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(IT) Cappella Artemisia CD Release: Scintillate amicæ stellæ - Christmas in the Convents of 16th- and 17th-Century Italy

Contributed by Admin on Dec 12, 2011
Cappella Artemisia is delighted to announce the release of our new recording: Scintillate amicæ stellæ - Christmas in the Convents of 16th- and 17th-Century Italy, an anthology of works written by and for Italian cloistered nuns calling for a great variety of forces ranging from solo voices to double choirs of both singers and instruments, and involving no fewer than 18 musicians. We can't imagine a better way to celebrate Christmas than with this glorious music.

(US) Harmonia Early Music: Fretwork’s Reinterpretation Of Goldberg (CD)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 10, 2011
“A few weeks ago, we featured a reinterpretation of Bach’s Goldberg Variations in which pianist Lara Downes asked that contemporary composers create their own pieces inspired by the Variations’ aria. Now Fretwork has also been inspired to create their own arrangement of the Goldberg Variations in their 2011 CD.

(BE) New CD from Capilla Flamenca: "Heinrich Isaac, Ich muss dich lassen" (Prix de Choc Dec 2011/Jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 09, 2011

(* Re-Posted by Editor)
(* And now this very cd has received a Prix choc by CLASSICA! for December/January -- ed.)

“Heinrich Isaac's work is a true synthesis of all existing Franco-Flemish polyphonic compositional techniques sweeping through Europe in the 16th century.

(CA) ATMA Label News: 7 ATMA CDs nominated for OPUS Prize

Contributed by Admin on Dec 09, 2011

Seven ATMA recordings across four different categories have been nominated for the 2011 OPUS Prize. Founded in 1996 by the Conseil québécois de la musique, the Opus Prize reflects excellence in Quebec’s dynamic music scene. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on January 29, 2012.

Good luck to all of our nominees!

(US) "Harmonia Mundi Congratulates 54th Annual Grammy Award Nominees"

Contributed by Admin on Dec 06, 2011

“Congratulations to all our Nominees!
Harmonia Mundi and Distributed Labels
Earn Six GRAMMY® Nomination”

 In the latest newsletter from Harmonia Mundi, congratulations are given to the nominees of the upcoming 54th Grammy Awards. Of particular note for “Best Orchestral”:

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan
Haydn: Symphonies Nos.88, 101 & 104

(US) Folger Shakespeare Library: FREE Selections From Handel's Messiah: Recorded Live December 20-23, 1993

Contributed by Admin on Dec 06, 2011
“ In celebration of the season (and in honor of our Manifold Greatness project), we're sharing Selections from Handel's Messiah, recorded by the Folger Consort and the Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford. You can download these six tracks in the link above [below -- ed.]. Happy Holidays!“

(US) ArkivMusic Newsletter (05 Dec 2011): Every DVD On Sale at ArkivMusic

Contributed by Admin on Dec 06, 2011
“Dear ArkivMusic Customers,

Every DVD at ArkivMusic -- nearly 5,000 titles, from complete operas to ballets, recitals, documentaries & more -- is on sale now, just in time for the gift-giving season. …”

(SE) BIS Records - New Release: Nov 2011

Contributed by Admin on Dec 05, 2011

C.P.E. Bach – Solo Keyboard Music, Vol. 23
Miklós Spányi, clavichord

BIS-CD-1763   |   EAN 7318590017630   |   TT: 63'52
Sonatas from 1750–58 and other pieces

“Clavierstück für die rechte oder linke Hand allein, Wq117/1 (H 241); Fantasia in D minor, Wq117/12 (H 224); Sonata in G major, Wq62/11 (H 63); Fugue in D minor, Wq119/2 (H 99); Fantasia in G major, Wq117/11 (H 223); Sonata in G major, Wq62/14 (H 77); Fantasia in D major, Wq117/14 (H 160); Solfeggio in A major, Wq117/4 (H 222); Sonata in C minor, Wq65/31 (H 121); Solfeggio in E flat major, Wq117/3 (H 221); Solfeggio in C minor, Wq117/2 (H 220); Sonata in A major, Wq65/32 (H 135)


(SE) eClassical 2011 Advent Calendar (Christmas Sale)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 04, 2011
“We are celebrating our first year of high-resolution downloads from Sweden with a special pre-Christmas promotion. Every day, from December 1 until Christmas Eve, you will find two different 24-bit albums from BIS and PentaTone at a 50% discount that day. If you miss one, don't worry, you will still have the opportunity to download it at a reduced price for two more days, the first day at 25% and the second at 10% discount.”

