(UK) Opera Today Review: "L'ospedale - an anonymous opera rediscovered" (by Claire Seymore, 27 Nov 2015)

Contributed by admin on Nov 29, 2015

"L’Ospedale - a one-hour opera by an unknown seventeenth-century composer, with a libretto by Antonio Abati which presents a satirical critique of the medical profession of the day ...

(FR) Le Poème Harmonique CD Release: "Coeur" (Oct 2015)

Contributed by admin on Nov 28, 2015

"In this new release, Vincent Dumestre’s Le Poème Harmonique once again immerses us in the France of the second half of the 16th century, which witnessed the emergence of new centres of artistic activity. These ‘bourgeois’ societies were initiated by patron princes concerned with building their prestige through the arts and letters just as much as by arms. At the same time, refined circles held by cultivated women enabled them to ...

(UK) Oxford Journals: Early Music Journal (online) ( Volume 43 Issue 4 November 2015)

Contributed by admin on Nov 28, 2015

(From a recent Oxford Journals newsletter)

News from Oxford Journals that the latest instalment of the "Early Music" journal is now available online through the Oxford Journals online website. You can read up on this issue's contents which include..

(DE) TYXart New CD Release: "TIERISCH BAROCK - When animals talk" (October 2015)

Contributed by admin on Nov 27, 2015

Works by Biber, Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Uccellini, Merula, Buonamente, Cazzati, Williams, Matteis and Orme (Premiere Rec.)

Tierisch Barock - Incredible baroque zoo - the title lives up to its expectations: a CD full of baroque music, full of animal voices and thus full of baroque aesthetics and fascination.

Nel Dolce approaches the topic of "Man, animal and music" through a multifaceted selection of compositions of the early and the high baroque showing the musical study of the animal kingdom in the most diverse ways possible. ...

(DE) TYXart New CD Release: "Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Sonatas for Flute & Basso Continuo" (October 2015)

Contributed by admin on Nov 26, 2015

Katalin Horvath, Transvers Flute - Eva Maria Pollerus, Harpsichord/Clavich./Square Piano - Thomas Platzgummer, Cello

"Time and again, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's (1714-1788) music undergoes fascinating metamorphoses in the interplay with instruments and interpretation. Inspired by these, the flute (Katalin Horvath, transverse flute) participates in a lively dialogue with the manifold timbres of harpsichord, clavichord, square piano (Eva Maria Pollerus), and cello (Thomas Platzgummer). This results in a multifaceted and highly musical recording portraying the development of almost the entire productive period of the composer. ..."

(US) The Washington Post: "NPR is graying, and public radio is worried about it" (By Paul Farhi 22 November 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 26, 2015

The greying of audience on US NPR (National Public Radio) has some concerns of aging audience and of perhaps a need to change marketing tactics to attract a younger clientele.

"Many of the listeners who grew up with NPR are now reaching retirement age, leaving NPR with a challenge: How can it attract younger and middle-aged audiences ...

(FR) Brilliantly Baroque Workshop in Thoiry (17-24 Apr 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 26, 2015

"Dear friends of the Festes de Thalie and Orpheon, professional musicians and music lovers! You are welcome to our next course with concerts in Thoiry (near Paris and Versailles) Brilliantly Baroque in Thoiry : from the 17th to the 24th April , 2016

Instruction for early music enthusiasts and modern instrumentalists and singers with an interest in Baroque and Renaissance music. All baroque instruments and singers welcome!

Chamber music, viola da gamba consorts, with passionate teachers.... and yoga! ...

(US) Salon Sanctuary Concerts: "Concertos, Sonatas, and Suites" (28 Nov 2015) -- Concert Notes

Contributed by admin on Nov 26, 2015

In its latest concert event, Salon Sanctuary Concerts shares with us well beforehand its concert notes. A nice and refreshing marketing initiative.

"The music on Saturday's program has little to do with the position for which Bach is most well known. As Cantor of Leipzig), Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) had no responsibility for writing instrumental chamber music. Most of that impetus came from two earlier professional engagements. The first was ...

