From the latest Unquiet Thoughts blog:
"... Nevertheless, as players of stringed instruments possessing a more compact range, we find it necessary to understand and manage polyphonic music, even when it’s not entirely clear from the notation that polyphony is intended. This case applies to the better sort of music from the late 15th century through the 18th century: Nearly every instance of what appears to be a long monophonic string of notes has a latent or implied polyphonic character, and it is up to the performer to identify and realize it as such. ...
The Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2016 are out! Here are the early music awards ...
... The winners of the 12 recording category Awards were also presented with their prizes during the ceremony. Andrew Parrott accepted the Early Music Award from Classic FM presenter Catherine Bott for the Taverner Consort & Players' recording 'Western Wind'. The conductor Paul Agnew received the Baroque Vocal Award for his recording, with Les Arts Florissants, of Volume 1 in their Monteverdi madrigals series. The other Baroque repertoire Award, Baroque Instrumental, was won by Rachel Podger for her recording of Biber's Rosary Sonatas on Channel Classics. ...
'Mozart and the Weber Sisters' won this year's Recital category and the conductor of that album – Raphaël Pichon – was there to collect the Award on behalf of the ensemble Pygmalion and the soprano – and Pichon's wife – Sabine Devieilhe. " ...
News from the Nota Bene Baroque Players (NBBP) of plans for their upcoming 15th Anniversary 2016-2017 Concert Season. For the 2016-2017 season, the NBBP has opted for a cooperative artistic programming model guided by its "Creative Directors": Julie Baumgartel, Andrew Chung, Rona Goldensher and Joseph Lanza for its 5 orchestral/ensemble concert line-ups. Howard Dyck, conductor, completes the season with an Easter concert event with the NBBPlayers and NBBSingers in April of 2017.
The season début occurs on 18 September, at The Registry Theatre (Kitchener - Region of Waterloo, 3:00PM) under the title of "Fourplay" where are featured the four members of the creative directors, all Baroque violinists. ...
(PL) 51st International Festival Wratislavia Cantans Final ConcertConcert: "St. Matthew Passion - Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor" (18 Sep 2016, 7:00PM)
"September 18 in Wroclaw, the 51st International Festival Wratislavia Cantans will host Sir John Eliot Gardiner. That evening maestro will lead the final concert of the festival.
It seems difficult to find two compositions more divergent than St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach. The first one is an action-packed drama, almost demanding a stage for performance. The latter is a contemplative piece, adding a lyrical commentary to each fragment of the Gospel story: thoughtful inner voices of indefinite characters, who try to somehow cope with what they had witnessed. We later recognize that these contemplations and unobtrusive answers reflect our own thoughts, and that we are drawn right into Matthew’s story, almost imperceptibly. If St. John Passion turns us into agitated spectators, St. Matthew Passion sees us as ...
(IT) Libreria Musical Italiana Book Release: "La scuola violoncellistica di Gaetano Ciandelli " (Enrica Donisi, 2016)
"The results obtained with this study aspire to dispel some misconceptions rooted in time, showing that the revival of the nineteenth century instrumental music in Italy is due to the cello School of Naples, thanks to the founder, Gaetano Ciandelli, his pupils Salvatore Pappalardo and Paolo Rotondo , and Isidoro Boubèe. ...
From the latest London Festival of Baroque Music (LFBM) newsletter:
"... For a start, we’re very pleased to announce that we’ve again been able to lengthen the Festival by a further two days, so that it is now back to the same 9-day format as the old Lufthansa Festival. ... Secondly, we thought you would like to know something about our new Festival theme, which has been inspired by the 450th anniversary of the birth of Monteverdi on the one hand, and the 250th anniversary of the death of Telemann on the other. Since these events occurred at the opposite extremes of the Baroque period and both composers could be said to have had one creative foot outside the Baroque – back in the Renaissance period in Monteverdi’s case, forward into the Classical period in Telemann’s – we’ve decided to reflect this in our programming, and to entitle our theme Baroque at the Edge. ...
From the latest eClassical newsletter:
"Haydn: The Complete Early Divertimenti - 50% Discount ... This bundle has been around before, but that was more than 2 years ago, and there are many new members of the eClassical extending family, so I thought ...
(From a recent article in BuzzFeed ... note the large image file at the very top of the article ... just keep scrolling down to find the text ... Marc Paré, EarlyMusicNews.org editor)
"For a while we thought we could choose our own music. Remember that? In the wake of the last century we seized the right to take our pick from all of the songs in the world (All of the songs in the world!) and told anyone who didn’t like it exactly where they could go. And when it turned out that was too many songs after all (how many lifetimes are needed for a complete survey of Memphis soul? Or Brazilian funk?), a new category of music services appeared to ease our burden. ...
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