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(NL) Brilliant Classics (Record Lable): "C.P.E. Bach: Keyboard Symphonies"

Contributed by admin on Jul 30, 2014

"A curious and unsatisfying reduction of huge music for tiny forces? By no means. These are not, after all, symphonies in the way that Beethoven, let alone Mahler, understood the term, but breezy three-movement affairs which had lately sprung out of an operatic context and were enjoying a new and independent life through the always-unpredictable idiom of C.P.E., who wrote eight such works between 1741 and 1762. Most of them began as symphonies for strings, with wind parts added later when Bach’s orchestra was enlarged. ...

Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Artist: Andrea Chezzi harpsichord
Instrument: Alberto Colzani (2000), after Goermans-Taskin (Russel Collection of Edimburgh, 1764-1783)
Release: April 2014


(UK) Dolmetsch Historical Dance Society (DHDS): 46th Annual International Summer School (27 Jul-3 Aug 2014)

Contributed by admin on Jul 23, 2014

Location: University of Chichester, College Lane, Bishop Otter Campus, PO19 6PE Chichester UK

"This new format Summer School responds to the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth by combining a Renaissance dance course with an exploration of the scenes of dancing and music in his plays. ...


(UK) Music for a While: Improvisations on Henry Purcell (Review by Claire Seymour 12 July 2014)

Contributed by admin on Jul 23, 2014

From a recent Opera Today newsletter

"L’Arpeggiata did not simply perform arrangements of Purcell; rather they created entirely new, highly original, works. Their musicianship, technical prowess and the joy that their shared musical dialogue so obviously inspired, both on the platform and among the audience of the Wigmore Hall, made this performance an absolute delight. ..."


(US) Harmonia Early Music: Call Me Cate

Contributed by admin on Jul 21, 2014

From a recent newsletter item from Harmonia Early Music, an hour-long podcast of anything of  "Catherines"

"We’re listening to music for, by or about famous Katies, Catherines, and Katerinas.  Next, we’re shining a spotlight on that namesake and getting to know one visionary in the revival of early music: Catherine Mackintosh. ...


(US) Saturday morning quotes 4.10: New music for lute

Contributed by admin on Jul 21, 2014

From a recent "Unquiet Thoughts" post

"Now in its fourth year, Unquiet Thoughts was and is primarily an outlet for musings on music for the lute and how it does or does not fit into the aesthetics of modern life. In our ever-growing archive of essays, one of the more frequently visited posts posed a handful of questions that asked whether the lute was an appropriate medium for modern sounds. ...


(DK) Via Artis Konsort: Anaustia (video)

Contributed by admin on Jul 21, 2014

From a recent Via Artis Konsort newsletter item

"Anaustia is a popular tune, probably from around the XVII century, found in the archives of the Bolivian Jesuit Missions. This kind of Spanish, Latinamerican Baroque music, based on a local tune, was quite common in the 16th and 17th centuries. The words of the tune are in a local Indian language. ..."


(DE) XIX. Leipzig International Bach Competition 2014

Contributed by admin on Jul 21, 2014

From a recent Bach-Archiv Leipzig Newsletter

"Yesterday, the XIX. Leipzig International Bach Competition 2014, ended with a concert in the Leipzig Gewandhaus. For ten days, 100 musicians from 28 countries competed in the categories piano, harpsichord and violin/Baroque violin for the title »Bach Prize Winner«.  As the youngest finalist, 18-year-old Hilda Huang (USA) won the piano category, Schaghajegh Nosrati (Germany) and Georg Kjurdian (Latvia) came to the second and third position. Jean-Christophe Dijoux (France) achieved the title in the harpsichord final, followed by Olga Pachchenko (Russia) and Alexandra Nepomnyashchaya (Russia). The first prize in the category violin went to Seiji Okamoto (Japan), the second to Marie Radauer-Plank (Austria), and the third to Niek Baar (Netherlands).


(UK) The Rameau Project

Contributed by admin on Jun 26, 2014

"The Rameau Project is a major international multidisciplinary research project devoted to the operas of Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764). With the 250th anniversary of Rameau’s death taking place in 2014, this ambitious venture is uniting international scholars, performers, institutions and organisations to advance our understanding of the most significant composer of the French Enlightenment. ...


