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(US) Anonymous 4 Retires

Contributed by admin on Jan 24, 2016

"Well, this is it: The last notes have been sung. After a journey spanning over a thousand years of music, nearly 30 years of international touring and more 20 recordings on the harmonia mundi label, Anonymous 4 is closing up shop. ...


(US) The New York Times article: "Early-Music Ensembles: Praised as Pure, but Seeking More" (by Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, 20 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jan 24, 2016

"When the female vocal quartet Anonymous 4 retired last month, it left behind a discography spanning a thousand years of music. But the core of its repertory was medieval music in which, in plainchant passages, the four women’s voices seemed to melt together into one silky, unison line. ...


(UK) Opera Today Review: "Taverner and Tavener, Fretwork, London" (by Claire Seymour, 22 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jan 24, 2016

"‘Apt for voices or viols’: eager to maximise sales among the domestic market in Elizabethan England, publishers emphasised that the music contained in collections such as Thomas Morley’s First Book of Madrigals to Four Voices of 1594 was suitable for performance by any combination of singers and players. ...


(DE) Göttingen International Handel Festival (5-16 May 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jan 24, 2016

"George Frideric Handel enthralls people, touching them to the depths of their hearts. In his day, he amazed audiences with his extraordinary breadth of musical expression, which ranges from most intimate chamber music to opulent tonal splendour, from simple vocal lines to virtuosic coloratura. Today, his music is brought to life year after year by the International Handel Festival in Göttingen, which has been attracting guests to this attractive university town with beautiful and captivating productions since 1920. ...


(UK) The Guardian Article: " Dates of key Mozart symphonies are wrong, claims music scholar" (by Mark Brown, 10 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jan 13, 2016

"Days of looking at crossed-out dates on original manuscripts with magnifying glass reveals different dates on five works from composer’s early period Mozart symphonies from one of the most important periods of his composing life have been wrongly dated, a British scholar has discovered. ...


(US) Los Angeles Times Article: "Spotify hit with second songwriter lawsuit in two weeks" (by Ryan Faughnder, 08 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jan 13, 2016

"Another songwriter has sued streaming music service Spotify -- accusing the company of "wholesale copyright infringement" -- in an escalation of the ongoing battle over online royalties and licensing.  ...


(US) Unquiet Thought Blog: "Saturday morning quotes 5.34: Influences (by Ron or Donna, 09 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jan 11, 2016

"... In early music, one tends to be influenced by the insights of scholars at least as much as by performers—moreso in the case of the present writer.  My (RA) influences can be be easily discerned simply by reading through some five year's worth of weekly blog posts.   ...


(US) Smithsonian.com Article: 180.000 items at New York Public Library Available Online (by Erin Blakemore, 7 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jan 11, 2016

"Are you into old photos? Ancient religious texts? Vintage blueprints of algae? You’re in luck: You don’t need to turn off your laptop and take a trip to see them up close. On Tuesday, the New York Public Library announced that it has released more than 180,000 items as instant, high-resolution downloads for anyone who’s curious and has access to a computer.

The downloads are all in the public domain and cover everything from popular culture to history, science and music. ...


(DE) "Tobi's Notenarchive" Website Updates

Contributed by admin on Jan 11, 2016

(From a recent newsletter from Tobias Schoelkopf regarding "Tobi's Notenarchive" website updates)

"Dear Bach friends,

all piano works, canons, and the complete BWV appendix is now available as CAP, CAPX, XML, PDF and Midi.

The following works are new in my Bach Archive ...


(UK) Heritage Lottery Fund to invest £3.6million in Royal College of Music’s Museum

Contributed by admin on Jan 11, 2016

"The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has today announced support¹ of £3.6m to redevelop the Royal College of Music’s Museum. This significant investment will kick-start a three-year project to create new displays and a performance space for the RCM’s extensive and precious collection of historic instruments. ...


(US) New York Times Article: "Discogs Turns Record Collectors’ Obsessions Into Big Business" (by Ben Sisariodec, 29 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jan 01, 2016

"In the beginning, Kevin Lewandowski just wanted a way to keep track of his techno records.Now, 15 years later, the free website he set up for that purpose, Discogs.com, has become a vital resource for record collectors and the music industry, with a sprawling database of more than 6.5 million releases.  ...


(US) Orlando Consort Concert: "The Passion of Joan of Arc" Silent Film Get Live Soundtrack (16 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jan 01, 2016

(From a recent Orlando Consort news release)

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County is pleased to present “The Passion of Joan of Arc: Silent Film & Medieval Sound,” a new project by British vocal ensemble The Orlando Consort, on Saturday, January 16, 2016, 8pm, at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The Orlando Consort creates a stunning live soundtrack to Carl Theodor Dreyer’s monumental 1928 silent film biography of the saint and martyr, singing medieval songs composed during the lifetime of Joan of Arc (1412-1431) in live accompaniment to the film. A pre-concert lecture by Jean Drum will take place at 7pm. ...


(US) The New York Times: "Aix Festival Director to Step Down" (by Michael Cooper, 21 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 24, 2015

"Bernard Foccroulle, the general director of the Aix-en-Provence Festival, plans to step down from his position at the end of 2017, the festival announced on Friday.

Mr. Foccroulle, who joined the festival in 2007 and has led it through a number of artistic successes, said in a statement that ...


(UK) The Stage Article: "Scottish government draft budget outlines 9.5% culture spending cut" (by Tom Dibdin, 17 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 24, 2015

While there are no early music groups mentioned in the article, it is most likely that the granting process will also be affected with respect to Scottish early music organizations.

