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(UK) Heritage Lottery Fund to invest £3.6million in Royal College of Music’s Museum

Contributed by admin on Jan 11, 2016

"The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has today announced support¹ of £3.6m to redevelop the Royal College of Music’s Museum. This significant investment will kick-start a three-year project to create new displays and a performance space for the RCM’s extensive and precious collection of historic instruments. ...


(US) New York Times Article: "Discogs Turns Record Collectors’ Obsessions Into Big Business" (by Ben Sisariodec, 29 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jan 01, 2016

"In the beginning, Kevin Lewandowski just wanted a way to keep track of his techno records.Now, 15 years later, the free website he set up for that purpose, Discogs.com, has become a vital resource for record collectors and the music industry, with a sprawling database of more than 6.5 million releases.  ...


(US) Orlando Consort Concert: "The Passion of Joan of Arc" Silent Film Get Live Soundtrack (16 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jan 01, 2016

(From a recent Orlando Consort news release)

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County is pleased to present “The Passion of Joan of Arc: Silent Film & Medieval Sound,” a new project by British vocal ensemble The Orlando Consort, on Saturday, January 16, 2016, 8pm, at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The Orlando Consort creates a stunning live soundtrack to Carl Theodor Dreyer’s monumental 1928 silent film biography of the saint and martyr, singing medieval songs composed during the lifetime of Joan of Arc (1412-1431) in live accompaniment to the film. A pre-concert lecture by Jean Drum will take place at 7pm. ...


(US) The New York Times: "Aix Festival Director to Step Down" (by Michael Cooper, 21 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 24, 2015

"Bernard Foccroulle, the general director of the Aix-en-Provence Festival, plans to step down from his position at the end of 2017, the festival announced on Friday.

Mr. Foccroulle, who joined the festival in 2007 and has led it through a number of artistic successes, said in a statement that ...


(UK) The Stage Article: "Scottish government draft budget outlines 9.5% culture spending cut" (by Tom Dibdin, 17 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 24, 2015

While there are no early music groups mentioned in the article, it is most likely that the granting process will also be affected with respect to Scottish early music organizations.

"Culture has been hit with a headline 9.5% cut in the Scottish government's draft budget, published in Edinburgh on December 16.

Overall, Scottish Government is reducing spend on culture in 2016/17 from £170.2 million to £154.1 million.

As part of this, the five directly funded national companies, ...


(US) Vanguard Seattle Review: "Pacific MusicWorks Gives a Golden Performance of Handel’s “Messiah” (21 December 2015, by Claire Biringer)

Contributed by admin on Dec 24, 2015

"I’m going to come right out and say this: I don’t like Handel. The overly stuffy formal structures and frivolous ornamentation of the high Baroque will never top my list. I find the Messiah static and trite, and Handel’s operas no more exciting than the bassline of Pachelbel’s canon. I’ve only found glimpses of redemption in his output, like the moody D minor Sarabande and brief coloratura passages in Giulio Cesare.

If anyone were to sway my Handelian hatred, it is unsurprising that it would be Pacific MusicWorks, the ...


(UK) The Guardian Interview: " Facing the music: John Butt" (21 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 22, 2015

"From Bach and Purcell to garage-pop band the Vaselines, conductor, organist and Dunedin Consort director Butt shares his musical inspirations ...


(US) BEMF Wins Big on the International Stage!

Contributed by admin on Dec 22, 2015

(From a recent Boston Early Music Festival newsletter)


BEMF's two latest CD releases - Steffani's Niobe, Regina di Tebe and Charpentier's La Descente d'Orphée aux Enfers - have received a host of major international awards and recognition in 2015. The prestigious honors include a 2015 GRAMMY Award, two 2015 ECHO Klassik Awards, a 2015 Diapason d'Or de l'Année, a 2015 German Record Critics' Award, and two appearances on the Gramophone Awards shortlist! ...


(US) Bach Collegium San Diego News Release: "National Endowment for the Arts supports BCSD"

Contributed by admin on Dec 22, 2015

"We are excited to announce that Bach Collegium San Diego was recently awarded a grant by the National Endowment for the Arts! 

The award of $10,000 will be used, in their words, "to support historically informed concerts and related educational activities. Plans include ...


