"With Il pianto della Madonna, a collection of spiritual compositions by Claudio Monteverdi, La Compagnia del Madrigale provide a stunning follow-up to their award-winning recording of the Fifth Book of madrigals by Luca Marenzio – both releases from Glossa. The singers of the ensemble have returned to their favoured Piedmontese recording location in Roletto to create a vivid sound picture of the desire in Monteverdi’s own time ...
From a recent post on the FranceTV Info website. Jordi Savall and ensemble perform in the courtyard of the Jules Ferry centre (Calais) before a crowd of approximately 100 migrants and where the musicians were warmly received. An unexpected event occurred where one of the audience members joined in with the ensemble and ...
L'Académie de musique ancienne de Vernon Giverny organized by Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien is devoted to music of the Baroque era: French and English music, Scottish and Irish early music. The energy of danse and cadence, ornamentation and phrasing will constitute the heart of our work. ...
Wigmore Hall releases its 2016-2017 concert season brochure.
Of note, some of its many early music events include: The English Concert; Freiburg Baroque Orchestra ~ Kristian Bezuidenhout fortepiano, director; The Brabant Ensemble ~ Stephen Rice director; Collegium 1704 ~ Václav Luks, conductor; The Cardinall’s Musick ~ Andrew Carwood, director; Phantasm ~ Laurence Dreyfus, director; Florilegium~ Ashley Solomon, director; Iestyn Davies, countertenor & Thomas Dunford, lute ...
"La Spagna joins the Congress of Deputies to honor Miguel de Cervantes, to mark the fourth centenary of his death, by interpreting the "Burlesque de Quixotte" This work, presented as an instrumental suite, is one of the most brilliant examples of descriptive music applied to a literary work. ...
(US) Forbes Magazine Article: "Hungry Boys Is The Latest Advertising Agency To Launch Its Own Record Label" (by Cherie Hu, 14 Apr 2016)
"Few record labels are digital-only. Even fewer labels make fans the tastemakers. Almost no labels are run by advertising agencies.
As a completely digital, social-powered record label run by Russian advertising agency Hungry Boys, Sound of Change defies all of these conventions. ...
A LOOK BACK at the winners of the HKS 2016 Jurow Competition winners which were announced on March 26th 2016. Congratulations go out to Eunji Lee, First Prize / Patrick Merrill, Second Prize / Kyle Collins, Jurow Prize for a Promising Semifinalist / And to the other finalists: Joyce Chen, Sofija Grgur, Sihyun Chun, Mylene Belanger.
"The Jurow International Harpsichord Performance Competition was established 30 years ago, with the generous support of Mae and Irving Jurow, in the interest of creating competitive activities for harpsichordists, since very few such opportunities existed in this country [US] ...
News from Alia Vox that "for the first time, in our web, now available" the audio version of "Marquise" (Recorded Aug 1996, Mar et Juin 1997, Castle of Cardona (Catalonia, ES) by Nicholas Bartholomée assisted by Hugues Deschaux)
"Marquise is a 1997 French dramatic film directed by Véra Belmont, and starring Sophie Marceau, Bernard Giraudeau, and Lambert Wilson. Written by Jean-François Josselin, Véra Belmont, Marcel Beaulieu, and Gérard Mordillat, the film is about a glorious dancer and actress who rises from obscurity to win the hearts of some of France's most prominent citizens, including Moliere, Racine, and King Louis XIV. ...
(FR) "Philippe Jaroussky "The most beautiful baroque Arias"" (YouTube 1993, MEZZO TV at the palace of Versailles in 1999)
For your enjoyment.
"Philippe Jaroussky (born 13 February 1978 in Maisons-Laffitte, France) is a French countertenor. He began his musical career with the violin, winning an award at the Versailles conservatory and then took up the piano before turning to singing. He is noted for a virtuosic coloratura technique and for compelling and enlivened interpretations of baroque cantatas and operas. ...
