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(US) Boston Early Music Festival CD release: "Agostino Steffani’s Niobe, Regina di Tebe"

Contributed by admin on Mar 08, 2015

(From a recent BEMF February Newsletter)

"The Boston Early Music Festival has released the world premiere studio recording of Agostino Steffani’s Niobe, Regina di Tebe on the Erato/Warner Classics label, with production support from Radio Bremen (Germany). Originally presented as the 2011 Festival Operatic Centerpiece, Niobe is the seventh in BEMF’s series of ...


(UK) The Sixteen Choral Workshops

Contributed by admin on Mar 08, 2015

(From a recent The Sxiteen February Newsletter item)

"Our workshops offer keen choral singers the opportunity to delve deeper into some of the Choral Pilgrimage repertoire. Workshops are led by two prominent members of The Sixteen; Associate Conductor Eamonn Dougan and singer and musicologist Sally Dunkley. ...


(US) San Francisco Renaissance Voices Concert: "Merrie Olde England: Country Dances and Madrigals"

Contributed by admin on Mar 08, 2015

(From a recent SFRV newsletter)

Location: San Francisco CA, US

"San Francisco Renaissance Dancers (Jennifer Meller, Director) is the resident dance troupe of San Francisco Renaissance Voices (Katherine McKee, Music Director) and the only professional period dance company in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Founded in 2012 they have flourished and have become an integral part of San Francisco Renaissance Voices season concert offerings, ...


(SE) Martin Skowroneck no. 90 To Be Completed (2016-2017)

Contributed by admin on Mar 02, 2015

News posted on the "Harpsichord Mailinglist" from Tilman Skowroneck that "Martin Skowroneck’s last unfinished harpsichord no. 90 will be completed by a colleague in 2016-17, and offered for sale.  If members would be so kind to judiciously spread the word...

It's a nearly-five-octave (depending on transposing solutions) Franco-Flemish two-manual harpsichord which is about halfway done. ...


(CZ) Latest Paul McNulty's Streicher Piano

Contributed by admin on Mar 01, 2015

From a recent FaceBook post from Viviana Sofronitsky: This is a copy of a Streicher very similar to that used by Brahms for the last 24 years of his life. Video of the piano in action ...


(IT) Libreria Musicale Italiana: Books, Periodicals etc. in .pdf format

Contributed by admin on Mar 01, 2015

News from Libreria Musicale Italiana of their growing collection of books soon to be offered for sale in .pdf format. "The selection of texts is expanding rapidly and will soon be available more than 900 files including periodicals, monographs, proceedings of and extracts."


(FR) Festival Mars en Baroque (10-31 mars 2015)

Contributed by admin on Mar 01, 2015

Location:  Marseille, FR

"For its 13th edition, the "Festival en Mars Baroque" has chosen to include programming in this broad period covering, in France and in some European countries, the history of the monarchy since its glory until its fall: "The king, the people. "

The festival explores the music of the King to the Court, in the palaces and chapels, the music of the people in the neighborhoods, taverns, campaigns. It is the confrontation of these two types of music, their analogies, borrowing, their anchorages and especially their common function of apology that we invite you to the Festival Mars en Baroque, through a rich and varied set of concerts, conferences and educational interventions but also movies. ...


(AU) Pickering & Chatto Publishers Book Release: "The Memoirs of Charlotte Papendiek (1765-1840)" (Michael Kassler, general editor)

Contributed by admin on Mar 01, 2015

"Readers of EarlyMusicNews.org may be interested to know that my new, annotated and corrected edition of The Memoirs of Charlotte Papendiek (1765-1840) has just been published by Pickering & Chatto as part of a four-volume set of Memoirs of the Court of George III.

Charlotte Papendiek and her family were royal servants and friends of numerous musicians including John Christian Bach, John Peter Salomon and Haydn."

Michael Kassler

(AT) Austrian Lute Society "Early Music Week STE. COLOMBE" (Application Deadline 31 May 2015) (10-18 July 2015)

Contributed by admin on Feb 22, 2015

"Pavans, galliards, almaines, corantos, sarabands, fantasies, madrigals, consort songs, canzonas, trio sonatas, facsimile, basso continuo, lute duos, lyra viol and more, in a week for lovers of Renaissance consort and Baroque ensemble music.

Participants should have experience of ensemble playing and be prepared to sight read in different clefs and/or from figured bass, as appropriate. A limited number of less advanced players can also be accommodated, by agreement. ...


(AT) Austrian Lute Society "International HIF Biber Competition" (Application deadline 1 Mar 2015) (30 Apr - 3 May 2015)

Contributed by admin on Feb 16, 2015

Location: St. Florian Monastery (near Linz), Austria

Reminder of upcoming deadline for application for the Austrian Lute Society "International HIF Biber Competition".

"The aim of the competition is to stimulate the youth with the present and emotional engagement of the music of the Baroque period, with particular attention to the Austrian Baroque music. Three prizes will be awarded ... "


(FR) Sagittarius ~ Michel Laplénie, director "Workshop in Baroque Voice" (18-24 Jul 2015)

Contributed by admin on Feb 15, 2015

Location: Couvent des Minimes - Citadelle Vauban - 33390 Blaye - France

"To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the marriage of Louis XIII and Anne of Austria In Bordeaux, Michel Laplénie directs the July workshop program of French music of the time of Louis XIII: Bouzignac Guillaume, Nicolas Formed, Etienne Moulinié, Antoine Boesset. ...


