The Game Changer: Juilliard’s Historical Performance Program

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  • Truth Meets Reconciliation: Indigenous Arts Meets Renaissance Music by Jacob Gramit
  • The Rise of Community Orchestras by Kyle MacMillan
  • The Game Changer: Juilliard’s Historical Performance Program by Thomas May
  • Good Manners, Good Music: Adventures in the Galant with Elinor Frey by Jacob Jahiel
  • I Psaltiki Techni: Discovering Byzantine Chant by Richard Barrett
  • From the Publications Director: Follow the Money
  • From the Executive Director: Membership Impacts the Entire Field
  • EMA Courant: News from Around the Early-Music Community by Paulina Francisco
  • Canto: Ending the Stigma of Singers and Hearing Loss by Thomas Cooley
  • Recording & Book Reviews
  • EMAg Puzzle by Joshua Kosman
  • Musings: IS a Live Audience the Third Wheel? by Thomas Forrest Kelly
  • Toil & Trouble: Sight-reading for Success by Judith Malafronte

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Features

John Mark Rozendaal

Viola da Gamba Dojo

John Mark Rozendaal combines Eastern and Western teaching techniques to introduce the viol to a wide range of learners.

Vibrato Wars

Many people think a peace treaty was signed after the vibrato wars of the 1970s, when the plush string textures of the modern symphony orchestra were challenged by the leaner sound of historical instruments. Eliminating vibrato, along with playing on gut strings, was the most noticeable mark of historically informed performance style. Before it was even called HIP, employing “authentic instruments” set early-music players apart from symphony orchestras, and singing with a pristine, boy-like sound marked a new vocal coloring.

Anonymous 4: Appearing and Disappearing

The admired a cappella ensemble bids the world farewell after three decades of radiant artistry. Sunday morning, August 3, 1986. The Upper West Side of Manhattan had been deserted by […]

Musical Miracles

A recent press trip to Israel piqued my interest in that fascinating country’s early-music scene. Israel is at once ancient and new, like so much of what we are trying […]

Indianapolis Early Music Goes Gold

The festival will mark its 50th-anniversary season with a host of enticing programs. “If music be the food of love, play on,” begins the most famous opening speech in Shakespeare. […]

EMAg: Piffaro Tilts at Musical Windmills

The Renaissance Band Brings Back the World of Don Quixote By Anne Schuster Hunter The 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes gives us the chance to marvel once again […]

An American in Thiré

Was it coincidence that in 1979, when William Christie chose a name for his newly formed Paris-based Baroque ensemble, he found one that made reference to flowers, Les Arts Florissants? Deliberately or not, the moniker foretold the marvelous estate that has become the conductor’s primary home and haven, where he has hosted thousands of visitors for days of Baroque music and the pleasures of the garden.

Berwick Academy Cultivates Young Period Players

Word is out. Young professional musicians looking for an edge in their game or an extra nudge for their career have jumped at the chance to audition for the Berwick Academy, the intensive education-cum-performance institute that is part of the Oregon Bach Festival.

Telemann 360°: Philadelphia Gives Telemann a Rousing Anniversary Celebration

The world is throwing a grand anniversary party this year for one of the most deserving and long-overlooked artists in Baroque music, Georg Philipp Telemann. Everyone seems to be celebrating Telemann’s 250th Deathiversary: festivals, broadcasts, exhibitions, tributes, and tours are taking place from British Columbia to Australia. 

Baroque Dance for Musicians

The simple step, both in its natural and stylized forms, can deeply impact our general music making. When sculpting musical notes into gestures, for instance, think about how subtleties in bow (or air) speed and pressure can add variety and shape.

Beyond Bach

Regarding the ensemble’s transition to music past the Baroque, Suzuki focuses on links between works of different eras. “Now that we’ve completed all the cantatas and most of his instrumental music,” he said, “we are so much interested in following the line of the sacred music tradition, especially in the Masses. We’ve done the Bach B Minor Mass so many times, as well as the Mozart C Minor Mass, and now the Beethoven Missa Solemnis. These three compositions are interesting and closely connected. None of the three was written to be performed in a service.

