(CA) Nota Bene Baroque Concert Reminder: "An English Messiah" (11 mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 06, 2012

(This is a re-post from an article on February 26 2012 -- Editor)

“What....HENRY'S Messiah?

You read that right. Handel wasn't the only one to set those familiar texts to music. Henry Purcell beat him to it, and you can hear these remarkable settings on March 11. 

(UK) Border Marches Early Music Forums (BEMFM) Workshop: "Purcell's Fairy Queen - Dance and music workshop for BMEMF" (16 jun 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 04, 2012

“We are pleased to announce that Philippa Waite will be joining with Andrew Wilson-Dickson to lead a workshop on the dances and choruses in Henry Purcell's "The Fairy Queen" for the Border Marches Early Music Forum.  The workshop welcomes singers, instrumentalists and dancers, and there will be segments where musicians can learn some Baroque dance steps.

(US) The Practitioners of Musick

Contributed by Admin on Mar 03, 2012 Weblinks Revisited

“The Practitioners of Musick ensemble, founded by John Burkhalter and the late Professor Eugene Roan (1931 - 2006) to survey the musical riches of 18th century Great Britain - Ireland & both the Colonial and early Federal periods in America. Recent research, has also focused attention on musical life in New-France before the Fall of Quebec in 1759. 

(US) The Four Nations Ensemble Concert: "Without a care: Music from Sans Souci" (7 mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 03, 2012

Without a care: Music from Sans Souci

Location:  The New Church, 114 East 35th Street, New York NY, US

“Of all the works on our program, Johann Gottlieb Graun’s Trio in G for flute, violin and continuo meets our expectations for the delight and vitality we have come to expect from rococo music. Johann Graun (1703-1771), student of Tartini, teacher of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, and admired by Johann Sebastian Bach has left unexplored chamber music delights and this work will make you want to know more. How fine that he gives the cellist rococo riffs that respond to the flute and violin. Here there is lyricism and sparkle that reminds us of the silver and gold that shimmers by candlelight or sunlight in every room at Sans Souci. And yet, all the embellished charm is supported by excellent counterpoint. No wonder Johann Sebastian sent his favorite son for lessons with this modern master. …”

(IT) Festival di Cremona Claudio Monteverdi 2012 - Festival Claudio Monteverdi 2012 (27 apr - 29 may 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 03, 2012
Festival held in Cremona celebrating Claudio Monteverdi. If you are in the region, you may be interested in attending one of the concerts on the concert listings below --

(CH) Ensemble Elyma, Gabriel Garrido

Contributed by Admin on Mar 02, 2012 Weblinks Revisited

“The Elyma Ensemble is made up of singers and instrumentialists specialising in Latin music of the Renaissance and the Baroque period, and has long been active in the rediscovery of early Latin American music. It has also gained international recognition for its interpretation of 17th century italian compositions.
Founded in Geneva in 1981, The Elyma Ensemble continues to be based there and is directed by its founder, Gabriel Garrido ... "

(DE) Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci -- Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival (9-24 jun 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 02, 2012
Each year in June, bring the Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival, waking the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Berlin-Brandenburg from the slumber of centuries.” A festival of international early music groups play in spectacular venues.

(US) Early Music DC Newsletter (2 mar 2012): March 2012 Concerts

Contributed by Admin on Mar 02, 2012
“Things are definitely picking up again, as you can see from the March concert calendar -- here's a preview! …

[Read on for the concert dates]

(UK) Cambridge Early Music Concert: "DIXIT DOMINUS: Settings by Handel and Vivaldi" (9 mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 01, 2012
La Nuova Musica dir. David Bates with Lucy Crowe (soprano)
Trinity College Chapel

La Nuova Musica is a vocal and instrumental ensemble dedicated to the music of the European Renaissance and Baroque. In less than five years since its foundation by counter-tenor David Bates, it has shot to prominence in the UK and abroad.

(CA) Ensemble Anonymous Sponsored Concert: "Kassia - Byzantine Hymns" performed by the German Ensemble VocaMe (7 mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 01, 2012

Reminder from Ensemble Anonymous!

Location: Salle D'Youville au 995, place D’Youville, Québe PQ, Canada

As part of the Women’s World Day, the Société du Palais Montcalm, in collaboration with the Ensemble Anonymus and La Nef, present the German Ensemble “VocaMe“ in a program entitled “Kassia - Byzantine Hymns”. This concert will be at 8pm in Room 995 at D'Youville Place D'Youville.

