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(US) Musica Pacifica CD Release: "Mi Palpita Il Cor: Baroque Passions" (Navona Records, 14 Oct 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 01, 2016

"MI PALPITA IL COR: BAROQUE PASSIONS is a compelling journey into the rich corners of the mid- and late-Baroque period. Featuring an array of thrilling instrumental and vocal compositions, the album is driven by the performances of French-Canadian soprano Dominique Labelle and American early music ensemble Musica Pacifica, founded in 1990, based in San Francisco, and whose playing has been called “a small miracle of precision and musical electricity” by the Washington Post. ...


(ES) Alia Vox CD Release: "El Llibre Vermell de Montserrat" (29 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 01, 2016

New recording of one of Jordi Savall's first performances of this wonderful work, recorded at the Church Santa Maria del Pi, Barcelona, in November, 2013, as a tribute to Montserrat Figueras. ...


(ES) Capella de Ministrers (CdM)-Carles Magraner CD Release: "Hic et Nunc - Live in Concert"

Contributed by admin on Dec 01, 2016

"Capella de Ministrers - Carles Magraner present "Hic et Nunc Live in Concert", a memorial of their 30th anniversary, a live recording of the July 15 at FeMAP by Catalunya Music with a selection of instrumental works from their last record work around Ramón Llull, an amalgamation of music that unites sounds from all the coasts of the Mediterranean. A rich and vibrant medieval repertoire, with the peculiarity of having been recorded live. ...


(UK) Tallis Scholars-Peter Phillips CD Release: "

Contributed by admin on Nov 27, 2016

"Featuring two fascinating masses by Josquin, the Missa Di dadi and the Missa Une mousse de Biscaye, the latest The Tallis Scholars album has now been released on Gimell Records."

"Can great music be inspired by the throw of dice? The possibility clearly excited Josquin, who prefaced the tenor part in several of the movements of his Missa Di dadi with a pair of dice, each pair giving a different total score. And the scores show that he knew how gambling worked - they stop when one of the players has thrown a winning combination. Did he know this because he was living in a place where gambling was so commonplace it was even thought appropriate to refer to it in a Mass-setting? He may have been. Milan under the Sforzas in the late fifteenth century was well known to have been a hot-house of gambling, with the ducal family taking a leading role. Since there is good evidence that Josquin worked there throughout the 1480s, it seems very possible that he joined in with the fashion, at court and in private.  ....


(BE) Outhere Music News: "Alpha, Label of the Year 2016!"

Contributed by admin on Nov 27, 2016

"ALPHA has just been named Label of the Year 2016 by the magazine Classica: ‘In 2016, the French record company has stood out for the exemplary quality of its productions.’

‘A boom year for ALPHA with a dozen Chocs de Classica since last February!’ Recordings by Céline Frisch (Bach), Yury Martynov (Beethoven), John Eliot Gardiner (Monteverdi DVD), Bruno Cocset (Cello Stories and Barrière), Lorenzo Gatto and Julien Libeer (Beethoven), Nelson Goerner (Beethoven), Quatuor Van Kuijk (Mozart), Leonardo García Alarcón (Monteverdi), François Lazarevitch (High Road to Kilkenny), Alexei Lubimov (Satie), Olivier Fortin (Weichlein) and the programmes Il était une fois (Palazzetto Bru Zane) and Madin (Versailles Collection) all achieved this distinction in 2016 . . .

Based in Paris, ALPHA Classics is the principal label of the Franco-Belgian group Outhere Music. ...


(BE) Outhere Music CD Rrelease: Giovanni Antonini - Il Giardino Armonico "Georg Philipp Telemann"

Contributed by admin on Nov 25, 2016

The year 2017 will mark the 250th anniversary of the death of Georg Philipp Telemann, one of the most prolific composers of the Baroque era.

Giovanni Antonini and Il Giardino Armonico have taken this opportunity to pay tribute to his eclecticism in a programme juxtaposing works that move constantly between French and Italian stylistic traditions.

On this disc, Giovanni Antonini not only directs the ensemble, but also returns to the recorder, his own instrument of choice (as it was the composer’s), and performs the Suite in A minor, the Concerto in C major and the Concerto da camera in G minor.  ...


(BE) Outhere Music CD release: Vox Luminis "Actus Trigicus Cantatas BWV 106, 150, 131, 12 - J.S. Bach"

Contributed by admin on Nov 25, 2016

"The year ends in fine style with a programme of cantatas by J.S. Bach performed by Vox Luminis. The Belgian group directed by the bass Lionel Meunier is now acknowledged as belonging among the world’s elite vocal ensembles, especially for its interpretations of German Baroque sacred music. Its recording of works by the ancestors of J. S. Bach on Ricercar (RIC 347) won many awards. Vox Luminis now tackles Johann Sebastian himself, in a programme of cantatas composed in 1707/1708, which are thus among the composer’s earliest. ...


