(DE) Carpe Diem Records New CD Release: ""Quando cala la notte" (Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 20, 2016

"This album of Corina Marti, harpsichord and Enea Sorini, tenor,  features a selection of songs and instrumental pieces from Early 16th Century Italy. Being a rather soft and intimate program, it contains Frottole, Ricercari, Dances and other Italian keyboard music, along with seven songs for voice and harpsichord. ...

(NL) The Largest Recorder Catalogue Worldwide

Contributed by admin on Feb 19, 2016

(From a recent Jorge Isaac newsletter item)

"The online Catalogue of the Recorder Foundation (Stichting Bloklfuit) has become the wikipedia of Recorder Repertory worldwide. The Recorder Foundation and the Catalogue of Contemporary Blockflute Music (CCBM) was created after a massive effort by Walter van Hauwe in 1988. The Catalogue of Historical Recorder Repertory (CHRR) was created in the year 2000 by Paul Leenhouts.

I [Jorge Isaac] have been in charge of this project for the past 10 years. I am very happy to see the steadily increasing amount of users from all over the globe. The users search for all kind of data within both, the early music and the contemporary music catalogue. ...

(NL) YouTube Video: Jorge Isaac: Blockflute (Recorder) Demonstration (07 Nov 2015)

Contributed by admin on Feb 18, 2016

"Recorder virtuoso Jorge Isaac demonstrates the Blockflute (Recorder) for composers and players. Jorge Isaac is Recorder Professor at the Amsterdam Conservatory and artistic director of the Visisonor Foundation. ...

(US) The Smart Set Online New Article: "Should Taxpayers Subsidize the Arts?" (by Michael Lind, 11 Fab 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 18, 2016

"... Controversies over public funding of controversial art like the Mapplethorpe exhibit have long been out of proportion to the actual amounts of money that are involved. According to Daniel Reid in a 2013 Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities essay entitled “An American Vision of Federal Arts Subsidies: Why and How the U.S. Government Should Support Artistic Expression,” the role of the federal government in art funding is quite limited ...

(FR) Paris in France "Balls and Banquets" -- a series of conferences around gastronomy and dance!

Contributed by admin on Feb 18, 2016

Three encounters led by Alan Jones, author of the "Dictionnaire du désir de la bonne chère" Champion of 2012.

Come enrich yourself of the customs of the table, and dancing (if you wish) a few steps from Italian Renaissance or unusual musical repertoire as rarely heard of as the recipes! ...

(UK) The Guardian Article: " BBC considering scrapping channel-based structure in radical shakeup" (by Jasper Jackson, 15 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 18, 2016

"The BBC is considering scrapping its decades-old channel and radio station-based structure in a radical shakeup which would see a cull of executive posts.

The plans are being looked at as part of attempts to reduce management layers to help fund cuts of more than £550m a year due to ...

(UK) Wigmore Hall Upcoming Concert Line-ups

Contributed by admin on Feb 18, 2016

A lot going on at Wigmore Hall, especially with its early music fare of concerts:

  • 18 Feb: Avi Avital mandolin; Mahan Esfahani harpsichord; Sean Shibe guitar -- Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Ben-Haim and more
  • 19 Feb: Carolin Widmann violin -- Telemann, Zimmermann, Pascal Dusapin and Bach
  • 21 Feb: Doric String Quartet - Haydn String Quartets Op. 76 – Part 2
  • 23 Feb: Theatre of the Ayre; Elizabeth Kenny - Sacred Theatre: Solo songs, dialogues and scenes by Purcell and his contemporaries
  • 01 Mar: The English Concert - Handel’s Orlando
  • 13-19 May: London Festival of Baroque Music


(US) San Francisco Renaissance Voices, Katherine McKee music director Concert: "Renaissance Music for Multiple Choirs" (27 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 18, 2016

Location: Old First Presbyterian Church, 1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, California, US

These exciting finale concerts of San Francisco Renaissance Voices (Katherine McKee, Music Director) 2015-16 Season, "The Grand Tour," features works for multiple choirs - a musical sampler from across Europe including Scotland, Italy, Germany, Spain & the Lowlands.  Our Grand Promenade around Europe will include a northerly jaunt into Scotland, with excerpts from Robert Carver's Missa dum Sacrum Mysterium. On the Continent we'll visit the lowlands for Josquin's 24 voice motet Qui habitat & music by exiled Englishman Peter Philips, & tour Germany & Austria for works by Handel, Hassler, & Praetorius.  The southern leg of our journey will include the brilliance of Spanish composers Victoria, Raval, & Guerrero, as well as favorites by that quintessential international genius Orlando di Lasso, including O la, o che bon eccho. ...

(US) Wired Magazine Article: "Music Can’t Last Forever, Not Even on the Internet" (by Klint Findley, 17 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 18, 2016

"... The trouble is that, even as music has become more durable, it has—paradoxically—also become more ephemeral. Your physical records don’t evaporate if the store you bought it from closes shop or the record label that published them goes out of business. If a streaming music company goes under, a stockpile of important cultural artifacts could go with it. ...

(UK) BBC News Article: "Mozart and Salieri 'lost' composition played in Prague" (16 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 17, 2016

"A piece of Mozart music considered lost for more than 200 years has been performed for the first time since being rediscovered.

It was co-written by him and Antonio Salieri, usually considered a rival, as well as an unknown composer, Cornetti. ...

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