(CA) Calendar of International Early Music Conferences and Festival/Workshops 2012

Contributed by Admin on Jun 04, 2012
Are you getting those summer urges to pack your bags and trek to an early music summer workshop, conference or festival? has an extensive list of upcoming events on its calendar pages. Have a peek here and you may find an event to your liking. -- Marc Paré, editor

(US) 2012 Berkeley Festival & Exhibition (3-10 jun 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 04, 2012
A reminder for those of you who are in within the reaches of Berkeley, California (US), the 2012 Berkeley Festival & Exhibition is now underway and you may still be interested in visiting the festival site or catching a concert or two.

(UK) The Sixteen: June and the Jubilee

Contributed by Admin on Jun 04, 2012

(From the latest The Sixteen newsletter)

“ Wishing you all a wonderful Jubilee weekend! Harry and The Sixteen press on with The Choral Pilgrimage 2012 in Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, on Tuesday (5 June), followed by five performances as part of the Spitalfields Music Summer Festival - read on for more information and dates.

If you're looking for a last-minute addition to your Jubilee weekend music collection or playlist our record label CORO have something which might just hit the spot...

(CA) June Newsletter: Early June New Releases!

Contributed by Admin on Jun 04, 2012

Early June New Releases!

The start of June brings with it some great new releases from a wide variety of labels. Two releases of note come on the Glossa label; A release of Vivaldi arias by Robert Invernizzi, and Paolo Pandolfo playing gamba works of De Machy. Also on Glossa is a new recording of Montevrdi's Il Ritorno D'Ulisse in Patria. On the Coro label, there is a new collaboration between The Sixteen and the Hilliard Ensemble of Manuscripts from the British Library, and is not to be missed! Keeping in the theme of choral music, there is a new release on the Phaia label of Tudor Church Music, and on the Signum Label of a new work; Patrick Hawes' Lazarus Requiem. Two early music releases of note are on the Alpha label, Works by Carissimi, Mazzocchi, and Rossi, and on the Christophorus label, Baroque Suites for Guitar.  …”

(US) Lute Society of America (LSA) Summer Seminar (24-30 jun 2012)

Contributed by Admin on May 31, 2012

Location: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH, US

“ Join us at the 2012 edition of the LSA's Summer Seminar. This year classes and concerts will explore the lute from every angle. The event will feature a distinguished faculty of lute performers, musicological specialists and vocal coaches.

(FR) La Simphonie du Marais, Hugo Reyne NewsRelease: Hugo Reyne at Saint-Petersbourg (30-31 may 2012)

Contributed by Admin on May 30, 2012
Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st of may, Hugo Reyne will be ambassador of the French language at Saint-Petersburg!

(FR) Jean Cassignol (Recorder) & Michel Démarez (Guitar) Concert (8 jun 2012)

Contributed by Admin on May 30, 2012

Location: Saint-Martin Church, Survilliers, Val-d'Oise, FR 

Benefit concert for the parish church (free will donation). Jean Cassignol, recorder & Michel Démarez, guitar.

Vivaldi, Caccini, Haendel, Mozart, Chopin, Linnemann, Bevilacqua, Chostakovitch, Donizetti, Albeniz, Padowetz, Tarrega, Paganini, Gossec, Ruiz-Pipo

(BE) MAfestival Brugge: Stabat Mater performed by Vox Luminis (8 aug 2012)

Contributed by Admin on May 30, 2012

Location: Sint-Jakobskerk, Brugge BE

“During MAfestival Brugge, Vox Luminis will perform another moving master work: the ten-part Stabat Mater of D. Scarlatti. This ten-part Stabat Mater is a lesser-known musical rendering of the Mother of God lamenting Christ on the cross. An impressive concert! 

(US) Mark Morris Dance Group is in China! (1-2 jun 2012)

Contributed by Admin on May 30, 2012
MMDG [Mark Morris Dance Group] will perform at the 23rd Macau Arts Festival (Macau, SAR)  June 1-2, presenting Eleven and Double from Mozart Dances, and Grand Duo.

(CA) Early Music Vancouver NewsRelease (23 may 2012): Jose Verstappen to receive Howard Mayer Brown Award

Contributed by Admin on May 30, 2012
“We [Early Music Vancouver] are thrilled to announce that José Verstappen, Artistic Director of Early Music Vancouver will receive the Howard Mayer Brown Award for lifetime achievement in the field of early music! 

