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(US) Musica Pacifica CD Release: "Mi Palpita Il Cor: Baroque Passions" (Navona Records, 14 Oct 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 01, 2016

"MI PALPITA IL COR: BAROQUE PASSIONS is a compelling journey into the rich corners of the mid- and late-Baroque period. Featuring an array of thrilling instrumental and vocal compositions, the album is driven by the performances of French-Canadian soprano Dominique Labelle and American early music ensemble Musica Pacifica, founded in 1990, based in San Francisco, and whose playing has been called “a small miracle of precision and musical electricity” by the Washington Post. ...


(US) Ralph Locke Discusses Alexander the Great and the Indian Rajah Puru in Musicology Colloquium Series (06 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 01, 2016

Musicologist Ralph Locke (Emeritus, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester) will deliver a talk entitled “Alexander the Great and the Indian Rajah Puru: Exoticism in a Metastasio Libretto as Set by Hasse and by Handel in the Peabody Institute Musicology Colloquium series this coming Tuesday, December 6 at 5PM.  ...


(FR) Festival d'Ambronay 2016 (16 Sep-09 Oct) Available in Video Online

Contributed by admin on Dec 01, 2016

If you missed the Festival d'Ambronay 2016, you may view and hear some of its concerts online thanks to the site "Culturebox". Visit the site before the videos lapse and are removed. ...


(ES) Alia Vox CD Release: "El Llibre Vermell de Montserrat" (29 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 01, 2016

New recording of one of Jordi Savall's first performances of this wonderful work, recorded at the Church Santa Maria del Pi, Barcelona, in November, 2013, as a tribute to Montserrat Figueras. ...


(US) New Comma Baroque Announces Residency at Emmanuel Episcopal Church of La Grange, Illinois

Contributed by admin on Dec 01, 2016

New Comma Baroque, the Chicago-based early music ensemble, is honored to announce its residency at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in La Grange. The partnership signifies the ensemble's dedication to bringing music directly into the communities, as well as making historically informed performance accessible to audiences. ...


(ES) Capella de Ministrers (CdM)-Carles Magraner CD Release: "Hic et Nunc - Live in Concert"

Contributed by admin on Dec 01, 2016

"Capella de Ministrers - Carles Magraner present "Hic et Nunc Live in Concert", a memorial of their 30th anniversary, a live recording of the July 15 at FeMAP by Catalunya Music with a selection of instrumental works from their last record work around Ramón Llull, an amalgamation of music that unites sounds from all the coasts of the Mediterranean. A rich and vibrant medieval repertoire, with the peculiarity of having been recorded live. ...


(US) San Francisco Classical Voice Article: "“Kitka Remix” Filters Ancient Tones Through Modern Sensibilities" (by Lou Fancher, 28 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 30, 2016

"When the world’s oldest song-transmission method meets the world’s most progressive song-production tools and techniques, is it bliss, or a blowout?

The women’s vocal ensemble Kitka specializes in traditional Eastern European songs, some of which predate Christianity and have been passed down by oral tradition — from mouth-to-ear-to-mouth — for centuries. ...


(UK) The Stage Article: "Government vows to tackle ticketing bots that would ’disarm the worst’ touts" (by Georgia Snow, 29 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 30, 2016

"A law banning software used to exploit the secondary ticketing market has moved one step closer to reality, after arts minister Matt Hancock confirmed the government would consider implementing legislation. ...


(UK) The Telegraph Article: "Sotheby's clashes with expert over Beethoven manuscript that fails to sell after public row over authenticity" (by Lydia Willgress, 29 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 30, 2016

"A handwritten Beethoven score valued at up to £200,000 has failed to sell at auction, after a public row between music scholars over whether it was written in the composer’s own hand.

The manuscript for Allegretto In B Minor, thought to have been drawn up in 1817, had been described by Sotheby's as ...


(UK) NCEM Young Composers Award 2017

Contributed by admin on Nov 27, 2016

"Launched on BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show, the call for entries to the 2017 NCEM Young Composers Award is now open. Applicants must register their interest before 5pm on Friday 24 February by emailing education@ncem.co.uk, stating which age category they wish to enter.

