(FR) Les Traversées Baroques Summer Academy: "Vêpres à la Vierge – Monteverdi" (6-12 July 2015)

Contributed by admin on May 19, 2015

This academy will be held from July 6 to 12 in Sarrebourg (Lorraine) as part of the Rencontres Musicales de Saint-Ulrich. Open to participants 15 to 35 years or age, the Academy is a musical experience for young musicians in training or professional pathway. The number of entries is limited so as to respect the partition nomenclature.  ...

(DE) TYXart CD Release:"Accademia dell'Arcadia - Roma 1710" (Baroque Masterpieces of a Secret Society)

Contributed by admin on May 17, 2015

Sabrina Frey, Recorder & Direction - Fiorenza de Donatis, Violin - Andrea Rognoni, Violin - Marco Frezzato, Cello - Philippe Grisvard, Harpsichord & Organ - Vincent Flückiger, Theorbo & Baroque Guitar - Bret Simner, Double Bass - Naoki Kitaya, Organ

Works by Corelli, Scarlatti, Marcello, Sieber, Bononcini* and Valentini* (* Premiere Rec.)

The composers and literati of the Accademia dell’Arcadia established in Rome in 1690 worked in secret — the pope had prohibited secular baroque music by decree. On this CD, recorder player Sabrina Frey — together with top-ranking artists — presents a few musical jewels of the secret society. The manuscripts are scattered throughout all of Europe today. ...

(US) Books: George Frideric Handel A Life with Friends (Published: Sep 2014)

Contributed by admin on May 17, 2015

"During his lifetime, the sounds of Handel’s music reached from court to theater, echoed in cathedrals, and filled crowded taverns, but the man himself—known to most as the composer of Messiah—is a bit of a mystery. Though he took meticulous care of his musical manuscripts and even provided for their preservation on his death, very little of an intimate nature survives.  ...

(UK) Opera Today Review: ‘Where’er You Walk’: Handel’s Favourite Tenor (by Claire Seymour)

Contributed by admin on May 17, 2015

"I have sometimes lamented the preference of Ian Page’s Classical Opera for concert performances and recordings over staged productions, albeit that their renditions of eighteenth-century operas and vocal works are unfailingly stylish, illuminating and supported by worthy research. ...

(UK) Gregynog Festival 2015: Révolution (12-28 Jun 2015)

Contributed by admin on May 17, 2015

Location: The Festival events are focused on Powys in Mid Wales and bordering counties.

"Founded in 1933, Gregynog Festival is the oldest extant classical music festival in Wales. Set principally in the beautiful countryside of rural North Powys, the Festival features performances by the world's leading musicians in intimate historic locations.  ...

(US) Renaissance Society of America - CFP: Ladies-In-Waiting in the Early Modern World (BOSTON 2016 ~ March 31-April 2)

Contributed by admin on May 17, 2015

"Paper proposals are invited for one or more sessions that explore the role of ladies-in-waiting in early modern Europe. Ladies-in-waiting enjoyed numerous privileges at princely and royal courts, including special access to centers of power and avenues of communication, opportunities for social and political advancement, education, international travel and exchange.  ...

(DE) Carpe Diem Records New Release: Bach & Weiss by Toyohiko Satoh (1 April 2015)

Contributed by admin on May 16, 2015

The new solo CD of Toyohiko Satoh, the 72 year old Japanese lutenist who is considered my many as one of the most influential lute players of the last century, presents a well-known repertoire of baroque lute music. Mr. Satoh was the first lutenist to record Bach’s lute music on LP in the 70s (Phillips). Now he returns to this music 40 years later, delivering a completely different rendering of these iconic pieces. ...

(UK) London Festival of Baroque Music Iterviews Masaaki Suzuki (Bach Collegium Japan)

Contributed by admin on May 16, 2015

(From a recent London Festival of Baroque Music (LFBM) newsletter)

"Our opening night promises to be an exciting occasion for many reasons, not least the fact that it will given by one of the world’s most admired Bach interpreters, Masaaki Suzuki and his Bach Collegium Japan. ...

(DE) Community

Contributed by admin on May 16, 2015

Just a reminder for those of you who are interested in early dance, if you are not aware of it as of yet, there is a wonderful site where dance workshop dates, classes, events etc. may be found. Dance events are ...

(US) Harmonia Early Music: "Hamelin 1284: An Interview With Norbert Rodenkirchen" (4 May 2015)

Contributed by admin on May 15, 2015

"This week: medieval flute, improvisation, and the true story behind the medieval tale of the Pied Piper, in a conversation with Norbert Rodenkirchen of the renowned medieval ensemble Sequentia.

(BE) Outhere Music: "RICERCAR now celelbrates its 35th anniversary!" (CD sale ends 17 May 2015)

Contributed by admin on May 15, 2015

"Over 30 years ago, in 1980, Jérôme Lejeune created the label Ricercar. It promptly became a major actor in the rediscovery of ancient music. 

Every Ricercar disc is a page in the history of music, to be discovered by listening, but also by reading the detailed commentary, accessible to the wider public. ...

(US) Texas Early Music Project: 2015-2016 Season Subscriptions Available

Contributed by admin on May 12, 2015

News from the Texas Early Music Project that their 2015-2016 season subscriptions are available NOW! ... "Join the Texas Early Music Project as we take a season-long tour across Europe to some of Danny's favorite places and some of his favorite musical times throughout the ages. ...

(UK) Handel House Talent 2015-16 (Deadline: 22 May 2015)

Contributed by admin on May 12, 2015

"Handel House Museum is looking to recruit promising young baroque music performers at the start of their professional career for its next year-long programme. The museum and baroque specialist Laurence Cummings will select five singers and instrumentalists and one ensemble (maximum of 4 players including harpsichordist) with a particular interest in performing music from the baroque period." ...

