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(UK) Linn Records CD Release: "Trevor Pinnock ~ Journey" (12 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 21, 2016

"This unique harpsichord recital by Trevor Pinnock charts two incredible musical journeys four hundred years apart. Inspired by the travels of Antonio Cabezón, the sixteenth century organist and composer, Pinnock's programme weaves a path not only through Cabezón's life but also through his own enviable career. ...


(US) Naxos (Dynamic label) DVD Release: "Hasse, J.A.: Artaserse (Festival della Valle d'Itria, 2012)" (Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 21, 2016

"A classic work of its genre and historical period, Artaserse was premièred in Venice in 1730 by the most famous singers of the day: Farinelli in the role of Arbace, Cuzzoni as Mandane and the castrato Nicolino as Artabano. Following its initial success, Hasse produced two different versions of the work, the first in 1740 and the second in 1760. ...


(DE) Deutsche Grammophone - Archiv Produktion CD Release: "Magdalena Kožená Monteverdi" (19 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 21, 2016

"To celebrate the Monteverdi year in 2017, mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená presents her first ever Monteverdi arias album on our label. Inspired by the improvisational nature of this music, she reveals another aspect of her musical personality and presents an album full of real hits! The album is released this month. ...


(US) Semibrevity -- Remembering Our Early Music Pioneers

Contributed by admin on Feb 20, 2016

We often wonder of our music pioneers who championed the early music movement in years gone by. This is where the Semibrevity website steps in and helps the collective memory with blog posts, audio clips and historical facts that ...


(US) Yahoo! News Article: "Italy aims to keep art, artifacts safe from extremist abroad" (by (AP) Frances D'Emilio, 16 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 20, 2016

" Italy is teaming with the United Nations' cultural agency to try to keep ancient artworks, monuments, artifacts and archaeological sites in conflict areas out of the hands of extremists. ...


(UK) The Strad Article: " Danish National Chamber Orchestra secures funding for the next three years" (12 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 20, 2016

(Not really of an early music organization, but perhaps of interest of the power of crowdfunding in fundraising planning. -- Marc Paré, EarlyMusicNew.org editor)

"In January 2015 the 75-year-old ensemble organised a Kickstarter crowdfunding initiative, following the sudden cancellation of its state subsidy at the end of 2014. The £300,000 target needed to fund the 2015 season was successfully met with the help of private donations from individuals and local businesses. ..."

Visit The Strad website to read the full article.


(ES) GlossaMusic.com CD Release: "GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL(1685-1759) Imeneo, HWV 41" (Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 20, 2016

"Fabio Biondi signs his fifth release on Glossa with a further opera exploration, here with Europa Galante and providing a vital interpretation of Handel’s late opera Imeneo, given in its serenade style 1742 Dublin version.

If, by this date, the London public was tiring of the Italian opera in which Handel had been excelling for decades, and the composer was now turning both to the oratorio and in the direction of the galant style, he was still able to call upon divos and divas of the quality of La Francesina and Giovanni Battista Andreoni to perform his music.  ...


(DE) Carpe Diem Records New CD Release: ""Quando cala la notte" (Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 20, 2016

"This album of Corina Marti, harpsichord and Enea Sorini, tenor,  features a selection of songs and instrumental pieces from Early 16th Century Italy. Being a rather soft and intimate program, it contains Frottole, Ricercari, Dances and other Italian keyboard music, along with seven songs for voice and harpsichord. ...


(NL) The Largest Recorder Catalogue Worldwide

Contributed by admin on Feb 19, 2016

(From a recent Jorge Isaac newsletter item)

"The online Catalogue of the Recorder Foundation (Stichting Bloklfuit) has become the wikipedia of Recorder Repertory worldwide. The Recorder Foundation and the Catalogue of Contemporary Blockflute Music (CCBM) was created after a massive effort by Walter van Hauwe in 1988. The Catalogue of Historical Recorder Repertory (CHRR) was created in the year 2000 by Paul Leenhouts.

I [Jorge Isaac] have been in charge of this project for the past 10 years. I am very happy to see the steadily increasing amount of users from all over the globe. The users search for all kind of data within both, the early music and the contemporary music catalogue. ...


