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(UK) The Sixteen ~ Harry Christophers "The Choral Pilgrimage 2017" (16 Mar-25 Nov 2017)

Contributed by admin on Dec 10, 2016

"Our 2017 Choral Pilgrimage tour contrasts the music of the "Prince of polyphony" Giovanni Pierluigi de Palestrina with the great 20th-century melodist Francis Poulenc."  ...

Poulenc’s choral music was all written after 1936, when the tragic death of a close friend led to a religious epiphany. Its seriousness and intensity contrast with his more frivolous secular style, but these works make perfect companion pieces for the pure counterpoint of the great Renaissance master, Palestrina. ...


(US) New Scientist Article: "Google Translate AI Invents its Own Language" (by Sam Wong, 30 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 10, 2016

(For those of you doing academic research or those in need of translation of text, help is on the way from Google in the form of its Google Translation services and its artificial intelligence technology -- Editor)

"Google Translate is getting brainier. The online translation tool recently started using a neural network to translate between some of its most popular languages – and the system is now so clever it can do this for language pairs on which it has not been explicitly trained. To do this, it seems to have created its own artificial language. ...


(DK) Dacapo Records CD Release: "Heinrich Schütz - The Complete Narrative Works" (Oct 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 10, 2016

"This box set presents the complete narrative works (historiae) of Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) in the acclaimed new recordings featuring Ars Nova Copenhagen conducted by Paul Hillier. The engaging account of the six stories of Christmas, Passion and Resurrection in Schütz’ sublime Baroque settings is presented along with authoritative notes and the conductor’s own commentaries. ...


(UK) BBC News Article: "Rare 17th Century cello loaned to teenager for life" (08 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 10, 2016

"A cello worth hundreds of thousands of pounds has been given on a lifetime loan to a gifted teenage musician.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 17, used the early 17th Century Amati instrument - which is 50 years older than the earliest-known Stradivarius - to scoop the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year title.

An anonymous donor has agreed to let the teenager use the cello, one of the first ever made, indefinitely. ...


(SE) BIS Records CD Release: Höör Barock ~ Dan Laurin, director "Telemann, Corelli & Bach" (Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 10, 2016

"The young period band Höör Barock, based in the south of Sweden, has chosen a colourful programme for its début disc. With recorder virtuoso Dan Laurin at the helm, the twelve musicians steer a course through Telemann’s celebrated Wassermusik (also known as Hamburger Ebb’ und Fluth) with its sea gods and goddesses dancing bourrées and gavottes before a rowdy crowd of seamen closes the suite with an energetic Canarie.  ...


(CZ) L'Armonia Terrena-Zdeněk Klauda New CD Release: "Jakub Jan Ryba - Stabat Matter" (ARTA Records, Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 09, 2016

(Although performed on modern instruments, the Czech composer is noteworthy. -- Editor)

"Jakub Jan Ryba is wrongly regarded as a composer of only one piece: the czech christmas Mass, without which today it is impossible to imagine czech christmas. His legacy as a composer, however, is much more diverse than anyone could think. It reflects the richness of Ryba’s multifaceted talent, stemming in part from his conscious conceptual thinking but at the same time wholly imbued with spiritual charge with which Ryba, a deeply religious man, endowed all his works. ...


(NL) Lucie Horsch CD Released: "Antonio Vivaldi" (Decca Classics, Oct 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 09, 2016

"Seventeen-year-old Lucie Horsch is one of the most remarkable musical talents of her generation, and already in great demand as a solo recorder player both in her native Netherlands and internationally.  ...


(PL) Capella Cracoviensis CD Released: "Pergolesi - Adriano in Siria" (Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 09, 2016

"Adriano in Siria, just like the remaining drammi per musica of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, was in oblivion for two and a half centuries. In his time, the composer was a prominent figure on the musical scene of Naples. Today, when his work has been retrieved, the contemporary audience may find out that this neglect was utterly unjustified and admire Pergolesi’s artistry in composing. ...


(IE) Irish Times Ticket Awards Nominees 2016

Contributed by admin on Dec 09, 2016

News from the "Irish Times Ticket Awards" that the Irish Baroque Orchestra (IBO) CD "Concerti Bizarri" and Gli Incognito CD "Teatro Alla Moda" are on their Ticket Awards site as nominees.

About the Irish Times Ticket Awards:

"We’ve asked our critics for their film and music highlights from the past 12 months, which are listed on these pages – but it’s your opinion that we are more interested in. So after you’ve read through these critical takes, let us know who you think were the culture kings of 2016 – and be in with a chance of winning one of our prizes ...


