The workshop takes place every July in beautiful South Bohemian town Prachatice (130 km south from Prague, 200 km north-west from Vienna). In 2012 we will be there for the 14th time, until 1998 the course took place in Bechyně.
- Tune thy Musicke to thy Hart / Stile Antico (Stile Antico and Fretwork explore a long-neglected repertory – the wealth of Tudor and Jacobean sacred music written for domestic devotion, rather than for church worship)
- Beethoven: Complete Symphonies / Thielemann, Vienna Philharmonic (Thielemann’s Beethoven is rigorous, intellectual, and well considered, and the playing is outstanding throughout. A bold attempt to recapture and redefine Beethoven for the 21st century. (6 CDs + DVD);
- Air: The Bach Album / Meyers, Mercurio, English Chamber Orchestra (On her new album, Anne Akiko Meyers performs both solo parts in Bach's Double Concerto on two different Stradivari violins as well as Violin Concertos 1 & 2, the Air on the G String, and the Bach/Gounod Ave Maria.) …
(CA) Arion Orchestre Baroque Concert: "Arion meets Harlequin -- Commedia dell'arte" (17,18,19 feb 2012)
Fast-forward a few hundreds of years later: Arion Baroque Orchestra is getting inspired by the same characters to create a flamboyant concert!
(US) Opera Today Performance: "The Bostridge Project: ‘Ancient and Modern’ (Wigmore Hall, London UK)" by Claire Seymour (23 dec 2011)
Tea dances are informal meetings, usually organized on Saturday or Sunday afternoon every month.
Balls are formal reconstruction of historical balls of the XIX Century, where dancers with appropriate costume dance in historical buildings or theaters.
(FR) Akadêmia, Françoise Lasserre-conductor Concerts: "Opus IV: Augustin Pfleger" (22,23,24 feb 2012)
Sacred concertos for the Christmas and Easter seasons
22 feb 2012 Palais du Tau-Reims (51)
23 feb 2012 Salle des Fêtes de l'Hôtel de Ville-Troyes (10)
24 feb 2012 Notre-Dame du Rosaire-Chaumont (52)
“The pieces of this programme come from the Düben collection at Uppsala University in Sweden. This library holds most of his Geistliche Konzerte (sacred concertos), composed to cover the entire liturgical year. They are situated midway between the works of Heinrich Schütz and the cantatas of Dietrich Buxtehude. Their form as dialogues between named protagonists gives some of these compositions a highly expressive, dramatic aspect. The recitatives are in the vein of Carissimi while the arias are frequently sung by two voices. The instrumental sinfonias are for strings only.
(FR) Rotruenge: Masterclass at Château de Pruniers with Michèle Claude and Christophe Deslignes (15-21 Apr 2012)
(Re-posted with additional information – editor)
This master class is aimed at experienced singers and musicians and existing ensembles who wish to improve their knowledge and practice of Western Medieval music. The individual classes and group workshops have been designed to extend the scope of their research and preparation in order to enhance their future artistic achievements. Participants will have free access to a talk on the history of music from the period. Each participant will be given a kit including an introduction to the theme, sheet music and facsimiles of the selected works, copies of articles and a bibliography.
(FR) Rotruenge: 16ème Stage International de musiques et de danses Traditionnelles et du Moyen-Âge (29 Jul-5 Aug 2012)
(Re-posted with additional information – editor)
16th International Medieval Music and Dance Course
(based on the “the Sea” and medieval and traditional
dances and music about the Seas and Oceans)
The course will set out to stage a musical and theatrical adaptation of medieval and traditionnal music and dances about Seas and Oceans. Each participant will receive a kit including an outline of the story, sheet music and facsimiles of the selected compositions, articles and a bibliography.
The educational purpose of the course is to make present-day musicians more aware of the various forms and functions of the religious, popular and courtly music of the Middle Ages, helping them to bring their own musical contribution to a group endeavour.
Participants will be encouraged to discover or develop their vocal, instrumental and dance skills, on the basis of their personal knowledge and interests, in the various workshops on offer. Modern as well as traditional instruments are welcome.
(NL) Semibrevity "A Blog About Early Music Pioneers" Article: "The Forgotten Harpsichord Teacher of Christopher Hogwood & Colin Tilney" (8 feb 2012)
(From a recent email ad from Tafelmusik -- Editor)
Valentine's Day offer! / Virtuoso Vivaldi with Marion Verbruggen“Treat a loved one and/or close friends to a special outing this year with this Valentine's Day offer. Spring comes early with brilliant music by the world's favourite Italian baroque composer, featuring Marion Verbruggen - the high-spirited Dutch recorder virtuoso beloved by audiences around the world. 50% off regular priced tickets!“
First public performance in 450 years of Renaissance music, by award winning musicians in King’s College Chapel, 20th May 2012The highlight of a weekend ‘Festival of the Voice’ (18-20 may 2012 -- Editor) promoted by Cambridge Early Music will be a concert in which Alessandro Striggio’s ground-breaking Mass in Forty Parts will be given its first public performance in modern times. Composed in about 1565 or 1566, this Renaissance masterpiece is scored for five 8-part choirs, a feat never attempted before, but highly influential on other composers including England’s own Thomas Tallis. Surpassing even his own ambition, Striggio’s final movement is actually in sixty parts.
There seems to be a lot on special this weekend at ArkivMusic. You may want to take a look at their early music offerings from Tune thy Musicke to thy Hart / Stile Antico; Air - The Bach Album / Anne Akiko Meyers; Air - The Bach Album / Anne Akiko Meyers.
Additionally, ArkivMusic is also running Hungaroton which has a proud tradition of promoting Hungarian music and artists.
Cambridge Early Music celebrates the voice with three marvelous early music groups and accompanying concert programmes.
THE EARTH RESOUNDS - Choral Pilgrimage 2012
Friday 18 May, 2012
Concert featuring arguably the three most celebrated composers from the Franco-Flemish school of the Renaissance,...
(US) Opera Today Commentary: "The English Oratorio: A Celebration (Barbican Hall, London)" by Claire Seymour (28 dec 2012)
A reminder from the latest GEMS newsletter of its upcoming concert listings. Once again, if you are planning on being in the New York city area, consider one of the scheduled concerts. You may want to check on ticket availability as the concerts are well-attended.
Concert listings below:
(Available in FLAC 24, FLAC16 and MP3)
“BIS's Boss Robert von Bahr:
It is hard to sit and write texts about certain SACD:s without succumbing to ridiculous boasting, and this is one case in point. The very fact that we have asked Ronald Brautigan to record Complete Mozart (10 CD:s), Complete Haydn (16) and the Mozart Concerti (ongoing),
Location: University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati OH, USA
Semi-final and final rounds held at the Historical Keyboard Society joint conclave at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. A maximum of twelve players from the preliminary round will be admitted to the semi-final round.