(UK) British Library: "Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination" (11 nov 2011-13 mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 19, 2011
(* reposted -- ed.)
“Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination is the British Library’s first major exhibition to bring together the Library’s Royal collection, a treasure trove of illuminated manuscripts collected by the kings and queens of England between the 9th and 16th centuries. This dazzling exhibition will debunk the myth that these were ‘the Dark Ages’ by showcasing beautiful artistic artefacts.

(US) New from Harmonia Mundi: "Lucy Crowe, sopranoThe English Concert, Harry Bicket" (nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 19, 2011
“Soprano Lucy Crowe joins The English Concert led by Harry Bicket in this dazzling programme of Handel arias and cantatas dating from his sojourn in Italy, where he was affectionately dubbed “the dear Saxon”.

(US) San Francisco Classical Voice (SFCV): "Your support is essential to the ongoing success of San Francisco Classical Voice."

Contributed by Admin on Nov 19, 2011

(As the year end grows closer, we are reminded to consider giving our support to local early music performing groups and associations. Please do consider helping out locally. -- Editor)

“As the end of the year quickly approaches - newsletter by newsletter - all of us at San Francisco Classical Voice would like to take a few moments to thank you for making SFCV part of your life every week!

Like you, all of us were drawn to Classical Voice by two passions - a love a great music and a desire to have the latest  on the Bay Area music scene at our fingertips!  We work tirelessly to filter, create, and deliver the best of the best for you every week of the year.

(FR) Satirino Classical Music Agency: "Kenneth Weiss on France Inter"

Contributed by Admin on Nov 19, 2011
“The harpsichordist Kenneth Weiss's appearances on the popular French radio station 'France Inter' on Saturday 22 & Saturday 29 October from 4 to 5 pm in the 'C'est du classique mais c'est pas grave' programme ('It's classical music but don't worry') presented by Sylvie Chapelle under the title 'Le clavecin, ça me crispe' ('The harpsichord makes me tense') can be heard on the radio's website via the links below.”

(DE) Carpe Diem Records News November 2011: "Ensemble Syntagma" and "The Carpe Diem Christmas Special"

Contributed by Admin on Nov 18, 2011

Ensemble Syntagma: "Rosa e Orticha"
We are happy to present you the new Carpe Diem CD "Rosa e Orticha" by the French ensemble SYNTAGMA. It is available in stores since November 14th, 2011.

The new CD of Alexandre Danilevski and his Ensemble Syntagma presents some of the most elaborate works of the mediaeval musica composita by Bardolino da Padova and his contemporaries.  …

(UK) Barber Evening Concert: Advent Arrives At The Barber With Early Music Super Group Performance (30 nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 18, 2011
Barber Evening Concert
Stile Antico
Puer natus est: Tudor music for Advent

We celebrate the start of Advent at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts with Early Music super group Stile Antico performing wonderful festive Tudor music on Wednesday 30 November at 7.30pm. Puer natus est: Tudor music for Advent features enchanting works by English composers Tallis, Byrd, Taverner, White and Sheppard. (In association with Birmingham Early Music Festival )

(US) Article: "Tough, thorny alt-conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner follows his own tempo" by By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic (13 nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 18, 2011
“The knighthood, the vast discography stretching from Monteverdi to Brahms, and the acclaim that has come with it are all tangible evidence that Sir John Eliot Gardiner, 68, is a pervasive presence throughout the European and American classical music world. 

(US) Reminder: Gotham Early Music Scene (GEMS) La Salle Adams Fund $20,000 Challenge Grant

Contributed by Admin on Nov 17, 2011

EarlyMusicNews.Org just wanted to remind readers of the GEMS “La Salle Adams Fund $20,000 Challenge Grant” Challenge. 

“  … the $20,000 challenge grant awarded GEMS by the La Salle Adams Fund is quite serious.  The Fund has given us until December 31, 2011 to raise the matching $20,000, providing GEMS with much-needed funding for our coming season. …”  and also …

(US) Harmonia Early Music: "Harmonia Time Capsule: 1562"

Contributed by Admin on Nov 17, 2011

“In Venice, one of the 16th century’s most influential composers died.  Adrian Willaert served as organist, choirmaster, and composer at St. Mark’s basilica for thirty-five years, and cultivated a style of writing for cori spezzati, or “separated choirs.”  The sonic effects of Willaert’s innovative compositions were emulated by succeeding musicians at St. Mark’s, such as Cipriano de Rore and Andrea Gabrieli.

