"The term, airs de cour, describes four- or five-part polyphonic songs extracted from extravagant spectacles of music and dance staged at the French royal court, known as ballets de cour.
Not unlike more modern songs drawn from popular musicals by Gershwin or Kern and published with piano accompaniment, evocative French airs were arranged and published for domestic use in the then standard performance format of solo voice and lute, enabling the less illustrious members of the public to indulge in the latest hit tunes whistled by those in the royal court. ...
(US) Smithsonian.com Article: "Lavishly Illustrated Medieval Playing Cards Flouted the Church and Law" (by Marissa Fessenden, 01 Feb 2016)
"Much changes over the centuries—customs, costumes and food spring to mind. Games from centuries past have also evolved; though intriguing, most of the time, ancient games prove unplayable if you don't know their rules. This is not the case with card games, however. While the painted images on early cards might look different, the game itself is familiar, as an exhibition at the Cloisters in New York, shows. ...
"Phantasm has been nominated in the Chamber category in this year's BBC Music Magazine Awards for its sublime collection of music by William Lawes.
The album has already been named 'Chamber Recording of 2015' by Limelight Magazine and is also a Finalist in the 2016 International Classical Music Awards. ...
Founded and lead since 1986 by Michel Laplénie, Sagittarius celebrates its 30th year in 2016 before putting to an end its activities. This anniversary year will showcase concert events punctuating Sagittarius' 30 years of involvement in Baroque music performances. The time has come to take leave and make place for new and emerging, young and talented ensembles, many inspired by Miche Laplénie.
As final contribution to the early music scene, there will be one final recording of Schütz's emblematic work : Musikalische Exequien. ...
(SE) BIS Records AB New Releases: "Mozart – Piano Concertos Nos 5 & 6 etc" and "Bach – Secular Cantatas, Volume 6"
BIS Records AB annouces two new releases for the month of February 2016:
Mozart – Piano Concertos Nos 5 & 6 etc
BIS-2084 | SACD EAN 7318599920849 TT: 69'30
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No.5 in D major, K 175
Piano Concerto No.6 in B flat major, K 238
Three Concertos after J. C. Bach, K 107 (D major, G major, E flat major)
Ronald Brautigam, fortepiano
Die Kölner Akademie / Michael Alexander Willens
On the final stretch of their series of Mozart’s piano concertos, Ronald Brautigam, Michael Willens and Die Kölner Akademie are working their way backwards through the composer’s catalogue. Here, on the penultimate disc, they have reached the earliest of the original works, composed in 1773 and 1776 respectively. ...
"The Polar Music Prize 2016 is awarded to the mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli from Rome, Italy. With a vocal range of three octaves and a unique ability to live a role with fullness of expression, Cecilia Bartoli has developed song as an art form. Cecilia Bartoli has spellbound audiences in the world’s great opera houses, but is not content with the well-known repertoire. She has also dug deeply into the history of music and presented long-lost music from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries that is completely new to today’s audiences. ...
"There he connected with another foreign born musician, G.F. Handel who, in the 18th century was up to his elbows in opera production. Handel eventually named Caporale his principal cellist for which he wrote several solo obbligato parts ...
"My mind is blank, but down one inch deep I have, we have, access. Access to what happened before—the universe is embedded in all of us. Is that too dreamy? What we heard, what was seen, what was felt…all that was picked up along the way. As moments click by, we find ourselves moving through time and space picking up fragments of experience. Our senses are tuned to what we want to hear and what we want to block. ...
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