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(CA) Musical Toronto Article: "COFFEE BREAK | The World's Oldest Surviving Piano Sounds Better That You'd Think" (by Musical Toronto, 07 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 08, 2016

" ... This priceless instrument was made in 1720 by the inventor of the piano, Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655-1731). The video features pianist Dongsok Shin performing one of the first pieces ever written for the piano — a Sonata composed in 1732 from the 12 Sonate da cimbalo di piano e forte detto volgarmente di martelletti, Op. 1, by Lodovico Giustini (1685-1743). ...


(US) The Atlantic Article: "Searching for Lost Knowledge in the Age of Intelligent Machines" (by Adrienne Lafrance, 01 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 08, 2016

An interesting in-depth article on the evolution of search engines and what to expect in the near future. How the compilation of historical facts may be presented/offered by future search engines.

"... engineers are building computer models of neural networks, machines that mimic the elegance and complexity of human thought. But there are still many challenges ahead. Sourcing is a big one. Even a database built from tens of millions of well-vetted books and articles isn’t comprehensive. And there’s still the question of how the results from these new search engines ought to appear to the person searching. A simple graph that shows a connect-the-dots web of related resources and ideas is one way. A more sophisticated map-like interface is another—“like Google Maps,” Gramatic offers—but you’d still lose scale and context as you zoom in and out. ...


(UK) NCEM York Early Music International Young Artists Competition 2017 (Application deadline 17 Jan 2017)

Contributed by admin on Dec 08, 2016

Applications are open until Tuesday 17 January 2017

  • Are you an early music ensemble (minimum 2 members)?
  • Is the average age of your members 32 years or under?
  • Do you focus on historically informed performance practice and play repertory of any period from the Middle Ages to the 19th century on period instruments?
  • Can you be available from Wednesday 12 to Saturday 15 July 2017 at the National Centre for Early Music in York?

(UK) Oxford Press "English Historical Review" October 2016 Issue

Contributed by admin on Dec 08, 2016

For those of you who have online access to the Oxford Journals "English Historical Review", the October 2016 issue is now available online. For others who do not have access, you may want to enquire about possible access with your library. Access to the journals are available through

  • personal subscription
  • library "OpenAthens" user access
  • library "Institutional" user access
  • selected pay-per-view access

The October 2016 lists the following articles: ...


(US) San Francisco Renaissance Voices "A Festival of Lessons & Carols - Annual Free Family Concert" (10 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 07, 2016

Location: Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco

"Join San Francisco Renaissance Voices (Katherine McKee, music director) for our annual holiday gift to our audiences, this traditional Festival of Lessons & Carols modeled after the event first performed at King's College Cambridge (England) in 1918 and performed every year there, and around the world, since.  We again honor a tradition of the festival and will debut a commissioned carol by Bay Area composer Angela Kraft Cross, using text by Bay Area poet Elisabeth Eliassen.  ...


(UK) London Festival of Baroque Music (LFBM) 2017 "A Glimpse of Who's Coming to the UK in May"

Contributed by admin on Dec 07, 2016

"International collaboration has always been the name of the game here at LFBM, and we’re delighted that in these increasingly tricky times we’re still able to keep visits to London by top artists from abroad as one of the main threads of our programming. If you’re a regular e-news reader, you’ll already know about ...


(US) Bach Collegium San Diego Seeks New Executive Director

Contributed by admin on Dec 07, 2016

(From a recent newsletter)

"Bach Collegium San Diego, the city’s premier early music performance ensemble, is searching for a new executive director, following the announcement that its first ever part-time executive director, Abigail McKee, will be leaving to become executive director of the prestigious Portland Baroque Orchestra. McKee will remain at the helm of Bach Collegium San Diego through their performances of Handel's Messiah on December 17–19. ...


(UK) Shakespeare's Globe - Play: "All the Angels" by Nick Drake (6 Dec 2016–12 Feb 2017)

Contributed by admin on Dec 07, 2016

Tuesday 6 December 2016 – Sunday 12 February 2017 Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

"Handel’s Messiah is arguably the world’s most popular choral work. But its story begins in the unlikely setting of a room above a pub in Chester, when the great Composer, detained by bad weather on his way to a season of concerts in Dublin, invites some unlikely local choristers to rehearse excerpts. It is not a success. So begins Handel’s struggle to stage the premiere of his great new work, confronted by seemingly insurmountable challenges, including the tricky librettist Charles Jennens, the actress Susannah Cibber who he trains to sing the most moving arias, and the mysterious Crazy Crow. ...