(UK) Opera Today Performances Review: "Le nozze di Figaro, Royal Opera" by Mark Berry

Contributed by Admin on Mar 01, 2012
“David McVicar’s production of The Marriage of Figaro, previously staged in 2006 (twice), 2008, and 2010, now returns as part of the Royal Opera House’s ‘Da Ponte cycle’. I cannot help wishing that funds had stretched to commissioning three new productions, preferably from the same director, with a sense of how the works might actually cohere as a ‘cycle’.  …

(US) The Double Bass and Violone Internet Archive -- Jerry Fuller, bassist and site maintainer

Contributed by Admin on Mar 01, 2012 Weblinks Revisited

“Jerry Fuller began studying the double bass at age 16 and was invited to join the Lyric Opera of Chicago orchestra three years later. Within two years he was promoted to first desk of the double bass section in addition to performing with the Santa Fe Opera. Mr Fuller has also served as solo double bass of The Musikkollegium Winterthur Switzerland. While in Europe, Mr. Fuller became interested in historically-informed performance practice and has achieved international recognition for his work with period instruments. A Chicago Artists Abroad grant recipient, Mr. Fuller’s performances in London, Rome, Geneva and Edinburgh have been broadcast worldwide. In addition, Mr. Fuller has performed at the Ravinia and the Aspen Music Festivals and both the Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals. …”

(AT) zeitenTANZ Workshop: La Forlana Dance (4-5 may 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 01, 2012
Location: Dance Studio Manhardt, Neubaugasse 38, 1070 Vienna (1st floor, by the yard)

The original folk dance from the Friaul region (hence the name: friulana - furlana - Forlana) was popular towards the end of the 17th century. It was introduced by the composer André Campra at the French court and was immediately received with great enthusiasm - the theme of "Venice" was in vogue in Paris at that time.

This workshop can be registered without a partner.”

(US) Oxford Univeristy Press: "Music February 2012 Newsletter"

Contributed by Admin on Mar 01, 2012

You may be interested in some of the newest releases as Oxford Press. Of note: 

The Castrato and His Wife, Helen Berry
“The opera singer Giusto Ferdinando Tenducci was one of the most famous celebrities of the eighteenth century. Mozart and Bach both composed for him. He was nothing less than a rock star of his day, with a massive female following. He was also a castrato.

Ranging from the salons of princes and the grand opera houses of Europe to the remote hill towns of Tuscany, Helen Berry's compelling account of the unconventional love story of the castrato and his wife offers fascinating insight into the world of opera and the history of sex and marriage in Georgian Britain. Berry vividly describes how women flocked to Tenducci's concerts and found him irresistible. Indeed, his young singing pupil, Dorothea Maunsell, found him so irresistible that she eloped with him. A huge scandal erupted and her father persecuted them mercilessly.”

More titles below …


(MX) Festival de Musica Barroca de San Miguel de Allende, A.C. (17-25 Mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 29, 2012

Joyas Divinas y Otros Secretos (Divine Jewels & Other Secrets)

“This year's theme alludes to the discovery of the rich culture and history of the Baroque period. It's for all lovers of the arts interested in a unique opportunity to discover the architectural, artistic and gastronomic treasures of Baroque. Enjoy a fun-filled week in the company of World-class musicians showcasing some of the most Priceless Jewels of Music ever composed. Join us for an incredible journey through richly layered textures within a compositional aesthetic to which festival musicians add energy and gallant. …”

(US) Early Music America (EMA) Scholarship Application Deadlines -- 15 April 2012

Contributed by Admin on Feb 29, 2012
A reminder that the Early Music America (EMA) scholarship application deadline is fast approaching. Early Music America (EMA) offers a variety of scholarships to its members. The application deadline is 15 April 2012.

(FR) Thomas Murach , Facteur de clavecins & Isabelle Murach-Venturini , Luthier

Contributed by Admin on Feb 29, 2012 Weblinks Revisited

“Since 1993 we  have been running the workshop ' Le Pin Lyre ', where I make  harpsichords and Isabelle  restores violins, lutes and violes. In fact, we work together on lots of tasks, but that's the  basic setup.

The harpsichord side of things: As of 1988, I learned the basics with  Lewis Jones, at the London College of Furniture, later London Guildhall, now London Metropolitan University. After much research 'Ariata' eventually came into being, and this is the trade name for my  interpretation of a  single manual F to f French harpsichord.

