(US) Harmonia Mundi Latest February Releases Newsletter (Early Music Picks)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 24, 2012
Stile Antico and Fretwork
Tune Thy Musicke to thy Hart
Tudor and Jocobean Music for Private Devotion

On Tune thy Musick to thy Hart the young British stars of song Stile Antico are joined by the award-winning viol consort Fretwork to explore the wealth of Tudor and Jacobean sacred music written not for church performance, but for the court and for the home. Sung entirely in English, the program invites audiences to eavesdrop on this profound and moving musical experience.

(IT) L'Humor Bizzarro - 11th Early Dance and Music Summer Workshop (1-8 aug 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 24, 2012

L’Humor Bizzarro
intarsi di musica e danza antica
courses, concerts and workshops

11th edition – Rome (Italy) August 1st – 8th, 2012
Location: Scuola Popolare di Musica di Testaccio

At the end of the workshop all the courses will take part in the final students' performance with dance, music and theatre.

(NL) René Slotboom, Maker of Bowed Instruments

Contributed by Admin on Feb 23, 2012 Weblinks Revisited 

Building bowed instruments for more than 25 years gave me the opportunity to measure quite a lot of original 17th and 18th century instruments. Among these are instruments from makers like Barak Norman, Edward Lewis, Cheron, Bertrand, Rombouts, Jacobs, Hellmer, Stradivari, Castagnieri, Linarol and Ciciliano. The list of names includes cellos, basses, the members of the viol family from treble viol to consort bass, and the viola d'amore.

(NL) Conservatorium van Amsterdam 2012 Early Music Summer School (20-24 aug 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 23, 2012
“The Amsterdam Early Music Summer School is an Early Music course targeting the historically informed performance of Baroque and Classical music. The course is open to participants of all ages (instrumentalists as well as vocalists) and will include private lessons from expert teachers from the Early Music Faculty at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, as well as workshops, masterclasses, lectures, concerts, and lots of chances to play with fellow students from all over the world.” (** More information of the 2012 summer school details are forthcoming. -- ed.)

(PL) Warsaw Chamber Opera: "The 22th Mozart Festival in Warsaw" (15 jun - 26 jul 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 23, 2012
“The music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has long occupied a prominent place in the company’s repertoire. A series of successful productions encouraged the decision to mark the 200th anniversary of the composer’s death with the 1st Mozart Festival (15 June – 26 July 1991). Its programme included all of Mozart’s stage works (26 productions). The Mozart Festival has been organised on an annual basis since then. Every edition of the event (15 June – 26 July) comprises Mozart complete stage output and a selection of his chamber, symphonic, and vocal-instrumental works. The Warsaw Chamber Opera is the only company in the world to have Mozart’s entire operatic output in its permanent repertoire. Small wonder that this unprecedented achievement won the Warsaw’s company wide international recognition.”

(US) American Bach Soloists, Jeffrey Thomas-Artistic Director Announces: Bach's St. Matthew Passion is now on iTunes

Contributed by Admin on Feb 23, 2012
American Bach Soloists recent newsletter lets us know of its latest recording of Bach's St. Matthew Passion (2000) available on iTunes. However, instead, you may to take a look at its “discography” web page and take stock of its impressive catalogue of available CD titles. Quite an impressive display.

(US) ArkivMusic Newsletter: Warner's Apex Label Now 3 for $20

Contributed by Admin on Feb 23, 2012

(From the latest ArkivMusic Newsletter, 2 feb 2012 -- ed)

“ArkivMusic now has the Apex budget series of titles from Erato, Teldec, and Warner Classics on sale at 3 CDs for $20! Our featured titles are below. Buy 3 or more CDs from our complete section of eligible titles and you will be charged only $6.66 per disc. The more you buy, the more you save! Be sure to also view our list of Apex 2-disc sets at just $9.99 each! (Note: Our Apex 3-for-$20 sale does not include ArkivCDs or imports; sale ends 3/12/12.)”

(CA) Early Music Fredericton: "For the Birds" (26 feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 23, 2012

Loction: Gallery 78, 796 Queen Street, Fredericton NB, Canada

“We would like to invite you to the next concert, 'For the Birds', with harpsichordist Jonathan Addleman and baroque violinist Sari Tsuji.

