(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. 

(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.

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