(UK) Dance Books - Slightly Battered Books at Seriously Bargain Prices

Contributed by admin on Nov 24, 2015

(From a recent Dance Books newsletter)

"We've had a few titles returned to us by a defunct wholesaler which are not in quite good enough condition to sell new, so we're offering them at bargain prices - a third or less of the recommended retail price.

They have very minor defects to the covers - the odd scuff, bent corner, etc., but are internally in very good condition. ...

(US) A Latin Holiday Voyage-CD release (11 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Nov 24, 2015

(From a recent La Donna Musicale newsletter )

"Launch the holiday season with the sizzling Afro-Hispanic rhythms of our Latin-Baroque Fusion program! An entrancing performance of Renaissance, Baroque, and Afro-Hispanic music from Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and Colombia, played on Baroque and folk instruments. We will release our new CD, "I’ve Found a New Baby: Baroque Meets Latin Jazz", at this concert. ..."

(US) BEMF Chamber Opera Series Revives Handel's Acis and Galatea (28-29 Nov 2015)

Contributed by admin on Nov 20, 2015

"Fresh from a GRAMMY Award for Best Opera Recording, the Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Opera Series returns Thanksgiving weekend with a revival of BEMF's acclaimed production of the original 1718 chamber version of Handel's Acis and Galatea.  ...

(US) Colbert Artsits Management News: "Mahan Esfahani in Seattle, LA, and Utah"

Contributed by admin on Nov 20, 2015

(From a recent Colbert Artsits Management newsletter 19 Nov 2015)

"Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani returned to North America this month for recording sessions of the Dutilleux's "Les Citations" for harpsichord, percussion, oboe and bass with Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony (stay tuned for album details, soon).  He then joined ...

(US) Bach Collegium San Diego to Donate 10 Percent of Messiah Proceeds to Rady Children’s Hospital (5-6-7 Dec 2015)

Contributed by admin on Nov 17, 2015

"Bach Collegium San Diego brings back a great holiday tradition with its annual performances of Handel’s beloved oratorio, Messiah. The 2015 performances will feature a complete London version from the early 1750s, highlighting the oratorio’s historical connections with London’s Foundling Hospital.  ...

(UK) Society of Recorder Players (SRP) -- 2015 Moeck/Society of Recorder Players Solo Recorder Playing Competition Results

Contributed by admin on Nov 17, 2015

News from the Society of Recorder Players (SRP)

"Congratulations to Laura Schmid, winner of the 2015 Moeck/Society of Recorder Players Solo Recorder Playing Competition, the final of which was held at the Greenwich Early Music Festival on 13th November. Good wishes to all the competitors, and their accompanists, who gave brilliant performances of works dating from the 12th century to the present.  ..."

(UK) Soundboard Records New Release: "Louis Couperin, Harpsichord Music" (10 Oct 2015)

Contributed by admin on Nov 16, 2015

"Like Grounds for Pleasure, Colin [Booth]'s latest CD, Louis Couperin, was recorded on the early French harpsichord by Nicholas Celini that he restored during 2013. The music is by the 17th century French master Louis Couperin, uncle of the more famous François. ..."

(NL) La Pellegrina Workshops in the Czech Republic 2016 (14-24 Jul 2016 / 4-14 Aug 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 15, 2015

"The 2016 summer courses: three projects in the Czech Republic, Europe's most musical country. Projects in which you can immerse yourself in wonderful music, with top tutors and like-minded souls. The projects for 2016 are open to experienced musicians. Whether you're an amateur or professional, with La Pellegrina a professional attitude is of paramount importance.  ..."

(UK) Opera Today Review: "Monteverdi by The Sixteen at Wigmore Hall" (by Claire Seymour, 12 Nov 2015)

Contributed by admin on Nov 15, 2015

"This was a concert where immense satisfaction was derived equally from the quality of musicianship displayed and the coherence and resourcefulness of the programme presented. In 1610, Claudio Monteverdi published his Vespro della Beata Vergine for soloists, chorus, and orchestra.  ...

