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(US) Quartz Article: "Mozart, the best new artist of 1782, outsold Drake and Beyoncé this year" (by Amy X. Wang, 12 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 17, 2016

" ... Mozart owes the win to a boxed set of his music that was released Oct. 28 in celebration of the 225th anniversary of his death and went on to sell 1.25 million CDs in just five weeks. (Drake’s Views took twice that time to edge past 1 million sales, by comparison.) The compilation “is the fruit of years of scholarship, planning, and curation,” according to Universal Music Group. ...


(US) The Washington Post Article: "Her 300-year-old instrument was in perfect condition. Had it been interred?" (by Anne Midgette, 16 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 17, 2016

"It’s the stuff of stories and musical legend: the buried violin, dug up and brought to sing anew. In the film “The Red Violin,” the titular instrument is at one point interred with a gifted young player, then unearthed by grave-robbing gypsies who play it for a couple of generations.

But the violinist Chee-Yun didn’t expect to have one in real life. ...


(ES) Glossa Music New CD Release: "Johann Sebastian Bach Goldberg Variations, Ignacio Prego, harpsichord" (Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 16, 2016

Ignacio Prego is a leading member of the rising generation of Spanish early music specialists, which numbers existing Glossa recording artists such as Fahmi Alqhai and Josetxu Obregón. Prego has already been securing for himself a very busy concert schedule across Europe, the US and Asia, and he is frequently to be heard performing harpsichord concertos with ensembles such as the Portland Baroque Orchestra or The English Concert, collaborating with eminent musicians such as Monica Huggett and Nicholas McGegan, or giving solo harpsichord recitals, where he is able to demonstrate his special preference for the works of JS Bach. ...


(UK) Arts Professional Article on Crowdfunding and Tips: "Collaborating with the crowds" (by Peter Baeck and Sam Mitchell, 08 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 16, 2016

"Over the past five years crowdfunding has grown into a vital source of finance for community groups, artists and creatives. In the US, Kickstarter famously helped raise more funds for the arts than the National Endowment for the Arts. In the UK crowdfunding for the arts has also grown rapidly, with models such as rewards-based crowdfunding – the model most popular with artists and creatives – facilitating £42m worth of donations in 2015, a growth of more than 60% from £26m in 2014. ...


(US) Texas Early Music Project: Broadcast: TEMP's "An Early Christmas" (Livestreamed on 15 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 15, 2016

(From a recent newsletter item from Texas Early Music Project (TEMP))

"TEMP's "An Early Christmas" Gets an Encore on KMFA THIS THURSDAY!

If you had to miss TEMP's very special Christmas concert (or if you loved it so much you can't wait to hear it again), then you are in luck!

Austin's very own classical station, KMFA 89.5, will be playing an hour-long version of our concert from this past weekend on their hit new program, "Listen Local"!

Tune in at 6 P.M. CST this Thursday [15 Dec 2016] or livestream via the link below for our latest Christmas concert! ...


(UK) Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2016

Contributed by admin on Dec 15, 2016

Watch the 2016 Gramophone Awards ceremony

This year's Gramophone Classical Music Awards ceremony was streamed live, courtesy of medici.tv. You can continue to enjoy the complete broadcast (with live performances by Vilde Frang, Igor Levit, Benjamin Appl and Véronique Gens) ...

Of early music note, the winners are ...


(CA) Musical Toronto Article: "Is The Vinyl Boom Leaving Classical Music Behind?" (by Will Pearson, 09 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 15, 2016

"Vinyl is booming in Toronto. Record shops have popped up all over the city to serve a new generation of record buyers as the format becomes popular again, but fans of classical music might be feeling a little left out of the resurgence. The new shops carry everything from folk to electronica to hip hop, but in many of them, the classical “section” amounts to a single milk crate on the floor near the back. ...


(NL) Brill Pulications New Title: "Brill Reformation Year E-Book Collection"

Contributed by admin on Dec 15, 2016

"The Brill Reformation Year E-Book Collection offers unique access to 125 carefully selected e-books, covering all aspects of the Reformation, its genesis, its context, its impact, and its aftermath. The books were published between 2006 and 2017. The collection is aimed at students and scholars in the fields of:

  • Reformation Studies
  • Church History
  • Early Modern History
  • European History
  • Social & Cultural History
  • Book History
  • History of Art
  • Interfaith Relations
  • Christian Theology ...

(UK) The Spectator Article: "A surprising number of great composers were fond of the bottle – but can you hear it?" (by Damian Thompson, 10 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 15, 2016

"... The list of heavy-drinking composers is worthy of Monty Python’s ‘Philosophers’ Song’. It includes Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius. There are no reports of Bach getting drunk — but during a fortnight’s trip to Halle in 1713 his beer bill came to  ...


(UK) The Sixteen ~ Harry Christophers "The Choral Pilgrimage 2017" (16 Mar-25 Nov 2017)

Contributed by admin on Dec 10, 2016

"Our 2017 Choral Pilgrimage tour contrasts the music of the "Prince of polyphony" Giovanni Pierluigi de Palestrina with the great 20th-century melodist Francis Poulenc."  ...

Poulenc’s choral music was all written after 1936, when the tragic death of a close friend led to a religious epiphany. Its seriousness and intensity contrast with his more frivolous secular style, but these works make perfect companion pieces for the pure counterpoint of the great Renaissance master, Palestrina. ...

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