(SE) eClassical CD Release: "C.P.E.Bach – Solo Keyboard Music, Vol. 32 (SpányiMiklós, Tangent Piano)" (10 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 24, 2016

"Even before the publication of the first collection of Clavier-Sonaten für Kenner und Liebhaber in 1779, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach began composing works intended for a follow-up. This time he expanded the original concept, however, and included not just three sonatas, but also three rondos 'for the fortepiano'. In his treatment of the rondo-form, Bach was – as always – a mould-breaker and in the ‘Kenner und Liebhaber’ rondos the refrain melody inevitably creeps into the episodes, which in turn wander through distant tonalities. The phrase structure is frequently asymmetrical, and the borders between sections are often blurred, making this rather schematic form into something of a roller-coaster ride. Taking note of Bach's instructions regarding the choice of instrument, Miklós Spányi performs them on a tangent piano, an early form of the piano. ...


(US) Unquiet Thoughts Blog: "Saturday Morning Quotes - Magnum Mysterium 3" (19 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 23, 2016

"In previous posts, we have offered background and details on versions by William Byrd and Tomás Luis de Victoria.  This week’s post is devoted to the beautiful setting of “O magnum mysterium” by Spanish composer, Cristóbal de Morales (c. 1500 – 1553), offering background and essential insights that lead to an historically-sensitive performance. ...


(US) REBEL CD Release: "Johann Gottlieb Goldberg - Beyond the Variations" (08 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 23, 2016

"J.G. Goldberg might just be the most famous composer whose music remains largely unheard. A child prodigy, his name has become almost a household term, thanks to Bach’s masterpiece, popularly known as the “Goldberg” Variations. Goldberg did not live to see age 30, and his body of surviving works is ...


(SE) eClassical CDNew Release: "Mozart - C minor Mass" (Release date: 10 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 15, 2016

"Following on the 2015 release of Mozart’s Requiem, Masaaki Suzuki and his Bach Collegium Japan has gone on to record the composers Mass in C minor, K427 – the ‘Great Mass’. As the nickname indicates it is a work of unusual proportions for a mass of the Classical period. ....


(IT) Dynamic Record Label New Release: " Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Keyboard Music " ( Giovanni Togni - Tangentenflügel (tangent piano)/Recorded Nov 2013)

Contributed by admin on Oct 02, 2016

"The pieces recorded here have been played on a peculiar instrument, which was quite widespread in the second half of the 18th century: the tangent piano (Tangentenflügel). It is a piano whose strings are struck by wooden slips without any soft coverings. In place of the rotating motion of the common piano’s hammers, the Tangent piano has strikers that move perpendicularly to the strings like a harpsichord jacks.  ...


(UK) The Sixteen: "The Sixteen Digital Shop is moving"

Contributed by admin on Sep 29, 2016

From a recent The Sixteen newsletter

"We are emailing you today to tell you about some changes to the way we sell our digital downoads. You may have noticed that our downloads are no longer available from www.thesixteendigital.com, this is because we have moved them to our main website where we can sell them alongside our CDs.  ...


(US) Harmonia Early Music: "A Fretwork Retrospective, Part 2" (by Wendy Gillespie, 24 Sep 2016)

Contributed by admin on Sep 29, 2016

"This hour on Harmonia, we continue our 3-part celebration of the British-based viol consort Fretwork. In honor of its thirtieth anniversary, we’re exploring Fretwork’s experiences with 500 or so years of rich repertory, ripe for viols. Our featured release, only slightly ironically, is John Jenkins: Six-Part Consorts, performed by Phantasm. ...


(UK) Albion Media News Release: "Globe Music Label Second Release - Selection of Period Music"

Contributed by admin on Sep 28, 2016

From a recent news release from Albion Media

Musicians of Shakespeare’s Globe
Twelfth Night and Richard III

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"The second release on Globe Music, the new label from Shakespeare’s Globe, is a selection of period music from the Globe’s 2012 – 2014 Broadway and West End productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III featuring the Musicians of Shakespeare’s Globe playing pieces by Morley, Holborne, Dowland, Gibbons, Mundy and others, arranged by Claire van Kampen."


(BE) Outhere Music "Celebrating the Baroque"

Contributed by admin on Sep 28, 2016

From a recent Outhere Music newsletter item

Outhere Music is celebrating the Baroque by offering 25% off a special selection of French Baroque masters albums of Couperin, Marais and Rameau between the dates of 27 September and 27 October 2016.

"An independent musical production and recording group, Outhere Music distributes its recordings all over the world - approximately a hundred per year, ranging from early to contemporary music, by way of jazz and world music -, in physical form as well as digital. ..."


