(UK) Cambridge Early Music Summer Schools 2012 (5-12, 12-18 aug 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 21, 2011

Dates for the 2012 Summer Schools have now been announced.

Cambridge Early Music runs summer schools - short intensive study courses - in Baroque, Renaissance and Medieval music, and organises an annual programme of concerts, many of which take place alongside the summer schools. Cambridge Early Music was founded in 1992 and run as a not-for-profit organization by Selene Mills. In 2009 Cambridge Early Music was granted charitable status, confirming our status as a leading provider of early music education. 

(CA) EarlyMusicNews.Org: "Messiah Seaon Winds are Approching Once Again!"

Contributed by Admin on Nov 21, 2011

“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. 

(NL) Lotus News: "LOTUS wins 2nd prize at the Premio Bonporti 2011" (21-23 oct 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 21, 2011
News from Lotus Duo that: “LOTUS won the 2nd prize of the Premio Bonporti 2011, which took place in Rovereto (Italy) on October 21-23.

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. “

(UK) The 2012 Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music: 2012 Festival Newsletter (18-26 May)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 21, 2011

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

Contributed by Admin on Nov 20, 2011

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. 

(AT) Mayler Artists´Management News: "Dame Emma Kirkby received Royal Award (02 jun 2011)"

Contributed by Admin on Nov 20, 2011

(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.

(US) ArkivMusic - New Release: " Vivaldi - The Return Of The Angels / Maute, Ensemble Caprice"

Contributed by Admin on Nov 20, 2011

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!”

(UK) Linn Digital Music Collections (18 nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 20, 2011
“Back by popular demand Linn's brilliant value, no-hassle, highest quality Digital Music Collections make a welcome return for a limited time only. And, for the first time, our premium Digital Music Collections are all available in Apple Lossless as well as FLAC.

(US) New from University of Pennsylvania Press: "The Catholic Calumet: Colonial Conversions in French and Indian North America" Tracy Neal Leavelle

Contributed by Admin on Nov 19, 2011

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

(UK) British Library: "Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination" (11 nov 2011-13 mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 19, 2011
(* 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) New from Harmonia Mundi: "Lucy Crowe, sopranoThe English Concert, Harry Bicket" (nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 19, 2011
“Soprano Lucy Crowe joins The English Concert led by Harry Bicket in this dazzling programme of Handel arias and cantatas dating from his sojourn in Italy, where he was affectionately dubbed “the dear Saxon”.

(US) San Francisco Classical Voice (SFCV): "Your support is essential to the ongoing success of San Francisco Classical Voice."

Contributed by Admin on Nov 19, 2011

(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.

(FR) Satirino Classical Music Agency: "Kenneth Weiss on France Inter"

Contributed by Admin on Nov 19, 2011
“The harpsichordist Kenneth Weiss's appearances on the popular French radio station 'France Inter' on Saturday 22 & Saturday 29 October from 4 to 5 pm in the 'C'est du classique mais c'est pas grave' programme ('It's classical music but don't worry') presented by Sylvie Chapelle under the title 'Le clavecin, ça me crispe' ('The harpsichord makes me tense') can be heard on the radio's website via the links below.”

(DE) Carpe Diem Records News November 2011: "Ensemble Syntagma" and "The Carpe Diem Christmas Special"

Contributed by Admin on Nov 18, 2011

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)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 18, 2011
Barber Evening Concert
Stile Antico
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) Article: "Tough, thorny alt-conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner follows his own tempo" by By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic (13 nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 18, 2011
“The knighthood, the vast discography stretching from Monteverdi to Brahms, and the acclaim that has come with it are all tangible evidence that Sir John Eliot Gardiner, 68, is a pervasive presence throughout the European and American classical music world. 

(US) Reminder: Gotham Early Music Scene (GEMS) La Salle Adams Fund $20,000 Challenge Grant

Contributed by Admin on Nov 17, 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 …

(US) Harmonia Early Music: "Harmonia Time Capsule: 1562"

Contributed by Admin on Nov 17, 2011

“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.

(IT) Fondazione Giorgio Cini: Fashioning Opera and Musical Theatre Conference (30 mar-01 apr 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 17, 2011

(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)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 17, 2011
BEMF is delighted to present the Birmingham début of this award-winning Hyperion-label ensemble (Binchois Consort), and of its director, Andrew Kirkman, who takes over as Barber Professor of Music in Autumn 2012. This newly-devised programme is inspired by the beautiful Midlands alabaster sculpture in the Barber Institute, ‘The Coronation of the Virgin’. Fashioned from stone quarried in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, the sculptures functioned as the focus of religious devotion, the power of the prayers often being enhanced by being set to glorious music.

(US) San Francisco Classical Voice Review: "Chalice Consort: Grant Them Rest" By Anna Carol Dudley (06 nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 16, 2011
“Chalice Consort observed the week of All Saints Day by singing a Requiem at the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, Sunday in San Francisco. Musical Director Davitt Moroney invited the audience to think, as the Requiem unfolded, about the lives of people they knew who have died.

(US) American Bach Soloists: 2012 CHORAL WORKSHOP (11 feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 16, 2011
The American Bach Soloists are pleased to announce their 4th Annual Free Choral Workshop to be held on Saturday February 11, 2012 (new date)
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

(US) Unquiet Thoughts [blog]: Saturday morning quote #25: Tinctoris and the lute (12 nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 16, 2011
“While this blog is mainly directed towards those with at least a general appreciation of early music, there are bound to be occasional visitors who are not intimately familiar with the lute and its important place in historical music. 

(US) Women's Antique Vocal Ensemble (WAVE) Christmas Concert 2011 (16 dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 15, 2011
“The Women’s Antique Vocal Ensemble (WAVE) and the men of the Schola Cantorum of St. Albert Priory will present their annual Christmas concert following the traditional format of a Festival of Lessons and Carols which has been the customary Christmas Eve service at King’s College, Cambridge, England since 1918. The performance includes works by J.S. Bach, Thomas Ravenscroft, Thomas Tallis, Pedro de Cristo, Johann Ebeling, Jacob Handl, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, music from 14th century England & Germany, and Christmas carols. Please join us for this night of ancient and traditional holiday music.”

(US) Harmonia Mundi: Lumières - Music Of The Enlightenment [30-CD Set]

Contributed by Admin on Nov 15, 2011

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.“

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