(NL) Semibrevity "A Blog About Early Music Pioneers" Article: Gustav Holst’s 1911 Revival of Purcell’s “Fairy Queen”

Contributed by semibrevity on Dec 01, 2011
“Surprisingly, it was Gustav Holst, the composer of The Planets, who conducted the first modern performance of Purcell’s Fairy Queen in 1911.

(UK) NCEM Press Release: NCEM Announces 2012 Composers Award

Contributed by Admin on Dec 01, 2011
The National Centre for Early Music is pleased to announce the NCEM Composers Award 2012 which will be launched on BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Show on Sunday 15 January 2012.

This major national award is a result of the continued success of the NCEM's partnership with BBC Radio 3 and internationally acclaimed vocal group The Tallis Scholars. The 2012 Award is open to composers up to the age of 25, divided into two age categories: up to 18 years and 19 to 25 years. The young composers are invited to write a new piece for The Tallis Scholars.

(FR) La Simphonie du Marais - Hugo Reyne Concert: "Sonates et Suites Françaises et Allemandes: Marais, Philidor, Bach, Haendel" (10, 11 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 30, 2011

Hugo Reyne, flûte
Emmanuelle Guigues, viole de gambe
Claire Antonini, théorbe

With this program, Hugo Reyne finds comfort with the repertoire of the “sonata”. The intimacy of this music, “chambre” in nature, conducive to the expression of the greatest musical sensitivity.

(US) American Bach Soloists: Handel's MESSIAH (15,16,18 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 30, 2011
“Always a sell-out, ABS's performances of Handel's enduring masterwork have garnered critical praise year after year. A stellar quartet of vocal soloists and the superbly polished American Bach Choir join the period instrument specialists of American Bach Soloists under the adroit musical direction of Jeffrey Thomas for one of Northern California’s most treasured holiday traditions.“

(US) SFEMS Presents a Glorious Christmas Feast (16,17,18 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 30, 2011

Magnificat Baroque Ensemble Sounds the Season
Palo Alto, Berkeley, San Francisco

Magnificat Baroque Ensemble and instrumental guests The Whole Noyse and Sex Chordae Consort of Viols, join forces in splendiferous song, recreating the Christmas Vespers of the Dresden Court Chapel in 1660. "Each of the outstanding singers has a unique and beautiful sound, and the combination of their voices produces an exceptionally felicitous ensemble sound."—

(UK) Opera Today Review: "Saul, Barbican Hall" by Robert Hugill (25 Nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 30, 2011

Handel’s oratorio Saul was the first dramatic oratorio that he wrote with a strong libretto.

Charles Jennens compilation, based on biblical sources, created a powerful structure which enabled Handel to create a work which became the first of his English music dramas.

(CA) Tafelmusik: "BAROQUE SPLENDOUR The Golden Age of Dresden" (1-4 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 30, 2011
Alfredo Bernardini, Guest Director and Oboe Soloist

Baroque Dresden’s remarkable court orchestra attracted Europe’s best instrumentalists and composers, resulting in flashy, stunning and technically demanding music. Join Tafelmusik, directed by the dynamic and entertaining Italian oboe virtuoso Alfredo Bernardini, for music by Fasch, Pisendel, Telemann and Vivaldi.

(US) Celebrate the Season with the Tudor Choir

Contributed by Admin on Nov 29, 2011

From the Tudor Choir’s latest newsletter: Christmas concert, Holiday gifts and donations 

Dear Friends of the Tudor Choir,

We look forward to seeing you at our annual Christmas concert on Friday, December 30 at Blessed Sacrament Church, which will be beautifully decorated for the season. Bring your family and friends and enjoy festive carols and motets from the Renaissance!

(FR) Le Parlement de Musique: Haendel: Le Messie (Dublin, 1742) (2,3,4 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 29, 2011
Le Parlement de Musique, Martin Gester will be performing Handel’s Messiah (the Dublin, 1742 version) in December. 

