"The 2013 Gramophone Classical Music Awards have been announced! ...
For the first time in the history of the Gramophone Classical Music Awards the Award-winning recordings in each category were revealed exclusively here on the Gramophone website three weeks before the Awards ceremony."
(UK) Opera Today Review: "Les Arts Florissants: Airs sérieux et à boire" by Claire Seymour (24 Dec 2013)
From a recent Opera Today review article:
William Christie, director; Emmanuelle de Negri, soprano; Anna Reinhold, mezzo-soprano; Cyril Auvity, high tenor; Marc Mauillon, baritone; Lisandro Abadie, bass. Wigmore Hall, London, Thursday 19th December 2013.
"In this unusual programme of late-seventeenth-century airs de cour, Les Arts Florissants presented a flowing sequence of songs for solo and ensemble voices with chamber accompaniment, the intimacy of the Wigmore Hall neatly mimicking the privacy of the royal chambers of Louis XIV in which the courtly compositions were originally performed. ...
(US) Salon Sanctuary Concerts: "From Ghetto to Palazzo -- The Worlds of Salomone Rossi" (26 Jan 2014)
Location: Edmond J. Safra Hall, Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Park Place, New York NY, US
“Co-produced with The Museum of Jewish Heritage and co-presented by Centro Primo Levi, an unprecedented exploration of Rossi's music and time marks the fourth presentation of Salon/Sanctuary's program devoted to the groundbreaking Italian-Jewish composer.
A violinist in Monteverdi's orchestra, Salomone Rossi (c. 1570 – 1630) is credited with having invented the trio sonata. …
Location: Metropolitan Valenciennes, FR
Relatively new on the scene of festivals, Festival Ebar(O)quement immédia! 2014 found its beginnings in 2002 with the help of Yannick Lemaire and Fabien Guilloux who shared a passion for their sacred musical heritage and founded the association of Harmonia Sacra followed by the Festival Ebar(O)quement immédia! 2014. It has since flourished into the festival that we now know.
As the 2013 year draws to its end, we would like to wish all, the very best of wishes in the new year and a most exciting and fulfilling 2014 concert year.
We would also like to remind you, that, without your financial support, many early music groups would not be able to offer their rich concert programmes to your community. Please consider donating generously to your local early music group(s).
Location: Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, UK
"Our next concert is only a week away: Les Haulz et les Bas are travelling over from Germany to be with us on Friday 3rd January for a programme of New Year revelry. With shawms, bagpipes, slide trumpet, dulcimer, fiddle, harp and voice they will be conjuring up the sounds of the late Middle Ages with music by Landini, Ciconia and Dufay. Let their “laser-beam tuning and atomic clock timing” blow away the cobwebs and fill you with vigour for 2014! ...
Location: Windermere United Church, 356 Windermere Ave, Toronto Ontario, Canada
"Any composer worth his or her salt has written on the subject of change and seasons. I FURIOSI welcomes back English harpsichordist James Johnstone to help demonstrate the old expression: “Plus ça change, plus ç’est la même chose.” Works by Stradella, Purcell, Arne and more. ...
(US) ArtsJournal's Article: "How The Romans Celebrated The Holidays" (Dr Matthew Nicholls, 23 Dec 2013)
From a recent Arts Journal Newsletter article
"When opening your presents or enjoying a night out this Christmas spare a quick thought for the Romans. We owe much of our festive fun to them.
The Romans celebrated the winter festival of Sigillaria on 23rd of December, part of their Saturnalia¹ festivities. ...
Their Master’s Voice
Well-known to audiences throughout Chicago and internationally, Baroque Band’s harpsichordist David Schrader needs no introduction. His program includes C.P.E Bach’s String Symphonies and Telemann’s Suites and Ouvertures and concludes with J.S. Bach’s Triple Concerto.
(CA) The Record.com Article: Sarah Granskou and Trevor Ewert (bowmaker), residents at Joseph Schneider House Museum
Location: Joseph Schneider House Museum, Kitchener Ontario, CA
"He [Trevor] and Granskou are this year’s folk artists-in-residence at the Joseph Schneider Haus in Kitchener. ... ... Granskou and Ewert are woodworkers, musicians, performers and teachers...
Location: Massey Hall, Toronto Ontario, CA
A most popular and and anticipated concert, Tafelmusik once again invites its audience to join in on the "Messiah" choruses. ...
Location: Koerner Hall, Toronto Ontario, CA
"Make this your year to celebrate the holidays with Tafelmusik! Bring the family to Handel's Messiah, and join Tafelmusik for an uplifting and profoundly moving performance of this baroque masterpiece in the intimate and acoustically stunning Koerner Hall. ..."
(CA) Toronto Consorts Concert: "Navidad: Christmas Music from Latin America and Spain" (13-14-15 Dec 2013)
Location: Trinity-St. Paul Centre, 427 Bloor St. West, Toronto ON, CA
"We like to say this is the liveliest Christmas concert in town! As featured on our recent CD Navidad on the Marquis label, we bring you a fiesta of early music from the Spanish-speaking nations on both sides of the Atlantic, with harp, guitars, percussion, winds, keyboards and voices. ..."
Location: Rochefort (17), Théâtre de la Coupe d’OR, FR
- Anonyme (c.1490) : « Rodrigo Martinez », (Villancico, Cancionero de Palacio, c.1490)
- Juan del Encina (1468-c.1529) : Air « Triste Espana sin ventura » (Villancico, Cancionero de Palacio, 1504)
- Diego Ortiz (1510-1570) : Recercada segunda (Trattado de Glosas, 1553), Violoncelle et basse continue
- Bartolomeo de Selma y Salaverde (1595-1638) : Canzona (1638), Flûte et basse continue
- Diego Ortiz (1510-1570) : Recercada ottava sobre la Folia (Trattado de Glosas, 1553), Violoncelle et basse continue ...
