"At the end of the 13th century, Johannes de Grocheo wrote that the motet was “not intended for the vulgar who do not understand its finer points and derive no pleasure from hearing it: it is meant for educated people and those who look for refinement in art"...
Monteverdi's Orfeo under the musical and pedagogical direction of Leonardo García Alarcón.
For its 20th production, the Ambronay European Baroque Academy returns to the origins of opera, to the foundations of this baroque repertoire which it has championed passionately since its inception...
Compositions by Nicolas Bernier, Giovanni Legrenzi, Johann Fux, Giovanni Battista Buonamente, Johann Schmelzer and Wolfgang Ebner.
Join us for what can only be described as a delectable and delicious treat to all of your senses. Visit the Nota Bene Baroque website for more details of ticket availability and of location.
Location: Leipzig, Germany
“Vita Christi" • June 14–23, 2013
For the first time, an organiser has dared to draw theological, dramaturgical and compositional lay lines between Bach’s great oratorical works in the programme of a festival. The Christmas Oratorio, the St. John Passion and the Easter and Ascension Oratorios form together a grand oratorio project which must have been a highlight in the musical life of Leipzig in 1734/1735. On a total of three concert evenings, these scenes from the vita Christi will be presented in Bach’s unique musical realization. The oratorios will be directed by Trevor Pinnock and Sir John Eliot Gardiner. …
Organist, choir director and founder of The Renaissance Society
“In a musical career spanning over four decades Michael Howard influenced many hundreds of musicians, both amateur and professional. He holds a significant place in the history of the twentieth century revival of interest in pre-Baroque music.
Michael Howard was born in 1922 the son of Frank Howard a distinguished viola player who had been a founding member of Beecham's Philharmonic orchestra and player in Andre Mangeot's International String Quartet. His lifelong love of steam traction was sparked by the family home's proximity to the GWR ("God's Wonderful Railway") and to Walpole Park in Ealing which was used by the travelling fairgrounds. …
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(From a recent Arion Baroque Orchestra newsletter)
Christmas: a time of rejoicing, enchantingly depicted by Michel Corrette! Celebrate our kick-off to the holidays with Arion as we perform excerpts of Corrette's Symphonies des Noëls.
Chantal Rémillard and Tanya LaPerrière baroque violin; Jacques-André Houle, viola; Amanda Keesmaat, cello; Mélisande McNabney, harpsichord …
Location: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley CA, USA
“The Women’s Antique Vocal Ensemble (WAVE) and the men of the Schola Cantorum of St. Albert Priory will present their annual Christmas concert following the customary format of a Festival of Lessons and Carols sung at King’s College, Cambridge, England since 1918. The performance includes works by Viadana, Cozzolani, Pitoni, Berlioz, Duruflé, and Lauridsen, music from 13th & 14th century England, and traditional Christmas carols with audience participation. Please join us for an evening of ancient and traditional holiday music.“
(US) San Francisco Renaissance Voices (SFRV) 3rd Annual Boar's Head Festival and Mid-Winter Gala (5,6 Jan 2013)
- 5 Jan - Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco CA, USA
- 6 Jan - First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer, Palo Alto CA, USA
“San Francisco Renaissance Voices, under the direction of Katherine McKee, Assistant Music Director, combines our two most popular events this year for a grand celebration of Twelfth Night and Mid-Winter presided over by her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth I!San Francisco Renaissance Voices will be joined by Phantom of the Opera's Susan Gundunas, soprano, Diana Rowan, Celtic harp and Adam Cockerham, theorbo. …
(US) Amberican Bach Soloists (ABS), Jeffrey Thomas-Artistic Director Concert: Handel's Messiah in Grace Cathedral (20, 21, 22 Dec 2012)
Location: Grace Cathedral, San Francisco CA, USA
“Always a sell-out, year after year, ABS's performances of Handel's enduring masterwork are celebrated as one of Northern California's most treasured holiday traditions. A superb quartet of vocal soloists and the American Bach Choir …
Location: L’église Saint-Pierre-des-Charteux de Toulouse, Toulouse FR
Yasuko Uyama-Bouvard will present a concert (free entry) of fortepiano and organ on the occasion of the première release of her new CD “Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) - Dans la bibliothèque des Esterházy” (Hortus label).
(From a recent Arion Baroque Orchestra newsletter)
“Arion has the great pleasure of welcoming Alexander Weimann, renowned harpsichordist, to the stage during this year’s Montreal Bach Festival. Accompanied by Arion’s musicians, along with flautist Claire Guimond and harpsichordist Hank Knox, the impressive harmonic rigour of J.S Bach will be united with the audacity and ardour of his sons… for your utmost enjoyment.” …
Location: St.John’s, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA
“Christmas has inspired composers for more than five hundred years. The legacy of English composers is rich and varied.
In recent years a ‘Second English Renaissance’ has seen contemporary composers taking inspiration from plainchant, secular carols and polyphonic masterworks of the sixteenth century. Chapelle du Roi explores the links between works by Tallis, Shappard, Palestrina and Guerrero & contemporary English composers including Robert Hugill, Daniel Burges, Nicholas O.Neill, David Braid, Anthony Mudge, Antony Pitts and Roxanna Panufnik. The result is a balance of sumptuous textures and harmonies and contrasting approaches to the great Christmas texts. …
(From a recent Harmonia Mundi news release)
“The award-winning choral ensemble Stile Antico presents Passion and Resurrection, an album featuring texts inspired by the dramatic events of Holy Week and Easter set to music by some of the greatest Renaissance composers from England and the Continent. Included is a setting of the poem "Woefully arrayed" composed especially for Stile Antico by John McCabe. This is the work's first recording.”
(From a recent Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir news release)
A wonderful concert schedule await you at Tafelmusik in the month of December. You may want to make note of these:
- FRENCH BAROQUE CHRISTMAS at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre (5-9 Dec 2012)
- HANDEL MESSIAH at Koerner Hall (19-22 Dec 2012)
- SING-ALONG MESSIAH at Massey Hall (23 Dec 2012)
(From a recent eClassical newsletter)
“This week we (eClassical) would like to present a number of releases from the small Japanese company: Arte dell'arco, led by Hidemi Suzuki, the famous Baroque Cellist, brother of Masaaki Suzuki, Leader of the Bach Collegium Japan. They are also 24-bits for the price of mp3, and as a pair, we offer BIS-CD-807 with Concerti by CPE Bach, played by Hidemi and the BCJ, for a 30% discount. …”
(From a recent Unquiet Thoughts newsletter)
“Today’s post continues our speculative probe into John Dowland’s background, examining the conditions and events that may have contributed to form the composer’s persona and, by extension, his unique and intricate musical style. …
(US) Salon Sanctuary Concert: "Psalm Settings for the Sun King - Sacred Works For the Chapelle Royale de Versailles" (2 Dec 2012)
Location: L'Eglise Française de Saint Esprit, 109 East 60th St., New York, NY 10022, USA
“A program of French settings of Old Testament texts composed for the Royal Chapel of Versailles, including recently discovered motets by André Campra and selected Versets of François Couperin. Also on the program are instrumental works of Marais and Couperin.
Repertoire once performed by relatives of the composers for the Sun King himself will be heard in the intimate sanctuary of the Huguenot Church.”
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