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(UK) Gramophone Editor's Choice - Blue-Ray of the Month: " Alcina & Tamerlano, Handel by Les Talens Lyriques (dir. Christophe Rousset), Alpha" (by David Vickers)

Contributed by admin on Jan 13, 2017

"These productions began life a few years apart in Drottningholm before double-bill revivals at the Dutch National Opera and La Monnaie in Brussels. Pierre Audi’s post-Baroque stagings are often astutely deliberate in pacing and action, and are designed simply but artfully (beautiful 18th-century-style costumes, economical lighting, use of mechanical stage flats). At their best, they function as compellingly psychological dramas reminiscent of tragedies by Shakespeare and Racine. ...


(BE) Outhere Music CD Release: "Sigismund von Neukomm - REQUIEM à la mémoire de Louis XVI" (Jan 2017)

Contributed by admin on Jan 13, 2017

La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy - Jean-Claude Malgoire

"In spite of the immense success he enjoyed in his lifetime, Sigismund Neukomm (born in Salzburg in 1778, died in Paris in 1858 at the age of eighty) is practically forgotten nowadays. Yet he left a catalogue of nearly two thousand works, including fifty masses and a number of oratorios and motets. ...


(SE) BIS Records CD Releases

Contributed by admin on Jan 12, 2017

News of 3 CD releases of interest from BIS Records:

Beethoven – Complete Works for Solo Piano, Vol.15: ‘Diabelli’
BIS-1943 | SACD    EAN 7318599919430    TT: 67'34

Ronald Brautigam, fortepiano, completes his acclaimed series with Beethoven’s last great piano work

Ludwig van Beethoven: 33 Veränderungen über einen Walzer von Anton Diabelli ('Diabelli Variations'), Op.120
6 National Airs with Variations, Op.105 ...


(UK) Linn Records Blog: "Dunedin Consort Tops The Critics' Picks"

Contributed by admin on Jan 12, 2017

(From a recent Linn Records newsletter)

"The Dunedin Consort continues to dominate the 'Best Of' lists that are so popular at year end. Here are just some of the accolades the brilliant Christmas Oratorio collected: 2016 Best Classical Christmas Releases - The Observer ; The Year's Best Seasonal Releases - The Arts Desk: Notable Performances and Recordings of 2016 - The New Yorker ; Top 100 Discs Of The Year 2016 - Presto Classical; One Of The Albums For Christmas - Berliner Zeitung. ...


(CZ) Arte Records CD Release: "Jan Dismas Zelenka: Psalmi Vespertini II - Ensemble Inégal, Adam Viktora"

Contributed by admin on Jan 11, 2017

Gabriela Eibenová, Lenka Cafourková – soprano;
Filippo Mineccia – alto; Tobias Hunger – tenor;
Marián Krejčík, Jiří Miroslav Procházka – bass
Ensemble Inégal, the Prague Baroque Soloists conducted by Adam Viktora

This is Arta Records second CD installment of the "Jan Dismas Zelenka: Psalmi Vespertin" set.

"Beginning late in 1725 and ending towards the end of 1728, he composed three cycles of 33 compositions for Vespers. Each cycle begins with a setting of the psalm Dixit Dominus and then develops to serve one or more Vespers sequences. Thus, the psalm texts set by Zelenka for this entire project could be used for almost every Vespers service of the liturgical year (Psalms for Saturday Vespers before the four Sundays of Advent, Saturday Vespers before Septuagesima, and Vespers of Wednesday of Holy Week were not set by Zelenka). ...


(CH) Tobie Miller debut CD - Crowdfunding: "Bach for hurdy gurdy"

Contributed by admin on Dec 21, 2016

"My name is Tobie Miller, and I am a Canadian hurdy gurdy player based in Basel, Switzerland. 

The music of J.S. Bach has followed me throughout my musical life as a sort of leitmotif. I grew up listening to and playing his music in so many different and varied forms - both original versions and adaptations - that it was a natural next step to adapt some of Bach's most beautiful solo works for my instrument. Bach's music is often described as "universal", and has been transcribed, adapted and adopted by and for numerous different instruments and musical genres. However, this is the first time that Johann Sebastian Bach's music has been recorded on the hurdy gurdy! ...