Hip to be HIP

Composers in the 21st century are taking music in all sorts of new directions by incorporating early instruments and vocal styles into their works. The results are bringing fresh horizons to everyone involved—creators, performers, listeners.

Teatro Nuovo

Will Crutchfield’s new program at SUNY Purchase brings historical practices to early 19th-century opera.

Feasting on Festivals

What sets many festivals apart are specific approaches and characteristics. In the world of early music, one can find festivals built around thematic programming and those that embrace a mix of repertoire meant to spice up our artistic lives.

Going for Baroque Among Spirits & Steeds

Louisville, Kentucky, is a champion of whiskey and home to the Kentucky Derby, but old music has also taken up residence there, thanks to two ensembles, Bourbon Baroque and Incantare, which share violinist Alice Culin-Ellison

The Makers of Dreams: Instrument Builders

In this and coming issues, EMAg will feature makers of early-music instruments, celebrating artisans who design and craft wind, string, keyboard, and percussion instruments based on historical models. Some of these makers are players themselves, and all interact closely with those who collect, play, and love their instruments.

Rock & Reel: Monticello’s Black Fiddlers

Sally Hemings’ three sons with Thomas Jefferson, and many in her extended family, were accomplished musicians. The pieces they played are ripe for modern performances on historical instruments.

Nurturing a Love for Early Music

Amherst Early Music and the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute have long embraced musicians ranging from enthusiasts to professionals. These two programs, similar in many regards, serve a range of abilities and interests, and both of them got their start a half a century ago.

Women Composers and the Risks of Authorship

Celebrating International Women’s Day: The careers of Viennese composer Marianna Martines and Roman composer Maria Rosa Coccia mirrored one another in key respects. But the differences are fascinating, and revealing: While one was born into privilege and carefully cultivated her public image, the other seemed to suffer from fewer social connections and a more bold approach to her public persona.

William Christie on the American Scene

In February, William Christie came to New York as part of his annual residency with the Juilliard School’s Historical Performance program. He noticed a sea change in attitude on the American scene toward the study of historically informed practice.

Viols to Virginia, Music in Colonial America

The only known extant works for viola da gamba in British Colonial America are found in the James River Music Book, a manuscript that has resided in Virginia since the 1730s and contains 15 works for solo viola da gamba, among other musical items. The earliest layer of the JRMB holds music by Lully, Purcell, and Handel, nearly doubling the page count of surviving instrumental music from the period and contributing repertoire for viola da gamba, organ, harpsichord, violin, and voice to the music now known to have been played in colonial Virginia. This article was first published in the May 2020 issue of EMAg.

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.

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?

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.

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.

We’re Living in Taruskin’s World

MUSINGS: Richard Taruskin’s approach to music as an essential part of society, culture, and politics will forever affect our thinking. “I remember being consulted by the publisher about the advisability of publishing ‘Text and Act,’ and remember advising then not to publish…”

Making Art and the Fight for Freedom

You might not know his name but you’ve seen his picture. Bayard Rustin, a luminary in the Civil Rights movement, also performed and recorded early music and collected historical instruments at the dawn of New York’s early-music revival.

Mentors in Early Music

Jolle Greenleaf, artistic director of TENET Vocal Artists, knows from experience that mentors are an essential element to nurture the early-music community. Greenleaf writes about why and how she started the Talks with TENET mentorship program.

A Star in the Medieval Firmament

An unsung star of early music, Shira Kammen refreshes medieval music and everyone around her. Kammen has inspired and coached so many budding medievalists that she’s already a legend.

These Days, What Isn’t HIP?

In this lively essay, the author argues that the old attitudes toward historically informed performance are rapidly coming apart. Today, HIP is becoming its own style, for music both old and brand new.

