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(UK) Tallis Scholars-Peter Phillips CD Release: "

Contributed by admin on Nov 27, 2016

"Featuring two fascinating masses by Josquin, the Missa Di dadi and the Missa Une mousse de Biscaye, the latest The Tallis Scholars album has now been released on Gimell Records."

"Can great music be inspired by the throw of dice? The possibility clearly excited Josquin, who prefaced the tenor part in several of the movements of his Missa Di dadi with a pair of dice, each pair giving a different total score. And the scores show that he knew how gambling worked - they stop when one of the players has thrown a winning combination. Did he know this because he was living in a place where gambling was so commonplace it was even thought appropriate to refer to it in a Mass-setting? He may have been. Milan under the Sforzas in the late fifteenth century was well known to have been a hot-house of gambling, with the ducal family taking a leading role. Since there is good evidence that Josquin worked there throughout the 1480s, it seems very possible that he joined in with the fashion, at court and in private.  ....


(BE) Outhere Music News: "Alpha, Label of the Year 2016!"

Contributed by admin on Nov 27, 2016

"ALPHA has just been named Label of the Year 2016 by the magazine Classica: ‘In 2016, the French record company has stood out for the exemplary quality of its productions.’

‘A boom year for ALPHA with a dozen Chocs de Classica since last February!’ Recordings by Céline Frisch (Bach), Yury Martynov (Beethoven), John Eliot Gardiner (Monteverdi DVD), Bruno Cocset (Cello Stories and Barrière), Lorenzo Gatto and Julien Libeer (Beethoven), Nelson Goerner (Beethoven), Quatuor Van Kuijk (Mozart), Leonardo García Alarcón (Monteverdi), François Lazarevitch (High Road to Kilkenny), Alexei Lubimov (Satie), Olivier Fortin (Weichlein) and the programmes Il était une fois (Palazzetto Bru Zane) and Madin (Versailles Collection) all achieved this distinction in 2016 . . .

Based in Paris, ALPHA Classics is the principal label of the Franco-Belgian group Outhere Music. ...


(FR) L'Armée de Romantiques Concert: César Franck, the Bach of the XiXth Century (4 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 27, 2016

Location: Chapelle Corneille (Auditorium de Normandie), Rouen, FR

"Born in Belgium in 1822, César Franck spent his whole carreer in Paris, where he was the considered the symbol of the renewal of French music counterbalancing the crushing wagnerian influence. Organist, composer, pedagogue, he was also a major force in the rediscovery of Bach" ...


(CA) Esenble Anonymous Concert: "LVX HODIE" ((18 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 27, 2016

Location: Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique francophone, au 2, côte de la Fabrique, Vieux-Québec, CA

Esemble Anonymous invites you to a thematic concert "Karen Young Choir: "Lux Hodie - Celebration of Light". During the long nights of the Christmas celebrations, the notion of rebirth of light is borne, the hope of its return. It is a time to sing and to celebrate! ...


(BE) Outhere Music CD Rrelease: Giovanni Antonini - Il Giardino Armonico "Georg Philipp Telemann"

Contributed by admin on Nov 25, 2016

The year 2017 will mark the 250th anniversary of the death of Georg Philipp Telemann, one of the most prolific composers of the Baroque era.

Giovanni Antonini and Il Giardino Armonico have taken this opportunity to pay tribute to his eclecticism in a programme juxtaposing works that move constantly between French and Italian stylistic traditions.

On this disc, Giovanni Antonini not only directs the ensemble, but also returns to the recorder, his own instrument of choice (as it was the composer’s), and performs the Suite in A minor, the Concerto in C major and the Concerto da camera in G minor.  ...


(BE) Outhere Music CD release: Vox Luminis "Actus Trigicus Cantatas BWV 106, 150, 131, 12 - J.S. Bach"

Contributed by admin on Nov 25, 2016

"The year ends in fine style with a programme of cantatas by J.S. Bach performed by Vox Luminis. The Belgian group directed by the bass Lionel Meunier is now acknowledged as belonging among the world’s elite vocal ensembles, especially for its interpretations of German Baroque sacred music. Its recording of works by the ancestors of J. S. Bach on Ricercar (RIC 347) won many awards. Vox Luminis now tackles Johann Sebastian himself, in a programme of cantatas composed in 1707/1708, which are thus among the composer’s earliest. ...


(US) International Dance Summer School - European and American Ballroom Dances from the Period 1800-1900 (6-12 Aug 2017)

Contributed by admin on Nov 25, 2016

Location: Højskolen Snoghøj, Denmark

"At the end of the 18th century, English Longways Dances dominated the ballrooms, but from the year 1800 new dances were introduced: Francaises, big Quadrilles like Lanciers, Eugenie Quadrille and the exciting Country and Contra Dances.  ...


