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(US) Saturday Morning Quotes 6.18: Implied Polyphony

Contributed by admin on Sep 18, 2016

From the latest Unquiet Thoughts blog:

"... Nevertheless, as players of stringed instruments possessing a more compact range, we find it necessary to understand and manage polyphonic music, even when it’s not entirely clear from the notation that polyphony is intended.  This case applies to the better sort of music from the late 15th century through the 18th century: Nearly every instance of what appears to be a long monophonic string of notes has a latent or implied polyphonic character, and it is up to the performer to identify and realize it as such.   ...


(UK) Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2016

Contributed by admin on Sep 18, 2016

The Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2016 are out! Here are the early music awards ...

... The winners of the 12 recording category Awards were also presented with their prizes during the ceremony. Andrew Parrott accepted the Early Music Award from Classic FM presenter Catherine Bott for the Taverner Consort & Players' recording 'Western Wind'. The conductor Paul Agnew received the Baroque Vocal Award for his recording, with Les Arts Florissants, of Volume 1 in their Monteverdi madrigals series. The other Baroque repertoire Award, Baroque Instrumental, was won by Rachel Podger for her recording of Biber's Rosary Sonatas on Channel Classics. ...

'Mozart and the Weber Sisters' won this year's Recital category and the conductor of that album – Raphaël Pichon – was there to collect the Award on behalf of the ensemble Pygmalion and the soprano – and Pichon's wife – Sabine Devieilhe. " ...


(CA) Nota Bene Baroque Players Unveils its 15th Anniversary 2016-2017 Concert Season

Contributed by admin on Sep 14, 2016

News from the Nota Bene Baroque Players (NBBP) of plans for their upcoming 15th Anniversary 2016-2017 Concert Season. For the 2016-2017 season, the NBBP has opted for a cooperative artistic programming model guided by its "Creative Directors": Julie Baumgartel, Andrew Chung, Rona Goldensher and Joseph Lanza for its 5 orchestral/ensemble concert line-ups. Howard Dyck, conductor, completes the season with an Easter concert event with the NBBPlayers and NBBSingers in April of 2017.

The season début occurs on 18 September, at The Registry Theatre (Kitchener - Region of Waterloo, 3:00PM) under the title of  "Fourplay" where are featured the four members of the creative directors, all Baroque violinists. ...


(PL) 51st International Festival Wratislavia Cantans Final ConcertConcert: "St. Matthew Passion - Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor" (18 Sep 2016, 7:00PM)

Contributed by admin on Sep 14, 2016

"September 18 in Wroclaw, the 51st International Festival Wratislavia Cantans  will host Sir John Eliot Gardiner. That evening maestro will lead the final concert of the festival.

It seems difficult to find two compositions more divergent than St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach. The first one is an action-packed drama, almost demanding a stage for performance. The latter is a contemplative piece, adding a lyrical commentary to each fragment of the Gospel story: thoughtful inner voices of indefinite characters, who try to somehow cope with what they had witnessed. We later recognize that these contemplations and unobtrusive answers reflect our own thoughts, and that we are drawn right into Matthew’s story, almost imperceptibly. If St. John Passion turns us into agitated spectators, St. Matthew Passion sees us as  ...


(IT) Libreria Musical Italiana Book Release: "La scuola violoncellistica di Gaetano Ciandelli " (Enrica Donisi, 2016)

Contributed by admin on Sep 14, 2016

"The results obtained with this study aspire to dispel some misconceptions rooted in time, showing that the revival of the nineteenth century instrumental music in Italy is due to the cello School of Naples, thanks to the founder, Gaetano Ciandelli, his pupils Salvatore Pappalardo and Paolo Rotondo , and Isidoro Boubèe.  ...


(UK) London Festival of Baroque Music 2017 -- Sneak Peek

Contributed by admin on Sep 13, 2016

From the latest London Festival of Baroque Music (LFBM) newsletter:

"... For a start, we’re very pleased to announce that we’ve again been able to lengthen the Festival by a further two days, so that it is now back to the same 9-day format as the old Lufthansa Festival. ... Secondly, we thought you would like to know something about our new Festival theme, which has been inspired by the 450th anniversary of the birth of Monteverdi on the one hand, and the 250th anniversary of the death of Telemann on the other. Since these events occurred at the opposite extremes of the Baroque period and both composers could be said to have had one creative foot outside the Baroque – back in the Renaissance period in Monteverdi’s case, forward into the Classical period in Telemann’s – we’ve decided to reflect this in our programming, and to entitle our theme Baroque at the Edge. ...


