(US) 2015 Parkening International Guitar Competition

Contributed by admin on Mar 15, 2015

(From a recent Press Release -- Note: The Winners of the 2015 Parkening International Guitar Competition will be announced after the final round on May 30, 2015.)

"March 13, 2015 Malibu, CA -- The world's preeminent classical guitar competition, the Parkening International Guitar Competition, has selected 15 standout competitors for its fourth triennial competition. Representing 11 countries, they will vie for the largest prize purse among guitar competitions, competing at Pepperdine University from Thursday, May 28, through Saturday, May 30, 2015, on the University's campus in Malibu, California.  ...

(SE) BIS Records: "Müthel – The Five Keyboard Concertos" (CD Release Date: 30 March 2015)

Contributed by admin on Mar 14, 2015

(From a recent BIS newsletter)

Marcin Świątkiewicz, harpsichord; Arte dei Suonatori

"Johann Forkel, the biographer of J.S. Bach, numbered Müthel among the most remarkable of Bach’s pupils. Another of the great chroniclers of 18th century music, Charles Burney, described Müthel's works as 'so full of novelty, taste, grace, and contrivance, that I should not hesitate to rank them among the greatest productions of the present age.’  ...

(CA) JUNOfest 2015 Hamilton Ontario

Contributed by admin on Mar 14, 2015

The JUNO nominees are in and the awards are being decided ... have a peek to see what Canadian early music talent has been nominated ...

(US) Pacific Standard Article: "Tracking the Evolving Brain of the Young Musician" (Tom Jacobs - Mar 12, 2015)

Contributed by admin on Mar 14, 2015

(Of general interest)

"An ambitious five-year study of young orchestral players aims to determine how taking group music lessons impacts them intellectually and emotionally. ...

(US) Queen of French Baroque Concert

Contributed by musicale on Mar 14, 2015

La Donna Musicale presents "Queen of French Baroque: Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre". This concert, on March 14th at 4pm, celebrates the 350th anniversary of the birth of Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, a female french baroque concert.                                     

(UK) Opera Today: "The Hilliard Ensemble: Farewell Concert at Wigmore Hall" (Review by Claire Seymour)

Contributed by admin on Mar 09, 2015

"Forty-one years is a long time for any partnership to be sustained and to flourish — be it musical, commercial or marital! And, given The Hilliard Ensemble’s ongoing reputation as one of the world’s finest a cappella groups,  ...

(UK) Oxford Historical Dance Society

Contributed by admin on Mar 09, 2015

(From a recent  Oxford Historical Dance Society Newsletter)

"A note to let you know that the Oxford Historical Dance Society website has been updated with their workshop calendar for 2015. ...

(US) Harmonia Early Music: "English Songs Of Sinners And Saints"

Contributed by admin on Mar 09, 2015

"This hour, we'll hear some bawdy songs and tragic ballads, as well as more uplifting, devotional songs and hymns. Plus, a featured CD of Tudor church music. ...

(CA) Nota Bene Baroque Player ~ Julie Baumgartel, artistic director: "Messiah" at Easter time

Contributed by admin on Mar 08, 2015

(From a recent NBBP reminder)

Location: Hamilton (March 28th) & Waterloo (March 29th) Ontario, CA

"Following the unqualified success of last season’s Messiah performance, the Nota Bene Baroque Players have decided, by popular demand, to repeat the performance of Handel’s great masterpiece. Again this year, the performance(s) will take place one week before Easter, ...

(US) Boston Early Music Festival CD release: "Agostino Steffani’s Niobe, Regina di Tebe"

Contributed by admin on Mar 08, 2015

(From a recent BEMF February Newsletter)

"The Boston Early Music Festival has released the world premiere studio recording of Agostino Steffani’s Niobe, Regina di Tebe on the Erato/Warner Classics label, with production support from Radio Bremen (Germany). Originally presented as the 2011 Festival Operatic Centerpiece, Niobe is the seventh in BEMF’s series of ...

(UK) The Sixteen Choral Workshops

Contributed by admin on Mar 08, 2015

(From a recent The Sxiteen February Newsletter item)

"Our workshops offer keen choral singers the opportunity to delve deeper into some of the Choral Pilgrimage repertoire. Workshops are led by two prominent members of The Sixteen; Associate Conductor Eamonn Dougan and singer and musicologist Sally Dunkley. ...

(US) San Francisco Renaissance Voices Concert: "Merrie Olde England: Country Dances and Madrigals"

Contributed by admin on Mar 08, 2015

(From a recent SFRV newsletter)

Location: San Francisco CA, US

"San Francisco Renaissance Dancers (Jennifer Meller, Director) is the resident dance troupe of San Francisco Renaissance Voices (Katherine McKee, Music Director) and the only professional period dance company in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Founded in 2012 they have flourished and have become an integral part of San Francisco Renaissance Voices season concert offerings, ...

(SE) Martin Skowroneck no. 90 To Be Completed (2016-2017)

Contributed by admin on Mar 02, 2015

News posted on the "Harpsichord Mailinglist" from Tilman Skowroneck that "Martin Skowroneck’s last unfinished harpsichord no. 90 will be completed by a colleague in 2016-17, and offered for sale.  If members would be so kind to judiciously spread the word...

It's a nearly-five-octave (depending on transposing solutions) Franco-Flemish two-manual harpsichord which is about halfway done. ...

(CZ) Latest Paul McNulty's Streicher Piano

Contributed by admin on Mar 01, 2015

From a recent FaceBook post from Viviana Sofronitsky: This is a copy of a Streicher very similar to that used by Brahms for the last 24 years of his life. Video of the piano in action ...