(US) Theoria – Historical Aspects of Music Theory -- online

Contributed by admin on Jun 26, 2014

From a recent announcement on the AMS mailing list:

News from Dr. Frank Heidlberger (Professor of Music Theory, Chair, Division of Music History, Theory and Ethnomusicology, University of North Texas, College of Music)  that the journal “Theoria – Historical Aspects of Music Theory” is now online.  ...


(CA) Ninth Annual Colloquium of the Gregorian Institute of Canada (22-23 August 2014)

Contributed by admin on Jun 26, 2014

Location: St. Mary’s Anglican Church and Holy Rosary Cathedral, Regina Saskatchewan, Canada

"Workshops suitable for beginners and more advanced practitioners will include sessions on chant notation, chant by ear, ancient hymnody and psalmody, ornate chanted antiphons, and choral music for contemplative quiet. ...


(US) Harmonia Early Music: A Claviorga-whaa??

Contributed by admin on Jun 22, 2014

From the latest newsletter from Harmonia Early Music ...

"The first time you see a claviorganum, you might feel like you’re seeing a mythical creature. Like the part lion-part man griffen, or part girl-part fish mermaid, the clavigorganum is part harpsichord and part organ.  ...


(UK) Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music -- Name Change

Contributed by admin on Jun 20, 2014

From a recent newsletter from Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music

For 30 years, the Festival has been lucky enough to benefit from one loyal sponsor: Lufthansa German Airlines. It is with profound gratitude and respect that we acknowledge Lufthansa’s decision to cease funding after the 2014 Festival has ended. But ...


(US) Folger Shakespeare Library

Contributed by admin on Jun 19, 2014

News from the Forger Shakespeard Library of its upcoming summer events. Not to be disappointed if you are indeed a fan of Shakespeare.


(US) ArkivMusic "Complete Opera Recordings Clearance"

Contributed by admin on Jun 19, 2014

News from ArkivMusic of its "Complete Opera Recordings Clearance" and reminders that the stock is limited "at these low prices". Have a look and you may find some long sought recordings of early music works.


(FR) Festival EmbarOquement Immédiat 2014

Contributed by admin on Jun 19, 2014

From the latest Harmonia Sacra newsletter of June 19 2014

News from Harmonia Sacra and of the Festival EmbarOquement Immédiat 2014 which is already over with a planned June 24th evening to thank volunteers who helped make the festival the success that it was. The upcoming 2014-2015 Hormonia Sacra season will also be announced on the same day, in addition, details of next year's 2015 festival season as well.


(BE) MAFestival Bruges: Expo Historical Instruments (2-5 August 2014)

Contributed by admin on Jun 07, 2014

Location:  Bruges, BE

focus ON MELODY INSTRUMENTS

"Historical instruments will be resounding at the Provincial Court in Bruges from August 2nd till 5th 2014. Renowned builders and publishers form all over the world presenting themselves to the international MAfestival public. ...


(US) Harmonia Early Music: Barqouevolution

Contributed by admin on Jun 07, 2014
"Renaissance to Baroque: a new era The 16th century’s interweaving lines of contrapuntal choral polyphony gave way in the 17th century to monody—accompanied solo song—in which treble and bass lines...

(US) 2014 edition of Lute Society of America’s Summer Seminar and Lute Festival (22-28 June 2014)

Contributed by admin on Jun 07, 2014

Location: Case Western Reserve University, Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH, US

Join in the fun at the 2014 edition of Lute Society of America’s Summer Seminar and Lute Festival! This year, the seminar will explore the lute from every angle. The event will feature a distinguished faculty of lute performers, musicological specialists, and vocal coaches. The faculty includes Paul Beier, Eduardo Egüez, soprano Ellen Hargis, Grant Herreid, Jakob Lindberg, Nigel North, Pat O’Brien, luthier Andy Rutherford, Crawford Young, and The Venere Lute Quartet - Douglas Freundlich, Gail Gillispie, Christopher Morrongiello, and Phillip Rukavina. The 2014 Patrick O’Brien Lecturer is lutenist Richard Stone. ...


