(From a recent Unquiet Thoughts article)
“Jazz guitarists of today are not likely to consider themselves bearers of a long and lively tradition of improvisation that dates back more than 500 years. When reeling out riffs to a set of changes, one is not likely to consider …
(From a recent Parlement de Musique newsletter)
A reminder of the Le Parlement de Musique concert schedule during the final days of August’s festival season. If you are in the region, you may want to consider attending one of the following concerts (below):
(From a recent Sagittarius newsletter)
News of Sagittarius’ busy August schedule. Sagittarius, the resident vocal ensemble since 2000 at the Citadelle in Blaye, near Bordeaux:
- 23 August (8h10) -- Michel Laplénie interview on France Musique’s “Musique Matin” -- release date of Sagittarius’ latest recording dedicated to J-H Schein (Hortus)
- 27 August -- Sagittarius and the Choir Dordogne en Sinfonia concert: “Musikalische Exequien and escerpts Geistliche Chormusik by Schütz
- 30, 31 August and 1st September -- “Fontana D’Amore”, Sagittarius organize a tour around the release of its latest recording.
(NL) Semibrevity "A Blog About Early Music Pioneers" Article: "Baroque orchestra, La Petite Bande, loses vital funding" (26 Jun 2012)
(From a recent Semibrevity blog)
“Despite having amassed almost twenty thousand signatures on an internet-based petition, Sigiswald Kuijken’s baroque orchestra, La Petite Bande, has been definitively told that it will receive no more money from the Belgian government. …
More of the concert listing below …
Location: Royal Albert Hall, London
Performers: Joélle Harvey: soprano, Carolyn Sampson : soprano, Iestyn Davies : counter-tenor, Ed Lyon : tenor, Matthew Rose : bass, Choir of the English Concert, The English Concert, Harry Bicket : conductor
“Bach probably never intended the full Mass in B Minor to be performed, so it is tricky to talk about what forces he meant it to be performed by. ... But performing the work in the Royal Albert Hall is entirely different again, a space far bigger than Bach could ever have conceived of being used for his work. …”
(From a recent post on the BachMusicology@yahoogroups.com mailing list)
For all things “Bach cantatas”, visit the Bach Cantatas Website (BCW). The website has recently gone through a reorganization that you may find more approachable in searches of information or manuscripts.
“The Bach Cantatas Website (BCW) is a comprehensive site covering all aspects of J.S. Bach's cantatas and his other vocal works and many of his instrumental works. The BCW contains for most works: detailed discographies, discussions, texts and translations, scores, commentaries, references, music examples... Performers of Bach’s works, including their biographies, Bach discographies...“
Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF) is the second largest early music festival in the UK, with a large and enthusiastic following of over 6000.“The Festival takes place in late October and early November and is well known for its lively and inspired programming, with events exploring different art forms and performance formats. Concerts take place in a variety of venues in Brighton and Hove, and are often broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Location: Antwerp, BE
“Manoli Blessi was the pseudonym of Antonio Molino, a poet, composer and theatre producer in 16th-century Venice. He wrote his poetry in the so-called 'lingua greghesca': an invented language, a bizarre mix of Venetian and Greek dialects. Zefiro Torna and the dancers of Corpo Barocco will bounce you with a revival of the burlesque extravagance of Blessi's texts in the spirit of the commedia dell'arte …
(From a recent ArkivMusic newsletter)
For those of you who value EMI recodings, “ArkivMusic has a tremendous deal on a select group of classic recordings reissued in the EMI Classics Encore series. CDs from Neville Marriner, Sviatoslav Richter, Klaus Tennstedt, Kathleen Battle, Kiri Te Kanawa, and more are now available at just 5 for $20!“
(From a recent GEMS newsletter)
In a recent GEMS “Notes on the Scene” newsletter, GEMS makes a plea to its readership for help with housing a student studying at the Juilliard School of Music. This plea is exemplary of what the early music community has come to know of the GEMS organization -- helpful and involved.