(UK) The Guardian Article: "Undelivered letters shed light on 17th-century society"

Contributed by admin on Nov 11, 2015

"Thousands of pieces of correspondence, many still unopened, were stored away by Dutch postmaster and are now being examined by academics...

(US) Classical Revolution Chicago Constellation Series Concert: "Viola da gamba UNLEASHED!" with Phillip Serna (25 Nov 2015)

Contributed by admin on Nov 11, 2015

"November 25th, Phillip Serna joins Classical Revolution Chicago's Series at Constellation Chicago in a riveting program, the "Viola da gamba UNLEASHED!" Indulge in a flavorful mixology of stunning music by Carl Friedrich Abel, Rudolph Dolmetsch, Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe alongside the virtuosic Serna Suite (2009) by Martha Bishop, Distilled (2010) by Eliza Brown, Undercurrents (2010) by Lynn Gumert, and a few surprises beyond!

Join us afterwards for Classical Revolution Chicago's open sight-reading jam session with music by Johann Pfeiffer & Georg Philipp Telemann! ...

(US) Article: "Singers reinventing choral sounds with old techniques" (by David Patrick Stearns, 08 Nov 2015)

Contributed by admin on Nov 11, 2015

"Often called "just intonation," the ancient system of chord building has been readopted by some modern composers intent on getting to the heart of musical science, and it is an important tool for getting inside the masterpieces of the past. ...

(US) NonProfit Quarterly Article: "A Tale of 11 Cities: New Data-Driven Assessment of the Nonprofit Arts Sector" (by Eileen Cunniffe, 02 Nov 2015)

Contributed by admin on Nov 08, 2015

"In 2006, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance published its first Portfolio report, an assessment of the region’s cultural sector based on data from the then-fledgling Cultural Data Project (CDP), which launched in Pennsylvania in 2004. Subsequent Portfolio reports in ...

(UK) British Library: "West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song"

Contributed by admin on Nov 08, 2015

For those of you wishing to expand the limits of the early music sphere.

"Literature and music from the great African empires of the Middle Ages to the cultural dynamism of West Africa today ..."

(US) Lark Camp: 2016 Summer Registration is Open (29 Jul- 06 Aug 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 08, 2015

(From a recent Lark Camp newsletter - 11 Nov 2015)

News from Lark Camp that registration for their 2016 Summer Camp is now open. Of it's many offerings you will find some early music workshops. They also advise that much of the 2016 staff is booked, but that there could be more additions to the list of workshops. You will want to keep a watch on this list.

About Lark Camp

"Lark Camp promotes worldwide understanding through music and dance.

Lark Camp provides an open forum for the exchange of creative ideas between musicians, singers, dancers and composers. The Lark Camp experience is enhanced by motivational instructors and inspired students, who also share their passions and skills with the rest of the participants. ..."

(CA) Messiah Season has Arrived

Contributed by admin on Nov 08, 2015

With Christmas season fast approaching, reminders of the abundant performances of Handel's Messiah are now flowing into our inbox. While these reminders are far too numerous to post on our site, this is just a reminder to our readers to look to their local early music groups and lend their support in attending Messiah performances and/or even contributing direct financial support to these productions.

Ticket sales are just one of the many elements in helping finance these productions and direct financial contributions are most always needed to assure future productions of the Messiah. 

Have a great Messiah concert experience!

Marc Paré Editor

(UK) Opera Today CD Review: "John Taverner: Missa Corona spinea" (by Claire Seymour, 04 Nov 2015)

Contributed by admin on Nov 08, 2015

"This new release of John Taverner’s virtuosic and florid Missa Corona spinea (produced by Gimell Records) comes two years after The Tallis Scholars’ critically esteemed recording of the composer’s Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas, which topped the UK Specialist Classical Album Chart for 6 weeks, and ... "

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