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(US) The Tudor Choir Highlighted by Harmonia Early Music (2010 Oct.)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 22, 2011
The Seattle-based Tudor Choir has been performing Renaissance polyphony and early American music for nearly two decades. The flexible ensemble is made up of twelve core singers and is directed by its founder, Doug Fullington. The choir’s performances and recordings have received international acclaim.

(FR) Revue Muse Baroque Online Library

Contributed by Admin on Jan 22, 2011
Nothing like back to basics: to feel the thickness of the paper, enjoy the typography, the taste turns of the time ...

Let us stop a moment to discover the precepts of Couperin through a footnote on page in a scholarly work today and listen to the voice that we imagine shy, almost hesitant, from one of French harpsichordists’ greatest. Let us stop bickering about the size of the chorus of Bach's cantatas in Leipzig and take a look at the key document that the passions unleashed and allows all the assumptions ...


(US) AMS (American Musicological Society) 2010 Awards

Contributed by Admin on Jan 21, 2011
Awards presented at the Indianapolis Annual Meeting (Fall 2010) of the AMS (American Musicological Society). 

(US) Philip Brett Award 2010

Contributed by Admin on Jan 21, 2011
The 2010 winner of the Philip Brett Award is Roger Freitas for his book,“Portrait of a Castrato: Politics, Patronage, and Music in the Life of Atto Melani” (Cambridge University Press, 2009).


(US) Aulos Ensemble Transports Listeners to 18th-Century France -- Review by By Thomas Busse (2010 Dec.)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 20, 2011
On Sunday, I had the rare fortune to hear the Aulos Ensemble presented by Music at Kohl Mansion in a Christmas concert in Hillsborough that managed to stand apart from the tired demands of the season while capturing the joy of the holiday. 

(CH) Arounder Website -- 360 degree View of Your Destination

Contributed by Admin on Jan 20, 2011
AROUNDER gives travelers a vivid sense of what a city has to offer: historical cathedrals and works of art, museums featuring famous artists, local cafes and stores, breathtaking mountain-top views, quiet parks and gardens. Each issue contains a series of interesting panoramas giving you a full immersive view of the cities.


(DE) New Items Published by TREE Edition (Music for Lute)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 20, 2011

New for Baroque Lute

Wolff Jacob Lauffensteiner (1676 - 1754): Collected Works for Solo Lute” edited by Douglas Towne

This edition contains eight complete suites/concerts as well as fourteen single pieces for Baroque Lute, collected from libraries from all over Europe and overseas countries. The tablature has been set anew completely to present the pieces in an easy to read manner. Contains also an essay on Laufensteiners life (in german) by Michael Treder. 125 pages / French Tablature / Baroque tuning Euro 40.-


(US) Extraordinary Women From an Extraordinary Era (Magnificat) -- By Marianne Lipanovich (Concert: 2011 Feb 4,5,6)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 20, 2011
It turns out the 17th century was a great time for women composers. Magnificat Baroque and its guest soloist, soprano Jennifer Ellis Kampani, are hoping that their upcoming program, Donne Virtuose, will lead listeners to discover the wonderful work created by four of such extraordinary women.

(FR) St. Matthew Passion -- J.S. Bach (2011, March 23; April 2,3) -- Orchestre Les Passions

Contributed by Admin on Jan 16, 2011

Orchestre LES PASSIONS
Isabelle Poulenard, soprano. Guillemette Laurens, alto.
Vincent Lièvre-Picard, tenor (Evangelist). Arnaud Richard, bass (Pilate).
Jean-François Rouchon, bass (Jesus). Antonio Guirao, bass (Peter,Judas)
chorus : ARCHIPELS (Joël Suhubiette) - A CONTRETEMPS (Guy Zanesi)
ARPEGE (J. Charpentier) – Maîtrise du CONSERVATOIRE de Toulouse (M. Opstad)
Musical Direction Jean-Marc Andrieu

Halle-aux-Grains, Toulouse (2011, March 23; April 3)
Palais des Sports, Bordeaux (2011, April 2)


(US) Handel's Messiah - A Conversation with Jeffrey Thomas (YouTube)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 10, 2011

American Bach Soloists Music Director, Jeffrey Thomas, speaks about their annual performances of Handel's Messiah, one of the greatest oratorios of all time, in San Francisco's Grace Cathedral. Baritone Jesse Blumberg and the American Bach Choir are featured in performance clips.


(UK) "The Sacred Dance" (DanceBooks.co.uk)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 08, 2011

Author: Oesterley, W O E
Published: 1923, 2010

This work surveys a wide spread of old rites, practised during initiations, puberty, marriages, burials, and other major events of life. Relying on ornamental artwork on pottery and on ancient inscriptions and literature, the author examines, among other topics, Old Testament terms for 'dancing,' and forms of musical accompaniment in the time of the Hebrews; the sacred processional dance, performed by Hittites, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and other peoples; the ritual dance around sacred objects; and sacred dances performed during harvests and other festivals.