(DE) Carus Editions "St. John Passion - Heinrich Schütz"

Contributed by admin on Dec 06, 2016

"With the St. John Passion the triad of Schütz’s settings of the Passion is now available within the framework of the complete recording of Schütz’s works by the Dresdner Kammerchor under the direction of Hans-Christoph Rademann. The Passions are testimony to Schütz’s highly musical artistic aspirations, they are works of his old age and maturity with which an entire musical epoch reaches its conclusion. ...


(FR) "L'art du madrigal selon l'ensemble Voces suave" Review (by Jean-Marc Warszawski, 28 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 06, 2016

"L'arte del madrigale, Œuvres de Monteverdi, Luzzaschi, Agostini, Gesualdo, etc., ensemble Voces Suave. Éditions Ambronay 2016 (AMY 306). Recorded in Jujurieux, 13-17 Apr. 2016.

Voces Suaves is a vocal ensemble of ten singers assembled by the baritone Tobias Wicky in 2012, essentially all from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where are joined, as needed instrumentalists.

Their repertoire of predilection is music of the xvIth et xviith centuries with a preference for Italian repertoire. ...


(US) Desert Baroque Workshops and Festivals | "The Suite Life" (20-22 Jan 2017)

Contributed by sonialee on Dec 06, 2016

Location: In Greater Palm Springs, California, USA

The Suite Life is a thrilling intensive weekend dedicated to the harpsichord. Participants will be treated to performances and master classes by world-renowned harpsichordists including Elaine Funaro, Margaret Irwin-Brandon, Sonia Lee, Gilbert Martinez, Charles Metz,  Webb Wiggins, and others. Whether you are simply an appreciator of the harpsichord, a performer new to the instrument or a professional harpsichordist, this is a weekend NOT TO BE MISSED. ...


(UK) Opera Today Review: "Philippe Jaroussky at the Wigmore Hall: Baroque cantatas by Telemann and J.S.Bach" (by Claire Seymour, 02 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 05, 2016

"On Tuesday evening this week, I found myself at The Actors Centre in London’s Covent Garden watching a performance of Unknowing, a dramatization of Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben and Dichterliebe (in a translation by David Parry, in which Matthew Monaghan directed a baritone and a soprano as they enacted a narrative of love, life and loss. Two days later at the Wigmore Hall I enjoyed a wonderful performance, reviewed here, by countertenor Philippe Jaroussky with Julien Chauvin’s Le Concert de la Loge, of cantatas by Telemann and J.S. Bach.

What connects these two events? Well, on both occasions I found myself contemplating ...


(DE) Deutsche Grammophon CD Box Set Release: "W.A. Mozart, The New Complete Edition" (28 Oct 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 05, 2016

"The most complete and authoritative edition of Mozart's works on 200CDs. In celebration of Mozart’s 225th anniversary, presented by Decca Classics and Deutsche Grammophon in partnership with the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation. This individually-numbered limited edition is a fusion of the latest scholarship with 240 hours of benchmark performances from 600 world-class artists and state-of-the-art sound recording. ...


(US) The New York Times Article: "Russell Oberlin, 88, Dies; Led Renaissance of Countertenor in U.S." (by Margalit Fox, 29 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 05, 2016

"Russell Oberlin, one of the 20th century’s most celebrated countertenors, whose voice was famed for an earthy robustness that belied the ethereal heights to which it could ascend, died on Friday in Manhattan. He was 88.

His assistant, Zachary Stains, confirmed the death. ...


(CA) Globe and Mail Article: "Making arts experiences accessible to all is more important than ever" (by Kate Taylor, 25 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 05, 2016

"Everywhere you turn, arts institutions are getting wildly creative about drawing new audiences – or is that wildly desperate? Anecdotal evidence from arts administrators suggests their audiences are in serious decline. And this week the Canadian Index of Wellbeing came out with a challenging report suggesting that the decline is real and part of a larger social trend. ...