(IT) Dynamic CD Availability: "Gkuseppe Tartini ~ Tartini Sonatas vol.2"

Contributed by admin on Dec 19, 2016

Soloist
Črtomir Šiškovič
- violin
Luca Ferrini - harpsichord

"A perpetuator of Corelli’s style, but endowed with a more passionate nature and a more refined technique, Tartini fully embodies the musical taste of the 18th century, according to which “music ought to be expressive and not merely ornamented, insignificant and artificial”, thus truly earning the title of “master of the nations”. The works of the present CD embrace an arc of almost thirty years, spanning from the 1730s (Sonata No. 45) to the 1760s (Sonata No. 40).  ...


(US) Harmonia Early Music: "John Blow Symphony Anthems" (by Janelle David, 10 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 17, 2016

"Chapel music, coronations, criminal conspiracies, charitable concerts, a chancel consecration…all occasions around which English composer, John Blow, composed concerted music that as a genre, we call Symphony Anthems. ...


(ES) Glossa Music CD Release: "Jean Hanelle ~ Cypriot Vespers"

Contributed by admin on Dec 17, 2016

"The little-known composer Jean Hanelle was a petit vicaire (professional musician) at Cambrai Cathedral and possibly later a teacher of Guillaume Dufay, also spending more than 20 years from 1411 onwards at the French court of Lusignan in Nicosia, Cyprus, a stay which involved him becoming the chapelmaster there. According to leading scholars, Hanelle was the author of the ars subtilior cycle of Magnificat-antiphons - the so called “O”-antiphons traditionally performed during the last week of Advent - found in the Codex Turin J.II.9 and included in this new Graindelavoix production. Both the original plainchant and the Hanelle troped antiphons are presented in a series of nine pairs, between which the ensemble also performs an appropriate and context-defining selection of Maronite and Byzantine chants. ...


(US) Quartz Article: "Mozart, the best new artist of 1782, outsold Drake and Beyoncé this year" (by Amy X. Wang, 12 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 17, 2016

" ... Mozart owes the win to a boxed set of his music that was released Oct. 28 in celebration of the 225th anniversary of his death and went on to sell 1.25 million CDs in just five weeks. (Drake’s Views took twice that time to edge past 1 million sales, by comparison.) The compilation “is the fruit of years of scholarship, planning, and curation,” according to Universal Music Group. ...


(ES) Glossa Music New CD Release: "Johann Sebastian Bach Goldberg Variations, Ignacio Prego, harpsichord" (Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 16, 2016

Ignacio Prego is a leading member of the rising generation of Spanish early music specialists, which numbers existing Glossa recording artists such as Fahmi Alqhai and Josetxu Obregón. Prego has already been securing for himself a very busy concert schedule across Europe, the US and Asia, and he is frequently to be heard performing harpsichord concertos with ensembles such as the Portland Baroque Orchestra or The English Concert, collaborating with eminent musicians such as Monica Huggett and Nicholas McGegan, or giving solo harpsichord recitals, where he is able to demonstrate his special preference for the works of JS Bach. ...


(UK) Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2016

Contributed by admin on Dec 15, 2016

Watch the 2016 Gramophone Awards ceremony

This year's Gramophone Classical Music Awards ceremony was streamed live, courtesy of medici.tv. You can continue to enjoy the complete broadcast (with live performances by Vilde Frang, Igor Levit, Benjamin Appl and Véronique Gens) ...

Of early music note, the winners are ...


(CA) Musical Toronto Article: "Is The Vinyl Boom Leaving Classical Music Behind?" (by Will Pearson, 09 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 15, 2016

"Vinyl is booming in Toronto. Record shops have popped up all over the city to serve a new generation of record buyers as the format becomes popular again, but fans of classical music might be feeling a little left out of the resurgence. The new shops carry everything from folk to electronica to hip hop, but in many of them, the classical “section” amounts to a single milk crate on the floor near the back. ...


