News

(BE) Ricercar Consort - Philippe Pierlot

Contributed by Admin on Sep 11, 2011

EarlyMusicNews.org Weblinks Revisited

“In 1985, the Ricercar Consort made their first tour with  J.S. Bach’s« Musicalisches Opfer », and is rapidly internationally known  for it’s interpretation of cantatas and instrumental music of the German Baroque ; numerous concerts are given with famous artists like Henri Ledroit, Max van Egmond and James Bowman.


(DE) International Heinrich Schütz Festival in Hanover, Germany (2011 Sep 29-Oct 3)

Contributed by Admin on Sep 11, 2011

375 Years of Hanover as the Seat of Nobility: Music at the Courts of the Guelphs in Lower Saxony

Concerts

North German Polychoral Music
Works by Michael Praetorius, Heinrich Schütz, and Matthias Weckmann
The Hannover Boys Choir & L'Arco Baroque Orchestra, conducted by Prof. Jörg Breiding

Heinrich Schütz in the 20th Century
Works by Heinrich Schütz, Kurt Thomas, Hugo Distler, and Ernst Pepping
North German Figuralchor, Musica Alta Ripa, conducted by Prof. Jörg Straube
  


(US) Call For Papers: AMS Pacific Southwest Chapter, Univ. of Redlands (2011 Oct 15)

Contributed by Admin on Sep 11, 2011
“The Pacific Southwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society will have its fall meeting at University of Redlands (about an hour east of Los Angeles) on Saturday, October 15th, 2011.
  

(US) News from San Francisco Classical Voice: "Mozart's Sister"

Contributed by Admin on Sep 11, 2011
“You may remember “Nannerl” vaguely as Mozart’s older sister. Even as Rosencrantz and Guildensternremained minor figures in Hamlet until Tom Stoppard immortalized them, Maria Anna Walburga Ignatia Mozart (1751–¬1829) has been waiting for centuries to emerge from the shadow of Amadeus. The time is here.

(SE) Viola da Gambaföreningen/Viola da Gamba Society of Sweden

Contributed by Admin on Sep 09, 2011

EarlyMusicNews.org Weblinks Revisited

“The aim of the Viola da gamba-föreningen is to build and sustain a network of people interested in the viola da gamba and the music written for it. Amongst other things, the society wants to help organise playing opportunities, promote new music for the viol, provide information about concerts and courses, and act as a forum at which viol topics can be discussed.


(UK) From the News Archives at Linn Records: "Gramophone Award Finalists Announced"

Contributed by Admin on Sep 09, 2011
“16 August 2011

As Linn comes to the end of its time as Gramophone's 'Label of the Year' we are proud to announce that three of the recordings released within the last twelve months have been chosen as Finalists for a 2011 Gramophone Award.
  

(US) Clarion Society's 2011-2012 Season

Contributed by Admin on Sep 09, 2011
The Clarion Music Society is pleased to announce its 2011-2012 season, featuring the Clarion Orchestra, the Clarion Choir, and outstanding soloists.  This is Clarion’s sixth full season under the direction of Artistic Director Steven Fox.

(US) Support Harmonia Early Music: More Lute? More Loot! -- Fundraiser and Results

Contributed by Admin on Sep 09, 2011
Harmonia Early Music recently challenged the community to help it raise funds for its operation.“We don't mean to beg, but we need your support to continue this online service. Help us reach a goal of $1000 by Labor Day. “
  

(UK) CD Release:: 'An Innocent Diversion' Music of the era of Jane Austen (c 1770-1820) (Austentation.org)

Contributed by Admin on Sep 08, 2011
“This album represents music popular during the late Georgian period, 1770-1820, the period of the life of novelist Jane Austen (1775-1817) who was also an accomplished musician.
  

(FR) 26ième Édition Festival Baroque de Pontoise (2011 Sept. 16-Oct.23)

Contributed by Admin on Sep 06, 2011

FESTIVAL BAROQUE DE PONTOISE
7, place du Petit Martroy
95300 PONTOISE

“Push along with us the doors of this 26th edition and abandon yourselves to these beautiful promised nights.“


(CA) Nota Bene Period Orchestra 10th Anniversary Festivities and Name Change (2011 September 10)

Contributed by Admin on Sep 05, 2011

Celebrate our future with us as we unveil our new name
~ Nota Bene Baroque ~

“Enjoy fabulous mini-concerts by the Nota Bene musicians, rosewater-flavoured meringues (all the rage 300 years ago!) and other Baroque-inspired refreshments, Baroque games, a silent auction, period costumes, a 50/50 draw, cash bar, and a baroque instrument "Petting Zoo".


(ES) 5th edition of the "Aula de Música Antiga" (AMA), Early music course in Girona Conservatory (Registration: Sept. 15-Nov. 30 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Sep 04, 2011
“After its inauguration five years ago and due to its great success with students, the Aula de Música Antigua (Early Music Academy) begins its fifth edition this 2011-2012, with the 1st, 2nd and 3rd year courses being taught simultaneously, covering up the complete training.
  

