(SE) eClassical CD Special: "Biber - The Rosary Sonatas" (Ensemble Vintage Köln) (Release date: 10 Jul 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 28, 2015

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"Biber - The Rosary Sonatas - 24 FLAC Discount

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BIS Boss Robert von Bahr: Of all composers for the violin, Heinrich Isaac Franz von Biber must be regarded as one of the most unique. Not only for his tonal language, which isn't so unique, but for his way of tuning the violin, a technique called scordatura. ...

(US) Viola da Gamba Society of America "Operation Treble Viol" at Conclave 2015 (26 Jul - 2 Aug 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 28, 2015

"Makers Marc Soubeyran and Francis Beaulieu will join forces to make a treble viol in the Emporium over Conclave: in addition to illuminating the building process, Francis and Marc will then donate the finished instrument to the VdGSA to raffle away at the Saturday banquet. Aside from the learning experience, this is a rare opportunity to get a world-class instrument for the mere price of a raffle ticket (and without the years it would take to commission an instrument from either maker)!  ...

(ES) Al Ayre Español - Eduardo López Banzo Video (15 Apr 2015): G. F. Handel. Sonata 4 op. 5 HWV 399 (Passacaille)

Contributed by admin on Jul 27, 2015

"Al Ayre Español was founded in 1988 by Eduardo López Banzo, in an effort to challenge the pervading clichés that often surrounded the performance of Spanish baroque music at that time. The spirit of the ensemble has always been to refute these clichés with musicological rigour, performance excellence and by striving to insufflate new life to music from the past, thus opening them up to contemporary audiences. The name of the ensemble was inspired by the title of a guitar fugue by the Aragonese composer Gaspar Sanz.  ...

(UK) Opera Today Review: "Saul, Glyndebourne" (by Robert Hugill) (24 Jul 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 27, 2015

"A brilliant theatrical event, bringing Handel’s theatre of the mind to life on stage ...

Though not an opera and never intended for the stage, Handel’s oratorio Saul is one of his most dramatic works and Kosky created from it a remarkable piece of theatre. ...

(US) Harmonia Early Music: "Name-Dropping" by Benjamin Robinette (13 Jul 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 24, 2015

"What do LCD Soundsystem, Johannes Suzoy, the Beastie Boys, and Antoine Busnoys all have in common? Give up? They’ve all engaged in the art of musical name-dropping, paying respect to the masters that came before them. This week on Harmonia, we’ll bring you music that ...

(US) The New York Times Article: "Playing Mozart’s Piano Pieces as Mozart Did" by Rachel Nuwer (20 Jul 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 23, 2015

"Classical piano pieces by such composers as Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin likely sounded much different when the masters first performed those works than they do today. Pianos themselves have changed considerably — but so, too, has technique.

Over the past decade, a growing number of musicologists have begun to take a closer look at how technique shapes not just the sound of music, but also the audience’s emotional response to it. ...

(SE) BIS Records New CD Release: "Biber - The Rosary Sonatas"

Contributed by admin on Jul 23, 2015

"Biber’s ‘Rosary Sonatas’ for violin and basso continuo stand alone in the violin literature and in music history, offering a unique combination of programmatic material and the use of scordatura (tuning a string instrument differently than the standard tuning). Consisting of fifteen sonatas for violin and basso continuo, and a closing Passacaglia for solo violin, the cycle was presented by Biber to his employer, the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg, in a handsome manuscript .  ...

(US) The Peabody Post Article: "Peter Lee and Mark Cudek nominated for Golden Melody Award" by Margaret Bell (22 July 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 23, 2015

"Peter Lee (BM ’06, MM ’08, Voice) and faculty artist Mark Cudek (MM ’82, Lute) have been nominated as the Best Producer for their CD Greensleeves in the 26th Annual Golden Melody Awards in Taiwan. which had recorded  ...

(AU) Crikey Article: "Australia Council halves key grants rounds in response to cuts" by Daily Review (23 Jul 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 23, 2015

As with many other jurisdictions, the state of arts grants in Australia is suffering through some funding cuts and "redirection" of other arts related grants. The impact on medium and smaller organizations may mean either a re-adjustment in grant applications or ...

(PL) 16th “Cracovia Danza” Court Dance Festival ~ "When Poland meets India" (26 Jul -- 1-2 Aug 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 23, 2015

"Three great performances: When Poland meets India, Once upon a time in Venice, The Coffee ballet, as well as dance groups’ performances, dance, acting, pantomime and music workshops and a great ball on the Main Square in Cracow – that will be this year’s 16th “Cracovia Danza” Court Dance Festival. Thereby Cracow will be filled with court dances from July 26th to August 2nd. Indeed the title of the festival exactly means “Cracow dances”. ...

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