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(US) Wired Magazine Article: "Music Can’t Last Forever, Not Even on the Internet" (by Klint Findley, 17 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 18, 2016

"... The trouble is that, even as music has become more durable, it has—paradoxically—also become more ephemeral. Your physical records don’t evaporate if the store you bought it from closes shop or the record label that published them goes out of business. If a streaming music company goes under, a stockpile of important cultural artifacts could go with it. ...


(UK) BBC News Article: "Mozart and Salieri 'lost' composition played in Prague" (16 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 17, 2016

"A piece of Mozart music considered lost for more than 200 years has been performed for the first time since being rediscovered.

It was co-written by him and Antonio Salieri, usually considered a rival, as well as an unknown composer, Cornetti. ...


(ES) La Nueva España Article: "Forma Antiqva" Performs in an Episode of "El Ministerio del Tiempo" (17 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 17, 2016

News from "La Nueva España" online website that the group "Forma Antiqva" will perform in an episode of  "El Ministerio del Tiempo". The popular series is seen by more than 2.8 spectators raising the profile of the early music group ...


(UK) The Guardian Article: "Opera's new voices: 10 composers making overtures to greatness" (by Amanda Holden, 15 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 17, 2016

"The Opera Guide is the first opera reference book compiled solely for publication online. At last reference books can be kept up-to-date, and this concise version of my previous opera guides contains state-of-the-art information on the 100 composers whose operas are most often performed, along with 250 operas that are their best works. Starting with Monteverdi and Cavalli, it ranges all through the repertoire to Peter Maxwell Davies, Kaija Saariaho and Thomas Adès, who have all written new operatic works to be premiered this year. ...


(US) National Endowment for the Arts Report: "The Arts and Economic Growth" (16 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 17, 2016

"Washington, DC—Today’s creative economy gets a big boost from the arts, according to new data from the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The latest figures cover 1998 to 2013 and they spotlight fast-growing arts industries, export trends, employment figures, consumer data, and more. In 2013, arts and cultural production contributed $704.2 billion to the U.S. economy, a 32.5 percent increase since 1998. Another key finding is that ...


(US) Wired Magazine Article: "New Clues to the Mystery of How Our Brains Keep Time" (by Emily Singer, 17 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 17, 2016

"Over the last few years, a handful of researchers have compiled growing evidence that the same cells that monitor an individual’s location in space also mark the passage of time. This suggests that two brain regions ...


(US) Historical Performance Institute at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Conference (20-22 May 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 16, 2016

“Historical Performance: Theory, Practice and Interdisciplinarity”

"This three-day conference will bring together leading scholar-practitioners to examine and anticipate key issues of historical performance in the twenty-first century. Especially welcome are presentations offering research generative of new insights into performance procedures. Scholars whose work extends beyond the field of music are encouraged to contribute.  ...


(CA) 12ième Édition Festival Chants de Vielles (1-3 Jul 2016) (Crowdfunding initiative)

Contributed by admin on Feb 15, 2016

Location: Saint-Antoine-Sur-Richelieu, Québec, CA

"Festival Chants de Vielles takes place in the lovely, country setting of Montérégie, in a quaint and historic Québec village. The 12th edition promises, from July 1, 2 & 3, 2016, tasty, nourishing discoveries, fantastic meet-ups and deeply-rooted exchanges and will bring you a fresh and delicious musical harvest, providing a place for sharing and learning on a human scale.  ...


(UK) The Sixteen Grammy Award Nomination: "Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610"

Contributed by admin on Feb 15, 2016

(From a recent Facebook post)

We’ve got our fingers and toes crossed for this evening’s GRAMMY Awards Ceremony – our recording of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 is nominated in the Best Choral Performance category…wish us luck! 

About the CD: "Following the success of their Monteverdi Selva morale e spirituale recordings, The Sixteen and Harry Christophers release a work often classed as one of the most significant collections of sacred music ever written: Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610. ...


(US) Salon Sanctuary Concert: "At the Pleasure of Mazarin" (25 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 15, 2016

Roman Treasures from the Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris
Location:
The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 East 61st Street, New York NY, US

Jessica Gould, soprano
Diego Cantalupi, archlute
Charles Weaver, theorbo
James Waldo, cello
Kenneth Hamrick, harpsichord
 

"A Cardinal who never took holy orders, Mazarin, né Giulio Raimondo Mazzarino (1602 – 1661), was born near Naples, grew up in Rome, and became Chief Minister of France. The most powerful advisor to Louis XIV was more fascinated by art than theology, and although Bernini in Paris would ultimately be the prize of Mazarin's successor, the Cardinal imported innumerable Italian compositions and a fair number of Italian composers to his adopted country. His dedication to artistic splendor was a hallmark of his tenure and a gift to subsequent generations. ...


