“Messiah Season” is once again upon us. As you have most likely observed, regardless of where you may have set up residence, there is a production of Handel’s Messiah being performed. The scale of production may differ from city to city and you may want to pre-plan the production that you most interest you. Those of you who may be lucky enough to live within distance of a larger metropolitan center, may be able to attend more than one production before the season closes.
In the meantime, for your pleasure, we include three short videos from Tafelmusik’s famous “Sing-along Messiah”* to tease you into the mood.
In its 16th and final edition, the awards of this prestigious International Chamber Music competition were voted by the public present at the finals; LOTUS was warmly received by the audiences in those 3 days and received high praise for being a true duo. “
Details of the 2012 Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music make their appearance in the latest festival newsletter. A quick look at the list follows below:
(US) Gizmodo: "Google Music vs Amazon MP3 vs iTunes: Which Online Music Store Is the Best for You?" by Alan Henry
Recently Google jumped into the music selling business with Google Music (store). The following is an article comparing the services of the three largest music download services on the Internet. (Editor)
“Google opened its new music store to all comers in the US this week, touting its partnerships with music labels and indie musicians, and its broad reach thanks to the Android Market. The new store has millions of songs for sale, but whether it's a game changer, serious competition for iTunes and Amazon MP3, or the best online music store out there is another question entirely. Let's take a look at each service based on its features.
(For those who missed this … Editor)
“M.A.M. artist Dame Emma Kirkby has been awarded Her Majesty’s Medal for Music for the Year 2010. 2 June 2011 Dame Emma Kirkby was received by The Queen when Her Majesty presented her with The Queen's Medal for Music. Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, current Master of The Queen's Music was present.
“Following Ensemble Caprice’s first recording of Vivaldi’s sacred music (Gloria! Vivaldi and his Angels) we return to Vivaldi’s Venice and find ourselves yet again within the confines of the Ospedale della Pietà orphanage where, beginning in 1703, Vivaldi, the Red Priest, not only taught the orphan girls violin and singing, but also composed many of his most dazzling concertos as well as a substantial part of his highly inspired corpus of sacred music.
Watch the video clip!”
(US) New from University of Pennsylvania Press: "The Catholic Calumet: Colonial Conversions in French and Indian North America" Tracy Neal Leavelle
256 pages | 6 x 9 | 5 illus
Cloth Dec 2011 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4377-2
"With great detail and imagination, Leavelle brings a nuanced approach to conversion as cross-cultural practice, paying balanced attention to missionaries and Indians, analyzing behavior and action, song and speech, rituals and relationships, and considering plural conversions in the context of a volatile colonial world. One of the best studies I have read on the subject."—Colin G. Calloway, Dartmouth College
(* reposted -- ed.)“Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination is the British Library’s first major exhibition to bring together the Library’s Royal collection, a treasure trove of illuminated manuscripts collected by the kings and queens of England between the 9th and 16th centuries. This dazzling exhibition will debunk the myth that these were ‘the Dark Ages’ by showcasing beautiful artistic artefacts.
(US) San Francisco Classical Voice (SFCV): "Your support is essential to the ongoing success of San Francisco Classical Voice."
(As the year end grows closer, we are reminded to consider giving our support to local early music performing groups and associations. Please do consider helping out locally. -- Editor)
“As the end of the year quickly approaches - newsletter by newsletter - all of us at San Francisco Classical Voice would like to take a few moments to thank you for making SFCV part of your life every week!
Like you, all of us were drawn to Classical Voice by two passions - a love a great music and a desire to have the latest on the Bay Area music scene at our fingertips! We work tirelessly to filter, create, and deliver the best of the best for you every week of the year.
(DE) Carpe Diem Records News November 2011: "Ensemble Syntagma" and "The Carpe Diem Christmas Special"
Ensemble Syntagma: "Rosa e Orticha"
We are happy to present you the new Carpe Diem CD "Rosa e Orticha" by the French ensemble SYNTAGMA. It is available in stores since November 14th, 2011.