(FR) Harmonia Sacra Conference: "Musical History of Valenciennes (XIV-XVIIIth Centuries)" (10-12 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 25, 2016

Location: Multimedia Library, rue Ferrand - F-59300 Valenciennes

News from Harmonia Sacra this week of it's new website portal and online reorganization. As well, reminder of its upcoming conference:

"After several years of studying the city's archives,  Fabien Guilloux proposes to lead you to the discovery of a long unknown Valenciennes history: its musical history. Synthesis of his research and testimony of his recent discoveries, this cycle of conferences take you into the musical life of the city and its institutions from the 14th to the 18th centuries. An unprecedented look at heritage not to be missed! ...


(US) The New Yorker Article: "The Factory of Fakes - How a workshop uses digital technology to craft perfect copies of imperilled art." (by Daniel Zalewski, 28 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 24, 2016

" ... The man who led the facsimile project, a proudly dishevelled Englishman named Adam Lowe, was admiring the fake walls alongside me. Lowe prefers to call them “rematerialized” walls. He whispered, “Amazing—it looks just like the real thing, doesn’t it?” He is fifty-seven years old, and looks like what Paul McCartney might look like had McCartney never undergone restoration. Lowe, a former painter, who, in the nineteen-eighties, became obsessed with printmaking, runs Factum Arte, a “digital mediation” workshop that is based in Madrid. It took two years for Lowe and several dozen technicians to remake the Tutankhamun walls—considerably longer than the ancient Egyptians took to produce them. Perfecting the digital printout, he told me, had involved hundreds of hours of analog assessment: thousands of paint samples were mixed by hand, in Luxor, to match the tones in the original tomb, then compared with ink-jet outputs.  ...


(US) Public Radio International (PRI) Article: "Historians imagine what Paris sounded like in the 18th century" (by David Leveille, 21 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 24, 2016

"Imagine the sounds coming out of a busy blacksmith shop in an alleyway in Paris sometime back in the 18th century: the hammering of wrought iron, the rhythmic whoosh of air as the blacksmith uses a bellows to stoke a fire.

We have no recordings of the actual sounds of Paris in those early days, so to try and make those 18th-century streets and alleys of Paris come to life takes a bit of careful historical research and a little imagination.

That's where French musicologist Mylène Pardoen, who's been described as an "archaeologist of sound," comes in. She's created an "interpretation" of what Paris might have sounded like way back then. ...


(SE) eClassical CD Release: "C.P.E.Bach – Solo Keyboard Music, Vol. 32 (SpányiMiklós, Tangent Piano)" (10 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 24, 2016

"Even before the publication of the first collection of Clavier-Sonaten für Kenner und Liebhaber in 1779, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach began composing works intended for a follow-up. This time he expanded the original concept, however, and included not just three sonatas, but also three rondos 'for the fortepiano'. In his treatment of the rondo-form, Bach was – as always – a mould-breaker and in the ‘Kenner und Liebhaber’ rondos the refrain melody inevitably creeps into the episodes, which in turn wander through distant tonalities. The phrase structure is frequently asymmetrical, and the borders between sections are often blurred, making this rather schematic form into something of a roller-coaster ride. Taking note of Bach's instructions regarding the choice of instrument, Miklós Spányi performs them on a tangent piano, an early form of the piano. ...


(CA) Tafelmusik Winter Institute (05-11 Jan 2017)

Contributed by admin on Nov 23, 2016

Just a reminder of the Tafelmusik Winter Institute (TWI) in January 2017. (ed.)

" ... our fifth annual Tafelmusik Winter Institute, to be held in Toronto January 5–11, 2017. We will once again welcome a select group of period players to join us for an intensive week of specialized orchestral study.

This year we will focus on the string orchestra in baroque Italy, exploring music written in Rome, Bologna, Naples, and Venice 1650-1750, by composers such as Caldara, Corelli, Cazzati, Locatelli, Torelli, Scarlatti, Durante, Leo, and Vivaldi.  ...


(US) Start planning your June 2017 Boston Early Music Festival (11-18 Jun 2017)

Contributed by admin on Nov 23, 2016

(From a recent BEMF newsletter.)

"The complete line-up of Festival Concerts has just been announced for the June 2017 Boston Early Music Festival. You won't want to a miss a full week bursting with opera and concerts performed by some of the most engaging artists and ensembles on the world stage today!  ...


(US) Unquiet Thoughts Blog: "Saturday Morning Quotes - Magnum Mysterium 3" (19 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 23, 2016

"In previous posts, we have offered background and details on versions by William Byrd and Tomás Luis de Victoria.  This week’s post is devoted to the beautiful setting of “O magnum mysterium” by Spanish composer, Cristóbal de Morales (c. 1500 – 1553), offering background and essential insights that lead to an historically-sensitive performance. ...


(US) REBEL CD Release: "Johann Gottlieb Goldberg - Beyond the Variations" (08 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 23, 2016

"J.G. Goldberg might just be the most famous composer whose music remains largely unheard. A child prodigy, his name has become almost a household term, thanks to Bach’s masterpiece, popularly known as the “Goldberg” Variations. Goldberg did not live to see age 30, and his body of surviving works is ...