Nightingales, cuckoos, chickens – birds inspired composers to write some charming music! A musical aviary for violin and harpsichord by Biber, Rameau, Daquin, Frescobaldi, Schmelzer, and even a certain Mister Finch. A sort of midwinter pick-me-up concert, and most definitely not just for the birds, but for music lovers too!

(US) Harmonia Mundi at ArkivMusic -- Sale!

Contributed by Admin on Feb 23, 2012
ArkivMusic has on sale one of classical music's classiest labels, Harmonia Mundi, with noteworthy new releases and frontline titles available at $7 off list price plus a selection of reissues for only $6.99 each! Our featured titles are below, or view the entire catalog while it is all on sale! (Sale ends 3/5/12.)

(SE) EAR-ly 2012: "Second Nordic Young Early Music Ensemble Competition 2012" (Application Deadline: 27 feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 23, 2012
“The first edition of EAR-ly was organised as a national competition in Sweden in June 2008 by Stockholm Early Music Festival. The winner was Duo Ferrara. Since 2010 the competition is a Nordic event arranged by NORDEM. In 2010, an international jury headed by Ton Koopman appointed Norwegian Cornett & Sackbuts was appointed the winning ensemble.

(IT) The Consortium of Violinmakers "Antonio Stradivari" CREMONA

Contributed by Admin on Feb 22, 2012
“The Consorzio Liutai Antonio Stradivari Cremona was founded in 1996 for the purpose of promoting and making known contemporary Cremonese violin making, which upholds an ancient artisan tradition.

The Consorzio has its seat in Cremona , the city of Stradivari , Amati and Guarneri, the great masters of the past. Their art, known and admired throughout the world, is a source of inexhaustible inspiration for modern instrument makers.

Around sixty master stringed instrument makers from Cremona and its Province belong to the Consorzio.

(US) Unquiet Thoughts Blog (18 feb 2012): "Heart songs: When you and I were young, Maggie" (Ron & Donna/Mignarda)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 22, 2012
“As Mignarda, we typically perform music for voice and lute from the 16th century, an enterprise that keeps us busy enough.  But it turns out that our musical tastes do extend to the repertory of 19th century 'heart songs' or, the better-known descriptor, parlor songs.

(PL) Arcadia Summer Academy 2012 (28 jul - 4 aug 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 22, 2012

Location: Dworek Saraswati, Pobiedna PL

This course is the ideal place for music lovers, students, and any musician who wish to spend a full musical week in an inspiring resicence from 1920 in the polish Izerskie Mountains located 6 km from Świeradów Zdrój (a historical health resort), and just one kilometer from the czech border (130 km from Prague).

It is addressed to harpsichordists, organists, singers, wind and string players (with baroque instruments), and ensembles, better if already established.

(NL) Holland Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht (24 aug - 2 sep 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 22, 2012

“The Festival Oude Muziek celebrates its birthday with the most beautiful and at the same time most obvious treat we could think of: a sparkling Festival brimming with music from before the earliest Middle Ages to the late Baroque.

(US) Salon Sanctuary Concerts Reminder: "Weekend Festival of Italian Baroque Discoveries" (24,26 feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 22, 2012

Please join us for a weekend of Italian baroque discoveries!
New York, NY US

Friday, February 24th, 8:00pm
The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 E. 61st St. b/w First and York
The Evolution of the Concerto Grosso

Sunday, February 26th, 3:00pm
The Church of the Epiphany, 1393 York Avenue
Mary/Magdalene Sacred Discoveries from The Age of Revolution

Jessica Gould, soprano & Meg Bragle, mezzo
Marika Holqvist & Joan Plana, violins
Will Frampton,viola
Ezra Seltzer, cello & Gabe Shuford, harpsichord


(US) The Tudor Choir E-zine Concert Reminder: "- WILLIAM BYRD and the Gunpowder Plot" (25 feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 22, 2012

with Marta Zekan, narrator

Location: Blessed Sacrament Church, 5041 9th Ave. NE Seattle WA, US

“William Byrd was the foremost English composer of the late-16th and early-17th centuries. A staunch Catholic, Byrd maintained a high profile while being closely associated with the Jesuits and other recusant Catholics. His motets commenting on the plight of English Catholics, as well as his music appropriate for the Jesuits' popular Forty Hours' Devotion, held special meaning in the context of the 1605 Gunpowder Plot--the famed failed assassination attempt against King James I.”