(IT) Fondazione Giorgio Cini: Fashioning Opera and Musical Theatre Conference (30 mar-01 apr 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 17, 2011

(Note: Although this is appearing late, it was decided to post this article for information purposes.)

Call for Papers: Fashioning Opera and Musical Theatre: Stage Costumes in Europe from the Late Renaissance to 1900 (15 nov 2011)

“Costumes play an essential role in the way we experience musical theater. They define character, action and belief, enhance the sonic dimension, and blur the boundaries between reality and fiction, past and present, the human and the fantastic. From court spectacles to popular entertainments, costumes, textiles, and accessories testify to the material culture of their social milieu and to the challenges facing the artists, artisans and designers who created them. This conference brings together experts of diverse backgrounds to discuss the history, economics and aesthetics of stage costumes in European opera and musical theater from the late Renaissance to 1900.

(UK) Birmingham Early Music Festival Concert: "Binchois Consort ‘A Coronation for the Virgin'" (20 nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 17, 2011
BEMF is delighted to present the Birmingham début of this award-winning Hyperion-label ensemble (Binchois Consort), and of its director, Andrew Kirkman, who takes over as Barber Professor of Music in Autumn 2012. This newly-devised programme is inspired by the beautiful Midlands alabaster sculpture in the Barber Institute, ‘The Coronation of the Virgin’. Fashioned from stone quarried in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, the sculptures functioned as the focus of religious devotion, the power of the prayers often being enhanced by being set to glorious music.

(US) San Francisco Classical Voice Review: "Chalice Consort: Grant Them Rest" By Anna Carol Dudley (06 nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 16, 2011
“Chalice Consort observed the week of All Saints Day by singing a Requiem at the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, Sunday in San Francisco. Musical Director Davitt Moroney invited the audience to think, as the Requiem unfolded, about the lives of people they knew who have died.

(US) American Bach Soloists: 2012 CHORAL WORKSHOP (11 feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 16, 2011
The American Bach Soloists are pleased to announce their 4th Annual Free Choral Workshop to be held on Saturday February 11, 2012 (new date)
Check-in: 9:30 a.m.
Workshop: 10:00 to 4:00 p.m.
The workshop will be held at:
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco
1111 O'Farrell Street - parking information

(US) Unquiet Thoughts [blog]: Saturday morning quote #25: Tinctoris and the lute (12 nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 16, 2011
“While this blog is mainly directed towards those with at least a general appreciation of early music, there are bound to be occasional visitors who are not intimately familiar with the lute and its important place in historical music. 

(US) Women's Antique Vocal Ensemble (WAVE) Christmas Concert 2011 (16 dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 15, 2011
“The Women’s Antique Vocal Ensemble (WAVE) and the men of the Schola Cantorum of St. Albert Priory will present their annual Christmas concert following the traditional format of a Festival of Lessons and Carols which has been the customary Christmas Eve service at King’s College, Cambridge, England since 1918. The performance includes works by J.S. Bach, Thomas Ravenscroft, Thomas Tallis, Pedro de Cristo, Johann Ebeling, Jacob Handl, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, music from 14th century England & Germany, and Christmas carols. Please join us for this night of ancient and traditional holiday music.”

(US) Harmonia Mundi: Lumières - Music Of The Enlightenment [30-CD Set]

Contributed by Admin on Nov 15, 2011

Release Date: 01 oct 2011
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog 

The unprecedented expansion of music in the age of enlightenment
The eighteenth century is probably the most extraordinary period of transformation Europe has known since antiquity. Political upheavals kept pace with the innumerable inventions and discoveries of the age; every sector of the arts and of intellectual and material life was turned upside down. Between the end of the reign of Louis XIV and the revolution of 1789, music in its turn underwent a radical mutation that struck at the very heart of a well-established musical language. In this domain too, we are all children of the Age of Enlightenment: our conception of music and the way we ‘consume' it still follows in many respects the agenda set by the eighteenth century. And it is not entirely by chance that harmonia mundi has chosen to offer you in 2011 a survey of this musical revolution which, without claiming to be exhaustive, will enable you to grasp the principal outlines of musical creation between the twilight of the Baroque and the dawn of Romanticism.“

(FR) Les Passions Concert: "Canticum Nativitatis Domini" (Tomás Luis de Victoria) (30 nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 15, 2011
The Instituto Cervantes de Toulouse and its director Domingo Garcia Canedo, in partnership with The Passions-Orchestre Baroque de Montauban and Jean-Marc Andrieu, Music Director, invites the "La Capella de Ministrers et Carles Magraner" at the Basilica of St. Sernin.