(US) The New York Times Article: "In Handel’s ‘Messiah,’ the Trumpet as Divine Agent" (by Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheimdec 17, 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 22, 2015

"COMING late in Handel’s “Messiah,” the glittering instrumental solo in “The Trumpet Shall Sound” is one of the most recognizable trumpet parts in music. This time of year, its rousing opening fanfare and serenely gleaming lyrical passages can be heard in concert halls and churches all over the country, part of a bass aria that becomes one of this beloved oratorio’s emotional highlights, charged with hope, mystery and awe. ...


(FR) Jean Rondeau CD Release: "Vertigo" (Rameau & Royer) (Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 20, 2015

News from Jean Rondeau of his upcoming CD release "Vertigo"

"France’s leading young harpsichordist performs works by two masters of the French Baroque. No surprises there, perhaps … but the harpsichordist in question is Jean Rondeau and the album is called Vertigo. It conceives the harpsichord in vividly theatrical terms. Vertigo takes its name from a dramatic, rhapsodic piece by Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer, who, along with Jean-Philippe Rameau, forms the focus of this album. If Rameau (1683–1764) is the better-known composer today, especially admired for such operatic masterpieces as Hippolyte et Aricie and Platée, the younger Royer (1705–1755) was also a major figure in his time, rising to become master of music at the court of Louis XV. Both Rameau and Royer excelled ...


(US) The Four Nations Ensemble at The Clark Art Institute (Newsrelease)

Contributed by admin on Dec 20, 2015

"Four Nations Ensemble Announces partnership with the Clark Art Institute in three concerts.

On January 30 at 6 PM The Four Nations Ensemble and the Clark Museum inaugurate a series of concerts inspired by paintings in the great collection and calling upon the Ensemble and remarkable guest artists to ...


(US) Los Angeles Times Article: " Copyright Royalty Board hikes rates Pandora must pay" (by Ryan Faughnder, 20 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 20, 2015

"A panel of federal judges has ordered Pandora Media Inc. and other Internet radio stations to pay higher royalties for sound recordings in a ruling that could have broad ramifications for the music industry. ...


(US) Unquiet Thoughts Blog: "Saturday morning quotes 5.31: Authority and Autonomy"

Contributed by admin on Dec 20, 2015

"The question of autonomy versus authority has different connotations and sometimes very specific meanings in philosophy, law, the political realm, medicine, and religion.  Broadly speaking, authority is defined as the power to enforce laws and/or to determine a baseline of information or standards.  In a musicological context as relates to the sources of historical music, authoritative status is given to early printed sources of music, or given to very specific literal descriptions of a particular aspect of performance practice.  Autonomy is defined as  ...


(ES) Xuriach Dance Courses with Anna Romaní at the d’Història de Catalunya (8,15,22,29 Jan, 5 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 20, 2015

Location: Museo d’Història de Catalunya, Pl. de Pau Vila, 3 (Palau de Mar), 08003 BARCELONA

Xuriach in collaboration with the Museum of History of Catalonia, proposes an annual course on ancient dance of the masters of dance between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries which have reached us through treaties and manuscripts, or through forms of oral tradition. ...


(ES) 5th International Course on Medieval Music Performance (8-23 Jul 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 17, 2015

Location: Besalú, Spain

"The International Course on Medieval Music Performance offers singers and instrumentalists the possibility to study monophonic and polyphonic repertoires composed in the 12th and 13th centuries. The course masterfully combines rigorous musicological research with a vibrant reconstruction of performance practice.

The main objectives are ...


(US) Harmonia Early Music: "In Memoriam Thomas Binkley" (16 Nov 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 16, 2015

"... For around 35 years, Binkley was one of early music’s foremost performers, scholars, and educators, particularly in the area of medieval music. His recordings with his colleagues in the Studio der frühen Musik—Andrea von Ramm, Sterling Jones, and at different times, singers Nigel Rogers, Richard Levitt, and Willard Cobb—brought to the table ...


(US) Flavorwire Article: "Is Cinema Doing Shakespeare Right?"

Contributed by admin on Dec 13, 2015

"... When it comes to adapting Shakespeare for film, fidelity to the source material is considered paramount – even if that clashes with the vision of the filmmaker in charge. One criticism that could be leveled at Justin Kurzel’s gritty, grotty take on Macbeth is that the realistic edge the director brings to the project is blunted whenever a character opens their mouth to speak.  ...