Instrument Makers with Pluck

There are more makers, repairers, and restorers of harpsichords and clavichords in North America than one might expect. A number of these experts were happy to share their philosophies on instrument making.

Battle of the Bands

In Texas, the competitive spirit pervades everything, even the arts and its funding. Can early music make the cut, and thrive?

Viols Blooming in Texas  

In Humble, Texas, a music teacher brings students into the musical and social world of the viola da gamba consort.

Trilling with the Devil

When Rachell Ellen Wong was awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant, she was described as the first Baroque violinist to win. That’s only part of her story.

The Characters of Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg’s annual antiques forum opens later this week, Feb. 24-28, 2023. Visitors can expect to see and hear historic instruments from CW’s collection. The forum is linked to an illuminating new exhibit, using portraits and instruments to depict the life and sounds of a bygone culture in 18th-century Virginia, when music was heard seemingly everywhere.

Silent Movie Superhero

Hesperus uses 100-year-old movies to present 500-year-old music to 21st-century audiences. It’s a crazy idea. Why’d they take so long to get started?

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.

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.

Keepers of a New Flame

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

Art of the Day Job

If you earn a living away from music, are you still a professional musician? There are many paths to a balanced career and life, but singers are often reluctant to speak about them.

The Many Faces of ‘Lisette’

It’s a poem, a song, a history across geographies. The Lisette Project uses an old Haitian Creole song to explore questions of political power and cultural equity. It’s part of a ‘fabulous, curious, and sometimes problematic mishmash’ from both sides of the Atlantic.

Revivals Go ’Round and ’Round

‘Early music’ gets revived anew every few generations. What can an earlier revival teach us about our current revival;s method and aims?

Asserting Her Voice

The story of Angélique Diderot, talented as a keyboardist and composer, involves a famous father, a distinguished teacher, and a quirky treatise. It’s a glimpse into how women in early modern Europe broke a taboo and learned to compose.

Rocky Mountain High Baroque

Where cows outnumber people, early music finds a foothold in the high Rockies with ensembles like Wyoming Baroque, Baroque Music Montana, and the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado. ‘Figuring out practical solutions for rural problems is a really Western way of thinking.’

An Early-Music Climate Activist on Disrupting Performances

Guest editorial: We are in the midst of a global mass extinction caused by a rapid change in climate. The scale of these problems means that the crisis cannot be addressed without action from the world’s most powerful governments — and they have utterly failed to respond. It’s an attitude of enjoying order (and short-term profits) more than pursuing justice. This comes despite years of scientists’ and citizens’ good-faith efforts to work within the system. To shake our friends’ complacency was our goal in disrupting the Met Opera… 

Is Pay-What-You-Can the Future for Early Music?

Celebrating Early Music Month, we look into a new trend seen from coast to coast: a Pay-What-You-Can ticketing model. This scheme comes with high hopes for attendance and diversity but inconclusive results. This article first appeared in the January 2024 issue of EMAg.

Champagne Flutes: Newly Discovered Music by Marin Marais

For Early Music Month, we look into the core of the Baroque. An auction of books from an old chateau in the Champagne countryside led to a big discovery: unknown flute music by Marin Marais, written in an elegant hand. It’s a find of huge importance to the Baroque flute repertoire. This article was first published in the January 2024 issue of EMAg.

Learning from Trailblazers in Historical Performance

The modern historical-performance movement now has its own traditions, habits, standard repertoire, and ancestors. For Early Music Month we look into EMA’s online series ‘Trailblazers in Historical Performance.’ As Thomas Forrest Kelly writes, ‘to hear their various stories and learn of their attitudes and experiences was revelatory.’

Bach of the Bowery

As a composer, teacher, and America’s leading Baroque bassist, Doug Balliett is devoted to radically authentic music-making. He and his all-star circle of collaborators question the notion that ‘historically informed’ ensembles should only perform historical music. This article was first published in the January 2024 issue of EMAg.

