(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.“

(FR) Les Passions Concert: "Canticum Nativitatis Domini" (Tomás Luis de Victoria) (30 nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 15, 2011
The Instituto Cervantes de Toulouse and its director Domingo Garcia Canedo, in partnership with The Passions-Orchestre Baroque de Montauban and Jean-Marc Andrieu, Music Director, invites the "La Capella de Ministrers et Carles Magraner" at the Basilica of St. Sernin.

The Valencian ensemble is the leading expert in the music of the most famous Spanish Renaissance polyphony, Tomás Luis de Victoria which celebrates the 400th anniversary of its disappearance.
The Toulousians remember the 'Requiem' in Victoria that these artists had offered them in December 2009. The grand concert of November 30, 2011 entitled "Canticum, Nativitate Domini" certainly will give them the same emotion and the joy of discovering a rich repertoire and still too little known in France.

(AT) Musicological Congress: “Fugacity of future? Striking a balance and opening up new perspectives of Baroque Music” (16-18 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 15, 2011

Symposium of the Institute for History of Musical Reception and Interpretation at Salzburg Mozarteum University

December 16th–18th, 2011

“Apostrophizing “The End of Early Music” Bruce Haynes in 2007 pointed out an evident development that had been perceived as a sort of subliminal crisis for some time: a certain incrustation connected with commercialization of Early Music. Have those tendencies actually withdrawn substantial impulses, have teaching, presentation and performance actually got stuck? How has the present practice of Early Music developed? Which basic approaches – on the one hand from the studies of source material, or on the other hand from research projects of historical oriented interpretation – can be acquired for the future?

(US) ArkivMusic: "Brilliant Classics Bargains at ArkivMusic"

Contributed by Admin on Nov 15, 2011

From the latest ArkivMusic Newsletter:

“Bargain label extraordinaire Brilliant Classics is on sale now at ArkivMusic, with plenty of affordable classical boxed sets that make great gifts! You will find several new collections to choose from, covering the Renaissance to the 20th century, from orchestral music to solo piano to chamber and choral, for collectors and novices alike -- all tremendous values.”

(SE) BIS Records New Releases October 2011

Contributed by Admin on Nov 14, 2011

Vivaldi – Concertos for Strings
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in C major, RV114; Sonata a 4 in E flat major (‘Al Santo Sepolcro’), RV 130; Concerto in G minor, RV152; Concerto in D minor, RV128; Concerto in D minor (‘Concerto madrigalesco’), RV129; Sinfonia in C major (from La Senna festeggiante, RV693); Concerto in F minor, RV143; Concerto in G minor, RV157; Concerto in E minor, RV134; Concerto in A major, RV158

Arte dei Suonatori Ensemble

(UK) The English Concert: Schütz "Christmas Story" (15 dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 14, 2011

“We return to former Baroque church, St. John's Smith Square, on Thursday 15 December to perform Schütz's Christmas Story as part of their Christmas Festival.  In addition to Schütz's masterpiece, The Choir of The English Concert will sing Monteverdi's Magnificat and Beatus Vir, and Nadja Zwiener and Walter Reiter will play two of Biber's Rosary sonatas, 'Annunciation' and 'Nativity'. Harry Bicket directs, and the Evangelist in the Schütz will be sung by tenor Christopher Gillett.“ 

(US) Oxford University Press 2011 Holiday Sale -- Up to 65% Savings

Contributed by Admin on Nov 14, 2011

News from Oxford University Press (OUP) that their “ 2011 Holiday Sale is underway with savings of up to 65% on our bestselling titles—how can you not take a look? Check one more person off your list and get your holiday shopping done early. “

OUP has recently revamped their online catalogue to give us a more interactive feeling … but for those who prefer the traditional view, you may still access the catalogue this way.

(BE) La Petite Bande: Corelli - La Follia, Theme and variations

Contributed by Admin on Nov 13, 2011

Recently posted on the La Petite Bande Facebook, Corelli’s La Follia, Theme and variations Violin: Sigiswald Kuijken (Picture: Caravaggio (1571-1610), Boy with a basket of fruit.) The video clip is almost 12 minutes long.   

(UK) Cambridge Early Music Winter Concert Series 2011-2012

Contributed by Admin on Nov 13, 2011
“The Cambridge Early Music winter concerts are getting underway in a few weeks time – four concerts in beautiful Cambridge buildings, performed by the cream of Europe’s specialist singers and players of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music. …

(US) "Shakespeare the Gangster"

Contributed by Admin on Nov 13, 2011

“Could the gentle Bard have been a thug? A scholar's discovery in the British Archives adds a different stroke to the portrait of one of the most admired but least-known men in English letters”. The article also points to the status of entertainment theaters of the day. (ed.)

