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(US) How Charles Dickens Saw London (Author: Rebecca Dalzell) ((Smithsonian.com 2011 June 06)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 25, 2011

“Sketches by Boz, the volume of newspaper columns that became Dickens’ first book, invokes a colorful view of 19th-century England”

“Seven Dials, in central London, is a good place to people-watch. Outside the Crown pub, ruddy men laugh loudly, sloshing their pints; shoppers’ heels click on cobblestones; and tourists spill bewildered out of a musical at the Cambridge Theatre. A column marks the seven-street intersection, and its steps make a sunny perch for gazing on the parade. …


(US) Recently Released: "George Frideric Handel 1685-1759 Belshazzar" (Harmonia Mundi DVD) (2011 May)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 25, 2011

Coproduction Festival d'Aix-en-Porvence

René Jacobs - Conductor
Rias Kammerchor - Ensemble vocal
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Chamber ensemble
Kenneth Tarver - Tenor (Belshazzar)
Rosemary Joshua - Soprano (Nitocris)
Bejun Mehta - Countertenor (Cyrus)
Kristina Hammarström - Mezzo-soprano (Daniel)
Neal Davies - Baritone (Gobrias)

This live recording from the Festival of Aix-en-Provence 2008 reveals one of Handel's most gripping dramatic works.
  

(US) Harmonia Early Music: Listener Favorites: Gesualdo, Tavener, Dalza, Pergolesi, And More" (By Bernard Gordillo)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 24, 2011
“Not long ago, we asked our listening audience, through the Harmonia website and its social media pages, to tell us their favorite pieces of early music. The response was not only enthusiastic, but quite detailed.”
  

(FR) 50 Renaissance and Baroque Standards (Authors: Pascale Boquet and Gérard Rebours)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 24, 2011

EarlyMusicNews.org Weblinks Revisited

144 pages. Price : 17,50 Euros.
Réf. 63966. Editions Fuzeau Classique

“Here, brought together for the first time, you will find 50 Renaissance and Baroque ostinato basses, songs and dances (1) on which composers repeatedly wrote variations over the course of decades or even centuries. These pieces circulated from country to country, from one publication or manuscript to another, and also served as a basis for improvisation by performing musicians of the time.

(IT) Early Music Masterclass and Prize (Perugia IT) (2011 September 13/17) (Application Deadline 2011 July 4)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 22, 2011

Conservatoria Di Musica -- Early Music Masterclass
With The Parley of Instruments (Great Britain)

To the best duo or trio of the Masterclass (judged at the sole discretion of masterclass teachers and organizers) the Associazione Culturale “Umbri-A Concerto” will give the opportunity, at expense of Associazione, to perform two concerts in Bulgaria (Sofia and Varna) in musical season 2011/2012.


(US) Sale on Sid Glickman's Personal Instrument Collection

Contributed by Admin on Jun 22, 2011

Word from Sid Glickman, that his 300+ instrument collection is for sale. "I was a good shopper until recently and  I would like to see them well placed before my time is up! (tongue in cheek)"
  


(UK) Cardiff Singer of the World Competition (2011 June 12-19)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 20, 2011
“The 2011 competition took place from 12-19 June 2011.

The competition was won by Valentina Naforniţă from Moldova, who also won the Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize.
 

(DE) ANDREAS STAIER Piano and Harpsichord

Contributed by Admin on Jun 20, 2011

EarlyMusicNews.org Weblinks Revisited

“Undoubtedly one of the most prominent harpsichord and forte piano performers in the world, Andreas Staier embarked upon a solo career in 1986 and, since then, his indisputable musical mastery has made its mark on the interpretation of baroque, classical and romantic repertoire.


(UK) Handel House is 10! and Fundraiser

Contributed by Admin on Jun 14, 2011

(Recently posted on the Handel House newsletter -- ed.)

In November 2011 Handel House Museum is 10 years old!

To mark this landmark anniversary Handel House is launching its 10 for 10 campaign with JustTextGiving by Vodafone.
   


(UK) 2011 Summer Festival of Music Operas at the University of Birmingham (2011 June 17-19)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 12, 2011

Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and John Blow’s Venus and Adonis

“The highlight of the festival is the Summer Festival Opera, a double bill of two Baroque masterpieces, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and John Blow’s Venus and Adonis on 17 / 18 / 19 June in The Barber Institute of Fine Arts. With a twist to the production, these operas are set at the outbreak and close of the Second World War. Please see the opera press release attached for more details.
  


(UK) Andreas Scholl, Wigmore Hall (Opera Today Review Claire Seymour) (2011 June 09)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 12, 2011
“A capacity crowd at the Wigmore Hall eagerly awaited the arrival of Andreas Scholl and Tamar Halperin on the platform on Tuesday evening.
  