Membership Impacts the Entire Field

‘I suppose it would be easier for EMA to cater to just professional musicians or only arts administrators,’ writes EMA Executive Director David McCormick. ‘But there’s a vitality to the rich tapestry of our membership that allows for a collaborative spirit between professional performers, amateur players, scholars, luthiers, and listeners, to name a few. Thanks to our free and low-cost membership options for students, we have more young members than ever before…’

Canto: Ending the Stigma of Singers and Hearing Loss

‘We’re all keenly aware of the stigma in classical music about people with hearing loss,’ writes tenor Thomas Cooley. ‘The doctor asked why I was crying. I responded: I just don’t know other singers who use hearing aids.’

Columns

Nominate Someone for an EMA Annual Award!

Every year EMA accepts nominations for the Howard Mayer Brown Award, Thomas Binkley Award, and Laurette Goldberg Award, which recognize outstanding achievement in the field of early music. Early Music […]

We’ve reached 100 Early Music Month Partners!

Interested in taking part in the festivities? Click above to register your organization for Early Music Month 2016. Sponsored by Early Music America, this national, grassroots campaign is designed to […]

EMA Announces 2016 YPF Participants!

Congratulations to Opera Nova (Indiana University), Bowling Green State Early Music Ensemble, Thornton Baroque Sinfonia (University of Southern California), Collegium Musicum Medieval Ensemble (Case Western Reserve University), and the University […]

Welcome to Early Music Month!

Contributed by Benjamin K. Roe 120+ partners, presenting scores of concerts, events, symposia, and festivals across the land, all crammed into 31 days. Welcome to our own version of “March […]

Bach at Se7en

Contributed by Benjamin K. Roe In yesterday’s post we talked about a noontime Bach series that’s taken place in the Nation’s Capital for more than a quarter century. In Philadelphia, […]

A Tropical Tempesta

contributed by Benjamin K. Roe I think that looking at all those amazing banyan trees, all the poinsettias, all the amazing wildlife that’s there, you get the feeling that the […]

Inside the House Of Dreams

contributed by Benjamin K. Roe Imagine that you’re sitting in a wonderful big room in a palazzo in Venice on the Grand Canal.  One end of the room has enormous […]

The PBO Trio: Ton, Tini, and Monica

contributed by Benjamin K. Roe In our first Early Music Month post we noted that there is hardly a consensus about just what the end point of the “Early Music” […]

Bach On The Mountaintop

contributed by Benjamin K. Roe If you placed your cello on a mountaintop, and let the wind play it, it may very well sound like the Prelude to Bach’s Cello […]

The Foggy Dew

Article contributed by Benjamin K. Roe Yes, ‘tis the season for shamrocks, leprechauns, and a bender or two. A good time to check in on a new program just launched […]

The Competition

Elaine Comparone with her Hubbard Double Manual Harpsichord Contributed by Benjamin K. Roe Piano competitions are a dime a dozen, from the globally iconic (think Tchaikovsky in Moscow, Chopin in […]

Sarasa’s “Seven Last Words”

Contributed by Benjamin K Roe It was no easy task to compose seven adagios lasting ten minutes each, and to succeed one another without fatiguing the listeners; indeed, I found it […]

Sonatas, Partitas, and a Testament

Contributed by Benjamin K. Roe This month violinist Rachel Barton Pine is busy touring and promoting her brand-new recording of J.S. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, including an […]

Alte Musik…Ale?

Contributed by Benjamin K. Roe Do you think because you are virtuous, that there shall be no more cakes and ale? -Shakespeare, Twelfth Night During this Merrie Month of March […]

Join Us for YPF 2016 in Berkeley, California!

Join Early Music America at the Berkeley Music Festival from June 8 – 10 for five stellar performances by Opera Nova, Collegium Musicum Medieval Ensemble, Bowling Green State Early Music […]

Battle of the Early Bands 2016

Join Early Music America at the Berkeley Early Music Festival on June 9 for our Battle of the Early Bands. The battle begins at 9 p.m. at The Musical Offering […]
EMAg Summer 2016 Cover image featuring Indianapolis Early Music

It’s Here! Your Summer Issue of EMAg!