(FR) DVD ~ "Les petits plaisirs du Seicento" par Les Passions et "Variations Goldberg" de Bach (+ Turina et Albeniz) par le Duo Mélisande

Contributed by admin on Dec 13, 2015

News from Catherine Kauffmann-Saint-Martin of the availability of DVD  sets of select concerts à l'Orangerie de Rochemontès. Not available commercially, the following sets of DVD's are available for purchase "Les petits plaisirs du Seicento" par Les Passions et "Variations Goldberg" de Bach (+ Turina et Albeniz) par le Duo Mélisande. ...


(UK) Opera Today Review: "Bejun Mehta: Yet can I hear that dulcet lay" (by Claire Seymour, 03 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 13, 2015

"The American countertenor Bejun Mehta exhibited a considerable range of vocal colours, refined phrasing and spectacular virtuosity in this programme of Baroque cantatas and arias, with La Nuova Musica, under the direction of the ensemble’s founder, David Bates. ...


(NL) The Brill Dictionary of Ancient Greek Online (Sep 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 13, 2015

"The Brill Dictionary of Ancient Greek is the English translation of Franco Montanari’s Vocabolario della Lingua Greca, based on the completely revised 3rd Italian edition published in 2013 by Loescher Editore, Torino. With an established reputation as the most important modern dictionary for Ancient Greek, it brings together 140,000 headwords taken from the literature, papyri, inscriptions and other sources of the archaic period up to the 6th Century CE, and occasionally beyond. ...


(CA) This is Classical Guitar Article: "Performing Baroque Music on Classical Guitar by Peter Croton" (by Bradford, 09 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 12, 2015

"There are many great books on the historical performance practices of Baroque music.  Although the books have nothing to do with guitar, they are valuable because they approach performance practice from a universal musical perspective. Much of performance practice, after all, should be the same on guitar as it will be on strings or keyboards. But there are differences too and there are many opportunities to learn from our earlier plucked ancestors. Peter Croton, early music performer on guitar and lute (and more), and teacher at the world-renowned Schola Cantorum Basiliensis as well as at the Conservatories of Basel and Bern has tackled the task of making a handbook that will bring the new and old worlds together. In his book, Croton has the best of both worlds: a wealth of period sources and universal musical knowledge as well as specific reference to lute, Baroque guitar, and other plucked instruments and composers of the era.  ...


(CA) Gregorian Institute of Canada Colloquium 2016 (11-14 Aug 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 12, 2015

Location: Saint Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto

"The Gregorian Institute of Canada is please to announce its 11th Annual Colloquium, to be held at St. Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto, ON, August 11-14. Our plans include a series of practical chant workshops ranging from introductory to advanced, featuring the outstanding clinician Adam Bartlett, composer and editor of Simple English Propers (CMAA, 2011), and editor of the Lumen Christi Missal, Lumen Christi Simple Gradual, and Lumen Christi Hymnal (Illuminare Publications, 2012-2015). Active as a teacher, workshop leader and speaker, Adam has travelled widely offering catechetical and training workshops on topics of Catholic sacred music and liturgical chant. ...


(US) Unquiet Thought Blog: "Saturday morning quotes 5.30: Tempo and pitch II" (11 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 12, 2015

"The is the second of two posts examining tempo and pitch in early music.  Naturally, we can only speculate as to the precise nature and relative importance of tempo and pitch in historical times.  But we can certainly point out how specialists and performers of what we call early music today have misconstrued scant available information on tempo and pitch to reinforce a thoroughly modern aesthetic. Also, where tempo and pitch were ...


(SE) BIS CD Release: "Bach – Lutheran Masses, Volume 2"

Contributed by admin on Dec 12, 2015

"Johann Sebastian Bach: Lutheran Mass in A major, BWV 234; Lutheran Mass in F major, BWV 233

Marco Gioseppe Peranda (1625–75): Missa in A minor

Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki
Hana Blažiková, soprano (BWV 233 & 234); Joanne Lunn and Aki Matsui, sopranos (Peranda); Robin Blaze, counter-tenor; Katsuhiko Nakashima, tenor (BWV 234); Gerd Türk and Yusuke Fujii, tenors (Peranda); Peter Kooij, bass (BWV 233 & 234); Dominik Wörner, bass (Peranda)

By Bach's time, the traditional forms of church service had been fundamentally altered by the Reformation, and in German churches Latin had yielded to the country's own language. To an extent, however, ...

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