(US) Newsletter: Gifts of Classical Music

Contributed by Admin on Nov 28, 2011
“It's official, the holidays are here! ArkivMusic has gifts of classical music as well as music for the holiday season ready to ship. Once again this year, we have limited editions and exclusive items you won't find anywhere else.”

(US) Harmonia Early Music Podcast: "Harvest Season" By Laura Osterlund (20 nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 24, 2011
“For our first course of this musical feast, we’ve assembled merchants from 17th-century London. The voices of merchants hawking their wares served as the inspiration for a generation of English composers and formed the basis for a genre of works now known as the cries.

(US) Shop Now: The New York Times Holiday Gift Guide

Contributed by Admin on Nov 23, 2011

The New York Times Holiday Gift Guide has been sent out on its newsletter lists. It features titles from harmonia mundi and its distributed labels. You may find some titles of interest to you.

Visit the New York Times Holiday Gift Guide web page to view/read the list.

(US) Gizmodo: "Google Music vs Amazon MP3 vs iTunes: Which Online Music Store Is the Best for You?" by Alan Henry

Contributed by Admin on Nov 20, 2011

Recently Google jumped into the music selling business with Google Music (store). The following is an article comparing the services of the three largest music download services on the Internet. (Editor)

“Google opened its new music store to all comers in the US this week, touting its partnerships with music labels and indie musicians, and its broad reach thanks to the Android Market. The new store has millions of songs for sale, but whether it's a game changer, serious competition for iTunes and Amazon MP3, or the best online music store out there is another question entirely. Let's take a look at each service based on its features. 

(US) ArkivMusic - New Release: " Vivaldi - The Return Of The Angels / Maute, Ensemble Caprice"

Contributed by Admin on Nov 20, 2011

Following Ensemble Caprice’s first recording of Vivaldi’s sacred music (Gloria! Vivaldi and his Angels) we return to Vivaldi’s Venice and find ourselves yet again within the confines of the Ospedale della Pietà orphanage where, beginning in 1703, Vivaldi, the Red Priest, not only taught the orphan girls violin and singing, but also composed many of his most dazzling concertos as well as a substantial part of his highly inspired corpus of sacred music.

Watch the video clip!”

(UK) Linn Digital Music Collections (18 nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 20, 2011
“Back by popular demand Linn's brilliant value, no-hassle, highest quality Digital Music Collections make a welcome return for a limited time only. And, for the first time, our premium Digital Music Collections are all available in Apple Lossless as well as FLAC.

(US) New from Harmonia Mundi: "Lucy Crowe, sopranoThe English Concert, Harry Bicket" (nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 19, 2011
“Soprano Lucy Crowe joins The English Concert led by Harry Bicket in this dazzling programme of Handel arias and cantatas dating from his sojourn in Italy, where he was affectionately dubbed “the dear Saxon”.

(DE) Carpe Diem Records News November 2011: "Ensemble Syntagma" and "The Carpe Diem Christmas Special"

Contributed by Admin on Nov 18, 2011

Ensemble Syntagma: "Rosa e Orticha"
We are happy to present you the new Carpe Diem CD "Rosa e Orticha" by the French ensemble SYNTAGMA. It is available in stores since November 14th, 2011.