(DK) Dacapo Records CD Release: "Heinrich Schütz - The Complete Narrative Works" (Oct 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 10, 2016

"This box set presents the complete narrative works (historiae) of Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) in the acclaimed new recordings featuring Ars Nova Copenhagen conducted by Paul Hillier. The engaging account of the six stories of Christmas, Passion and Resurrection in Schütz’ sublime Baroque settings is presented along with authoritative notes and the conductor’s own commentaries. ...


(SE) BIS Records CD Release: Höör Barock ~ Dan Laurin, director "Telemann, Corelli & Bach" (Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 10, 2016

"The young period band Höör Barock, based in the south of Sweden, has chosen a colourful programme for its début disc. With recorder virtuoso Dan Laurin at the helm, the twelve musicians steer a course through Telemann’s celebrated Wassermusik (also known as Hamburger Ebb’ und Fluth) with its sea gods and goddesses dancing bourrées and gavottes before a rowdy crowd of seamen closes the suite with an energetic Canarie.  ...


(CZ) L'Armonia Terrena-Zdeněk Klauda New CD Release: "Jakub Jan Ryba - Stabat Matter" (ARTA Records, Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 09, 2016

(Although performed on modern instruments, the Czech composer is noteworthy. -- Editor)

"Jakub Jan Ryba is wrongly regarded as a composer of only one piece: the czech christmas Mass, without which today it is impossible to imagine czech christmas. His legacy as a composer, however, is much more diverse than anyone could think. It reflects the richness of Ryba’s multifaceted talent, stemming in part from his conscious conceptual thinking but at the same time wholly imbued with spiritual charge with which Ryba, a deeply religious man, endowed all his works. ...


(NL) Lucie Horsch CD Released: "Antonio Vivaldi" (Decca Classics, Oct 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 09, 2016

"Seventeen-year-old Lucie Horsch is one of the most remarkable musical talents of her generation, and already in great demand as a solo recorder player both in her native Netherlands and internationally.  ...


(PL) Capella Cracoviensis CD Released: "Pergolesi - Adriano in Siria" (Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 09, 2016

"Adriano in Siria, just like the remaining drammi per musica of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, was in oblivion for two and a half centuries. In his time, the composer was a prominent figure on the musical scene of Naples. Today, when his work has been retrieved, the contemporary audience may find out that this neglect was utterly unjustified and admire Pergolesi’s artistry in composing. ...


(IE) Irish Times Ticket Awards Nominees 2016

Contributed by admin on Dec 09, 2016

News from the "Irish Times Ticket Awards" that the Irish Baroque Orchestra (IBO) CD "Concerti Bizarri" and Gli Incognito CD "Teatro Alla Moda" are on their Ticket Awards site as nominees.

About the Irish Times Ticket Awards:

"We’ve asked our critics for their film and music highlights from the past 12 months, which are listed on these pages – but it’s your opinion that we are more interested in. So after you’ve read through these critical takes, let us know who you think were the culture kings of 2016 – and be in with a chance of winning one of our prizes ...


(FR) "L'art du madrigal selon l'ensemble Voces suave" Review (by Jean-Marc Warszawski, 28 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 06, 2016

"L'arte del madrigale, Œuvres de Monteverdi, Luzzaschi, Agostini, Gesualdo, etc., ensemble Voces Suave. Éditions Ambronay 2016 (AMY 306). Recorded in Jujurieux, 13-17 Apr. 2016.

Voces Suaves is a vocal ensemble of ten singers assembled by the baritone Tobias Wicky in 2012, essentially all from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where are joined, as needed instrumentalists.

Their repertoire of predilection is music of the xvIth et xviith centuries with a preference for Italian repertoire. ...


(DE) Deutsche Grammophon CD Box Set Release: "W.A. Mozart, The New Complete Edition" (28 Oct 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 05, 2016

"The most complete and authoritative edition of Mozart's works on 200CDs. In celebration of Mozart’s 225th anniversary, presented by Decca Classics and Deutsche Grammophon in partnership with the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation. This individually-numbered limited edition is a fusion of the latest scholarship with 240 hours of benchmark performances from 600 world-class artists and state-of-the-art sound recording. ...


(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.  ....

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