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(US) New from Oxford University Press: "Dividing the Spoils The War for Alexander the Great’s Empire" (Author: Robin Waterfield)

Contributed by Admin on Sep 02, 2011

A Gripping Account of One of the Great Forgotten Wars of History

ISBN: 9780195395235
Hardback, May 2011, 304 pp.
List Price: $27.95

“Alexander the Great conquered an enormous empire—stretching from Greece to the Indian subcontinent—and his death triggered forty bloody years of world-changing warfare. These were years filled with high adventure, intrigue, passion, assassinations, dynastic marriages, treachery, shifting alliances, and mass slaughter on battlefield after battlefield. And while the men fought on the field, the women, such as Alexander’s mother Olympias, schemed from their palaces and pavilions.  …
  


(FR) International Baroque Singing Competition (2011 September 21-25)

Contributed by Admin on Sep 01, 2011
“Intended to reveal the talents of tomorrow, the competition is opened to the major vocal artists of any nationalities and any tessitura's, it rewards the best vocal interpretations the works of which are inevitably drawn from the directory of baroque period.“
  

(FR) La vieille à roue (Website author: Xavier AIMÉ)

Contributed by Admin on Sep 01, 2011

EarlyMusicNews.org Weblinks Revisited

Informative hurdy-gurdy website portal authored by Xavier Aimé with the cooperation of many who are involved in the world of the hurdy-gurdy.


(US) Risorgimento 150 years after (Opera Today article by Carlo Vitali, 2011 July 12)

Contributed by Admin on Sep 01, 2011

“How the saga of Italian unification in 1861 is being (half-heartedly) celebrated by opera composers.

 Since its inception in the early 17th century, opera is a divisive artform in Italy.
  


(US) Unquiet Thoughts: Saturday morning quote #13: Playford & the Tudors by Ron & Donna on August 12, 2011

Contributed by Admin on Sep 01, 2011
“John Playford (1623–1686) is probably best known today as publisher of The English Dancing Master (1651) which contains unharmonized melodies and instructions for the steps to several English country dances. 
  

(UK) Viviana Sofronitsky, Wigmore Hall, London (The Independent, Review by Michael Church; 2011 July 31)

Contributed by Admin on Sep 01, 2011
“It wasn't clear which of the two debutants would upstage the other on Tuesday at the Wigmore Hall, where every inch of the stage was crammed with winged fortepianos.

(US) Harmonia Early Music - Beasts And Bestiaries

Contributed by Admin on Aug 25, 2011
Medieval bestiaries combined descriptions of animals with religious and moral meaning.  These collections of stories were very popular in the middle ages, and musicians expanded on the idea, creating musical works referencing one or more animals.
  

(UK) National Centre for Early Music York - Early Music Listings (Autumn / Winter 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Aug 25, 2011

The National Centre for Early Music posts its extensive early music listings for the autumn and winter 2011 calendar:

Monday 10 October 6.50pm for 7.00pm
Viols, Voices and Virginals: A Gala Concert presented in association with BBC Radio 3
NCEM, St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL
Box Office: 01904 658338, Web: www.ncem.co.uk
Tickets £20.00 (including wine on arrival)

Viol consort Phantasm, Countertenor Iestyn Davies and harpsichord player Mahan Esfahani join forces for a celebration of outstanding English music including works by Gibbons, Byrd and Purcell. The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 throughout the UK and to countries in the European Broadcasting Union. (Please be seated by 6.50pm)
  

(US) BAROQUE BAND Adventures Through the Looking Glass (12, 14-15 October 2011)

Contributed by BaroqueBand on Aug 24, 2011

BAROQUE BAND Adventures Through the Looking Glass

The Queen of Hearts
The internationally renowned early music soprano, Dame Emma Kirkby gives us the honor of opening this new exciting season of Baroque Band. Get lost in a world of wonders and mysteries with Chicago's period orchestra and one of the most remarkable voices of the century.
 


(UK) Gramophone Awards 2011

Contributed by Admin on Aug 17, 2011

Vote for the Gramophone Artist of the Year 2011!

Who would you like to see win?

Gramophone’s critics have already been engaged for some months in the rigorous judging process by which these prestigious classical prizes are allotted – and which this year are being presented in association with Steinway & Sons. But, as tradition dictates, one of the highest-profile awards – Artist of the Year – is decided not by our reviewers but by you.  …

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