(US) Project MUSE Newsletter (28 feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 29, 2012
(From the latest newsletter at Project MUSE, some more research journals additions and some changes. Note that access to these journals are usually accomplished through University libraries or some municipal libraries. You will have to check with these local libraries to check to see if access to Project MUSE periodicals is available.  If your interest lies in early music research, Project MUSE inventory of publication may be of interest to you. -- Editor)

Background: Project MUSE is a leading provider of digital humanities and social science content for the scholarly community.  Since 1995 the MUSE journal collections have supported a wide array of research needs at academic, public, special, and school libraries worldwide. MUSE is the trusted source of complete, full-text versions of scholarly journals from many of the world's leading university presses and scholarly societies, with over 120 publishers currently participating. UPCC Book Collections on Project MUSE, launched in January 2012, offer top quality book-length scholarship, fully integrated with MUSE's scholarly journal content.“

(CA) ANALEKTA Record Label: "Win The Bach Choir of Bethlehem's New Album"

Contributed by Admin on Feb 29, 2012
“Bach's St. John Passion is one of the masterworks of the choral repertory, but it took time for it to be acknowledged as the masterpiece it truly is. It was re-discovered after Mendelssohn's performance of the St. Matthew Passion in 1829 had stunned the music world, awakening it to the superlative quality of Bach's vocal music, and, at the same time, creating an upsurge in the performance of choral music in general, which continues to this day. This recording of the St. John Passion by the Bach Choir of Bethlehem – America's oldest Bach society -- is an acknowledgement of an important part of its history.

(US) Leap Day One-Day Sale at ArkivMusic

Contributed by Admin on Feb 29, 2012
A little late, but … if you can still catch this sale event and are interested in any of the sale items … the sale ends by the end-of-day midnight EST February 29th. There are early music titles available that may be of interest.

(UK) The Bath Minuet Company: The Bath Georgian Ball (31 mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 28, 2012
The Bath Georgian Ball is hosted annually by Bath Minuet Company and has become a highlight of the early dance calendar.

The Guildhall in Bath continues to provide the perfect setting for this event which draws enthusiasts and practitioners of historic dance from around the world.

(UK) The City Waites

Contributed by Admin on Feb 28, 2012 Weblinks Revisited

“With a riot of period instruments, lusty voices and all the exuberance of an early street or theatre band, THE CITY WAITES perform popular English songs, ballads and dance music from the Tudor period to the early 19th century. Street cries, theatre songs, bawdy broadside ballads, early Music Hall, Coffee House catches, courtly dances and the foot-stomping rhythms of a village dance band.

(UK) The Renaissance Singers Concert: "Meet the Artist - Sally Dunkley" (15 mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 28, 2012

Location: St Paul’s Knightsbridge Church Hall, 77 Kinnerton Street, SW1X 8ED

“Join the Renaissance Singers for an evening of music, wine and conversation -  the first in a new series of ‘Meet the Artist’ evenings where eminent figures in the field of early music talk about the high points of their career and share some of the music that has featured most significantly on the way. Soprano Sally Dunkley is our first special guest and will be interviewed by Alistair Dixon, conductor of Chapelle du Roi and former Chairman of the Renaissance Singers.

(US) Concordia Consort Prelude Concert at Trinity Episcopal Church (4 mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 28, 2012

Location: Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elms Street in Concord, MA US

Soprano Eileen Cecilia Callahan joins recorder players Sheila Beardslee, George Mastellone, Brian Warnock & Henia Yacubowicz for a 30 minute program of Lenten chorales and penitential psalms.  This program features works by Byrd, Wilbe, Morley, Bull, Hassler, Pedersøn, Cato, Lassus, Scarlatti, Buxtehude, Pachelbel and Bach.

Following our concert program, the Trinity Parish Choir (Robert Barney, director) will sing choral evensong, featuring canticles and the verse anthem “My shepherd is the living Lord” by Thomas Tomkins.

(DE) Thüringer Bachwochen 2012 (30 mar - 22 apr 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 28, 2012
“I would like to give a warm welcome to all guests of the 2012 Thuringia Bach Festival. This year’s festival in honour of the “fifth Evangelist” Johann Sebastian Bach is dedicated to the 2012 theme of the Luther decade “Reformation and Music”. There is good reason for this: the reformation was, after all, an important milestone in the redirection of European music culture. The music of the reformation has had a world wide impact on the cultural landscape that, even today, reaches far beyond the religious realm.

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