In this issue we travel to Indianapolis, where Mark Cudek and colleagues celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Indianapolis Early Music Festival. Plus, a look at music-making in the city […]

Center Stage, June 2016: Emily Davidson

If you’re anything like us, you enjoy learning about fellow early music enthusiasts. Each month EMA asks a member a series of questions about his or her early music experience, background […]

Center Stage, August 2017: Pedro Funes

EMA’s monthly featured member profile. Pedro Funes is currently the Assistant Orchestra Director at Oak Ridge High School in Conroe, Texas. He graduated from the University of Houston where he majored in Double Bass […]

Seeing Ourselves in Early Music

Growing up, I was often the only black student in music classes or sections in the orchestra, but I was always focused on the music, and my teachers were always focused on giving me the very best training, making sure I reached my full potential.

Center Stage, September 2016: Chelsey Belt

“Go to as many workshops and festivals as you can, and attend as many live performances as you can! The early music community is one of the most supportive and generous art music communities I have ever experienced; so many professionals have so much to share. Also, study folk music!”

Lislevand Plays De Visée and Corbetta

In “La Mascarade,” the Norwegian theorbo player and baroque guitarist Rolf Lislevand gives us a personal statement that mixes not only two composers but also two instruments: theorbo for the music of Robert de Visée (mostly taken from the 1699 Vaudry de Saizenay manuscript) and baroque guitar for the music of Francesco Corbetta.

Ayreheart Savors Folk And Art Music

The album centers on the lute as both an heir to tradition and a living, breathing instrument. It features Ronn McFarlane (lute), Brian Kay (vocals and komuz, a fretless stringed instrument), Willard Morris (colascione, a relative of the bass lute), and Mattias Rucht (percussion).

Tafelmusik Concludes Beethoven Journey

The usual objective in such projects by period ensembles is to peel away layers of interpretive accretions laid on by conductors and modern orchestras to reveal what Beethoven originally had in mind. Not, of course, “what Beethoven heard,” for his deafness had advanced to the point where he could only discern faint sounds at the Ninth’s unveiling at the Kärtnertor Theatre in Vienna on May 7, 1824. The composer was onstage to set tempos, but the conducting duties were covered by others.

A Stimulating Spin on Handel’s Life

The Lives of George Frideric Handel more than accomplishes its goals. Well-written, richly documented, and colorfully presented, David Hunter’s unique spin on what we know about Handel, or thought we knew, is a valuable addition to the early-music library.

Bezuidenhout Continues Mozart Series

These are vibrant interpretations with a full-blooded orchestral texture and plenty of forward motion, and the solos are characterized by the artist’s customary imagination in phrasing. The engineering presents a well-delineated sound stage throughout, and careful miking picks up the pianist’s playing-along in opening tuttis, a nice combination of intimacy and grandeur.

New York Polyphony Travels To Eternal Rome

Over the last decade, New York Polyphony has developed a world-class reputation for stellar musicianship and programming dedicated to both early and contemporary music. On their sixth album, Roma Æterna, the singers — countertenor Geoffrey Williams, tenor Steven Caldicott Wilson, baritone Christopher Dylan Herbert, and bass Craig Phillips — break with their own tradition and return to the past, focusing for the first time exclusively on early music.

Sumptuous Volumes Celebrate Erard Instruments

Drawn from the Gaveau-Érard-Pleyel Archives now maintained by the AXA Insurance Group in France, this beautifully produced two-volume set about the history of the Érard piano and harp represents a rich lode of information not only for those interested in these instruments, but also for all who want to learn about the role of music within the context of European culture of the last two centuries.

Center Stage, November 2016: Lot Demeyer

Adam Gilbert asked me to join the university’s Baroque Sinfonia for an upcoming concert. I had never played baroque oboe before, but decided to give it a try and totally fell in love with it.