(US) Top Ten Discoveries of 2010 from Harmonia Early Music

Contributed by Admin on Jan 08, 2011
This is the third annual podcast to focus on some of the most interesting early music heard throughout the year. The list, whittled down from hundreds of choices, is meant to cover recordings that have been heard either on the weekly podcast or program, yet there is at least one gem that will be new to Harmonia’s loyal followers.

(US) Arcimboldo's Feast for the Eyes -- Smithsonian Magazine

Contributed by Admin on Jan 08, 2011

(Although not directly music related, this article may be of interest to some -- ed.)

The job of a renaissance court portraitist was to produce likenesses of his sovereigns to display at the palace and give to foreign dignitaries or prospective brides.


(FR) "De Paris à Versailles". Charpentier, Marais, Couperin -- Les Passions Orchestre Baroque (2011 January 22)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 08, 2011

Église du Bouclier – Strasbourg

With Italian influence and in defense of the French style, these three composers entertained contrasting rapports with the Court at Versailles. The delicacy and richness of music by Charpentier regularly attracted Louis XIV in Paris, while Marin Marais, Lully's successor, enjoyed the grace of the King in the splendor of the Court. Couperin, meanwhile, sailed incessantly from Paris to Versailles and was able to skillfully combine French and Italian styles by the subtle and learned style of his writing.


(US) Johann Adolph Hasse: Antonio e Cleopatra - Review by Dr. Brian D. Stewart (Opera Today)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 07, 2011
Johann Adolph Hasse (1699-1783) was arguably the most successful opera composer of the 18th century. Together with his favourite librettist, Pietro Metastasio, Hasse defined the genre of opera seria for an entire generation.

(US) Worth a Reprise at Age 401 -- Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 -- Review by Steve Smith (New York Times)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 07, 2011
Almost exactly a year ago, the New York soprano Jolle Greenleaf, the Boston violinist Scott Metcalfe and a couple of dozen close associates from around the country presented the fruit of what they called the Green Mountain Project: a performance of Monteverdi’s grand and glorious Vespers of 1610, mounted in observance of the work’s 400th anniversary.

(US) GEMS Gala Showcase -- (Jan. 9, 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 07, 2011

Come to a gala showcase featuring 7 of the finest world-class early music ensembles, produced by GEMS Live! and Nancy Carlin Associates.


(US) Mozart at Salzburg Festival: Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte - Review by Chris Mullins (Opera Today)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 06, 2011
Once a preserve of opulent traditional productions, the summer Salzburg Festival has become a destination for viewing more cutting edge stagings. 

(UK) Handel's Operas Workshop

Contributed by Admin on Jan 06, 2011
In a series of five lectures Manuel Minguillon will explore the main features of Baroque Operas, focusing on Handel's in particular.

(UK) Ten Years of Handel House

Contributed by Admin on Jan 06, 2011
We are thrilled that 2011 sees the tenth anniversary of the Handel House Museum and to celebrate the history of the house, the main exhibition in 2011 will focus on the building itself, its occupants and the developments it has seen over the centuries.

(UK) Dance Books retail closing sale

Contributed by Admin on Jan 06, 2011
Dear Customers, Colleagues, & Friends,

As many of you know, I've been in indifferent health for the last couple of years, and my doctors are now insisting that I must take life more easily. So, with enormous regret, I am closing the retail part of Dance Books and in future shall run the company solely as publishers. I have tried to find a buyer for the retail part of the company, but so far without success, so if there are any eccentric millionaires out there who've always dreamt of running an online dance bookselling company, do feel free to get in touch.

(US) Songs, Scribes, and Society The History and Reception of the Loire Valley Chansonniers (2010 Nov.) - Oxford Press

Contributed by Admin on Jan 05, 2011
A new kind of songbook emerged in the later fifteenth century: personalized, portable, and lavishly decorated. Five closely related chansonniers, copied in the Loire Valley region of central France c. 1465-c. 1475, are the earliest surviving examples of this new genre.

(FR) Brillamment Baroque (Brilliantly Baroque) -- 11th international Early Music and Baroque Workshop (2011 February 19-26)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 05, 2011
The international workshop in Thoiry, France (2010 February 19-26) is directed to all instrumentalists of the “Baroque” orchestra, beginner and experienced musicians, as well as modern instrumentalists wishing to learn about the practice and interpretation of Renaissance music and pre-classical Baroque. It is also directed to singers interested in the same repertoire.

(US) David Daniels: The Bold, the Baroque, and the Braves - Interview by Marianne Lipanovich (San Francisco Classical Voice)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 05, 2011
Change can be good. It certainly was for David Daniels. After studying at Cincinnati College's Cincinnati Conservatory of Music as a tenor, he switched to the highly unlikely vocal category of countertenor as a graduate student at the University of Michigan.

(UK) Die Entführung aus den Serail, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London (Review by: Claire Seymour)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 20, 2010
“With its tricky ‘orientalist’ connotations, Singspiel-originating spoken dialogue, not to mention the problem of finding five outstanding singers who can cope with the considerable demands of the solo roles (and the commercial challenge presented by the need to pay a chorus who sing barely a few bars of music), Mozart’s Die Entführung aus den Serail does not receive as many stagings as it deserves.

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