The new CD of Alexandre Danilevski and his Ensemble Syntagma presents some of the most elaborate works of the mediaeval musica composita by Bardolino da Padova and his contemporaries. …
(UK) Barber Evening Concert: Advent Arrives At The Barber With Early Music Super Group Performance (30 nov 2011)
Puer natus est: Tudor music for Advent
We celebrate the start of Advent at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts with Early Music super group Stile Antico performing wonderful festive Tudor music on Wednesday 30 November at 7.30pm. Puer natus est: Tudor music for Advent features enchanting works by English composers Tallis, Byrd, Taverner, White and Sheppard. (In association with Birmingham Early Music Festival )
(US) Philly.com Article: "Tough, thorny alt-conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner follows his own tempo" by By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic (13 nov 2011)
EarlyMusicNews.Org just wanted to remind readers of the GEMS “La Salle Adams Fund $20,000 Challenge Grant” Challenge.
“ … the $20,000 challenge grant awarded GEMS by the La Salle Adams Fund is quite serious. The Fund has given us until December 31, 2011 to raise the matching $20,000, providing GEMS with much-needed funding for our coming season. …” and also …
“In Venice, one of the 16th century’s most influential composers died. Adrian Willaert served as organist, choirmaster, and composer at St. Mark’s basilica for thirty-five years, and cultivated a style of writing for cori spezzati, or “separated choirs.” The sonic effects of Willaert’s innovative compositions were emulated by succeeding musicians at St. Mark’s, such as Cipriano de Rore and Andrea Gabrieli.
(Note: Although this is appearing late, it was decided to post this article for information purposes.)
Call for Papers: Fashioning Opera and Musical Theatre: Stage Costumes in Europe from the Late Renaissance to 1900 (15 nov 2011)
“Costumes play an essential role in the way we experience musical theater. They define character, action and belief, enhance the sonic dimension, and blur the boundaries between reality and fiction, past and present, the human and the fantastic. From court spectacles to popular entertainments, costumes, textiles, and accessories testify to the material culture of their social milieu and to the challenges facing the artists, artisans and designers who created them. This conference brings together experts of diverse backgrounds to discuss the history, economics and aesthetics of stage costumes in European opera and musical theater from the late Renaissance to 1900.
(UK) Birmingham Early Music Festival Concert: "Binchois Consort ‘A Coronation for the Virgin'" (20 nov 2011)
(US) San Francisco Classical Voice Review: "Chalice Consort: Grant Them Rest" By Anna Carol Dudley (06 nov 2011)
Check-in: 9:30 a.m.
Workshop: 10:00 to 4:00 p.m.
The workshop will be held at:
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco
1111 O'Farrell Street - parking information
Release Date: 01 oct 2011
Label: Harmonia Mundi Catalog
“The unprecedented expansion of music in the age of enlightenment
The eighteenth century is probably the most extraordinary period of transformation Europe has known since antiquity. Political upheavals kept pace with the innumerable inventions and discoveries of the age; every sector of the arts and of intellectual and material life was turned upside down. Between the end of the reign of Louis XIV and the revolution of 1789, music in its turn underwent a radical mutation that struck at the very heart of a well-established musical language. In this domain too, we are all children of the Age of Enlightenment: our conception of music and the way we ‘consume' it still follows in many respects the agenda set by the eighteenth century. And it is not entirely by chance that harmonia mundi has chosen to offer you in 2011 a survey of this musical revolution which, without claiming to be exhaustive, will enable you to grasp the principal outlines of musical creation between the twilight of the Baroque and the dawn of Romanticism.“
The Valencian ensemble is the leading expert in the music of the most famous Spanish Renaissance polyphony, Tomás Luis de Victoria which celebrates the 400th anniversary of its disappearance.
The Toulousians remember the 'Requiem' in Victoria that these artists had offered them in December 2009. The grand concert of November 30, 2011 entitled "Canticum, Nativitate Domini" certainly will give them the same emotion and the joy of discovering a rich repertoire and still too little known in France.