Cornettist, Soprano “Breathtaking” On New Disc

Listening to Bruce Dickey play the cornetto, one could be forgiven for wondering how the instrument ever went out of fashion. His artistry is in full flight on his newest recording, “Breathtaking,” the culmination of a project to celebrate the affinity of the cornetto with the human voice based on tonal quality and articulation.

Exceptional Haydn from Handel & Haydn Society

These Handel and Haydn Society live concert performances of three key Haydn works from Symphony Hall in Boston in January 2015 are so comprehensively thought out, expertly put together, and commandingly played, it’s as if the Boston Symphony had been reborn playing on 18th-century instruments and modern copies.

Savall And Company Celebrate Ramon Llull

This rich package is the latest in a series from Jordi Savall and Alia Vox that has focused on the Borgia dynasty, the Balkans, Christopher Columbus, Don Quixote, war and peace, and other subjects.

Traveling With Bach: An Enthralling Experience

The American Bach Society, which sponsored “Exploring the World of Bach: A Traveler’s Guide,” could not have chosen a better authorial team: Robert Marshall, whose numerous writings about Bach are infused with a rare passion, clarity, and eloquence, and Traute Marshall, a highly accomplished editor, writer, and translator.

Musica Pacifica Turns Up The Artistic Heat

The ensemble’s latest release, “Mi Palpita il Cor: Baroque Passions,” with soprano Dominique Labelle, gives us three cantatas set off by two instrumental interludes. The program celebrates the European Union spirit of those times (not necessarily ours) when composers traveled widely and borrowed freely from the various national styles.

A Noted Violinist Shares His Approach To Bach

Stanley Ritchie’s new volume, perhaps best described as a memoir of his lifelong engagement as both performer and pedagogue with these core works, offers his preferences for fingerings, bowings, dynamics, articulations, tempos, and much more.

Center Stage for January 2017: Rosa Barocca

Rosa Barocca is a brand new period instrument ensemble specializing in Baroque music and based in Alberta, Canada, with the goal of creating opportunities for some of the few HIP specialists in the area.

Heading Back To Old Vienna With Period Guitar

Scottish guitarist James Akers and British pianist Gary Branch present an inviting program of music that might have been heard in Viennese salons in the first half of the 19th century.

Hailing The Hearty Hurdy-Gurdy

In the second edition of Robert Green’s book, the author has set out to share “new insights” and information about the hurdy-gurdy and its music to bring what has been considered an obscure instrument into the realm of practical historical performance, as well as to underscore its value in the contemporary world of folk music and jazz.

2017 Houston Early Music Festival Ready To Roll

HOUSTON — Ars Lyrica Houston, Bach Society Houston, Houston Early Music, Mercury, and the Piping Rock Singers are taking part in this year’s festival, which runs Feb. 11-19 in local churches and concert halls.

Bach’s Six Partitas Receive Rewarding Accounts

While very fast tempi have become fashionable in recent years for some Baroque performers, Jory Vinikour isn’t part of that crowd. His pacing doesn’t lack energy or point, but above all he lets the music breathe.

Duke Vespers Ensemble Sings Music Of Rome

All of the composers on the album spent significant time in Rome, although several works were composed elsewhere. In fact, all but Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina were also affiliated with the Collegio Germanico, a Jesuit school.

Center Stage, February 2017: Norma Gentile

Norma Gentile is a professional recording artist and singer. Her concerts, workshops and recordings reflect her passion in bringing music from the inaudible realms into the physical world for healing […]

Jory Vinikour: Multi-Tasking Musician On The Go

It is safe to say that very few, if any other, of today’s top harpsichordists can match the whirlwind, all-encompassing nature of his career, which includes performances on nearly 50 audio recordings and DVDs.

Early Music Titan George Houle Has Died At 89

Houle built the early-music program at Stanford University and guided several generations of performers and scholars. He believed it was necessary to understand the rhythms of Renaissance and Baroque dances in order to play them well.

