(UK) Opera Today Review: "Classical Opera: Haydn's La canterina" (by Claire Seymour, 22 Sep 2016)

Contributed by admin on Oct 08, 2016

"The principal attraction on this occasion was Haydn’s intermezzo, La canterina (The singer) which Classical Opera have recently performed at the Eisenstadt Haydn Festival.

Opera is not the first genre that comes to mind in connection with Haydn, but the composer wrote (according to Grove) thirty dramatic works for the stage, most of which date from the period when he was in the employ of the Princes Esterházy ...

(UK) The Guardian: "Thomas Becket's personal book of psalms 'found in Cambridge library' " (by Alison Flood, 01 Oct 2016)

Contributed by admin on Oct 02, 2016

"A Cambridge academic believes he has discovered Thomas Becket’s personal book of psalms, an ancient manuscript the martyred saint and so-called “turbulent priest” may have been holding when he was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170. ...

(US) Washington Post Article: "Neville Marriner, who led renowned Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, dies at 92" (by Tim Page, 02 Oct 2016)

Contributed by admin on Oct 02, 2016

"Neville Marriner, the British violinist-turned-conductor who founded the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and built it into one of the most popular and widely recorded chamber orchestras in the world, died Oct. 2. He was 92.

The academy announced the death in a statement on its website. No other details were immediately available. ...

(US) Unquiet Thoughts Blog: "Saturday morning quotes 6.20: Alt-Early Music I" (01 Oct 2016)

Contributed by admin on Oct 02, 2016

"Choosing a different path from the more conventionally traveled road is a matter of pride for many musicians and listeners who are deeply involved in early music.  Particularly during the early days of the revival, those who were attracted to the more transparent sound of gut-strung fiddles were dismissed by the mainstream as non-serious musicians, and modern masters even claimed that the artistic potential of J.S. Bach's works for solo violin could not possibly have been correctly realized until said masters arrived on the scene with their more highly evolved instruments, reliable strings, and 19th-century technique. ...

(IT) Dynamic Record Label New Release: " Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Keyboard Music " ( Giovanni Togni - Tangentenflügel (tangent piano)/Recorded Nov 2013)

Contributed by admin on Oct 02, 2016

"The pieces recorded here have been played on a peculiar instrument, which was quite widespread in the second half of the 18th century: the tangent piano (Tangentenflügel). It is a piano whose strings are struck by wooden slips without any soft coverings. In place of the rotating motion of the common piano’s hammers, the Tangent piano has strikers that move perpendicularly to the strings like a harpsichord jacks.  ...

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