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(DE) DW Article: "Beethoven overtakes Mozart as most popular composer" (by Rick Fulker, 29 March 2016)

Contributed by admin on Apr 03, 2016

From a recent post on the DW (Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany’s international broadcaster)

"How many of Beethoven's works can you recognize? According to a 170,000-vote survey, the composer is now more popular than his predecessor Mozart - in part, thanks to cinema. ...


(US) Boston Early Music Festival Report: "A Smashing Springtime Success!"

Contributed by admin on Mar 30, 2016

"The 2016 Springtime Soirée was a tremendous success, by all accounts! With a beautiful new venue, sparkling cocktails and a sumptuous meal, fabulous live and silent auctions, and glorious performances by BEMF favorites Amanda Forsythe, Aaron Sheehan, and Jesse Blumberg—a wonderful time was had by all. To top it off, we raised nearly ...


(UK) The Telegraph Article: "Dressing up for Opera at Glyndebourne" (by Hannah Furness, 26 Mar 2016)

Contributed by admin on Mar 26, 2016

"For some it is the quintessential scene of the British summertime; for others, proof positive that the world of opera is elitist and out of touch.

But the sight of opera-lovers donning their black tie to picnic on the lawns of Glyndebourne should not worry anyone unduly, according to its chairman, as he offers a spirited defence against snobbery. ...


(US) Unquiet Thoughts Blog: "Saturday morning quotes 5.45: Recording 2016" (26 Mar 2016)

Contributed by admin on Mar 26, 2016

"... Six years of performing live and recording have passed since the original post and we pause to consider those many dimensions.   In the interim the entire field of making and distributing recordings has been turned on its head, and we revisit the topic with some additional insights and observations from a few different perspectives. ...


(DE) Mollenhauer -- Updates its Website

Contributed by admin on Mar 26, 2016

News from Mollenhauer that their website has been updated. Mollenhauer is quite an active promoter of the recorder and has a long tradition of recorder building.

"The history of the company name MOLLENHAUER goes back to 1822. It began with an initiative by Johann Andreas Mollenhauer (1798–1871) and has continued through several generations to the present day." ...


(UK) The Guardian Article: " Sondra Radvanovsky: 'Singing bel canto means living like a nun'" (by Seth Colter Walls, 23 March 2016)

Contributed by admin on Mar 25, 2016

"... Already, this season, she has turned in memorable performances – as a singer and as an actor – in Donizetti’s two other, so-called “Tudor Queen” operas (specifically, the title roles in Anna Bolena and Maria Stuarda). For director David McVicar’s new-production run of Devereux, which opens on Thursday night, she will be completing a single-season programming feat first made famous by Beverly Sills.  ...


(UK) Wigmore Hall Live Flash Sale!

Contributed by admin on Mar 25, 2016

News from Wigmore Hall Live newsletter:

"For a limited time only, a selection of Wigmore Hall Live CDs (volumes 1–50) are available for just £2.50 each*, while stocks last. CDs are available online, in person at the Box Office, or by calling 020 7935 2141. Buy now to avoid disappointment!

*This price excludes postage and packaging "

Visit the Wigmore Hall Live website for more information of the various CD's on sale.

 


(US) Carmel Bach Festival: 2016 Virginia Best Adams Master Class Fellows

Contributed by admin on Mar 25, 2016

" Congratulations to our 2016 Virginia Best Adams Master Class Fellows!

  • Molly Netter, soprano
  • Kate Maroney, mezzo-soprano
  • Zach Finkelstein, tenor
  • David McFerrin, baritone​

The Carmel Bach Festival’s Virginia Best Adams Vocal Master Class offers a four-week series of public master classes, private coaching, and career mentoring from highly distinguished artist/teachers with decades of experience in Baroque opera and concert repertoire. Four participants are chosen each year and receive ...


(US) Carmel Bach Festival: 2016 Virginia Best Adams Master Class Fellows

Contributed by admin on Mar 25, 2016

" Congratulations to our 2016 Virginia Best Adams Master Class Fellows!

