Keepers of a New Flame

The American violin scene is set for renewal as a versatile younger generation replaces their distinguished teachers.

A Mystery Instrument of Old New England

It was hidden for more than a century in the basement of an old house. The instrument’s discovery offers important hints about a forgotten history of New England ensemble string playing.

Community & Climate Change & Early Music

The vulnerability of our natural ecosystems makes us more aware of the fragile state of our artistic ecosystems—and how profoundly interconnected these issues are.

Girl Just Wanna Have Fun

With pop-star flair, violinist Aisslinn Nosky has shown vitality across her career. For her latest high-profile project, a complete Mozart violin concerto cycle, she traveled through rarely performed Haydn—an unusual journey for most violinists, but in perfect keeping with the H&H approach.

Rhinestones & Nashville Twang

The versatility of Nashville’s historically informed musicians has made them flexible, even delightfully heretical, in their approach to performing early music. It’s a scene that has been ebbing, flowing, and growing for nearly 20 years.

How Did Early Music Get So ‘Crispy’?

Like playing bingo, you can find “crisp” in countless early-music reviews, although such a term isn’t found in the historical record. Are musicians looking for uniformly “crisp” playing while neglecting other sonic possibilities? What’s going on here?

Enjoying the Ride with Countertenor John Holiday

The countertenor’s commitment to early music remains solid, even as the larger entertainment world has discovered his unique talents. You sense that Holiday’s intense desire to communicate informs his cabaret act as much as his Baroque opera.

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