(UK) News from The Sixteen's Digital Shop

Contributed by Admin on Feb 22, 2012

(Note from editor -- The Sixteen continue adding to their digital shop with both new and back catalogue titles.)

“Since launching our digital site in September it has been our aim to make The Sixteen’s latest recordings available as Master Quality downloads. And so we are delighted to announce that our new disc The Earth Resounds, which features all of the repertoire from this year’s Choral Pilgrimage, is available in 96kHz/24-bit FLAC or ALAC files which were created direct from the studio master. MP3 and AAC files of the recording are also available to purchase. …

(UK) Ciconia Ensemble

Contributed by Admin on Feb 21, 2012 Weblinks Revisited 

The Ciconia Ensemble is dedicated to the music of the late 14th/early 15th centuries, especially the so-called Ars Subtilior, that uniquely difficult and wonderful music that flourished briefly in France and northern Italy. The group consists of Anna Maria Friman (soprano), John Potter (tenor), Susanna Pell and Jacob Heringman (lutes & vielles) and made its debut in York in 2006.

(DE) Bach Festival Arnstadt 2012 (16-25 mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 21, 2012

Location: Arnstadt DE

“Arnstadt still features more original locations related to the Bach family than any other town. There is much to discover, experience, hear and marvel at. Treat yourself to a short holiday and visit the Bach-Festival 2012!

Did you know that there are 19 places in Arnstadt where the Bach family lived and worked?

(US) San Francisco Renaissance Voices Baroque Dance Workshop (17 mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 21, 2012

An Introduction to Baroque Dance Rhythms Workshop

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

San Francisco Renaissance Voices is delighted to host the internationally-renowned dance scholar, performer and teacher of Baroque dance, Philippa Waite for a Baroque Dance Workshop.  Ms. Waite studied with Wendy Hilton and taught for her at the annual Baroque Music and Dance Workshops at Stanford University.  Ms. Waite is currently guest teacher of Period Movement and Dance at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff, and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.  She is Artistic Director of Consort de Danse Baroque and as such choreographs in the Baroque style for the company's productions; she also teaches, performs and gives lecture-demonstrations throughout the UK and abroad.

(FR) Syntagma: Jehan de Lescurel. 'Amours, que vous ai je meffait'

Contributed by Admin on Feb 21, 2012

“Here is a new, or a first (depending on the point of view) video of the ensemble Syntagma. A very beautiful song of Jehan de Lescurel (first third of the XIV th century) in a spirit quite anti-St-Valentin day.” (Syntagma newsletter 19 feb 2012)

(IL) Bach Cantatas Website (BCW)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 20, 2012 Weblinks Revisited 

“The Bach Cantatas Website (BCW) is a comprehensive site covering all aspects of J.S. Bach's cantatas and his other vocal works. The BCW contains discussions and detailed discographies of each cantata and other vocal works, performers and general topics. The BCW also contains texts and translations, scores, music examples, articles and interviews, and over 8,200 short biographies of performers of Bach's vocal works and players of his keyboard and lute works, as well as of poets & composers associated with Bach. 

(US) Early Music Now Concert: "Celebrating Renaissance Grandeur I" (17 mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 20, 2012

New Waves in Ferrara: Two Bands, Fresh Sounds

Location: Milwaukee, WI US

“Two of EMN's long-time favorites, the wind band Piffaro and the early music string ensemble King's Noyse, are joined by soprano Ellen Hargis in an insightful exploration of the music and cultural life of Ferrara, one of the great centers of the courtly arts in Renaissance Italy. Silent Auction and Chocolate Reception at 3:00.”

(FR) Musique en Vacances: Renaissance Choral Music Workshop (12-19 aug 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 20, 2012

Location: Bayeux, France 
Teacher: Réjane VEIT

The reception is planned for Sunday morning from 11am and the internship will begin in the afternoon. It ends the following Sunday morning after church, during which we will sing excerpts from the  worked program.

(IT) Corso Internazionale Di Musica Antica "Ottaviano Alberti" (9-15 jul 2012) (Application Deadline: 18 jun 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 20, 2012

Location: Orte, VT Italy

The course, dedicated to Ottaviano Alberti, is open to all singers, instrumentist who are interested in the repertoire of the XVI, XVII, XVIII century. Students of different levels are welcome even if they do not have their own original instrument.