(NL) YouTube Video: Jorge Isaac: Blockflute (Recorder) Demonstration (07 Nov 2015)

Contributed by admin on Feb 18, 2016

"Recorder virtuoso Jorge Isaac demonstrates the Blockflute (Recorder) for composers and players. Jorge Isaac is Recorder Professor at the Amsterdam Conservatory and artistic director of the Visisonor Foundation. ...


(US) The Smart Set Online New Article: "Should Taxpayers Subsidize the Arts?" (by Michael Lind, 11 Fab 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 18, 2016

"... Controversies over public funding of controversial art like the Mapplethorpe exhibit have long been out of proportion to the actual amounts of money that are involved. According to Daniel Reid in a 2013 Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities essay entitled “An American Vision of Federal Arts Subsidies: Why and How the U.S. Government Should Support Artistic Expression,” the role of the federal government in art funding is quite limited ...


(FR) Paris in France "Balls and Banquets" -- a series of conferences around gastronomy and dance!

Contributed by admin on Feb 18, 2016

Three encounters led by Alan Jones, author of the "Dictionnaire du désir de la bonne chère" Champion of 2012.

Come enrich yourself of the customs of the table, and dancing (if you wish) a few steps from Italian Renaissance or unusual musical repertoire as rarely heard of as the recipes! ...


(UK) The Guardian Article: " BBC considering scrapping channel-based structure in radical shakeup" (by Jasper Jackson, 15 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 18, 2016

"The BBC is considering scrapping its decades-old channel and radio station-based structure in a radical shakeup which would see a cull of executive posts.

The plans are being looked at as part of attempts to reduce management layers to help fund cuts of more than £550m a year due to ...


(UK) Wigmore Hall Upcoming Concert Line-ups

Contributed by admin on Feb 18, 2016

A lot going on at Wigmore Hall, especially with its early music fare of concerts:

  • 18 Feb: Avi Avital mandolin; Mahan Esfahani harpsichord; Sean Shibe guitar -- Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Ben-Haim and more
  • 19 Feb: Carolin Widmann violin -- Telemann, Zimmermann, Pascal Dusapin and Bach
  • 21 Feb: Doric String Quartet - Haydn String Quartets Op. 76 – Part 2
  • 23 Feb: Theatre of the Ayre; Elizabeth Kenny - Sacred Theatre: Solo songs, dialogues and scenes by Purcell and his contemporaries
  • 01 Mar: The English Concert - Handel’s Orlando
  • 13-19 May: London Festival of Baroque Music

...


(US) San Francisco Renaissance Voices, Katherine McKee music director Concert: "Renaissance Music for Multiple Choirs" (27 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 18, 2016

Location: Old First Presbyterian Church, 1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, California, US

These exciting finale concerts of San Francisco Renaissance Voices (Katherine McKee, Music Director) 2015-16 Season, "The Grand Tour," features works for multiple choirs - a musical sampler from across Europe including Scotland, Italy, Germany, Spain & the Lowlands.  Our Grand Promenade around Europe will include a northerly jaunt into Scotland, with excerpts from Robert Carver's Missa dum Sacrum Mysterium. On the Continent we'll visit the lowlands for Josquin's 24 voice motet Qui habitat & music by exiled Englishman Peter Philips, & tour Germany & Austria for works by Handel, Hassler, & Praetorius.  The southern leg of our journey will include the brilliance of Spanish composers Victoria, Raval, & Guerrero, as well as favorites by that quintessential international genius Orlando di Lasso, including O la, o che bon eccho. ...


(US) Wired Magazine Article: "Music Can’t Last Forever, Not Even on the Internet" (by Klint Findley, 17 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 18, 2016

"... The trouble is that, even as music has become more durable, it has—paradoxically—also become more ephemeral. Your physical records don’t evaporate if the store you bought it from closes shop or the record label that published them goes out of business. If a streaming music company goes under, a stockpile of important cultural artifacts could go with it. ...


(UK) BBC News Article: "Mozart and Salieri 'lost' composition played in Prague" (16 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 17, 2016

"A piece of Mozart music considered lost for more than 200 years has been performed for the first time since being rediscovered.