(UK) The Renaissance Singers Workshop: "Winter Workshop with Deborah Roberts: Music for Maximilian" (16 Jan 2017)

Contributed by admin on Nov 23, 2016

Monday 16th January, 7pm - 9:30pm
St Sepulchre-without-Newgate 
London EC1A 2DQ

"This workshop will focus on the two composers working for Maximilian I, Heinrich Isaac and Ludvig Senfl. Born in the Netherlands around 1450, Isaac spent many years in Florence at the court of Lorenzo the Magnificent until the rise of Savonarola caused him, in 1497, to move to Vienna where he became court composer to Maximilian. Swiss born Senfl joined the Hofkapelle as boy chorister and studied under Isaac, taking over his role upon Isaac’s death. ...


(ES) Murcia Today Article: "Repair works in Lorca palace reveal 18th century flute" (Oct 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 22, 2016

"Following the major earthquake which hit Lorca in May 2011, substantial repairs were required to many of the historic buildings in the city of Lorca, amongst them the Palacio de Guevara. During the repair works a flute was discovered, which has now been examined and found to be an eighteenth century instrument, a very rare find in Spain. ...


(RU) "The St. Petersburg - Prague Double Vintage Dance Week" (24 Jun-1 Jul 2017)

Contributed by admin on Nov 22, 2016

"We invite you to join us for an incredible two-week festival, The St. Petersburg - Prague Double Vintage Dance Week in 2017. Densely filled with adventures, the St. Petersburg and Prague weeks will be the historical dance event of the decade! Richard Powers, Hannelore Unfried and Boris Stratilatov will be our teachers in St. Petersburg. In addition to dance classes, the program includes dancing evenings, a midnight jazz dance cruise, summertime walking through St. Petersburg, a traditional Russian dance picnic, the 19th Century Grand Ball in a magnificent palace, and the fabled White Nights of St. Petersburg, when it's still twilight at midnight.  ...


(UK) Opera Today Review: "Shakespeare in the Late Baroque - Bampton Classical Opera" (by Anna Ozorio, 17 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 22, 2016

"Shakespeare re-imagined for the very Late Baroque, with Bampton Classical Opera at St John's Smith Square. "Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Shakespeare....the God of Our Idolatory". So wrote David Garrick in his Ode to Shakespeare (1759) through which the actor and showman marketed Shakespeare to new audiences, fanning the flames of "Bardolatory". All Europe was soon caught up in the frenzy. ...


(UK) Historical Dance Society (HDS): "A Handefull of Pleasant Delites" (Crowcombe, Somerset UK, 27-29 Jan 2017)

Contributed by admin on Nov 22, 2016

"An Elizabethan Revel: Dancing, Music, Masking & Other Delights to Drive the Cold Winter Away

This event is open to all ‒ both experienced dancers and those with only an emergent interest in Elizabethan dances. The programme will be led by Anne Daye and Ann Hinchliffe from the Historical Dance Society. ...


(US) The New York Times Article "Victoria’s Secrets: What the Royal Archives Didn’t Want You to Know About England’s Queen" (by Julia Baird, 19 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 22, 2016

"To work in the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle in England is one of the most delicious prizes for a researcher. Climbing the steps to the Round Tower, where you can read centuries-old correspondence between monarchs and their ministers, untie ribbons binding intimate family records and feel the parchment crackling in your fingers, is viscerally thrilling. ...


(US) New Music Box Article: "Decolonizing our Music" (by Gary Ingle, 16 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 18, 2016

"Colonization rears its ugly head whenever there is “globalization.” In the 1500s, several European nations were aggressively globalizing, especially Spain, and especially in the Americas. At the time of Christopher Columbus’s westward wanderings, the Americas already had strong indigenous cultures. There was a great fondness for music and dancing, especially for rituals and celebrations.

Alongside the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors came ...


(UK) The Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra: "Monteverdi Apprentices Programme"

Contributed by admin on Nov 18, 2016

We often wonder how to involve our younger "up and coming" and inspired musicians in our performance programs. Here, as example of a successful option to youth involvement,  is a snapshot of the "Monteverdi Apprentices Programme" established in 2007.

"The aim of the Apprentices Programme is to recruit the most promising young performers – those on the verge of entering the profession – and introduce them to the musical tradition of the Monteverdi Choir and the working practices of Sir John Eliot Gardiner by way of a year-long apprenticeship, involving participation in the Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique projects, as well as additional mentoring and coaching sessions with the Monteverdi musical staff. ...


(UK) The Renaissance Singers Concert: "A Flemish Christmas" (17 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 18, 2016

"Our Christmas programme this year features works by Jacob Clemens and his Franco-Flemish contemporaries. Clemens’s music is polyphonic perfection: unlike most northern European composers of the time he never travelled to Italy; he revels in relatively conservative close-worked counterpoint and sonorous chording. ...


(FR) Sagittarius Final 2016 Concerts

Contributed by admin on Nov 18, 2016

As you may or may not know, Sagittarius is in its final throes of its illustrious 30th season which ends this December 2016. If you would like to take part in hearing them live and in performance, you will want to visit their site and purchase tickets to their 2 remaining concert events before they are all sold-out. It will be with sadness and with fond farewells that we see the members of the organization close its doors. ...

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