(CA) Spiritus Ensemble ~ Kenneth Hull, Conductor Concert: "Bach Vespers Series 2013-2014" (1-2 Dec. 2013)
Bach Vespers for Advent
1 Dec ~ St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, Duke & Water Streets, Kitchener ON, CA
Join the Spiritus Ensemble for another concert in their "Back Vespers Series 2013-2014".
Bach, Cantata 61, 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland'
Buxtehude, 'Befiehl dem Engel, dass er komm'
Schütz, 'O lieber Herre Gott, weeke uns auf'
Location: Cadogan Hall, London, UK
"Cadogan Hall is the setting for a festive evening of carols and Christmas music sung by The Bach Choir, featuring choral favourites, carols for all, and accompaniment from our special guests, London City Brass. This year’s concert features the winning entry in the The Times Christmas Carol Competition 2013, which will be chosen by our Musical Director David Hill, The Times’ Chief Music Critic Richard Morrison and The Times’ Assistant Editor Andrew Riley."
(CA) Nota Bene Baroque Players News: "WLU Music Students Chosen for New Baroque Mentorship Program" (26 Nov 2013)
Location: Waterloo Ontario, CA
(From a recent article in the Kitchener-Waterloo "The Record" newspaper (by Valerie Hill))
""The idea, it just came to me," said Baumgartel, a violinist with Nota Bene and an instructor at Wilfrid Laurier University. "Our job in Nota Bene will be to provide a platform for them to play things they don't get a lot of opportunity to play at school."
For this inaugural program, Baumgartel invited two Laurier students, though future mentorships will be open to any music student. ...
Thomas Jefferson, Maria Cosway, and the Music and Philosophy of the Enlightenment
Location: The Bissel Room, Fraunces Tavern, 54 Pearl Street, New York NY, US
Jessica Gould, soprano & Tony Boutté, tenor
Members of the Sebastians: Jeffrey Grossman, harpsichord & leader
Script and Stage Direction by Erica Gould
Featuring Campbell Scott as Thomas Jefferson, Melissa Errico as Maria Cosway, and Kathleen Chalfant as the narrator
“Igniting in Revolutionary Paris and unfolding over a 40-year epistolary relationship, the Jefferson/Cosway correspondence brims with exquisite music and eloquent prose, …
Location: Trinity-St. Paul's Centre, Toronto Ontario, CA
"Described as “Mozart reincarnated” and “a prince of the fortepiano,” Kristian Bezuidenhout joins Tafelmusik in his long-awaited Toronto debut. A frequent guest with the world’s leading baroque orchestras and renowned for his stellar recordings of Mozart’s keyboard works, Mr. Bezuidenhout takes centre stage in two virtuosic Mozart piano concertos – K.413 and K.271 "Jenamy" – and leads the orchestra in an exploration of the music of Bach’s sons ..."
Location: Monaco, chapelle de la Visitation
Holiday concert sponsored by the "Affaires culturelles de la Principauté".
"Les Symphonies des Noëls" from Michel-Richard Delalande were played in the "chapelle du Roi Louis XV" Christmas eve."
Location: Saint-Germain en Laye (78), théâtre Alexandre Dumas, FR
"This programme renders hommage not only to Charpentier but also to Molière and his love of music. Abandonned by Lully, Molière, near the end of his life, turns to Marc-Antoine Charpentier at the start of his career. From forced "Mariage" and of "La Comtesse d'Escarbagnas", to "Sicilien" passing by the imaginary "Malade". La Simphonie du Marais • Hugo Reyne give us appreciation of all talented measures of registers from Charpentier as diverse as those of the pastorale, the farce, of amourous dialogue or parodic entertainment."
"This hour, we’ll spend time with composers who played and loved to write for the bass instruments—those you can’t fit in the overhead compartment of an airplane! ...
Location: Yarrangobilly Caves, NSW Australia
"We’ll dance for 3 hours every morning and 3 hours every evening and in between all-can-enjoy cave tours, river walks, thermal-pool-swimming, games, sleeping, cooking and eating. The accommodation, food preparing areas, lounges and dance rooms are simply fantastic. On the Monday when we first arrive we’ll make a theme of dance from 1825 to 1850. On the Tuesday of dance from 1850 to 1875 and on the Wednesday from 1875 to 1900—but any 19th century dress, be it from day or evening dress from any of these periods is fine. ...
(US) Salon Sanctuary Concerts: "Music for Brunelleschi's Dome -- Lucia Baldacci, organist" (17 Nov 2013)
Location: The Church of the Transfiguration, 1 E. 29th St., New York NY, US
“The completion of The Duomo of Florence in 1436 marked a milestone in architectural history, while the structure later served as a focal point for several great composers.
With this program, we welcome an organist of "Brunelleschi's Dome," as she makes her New York and American debut with a program of …
Location: St Augustine's Church, Honor Oak Park, London UK, SE23 3LE
"Join the International Rameau Ensemble for an evening of sensuous music from the great french baroque master Jean-Philippe Rameau's most beautiful operatic works. A flamboyant feast for the senses by world-class international performers presenting a varied programme journeying through loss, rivalry, comedy and heartbreak all redeemed through love and carried by fantastic musical fireworks. One night only - do not miss out."
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