(US) Musica Pacifica CD Release: "Mi Palpita Il Cor: Baroque Passions" (Navona Records, 14 Oct 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 01, 2016

"MI PALPITA IL COR: BAROQUE PASSIONS is a compelling journey into the rich corners of the mid- and late-Baroque period. Featuring an array of thrilling instrumental and vocal compositions, the album is driven by the performances of French-Canadian soprano Dominique Labelle and American early music ensemble Musica Pacifica, founded in 1990, based in San Francisco, and whose playing has been called “a small miracle of precision and musical electricity” by the Washington Post. ...


(US) Ralph Locke Discusses Alexander the Great and the Indian Rajah Puru in Musicology Colloquium Series (06 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 01, 2016

Musicologist Ralph Locke (Emeritus, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester) will deliver a talk entitled “Alexander the Great and the Indian Rajah Puru: Exoticism in a Metastasio Libretto as Set by Hasse and by Handel in the Peabody Institute Musicology Colloquium series this coming Tuesday, December 6 at 5PM.  ...


(FR) Festival d'Ambronay 2016 (16 Sep-09 Oct) Available in Video Online

Contributed by admin on Dec 01, 2016

If you missed the Festival d'Ambronay 2016, you may view and hear some of its concerts online thanks to the site "Culturebox". Visit the site before the videos lapse and are removed. ...


(ES) Alia Vox CD Release: "El Llibre Vermell de Montserrat" (29 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 01, 2016

New recording of one of Jordi Savall's first performances of this wonderful work, recorded at the Church Santa Maria del Pi, Barcelona, in November, 2013, as a tribute to Montserrat Figueras. ...


(US) New Comma Baroque Announces Residency at Emmanuel Episcopal Church of La Grange, Illinois

Contributed by admin on Dec 01, 2016

New Comma Baroque, the Chicago-based early music ensemble, is honored to announce its residency at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in La Grange. The partnership signifies the ensemble's dedication to bringing music directly into the communities, as well as making historically informed performance accessible to audiences. ...


(ES) Capella de Ministrers (CdM)-Carles Magraner CD Release: "Hic et Nunc - Live in Concert"

Contributed by admin on Dec 01, 2016

"Capella de Ministrers - Carles Magraner present "Hic et Nunc Live in Concert", a memorial of their 30th anniversary, a live recording of the July 15 at FeMAP by Catalunya Music with a selection of instrumental works from their last record work around Ramón Llull, an amalgamation of music that unites sounds from all the coasts of the Mediterranean. A rich and vibrant medieval repertoire, with the peculiarity of having been recorded live. ...


(US) San Francisco Classical Voice Article: "“Kitka Remix” Filters Ancient Tones Through Modern Sensibilities" (by Lou Fancher, 28 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 30, 2016

"When the world’s oldest song-transmission method meets the world’s most progressive song-production tools and techniques, is it bliss, or a blowout?

The women’s vocal ensemble Kitka specializes in traditional Eastern European songs, some of which predate Christianity and have been passed down by oral tradition — from mouth-to-ear-to-mouth — for centuries. ...


(UK) The Stage Article: "Government vows to tackle ticketing bots that would ’disarm the worst’ touts" (by Georgia Snow, 29 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 30, 2016

"A law banning software used to exploit the secondary ticketing market has moved one step closer to reality, after arts minister Matt Hancock confirmed the government would consider implementing legislation. ...


(UK) The Telegraph Article: "Sotheby's clashes with expert over Beethoven manuscript that fails to sell after public row over authenticity" (by Lydia Willgress, 29 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 30, 2016

"A handwritten Beethoven score valued at up to £200,000 has failed to sell at auction, after a public row between music scholars over whether it was written in the composer’s own hand.

The manuscript for Allegretto In B Minor, thought to have been drawn up in 1817, had been described by Sotheby's as ...


(UK) NCEM Young Composers Award 2017

Contributed by admin on Nov 27, 2016

"Launched on BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show, the call for entries to the 2017 NCEM Young Composers Award is now open. Applicants must register their interest before 5pm on Friday 24 February by emailing education@ncem.co.uk, stating which age category they wish to enter.

The 2017 award is presented by the National Centre for Early Music and BBC Radio 3 in partnership with The Tallis Scholars, directed by Peter Phillips. ...

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