(UK) "More historical dances" from DanceBooks.co.uk

Contributed by Admin on Jun 08, 2011
Author: Wood, Melusine
Published:
1956, 2010

Melusine Wood's previous book, Historical Dances : 12th to 18th Century, was in the nature of an introduction to the subject, each major period being illustrated by one or more typical dances. Here, dances are studied in relation to a definite syllabus, the first Elementary; the second Intermediate, and more difficult of execution. There are also helpful notes on 'Angel Walking', and on the varying modes of deportment during the Middle Ages and the 17th and 18th centuries.
  

(FR) Festival Embar(o)quement (2011 May 7-29) -- Photo Albums

Contributed by Admin on Jun 08, 2011
Just in case you missed it and you wished you had been able to attend, the Festival Embar(o)quement has put together an online photo album for all to view.
  

(UK) Handel House Museum June / July 2011 Events

Contributed by Admin on Jun 08, 2011
Included is the list of concert events for the busy months of June and July 2011 at Handel House.
  

(US) Four Nations 25th Anniversary Concert June 15th - Return to Friends Meeting House

Contributed by Admin on Jun 08, 2011
Join the Four Nations Ensemble for a 25th Anniversary Celebration
Wednesday, June 15th at 730-Friend's Meeting House


Don't miss a joyful, romantic, nostalgic and celebratory performance at the historic Friend's Meeting House on 15th street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue.


(CA) NewBEMF - New Brunswick Early Music Festival 2011 Concert Schedule (2011 June 6-25)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 08, 2011

NewBEMF is a unique musical experience, held annually in the stunning seaside resort of St. Andrews, NB, just 60 minutes over the US border from coastal Maine.

NewBEMF, hosted by the St. Andrews Arts Council is also unique in its focus on combining college-level academic classes for credit through Millikin University (Decatur, IL) with pre-professional performing opportunities and significant community involvement.

List of upcoming concert from the New Brunswick Early Music Festival 2011:
  


(US) New Bach Festival: Exciting Early Music -- American Bach Soloists (Preview By Marianne Lipanovich) (2011 July 15-23)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 07, 2011
“Never let it be said that early music is stuck in the past, whether it’s performing newly discovered old works or exploring new ways to present old favorites.
  

(US) Le Royaume Oublié: La Tragédie Cathare (Opera Today Review by Steven Plank)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 06, 2011
“Before a single track has been heard, Jordi Savall’s The Forgotten Kingdom impresses with its scale: a three-CD set packaged in a lavish, bound book that contains fifty dense pages of English commentary by nine different authors; adding the multiple translations, beautiful illustrations, and song texts, the book itself luxuriantly sprawls over 500 pages.
  

(CA) Festival Chants de Vielles (2011 Sept. 9-11)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 06, 2011
Festival Chants de Vielles  takes place amidst the autumn glory on September 9-10-11, 2011, in the lovely, country setting of Calixa-Lavallée, a quaint and historic Québec village. Every year, Chants de Vielles brings in a fresh and delicious musical harvest by providing a place for sharing and learning on a human scale.
  

(US) Davitt Moroney on Striggio's Long-lost Mass (YouTube Video)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 04, 2011
“UC Berkeley musicologist and renowned harpsichordist Davitt Moroney talks about his discovery of the long-lost 16th-century mass by Alessandro Striggio "Missa sopra Ecco sì beato" in 40 and 60 parts.
  

(US) Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) -- NEW! Behind-the-Scenes Video of Niobe (BEMF 2011 June 12-19)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 04, 2011
“Take a sneak peak at dazzling performances by Amanda Forsythe and Philippe Jaroussky -- the stars of the Boston Early Music Festival’s upcoming North American premiere of Agostino Steffani's 1688 operatic masterpiece Niobe, Regina di Tebe in this new preview by BEMF videographer Kathy Wittman. 

(NL) Gurdy String Calculator (Gurdypedia.com)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 04, 2011
“Andrew Nixon sent me (Paul Howland, Gurdypedia) two fantastic Excel spreadsheets developed by Hurdy Gurdy Info (HGI) - an informal group of hurdy-gurdy players and academics who discuss and chat about all-things hurdy-gurdy from time to time.
   

(UK) Trio Sonnerie

Contributed by Admin on Jun 04, 2011

EarlyMusicNews.org Weblinks Revisited

“Trio Sonnerie is one of the longest established and most highly regarded chamber groups working in Europe today.
  


(US) The Offbeat Museums of Europe (by Tony Perrottet) (Smithsonian.com May 17 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 03, 2011
Not directly related to early music, but still of interest, this month’s Smithsonian Magazine lists some museums of oddity that may be of interest to the early music enthusiasts.
  

(US) The Countertenor Voice: An Online Journal (June Issue)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 03, 2011

Our June 2011 by Ian Howell (Editor)

“This issue includes two pieces by me: one discussing how rather than what to practice, and a very recent interview I gave on public radio on the countertenor and castrati voices.
  

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