(CA) Musical Toronto Article: "COFFEE BREAK | The World's Oldest Surviving Piano Sounds Better That You'd Think" (by Musical Toronto, 07 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 08, 2016

" ... This priceless instrument was made in 1720 by the inventor of the piano, Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655-1731). The video features pianist Dongsok Shin performing one of the first pieces ever written for the piano — a Sonata composed in 1732 from the 12 Sonate da cimbalo di piano e forte detto volgarmente di martelletti, Op. 1, by Lodovico Giustini (1685-1743). ...


(US) The Atlantic Article: "Searching for Lost Knowledge in the Age of Intelligent Machines" (by Adrienne Lafrance, 01 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 08, 2016

An interesting in-depth article on the evolution of search engines and what to expect in the near future. How the compilation of historical facts may be presented/offered by future search engines.

"... engineers are building computer models of neural networks, machines that mimic the elegance and complexity of human thought. But there are still many challenges ahead. Sourcing is a big one. Even a database built from tens of millions of well-vetted books and articles isn’t comprehensive. And there’s still the question of how the results from these new search engines ought to appear to the person searching. A simple graph that shows a connect-the-dots web of related resources and ideas is one way. A more sophisticated map-like interface is another—“like Google Maps,” Gramatic offers—but you’d still lose scale and context as you zoom in and out. ...


(UK) NCEM York Early Music International Young Artists Competition 2017 (Application deadline 17 Jan 2017)

Contributed by admin on Dec 08, 2016

Applications are open until Tuesday 17 January 2017

  • Are you an early music ensemble (minimum 2 members)?
  • Is the average age of your members 32 years or under?
  • Do you focus on historically informed performance practice and play repertory of any period from the Middle Ages to the 19th century on period instruments?
  • Can you be available from Wednesday 12 to Saturday 15 July 2017 at the National Centre for Early Music in York?

(UK) Oxford Press "English Historical Review" October 2016 Issue

Contributed by admin on Dec 08, 2016

For those of you who have online access to the Oxford Journals "English Historical Review", the October 2016 issue is now available online. For others who do not have access, you may want to enquire about possible access with your library. Access to the journals are available through

  • personal subscription
  • library "OpenAthens" user access
  • library "Institutional" user access
  • selected pay-per-view access

The October 2016 lists the following articles: ...


(US) San Francisco Renaissance Voices "A Festival of Lessons & Carols - Annual Free Family Concert" (10 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 07, 2016

Location: Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco

"Join San Francisco Renaissance Voices (Katherine McKee, music director) for our annual holiday gift to our audiences, this traditional Festival of Lessons & Carols modeled after the event first performed at King's College Cambridge (England) in 1918 and performed every year there, and around the world, since.  We again honor a tradition of the festival and will debut a commissioned carol by Bay Area composer Angela Kraft Cross, using text by Bay Area poet Elisabeth Eliassen.  ...


(UK) London Festival of Baroque Music (LFBM) 2017 "A Glimpse of Who's Coming to the UK in May"

Contributed by admin on Dec 07, 2016

"International collaboration has always been the name of the game here at LFBM, and we’re delighted that in these increasingly tricky times we’re still able to keep visits to London by top artists from abroad as one of the main threads of our programming. If you’re a regular e-news reader, you’ll already know about ...


(US) Bach Collegium San Diego Seeks New Executive Director

Contributed by admin on Dec 07, 2016

(From a recent newsletter)

"Bach Collegium San Diego, the city’s premier early music performance ensemble, is searching for a new executive director, following the announcement that its first ever part-time executive director, Abigail McKee, will be leaving to become executive director of the prestigious Portland Baroque Orchestra. McKee will remain at the helm of Bach Collegium San Diego through their performances of Handel's Messiah on December 17–19. ...


(UK) Shakespeare's Globe - Play: "All the Angels" by Nick Drake (6 Dec 2016–12 Feb 2017)

Contributed by admin on Dec 07, 2016

Tuesday 6 December 2016 – Sunday 12 February 2017 Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

"Handel’s Messiah is arguably the world’s most popular choral work. But its story begins in the unlikely setting of a room above a pub in Chester, when the great Composer, detained by bad weather on his way to a season of concerts in Dublin, invites some unlikely local choristers to rehearse excerpts. It is not a success. So begins Handel’s struggle to stage the premiere of his great new work, confronted by seemingly insurmountable challenges, including the tricky librettist Charles Jennens, the actress Susannah Cibber who he trains to sing the most moving arias, and the mysterious Crazy Crow. ...