(UK) Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2016

Contributed by admin on Sep 18, 2016

The Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2016 are out! Here are the early music awards ...

... The winners of the 12 recording category Awards were also presented with their prizes during the ceremony. Andrew Parrott accepted the Early Music Award from Classic FM presenter Catherine Bott for the Taverner Consort & Players' recording 'Western Wind'. The conductor Paul Agnew received the Baroque Vocal Award for his recording, with Les Arts Florissants, of Volume 1 in their Monteverdi madrigals series. The other Baroque repertoire Award, Baroque Instrumental, was won by Rachel Podger for her recording of Biber's Rosary Sonatas on Channel Classics. ...

'Mozart and the Weber Sisters' won this year's Recital category and the conductor of that album – Raphaël Pichon – was there to collect the Award on behalf of the ensemble Pygmalion and the soprano – and Pichon's wife – Sabine Devieilhe. " ...


(SE) eClassical "Haydn: The Complete Early Divertimenti"

Contributed by admin on Sep 13, 2016

From the latest eClassical newsletter:

"Haydn: The Complete Early Divertimenti - 50% Discount ... This bundle has been around before, but that was more than 2 years ago, and there are many new members of the eClassical extending family, so I thought ...


(US) BuzzFeed Article: How Music Lists are Made Up (for you) (by Reggie Ugwu, 12 July 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jul 28, 2016

(From a recent article in BuzzFeed ... note the large image file at the very top of the article ... just keep scrolling down to find the text ... Marc Paré, EarlyMusicNews.org editor)

"For a while we thought we could choose our own music. Remember that? In the wake of the last century we seized the right to take our pick from all of the songs in the world (All of the songs in the world!) and told anyone who didn’t like it exactly where they could go. And when it turned out that was too many songs after all (how many lifetimes are needed for a complete survey of Memphis soul? Or Brazilian funk?), a new category of music services appeared to ease our burden. ...


(ES) Glossa Muisc CD Release: "Francisco José de Castro - Trio sonatas op. 1 (Bologna, 1695)" (June 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jun 10, 2016

"A seventeenth century violinist-composer in Francisco José de Castro, who travelled from his birthplace of Seville to the Northern Italian city of Brescia where he composed chamber music, provides the focus for Emilio Moreno’s latest exploration of the forgotten and ignored in Iberian Baroque. ...


(DE) TYXart Record Company New CD Release: "Cantata per Flauto" (Tabea Debus & Ensemble) (20 May 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jun 05, 2016

"Old" and "New" Music for Recorder & Ensemble

Tabea Debus, Recorder & Direction - Hongxia Cui & Katrin Ebert & Kerstin Fahr, Baroque violins - Johanna Brückner, Baroque viola - Lea Rahel Bader, Baroque cello & Viola da gamba - Niklas Sprenger, Double bass - Johannes Lang, H'chord & Organ - Kohei Ota, Theorbo & Baroque guitar

Works by Van Eyck, Jarzebski, Purcell, Sarro, Telemann, Hasse, Tsoupaki and Töpp ...


(UK) Linn Records New CD Release: Irish Baroque Orchestra "Concerti Bizarri" (10 June 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jun 04, 2016

"Innovative instrumentation, unusual repertoire and an ensemble with a profound knowledge of historical performance practice makes this Irish Baroque Orchestra Linn debut unmissable. This programme of 18th century concertos is an attractive listening tour through the German courts, revealing unknown jewels. ...


(ES) Alia Vox New CD Release: "Granada 1013-1502" (31 May 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jun 04, 2016

"... Specially commissioned by the Granada Festival of Music and Dance, this programme was conceived and created to celebrate the millenary of the founding of the Kingdom of Granada. Most of the music on this CD was performed and recorded live during the concert given on 1st July 2013 at the Palace of Charles V in the Alhambra.  ...


(ES) GlossaMusic CD Release: "Il pianto della Madonna" (March 2016)

Contributed by admin on Apr 17, 2016

"With Il pianto della Madonna, a collection of spiritual compositions by Claudio Monteverdi, La Compagnia del Madrigale provide a stunning follow-up to their award-winning recording of the Fifth Book of madrigals by Luca Marenzio – both releases from Glossa. The singers of the ensemble have returned to their favoured Piedmontese recording location in Roletto to create a vivid sound picture of the desire in Monteverdi’s own time ...


(US) Forbes Magazine Article: "Hungry Boys Is The Latest Advertising Agency To Launch Its Own Record Label" (by Cherie Hu, 14 Apr 2016)

Contributed by admin on Apr 16, 2016

"Few record labels are digital-only. Even fewer labels make fans the tastemakers. Almost no labels are run by advertising agencies.

As a completely digital, social-powered record label run by Russian advertising agency Hungry Boys, Sound of Change defies all of these conventions. ...

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