  • Molly Netter, soprano
  • Kate Maroney, mezzo-soprano
  • Zach Finkelstein, tenor
  • David McFerrin, baritone​

The Carmel Bach Festival’s Virginia Best Adams Vocal Master Class offers a four-week series of public master classes, private coaching, and career mentoring from highly distinguished artist/teachers with decades of experience in Baroque opera and concert repertoire. Four participants are chosen each year and receive ...


(UK) The Royal College of Music Secures Rare Gagliano Violin

Contributed by admin on Mar 16, 2016

"The Royal College of Music has secured the permanent loan of a 1758 Nicolò Gagliano violin, the only known remaining violin in its original Baroque set-up.

Chair and Head of Historical Performance at the RCM, Professor Ashley Solomon, says ‘Violin students in the Historical Performance Faculty at the Royal College of Music will benefit from this extraordinarily generous long term permanent loan of an original Nicolo Gagliano violin from 1758. Each term a new student will be given the instrument to play, enabling a growing community of violinists to share this unique instrument and learn from its rich historical heritage. This is not only a very valuable instrument but quite rare as it remains in its original 18th century set-up.’  ...


(US) Baroque Band is closing the rivalry season with L'Arte Del Violino! Featuring Rachel Barton Pine!

Contributed by baroqueband on Mar 16, 2016

Rachel Barton Pine makes her Baroque Band debut to help close the season with "rock star" concertos!

One of the first ‘rock star’ virtuoso violinists, Pietro Locatelli was known for his flamboyance both musically and in his life. Said to play like the devil he could often be seen in the courts of Europe dressed in his diamond-studded clothes. Meanwhile, ...


(US) New York Times: "A New Weapon for Battling Cellphones in Theaters: Laser Beams" (by Amy Quin, 14 Mar 2016)

Contributed by admin on Mar 16, 2016

"BEIJING — Audience members using cellphones bedevil performers and presenters around the world. But in China, theaters and other venues have adopted what they say is an effective — others might say disturbing — solution. ...


(US) Baroque Band Concert: "Veiled Beauty: Forgotten Treasures of the French Baroque" (13 Apr 2016)

Contributed by baroqueband on Mar 16, 2016

Forgotten Treasures of the French Baroque. Wednesday, April 13, 2016.

Music by Leclair, Hotteterre, Chauvon and Guillemain.

Join Baroque Band’s musicians in the intimate setting of Chicago’s beautiful Driehaus Museum for an hour-long program of enchanting chamber music.


(US) Boston Early Music Festival Fundraiser: "A Springtime Sorée" (19 Mar 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 23, 2016

"Join us for a festive evening of delights, with special treats and surprises of all kinds!

Celebrate a sparkling year with entertainment by some of BEMF's most beloved artists, including Amanda Forsythe, Aaron Sheehan, Jesse Blumberg, and others ..."


(US) Texas Early Music Project (TEMP) Fundraiser

Contributed by admin on Feb 23, 2016

"Show your love for TEMP during this fabulous fundraiser! 

Our challenge this year is twofold:

1. Funding: our goal is to raise $10,000 for the upcoming season. We have a LOT of new and exciting programs in store as well as the familiar ones you know and love, and we need your help to make this possible. ...


(IT) Libreria Musicale Italiana (LIM) Announces its Updated Catalogue

Contributed by admin on Feb 23, 2016

(From a recent LIM newsletter)

Libreria Musicale Italiana (LIM) Announces its Updated Catalogue.

"Founded in 1988 with the aim of publishing facsimile editions of music and musicography from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Baroque periods, LIM has developed a solid editorial activity in all branches of music culture and musicology. ...