The 2017 award is presented by the National Centre for Early Music and BBC Radio 3 in partnership with The Tallis Scholars, directed by Peter Phillips. ...


(UK) Tallis Scholars-Peter Phillips CD Release: "

Contributed by admin on Nov 27, 2016

"Featuring two fascinating masses by Josquin, the Missa Di dadi and the Missa Une mousse de Biscaye, the latest The Tallis Scholars album has now been released on Gimell Records."

"Can great music be inspired by the throw of dice? The possibility clearly excited Josquin, who prefaced the tenor part in several of the movements of his Missa Di dadi with a pair of dice, each pair giving a different total score. And the scores show that he knew how gambling worked - they stop when one of the players has thrown a winning combination. Did he know this because he was living in a place where gambling was so commonplace it was even thought appropriate to refer to it in a Mass-setting? He may have been. Milan under the Sforzas in the late fifteenth century was well known to have been a hot-house of gambling, with the ducal family taking a leading role. Since there is good evidence that Josquin worked there throughout the 1480s, it seems very possible that he joined in with the fashion, at court and in private.  ....


(BE) Outhere Music News: "Alpha, Label of the Year 2016!"

Contributed by admin on Nov 27, 2016

"ALPHA has just been named Label of the Year 2016 by the magazine Classica: ‘In 2016, the French record company has stood out for the exemplary quality of its productions.’

‘A boom year for ALPHA with a dozen Chocs de Classica since last February!’ Recordings by Céline Frisch (Bach), Yury Martynov (Beethoven), John Eliot Gardiner (Monteverdi DVD), Bruno Cocset (Cello Stories and Barrière), Lorenzo Gatto and Julien Libeer (Beethoven), Nelson Goerner (Beethoven), Quatuor Van Kuijk (Mozart), Leonardo García Alarcón (Monteverdi), François Lazarevitch (High Road to Kilkenny), Alexei Lubimov (Satie), Olivier Fortin (Weichlein) and the programmes Il était une fois (Palazzetto Bru Zane) and Madin (Versailles Collection) all achieved this distinction in 2016 . . .

Based in Paris, ALPHA Classics is the principal label of the Franco-Belgian group Outhere Music. ...


(FR) L'Armée de Romantiques Concert: César Franck, the Bach of the XiXth Century (4 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 27, 2016

Location: Chapelle Corneille (Auditorium de Normandie), Rouen, FR

"Born in Belgium in 1822, César Franck spent his whole carreer in Paris, where he was the considered the symbol of the renewal of French music counterbalancing the crushing wagnerian influence. Organist, composer, pedagogue, he was also a major force in the rediscovery of Bach" ...


(CA) Esenble Anonymous Concert: "LVX HODIE" ((18 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 27, 2016

Location: Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique francophone, au 2, côte de la Fabrique, Vieux-Québec, CA

Esemble Anonymous invites you to a thematic concert "Karen Young Choir: "Lux Hodie - Celebration of Light". During the long nights of the Christmas celebrations, the notion of rebirth of light is borne, the hope of its return. It is a time to sing and to celebrate! ...


(BE) Outhere Music CD Rrelease: Giovanni Antonini - Il Giardino Armonico "Georg Philipp Telemann"

Contributed by admin on Nov 25, 2016

The year 2017 will mark the 250th anniversary of the death of Georg Philipp Telemann, one of the most prolific composers of the Baroque era.

Giovanni Antonini and Il Giardino Armonico have taken this opportunity to pay tribute to his eclecticism in a programme juxtaposing works that move constantly between French and Italian stylistic traditions.

On this disc, Giovanni Antonini not only directs the ensemble, but also returns to the recorder, his own instrument of choice (as it was the composer’s), and performs the Suite in A minor, the Concerto in C major and the Concerto da camera in G minor.  ...


