"This hour on Harmonia, we continue our 3-part celebration of the British-based viol consort Fretwork. In honor of its thirtieth anniversary, we’re exploring Fretwork’s experiences with 500 or so years of rich repertory, ripe for viols. Our featured release, only slightly ironically, is John Jenkins: Six-Part Consorts, performed by Phantasm. ...
(NL) Semibrevity Blog: "Raymond Russell, collector, harpsichordist, author, and the man behind the famous instrument collection" (Guest blogger: Kate Hawnt, 19 July 2016)
"Shortly after moving in to her new home, Mottisfont Abbey, the indomitable Maud Russell noted in her engagement book:
April 4 1935. Take boys to Londonderry House to hear Mrs Woodhouse.
Maud, a wealthy heiress, was married to Major Gilbert Russell, a banker and cousin of the Duke of Bedford. They purchased the entire estate of Mottisfont in 1934. They also maintained a London address, as was traditional for the upper classes at the time, enabling them to partake fully in fashionable artistic and political circles.
Raymond Russell (1922-1964), their youngest son, was 13 at the time of this entry and just about to start at Eton College, Windsor. A trip to hear Violet Gordon-Woodhouse, Britain’s foremost exponent of the harpsichord and clavichord at the time, would have undoubtedly been a memorable and inspirational experience for this musical and intense child. ...
"For the first time, we are presenting two large-scale concerts in one season! Which is why we need your help to make it a success.
Join us for our second annual Fall Fundraiser! This exclusive fundraising party will feature a performance by TEMP artists in the lovely and intimate setting of the Wally Workman Art Gallery. Come and enjoy light hors d'oeuvres from Whole Foods Market and help conquer our big plans! ...
From a recent news release from Albion Media
Musicians of Shakespeare’s Globe
Twelfth Night and Richard III
"The second release on Globe Music, the new label from Shakespeare’s Globe, is a selection of period music from the Globe’s 2012 – 2014 Broadway and West End productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III featuring the Musicians of Shakespeare’s Globe playing pieces by Morley, Holborne, Dowland, Gibbons, Mundy and others, arranged by Claire van Kampen."
Libreria Musicale Italiana is seeking submissions for a peer-reviewed volume on Italian early renaissance music.
"We are interested in essays that present new discoveries, discussions, methods, perspectives for the study of Italian composers, works and sources from late 13th to early 16th centuries. ...
From a recent Outhere Music newsletter item
Outhere Music is celebrating the Baroque by offering 25% off a special selection of French Baroque masters albums of Couperin, Marais and Rameau between the dates of 27 September and 27 October 2016.
"An independent musical production and recording group, Outhere Music distributes its recordings all over the world - approximately a hundred per year, ranging from early to contemporary music, by way of jazz and world music -, in physical form as well as digital. ..."
From the latest Unquiet Thoughts blog:
"... Nevertheless, as players of stringed instruments possessing a more compact range, we find it necessary to understand and manage polyphonic music, even when it’s not entirely clear from the notation that polyphony is intended. This case applies to the better sort of music from the late 15th century through the 18th century: Nearly every instance of what appears to be a long monophonic string of notes has a latent or implied polyphonic character, and it is up to the performer to identify and realize it as such. ...
The Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2016 are out! Here are the early music awards ...
... The winners of the 12 recording category Awards were also presented with their prizes during the ceremony. Andrew Parrott accepted the Early Music Award from Classic FM presenter Catherine Bott for the Taverner Consort & Players' recording 'Western Wind'. The conductor Paul Agnew received the Baroque Vocal Award for his recording, with Les Arts Florissants, of Volume 1 in their Monteverdi madrigals series. The other Baroque repertoire Award, Baroque Instrumental, was won by Rachel Podger for her recording of Biber's Rosary Sonatas on Channel Classics. ...
'Mozart and the Weber Sisters' won this year's Recital category and the conductor of that album – Raphaël Pichon – was there to collect the Award on behalf of the ensemble Pygmalion and the soprano – and Pichon's wife – Sabine Devieilhe. " ...
News from the Nota Bene Baroque Players (NBBP) of plans for their upcoming 15th Anniversary 2016-2017 Concert Season. For the 2016-2017 season, the NBBP has opted for a cooperative artistic programming model guided by its "Creative Directors": Julie Baumgartel, Andrew Chung, Rona Goldensher and Joseph Lanza for its 5 orchestral/ensemble concert line-ups. Howard Dyck, conductor, completes the season with an Easter concert event with the NBBPlayers and NBBSingers in April of 2017.
The season début occurs on 18 September, at The Registry Theatre (Kitchener - Region of Waterloo, 3:00PM) under the title of "Fourplay" where are featured the four members of the creative directors, all Baroque violinists. ...
(PL) 51st International Festival Wratislavia Cantans Final ConcertConcert: "St. Matthew Passion - Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor" (18 Sep 2016, 7:00PM)
"September 18 in Wroclaw, the 51st International Festival Wratislavia Cantans will host Sir John Eliot Gardiner. That evening maestro will lead the final concert of the festival.
It seems difficult to find two compositions more divergent than St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach. The first one is an action-packed drama, almost demanding a stage for performance. The latter is a contemplative piece, adding a lyrical commentary to each fragment of the Gospel story: thoughtful inner voices of indefinite characters, who try to somehow cope with what they had witnessed. We later recognize that these contemplations and unobtrusive answers reflect our own thoughts, and that we are drawn right into Matthew’s story, almost imperceptibly. If St. John Passion turns us into agitated spectators, St. Matthew Passion sees us as ...
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