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Bourbon Baroque To Present Vintage ‘Messiah’

Performances of Handel’s “Messiah” are a holiday tradition, but one group in Louisville is doing it the old-fashioned way. Bourbon Baroque uses musical instruments that are authentic to the 18th century style, and works with its performers to present historically accurate arrangements. Instead of pe …

Source: WFPL News. Published: November 26, 2015.


Apollo’s Fire shines on Handel, Vivaldi

CAMBRIDGE — Like the savviest old-time movie stars, Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland-based Baroque orchestra directed by harpsichordist Jeannette Sorrell, knows how to cast itself in the best light. Its Friday program at First Church in Cambridge was love-themed, with an emphasis on jealousy and madness …

Source: The Boston Globe. Published: November 23, 2015.


8 ways to improve Baroque performance

A Baroque bow tells you how to play, because this music was written for one. If I try to play Bach with a modern bow now, it’s very hard – almost unplayable. My advice to students now is to try and play with a Baroque bow and to learn from it – and you should also listen with an open mind to good mu …

Source: The Strad. Published: November 18, 2015.


Review: Juilliard415 Plays Haydn and Telemann, Evoking the Sun’s Arc

The sun rose twice on Monday evening during Juilliard415’s concert at Alice Tully Hall: first in Haydn’s Symphony No. 6 (“Morning,” 1761), then in Telemann’s cantata “Die Tageszeiten” (“The Times of Day,” 1757). This was a fascinating juxtaposition of works finished only four years apart and similar …

Source: The New York Times. Published: November 17, 2015.

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Film Review: ‘Highly Strung’

A real meller of a music documentary, the aptly titled “Highly Strung” follows the volatile trajectories of the Australian String Quartet (ASQ) and the legendary Guadagnini instruments in their custody, revealing how the world of classical music can be as stormy as rock ‘n’ roll.

Source: Variety. Published: November 18, 2015.

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True Concord goes for Baroque in ‘Feast’ concert

True Concord Voices & Orchestra is going for Baroque this weekend. And it is getting some help in “A Baroque Feast for the Eyes and Ears” from a man who knows more than a thing or two about the genre. Phoenix harpischordist Guy Whatley has made a career of playing an instrument aligned with the …

Source: Arizona Daily Star. Published: November 18, 2015.

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