(UK) Cambridge Early Music: "2012 FESTIVAL OF THE VOICE" (18-20 may 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 08, 2012

Cambridge Early Music celebrates the voice with three marvelous early music groups and accompanying concert programmes.

THE EARTH RESOUNDS - Choral Pilgrimage 2012
The Sixteen
Friday 18 May, 2012
Concert featuring arguably the three most celebrated composers from the Franco-Flemish school of the Renaissance,...


(US) Opera Today Commentary: "The English Oratorio: A Celebration (Barbican Hall, London)" by Claire Seymour (28 dec 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 07, 2012
“When we think of the ‘English oratorio’, the composer whose name most readily comes to mind is George Frideric Handel, the ‘adopted’ Englishman who in the first half of the eighteenth-century both anticipated and dictated English musical and theatrical taste.

(US) Gotham Early Music Scene News (GEMS) Concerts (1 feb 2012 Newsletter)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 07, 2012

A reminder from the latest GEMS newsletter of its upcoming concert listings. Once again, if you are planning on being in the New York city area, consider one of the scheduled concerts. You may want to check on ticket availability as the concerts are well-attended. 

Concert listings below:

(SE) eClassical Special of the week: Beethoven – Complete Works for Solo Piano, Volume 11

Contributed by Admin on Feb 07, 2012

(Available in FLAC 24, FLAC16 and MP3)

BIS's Boss Robert von Bahr:
It is hard to sit and write texts about certain SACD:s without succumbing to ridiculous boasting, and this is one case in point. The very fact that we have asked Ronald Brautigan to record Complete Mozart (10 CD:s), Complete Haydn (16) and the Mozart Concerti (ongoing), 

(US) Seventh Mae and Irving Jurow International Harpsichord Competition

Contributed by Admin on Feb 06, 2012

Location: University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati OH, USA

Semi-final and final rounds held at the Historical Keyboard Society joint conclave at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. A maximum of twelve players from the preliminary round will be admitted to the semi-final round. 

(CA) Ottawa Chamber Music Society February 2012 Newsletter - Arion Concert Reminder/Notice

Contributed by Admin on Feb 05, 2012

(news from the latest newsletter -- ed.)

Arion Baroque Orchestra, February 16 2012

Due to illness, Elizabeth Wallfisch will not perform at the Ottawa Chamberfest Concert Series presentation of “Commedia Dell-arte” with Arion Baroque Orchestra. Ms. Wallfisch has withdrawn from the remainder of the Orchestra’s concert season. Award-winning violinist Dmitry Sinkovsky will take to the stage in her place.

(CZ) La Pellegrina Summer Workshop: "Baroque music in 415 Hz: Rameau's Indes Galantes" (15-25 jul 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 05, 2012
Location: Bechyně, Czech Republic

Course description:

  • For: singers (soloists and highly experienced choral singers), instrumentalists (baroque strings, recorder, flute, baroque oboe and bassoon, harpsichord / organ, theorbo, period instruments only, tuning pitch 415 Hz)
  • With Enrique Gómez-Cabrero Fernandez, Dirkjan Horringa, Mitchell Sandler, Marco Vitale and others (a teacher for the wind section!)
  • Also for Baroque dancers, taught by Dorothée Wortelboer
  • Central work: Rameau's Indes Galantes
  • This year's central theme is French Baroque, an inexhaustible collection of incredibly beautiful music
  • In Bechyně, with semi-staged final performance of Rameau's Indes Galantes at the castle (Vokův sál)

(CZ) La Pellegrina Summer Workshop: "Beethoven & his Czech Contemporaries" (27 jul - 6 aug 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 05, 2012

Location: Bechyně, Czech Republic

Course Description:

  • For: (choral) singers, strings, winds and pianists; also open to existing ensembles
  • With Martina Bernášková, Petr Bernášek, Václav Bernášek, Martina Hájková, Dirkjan Horringa, Josef Kekula, Mitchell Sandler and others
  • Chamber music / chamber choir and large symphony orchestra and choir conducted by Dirkjan Horringa
  • Central works: Beethoven's Mass in C op. 86 and a symphony by his contemporary Pavel Vranický
  • In Bechyně
  • New With musical programme for children of all ages

(UK) Handel House February-March 2012 Concerts

Contributed by Admin on Feb 05, 2012
From the latest Handel House news letter, you will find the concert listing for February-March 2012. Buy early as many of these concerts sell quickly. In fact, some of these are already sold-out.

(US) Opera Lafayette: Reviews of Le Roi et le fermier

Contributed by Admin on Feb 04, 2012
Opera Lafayette are off to Marseilles to play. In the meantime, the reviews are in from the performance of Monsigny's “Le Roi et le fermier” at the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center. The interesting part of their move to the venue in Marseilles is their use of the original backdrops from Marie Antoinette’s 1780 staging for its performances in Versailles.

(US) International Baroque Institute at Longy (School) (IBIL): "Naples, the Conservatory of Europe" (20-29 jul 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 04, 2012
“This year's focus is on composers active in 17th- and 18th-century Naples, with a special focus on Nicola Porpora's first opera "L’Agrippina" of 1708.  The city's Spanish rulers founded music schools on the premises of four monasteries which housed Europe's finest musicians and composers. In our master classes, chamber music, orchestral and dance sessions, we will deal with all aspects of interpretation of the music of Scarlatti, Cimarosa, Porpora, Pergolesi and their contemporaries.

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

Contributed by Admin on Feb 04, 2012

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.