(US) Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions: The Richard Burnett Collection of Early Keyboard Instruments (Auction 11 May 2016)
The Richard Burnett Collection of Early Keyboard Instruments to be auctioned to support The Finchcocks Charity for Musical Education
Donnington Priory - Renowned exponent of the fortepiano Richard Burnett will sell his highly esteemed collection of over 70 historic keyboard instruments on Wednesday 11th May 2016. The sale at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions aims to raise funds for the Finchcocks Charity, helping to promote and preserve the playing of original instruments for the next generation. ...
(FR) Musicologie.org Newsletter Review: "Monteverdi served by Rinaldo Alessandrini" (Dijon, Auditorium, 7 Apr 2016, by Eusebius)
"After the Swiss (Hugues Cuenod in 1951, Edwin Loehrer and his Societa Cameristica di Lugano, in the following years), dozens of Baroque groups have taken on madrigals by Monteverdi, with very diverse results. Among their greatest performers, Rinaldo Alessandrini and his Concerto Italiano, which he founded with Fabio Biondi there over thirty years. ...
"Since 2017 will mark the five-hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, we consider it’s impact on music. And having recently presented a lecture-recital on psalm settings as the soundtrack of the Reformation, we muse about the ubiquitous fashion of psalm arrangements for lute solo and for voice and lute ...
(UK) The Stage Article: "Phil Willmott: Is it okay to challenge a bad review?" (by Phil Willmott, 07 Apr 2016)
"Diminishing broadsheet arts coverage of anything beyond the West End means you’re unlikely to get a print review if you’ve no track record. A new play by an unknown writer at an unfashionable venue? Forget it. And there are no listings magazines anymore ...
"This hour, we’re exploring nearly seven hundred years of Easter, from the 11th century to the 18th century. We’ll hear a story of the events leading up to the writing of one of Bach’s first Easter cantatas. We’ll also hear medieval chants ...
Location: Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone (34), FR
Since 1969, the association "Les Compagnons de Maguelone" manages the natural, historical and heritage of Maguelone. With 100 000 visitors each year, the cathedral, Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul de Maguelone.which dates from around the XII and XIII centuries, and the whole site have become important tourist and cultural asset for the region and its inhabitants.
Performing this year are ..
"1737 was Handel’s annus horribilis. His finances were in disarray and his opera company was struggling in the face of the challenge presented by the rival Opera of the Nobility. The strain and over-work led to a stroke, as the Earl of Shaftesbury reported: ...
Location: UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA, United States
"Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Presented by the UMass Amherst College of Humanities & Fine Arts, the UMass Amherst Department of Music & Dance, The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, and the Five College Early Music Program. This is a weekend conference on ...
"Roll up! A new opera by Handel is to be performed, L’Elpidia overo li rivali generosi. It is based upon a libretto by Apostolo Zeno with music by Leonardo Vinci - excepting a couple of ...
(DE) DW Article: "Beethoven overtakes Mozart as most popular composer" (by Rick Fulker, 29 March 2016)
From a recent post on the DW (Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany’s international broadcaster)
"How many of Beethoven's works can you recognize? According to a 170,000-vote survey, the composer is now more popular than his predecessor Mozart - in part, thanks to cinema. ...
"The 2016 Springtime Soirée was a tremendous success, by all accounts! With a beautiful new venue, sparkling cocktails and a sumptuous meal, fabulous live and silent auctions, and glorious performances by BEMF favorites Amanda Forsythe, Aaron Sheehan, and Jesse Blumberg—a wonderful time was had by all. To top it off, we raised nearly ...
(UK) The Telegraph Article: "Dressing up for Opera at Glyndebourne" (by Hannah Furness, 26 Mar 2016)
"For some it is the quintessential scene of the British summertime; for others, proof positive that the world of opera is elitist and out of touch.
But the sight of opera-lovers donning their black tie to picnic on the lawns of Glyndebourne should not worry anyone unduly, according to its chairman, as he offers a spirited defence against snobbery. ...
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