(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)
"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. ...
"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)
"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. ...
"Rome in Italy
To celebrate 20 years of 19th century dances here in Rome, under the expert guidance of Maestro Paolo Di Segni, we will welcome you at the Auditorium delle Fornaci, just off St. Peter’s square.
The musicians of the Orchestra del Teatro della Memoria will accompany our steps, with their usual flair and good humor: the Maestri, we know from experience, are quite ready to join us on the dance floor! ...
(UK) Opera Today: "Oxford Lieder Festival: in conversation with Julius Drake" (by Claire Seymour, 27 Sep 2016)
"In October 2014, the Oxford Lieder Festival - under its imaginative and intrepid founder, Sholto Kynoch - fulfilled an incredibly ambitious goal: to perform Schubert’s entire corpus of songs - more than 600 - and, for three marvellous weeks, to bring Vienna to Oxford. ‘The Schubert Project’ was a magnificent celebration of the life and music of Franz Schubert: at its core lay the first complete performance of Schubert’s songs - including variants and alternative versions - in the UK....
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