"Culture has been hit with a headline 9.5% cut in the Scottish government's draft budget, published in Edinburgh on December 16.

Overall, Scottish Government is reducing spend on culture in 2016/17 from £170.2 million to £154.1 million.

As part of this, the five directly funded national companies, ...


(US) Vanguard Seattle Review: "Pacific MusicWorks Gives a Golden Performance of Handel’s “Messiah” (21 December 2015, by Claire Biringer)

Contributed by admin on Dec 24, 2015

"I’m going to come right out and say this: I don’t like Handel. The overly stuffy formal structures and frivolous ornamentation of the high Baroque will never top my list. I find the Messiah static and trite, and Handel’s operas no more exciting than the bassline of Pachelbel’s canon. I’ve only found glimpses of redemption in his output, like the moody D minor Sarabande and brief coloratura passages in Giulio Cesare.

If anyone were to sway my Handelian hatred, it is unsurprising that it would be Pacific MusicWorks, the ...


(UK) The Guardian Interview: " Facing the music: John Butt" (21 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 22, 2015

"From Bach and Purcell to garage-pop band the Vaselines, conductor, organist and Dunedin Consort director Butt shares his musical inspirations ...


(US) BEMF Wins Big on the International Stage!

Contributed by admin on Dec 22, 2015

(From a recent Boston Early Music Festival newsletter)


BEMF's two latest CD releases - Steffani's Niobe, Regina di Tebe and Charpentier's La Descente d'Orphée aux Enfers - have received a host of major international awards and recognition in 2015. The prestigious honors include a 2015 GRAMMY Award, two 2015 ECHO Klassik Awards, a 2015 Diapason d'Or de l'Année, a 2015 German Record Critics' Award, and two appearances on the Gramophone Awards shortlist! ...


(US) Bach Collegium San Diego News Release: "National Endowment for the Arts supports BCSD"

Contributed by admin on Dec 22, 2015

"We are excited to announce that Bach Collegium San Diego was recently awarded a grant by the National Endowment for the Arts! 

The award of $10,000 will be used, in their words, "to support historically informed concerts and related educational activities. Plans include ...


(US) The New York Times Article: "In Handel’s ‘Messiah,’ the Trumpet as Divine Agent" (by Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheimdec 17, 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 22, 2015

"COMING late in Handel’s “Messiah,” the glittering instrumental solo in “The Trumpet Shall Sound” is one of the most recognizable trumpet parts in music. This time of year, its rousing opening fanfare and serenely gleaming lyrical passages can be heard in concert halls and churches all over the country, part of a bass aria that becomes one of this beloved oratorio’s emotional highlights, charged with hope, mystery and awe. ...


(FR) Jean Rondeau CD Release: "Vertigo" (Rameau & Royer) (Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 20, 2015

News from Jean Rondeau of his upcoming CD release "Vertigo"

"France’s leading young harpsichordist performs works by two masters of the French Baroque. No surprises there, perhaps … but the harpsichordist in question is Jean Rondeau and the album is called Vertigo. It conceives the harpsichord in vividly theatrical terms. Vertigo takes its name from a dramatic, rhapsodic piece by Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer, who, along with Jean-Philippe Rameau, forms the focus of this album. If Rameau (1683–1764) is the better-known composer today, especially admired for such operatic masterpieces as Hippolyte et Aricie and Platée, the younger Royer (1705–1755) was also a major figure in his time, rising to become master of music at the court of Louis XV. Both Rameau and Royer excelled ...


(US) The Four Nations Ensemble at The Clark Art Institute (Newsrelease)

Contributed by admin on Dec 20, 2015

"Four Nations Ensemble Announces partnership with the Clark Art Institute in three concerts.

On January 30 at 6 PM The Four Nations Ensemble and the Clark Museum inaugurate a series of concerts inspired by paintings in the great collection and calling upon the Ensemble and remarkable guest artists to ...


(US) Los Angeles Times Article: " Copyright Royalty Board hikes rates Pandora must pay" (by Ryan Faughnder, 20 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Dec 20, 2015

"A panel of federal judges has ordered Pandora Media Inc. and other Internet radio stations to pay higher royalties for sound recordings in a ruling that could have broad ramifications for the music industry. ...


(US) Unquiet Thoughts Blog: "Saturday morning quotes 5.31: Authority and Autonomy"

Contributed by admin on Dec 20, 2015

"The question of autonomy versus authority has different connotations and sometimes very specific meanings in philosophy, law, the political realm, medicine, and religion.  Broadly speaking, authority is defined as the power to enforce laws and/or to determine a baseline of information or standards.  In a musicological context as relates to the sources of historical music, authoritative status is given to early printed sources of music, or given to very specific literal descriptions of a particular aspect of performance practice.  Autonomy is defined as  ...


(ES) Xuriach Dance Courses with Anna Romaní at the d’Història de Catalunya (8,15,22,29 Jan, 5 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 20, 2015

Location: Museo d’Història de Catalunya, Pl. de Pau Vila, 3 (Palau de Mar), 08003 BARCELONA

Xuriach in collaboration with the Museum of History of Catalonia, proposes an annual course on ancient dance of the masters of dance between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries which have reached us through treaties and manuscripts, or through forms of oral tradition. ...


(ES) 5th International Course on Medieval Music Performance (8-23 Jul 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 17, 2015

Location: Besalú, Spain

"The International Course on Medieval Music Performance offers singers and instrumentalists the possibility to study monophonic and polyphonic repertoires composed in the 12th and 13th centuries. The course masterfully combines rigorous musicological research with a vibrant reconstruction of performance practice.

The main objectives are ...

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