(US) The New York Times: "Montserrat Figueras, Catalan Soprano, Dies at 69 (March 15, 1942 – November 23, 2011)" (By Zachary Woolfe 27 Nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 29, 2011
“Montserrat Figueras, the glamorous, powerfully emotive Catalan soprano who along with her husband, Jordi Savall, created ensembles that revitalized the performance of early music, died on Wednesday at her home in Bellaterra, Spain. She was 69.

(UK) The Telegraph: Mad Cow Disease Fears Over Violin Strings Threatens Works of Handel and Bach (By Adam Lusher 27 Nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 28, 2011
“Musicians have warned that the works of Purcell, Handel, Vivaldi and Bach may never again be heard as their composers intended – because of EU rules to stop people catching "mad cow disease" from their instruments.

(US) Newsletter: Gifts of Classical Music

Contributed by Admin on Nov 28, 2011
“It's official, the holidays are here! ArkivMusic has gifts of classical music as well as music for the holiday season ready to ship. Once again this year, we have limited editions and exclusive items you won't find anywhere else.”

(CA) The Toronto Consort: A Spanish Christmas (9,10,11 dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 28, 2011
“The Toronto Consort celebrates Christmas with a Latin flavour on December 9 and 10 at 8:00 pm and on December 11 at 3:30 pm with A Spanish Christmas at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre. One of the Consort’s most popular programs, variations on A Spanish Christmas have been performed every two seasons since 2007.

(BR) I Festival de Música Barroca de Alcântara (2-5 dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 27, 2011
December 2-5 2011, church squares of Alcantara, Bacabeira and San Luis, Maranhão, become the stage for music and dance of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

(DE) Anton Höger: Lute Intavolations

Contributed by Admin on Nov 27, 2011

Anton Höger has made available his lute intavolations to those who are interested. Anton has been kind enough to make these available through downloads on the Mediafire website.

(FR) XVIII-21 Le Baroque Nomade: December Concert Listings

Contributed by Admin on Nov 24, 2011
Le Baroque Nomade ...

aims at finding other kinds of music :  music that is exotic or different ; music that is listened to in other ways, by other kinds of people. This pursuit sometimes involves violence, restrictions or confrontation. But it also makes way for an encounter, a fundamental, liberating passion.

December Concert Listings

(US) Folger Consort Concert: O Magnum Mysterium (9-18 dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 24, 2011
Folger Consort celebrates the holidays with a rich treasury of Christmas music from 16th-century Spain. These spirited songs—including stunning works by Victoria, Morales, and Guerrero—offer a fresh and festive celebration of the season in the Folger's beautifully decorated theatre.

(US) Harmonia Early Music Podcast: "Harvest Season" By Laura Osterlund (20 nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 24, 2011
“For our first course of this musical feast, we’ve assembled merchants from 17th-century London. The voices of merchants hawking their wares served as the inspiration for a generation of English composers and formed the basis for a genre of works now known as the cries.

(US) Instrument Collection Available for Sale

Contributed by allinsts on Nov 23, 2011
Reminder that the S. Glickman Collection of Early Istruments is for sale. You may visit the website and view the many musical instruments still available for sale. Visit the  website for more information.

(US) CFP: AMS South-Central Chapter, Union Univ., Jackson, Mar 2012 (Deadline: 07 jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 23, 2011

Call for Papers: Annual Meeting of the South-Central Chapter of the American Musicological Society, March 2-3, 2012.

Deadline for Submissions: Saturday, January 7, 2012.

The South-Central Chapter of the American Musicological Society (AMS-SC) is pleased to announce its 2012 Annual Meeting, to be hosted by Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. The meeting will begin on the morning of Friday, March 2, and will conclude by noon on Saturday, March 3. Proposals for presentations, special sessions, papers with a performance component, and panel discussions are solicited on any topic related to historical musicology.

(US) Shop Now: The New York Times Holiday Gift Guide

Contributed by Admin on Nov 23, 2011

The New York Times Holiday Gift Guide has been sent out on its newsletter lists. It features titles from harmonia mundi and its distributed labels. You may find some titles of interest to you.

Visit the New York Times Holiday Gift Guide web page to view/read the list.

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