(ES) Glossa Music CD Release: "Marais 1689 - Pièces à une et à deux violes et basse continue" (Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 02, 2016

Newly released by Glossa Music (Jan 2016)

"That the viola da gamba music of Marin Marais represents a treasure trove of expressive and technical possibilities is just reason for Paolo Pandolfo’s eagerly-awaited return to the composer’s works with his new Marais 1689 recording for Glossa. Pandolfo’s style of playing is apt for this music: meticulousness and sensitivity, and a technical strength which allows him to demonstrate the instrument’s versatility and gives him a sense of rare freedom. ...


(FR) Opéra Nationale de Lorraine Event: "Rossi's Orféo" (4-10 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 02, 2016

Artistic Director Raphaël Pichon recreates Rossi's Orféo which has not been heard since 400 years. In cooperation with the CNRS and the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, and thanks to a large and meticulous endeavour, Pygmalion offers this occasion to discover this work never presented in France! ...


(US) Spring Baroque Dance Workshop (20-25 Mar 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 02, 2016

Location: Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, Ashland OR 97520

"This six-day course will cover the technique and presentation of Baroque dance and is designed for all levels from the absolute beginner to the professional dancer.  No previous dance experience is necessary, although any knowledge of other dance forms will enable you to pick up the steps more easily. ...


(US) Opera Today Review: "Classical Opera: MOZART 250 — 1766: A Retrospective (by Claire Seymour, 21 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 02, 2016

"With this performance of vocal and instrumental works composed by the 10-year-old Mozart and his contemporaries during 1766, Classical Opera entered the second year of their 27-year project, MOZART 250, which is designed to ‘contextualise the development and influences of [sic] the composer’s artistic personality’ and, more audaciously, to ...


(US) EMA (Early Music America) "Early Music Month 2016" (March 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 01, 2016

"Sponsored by Early Music America, this national, grassroots campaign is designed to raise awareness of early music throughout the larger North American music community. Early Music Month seeks to connect enthusiasts, performers, presenters, scholars, builders, students, and venues to bring early music to its widest audience ever, and we can’t do it without you! ...


(FR) Le Concours Corneille - International Early Music Competition in Normandie (8-11 Sep 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 01, 2016

First international competition held in France for instrumental soloists of the Baroque repertoire. The Concours Corneille is open to young musicians of all nationalities from the most prestigious schools. The jury will also be of specialists of renowned stature. ...

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