(US) Folger Shakespeare Library: FREE Selections From Handel's Messiah: Recorded Live December 20-23, 1993

Contributed by Admin on Dec 06, 2011
“ In celebration of the season (and in honor of our Manifold Greatness project), we're sharing Selections from Handel's Messiah, recorded by the Folger Consort and the Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford. You can download these six tracks in the link above [below -- ed.]. Happy Holidays!“

(FR) Jean Cassignol: Catalogue recorder/ transverse flute and guitar

Contributed by Admin on Dec 06, 2011
From a recent posting on the recorder list, Jean Cassignol informs us that: “A detailed catalogue  of the recorder / transverse flute and guitar duets Michel Demarez and I issued at IDM Arpèges, Lafitan, Hofmeister and Gilgenreiner is available free of charge from me.

(US) ArkivMusic Newsletter (05 Dec 2011): Every DVD On Sale at ArkivMusic

Contributed by Admin on Dec 06, 2011
“Dear ArkivMusic Customers,

Every DVD at ArkivMusic -- nearly 5,000 titles, from complete operas to ballets, recitals, documentaries & more -- is on sale now, just in time for the gift-giving season. …”

(IE) Women and the 19th-Century Lied (9-10 Dec. 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 06, 2011
“The names of such women composers as Fanny Hensel, Josephine Lang and Clara Schumann are becoming increasingly familiar to music students, performers and audiences. Through the study of these and other composers, we are constantly gaining a deeper understanding of women's relationship to the 19th-century Lied. Worthy of inclusion in modern-day Lieder-recitals, many of these songs are as engaging as those composed by male composers. The aim of this event is to promote the study of song by women composers and women's relationship to the Lied throughout the 19th-century by focussing on the following areas: 

(SE) BIS Records - New Release: Nov 2011

Contributed by Admin on Dec 05, 2011

C.P.E. Bach – Solo Keyboard Music, Vol. 23
Miklós Spányi, clavichord

BIS-CD-1763   |   EAN 7318590017630   |   TT: 63'52
Sonatas from 1750–58 and other pieces

“Clavierstück für die rechte oder linke Hand allein, Wq117/1 (H 241); Fantasia in D minor, Wq117/12 (H 224); Sonata in G major, Wq62/11 (H 63); Fugue in D minor, Wq119/2 (H 99); Fantasia in G major, Wq117/11 (H 223); Sonata in G major, Wq62/14 (H 77); Fantasia in D major, Wq117/14 (H 160); Solfeggio in A major, Wq117/4 (H 222); Sonata in C minor, Wq65/31 (H 121); Solfeggio in E flat major, Wq117/3 (H 221); Solfeggio in C minor, Wq117/2 (H 220); Sonata in A major, Wq65/32 (H 135)


(UK) Christmas at Handel House

Contributed by Admin on Dec 05, 2011
“Music plays an important part in Handel House and we have two harpsichords and a spinet which are regularly used for rehearsals and weekly concerts. Concerts are held in Handel's music room which he used as a recital room and where he would rehearse his latest operas or oratorios with musicians and singers.“

(US) GEMS "Notes on the Scene" Newsletter Item and Newsletter Concert Listings

Contributed by Admin on Dec 05, 2011

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cathedral of St John the Divine & Harold Rosenbaum: Pilgrimage

“In a special free event on Wednesday, December 21st at 6:00 PM, early music singers led by conductor Harold Rosenbaum will walk through Central Park from the front steps of The Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, singing medieval melodies once sung along the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.

(CA) I FURIOSI Concert: Hell Hath No Fury (10 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 05, 2011

Hell hath no fury like I FURIOSI scorned.  Not your average Christmas concert.

Guest: James Johnstone, harpsichord

I FURIOSI is one of the world’s most innovative Baroque ensembles, comprised of four of Canada’s leading early music specialists: soprano Gabrielle McLaughlin, violinists Aisslinn Nosky and Julia Wedman and cellist/gambist Felix Deak. These four bold musicians celebrate I FURIOSI’s Thirteenth Season by invoking the "bizarre and unnatural" aesthetic both esteemed and reviled in the Baroque era. Captivating performance style and inspired thematic programming has garnered I FURIOSI a reputation as a rebellious and ground breaking force in the Canadian and international early music scene.

(UK) Oxford University Press Newsletter: "Holiday Sale"

Contributed by Admin on Dec 05, 2011

Oxford University Press is holding a “Holiday Sale” on various books. You may want to take a look and see if there are any music titles that may be of interest to you. (ed.)

“Don’t get left behind! Visit Oxford’s 2011 Holiday Sale and save up to 65% on our bestselling titles. This is the perfect time to get that title you’ve had your eye on all year.

Now, you can flip through the catalog online.We’ve made it even easier for you enjoy the savings!”

(US) Research Grants for 2012 for Members of the Renaissance Society of America (Deadline: 31 Dec 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 04, 2011

Required application materials include a project description (no longer than 1,000 words), a budget, and a CV. Letters of recommendation are not required and are not accepted. All applicants must renew RSA membership for 2012 (renew starting 1 November for 2012 membership). See below for additional membership criteria and criteria for specific grants.

The Renaissance Society of America will award eighteen grants in the year 2012.

