Location: The Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl Street, New York NY, US
“Please join us for our Season Finale concert and post-concert celebration! Ben Franklin attended concerts and operas, promoted emerging American musicians, and invented a musical instrument that became the rage of Europe. “National Artistic Treasure” Julianne Baird brings his musical world to life in this program of music and readings.
This event is co-presented by The Fraunces Tavern® Museum. The performance will take place in the Museum's Flag Gallery. …
Julianne Baird, soprano
Allen Whear, cello
John Bailey, harpsichord
Ed Mauger, narrator
Eglise d'Arques-la-Bataille, Haute Normadie FR (19 may 2012)
Collégiale Notre-Dame, Eu, FR (20 may 2012)
Le Cadran, Evreux FR (22 may 2012)
Opéra de Rouen Haute-Normandie (23 may 2012)
Selon Jean is a concert of original format, constructed from parts of “St. John’s Passion” by Bach, and, by the translation of the Gospel in French by Isaac Lemaistre de Sacy at the end of the XVIIth century. For Bach, like all creators of the baroque period, the Word, incarnate in the human voice, was the focus of expression. By substituting the spoken recitatives of the Evangelist composed by Bach, of course we take the liberty of not adhering strictly to the original work. But this apparent betrayal also brings us back closer to the essential: the dramatic and expressive power of the Gospel text, magnified by the music of Bach. …”
Location: St. Jean Baptiste Church, 76th St. and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan, New York NY, US
The Canticum Novum Singers, Harold Rosenbaum, Conductor and Artistic Director will present J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor on Saturday, May 19 - 8:00 PM at St. Jean Baptiste Church, 76th St. and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan. Guest performers will be Tiffany Rosenquist de la Torre, soprano, Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano, Steven Caldicott Wilson, tenor, Jesse Blumberg, baritone and the Artemis Chamber Ensemble.
Location: The Embassy of France, La Maison Française, Washington, DC, US
“Let us transport you... to Delhi and Samarkand.
Opera Lafayette invites you to a benefit celebrating a season of musical jewels.
- Selections from our 2012-2013 season by Opera Lafayette musicians and members of Kalanidhi Dance
- Silent Auction
- Seated Dinner
Location: University of Oxford, UK
“The conference brings together a rich set of perspectives on musical improvisation with papers approaching the subject from musicological, cognitive, psycho-social, philosophical, anthropological and pedagogical lenses representing a range of improvisatory genres. In addition to papers, there will be practical workshops and performances; we are also delighted to welcome a number of eminent scholars to the conference - two invited speakers and three panel members:
(From the latest Ensemble Céladon newsletter 08 may 2012)
News from Ensemble Céladon of its busy May 2012 schedule and also a reminder to visit its “Discography” web page where you can hear excerpts of their latest release “Deo Gratias Anglia“ released on the 20th March 2012 as well as other releases.
From the latest ArkivMusic newsletter, new early music titles available on their site:
Gesulado: Quinto Libro Di Madrigali / Hilliard Ensemble
Bottesini: Capriccio Di Bravura / Stotijn, Thompson, Amsterdam Sinfonietta
Castello, Fontana: Sonate Concertate In Stil Modern / John Holloway
Beethoven: Diabelli Variations / Andreas Staier
Press ReleaseThe historical town of Trevi nel Lazio (province of Frosinone), in the charming, unspoilt upper valley of the Aniene river, hosts the first edition of TREBANTIQUA, International Early Music Season (June 16 – August 18 2012). This first edition presents 6 concerts of high musical standards, with performers from Italy, Europe and the United States. All concerts are free of charge; 4 of them will be hosted in the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, making use of the impressive, XVII cent. Bonifazi organ, and the remaining 2 in the beautiful Caetani Castle, where also a little archaeological museum can be visited.
(US) Parthenia, a Consort of Viols Concert: Night Visions (Part of Queens New Music Festival) (13 may 2012)
Location: The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd Street, Long Island City NY, US
Parthenia, New York’s premiere viol consort, will present Night Visions - a program of new music on Sunday, May 13 – 5:30 PM at The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd Street in Long Island City. This performance will be part of the Queens New Music Festival.
