"The little-known composer Jean Hanelle was a petit vicaire (professional musician) at Cambrai Cathedral and possibly later a teacher of Guillaume Dufay, also spending more than 20 years from 1411 onwards at the French court of Lusignan in Nicosia, Cyprus, a stay which involved him becoming the chapelmaster there. According to leading scholars, Hanelle was the author of the ars subtilior cycle of Magnificat-antiphons - the so called “O”-antiphons traditionally performed during the last week of Advent - found in the Codex Turin J.II.9 and included in this new Graindelavoix production. Both the original plainchant and the Hanelle troped antiphons are presented in a series of nine pairs, between which the ensemble also performs an appropriate and context-defining selection of Maronite and Byzantine chants. ...
(US) Quartz Article: "Mozart, the best new artist of 1782, outsold Drake and Beyoncé this year" (by Amy X. Wang, 12 Dec 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)
"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)
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)
"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)
(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! ...
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)
"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. ...
"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)
"... 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 ...
"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. ...
(US) New Scientist Article: "Google Translate AI Invents its Own Language" (by Sam Wong, 30 Nov 2016)
(For those of you doing academic research or those in need of translation of text, help is on the way from Google in the form of its Google Translation services and its artificial intelligence technology -- Editor)
"Google Translate is getting brainier. The online translation tool recently started using a neural network to translate between some of its most popular languages – and the system is now so clever it can do this for language pairs on which it has not been explicitly trained. To do this, it seems to have created its own artificial language. ...
"This box set presents the complete narrative works (historiae) of Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) in the acclaimed new recordings featuring Ars Nova Copenhagen conducted by Paul Hillier. The engaging account of the six stories of Christmas, Passion and Resurrection in Schütz’ sublime Baroque settings is presented along with authoritative notes and the conductor’s own commentaries. ...
"A cello worth hundreds of thousands of pounds has been given on a lifetime loan to a gifted teenage musician.
Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 17, used the early 17th Century Amati instrument - which is 50 years older than the earliest-known Stradivarius - to scoop the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year title.
An anonymous donor has agreed to let the teenager use the cello, one of the first ever made, indefinitely. ...
(SE) BIS Records CD Release: Höör Barock ~ Dan Laurin, director "Telemann, Corelli & Bach" (Dec 2016)
"The young period band Höör Barock, based in the south of Sweden, has chosen a colourful programme for its début disc. With recorder virtuoso Dan Laurin at the helm, the twelve musicians steer a course through Telemann’s celebrated Wassermusik (also known as Hamburger Ebb’ und Fluth) with its sea gods and goddesses dancing bourrées and gavottes before a rowdy crowd of seamen closes the suite with an energetic Canarie. ...
(CZ) L'Armonia Terrena-Zdeněk Klauda New CD Release: "Jakub Jan Ryba - Stabat Matter" (ARTA Records, Nov 2016)
(Although performed on modern instruments, the Czech composer is noteworthy. -- Editor)
"Jakub Jan Ryba is wrongly regarded as a composer of only one piece: the czech christmas Mass, without which today it is impossible to imagine czech christmas. His legacy as a composer, however, is much more diverse than anyone could think. It reflects the richness of Ryba’s multifaceted talent, stemming in part from his conscious conceptual thinking but at the same time wholly imbued with spiritual charge with which Ryba, a deeply religious man, endowed all his works. ...
"Seventeen-year-old Lucie Horsch is one of the most remarkable musical talents of her generation, and already in great demand as a solo recorder player both in her native Netherlands and internationally. ...
"Adriano in Siria, just like the remaining drammi per musica of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, was in oblivion for two and a half centuries. In his time, the composer was a prominent figure on the musical scene of Naples. Today, when his work has been retrieved, the contemporary audience may find out that this neglect was utterly unjustified and admire Pergolesi’s artistry in composing. ...
News from the "Irish Times Ticket Awards" that the Irish Baroque Orchestra (IBO) CD "Concerti Bizarri" and Gli Incognito CD "Teatro Alla Moda" are on their Ticket Awards site as nominees.
About the Irish Times Ticket Awards:
"We’ve asked our critics for their film and music highlights from the past 12 months, which are listed on these pages – but it’s your opinion that we are more interested in. So after you’ve read through these critical takes, let us know who you think were the culture kings of 2016 – and be in with a chance of winning one of our prizes ...
(CA) Musical Toronto Article: "COFFEE BREAK | The World's Oldest Surviving Piano Sounds Better That You'd Think" (by Musical Toronto, 07 Dec 2016)
" ... This priceless instrument was made in 1720 by the inventor of the piano, Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655-1731). The video features pianist Dongsok Shin performing one of the first pieces ever written for the piano — a Sonata composed in 1732 from the 12 Sonate da cimbalo di piano e forte detto volgarmente di martelletti, Op. 1, by Lodovico Giustini (1685-1743). ...
(US) The Atlantic Article: "Searching for Lost Knowledge in the Age of Intelligent Machines" (by Adrienne Lafrance, 01 Dec 2016)
An interesting in-depth article on the evolution of search engines and what to expect in the near future. How the compilation of historical facts may be presented/offered by future search engines.
"... engineers are building computer models of neural networks, machines that mimic the elegance and complexity of human thought. But there are still many challenges ahead. Sourcing is a big one. Even a database built from tens of millions of well-vetted books and articles isn’t comprehensive. And there’s still the question of how the results from these new search engines ought to appear to the person searching. A simple graph that shows a connect-the-dots web of related resources and ideas is one way. A more sophisticated map-like interface is another—“like Google Maps,” Gramatic offers—but you’d still lose scale and context as you zoom in and out. ...
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