(CA) Arion Orchestre Baroque: "BACH - Desires of the soul" (18-19-20 nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 13, 2011

A stirring evening that will touch your soul !
In collaboration with the Montreal Bach Festival 2011

Guest Conductor: Jaap ter Linden (Holland)
Soloist:  Meg Bragle, alto (United States)
Lecturer : Carol Bergeron

Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantatas BWV 54 and 170, Brandenburg Concerto no 3, BWV 1048, Oboe concerto adapted from BWV 1056.


(NL) Recorder Department of the Amsterdam Conservatory - Blok Amsterdam: Facebook Photos

Contributed by Admin on Nov 13, 2011
For those of you who are interested in recorder programmes, the Blok Amsterdam Facebook site has been updated with a new fresh set of photos. You may also see previous sets of photos that may also be of interest.

(US) San Francisco Classical Voice Review: "Baroque Band: Attempts to Resuscitate Charlie's Angels" By Thomas Busse (5 nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 12, 2011
“One of the great things about the San Francisco Early Music Society’s concert series is that it gives exposure to emerging ensembles and new collaborations. On Saturday at St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Berkeley, I heard the Baroque Band, a Chicago string ensemble formed in 2007 by violinist Garry Clarke.

(FR) November News From the "Festes de Thalie" Website

Contributed by Admin on Nov 11, 2011
A picture is worth a thousand words and more. The Festes de Thalie website has added a selection of photos now available on their webpages. Soon to come, some sound clips from the Agrémens concert of October 22 and 23, 2011. You may either let the photos scroll at their own pace or click through with your mouse button at your own pace. A well-worth visit.

(UK) EThOS: UK E-Theses Online Service

Contributed by Admin on Nov 11, 2011

From the “British Library - Document Supply News, November 2011 Newsletter” which may be of interest to early music research.

“52,000 full text theses now available for immediate download

At the start of 2011 EThOS moved to become a shared service delivered by the British Library on behalf of Higher Education. A new Governing Board was set up, and a new business model developed to bring improvements and enhancements to the current service.

(UK) Cambridge University Press: Why Excavate? (Selections From the Archaeological Dialogues Editors)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 11, 2011

(Although not directly related to early music, perhaps of interest of early music research.)

“Examine this fundamental question with four free articles selected by the Archaeological Dialogues Editors.

Dear Colleague,
Excavation is at the heart of archaeology. In the minds of the general public, archaeology is synonymous with excavation and is defined by its dominant method of evidence collection and the generation of data.

(US) University of California (Berkeley) Cal Performances: Davitt Moroney "J.S. Bach: The Complete French Suites" (13 nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 11, 2011
“ … he (Davitt Moroney)  takes listeners on a marathon musical journey, performing the complete set of Bach's timeless French Suites, BWV 812–17—a unique opportunity to hear all of this magnificent music in one sitting.

(CA) I FURIOSI Baroque Ensemble: Gabrielle McLaughlin at the TORONTO REFERENCE LIBRARY (11 Nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 10, 2011

I FURIOSI's Gabrielle McLaughlin will be speaking this Friday at this notable series:

“Do you always find yourself dreaming that you had just a little more time in your life? That you could travel seamlessly between the present, past, and future? Well, what if time were an illusion instead of reality? Maybe you could go back in time to listen to your favorite Baroque music. And maybe you could find out how to brand yourself today in a way that will make you successful tomorrow. 

(UK) "Who was William Shakespeare?" and "Was Shakespeare a Fraud? Sixty Questions. Sixty Scholars. Sixty Seconds Each."

Contributed by Admin on Nov 10, 2011
“The recent release of the film Anonymous prompted heated discussion about who wrote Shakespeare's plays. James Shapiro tackled this question in his book Contested Will, which definitively portrays "the man from Stratford" as the official playwright. In an interview with Shapiro, Folger Education Director Bob Young asked why this controversy still sticks, and gets tips for talking with (classroom) students about who wrote Shakespeare's plays.“ …

(US) GEMS (Gotham Early Music Scene) "Notes on the Scene" Newsletter (3 nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 10, 2011
The latest GEMS newsletter is out, and, of note on these pages, you will find the results of the GEMS new board of directors and listing of events in the New York area. The newsletter is published twice monthly and shows the vibrancy of the early music community in New York.

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