The new CD of Alexandre Danilevski and his Ensemble Syntagma presents some of the most elaborate works of the mediaeval musica composita by Bardolino da Padova and his contemporaries.  …

(US) Harmonia Early Music: "Harmonia Time Capsule: 1562"

Contributed by Admin on Nov 17, 2011

“In Venice, one of the 16th century’s most influential composers died.  Adrian Willaert served as organist, choirmaster, and composer at St. Mark’s basilica for thirty-five years, and cultivated a style of writing for cori spezzati, or “separated choirs.”  The sonic effects of Willaert’s innovative compositions were emulated by succeeding musicians at St. Mark’s, such as Cipriano de Rore and Andrea Gabrieli.

(US) Harmonia Mundi: Lumières - Music Of The Enlightenment [30-CD Set]

Contributed by Admin on Nov 15, 2011

Release Date: 01 oct 2011
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog 

The unprecedented expansion of music in the age of enlightenment
The eighteenth century is probably the most extraordinary period of transformation Europe has known since antiquity. Political upheavals kept pace with the innumerable inventions and discoveries of the age; every sector of the arts and of intellectual and material life was turned upside down. Between the end of the reign of Louis XIV and the revolution of 1789, music in its turn underwent a radical mutation that struck at the very heart of a well-established musical language. In this domain too, we are all children of the Age of Enlightenment: our conception of music and the way we ‘consume' it still follows in many respects the agenda set by the eighteenth century. And it is not entirely by chance that harmonia mundi has chosen to offer you in 2011 a survey of this musical revolution which, without claiming to be exhaustive, will enable you to grasp the principal outlines of musical creation between the twilight of the Baroque and the dawn of Romanticism.“

(US) ArkivMusic: "Brilliant Classics Bargains at ArkivMusic"

Contributed by Admin on Nov 15, 2011

From the latest ArkivMusic Newsletter:

“Bargain label extraordinaire Brilliant Classics is on sale now at ArkivMusic, with plenty of affordable classical boxed sets that make great gifts! You will find several new collections to choose from, covering the Renaissance to the 20th century, from orchestral music to solo piano to chamber and choral, for collectors and novices alike -- all tremendous values.”

(SE) BIS Records New Releases October 2011

Contributed by Admin on Nov 14, 2011

Vivaldi – Concertos for Strings
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in C major, RV114; Sonata a 4 in E flat major (‘Al Santo Sepolcro’), RV 130; Concerto in G minor, RV152; Concerto in D minor, RV128; Concerto in D minor (‘Concerto madrigalesco’), RV129; Sinfonia in C major (from La Senna festeggiante, RV693); Concerto in F minor, RV143; Concerto in G minor, RV157; Concerto in E minor, RV134; Concerto in A major, RV158

Arte dei Suonatori Ensemble


Contributed by Admin on Nov 09, 2011

For those interested in the following discount offer:

“Tafelmusik celebrates the release of its 78th recording, BACH: Tafelmusik and Daniel Taylor.   Until midnight on November 11th, get 30% off any Tafelmusik title with Analekta with the promo code TAFEL.  Make your selection now!

(SE) BIS Records -- New York Polyphony Signs Up (08 Sep 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 08, 2011
“BIS is proud to announce the signing of an exclusive recording contract with the male vocal quartet New York Polyphony. 

Male classical vocal quartet New York Polyphony, who received international acclaim with the CDs I sing the birth (2007) and Tudor City (2010), has signed an exclusive recording contract with BIS Records.

(US) New from Harmonia Mundi: "George Frideric Handel 1685-1759 -- Agrippina"

Contributed by Admin on Oct 30, 2011
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Chamber ensemble, René Jacobs, Conductor

“After his acclaimed explorations of such Handel operas as Giulio Cesare and Rinaldo, René Jacobs now tackles the first great operatic success of the ‘caro Sassone’ (Venice, 1710), the climax of his Italian period.

(FR) New CD from ensemble Syntagma: "ROSA E ORTICHA"

Contributed by Admin on Oct 29, 2011
“The new CD of Alexandre Danilevski and his Ensemble Syntagma presents some of the most elaborate works of the mediaeval musica composita by Bardolino da Padova and his contemporaries.
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