(UK) Academy of St Cecilia Workshop (12 July 2014)

Contributed by admin on Jun 04, 2014

Location: St George's Metropolitan Cathedral,Westminster Bridge Road, Southwark, London, SE1 7HY

32-Part Polychoral Music by Heinrich Biber Tutored by Philip Thorby
with The Von Bibern Players and Norman Harper - Organist St George's Cathedral

"The Academy of St Cecilia is delighted to invite singers for a workshop day of 32-part polychoral music by Heinrich Biber tutored by Philip Thorby. Philip is a globally known expert in the performance of Renaissance and Baroque music. ...


(UK) Handel House Museum Concert line-ups

Contributed by admin on Jun 04, 2014

Location: Handel House Museum, 25 Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HB

The month of June has arrived and some concert dates have already been sold out! 

Handel and the Hanoverians - SOLD OUT (Thu 5 June, 6.30pm) / BHS Recital: Old and New, Tired and True (Tue 10 June, 6.30pm) / Royal Handel - SOLD OUT (Thu 12 June, 6:30pm) / Duets for the Duchess - SOLD OUT (Thu 19 June, 6.30pm) / Acis and Galatea (Sat 1 June, 4-10pm) / Handel and the Burlington Circle - SOLD OUT (Thurs 26 June, 6.30pm)


(FR) Centre culturel de rencontre d’Ambronay Festival (35th Edition) (12 Sep-9 Oct 2014)

Contributed by admin on Jun 04, 2014

Location: Centre culturel de rencontre d’Ambronay, Place de l’Abbaye - 01500 Ambronay FR

"The 35th edition of the Festival Celebrations will be held from September 12 to October 5 next 4 weeks, 35 concerts, unpublished works and masterpieces of the repertoire, nearly 1,500 artists, renowned and emerging talents, unusual visits Site music, many go free around the festival set ears, master classes, workshops, outdoor concerts ... There will be something for everyone! ... "


(US) Katherine McKee Appointed Music Director Of San Francisco Renaissance Voices

Contributed by admin on Jun 04, 2014
"San Francisco Renaissance Voices is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Katherine McKee as Music Director effective the upcoming 2014-15 season.  Ms. McKee replaces Mr. Todd Jolly who has led the group as Music Director since its founding in 2004.  Mr. Jolly has been appointed to the honorary position of Emeritus Music Director that will enable him to spend more time composing and teaching. ...

(BE) Musica Impulse Centre for Music (Musica, Impulscentrum voor Muziek): AlbaNova Festival (29 June 2014)

Contributed by admin on Jun 03, 2014

Location: Landcommanderij Alden Biesen, Bilzen, BE

"After 30 years, the one-day festival “Dag Oude Muziek” is making way for AlbaNova. The new format has the baseline ‘Midsummer festival for musical creation and heritage’ and builds a bridge between the past and present. Join us on Sunday 29th June in the magnificent surroundings of the Landcommanderij Alden Biesen in Bilzen. ..."


(US) Berkeley Festival & Exhibition 2014 (1-8 June 2014)

Contributed by admin on Jun 01, 2014

Location:  Berkeley, California, US

 "The 2014 Berkeley Festival & Exhibition will feature fourteen main stage performances, including the American debut of Belgian Ensemble Vox Luminis, winners of Gramophone‘s “Recording of the Year,” and the Berkeley Festival debut of Ars Lyrica Houston.  We are also proud to present some of the most renowned Bay Area early music groups including the Philharmonia Chamber Players, with guest harpsichord soloist Kristian Bezuidenhout, and Magnificat.  Additionally, Kristian Bezuidenhout and Hopkinson Smith will be giving solo recitals. ..."


(SE) XIII Stockholm Early Music Festival (4-8 June 2014)

Contributed by admin on May 31, 2014
"... the Nordic countries' largest festival for historical music, for the 13th year running. The highlight of the season for the lover of early music. It's time to enjoy those longed-for, bright summer days, filled with live music, in the historical setting of Stockholm's Old Town.
  
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