(UK) Newly published from Ashgate Publishing Group: "The Music Trade in Georgian England"

Contributed by Admin on Sep 04, 2011

(Edited by Michael Kassler, Michael Kassler and Associates, Australia)
Published
: August 2011
ISBN:
978-0-7546-6065-1

“In contrast to today's music industry, whose principal products are recorded songs sold to customers round the world, the music trade in Georgian England was based upon London firms that published and sold printed music and manufactured and sold instruments on which this music could be played. The destruction of business records and other primary sources has hampered investigation of this trade, but recent research into legal proceedings, apprenticeship registers, surviving correspondence and other archived documentation has enabled aspects of its workings to be reconstructed. 
  


(US) Elizabethan Garden Tour (Washington, D.C.)

Contributed by Admin on Sep 04, 2011

Folger Shakespeare Library
Address:

201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

“Explore our garden, inspired by herbal references in Shakespeare's plays and also incorporating plants popular in his time, including lavender, creeping thyme, and English ivy; a knot garden; and Shakespearean statues by American sculptor Greg Wyatt. Folger docents offer insights into plantings, Elizabethan customs, and more.
  


(US) Call for Competitors -- The Parkening International Guitar Competition (2012 May 29-June 2)

Contributed by Admin on Sep 02, 2011
The 2012 Parkening International Guitar Competition is actively seeking competitors.

(US) New from Oxford University Press: "Dividing the Spoils The War for Alexander the Great’s Empire" (Author: Robin Waterfield)

Contributed by Admin on Sep 02, 2011

A Gripping Account of One of the Great Forgotten Wars of History

ISBN: 9780195395235
Hardback, May 2011, 304 pp.
List Price: $27.95

“Alexander the Great conquered an enormous empire—stretching from Greece to the Indian subcontinent—and his death triggered forty bloody years of world-changing warfare. These were years filled with high adventure, intrigue, passion, assassinations, dynastic marriages, treachery, shifting alliances, and mass slaughter on battlefield after battlefield. And while the men fought on the field, the women, such as Alexander’s mother Olympias, schemed from their palaces and pavilions.  …
  


(FR) International Baroque Singing Competition (2011 September 21-25)

Contributed by Admin on Sep 02, 2011
“Intended to reveal the talents of tomorrow, the competition is opened to the major vocal artists of any nationalities and any tessitura's, it rewards the best vocal interpretations the works of which are inevitably drawn from the directory of baroque period.“
  

(FR) La vieille à roue (Website author: Xavier AIMÉ)

Contributed by Admin on Sep 01, 2011

EarlyMusicNews.org Weblinks Revisited

Informative hurdy-gurdy website portal authored by Xavier Aimé with the cooperation of many who are involved in the world of the hurdy-gurdy.


(US) Risorgimento 150 years after (Opera Today article by Carlo Vitali, 2011 July 12)

Contributed by Admin on Sep 01, 2011

“How the saga of Italian unification in 1861 is being (half-heartedly) celebrated by opera composers.

 Since its inception in the early 17th century, opera is a divisive artform in Italy.
  


(US) Unquiet Thoughts: Saturday morning quote #13: Playford & the Tudors by Ron & Donna on August 12, 2011

Contributed by Admin on Sep 01, 2011
“John Playford (1623–1686) is probably best known today as publisher of The English Dancing Master (1651) which contains unharmonized melodies and instructions for the steps to several English country dances. 
  

(UK) Viviana Sofronitsky, Wigmore Hall, London (The Independent, Review by Michael Church; 2011 July 31)

Contributed by Admin on Sep 01, 2011
“It wasn't clear which of the two debutants would upstage the other on Tuesday at the Wigmore Hall, where every inch of the stage was crammed with winged fortepianos.

(US) Harmonia Early Music - Beasts And Bestiaries

Contributed by Admin on Aug 25, 2011
Medieval bestiaries combined descriptions of animals with religious and moral meaning.  These collections of stories were very popular in the middle ages, and musicians expanded on the idea, creating musical works referencing one or more animals.
  

(UK) National Centre for Early Music York - Early Music Listings (Autumn / Winter 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Aug 25, 2011

The National Centre for Early Music posts its extensive early music listings for the autumn and winter 2011 calendar:

Monday 10 October 6.50pm for 7.00pm
Viols, Voices and Virginals: A Gala Concert presented in association with BBC Radio 3
NCEM, St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL
Box Office: 01904 658338, Web: www.ncem.co.uk
Tickets £20.00 (including wine on arrival)

Viol consort Phantasm, Countertenor Iestyn Davies and harpsichord player Mahan Esfahani join forces for a celebration of outstanding English music including works by Gibbons, Byrd and Purcell. The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 throughout the UK and to countries in the European Broadcasting Union. (Please be seated by 6.50pm)
  

(US) BAROQUE BAND Adventures Through the Looking Glass (12, 14-15 October 2011)

Contributed by BaroqueBand on Aug 24, 2011

BAROQUE BAND Adventures Through the Looking Glass

The Queen of Hearts
The internationally renowned early music soprano, Dame Emma Kirkby gives us the honor of opening this new exciting season of Baroque Band. Get lost in a world of wonders and mysteries with Chicago's period orchestra and one of the most remarkable voices of the century.
 


(UK) Gramophone Awards 2011

Contributed by Admin on Aug 18, 2011

Vote for the Gramophone Artist of the Year 2011!

Who would you like to see win?

Gramophone’s critics have already been engaged for some months in the rigorous judging process by which these prestigious classical prizes are allotted – and which this year are being presented in association with Steinway & Sons. But, as tradition dictates, one of the highest-profile awards – Artist of the Year – is decided not by our reviewers but by you.  …