The Valencian ensemble is the leading expert in the music of the most famous Spanish Renaissance polyphony, Tomás Luis de Victoria which celebrates the 400th anniversary of its disappearance.
The Toulousians remember the 'Requiem' in Victoria that these artists had offered them in December 2009. The grand concert of November 30, 2011 entitled "Canticum, Nativitate Domini" certainly will give them the same emotion and the joy of discovering a rich repertoire and still too little known in France.

(AT) Musicological Congress: “Fugacity of future? Striking a balance and opening up new perspectives of Baroque Music” (16-18 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 15, 2011

Symposium of the Institute for History of Musical Reception and Interpretation at Salzburg Mozarteum University

December 16th–18th, 2011

“Apostrophizing “The End of Early Music” Bruce Haynes in 2007 pointed out an evident development that had been perceived as a sort of subliminal crisis for some time: a certain incrustation connected with commercialization of Early Music. Have those tendencies actually withdrawn substantial impulses, have teaching, presentation and performance actually got stuck? How has the present practice of Early Music developed? Which basic approaches – on the one hand from the studies of source material, or on the other hand from research projects of historical oriented interpretation – can be acquired for the future?

(US) ArkivMusic: "Brilliant Classics Bargains at ArkivMusic"

Contributed by Admin on Nov 15, 2011

From the latest ArkivMusic Newsletter:

“Bargain label extraordinaire Brilliant Classics is on sale now at ArkivMusic, with plenty of affordable classical boxed sets that make great gifts! You will find several new collections to choose from, covering the Renaissance to the 20th century, from orchestral music to solo piano to chamber and choral, for collectors and novices alike -- all tremendous values.”

(SE) BIS Records New Releases October 2011

Contributed by Admin on Nov 14, 2011

Vivaldi – Concertos for Strings
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in C major, RV114; Sonata a 4 in E flat major (‘Al Santo Sepolcro’), RV 130; Concerto in G minor, RV152; Concerto in D minor, RV128; Concerto in D minor (‘Concerto madrigalesco’), RV129; Sinfonia in C major (from La Senna festeggiante, RV693); Concerto in F minor, RV143; Concerto in G minor, RV157; Concerto in E minor, RV134; Concerto in A major, RV158

Arte dei Suonatori Ensemble

(UK) The English Concert: Schütz "Christmas Story" (15 dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 14, 2011

“We return to former Baroque church, St. John's Smith Square, on Thursday 15 December to perform Schütz's Christmas Story as part of their Christmas Festival.  In addition to Schütz's masterpiece, The Choir of The English Concert will sing Monteverdi's Magnificat and Beatus Vir, and Nadja Zwiener and Walter Reiter will play two of Biber's Rosary sonatas, 'Annunciation' and 'Nativity'. Harry Bicket directs, and the Evangelist in the Schütz will be sung by tenor Christopher Gillett.“ 

(US) Oxford University Press 2011 Holiday Sale -- Up to 65% Savings

Contributed by Admin on Nov 14, 2011

News from Oxford University Press (OUP) that their “ 2011 Holiday Sale is underway with savings of up to 65% on our bestselling titles—how can you not take a look? Check one more person off your list and get your holiday shopping done early. “

OUP has recently revamped their online catalogue to give us a more interactive feeling … but for those who prefer the traditional view, you may still access the catalogue this way.

(BE) La Petite Bande: Corelli - La Follia, Theme and variations

Contributed by Admin on Nov 13, 2011

Recently posted on the La Petite Bande Facebook, Corelli’s La Follia, Theme and variations Violin: Sigiswald Kuijken (Picture: Caravaggio (1571-1610), Boy with a basket of fruit.) The video clip is almost 12 minutes long.   

(UK) Cambridge Early Music Winter Concert Series 2011-2012

Contributed by Admin on Nov 13, 2011
“The Cambridge Early Music winter concerts are getting underway in a few weeks time – four concerts in beautiful Cambridge buildings, performed by the cream of Europe’s specialist singers and players of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music. …

(US) "Shakespeare the Gangster"

Contributed by Admin on Nov 13, 2011

“Could the gentle Bard have been a thug? A scholar's discovery in the British Archives adds a different stroke to the portrait of one of the most admired but least-known men in English letters”. The article also points to the status of entertainment theaters of the day. (ed.)

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