French City Soundscapes Full Of Joie De Vivre

What The Musical Sounds of Medieval French Cities: Players, Patrons, and Politics shows is the exquisite diversity of how public “fanfare” was sponsored by individual cities and coordinated by civic ordinances with more private musical practices.

“Mozart’s Jupiter”: A Portrait of His Style

In his poem, Samuel J. Stephens muses on the creative process, including a challenge Baron Gottfried van Swieten puts before Mozart to rearrange Bach preludes and fugues. As Mozart says, “I’ll have to re-write this whole prelude batch / And risk something awful if they don’t match.”

Welcome to Early Music Month 2017!

With more than 240 registered partners and 80 events and counting across the United States and Canada, Early Music Month 2017 is officially underway.
The view form oboist Debra Nagy's desk with Handel and Haydn Society.

The Thrill of Discovery

That’s one of the great things about being an early music lover: the thrill of discovering new music that no one else (or at least none of your friends) has heard or performed.

Kapsberger Theorbo Pieces Vibrantly Performed

As recordings devoted exclusively to Kapsberger go, there are only a few (Rolf Lislevand, Hopkinson Smith, and Paul O’Dette come to mind). Stefano Maiorana’s CD sits quite comfortably among them in both quality and content, as there is minimal overlap in repertoire.

Purcell Disc Pays Tribute To Late Choral Director

The success of Saint Thomas School in keeping the traditional Anglican choir of men and boys thriving on these shores is obvious in the masterful singing on this disc. The singers do excellent justice to Purcell’s eloquent music while at the same time honoring Scott’s important legacy at Saint Thomas.

Use What You Have

In three sentences, Arthur Ashe assures us that everyone can learn and everyone can grow — every single one of us, without exception — and what’s more, he tells you how to do it.

Baltimore Baroque Band: An Ensemble Grows

At a time when our country feels so divided, we musicians are fortunate in being able to bring people together and to provide respite and sustenance. The students just want to keep doing more. Their top question for us after the concert: “So, what are we doing next week?”

Bach Society Houston Puts Bach In Schools

We are looking to inspire the next generation of early music performers and listeners. As one student remarked, “I want to do what you’re doing when I grow up!” We share this hope.
Cellist, Emily Davidson

Why I Play Early Music

Baroque cellist Emily Davidson talks about why she plays early music and how she fell in love with historical performance practice in a new video from her successful YouTube channel.

Building a Mystery:  Boston Baroque Plays Biber

There’s also a great deal of mystery behind these Mystery sonatas. We don’t know exactly when they were written, how they were meant to be performed, or indeed if they were ever played in public in their complete form.

The Case for Collegium Musicum

We have put music in front of them that they have never seen; we have empowered them to engage in improvisation; we have put instruments in their hands that they have only seen in pictures

A Night in St. George Hall

Roles assigned, costumes fitted, dances learned, songs memorized, and instruments rehearsed – the fifth and sixth grade students at St. George (KS) Elementary School present their Medieval- and-Renaissance-themed program, “A Night in St. George Hall. “

Preparing For the Recording Studio

It would take at least one, if not several sessions just to be able to figure out the right spacing for the microphones, as the dynamics change drastically to highlight the hysterical rejoicing or lamenting in the compositions.

Telemann and the Viol

From his 12 ‘Paris’ quartets, to his suites, sonatas, concerti and recently rediscovered fantasias for viola da gamba, Telemann’s ability to wear so many different guises and to be such a transformative figure has never been more apparent

Editing the Music of Barbara Strozzi

It is impossible not to feel uplifted by the story of a personality with such remarkable strength of character, who managed to fashion a successful career in spite of the constraints of an entrenched patriarchal society, masterfully combining musical abilities with skillful negotiation of the complexities of patronage and finance.

Guild for Early Music Celebrates Early Music Month

In central New Jersey and neighboring Pennsylvania, the early music consortium, Guild for Early Music, is celebrating Early Music Month 2017 with eleven events. Every weekend this month features at least two performances.

