(US) Harmonia Mundi New Release: "Stile Antico -- Passion and Resurrection" (Nov 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 22, 2012

(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.”

(CA) The Holidays at Tafelmusik (Dec 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 21, 2012

(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)

(SE) eClassical Weekly Special

Contributed by Admin on Nov 18, 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. …”

(US) Unquiet Thoughts: "Saturday quotes 2.26 Dowland’s training Part 5"

Contributed by Admin on Nov 18, 2012

(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)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 17, 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.”

(CA) Weblinks Pages

Contributed by Admin on Nov 17, 2012

A question often asked of is of linking to our Weblinks pages rather than developing a weblinks page of your own. The answer in all cases is of a resounding “yes” and of our approval. 

Consider this, to-date, there are over 2600 early music related websites listed on our weblinks pages; these sites are indexed into 48 different categories; the index is verified once or twice yearly by our own weblinks bot in order to identify any dead links; there are tools for site visitor feedback as to the information of the weblinks as well as to identify any dead links that may have not been found by our bot. While this verification process is not perfect, it does help in keeping the weblinks URL data as accurate as possible.

Why would you want to use our weblinks pages as you very own weblinks page on your site? It releases you of the tedious task of maintaining such a page while still allowing your input of its content. You may propose any missing early music weblink(s) as well as identify changes of pre-existing weblinks’ content or URL.

So, if you wish, go ahead and feel free to link to our weblinks page. After all, the idea of organizing the weblinks is to make the early music community known to our website visitors and help disseminate any other information that connects us to all that is of early music.

Marc Paré

(CA) New Releases: "Great Gift Ideas and New Releases!"

Contributed by Admin on Nov 17, 2012

(From a recent newsletter)

“Can you believe it is already mid-November!? With Holiday Season upon us, we at Grigorian have begun to compile a list of some of the great gift items that have come out this past year. These include some of the amazing box sets that have been released, as well as outstanding CDs and DVDs.”

(Editor) Of particular interest to early music enthusiasts …

(US) San Francisco Renaissance Voices (SFRV) Concert: Festival of Lessons and Carols (1 Dec 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 16, 2012

(From a recent news release)

Location: Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco

“Members of San Francisco Renaissance Voices join lead tenor Corey Head and students from his vocal studio at Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, their host as Artists-in-Residence, for a traditional Festival of Lessons and Carols.

(IE) Cork International Choral Festival (1-5 May 2013)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 16, 2012

Location: Cork IE

“Whether you're a choir in San Francisco, a choir in Stockholm, in St Petersburg, Singapore or somewhere else... celebrate a year of connections by joining the Festival Gathering. 

Cork International Choral Festival is one of Europe's premier choral festivals and annually attracts some 20,000 visitors and 5,000 singers. From 1 - 5 May 2013 Cork will once again welcome choirs from across the world for a programme of gala and fringe concerts, national and international competition, and world-class performances. …

(UK) Cambridge University Press New Release: "The Cambridge Companion to Choral Music" (Edited by André de Quadros)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 16, 2012

(From a recent Cambridge University Press news release)

“The volume sets out a historical survey of the genre and follows with a kaleidoscopic bird's eye view of choral music from all over the world. Chapters vividly portray the emergence and growth of choral music from its Quranic antecedents in West and Central Asia to the baroque churches of Latin America, representing its global diversity. …

(UK) Wigmore Hall Concert:: The Brook Street Band; Nicki Kennedy soprano; Louis De Bernières reader (7 Dec 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 15, 2012

Louis De Bernières' Mr Handel

Location:  Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London UK W1U 2BP


“Highlights of The Brook Street Band’s programme include Handel’s sparkling motet Coelestis dum spirat aura HWV231, his Sinfonia in Bb HWV339 and the trio sonata from Bach’s Musical Offering BVW1079.  …

(CA) Spiritus Ensemble (Kenneth Hull, conductor) Concert: Bach Vespers for Advent (25 Nov 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 14, 2012

Location: St John the Evangelist Anglican Church, Duke and Water Streets, Kitchener Ontario, CA

“This year’s Advent Bach Vespers features two masterworks by JS Bach.  Cantata 147, ‘Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben’ concludes with the famous and well-loved chorale setting that we know in English as ‘Jesu, joy of man’s desiring’.  The motet is Bach’s double choir work, ‘Komm, Jesu, komm.’”

(BE) AMUZ Concert Listings (Nov-Dec 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 13, 2012

(From a recent AMUZ newsletter)

Location:  Kammenstraat 81 - 2000 Antwerpen BE

The most recent AMUZ newsletter informs us of the busy schedule ahead for the rest of the months of November and December. Below you will find the dates of performances. …

(UK) Handel House -- What's on! (Nov-Dec 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 13, 2012

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

What’s on at Handel House? Quite a bit. There is quite an extensive list of concerts that are, quite frankly, far too long to list here. Some have already sold out, and, one can only imagine that the rest of these will be sold out in short order.