(US) Naxos - Paladino Music Label CD Release: "PEDRINI, T.: Complete Violin Sonatas" (Release, originally 2015)

Contributed by admin on Feb 22, 2016

"Teodorico Pedrini had quite the journey during his lifetime. Over the course of eight years, he traveled from Italy to the Canary Island, Chile, Mexico, Peru, and the Philippines. Pedrini is the sole 18th-century composer of which we know that wrote European compositions in China, where he finally arrived in 1711. Upon arrival in Beijing, he worked for emperors Kangxi, Yongzheng, and Qianlong until he died in 1746. ...


(UK) Medieval Music in the Dales (2-4 Sep 2016) (Crowdfunding Deadline 28 March 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 22, 2016

"Medieval Music in the Dales brings together musicians, dancers, instrument makers, crafts people, medieval enthusiasts and music lovers for a long weekend of wonderful music-making in an awesome medieval setting: Bolton Castle in gorgeous Wensleydale. Whether you enjoy listening to music, playing music, dancing or just enjoying a wonderful spectacle in a gorgeous setting - this is for you. ...


(ES) Ediciones Singulares

Contributed by admin on Feb 21, 2016

"Ediciones Singulares is a publishing imprint specializing in the production of stylish book-CDs which set music securely into its historical, cultural and social background and discourse. The series “Los escritores y la música”, with six titles already published and with new releases in preparation, has been acting as our means of introduction into the Spanish publishing market, and its reception there has been extremely positive.  ...


(US) Wired Magazine Article: "This Huge Cat’s Cradle Embodies the Great Fugues of Bach" (by Liz Stinson, 02 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 21, 2016

"... If cat’s cradle has a musical equivalent, it would be the fugue. In classical music, the fugue is often considered the most complex form a piece could take. To the untrained ear, it sounds simple, but it’s anything but. In a fugue, a series of independent voices and instruments extrapolate on a common theme, simultaneously competing and complementing each other, but ultimately coming together to create an interwoven tapestry of sound. ...


(US) Naxos CD Release: "GRATIANI, B.: Cantatas (Consortium Carissimi, Comeaux)" (Consortium Carissimi, Garrick Comeaux, conductor, Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 21, 2016

"Bonifazio Graziani, maestro di cappella at the Jesuit Church in Rome, is now emerging as one of the most eminent figures of the mid-seventeenth century Roman baroque period, the so-called Scuola romana. Like his great contemporary, Giacomo Carissimi, he favoured the genre of the solo cantata for one, two, three and four voices. The liturgical cantatas, or motets, from Musiche sagre e morali, are notable for their tremendously varied subject matter, ranging from  ...


(UK) Linn Records CD Release: "Trevor Pinnock ~ Journey" (12 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 21, 2016

"This unique harpsichord recital by Trevor Pinnock charts two incredible musical journeys four hundred years apart. Inspired by the travels of Antonio Cabezón, the sixteenth century organist and composer, Pinnock's programme weaves a path not only through Cabezón's life but also through his own enviable career. ...


(US) Naxos (Dynamic label) DVD Release: "Hasse, J.A.: Artaserse (Festival della Valle d'Itria, 2012)" (Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 21, 2016

"A classic work of its genre and historical period, Artaserse was premièred in Venice in 1730 by the most famous singers of the day: Farinelli in the role of Arbace, Cuzzoni as Mandane and the castrato Nicolino as Artabano. Following its initial success, Hasse produced two different versions of the work, the first in 1740 and the second in 1760. ...


(DE) Deutsche Grammophone - Archiv Produktion CD Release: "Magdalena Kožená Monteverdi" (19 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 21, 2016

"To celebrate the Monteverdi year in 2017, mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená presents her first ever Monteverdi arias album on our label. Inspired by the improvisational nature of this music, she reveals another aspect of her musical personality and presents an album full of real hits! The album is released this month. ...


(US) Semibrevity -- Remembering Our Early Music Pioneers

Contributed by admin on Feb 20, 2016

We often wonder of our music pioneers who championed the early music movement in years gone by. This is where the Semibrevity website steps in and helps the collective memory with blog posts, audio clips and historical facts that ...

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