(UK) Institute of Musical Research Conference: Music and Shape (12-14 jul 2012)

Contributed by Admin on May 30, 2012

Location: Institute of Musical Research and King's College London, London UK

“Musicians habitually describe music as being shaped, especially when speaking of performance. This conference aims to explore, from as many perspectives as possible, relationships between music and shape. It contributes to the AHRC-funded Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice and its project, based at King’s College London, on ‘Shaping Music in Performance’ (, and is organised in collaboration with the Institute of Musical Research.“ (IMR website)

(UK) Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music 2012 (18-26 may 2012) Reviews

Contributed by Admin on May 30, 2012

If you missed attending any of the fine performances at this year’s Lufthansa Festival 2012, here are a couple reviews that may entice you to next year’s offerings. Read on and enjoy! -- Editor

  • The Telegraph: “Dunedin Consort, Lufthansa Festival, St John’s Smith Square, review by Ivan Hewett 1:32PM BST 23 May 2012”
  • The Guardian: ”L'Olimpiade – review by George Hall Monday 21 May 2012 15.23 BST ”

(CA) ATMA Newsletter (29 may 2012): New Releases

Contributed by Admin on May 30, 2012

(From the latest ATMA newsletter) 

Two new releases that may be of interest to you from ATMA Classique: “Les goûts accordésEsteban La Rotta, theorbo and “Nouveaux «Brandebourgeois»Montréal Baroque

(UK) Hyperion Newsletter (25 may 2012): June 2012 Releases

Contributed by Admin on May 30, 2012

(From the latest Hyperion newsletter)

Hyperion's Record of the Month for June 2012 sees the long-awaited third release in Marc-André Hamelin's Haydn Piano Sonatas series … Our long-standing relationship with St Paul's Cathedral Choir is re-vivified as new director of music Andrew Carwood leads captivating performances of the Mozart Missa solemnis & other works with a host of distinguished soloists. Contrasting Renaissance delights come from The Brabant Ensemble and Stephen Rice in the enlightening Mouton Missa Tu es Petrus & other works which includes the complete eight-part motets, and in Arias for Guadagni, Iestyn Davies' imaginative homage to his eponymous eighteenth-century predecessor and the wondrous vocal showpieces he inspired from the likes of Handel and Gluck; Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen provide glorious accompaniment. …”

(SE) eClassical Newsletter (25 may 2012)

Contributed by Admin on May 29, 2012

(From the latest eClassical newsletter)

“We are happy to be able to report a break-through in our negotiations with different labels, enabling us to provide you with more high-resolution content from labels already here, as well as from a number of labels new to eClassical.

(US) San Francisco Renaissance Voices Concert: (9 jun 2012)

Contributed by Admin on May 29, 2012

Location: St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley CA, US

“Concert from the Court of Kangxi - featuring Charles d'Ambleville's (C1599-1637) "Mass of the Beijing Jesuits" performed alternatim with traditional Chinese instruments and music

San Francisco Renaissance Voices (Todd Jolly, Music Director) returns to the Berkeley Festival & Exhibition of Early Music with this exciting performance, Concert from the Court of Kangxi, as part of this year's Festival's theme of cross-cultural influences in Early Music. This concert includes the debut of our Dance Early & Ancient troupe and guest artists Adam Cockerham, theorbo and Esther Lam, harpsichord. Featured is Charles D'Ambleville's (c1599-1637) Mass of the Beijing Jesuits performed alternatim using traditional Chinese music and instruments including xiao, ehru, ruan and yangqin and a special surprise to start the concert!

(UK) Academy of Saint Cecilia Workshop for Singers with David Allinson (14 jul 2012)

Contributed by Admin on May 29, 2012

Location: St George's Cathedral, Westminster Bridge Road, Southwark, London, SE1 7HY, UK

Tutored by David Allinson

The day will be run by David Allinson, assisted by Nick Gale (Director of Music, St George’s Cathedral) who will run a workshop in Gregorian Chant and Alistair Dixon (Chapelle du Roi) will run a workshop in reading English music from facsimile.

(PL) 13th "Cracovia Danza" Court Dance Festival (29 jul-5 aug 2012)

Contributed by Admin on May 29, 2012

Location: Ul. 28 Lipca 17a (28 Lipca 17a Street), 30-233 Krakow PL

Held annually, the Festival was first launched in 2000 to mark the granting of the title of "The European Capital of Culture" to Krakow.