(SE) eClassical "Haydn: The Complete Early Divertimenti"

Contributed by admin on Sep 13, 2016

From the latest eClassical newsletter:

"Haydn: The Complete Early Divertimenti - 50% Discount ... This bundle has been around before, but that was more than 2 years ago, and there are many new members of the eClassical extending family, so I thought ...


(US) BuzzFeed Article: How Music Lists are Made Up (for you) (by Reggie Ugwu, 12 July 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jul 28, 2016

(From a recent article in BuzzFeed ... note the large image file at the very top of the article ... just keep scrolling down to find the text ... Marc Paré, EarlyMusicNews.org editor)

"For a while we thought we could choose our own music. Remember that? In the wake of the last century we seized the right to take our pick from all of the songs in the world (All of the songs in the world!) and told anyone who didn’t like it exactly where they could go. And when it turned out that was too many songs after all (how many lifetimes are needed for a complete survey of Memphis soul? Or Brazilian funk?), a new category of music services appeared to ease our burden. ...


(FR) Opera Today Review: "Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno in Aix" (by Michael Milenski, 09 Jul 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jul 10, 2016

... "The Triumph of Time and Disillusion was composed in 1707 in Rome by the 22 year-old German composer Georg Friedrich Händel. Opera was banned in Rome, the pontifical city firmly in the grips of the artistic terrors of the Counter Reformation, i.e. opera was banned." ...


(US) Arts Journal Blogs Article: "Storm Warnings: The Future of Orchestras" (by Joe Horowitz, 21 June 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jun 23, 2016

"... In other words: the young musicians orchestras most need will not gravitate to orchestras. Instead, orchestras will get the blinkered conservatory graduates who don’t care about the institutional life of an orchestra – who will dutifully rehearse and perform. It therefore becomes more than ever incumbent upon orchestras to empower musicians to more fully participate in an expansive institutional mission.  ...


(ES) Ars Antiqua Early Music Morella 2016 (23-28 Jul 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jun 15, 2016

V International Course on Medieval & Renaissance Music

"The combination of the historical music elements with the oral tradition is the essence of EMM, music to understand or to enjoy from its knowledge and reasoning. In the 5th edition, in addition to the festival concerts and interpretation classes, the audience can enjoy a multitude of parallel activities (guided tours, exhibitions, conferences, Dadá Med_Ren JamSessions, workshops...). It will be a pleasure to share it with all of you. ...


(US) Los Angeles Times: "Race, inequality, polarized politics: Why Shakespeare's 1623 First Folio matters in 2016" (Charles McNulty, 12 June 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jun 14, 2016

"A precious First Folio of Shakespeare plays, one of several on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, has arrived at the San Diego Central Library, where it will remain for the next month in a glass case under the watchful eye of a friendly (but don’t test him) security guard.

This volume of 36 plays from 1623 represents the first collection of the author’s dramatic writing. Many of the dramas, including “Macbeth,” “As You Like It” and “The Tempest,” were published for the first time in this edition. Without this publication, some of the greatest masterpieces of dramatic literature might have been lost. ...


(US) Longread Article: "Bringing Bach to the Public" (Jessica Gross, June 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jun 13, 2016

"... Afterward, I introduced myself to the musician. Her name was Michelle Ross, and it turned out this was the culmination of “Discovering Bach,” her 33-day project playing Bach’s entire solo violin cycle in public spaces throughout New York City. She kept a blog throughout, but hadn’t promoted the series anywhere; she wanted to create an authentic communal experience, not do a publicity stunt. ...


(UK) Cardiff University News: "Rare Renaissance musical treasures discovered" (06 June 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jun 13, 2016

"Dr Peter Leech, Associate Lecturer at the School of Music, recently made an exciting discovery while researching at Ushaw College Library, near Durham.

Hunting for eighteenth-century sacred music by Italian composers (a search which also proved fruitful), Dr Leech found, tucked between weighty ecclesiastical tomes in the Lisbon College Archive, a single volume containing the first editions, bound together, of two landmark Renaissance musical treatises, De Harmonia Musicorum (Milan, 1518) by Franchinus Gaffurius (1451-1522) and Musica Theorica (Venice, 1529) by Lodovico Fogliano (c.1475-1542). ...


(DE) Tree Edition ~ Music for the Lute: Recently Released Items

Contributed by admin on Jun 12, 2016

New items published by TREE EDITION July 2016 for the lute:

  • Series:  The Rostock Lute Mss, Rostock 8,  Facsimile of Rostock Ms Mus Saec XVIII-13,2 a-c; 4 Suites for Baroque Lute del Sign. Daube; 2 Arias by Graun & Hasse Lute in French Tablature / Euro 25.-
  • Giulio Abundante Intabulatura di Lautto / Libro Secondo; Venice, 1548; Facsimile / Renaissance tuning / ItalianTablature / Euro 20.-
  • Thomas Robinson The Schoole of Musicke; London 1603; Facsimile / Renaissance tuning / French Tablature / Euro 25.-
  • ...