(DE) Carus Editions "St. John Passion - Heinrich Schütz"

Contributed by admin on Dec 06, 2016

"With the St. John Passion the triad of Schütz’s settings of the Passion is now available within the framework of the complete recording of Schütz’s works by the Dresdner Kammerchor under the direction of Hans-Christoph Rademann. The Passions are testimony to Schütz’s highly musical artistic aspirations, they are works of his old age and maturity with which an entire musical epoch reaches its conclusion. ...


(FR) "L'art du madrigal selon l'ensemble Voces suave" Review (by Jean-Marc Warszawski, 28 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 06, 2016

"L'arte del madrigale, Œuvres de Monteverdi, Luzzaschi, Agostini, Gesualdo, etc., ensemble Voces Suave. Éditions Ambronay 2016 (AMY 306). Recorded in Jujurieux, 13-17 Apr. 2016.

Voces Suaves is a vocal ensemble of ten singers assembled by the baritone Tobias Wicky in 2012, essentially all from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where are joined, as needed instrumentalists.

Their repertoire of predilection is music of the xvIth et xviith centuries with a preference for Italian repertoire. ...


(US) Desert Baroque Workshops and Festivals | "The Suite Life" (20-22 Jan 2017)

Contributed by sonialee on Dec 06, 2016

Location: In Greater Palm Springs, California, USA

The Suite Life is a thrilling intensive weekend dedicated to the harpsichord. Participants will be treated to performances and master classes by world-renowned harpsichordists including Elaine Funaro, Margaret Irwin-Brandon, Sonia Lee, Gilbert Martinez, Charles Metz,  Webb Wiggins, and others. Whether you are simply an appreciator of the harpsichord, a performer new to the instrument or a professional harpsichordist, this is a weekend NOT TO BE MISSED. ...


(UK) Opera Today Review: "Philippe Jaroussky at the Wigmore Hall: Baroque cantatas by Telemann and J.S.Bach" (by Claire Seymour, 02 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 05, 2016

"On Tuesday evening this week, I found myself at The Actors Centre in London’s Covent Garden watching a performance of Unknowing, a dramatization of Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben and Dichterliebe (in a translation by David Parry, in which Matthew Monaghan directed a baritone and a soprano as they enacted a narrative of love, life and loss. Two days later at the Wigmore Hall I enjoyed a wonderful performance, reviewed here, by countertenor Philippe Jaroussky with Julien Chauvin’s Le Concert de la Loge, of cantatas by Telemann and J.S. Bach.

What connects these two events? Well, on both occasions I found myself contemplating ...


(DE) Deutsche Grammophon CD Box Set Release: "W.A. Mozart, The New Complete Edition" (28 Oct 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 05, 2016

"The most complete and authoritative edition of Mozart's works on 200CDs. In celebration of Mozart’s 225th anniversary, presented by Decca Classics and Deutsche Grammophon in partnership with the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation. This individually-numbered limited edition is a fusion of the latest scholarship with 240 hours of benchmark performances from 600 world-class artists and state-of-the-art sound recording. ...


(US) The New York Times Article: "Russell Oberlin, 88, Dies; Led Renaissance of Countertenor in U.S." (by Margalit Fox, 29 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 05, 2016

"Russell Oberlin, one of the 20th century’s most celebrated countertenors, whose voice was famed for an earthy robustness that belied the ethereal heights to which it could ascend, died on Friday in Manhattan. He was 88.

His assistant, Zachary Stains, confirmed the death. ...


(CA) Globe and Mail Article: "Making arts experiences accessible to all is more important than ever" (by Kate Taylor, 25 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 05, 2016

"Everywhere you turn, arts institutions are getting wildly creative about drawing new audiences – or is that wildly desperate? Anecdotal evidence from arts administrators suggests their audiences are in serious decline. And this week the Canadian Index of Wellbeing came out with a challenging report suggesting that the decline is real and part of a larger social trend. ...


(US) Musica Pacifica CD Release: "Mi Palpita Il Cor: Baroque Passions" (Navona Records, 14 Oct 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 01, 2016

"MI PALPITA IL COR: BAROQUE PASSIONS is a compelling journey into the rich corners of the mid- and late-Baroque period. Featuring an array of thrilling instrumental and vocal compositions, the album is driven by the performances of French-Canadian soprano Dominique Labelle and American early music ensemble Musica Pacifica, founded in 1990, based in San Francisco, and whose playing has been called “a small miracle of precision and musical electricity” by the Washington Post. ...

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