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Daily Early Music Calendar

Selections are now being submitted by artists and ensembles who are affected by the spread of COVID-19. Submit a selection here.

Castello: Sonata Prima from Sonate Concertate in Stil Moderno
by Danilo Bonina/Shanghai Camerata, March 29, 2020

“I am very fond of Dario Castello. Is it the obscurity surrounding is life? the tension and drama, but also the mystery, we hear and feel in his music? He certainly was a composer of great personality and his music one of the great expressions of Stylus Fantasticus.

This is a recording I had the pleasure to make with the wonderful ensemble Shanghai Camerata. The whole CD was recorded in one day, in less than 8 hours. I remember walking out of these huge recording studios in Shanghai with relief, Castello’s first sonata had made it into the already tight recording session, barely! This track is the result of less than 2 recorded takes, in a way it is almost a live performance. Enjoy!

Like anybody else working in our field. I am teaching some of my students via videoconference, performances have all been canceled for the entire months of March and April… crossing fingers for May, but who knows? things are uncertain.

Duphly: Les Grâces, tendrement (Troisième Livre de Pièces de Clavecin 1756)

by Aya Hamada, March 28, 2020

The piece is from my debut recording, which was made at Chapelle de l’hôpital Notre-Dame de Bon Secours in Paris. It was played on the “Nicholas Lefebvre 1755 / Martin Skowroneck 1984”: the harpsichord Gustav Leonhardt owned until his death in 2012.

“All my recitals (which includes the one for Music Before 1800 and Harpsichord Heaven) were cancelled, as well as the recording sessions for my next CD on the historical Ruckers harpsichord (1632/1745) at the Musée d’art et d’histoire in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.”

J.S. Bach: Prelude from Suite in E major BWV 1006a

by Ronn McFarlane, March 27, 2020

Bach is the deepest, most inspiring, most positive and uplifting composer I know. The energy of this music seems to be a perfect antidote to the anxiety of this present time.

I make my living by performing live concerts. And, needless to say, all concerts have been cancelled or postponed until after the current COVID-19 danger has passed.

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