(UK) Cambridge University Press New Release: "The Cambridge Companion to Choral Music" (Edited by André de Quadros)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 16, 2012

(From a recent Cambridge University Press news release)

“The volume sets out a historical survey of the genre and follows with a kaleidoscopic bird's eye view of choral music from all over the world. Chapters vividly portray the emergence and growth of choral music from its Quranic antecedents in West and Central Asia to the baroque churches of Latin America, representing its global diversity. …

(UK) Wigmore Hall Concert:: The Brook Street Band; Nicki Kennedy soprano; Louis De Bernières reader (7 Dec 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 15, 2012

Louis De Bernières' Mr Handel

Location:  Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London UK W1U 2BP


“Highlights of The Brook Street Band’s programme include Handel’s sparkling motet Coelestis dum spirat aura HWV231, his Sinfonia in Bb HWV339 and the trio sonata from Bach’s Musical Offering BVW1079.  …

(CA) Spiritus Ensemble (Kenneth Hull, conductor) Concert: Bach Vespers for Advent (25 Nov 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 14, 2012

Location: St John the Evangelist Anglican Church, Duke and Water Streets, Kitchener Ontario, CA

“This year’s Advent Bach Vespers features two masterworks by JS Bach.  Cantata 147, ‘Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben’ concludes with the famous and well-loved chorale setting that we know in English as ‘Jesu, joy of man’s desiring’.  The motet is Bach’s double choir work, ‘Komm, Jesu, komm.’”

(BE) AMUZ Concert Listings (Nov-Dec 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 13, 2012

(From a recent AMUZ newsletter)

Location:  Kammenstraat 81 - 2000 Antwerpen BE

The most recent AMUZ newsletter informs us of the busy schedule ahead for the rest of the months of November and December. Below you will find the dates of performances. …

(UK) Handel House -- What's on! (Nov-Dec 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 13, 2012

Location:  The Handel House Museum, 25 Brook Street, Mayfair London W1K 4HB

What’s on at Handel House? Quite a bit. There is quite an extensive list of concerts that are, quite frankly, far too long to list here. Some have already sold out, and, one can only imagine that the rest of these will be sold out in short order.

(US) Harmonia Mundi New Release: "Kristian Bezuidenhout Plays Mozart Concertos" (13 Nov 2012) and Performance (19 Nov 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 13, 2012

(From a recent Harmonia Mundi news release)

“Mozart places melody at the very heart of his concertos. Introverted and sometimes uncertain at the start of K.453, it is subsequently transmuted into birdsong - foreshadowing Papageno - and leads to a finale worthy of an opera buffa. …

(US) Holiday Music at ArkivMusic

Contributed by Admin on Nov 13, 2012
“Ready or not, here come the holidays! Next week is Thanksgiving, so it's time to get your holiday playlist in order. We have great deals aplenty at ArkivMusic to make the holidays merry. …”

(US) Harpsichord Unlimited Concert: "Music of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach" (17 Nov 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 12, 2012

Location: Performing Arts Center, Adelphi University, Garden City NY, USA

Harpsichordist Elaine Comparone, QCB violinist Lori Miller Abbott and flauto traverso virtuoso Paul Mattick join forces for an evening of chamber music and sonatas by Johann Sebastian's second son, Carl Philip Emanuel (known affectionately to modern aficionados of his music as "CPE"). …

(US) Harmonia Early Music Interview: "Out Of The Glass Case: A Conversation With Anne Azéma" (Angela Mariani, 8 Oct 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 12, 2012

Earlier this year, Angela Mariani spoke with Boston Camerata's artistic director Anne Azéma. …

… The Camerata was started interestingly enough as a “reach out” educational venture at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston in 1954.  It was founded by Narcissa Williamson, a woman who was working in the education department at the MFA …

(DE) Carpe Diem Records New Release: "mundus et musica" (Qualia Ensemble)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 12, 2012
“On their first CD, QUALIA presents a collection of polyphonic music from late medieval sources, especially from manuscripts around the year 1500. In a very short period of time around the turn of the 15th century, the European music culture changed from the ancient phytagoreic to meantone temperament and created some astounding, highly complex and intellectually as well as musically challenging works …

(US) Early Music DC November 2012 Concert Listings

Contributed by Admin on Nov 12, 2012
If you are in the Washington DC area, you may want to browse through the list of upcoming concerts as collected by the Early Music DC website. The list of concerts is extensive and you will also find the list of local early music groups and performers.

(IT) Libreria Musicale Italiana (LIM) New Release: "Il canto ambrosiano dalle origini al IX Secolo"

Contributed by Admin on Nov 12, 2012

Il canto ambrosiano dalle origini al IX Secolo
Silloge ragionata degli studi recenti

Author: Francesco Petazzi
Edition: Lucca, LIM, 2012 (Quaderni Ambrosiani, 5)
ISBN: 978870966893

You may also want to visit this particular website and browse the list of releases in its catalogue. There are quite a few interesting early music publications and there are usually quite frequent releases. (Editor)

Visit the Libreria Musicale Italiana (LIM) website for more information of new and recent releases. 

(SE) Stockholm Early Music Festival (SEMF) Christmas Edition 2012 (24 Nov 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 12, 2012

Location: Stockholm, SE

“Welcome to an exclusive winter version of the festival, adapted to the cold season and Christmas celebrations, offering early music from afternoon to midnight! Indulge yourself with music, visual arts, storytelling, and historically inspired food.