It was initiated in the era of rekindled interest in the history of dance, the need to return to the sources of the common European heritage and the willingness to come together and exchange experiences among a wide group of historical dance ensembles active in Poland and abroad. …


Contributed by Admin on May 25, 2012

Ready for a great Opera!

“The big O - symbol of the 2012 Poiesis Festival and of the great Opera - includes four musical events prepared by Marco Mencoboni for Friday 25 May, the opening day the of the 6th edition. The festival will start with a short prelude: 30 musicians, located in surprising spots, will play together when the bell of the square in Fabriano will toll. But the main show will be Ad Vesperas, an impressive vocal and instrumental music concert featuring Claudio Merulo's posthumous masses for 12 voices, brought back to life after four centuries of oblivion by the Cantar Lontano ensemble in the beautiful setting of the Fabriano cathedral. Works by Orlando di Lasso and Diego Ortiz will follow, in a polyphonic triumph made possible by 30 musicians conducted by Marco Mencoboni. Two more events will bliss your ears …

(UK) Le Concert Des Nations, Lufthansa Festival, (Review by Ivan Hewett -- 21 may 2012)

Contributed by Admin on May 25, 2012

“Ivan Hewett finds there’s a humanity in the group Concord of Nations's music-making at the Lufthansa Festival and a rich vein of fantasy. …”

(US) Harmonia Early Music Interview: A Spotlight On William Christie By Laura Osterlund Posted April 29, 2012

Contributed by Admin on May 24, 2012

Chansons from the French Renaissance

“The 16th-century Parisian chanson is a genre of secular song that departs from past fixed forms.  Evocative imagery, rich emotion, and vivid scenes are commonly found within chanson texts, and the music itself often highlights nuances of the French language.  Among others, compositions by Sandrin, Claudin de Sermisy and Clement Janequin are emblematic of the style.  Each demonstrates different descriptive and lyrical characteristics. …

(US) Music of the Baroque Fundraiser: "A Musical Feast" (1 jun 2012)

Contributed by Admin on May 24, 2012

Location: The Fairmont Chicago, 200 North Columbus Drive, Chicago IL, US

"A Musical Feast" Gala Benefit and Raffle offers a dazzling menu of unique items

Did you know . . .
that Music of the Baroque's season continues after our concerts end? On June 1, we're hosting "A Musical Feast" at the Fairmont Chicago, an elegant black-tie affair that provides significant support for our programming and educational outreach activities.  …

(IT) Libreria Musicale Italiana (LIM)

Contributed by Admin on May 23, 2012

New Titles Recently Released at LIM

  •  "I Gesuiti e le Tarantole", Daniela Rota
  • "Strumenti musicali e oggetti sonori nell´Italia meridionale e in Sicilia (VI-III sec. a.C), Funzioni rituali e contesti", Angela Bellia
  • "Motetti in cantilena a quattro voci / con alcune canzoni per sonare ogni sorte di stromenti, con il basso per l´organo. 1613", Stefano Bernardi, a cura di Marco Materassi / Trascrizioni di Flavio Cinquetti
  • "La festa teatrale nel Settecento / Dalla corte di Vienna alle corti d´Italia", a cura di Annarita Colturato e Andrea Merlotti

(UK) Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music 2012 Update (18-26 may 2012)

Contributed by Admin on May 23, 2012
Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music 2012 sends us an update to the festivities (Newsletter -- 15 may 2012) and of “hard-to-get” tickets to its Westminster Abbey tickets. If you are in the area, make sure to catch a concert or two if tickets are still available.

(BE) Musica Impulse Centre for Music: International Young Artist's Presentation (IYAP) SELECTED PROMISING ENSEMBLES 2012

Contributed by Admin on May 22, 2012



“The International Young Artist's Presentation (IYAP) is an ideal platform for young, talented ensembles. IYAP focuses on young vocal and instrumental ensembles playing historical instruments. The coaching sessions - led by the American soprano Jill Feldman! - are an essential part of IYAP. After the coaching, the ensembles will perform at historical locations in Antwerp during the festival Laus Polyphoniae. During these concerts a lot of Belgian and international organizers will be present. They will give the ensembles tips for their future career. Afterwards, the selected ensembles will be promoted by the IYAP-organizers. And they will be honoured with the title "IYAP Selected Promising Ensemble 2012".“

(Continue reading to learn of the awarded ensembles.)

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