(US) Harmonia Mundi New Release: "Kristian Bezuidenhout Plays Mozart Concertos" (13 Nov 2012) and Performance (19 Nov 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 13, 2012

(From a recent Harmonia Mundi news release)

“Mozart places melody at the very heart of his concertos. Introverted and sometimes uncertain at the start of K.453, it is subsequently transmuted into birdsong - foreshadowing Papageno - and leads to a finale worthy of an opera buffa. …

(US) Holiday Music at ArkivMusic

Contributed by Admin on Nov 13, 2012
“Ready or not, here come the holidays! Next week is Thanksgiving, so it's time to get your holiday playlist in order. We have great deals aplenty at ArkivMusic to make the holidays merry. …”

(US) Harpsichord Unlimited Concert: "Music of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach" (17 Nov 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 12, 2012

Location: Performing Arts Center, Adelphi University, Garden City NY, USA

Harpsichordist Elaine Comparone, QCB violinist Lori Miller Abbott and flauto traverso virtuoso Paul Mattick join forces for an evening of chamber music and sonatas by Johann Sebastian's second son, Carl Philip Emanuel (known affectionately to modern aficionados of his music as "CPE"). …

(US) Harmonia Early Music Interview: "Out Of The Glass Case: A Conversation With Anne Azéma" (Angela Mariani, 8 Oct 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 12, 2012

Earlier this year, Angela Mariani spoke with Boston Camerata's artistic director Anne Azéma. …

… The Camerata was started interestingly enough as a “reach out” educational venture at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston in 1954.  It was founded by Narcissa Williamson, a woman who was working in the education department at the MFA …

(DE) Carpe Diem Records New Release: "mundus et musica" (Qualia Ensemble)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 12, 2012
“On their first CD, QUALIA presents a collection of polyphonic music from late medieval sources, especially from manuscripts around the year 1500. In a very short period of time around the turn of the 15th century, the European music culture changed from the ancient phytagoreic to meantone temperament and created some astounding, highly complex and intellectually as well as musically challenging works …

(US) Early Music DC November 2012 Concert Listings

Contributed by Admin on Nov 12, 2012
If you are in the Washington DC area, you may want to browse through the list of upcoming concerts as collected by the Early Music DC website. The list of concerts is extensive and you will also find the list of local early music groups and performers.

(IT) Libreria Musicale Italiana (LIM) New Release: "Il canto ambrosiano dalle origini al IX Secolo"

Contributed by Admin on Nov 12, 2012

Il canto ambrosiano dalle origini al IX Secolo
Silloge ragionata degli studi recenti

Author: Francesco Petazzi
Edition: Lucca, LIM, 2012 (Quaderni Ambrosiani, 5)
ISBN: 978870966893

You may also want to visit this particular website and browse the list of releases in its catalogue. There are quite a few interesting early music publications and there are usually quite frequent releases. (Editor)

Visit the Libreria Musicale Italiana (LIM) website for more information of new and recent releases. 

(SE) Stockholm Early Music Festival (SEMF) Christmas Edition 2012 (24 Nov 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 12, 2012

Location: Stockholm, SE

“Welcome to an exclusive winter version of the festival, adapted to the cold season and Christmas celebrations, offering early music from afternoon to midnight! Indulge yourself with music, visual arts, storytelling, and historically inspired food.

Begin the day with Italian baroque, move on to medieval England and, later, the wonderful French performance "Monsieur Couperin's Laterna Magica." Round off the evening by lying comfortably back in the popular midnight concert. …

(US) Unquiet Thoughts: "Saturday quotes 2.25 Dowland’s training part 4"

Contributed by Admin on Nov 11, 2012

(From a recent newsletter)

“In previous posts, we outlined information highlighting typical modes of musical education in Tudor England.  The pathway to a musical education for a member of the artisan class seems to have begun with grammar school, …”

(US) CFP: North American Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music (11-13 Jul 2013) (Deadline 15 Jan 2013)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 07, 2012
Location: Texas Christian University, Fort Worth TX, USA

The program committee welcomes proposals for individual papers, lecture-recitals, and panels on all topics relating to the history, analysis, and reception of music during the long nineteenth century (ca. 1789-1913). The committee would especially welcome proposals related to: …

(US) Harmonia Mundi Store Sale: Mozart operas -- René Jacobs, conductor (Sale ends 14 Nov 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 07, 2012

(From a recent Harmonia Mundi newsletter)

“ René Jacobs has established himself as a superb conductor of Mozart's operas, his award-winning recordings on Harmonia Mundi are 30% OFF now through November 14.”

Some titles included in the sale: …

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