The grants are:
  • RSA Research Grants (9 grants)
  • Rensselaer W. Lee Memorial Grant in Art History (1 grant)
  • Paul Oskar Kristeller Memorial Grant (1 grant)
  • Bodleian Library Research Grant (1 grant)
  • Patricia H. Labalme Grant (1 grant)
  • Samuel H. Kress Foundation Grant in Renaissance Art History (5 Grants)

(IT) Recently Published at LIM: La canzone napoletana Le musiche e i loro contesti; Enrico Radesca Musica sacra Volume V

Contributed by Admin on Dec 04, 2011

New at LIM (Lim Editrice S.r.l.):

  • La canzone napoletana Le musiche e i loro contesti  (The Neapolitan song The music and their contexts) by Enrico Careri and Anita Fish
  • Enrico Radesca Musica sacra Volume V  (Henry Radesca Sacred Music Volume V) by Anna Maria Ioannoni Flower, Ruscillo Augustine, Roman Vectors

(FR) Concerto Soave December 2011 Newsletter: Noël de l'Europe Baroque, De Monteverdi à Bach

Contributed by Admin on Dec 04, 2011
Ten concerts to sing  Christmas in the Baroque mode through “les Bouches-du-Rhone”. From Spain to Italy, via Germany, all the musicians of Baroque Europe are determined to illustrate the Nativity. This program proposes some of the most beautiful pages of Claudio Monteverdi, Johann Sebastian Bach, Alessandro Scarlatti, Juan Bautista Cabanilles, Marc'Antonio Ziani, where you can hear the ”cornemuses” of the shepherds who crowd around the manger,  be moved with the Virgin in front of the sleeping child, feel the emotion and joy that cover the earth at the announcement of the coming of the Savior.

(US) Early Music DC: December 2011 Concerts

Contributed by Admin on Dec 04, 2011

After a short disruption from the Early Music DC webserver, the following is the latest of concert listings in the Washington DC area.

(SE) eClassical 2011 Advent Calendar (Christmas Sale)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 04, 2011
“We are celebrating our first year of high-resolution downloads from Sweden with a special pre-Christmas promotion. Every day, from December 1 until Christmas Eve, you will find two different 24-bit albums from BIS and PentaTone at a 50% discount that day. If you miss one, don't worry, you will still have the opportunity to download it at a reduced price for two more days, the first day at 25% and the second at 10% discount.”

(US) The Archimedes Palimpsest Project

Contributed by Admin on Dec 03, 2011
Welcome. The subject of this website is a manuscript of extraordinary importance to the history of science, the Archimedes Palimpsest. This thirteenth century prayer book contains erased texts that were written several centuries earlier still. These erased texts include two treatises by Archimedes that can be found nowhere else, The Method and Stomachion.

(IT) Pizzico Ensemble Concert: "PIZZICO Napoletano nel '700" (11 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 03, 2011

Luca Mereu: baroque mandoline
Elisabetta Fardelli:  harpsichord
Date: 11 Dec 2011
Teatro Keiros

Roma-Via Padova 38a
MB p.zza Bologna
Telephone: 06.44 23 80 26

The Pizzico Ensemble was created with the intent to promote a repertoire dedicated to compositions for harpsichord, mandolin, vocals and strings now forgotten. The repertoire experienced its heyday in the eighteenth century along with a lot of mandolin composers such as: Paganini, Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart, Vivaldi and others.

(IT) New Scholarship Announcement at the Vittore Branca Center (Deadline: 31 Jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 03, 2011
“The new scholarship announcement related to the Vittore Branca Center is now available on our web site. The Vittore Branca International Center for the Study of Italian Culture is a new international resource for humanities studies open - with no age limits - to scholars, writers and artists interested in pursuing a research project focused on Italian (especially Venetian) culture, in one of the following disciplines: visual arts, history, literature, music, drama, early printed books.

(FR) Ensemble Jacques Moderne Joël Suhubiette, conductor Concert: Dido and Aeneas (14 Dec 2011; 20-21 Jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 02, 2011
After the success of last season's King Arthur, and following its exploration of the English lyrical repertoire, the Ensemble Jacques Moderne suggests another masterpiece from Purcell: Dido and Aeneas.

(FR) December News From Agence Claire Laballery: December Early Music Concerts

Contributed by Admin on Dec 02, 2011
Sunday 11 Dec 2011 – Bruno Procopio
Cathédrale Saint-Louis des Invalides , Paris
« Hommage à Marcos Portugal » - Missa Grande
With Chœurs L’Echelle and Le Sans-Pareil

Saturday 17 Dec 2011 – Amanda Favier
Salle Louis BARRAN à Moirans(38)
Vivaldi –  Four Seasons with Orchestre Piccola Musica

Sunday 18 Dec 2011 – Amanda Favier
Église Notre –Dame de la Salette à Saint-Martin d’Hères (38)
Vivaldi –  Four Seasons with Orchestre Piccola Musica


(UK) Book Announcement: SVEC -- Women, work and clothing in eighteenth-century Spain (Rebecca Haidt, Nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 02, 2011
SVEC 2011:11, ISBN 978-0-7294-1022-9, xvi+346 pages, 35 ills, £65 / €80 / $110

“Combining cultural history, literary analysis, and studies in economics, material life and gender, Rebecca Haidt shows how clothing and display penetrated all corners of eighteenth-century Spanish society, and reveals the ambivalence of women who wore, traded, mended, bartered, sold, stole or created garments that came to mark their status in society.

(UK) The English Concert: The Annual Big Give Christmas Challenge (5-9 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 01, 2011

The annual Big Give Christmas Challenge doubles online donations to charities during Big Give week. 

In the 2010 Challenge, our Trustees, Friends, Patrons and Supporters helped us raise £120,000 for our highly successful 2011 Spitalfields Festival residency.  We were deeply grateful and deeply touched by such amazing generosity from so many people, who donated sums ranging from £5 to £5000, each doubled by the Big Give. 

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