(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. ...
"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)
"... 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 ...
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)
"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 ...
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)
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)
"... 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. ...
"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)
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)
"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. ...
"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)
"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)
“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. ...
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. ...
(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. ...
Roman Treasures from the Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris
Location: The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 East 61st Street, New York NY, US
"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. ...
"Capilla Cayrasco and its artistic director Eligio Luis Quinteiro are planning to record their first CD for Barn Cottage Records, dedicated to sacred music by Johannes Ockeghem & Josquin Desprez, in London in April 2016. We will be recording some of the most beautiful polyphonic works by these two important Renaissance Flemish composers, using a chamber choir of twelve voices. All the members of Capilla Cayrasco are professional singers, specialised in consort / a cappella singing, active with various other early music groups in the UK. ...
(UK) Composers Edition Release: "Gesualdo: Sacrae Cantiones II - An analysis towards reconstruction" (by James Wood, Nov 2015)
"Conductor, composer, musicologist, instrument designer and formerly virtuoso percussionist, James Wood’s multi-faceted career has led him into an extraordinarily broad spectrum of musical activities. He was conductor of Schola Cantorum of Oxford before founding the New London Chamber Choir, with whom he pioneered the work of many contemporary composers, including Xenakis, Scelsi, Kagel, Harvey, Viñao and Wood himself, as well as much little-known music from the Renaissance. In the 1990s he also founded the Centre for Microtonal Music and its ensemble, Critical Band, and was active in the dissemination of microtonality on many levels. In 2007 he left England for Germany, where he pursues a free-lance career as conductor, composer and musicologist. His highly acclaimed reconstruction of Gesualdo’s Sacrae Cantiones Liber Secundus occupied him for over two years from 2008 until 2010, and his recording of the complete set with Vocalconsort Berlin for Harmonia Mundi was awarded the ECHO-Klassik Prize for Choir Recording of the Year in 2013. ...
(US) Cleveland LuteFest 2016 (26 June - 02 July 2016) (Student Scholarship Application Deadline: 01 Apr 2016)
Location: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Ohio, USA
"Join us for an exciting week of concerts, classes, and friendship at the 2016 edition of the biennial LSA Cleveland LuteFest. The event takes place at Case Western Reserve University located in Cleveland, Ohio. This year the faculty includes lutenist Jakob Lindberg and soprano Dame Emma Kirkby, soprano Ellen Hargis, Xavier Díaz-Latorre, Robert Barto, Paul O'Dette, Nigel North, Christopher Morrongiello, Ronn McFarlane, Charlie Weaver, and more. The event Director is Jason Priset. ...
"The term, airs de cour, describes four- or five-part polyphonic songs extracted from extravagant spectacles of music and dance staged at the French royal court, known as ballets de cour.
Not unlike more modern songs drawn from popular musicals by Gershwin or Kern and published with piano accompaniment, evocative French airs were arranged and published for domestic use in the then standard performance format of solo voice and lute, enabling the less illustrious members of the public to indulge in the latest hit tunes whistled by those in the royal court. ...
(US) Smithsonian.com Article: "Lavishly Illustrated Medieval Playing Cards Flouted the Church and Law" (by Marissa Fessenden, 01 Feb 2016)
"Much changes over the centuries—customs, costumes and food spring to mind. Games from centuries past have also evolved; though intriguing, most of the time, ancient games prove unplayable if you don't know their rules. This is not the case with card games, however. While the painted images on early cards might look different, the game itself is familiar, as an exhibition at the Cloisters in New York, shows. ...
"Phantasm has been nominated in the Chamber category in this year's BBC Music Magazine Awards for its sublime collection of music by William Lawes.
The album has already been named 'Chamber Recording of 2015' by Limelight Magazine and is also a Finalist in the 2016 International Classical Music Awards. ...
Founded and lead since 1986 by Michel Laplénie, Sagittarius celebrates its 30th year in 2016 before putting to an end its activities. This anniversary year will showcase concert events punctuating Sagittarius' 30 years of involvement in Baroque music performances. The time has come to take leave and make place for new and emerging, young and talented ensembles, many inspired by Miche Laplénie.
As final contribution to the early music scene, there will be one final recording of Schütz's emblematic work : Musikalische Exequien. ...
(SE) BIS Records AB New Releases: "Mozart – Piano Concertos Nos 5 & 6 etc" and "Bach – Secular Cantatas, Volume 6"
BIS Records AB annouces two new releases for the month of February 2016:
Mozart – Piano Concertos Nos 5 & 6 etc
BIS-2084 | SACD EAN 7318599920849 TT: 69'30
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No.5 in D major, K 175
Piano Concerto No.6 in B flat major, K 238
Three Concertos after J. C. Bach, K 107 (D major, G major, E flat major)
Ronald Brautigam, fortepiano
Die Kölner Akademie / Michael Alexander Willens
On the final stretch of their series of Mozart’s piano concertos, Ronald Brautigam, Michael Willens and Die Kölner Akademie are working their way backwards through the composer’s catalogue. Here, on the penultimate disc, they have reached the earliest of the original works, composed in 1773 and 1776 respectively. ...
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