(US) Unquiet Thoughts Blog: "Saturday morning quotes 6.4: Repetition"

Contributed by admin on Jun 12, 2016

"There is a great deal of repetition in our daily lives—in the familiar routines we follow from our waking moments, as a means of safety or efficiency in our work, or as embodied in rituals of worship.  Repetition is an important component of the process of learning and refinement, from a toddler taking his or her first steps to a violinist who is driven to internalize Bach’s solo Sonatas and Partitas. ...


(CA) I Furiosi Baroque Ensemble Concert: "Fish out of Water" + Silent Auction! (24 June 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jun 12, 2016

Location: Calvin Presbyterian Church, 26 Delisle Ave, Toronto Ontario, CA

"People have been trekking across the planet, making homes in foreign lands since before the invention of the wheel. Composers, susceptible to the musical whims of Royals and Nobles, have always had to turn up in new places, suffer alienation and try to fit in.
I FURIOSI welcomes flautist Jed Wentz from Amsterdam and harpsichordist James Johnstone from London to experience the culture shock of Toronto Pride week.

Works by Telemann, Couperin, Rameau and more" ...


(ES) Glossa Muisc CD Release: "Francisco José de Castro - Trio sonatas op. 1 (Bologna, 1695)" (June 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jun 10, 2016

"A seventeenth century violinist-composer in Francisco José de Castro, who travelled from his birthplace of Seville to the Northern Italian city of Brescia where he composed chamber music, provides the focus for Emilio Moreno’s latest exploration of the forgotten and ignored in Iberian Baroque. ...


(US) Theatre Jones Article: "Concerns from Women Conductors " (Keith Cerny, 5 Jun 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jun 08, 2016

"As The Dallas Opera prepares to announce the second class of participants for the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors, General Director and CEO Keith Cerny reflects on continuing challenges cited in the application process. ...


(DE) TYXart Record Company New CD Release: "Cantata per Flauto" (Tabea Debus & Ensemble) (20 May 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jun 05, 2016

"Old" and "New" Music for Recorder & Ensemble

Tabea Debus, Recorder & Direction - Hongxia Cui & Katrin Ebert & Kerstin Fahr, Baroque violins - Johanna Brückner, Baroque viola - Lea Rahel Bader, Baroque cello & Viola da gamba - Niklas Sprenger, Double bass - Johannes Lang, H'chord & Organ - Kohei Ota, Theorbo & Baroque guitar

Works by Van Eyck, Jarzebski, Purcell, Sarro, Telemann, Hasse, Tsoupaki and Töpp ...


(CA) Opera Atelier Costume Sale "Burgers, Burgundy & Baroque (11 June 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jun 05, 2016

"Join Opera Atelier for an afternoon of food, wine ... and shopping! It's time to clear out space in our storage unit, which means you will have the chance to buy your very own Opera Atelier costume. Join us for this special fundraising event. "


(UK) Linn Records New CD Release: Irish Baroque Orchestra "Concerti Bizarri" (10 June 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jun 04, 2016

"Innovative instrumentation, unusual repertoire and an ensemble with a profound knowledge of historical performance practice makes this Irish Baroque Orchestra Linn debut unmissable. This programme of 18th century concertos is an attractive listening tour through the German courts, revealing unknown jewels. ...


(US) Indianapolis Early Music Festival (17 Jun - 10 Jul 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jun 04, 2016

This year, the Indianapolis Early Music Festival celebrates its 50th season.

"Indianapolis Early Music (IEM) is America's oldest continuous presenter of Early Music. Originally known by its corporate name of Festival Music Society, it was established in 1966 as a not-for-profit organization to enrich, educate, and entertain audiences with the music of Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and early classic eras.  ...


(ES) Alia Vox New CD Release: "Granada 1013-1502" (31 May 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jun 04, 2016

"... Specially commissioned by the Granada Festival of Music and Dance, this programme was conceived and created to celebrate the millenary of the founding of the Kingdom of Granada. Most of the music on this CD was performed and recorded live during the concert given on 1st July 2013 at the Palace of Charles V in the Alhambra.  ...


(CA) Musical Toronto Article: "Nine Things That Should Change About Classical Music" (Michael Vincent, 01 Jun 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jun 04, 2016

"Two years ago a respected scientist and artistic director of the Bristol Old Vic was thrown out of a concert for attempting to crowd-surf. The show was part of an “accessible and informal” classical music concert. ...

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