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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.


Early Music leader gets bagpipe parade in New York

Tom Zajac, a member of the Piffaro group who played recorder, bagpipe, sackbut, pipe & tabor, flute and percussion, died in August of brain cancer. This week, the pipes came out for his memorial service through the streets of New York City from St. John’s Cathedral to a nearby bar. Many early music …

Source: Slipped Disc. Published: November 15, 2015.


The brave and complex new world of digital music

I have just downloaded and am playing a newly remastered recording in high-resolution audio of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 with Glenn Gould as soloist. It was recorded in 1962. It sounds utterly fresh and immediate, as though it were the audio equivalent of Doctor Who’s time machine. I never hear …

Source: The News and Observer. Published: November 16, 2015.

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