(IT) Libreria Musicale Italiana: Books, Periodicals etc. in .pdf format

Contributed by admin on Mar 01, 2015

News from Libreria Musicale Italiana of their growing collection of books soon to be offered for sale in .pdf format. "The selection of texts is expanding rapidly and will soon be available more than 900 files including periodicals, monographs, proceedings of and extracts."

(FR) Festival Mars en Baroque (10-31 mars 2015)

Contributed by admin on Mar 01, 2015

Location:  Marseille, FR

"For its 13th edition, the "Festival en Mars Baroque" has chosen to include programming in this broad period covering, in France and in some European countries, the history of the monarchy since its glory until its fall: "The king, the people. "

The festival explores the music of the King to the Court, in the palaces and chapels, the music of the people in the neighborhoods, taverns, campaigns. It is the confrontation of these two types of music, their analogies, borrowing, their anchorages and especially their common function of apology that we invite you to the Festival Mars en Baroque, through a rich and varied set of concerts, conferences and educational interventions but also movies. ...

(AU) Pickering & Chatto Publishers Book Release: "The Memoirs of Charlotte Papendiek (1765-1840)" (Michael Kassler, general editor)

Contributed by admin on Mar 01, 2015

"Readers of may be interested to know that my new, annotated and corrected edition of The Memoirs of Charlotte Papendiek (1765-1840) has just been published by Pickering & Chatto as part of a four-volume set of Memoirs of the Court of George III.

Charlotte Papendiek and her family were royal servants and friends of numerous musicians including John Christian Bach, John Peter Salomon and Haydn."

Michael Kassler

(AT) Austrian Lute Society "Early Music Week STE. COLOMBE" (Application Deadline 31 May 2015) (10-18 July 2015)

Contributed by admin on Feb 22, 2015

"Pavans, galliards, almaines, corantos, sarabands, fantasies, madrigals, consort songs, canzonas, trio sonatas, facsimile, basso continuo, lute duos, lyra viol and more, in a week for lovers of Renaissance consort and Baroque ensemble music.

Participants should have experience of ensemble playing and be prepared to sight read in different clefs and/or from figured bass, as appropriate. A limited number of less advanced players can also be accommodated, by agreement. ...

(AT) Austrian Lute Society "International HIF Biber Competition" (Application deadline 1 Mar 2015) (30 Apr - 3 May 2015)

Contributed by admin on Feb 16, 2015

Location: St. Florian Monastery (near Linz), Austria

Reminder of upcoming deadline for application for the Austrian Lute Society "International HIF Biber Competition".

"The aim of the competition is to stimulate the youth with the present and emotional engagement of the music of the Baroque period, with particular attention to the Austrian Baroque music. Three prizes will be awarded ... "

(FR) Sagittarius ~ Michel Laplénie, director "Workshop in Baroque Voice" (18-24 Jul 2015)

Contributed by admin on Feb 15, 2015

Location: Couvent des Minimes - Citadelle Vauban - 33390 Blaye - France

"To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the marriage of Louis XIII and Anne of Austria In Bordeaux, Michel Laplénie directs the July workshop program of French music of the time of Louis XIII: Bouzignac Guillaume, Nicolas Formed, Etienne Moulinié, Antoine Boesset. ...

(US) San Francisco Classical Voice Concert Review: "Philharmonia Baroque Explores Music of Bach's Cousins" (By Niels Swinkels, February 10, 2015)

Contributed by admin on Feb 15, 2015

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

"... Two illustrious contemporary relatives of the ‘Great J.S.’ were featured in Philharmonia Baroque’s latest concerts. Both were J.S.’s distant cousins: Johann Christoph (1642-1703) and Johann Ludwig (1677-1731). ...

(SE) BIS Records - New Release: "Mozart – Piano Concertos Nos 15 & 16"

Contributed by admin on Feb 15, 2015

W.A. Mozart: Piano Concerto No.15 in B flat major, K 450
Piano Concerto No.16 in D major, K 451
Rondo in D major for piano and orchestra, K 382

Ronald Brautigam, fortepiano
Die Kölner Akademie / Michael Alexander Willens

"In May 1784, shortly after completing the two piano concertos recorded here, Mozart described them in a letter to his father as 'concertos which are bound to make the player sweat.’ In his correspondence he also pointed out the particular importance of the wind instruments in the two works.  ...

(US) Alternet Article: "10 countries that leave the US in the dust on funding the arts." (By Jodie Gummow, 5 Feb 2015)

Contributed by admin on Feb 15, 2015

"In the United States, government expenditure for the arts remains minuscule when compared to the amount of money the government spends in other areas of the public sector.  ...

(FR) Le Passions: Choral Workshop at Monflanquin (11-24 Jul 2015)

Contributed by admin on Feb 14, 2015

(From a recent Les Passions newsletter)

"Since its establishment in 2002 in the heart of the walled town of Monflanquin (L'association "Les Soirées Baroques de Monflanquin"), choral singing workshop devoted to Baroque music repertoire is growing in audience with undeniable success.

The presence at our side soloists from the baroque orchestra "Les Passions" of Montauban gave us the desire to expand the demonstration of some friendly concerts and high quality." (Google Translate).

For this year's choral workshop ...

(US) Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) (7-14 Jun 2015)

Contributed by admin on Feb 13, 2015

A reminder of the very popular Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF). If you are considering attending some of the main events, you may consider purchasing your tickets ahead of the rush.

"Don’t miss a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of Monteverdi with staged productions of his three survivng operas: Ulisse, Poppea, and Orfeo. Artistic Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, Opera Director Gilbert Blin, and Orchestra Director Robert Mealy bring these iconic works to life with an all-star cast of singers and instrumentalists!

Tickets are ON SALE NOW! Subscribe to four or more different programs among the six performances of The Monteverdi Trilogy and the 16 Festival Concerts and save 10%! ...

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