(BE) Outhere Music CD release: Vox Luminis "Actus Trigicus Cantatas BWV 106, 150, 131, 12 - J.S. Bach"

Contributed by admin on Nov 25, 2016

"The year ends in fine style with a programme of cantatas by J.S. Bach performed by Vox Luminis. The Belgian group directed by the bass Lionel Meunier is now acknowledged as belonging among the world’s elite vocal ensembles, especially for its interpretations of German Baroque sacred music. Its recording of works by the ancestors of J. S. Bach on Ricercar (RIC 347) won many awards. Vox Luminis now tackles Johann Sebastian himself, in a programme of cantatas composed in 1707/1708, which are thus among the composer’s earliest. ...


(US) International Dance Summer School - European and American Ballroom Dances from the Period 1800-1900 (6-12 Aug 2017)

Contributed by admin on Nov 25, 2016

Location: Højskolen Snoghøj, Denmark

"At the end of the 18th century, English Longways Dances dominated the ballrooms, but from the year 1800 new dances were introduced: Francaises, big Quadrilles like Lanciers, Eugenie Quadrille and the exciting Country and Contra Dances.  ...


(FR) Harmonia Sacra Conference: "Musical History of Valenciennes (XIV-XVIIIth Centuries)" (10-12 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 25, 2016

Location: Multimedia Library, rue Ferrand - F-59300 Valenciennes

News from Harmonia Sacra this week of it's new website portal and online reorganization. As well, reminder of its upcoming conference:

"After several years of studying the city's archives,  Fabien Guilloux proposes to lead you to the discovery of a long unknown Valenciennes history: its musical history. Synthesis of his research and testimony of his recent discoveries, this cycle of conferences take you into the musical life of the city and its institutions from the 14th to the 18th centuries. An unprecedented look at heritage not to be missed! ...


(US) The New Yorker Article: "The Factory of Fakes - How a workshop uses digital technology to craft perfect copies of imperilled art." (by Daniel Zalewski, 28 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 24, 2016

" ... The man who led the facsimile project, a proudly dishevelled Englishman named Adam Lowe, was admiring the fake walls alongside me. Lowe prefers to call them “rematerialized” walls. He whispered, “Amazing—it looks just like the real thing, doesn’t it?” He is fifty-seven years old, and looks like what Paul McCartney might look like had McCartney never undergone restoration. Lowe, a former painter, who, in the nineteen-eighties, became obsessed with printmaking, runs Factum Arte, a “digital mediation” workshop that is based in Madrid. It took two years for Lowe and several dozen technicians to remake the Tutankhamun walls—considerably longer than the ancient Egyptians took to produce them. Perfecting the digital printout, he told me, had involved hundreds of hours of analog assessment: thousands of paint samples were mixed by hand, in Luxor, to match the tones in the original tomb, then compared with ink-jet outputs.  ...


(US) Public Radio International (PRI) Article: "Historians imagine what Paris sounded like in the 18th century" (by David Leveille, 21 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 24, 2016

"Imagine the sounds coming out of a busy blacksmith shop in an alleyway in Paris sometime back in the 18th century: the hammering of wrought iron, the rhythmic whoosh of air as the blacksmith uses a bellows to stoke a fire.

We have no recordings of the actual sounds of Paris in those early days, so to try and make those 18th-century streets and alleys of Paris come to life takes a bit of careful historical research and a little imagination.

That's where French musicologist Mylène Pardoen, who's been described as an "archaeologist of sound," comes in. She's created an "interpretation" of what Paris might have sounded like way back then. ...


(SE) eClassical CD Release: "C.P.E.Bach – Solo Keyboard Music, Vol. 32 (SpányiMiklós, Tangent Piano)" (10 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 24, 2016

"Even before the publication of the first collection of Clavier-Sonaten für Kenner und Liebhaber in 1779, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach began composing works intended for a follow-up. This time he expanded the original concept, however, and included not just three sonatas, but also three rondos 'for the fortepiano'. In his treatment of the rondo-form, Bach was – as always – a mould-breaker and in the ‘Kenner und Liebhaber’ rondos the refrain melody inevitably creeps into the episodes, which in turn wander through distant tonalities. The phrase structure is frequently asymmetrical, and the borders between sections are often blurred, making this rather schematic form into something of a roller-coaster ride. Taking note of Bach's instructions regarding the choice of instrument, Miklós Spányi performs them on a tangent piano, an early form of the piano. ...

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