Begin the day with Italian baroque, move on to medieval England and, later, the wonderful French performance "Monsieur Couperin's Laterna Magica." Round off the evening by lying comfortably back in the popular midnight concert. …

(US) Unquiet Thoughts: "Saturday quotes 2.25 Dowland’s training part 4"

Contributed by Admin on Nov 11, 2012

(From a recent newsletter)

“In previous posts, we outlined information highlighting typical modes of musical education in Tudor England.  The pathway to a musical education for a member of the artisan class seems to have begun with grammar school, …”

(US) CFP: North American Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music (11-13 Jul 2013) (Deadline 15 Jan 2013)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 07, 2012
Location: Texas Christian University, Fort Worth TX, USA

The program committee welcomes proposals for individual papers, lecture-recitals, and panels on all topics relating to the history, analysis, and reception of music during the long nineteenth century (ca. 1789-1913). The committee would especially welcome proposals related to: …

(US) Harmonia Mundi Store Sale: Mozart operas -- René Jacobs, conductor (Sale ends 14 Nov 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 07, 2012

(From a recent Harmonia Mundi newsletter)

“ René Jacobs has established himself as a superb conductor of Mozart's operas, his award-winning recordings on Harmonia Mundi are 30% OFF now through November 14.”

Some titles included in the sale: …

(BE) Augustinus Muziekcentrum (AMUZ) November Concerts -- Reminder

Contributed by Admin on Nov 06, 2012

Location: AMUZ, Antwerp BE

Just a reminder of the AMUZ concert line-ups for the month of November 2012:

  • 11/11 Lieve Blancquaert & Victoria Consort
    For the third time already AMUZ and the Antwerp Peace Centre present a peace concert on Armistice Day. Through music, word and image this event dwells on the horrors of war: a resounding plea for tolerance, solidarity and peace …

(US) CFP: AMS New England Chapter, Tufts University (CFP Deadline 26 Nov 2013)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 06, 2012
The Winter 2013 meeting of the New England Chapter of the American Musicological Society will be held on Saturday, 2 February 2013 at Tufts University in Medford, MA.

“The Program Committee invites abstracts of up to 300 words for papers and roundtable sessions. Submissions in the area of digital musicology are of particular interest, but proposals on all musicological topics are welcome. …

(DE) Festival Alte Musik Knechtsteden 2012 Photo Slideshows

Contributed by Admin on Nov 06, 2012
For those of us who were not fortunate enough to attend the“Festival Alte Music Knechsteden 2012” concert programme (21-29 Sep 2012), you may now visit the festival website to view the many images of the concerts.

(NL) La Pellegrina: "Baroque Music for the Utrecht Peace Treaty (1713)" (8-18 Aug 2013)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 05, 2012
Location: Monastery of Bechyně, 100 km south from Prague CZ

“The La Pellegrina projects are open to experienced instrumentalists, singers and dancers. Whether you are an amateur or a professional, with La Pellegrina a professional attitude is an absolute necessity. … Do you fancy (again) a great music holiday in the summer? Ten days of music making in beautiful places in the Czech Republic? Handel's Utrecht Te Deum and Rameau’s Deus noster refugium? Registration starts on December 1st. ...

(CA) "Sales on Naive ... New Releases!"

Contributed by Admin on Nov 04, 2012

(From a recent newsletter)

“… Natural, just born, innate, Simple, innocent, sincere. So why this name “naïve”? Many thought you had to be a little naïve to launch a record label just when digital music and hi-tech began their ascent. As you can see, diehard music lovers still believe in beautiful packages, the smell of freshly-printed paper, booklets you spend hours admiring, the beauty a human voice and a few strums on a guitar. The Naive label is the Gramophone Label of the Year, and Grigorian offers the entire Label at a tremendous sale price. In most cases, over 30% off . See what Gramophone has recognized and sample some of this excellent label! Click here to see all of the Naive catalogue! …

(IT) Andrea Chezzi New CD Release: "L'Orfeo Britannico, La musica di Haendel nelle trascrizioni per tastiera del Settecento"

Contributed by Admin on Nov 03, 2012

Newly released on the Fugatto label, Andrea Chezzi performs Handel on a period Italian organ (Benedetti, 1765). 

Andrea Chezzi, born in Colorno (PR) in 1975, graduated in organ and composition from the Conservatory A. Boito in Parma, and then studied harpsichord in Amsterdam under the guidance of Bob van Asperen. He followed courses in performance practice of early music with L. F. Tagliavini, W. van de Pol, Ch. Stembridge, G. Murray, A. Marcon, Ch. Rousset at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. …

(UK) Cambridge University Press: Medieval and Old English Literature from Cambridge

Contributed by Admin on Nov 03, 2012

(From a recent Cambridge University Press newslettter)

“From Medieval Shakespeare and Anglo-Saxon Literature, to Milton and Art Rhetoric, Cambridge publishes a wide range of titles in the area Medieval and Old English Literature.

View more information about our highlight titles and forthcoming books …  You may be interested in our 20% discount offer on selected titles from this range - just click here to browse books in the sale, but be sure to order before midnight on 17th November 2012 when the offer ends…”

(BE) Gilbert Isbin : New Lute Books and CD

Contributed by Admin on Nov 03, 2012

(From a recent Gilbert Isbin newsletter)

News from  Gilbert Isbin of new works for lute. Below are details of new works along with corresponding links.

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(FR) Musicologie -- November 2012 Bulletin

Contributed by Admin on Nov 02, 2012

(From a recent Musicologie newsletter)

In this month’s newsletter:

“The music of the seventeenth-century in Germany and the Netherlands, an entire chapter of the fresco from Rusquet Michel is published , Jean-Luc Vannier was at the Nice Opera for "Simon Boccanegra" season opening, a CD of Telemann keyboard music recorded by Olivier Baumont, republication of the memoirs of Jean Wiener, latest ads, calendar, music news retrospective, thus the two hundred and eleventh "Bulletin of musicology."

Bonne lecture

Jean-Marc Warszawski ” (Translated from French version)

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