(FR) Les Passions, conducted by Jean-Marc Andrieu Concert: "Mirages des sons du Sud" (8 feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 04, 2012

Baroque Music, Early Chinese and Taiwanese Music

As part of the festival "Made in Asia" Les Passions, conducted by Jean-Marc Andrieu pairs up with the Jiang Nan - Yang Yi-Ping - Xinxin Nanguan Ensemble for its latest concert: "Mirages des sons du Sud" Baroque music, early Chinese and Taiwanese music.

The concert follows a free conference on the music of nanguan.

(US) Early Music DC Concert Listings for February 2012

Contributed by Admin on Feb 04, 2012
We are reminded of this month’s concert listing the Early Music DC newsletter. If you are in the area you may want to consider attending.

(CA) "Submitters' Best Practices"

Contributed by Admin on Feb 03, 2012

Recently some have questioned on how to get on “News” pages. While the answer to this may mean a little more chronicling of your activities on your website or of taking advantage of more photo opportunities (serious or candid) of your group, the end result may be gaining more “web presence” and gaining greater recognition of your achievements.

In the latest addition to the FAQ, I have tried to outline some suggestions on how you could make your site more “media friendly” in your favour. Feel free to follow the link if you are interested in contributing to this site OR you may be just curious and would like to read/add/share your comments -- Submitters - Website Best Practices

Happy contributing,

Marc Paré

* Note that members may login to comment; you may email me your comments at:

(CA) Tafelmusik Concert: "House of Dreams" (8-9 feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 03, 2012

Directed by Jeanne Lamon
Conceived, scripted and programmed by Alison Mackay
Stage Direction by Marshall Pynkoski
Production Design by Glenn Davidson
Projections Design by Raha Javanfar
Narrated by Blair Williams

A magical journey to the meeting places of baroque art and music - five European homes where exquisite works by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and Marais were played against a backdrop of paintings by Vermeer, Canaletto, and Watteau. Includes stage direction, narration, and stunning projected images.FREE pre-concert talks, an exhibit, and more!”

(BE) Scherzi Musicali CD Release: "La Catena d'Adone Domenico Mazzocchi" (24 jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 03, 2012

La Catena d'Adone

La Catena d'Adone, first performed on 12 February 1626, presents the characteristics of the genre. A pastoral tale in a prologue and five acts, it relates the tumultuous love affairs of Adonis, Apollo, Venus and the enchantress Falsirena. The frivolous and sensual, even erotic, tone of the work has its response in the Christian moral...”


(FR) Les Festes de Thalie et France-Orpheon (Latest Newsletter): "Au berceau royal" -In Search of Instruments and of Information

Contributed by Admin on Feb 03, 2012
“My grandfather, Marcel Salomon, seems to be well known because he founded and sold lots of historical musical instruments. This part of our website is dedicated to his collection and memory. It is now a virtual collection, since he only left 3 photo albums from his "Berceau Royal" shop.

(UK) Cambridge University Press -- 60% OFF Selected Humanities and Social Sciences Titles (till 30 apr 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 03, 2012

A reminder of Cambridge University Press’ sale on selected books with savings of 60% OFF regular price. There are some early music titles that may be of some interest. 

Browse through the Cambridge University Press website catalogue for more information.

(US) Harmonia Early Music: "2011 EMA Naxos Recording Competition Finalists" (By Anna Pranger Posted January 15, 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 02, 2012
Early Music America is a non-profit service organization for the field of historical performance in North America. One of their many activities is the sponsorship of competitions for up-and-coming performers. In 2011 the EMA partnered with the recording label Naxos and held a competition designed to promote the careers of emerging early music artists.  …

(US) Opera Today Review: "Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina e la Compagnia dei Musici di Roma, Messa di Santa Cecilia" by Steven Plank (28 dec 2011) (Christophorus CHR 77288 [SACD])

Contributed by Admin on Feb 02, 2012
“Homage could take diverse forms in Counter-Reformation Rome, and this excellent recording by ensemble officium, Messa di Santa Cecilia, focuses on a particular instance that was interestingly polyvalent.

(UK) Dance Books: New Publication

Contributed by Admin on Feb 02, 2012
News from Dance Books of their latest publication “a facsimile reprint of Pierre Rameau's 1725 'Abbrege de la nouvelle methode, dans l'art d'ecrire ou de tracer toutes sortes de danses de ville'”

(US) Four Easy Tips for Preserving Your Digital Photographs

Contributed by Admin on Feb 02, 2012

With the many different early music ensembles, groups, associations etc. on our weblinks making use of photos on their sites or newsletters, I thought it would be worthwhile to read through this article on preserving digital photographs.

“Digital preservation is the set of management processes that ensure the long-term accessibility of digital information. At NDIIPP we deal with these issues on a grand scale, working to ensure the nation’s (”USA” -- ed.) valuable digital cultural heritage survives for the long-term benefit of all.

(CA) Arion Orchestre Baroque - February: a month full of baroque goodness!

Contributed by Admin on Feb 01, 2012
“Watch out baroque fans: Arion is plowing ahead with plenty of activities!
Here is a quick survey of all the upcoming concerts this month.

(NL) Huismuziek Early Music Courses and Workshops

Contributed by Admin on Feb 01, 2012
For those of you who considering visiting The Netherlands, you may want to consider visiting the Huismuziek website where the association lists several early music workshops/courses. The length of the workshops/courses vary from one day, a weekend or week.

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