(From a recent BCSD newsrelease)
(AT) Innsbruck Festival: Donna Leon opens the 36th Innsbruck Festival of Early Music (10-28 Aug 2012)
(From a recent Innsbruck Festival Press Release)
Bestselling author Donna Leon opens the 36th Innsbruck Festival at Schloss Ambras
“INNSBRUCK - The 36th day Innsbruck Festival opens in a ceremony in the Spanish Hall of Ambras Castle; Donna Leon, mystery writer and lover of Baroque opera delivered the keynote address and declared the Innsbruck Festival opened. …”
(From a recent Oxford University Press USA newsletter)
“Think this school year is going to be tough? Make your life easier and save up to 65% on books that will help make studying a breeze. Even if you're not in school, take advantage of the opportunity to grab interesting books for less…”
(From a recent ABS newsletter)
“The 2012 American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy concluded on July 22 with the second of two performances of Bach’s monumental Mass in B Minor, following eleven densely packed days of performances, lectures, and master classes at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. …”
(From the latest blog post at “Unquiet Thoughts”)
“ … This week, we follow up on a question that arose on the lute discussion list: Is it true that, historically, the lute was only available to the wealthy? …
(UK) Cambridge Early Music: Festival of Italian Music (28-30 Sep 2012) and One-Day Workshop (29 Sep 2012)
Workshop: Italian Music Workshop for Children with VivaBiancaLuna Biffi
Location: Cambridge UK
The Cambridge Early Music: Festival of Italian Music, promoted in partnership with La Dante in Cambridge, will include concerts by QuintEssential cornett and sackbut ensemble, Julian Perkins, VivaBiancaLuna Biffi, Pavlo Beznosiuk and Paula Chateauneuf, and La Serenissima, over the weekend of 28-30 September.
Location: University of Chichester, College Lane, Bishop Otter Campus, PO19 6PE Chichester, UK
“You are cordially invited to attend our Regency Dance in the grand Chichester Assembly Rooms. Come and enjoy dancing to live music. Costume most welcome. All dances called.”
(From the latest newsrelease from Sagittarius.)
Following their recent workshop, Ensemble Sagittarius forges on with a hectic July-August concert schedule:
Date: Tuesday 24 jul 2012
Location: Eglise Notre-Dame, Les Brouzils (85)
Festival Musiques à la Chabotterie
Lumières du baroque allemand
Schütz, Schein, JC Bach, JS Bach
Date: Friday 17 aug 2012
Location: Espédaillac (42)
La Fontaine : Fables et divertissement
Date: 29 jul-13 aug 2012
Location: l’abbaye de St Amand de Coly
L’ACADÉMIE DU PÉRIGORD NOIR
Michel Laplénie conducts l’Académie du Périgord Noir in Purcell’s“King Arthur”
Date: 27 aug 2012
Location: l’abbaye de Chancelade
CHOEUR DE DORDOGNE EN SINFONIA
The choir interprets “Musikalische Exequien” Schütz, under the direction of Michel Laplénie
Location: Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2BP
Russian cellist Sergei Istomin is highly regarded as one of our leading period specialist cellists. His recordings of Bach to Haydn and Mendelssohn to Chopin are all critically acclaimed. For his Wigmore Hall recital debut, he presents a programme of the highlights from his Mendelssohn and Chopin experiences. He is accompanied here on Graf and Pleyel fortepianos by Viviana Sofronitsky, who is making a welcome return to London after her own debut in 2011.” Fortepianos by Paul McNulty after Graf 1819, Pleyel 1830
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As you know or suspect, the 2012 summer workshops and summer festivals season has already begun. If you have not as yet planned your summer months, do take a look at what events are being offered in your region, or, perhaps far-off “exotic” regions. Some of the workshop sign-ups are still open for registrations, or, if registrations are closed, you may be able to convince someone to audit the courses. Nevertheless, there are ample summer workshop concerts available to attend and enjoy.
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(From a recent blog post on Catherine Kauffmann-Saint-Martin’s “Scoop.it!” blog)
Les Passions - Montauban - Vivaldi - Concerto in d minor for 2 violins, cello and strings
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