(US) San Francisco Renaissance Voices: "Celebration of 10 Years of Renaissance Music Making" (30-31 May, 6 June)

Contributed by admin on May 12, 2015

(From a recent SF Renaissance Voices news release)

San Francisco Renaissance Voices (Katherine McKee, Music Director) concert: "Our Favorite Things - A Celebration of 10 Years of Renaissance Music Making:  featuring works by Allegri, Byrd, Palestrina, Janequin, Josquin and others" ...

(US) Saturday morning quotes 5.2: Bach on lute or guitar

Contributed by admin on May 01, 2015

(From a recent "Unquiet Thoughts" newsletter)

"Today’s post summarizes a few thoughts and reactions after spending two days auditing Nigel North’s masterclasses for guitarists interested in Bach’s music for lute.  Nigel has for many years expressed strong reservations as to whether Bach’s music works at all for the 18th-century baroque lute, given the constraints of its odd tuning of d-minor.   ...

(US) San Francisco Classical Voice Article: "John Eliot Gardiner: Monteverdi is the Shakespeare of Music" (By Niels Swinkels, April 22, 2015)

Contributed by admin on Apr 30, 2015

"For the better part of a half century, English conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner has been one of the leading forces in the early music revival. Growing up in a family where, every day after meals, he sang Bach motets with his parents and siblings ...

(UK) London Festival of Baroque Musique 2015 Fundraiser -- Appeal (matching deadline May 15th)

Contributed by admin on Apr 30, 2015

(From a recent LFBM newsletter)

"In this our first year without sole sponsorship from Lufthansa German Airlines some wonderful people have helped us raise an incredible £119,000 in order to bring leading artists from around the globe here to London.

But we still have the final £6,000 to raise – which is where you (and our Singing Nightingale appeal) come in! ...

(US) Bach Collegium San Diego Concert: "A Tale of Two Cities: Paris and Rome" (8-9 May 2015)

Contributed by admin on Apr 30, 2015

San Diego’s premiere early music performance ensemble, concludes its 12th season with “A Tale of Two Cities: Paris and Rome,” featuring Giacomo Carissimi’s oratorio Jephte and Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s miniature tragédie en musique, Actéon. Performances are May 8 & 9, 2015. ...

(US) Twin Cities Baroque Instrumental Program (Summer Workshop, 14-23 Aug 2015) (4 May 2015 Application Deadline)

Contributed by admin on Apr 28, 2015

Location: formerly held in Vancouver August 14 through August 23, 2015 at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, US

"This summer TCEMF (Twin Cities Early Music Festival)  joins forces with the Baroque Instrumental Program in offering advanced students and young professionals unique opportunities to study and perform with some of the world’s most respected international artists in early music. Held at the University of Minnesota School of Music, this program provides world-class instruction in a new venue. ...

(US) Folger Shakespeare Library: Myths About Shakespeare (Podcast, 22 April 2015)

Contributed by admin on Apr 27, 2015

(From a recent Folger Shakespeare Library newsletter.)

"Even if you’re not a Shakespeare scholar, there are things you have learned about Shakespeare and his plays throughout your life – that it’s bad luck to say the name of “the Scottish play” or that Shakespeare hated his wife.  Are any of these stories true?  And whether they are or not, what do they tell us about previous eras, and our own? ...

(FR) La Simphonie Du Marais ~ Hugo Reyne: 1er Festival Baroque des Olonnes (22-24 May, 2015)

Contributed by admin on Apr 27, 2015

(From a recent newslrease from La Simphonie du Marais - Hugo Reyne.)

Festival baroque des Olonnes - Musiques pour le Roi Soleil

On the occasion of the "1er Festival Baroque des Olonnes", La Simphonie Du Marais ~ Hugo Reyne celebrate this event with three exceptional music programs around Louis XIV and wonderful works he inspired. An original connection between the Sun King and the famous microclimate of Olonne, beaches and its light ...

(FR) REMA (European Early Music Network): 15 years in existence and elects new president

Contributed by admin on Apr 27, 2015

(From a recent REME newsrelease.)

"The European Early Music Network – or REMA for Réseau Européen de Musique Ancienne - organised its annual general assembly, and first members’ meeting of the year from 17 to 19 April in Ambronay, France – the place where the network was created 15 years ago.

On that occasion, Xavier Vandamme, director of the Utrecht Early Music Festival and Season, was elected president. His team within the new Executive Board consists of: ...

(US) Harmonia Early Music Review: "One Man Show" (by Janelle Davis, April 25, 2015)

Contributed by admin on Apr 27, 2015

(From a recent Harmonia Early Music newsletter.)

Bud Roach performs music of Giovanni Felice Sances.

"An interesting aspect of this recording is that tenor, Bud Roach doesn’t sing with an accompanist, but rather accompanies himself on the Baroque guitar.  It was actually a common practice in the 17th century, though in classical music concerts nowadays, we are used to almost always seeing singers perform together with a separate accompanist.  ...

(BE) outhere Music CD release: Project HAYDN 2032 – vol. 2

Contributed by admin on Apr 24, 2015

"For this second volume in the Haydn 2032 project, the complete recording of his symphonies, Giovanni Antonini has chosen to put forward the Symphony Der Philosoph. He associates with it a symphony by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, eldest son of the Kantor of Leipzig, who is generally considered the most gifted of his sons.  ...

(US) Boston Early Music Festival -- updates (June 7-14, 2015)

Contributed by admin on Apr 24, 2015

The Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) preparations are now in full swing. If you have never been to the BEMF,  and are in the region, you may want to take a look at the concert list for the week as well as other events associated with the festival most notably ...

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