Parthenia’s program will include Richard Einhorn’s Variations on La Follia for treble, tenor and 2 bass violas da gamba, composed for them in 2011. The ground bass theme known as "La Follia" has captured the imagination of composers since Renaissance times. …
Location: The Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick Street, Kitchener ON, CA N2H 2L9
“The 1747 meeting between Frederick the Great and J. S. Bach inspired the creation of Bach’s “Musical Offering”. Our concert features music by Bach, Frederick and Frederick’s court composers, combined with readings that explore the titanic aesthetic and cultural shifts taking place at the same time. Featuring guest artists Emma Elkinson on Baroque flute and Colin Fox as narrator. …”
(CA) Opera Today: Opera Atelier Review by Leslie Barcza "Armide - Jean-Baptiste Lully" (19 apr 2012)
(FR) PRINTEMPS DES ARTS de Nantes et du Grand Ouest Concert: "Le tourbillon des sentiments dans l'Italie du XIIième siècle" (20 jun 2012)
Location: Cité des Congrès, 5, rue de Valmy 44000 Nantes, FR
The European Festival of the“PRINTEMPS DES ARTS de Nantes et du Grand Ouest” announces the concert of June 20th 2012 “The Swirl of Emotions in XIIth Century Italy" featuring Philippe Jaroussky, contratenor; Marie-Nicole Lemieux, contralto; Artaserse Ensemble.
(SE) eClassical: Beethoven - Complete Works for Solo Piano, Volume 12 (Ronald Brautigam, fortepiano)
Available in FLAC 24, FLAC16 and MP3 for purchase download. This brand New Release is sold at the same price for FLAC 24 as FLAC 16 and MP3 during a limited time.
“In March 1783, the readers of Cramer’s Magazin der Musik could read about a certain ‘Louis van Betthoven’, a ‘boy … of most promising talent’, whose first published work was being advertised as 'nine variations for the pianoforte, written by him on a march, engraved at Mannheim.’ The piece in question was the Dressler Variations, WoO 63, and it marked not only the beginning of an illustrious career, but also the start of Ludwig van Beethoven's lifelong involvement with variation form, culminating almost forty years later in the monumental Diabelli Variations for solo piano, and – in another field – the third movement of his Ninth symphony. …
Location: Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Boulevard at Greenbriar, Houston TX, US
“The Bach Society presents Bach Vespers this Sunday, the final event of its 30th Anniverary Season, featuring the Bach Choir and Mercury Baroque under the direction of Artistic Director Albert LeDoux. The centerpiece of the program is the cantata O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort, BWV 20. This opening work of Bach's first complete annual cycle of cantatas for Leipzig is particularly colorful and dramatic. Also on the program are motets by Johann Ludwig Krebs, one of Bach's students, and Thomas Stoltzer. The season ends as it began, with the Geistliche Chormusik of Heinrich Schütz, whose sublime motet So fahr ich hin zu Jesus Christ is the perfect response to Bach's fiery cantata. Soloists are Rebecca Henderson, alto; Patrick Perez, tenor; and Carlton Ford, bass. The guest organist is Hyun Jyung Seoh. …
From the latest Tudor Choir newsletter (19 apr 2012)
“THE TUDOR CHOIR CELEBRATES ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY with a five-concert subscription series of four concerts at historic Blessed Sacrament Church in Seattle's University District, where the choir is a resident ensemble, and a Thanksgiving weekend concert at Town Hall. Concert programming will include Tallis' 40-part Spem in alium and Allegri's legendary Miserere, as well as the choir's annual Christmas concert, this year with brass quintet, at the end of December. The season also will see the release of a new Tudor Choir CD--disc of Tudor polyphony that will be previewed in the season opening concert. …
(US) American Bach Soloists (ABS): New Subscriptions for the ABS 2012/13 Season available May 4 2012
For those of you interested in acquiring early music manuscripts, books, or collecting autographs, you may be interested in visiting the LIM Antiqua website.
Here are some background notes regarding LIM Antiqua: …
(From the latest Dunedin Consort & Players newsletter)
Concert Hall, Perth UK (04 may 2012)
Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh UK (06 may 2012)
Dunedin's final season concerts complete the Brandenburgs set with the impossibly virtuosic Brandenburg concerto number 2 for Trumpet, Violin, Oboe and Recorder. Bach's Cantata BWV 174 is one of those gems that show how Bach re-invented his own music, in this occasion his Brandenburg concerto no 3.
Location: Dortmund, Germany
“In 1692, Henry Purcell's semi-opera "The Fairy Queen" was premiered. Henry Purcell used Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream as a template for the Baroque opera. Philippa Waite has choreographed several songs from the "Fairy Queen" into dances that are taught in this workshop.
Experience in Baroque dance is required for this course.”
(From a recent Unquiet Thoughts blog post)
“… This morning, we dip into the writings presumably authored by Giovanni de' Bardi, Count of Vernio (1534 – 1612), from his correspondence with Giulio Caccini (1551 – 1618). Bardi is credited by posterity as a cheerleader for the simpler, more dramatic and expressive monody that led to what we have come to know as Baroque music, in opposition to the headier polyphony that characterized much music from the 16th century. …”
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