(UK) Capilla Cayrasco CD: Sacred Music by Ockeghem & Josquin (Recording April 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 15, 2016

"Capilla Cayrasco and its artistic director Eligio Luis Quinteiro are planning to record their first CD for Barn Cottage Records, dedicated to sacred music by Johannes Ockeghem & Josquin Desprez, in London in April 2016. We will be recording some of the most beautiful polyphonic works by these two important Renaissance Flemish composers, using a chamber choir of twelve voices. All the members of Capilla Cayrasco are professional singers, specialised in consort / a cappella singing, active with various other early music groups in the UK. ...


(UK) Composers Edition Release: "Gesualdo: Sacrae Cantiones II - An analysis towards reconstruction" (by James Wood, Nov 2015)

Contributed by admin on Feb 14, 2016

"Conductor, composer, musicologist, instrument designer and formerly virtuoso percussionist, James Wood’s multi-faceted career has led him into an extraordinarily broad spectrum of musical activities. He was conductor of Schola Cantorum of Oxford before founding the New London Chamber Choir, with whom he pioneered the work of many contemporary composers, including Xenakis, Scelsi, Kagel, Harvey, Viñao and Wood himself, as well as much little-known music from the Renaissance. In the 1990s he also founded the Centre for Microtonal Music and its ensemble, Critical Band, and was active in the dissemination of microtonality on many levels. In 2007 he left England for Germany, where he pursues a free-lance career as conductor, composer and musicologist. His highly acclaimed reconstruction of Gesualdo’s Sacrae Cantiones Liber Secundus occupied him for over two years from 2008 until 2010, and his recording of the complete set with Vocalconsort Berlin for Harmonia Mundi was awarded the ECHO-Klassik Prize for Choir Recording of the Year in 2013. ...


(US) Cleveland LuteFest 2016 (26 June - 02 July 2016) (Student Scholarship Application Deadline: 01 Apr 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 14, 2016

Location: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Ohio, USA

"Join us for an exciting week of concerts, classes, and friendship at the 2016 edition of the biennial LSA Cleveland LuteFest. The event takes place at Case Western Reserve University located in Cleveland, Ohio. This year the faculty includes lutenist Jakob Lindberg and soprano Dame Emma Kirkby, soprano Ellen Hargis, Xavier Díaz-Latorre, Robert Barto, Paul O'Dette, Nigel North, Christopher Morrongiello, Ronn McFarlane, Charlie Weaver, and more. The event Director is Jason Priset. ...


(US) Unquiet Thoughts Blog: "Saturday morning quotes 5.39: Airs de cour" (13 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 14, 2016

"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)

Contributed by admin on Feb 14, 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. ...


(UK) Vote For Phantasm

Contributed by admin on Feb 13, 2016

"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. ...


(FR) 1986-2016 : 30 Years of Sagittarius in its Final Year of Performances

Contributed by admin on Feb 13, 2016

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"

Contributed by admin on Feb 13, 2016

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. ...


(SE) Polar Music Prize 2016

Contributed by admin on Feb 13, 2016

"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. ...


(US) Harmonia Early Music: "A Tribute To Handel" (by Janelle Davis, 12 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 13, 2016

"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 ...


(US) NewMusicBox Article: "Tracing Influence" (by By Jeff Arnal, 10 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 13, 2016

"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.  ...


(FR) Passe ton Bach d'abord festival (3-5 Jun 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 12, 2016

The 2016 Festival "Passe ton Bach d'abord"'s theme is centered around the "concerto" which appeared during the Baroque period.

For the opening concert, 2 magnificient concertos, JS Bach's Brandenburg concerfto with two natural horns, and CPE Bach's concerto for cello in a minor.  ...


(UK) Spitalfields Music Summer Festival 2016 (2-26 June 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 12, 2016

Location: London UK

News from Spitalfields that they "we've got summer sorted"! "24 days of sumptuous early music, intriguing contemporary collaborations and spellbinding choral sounds collide in some of East London's most unexpected places, plus fun for little ones (and grown-ups) too. ...


(AT) 7th International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti (21-28 Aug 2016)(Application Deadline: 15 May 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 12, 2016

Location: Innsbruch Austria

"“The International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti” will take place in Innsbruck for the seventh time. Named after the Italian composer Pietro Antonio Cesti, who turned Innsbruck into a centre for the Italian opera north of the Alps in the mid-17th century, young singers from all over the world with a special talent and training will compete in the varied field that is the baroque opera for participation in the final concert on 26.08.2016.  ...


(FR) L'Encelade CD Release: "Le Voyage d'Allemagne by Emmanuell Guigues, Viole de Gambe" (Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 12, 2016

"This album is a journey into the German school of music for solo viola de gamba and takes place in the years between 1705 and 1729. There are twenty-four years of music history between the earliest and latest pieces, namely the works by Schenck (1660 - 1712) and Telemann (1681 - 1767) respectively. In its own way, the programme symbolises the place occupied by instrumental music both in Germany and in Northern Europe as a whole in the first quarter of the 18th century. It is a landscape which shows the wide range of different influences on this repertoire - whether English, French or Italian - not to mention the extraordinary flowering of the German organ school and its stylus fantasticus. ...

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