(US) San Francisco Classical Voice Concert Review: "Philharmonia Baroque Explores Music of Bach's Cousins" (By Niels Swinkels, February 10, 2015)

Contributed by admin on Feb 15, 2015

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

"... Two illustrious contemporary relatives of the ‘Great J.S.’ were featured in Philharmonia Baroque’s latest concerts. Both were J.S.’s distant cousins: Johann Christoph (1642-1703) and Johann Ludwig (1677-1731). ...


(SE) BIS Records - New Release: "Mozart – Piano Concertos Nos 15 & 16"

Contributed by admin on Feb 15, 2015

W.A. Mozart: Piano Concerto No.15 in B flat major, K 450
Piano Concerto No.16 in D major, K 451
Rondo in D major for piano and orchestra, K 382

Ronald Brautigam, fortepiano
Die Kölner Akademie / Michael Alexander Willens

"In May 1784, shortly after completing the two piano concertos recorded here, Mozart described them in a letter to his father as 'concertos which are bound to make the player sweat.’ In his correspondence he also pointed out the particular importance of the wind instruments in the two works.  ...


(US) Alternet Article: "10 countries that leave the US in the dust on funding the arts." (By Jodie Gummow, 5 Feb 2015)

Contributed by admin on Feb 15, 2015

"In the United States, government expenditure for the arts remains minuscule when compared to the amount of money the government spends in other areas of the public sector.  ...


(FR) Le Passions: Choral Workshop at Monflanquin (11-24 Jul 2015)

Contributed by admin on Feb 14, 2015

(From a recent Les Passions newsletter)

"Since its establishment in 2002 in the heart of the walled town of Monflanquin (L'association "Les Soirées Baroques de Monflanquin"), choral singing workshop devoted to Baroque music repertoire is growing in audience with undeniable success.

The presence at our side soloists from the baroque orchestra "Les Passions" of Montauban gave us the desire to expand the demonstration of some friendly concerts and high quality." (Google Translate).

For this year's choral workshop ...


(US) Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) (7-14 Jun 2015)

Contributed by admin on Feb 13, 2015

A reminder of the very popular Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF). If you are considering attending some of the main events, you may consider purchasing your tickets ahead of the rush.

"Don’t miss a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of Monteverdi with staged productions of his three survivng operas: Ulisse, Poppea, and Orfeo. Artistic Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, Opera Director Gilbert Blin, and Orchestra Director Robert Mealy bring these iconic works to life with an all-star cast of singers and instrumentalists!

Tickets are ON SALE NOW! Subscribe to four or more different programs among the six performances of The Monteverdi Trilogy and the 16 Festival Concerts and save 10%! ...


(ES) 4th International Academy Of Early Spanish Dance And Music And Flamenco (9-16 July 2015)

Contributed by admin on Feb 13, 2015

Location: Escuela de Música, Danza y Teatro – (Music, Dance and Drama School), C/ Eduardo Fajardo, 55 - 04721 El Parador, Roquetas de Mar - Almeria, ES

"The Ensemble Donaïres 4rth International Academy of Early Spanish Dance and Music and Flamenco at Roquetas de Mar proposes workshops with Ana Yepes on two early dance styles: Spanish xviith century dance and French Baroque dance in a Spanish style. This year we also propose two new workshops: Flamenco dance classes with Carmen Rubí and music classes to play for the dance, for instrument players or singers, with Ignacio Yepes and Gerardo Arriaga. ..."


(BE) International Petrus Alamire Lab 2015 (19-23 Aug 2015)

Contributed by admin on Feb 12, 2015

(From a recent Musica Impulse Centre for Music newsletter)

"In 2015 the theme of the Laus Polyphoniae festival will be Petrus Alamire. In honour of the occasion, the International Young Artist’s Presentation will be renamed the International Petrus Alamire Lab. The focus will be placed on the musical oeuvre brought together by Petrus Alamire in the numerous manuscripts he created. ...


(FR) 15ème stage international de Musique Ancienne et Baroque (26 Apr - 3 May 2015)

Contributed by admin on Feb 12, 2015

Festival Brillament Baroque
Location:
Thoiry (Yvelines - France)

A meeting with passionate musicians
Workshop with Concerts..., Buffet and dinners-concerts

Instruction for early music enthusiasts and modern instrumentalists and singers with an interest in Baroque and Renaissance music. All baroque intruments welcome! Chamber music, baroque orchestra, vocal ensemble, viola da gamba consorts, master classes with passionated teachers. ...


(FR) REMA "European Day of Early Music" (21 Mar 2015)

Contributed by admin on Feb 12, 2015

"A celebration of more than a millennium of music, through concerts, events, and happenings taking place simultaneously across Europe, the REMA European Day of Early Music is an official day for early music and a focal point for the promotion of the historical musical heritage in Europe. The first edition in 2013 took place under the patronage of Mrs Androulla Vassiliou, member of the European Commission, while the second edition in 2014 was supported by UNESCO. ...


(ES) Early Music Morella 2015 (18-23 Jul 2015)

Contributed by admin on Feb 12, 2015

International Course on Medieval & Renaissance Music

Location: Morella, ES

MYSTICISM FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO THE RENAISSANCE
700th anniversary of the death of Raymond Lully (1232-1315/16)
500th anniversary of the birth of St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)

"The academic dimension of Capella de Ministrers is condensed with the realization of Early Music Morella. From tradition to cult music, combining musical practice with theory is created the International Course on Medieval and Renaissance Music Early Music Morella. A specialized course in the repertoire of the 10th to 16th centuries, in order to alleviate the shortage of specialized studies in this particular repertoire. ...

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