It was co-written by him and Antonio Salieri, usually considered a rival, as well as an unknown composer, Cornetti. ...


(ES) La Nueva España Article: "Forma Antiqva" Performs in an Episode of "El Ministerio del Tiempo" (17 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 17, 2016

News from "La Nueva España" online website that the group "Forma Antiqva" will perform in an episode of  "El Ministerio del Tiempo". The popular series is seen by more than 2.8 spectators raising the profile of the early music group ...


(UK) The Guardian Article: "Opera's new voices: 10 composers making overtures to greatness" (by Amanda Holden, 15 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 17, 2016

"The Opera Guide is the first opera reference book compiled solely for publication online. At last reference books can be kept up-to-date, and this concise version of my previous opera guides contains state-of-the-art information on the 100 composers whose operas are most often performed, along with 250 operas that are their best works. Starting with Monteverdi and Cavalli, it ranges all through the repertoire to Peter Maxwell Davies, Kaija Saariaho and Thomas Adès, who have all written new operatic works to be premiered this year. ...


(US) National Endowment for the Arts Report: "The Arts and Economic Growth" (16 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 17, 2016

"Washington, DC—Today’s creative economy gets a big boost from the arts, according to new data from the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The latest figures cover 1998 to 2013 and they spotlight fast-growing arts industries, export trends, employment figures, consumer data, and more. In 2013, arts and cultural production contributed $704.2 billion to the U.S. economy, a 32.5 percent increase since 1998. Another key finding is that ...


(US) Wired Magazine Article: "New Clues to the Mystery of How Our Brains Keep Time" (by Emily Singer, 17 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 17, 2016

"Over the last few years, a handful of researchers have compiled growing evidence that the same cells that monitor an individual’s location in space also mark the passage of time. This suggests that two brain regions ...


(US) Historical Performance Institute at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Conference (20-22 May 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 16, 2016

“Historical Performance: Theory, Practice and Interdisciplinarity”

"This three-day conference will bring together leading scholar-practitioners to examine and anticipate key issues of historical performance in the twenty-first century. Especially welcome are presentations offering research generative of new insights into performance procedures. Scholars whose work extends beyond the field of music are encouraged to contribute.  ...


(CA) 12ième Édition Festival Chants de Vielles (1-3 Jul 2016) (Crowdfunding initiative)

Contributed by admin on Feb 15, 2016

Location: Saint-Antoine-Sur-Richelieu, Québec, CA

"Festival Chants de Vielles takes place in the lovely, country setting of Montérégie, in a quaint and historic Québec village. The 12th edition promises, from July 1, 2 & 3, 2016, tasty, nourishing discoveries, fantastic meet-ups and deeply-rooted exchanges and will bring you a fresh and delicious musical harvest, providing a place for sharing and learning on a human scale.  ...


(UK) The Sixteen Grammy Award Nomination: "Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610"

Contributed by admin on Feb 15, 2016

(From a recent Facebook post)

We’ve got our fingers and toes crossed for this evening’s GRAMMY Awards Ceremony – our recording of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 is nominated in the Best Choral Performance category…wish us luck! 

About the CD: "Following the success of their Monteverdi Selva morale e spirituale recordings, The Sixteen and Harry Christophers release a work often classed as one of the most significant collections of sacred music ever written: Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610. ...


(US) Salon Sanctuary Concert: "At the Pleasure of Mazarin" (25 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 15, 2016

Roman Treasures from the Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris
Location:
The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 East 61st Street, New York NY, US

Jessica Gould, soprano
Diego Cantalupi, archlute
Charles Weaver, theorbo
James Waldo, cello
Kenneth Hamrick, harpsichord
 

"A Cardinal who never took holy orders, Mazarin, né Giulio Raimondo Mazzarino (1602 – 1661), was born near Naples, grew up in Rome, and became Chief Minister of France. The most powerful advisor to Louis XIV was more fascinated by art than theology, and although Bernini in Paris would ultimately be the prize of Mazarin's successor, the Cardinal imported innumerable Italian compositions and a fair number of Italian composers to his adopted country. His dedication to artistic splendor was a hallmark of his tenure and a gift to subsequent generations. ...

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