Doubling Your Pleasure With Telemann

Telemann’s concertos all adhere to the same slow-fast-slow-fast, four-movement layout, yet are varied enough in texture, length, and rhythm — and, most crucially, inventive enough — to make continuous listening a pleasure in the lively hands of Dutch recorder virtuoso Erik Bosgraaf and friends.

Keyboard Songs In Need Of No Words

Histories of keyboard music frequently bypass this large repertoire of “derived” (arranged) music, so one notes with satisfaction the very thorough coverage here, with a generous amount of illustrative material, tables of publications, music examples, and facsimiles.

Thoughts for Bach’s 332nd Birthday

As a man, he lived in what we now call the Baroque period, yet his music knows no such limiting label. The Musical Offering, the B Minor Mass, and the Art of Fugue are timeless summings-up of his compositional art but everything he wrote transcends the period in which he composed it.

An all-ages adaptation of Handel’s ‘Serse’

When I’m choosing a work for SHAK, the opera’s plot has to pass a few tests too. It needs strong female characters and a premise more entertaining for kids than plain old love-and-duty fare. And it needs to avoid plots that hinge on colonial conquest or conversion.

Rocking And Rolling With The Baroque

The Toronto-based quartet I Furiosi has delved into such wide-ranging topics as insanity, inebriation, lying, narcissism, hell, outer space, and much more. Their next concert, on April 17, cryptically titled “A Fork in the Road,” will be an ironic celebration of bad decisions through the ages.

WMU Collegium Musicum Celebrates 50 Years

Direct Matt Steel notes that when he arrived at WMU in Winter 1984 to become Collegium Director, the ensemble was small, around 10, consisting mostly of music students wanting to try out its many “weird” wind instruments.

Performing Latin American Early Music

Churches, monasteries, theaters, and town squares reverberated with the sound of music: imported at first, the music gradually became more and more locally composed, performed by native and foreign-born musicians, enslaved or free.

Nothing Square About Matielli Piano Sonatas

Patrick Hawkins’ new album of sonatas by the Viennese composer Giovanni Antonio Matielli (1733-1805) celebrates the square piano — one of the important late-18th century innovations in domestic music-making. Hawkins makes a good case for the little-known sonatas of Matielli, especially as pieces to delight keyboard (in the classic sense of the term).

Academy Soloists Excel in Castello Sonatas

It is interesting to observe Richard Egarr expanding the interests of the Academy of Ancient Music to include more intimate chamber music: Handel’s Op. 1 solo sonatas and his trio sonatas Op. 2 and Op. 5 (both released in 2009), and now shifting back more than a century for sonatas by Dario Castello.

As Pants The Hart, As Ends The Month!

There have been performances-a-plenty in such early music hotspots as Boston, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Montreal, Washington, D.C., and Toronto, but how about Falmouth, Maine- population 11,185?

Apollo’s Fire St. John A Resounding Success

The soloists and the ensemble as a whole perform exquisitely; the soloists are incredibly well suited to their roles, the instrumental ensemble is unified and well balanced, and the chorus is exceptional — the opening scenes in Part I are some of the best choral Bach in my recent memory.

Fascinating Study Of Vienna’s Musical Past

Music historians traditionally choose from three methodologies to write their books: biographical, stylistic, and chronological. David Wyn Jones, however, tells us “this history takes a different approach, a slice history focusing on three epochs, 1700, 1800 and 1900, a portrait of each period that allows contrasts to emerge and continuities to be articulated.”

Raise A Glass To Apollo’s Fire’s Silvery Celebration

What seemed like a dream for artistic director Jeannette Sorrell in 1992 is today a flourishing reality. “It’s a success story largely due to Jeannette’s nearly infallible sense of how to reach her audience,” said musicologist Ross Duffin, who coined the ensemble’s name.

Viola Da Gamba Duo Shares Handsome Artistry

Smith and Pandolfo are of like mind wherever the pieces send them. More than an hour’s worth of duos might prove a challenge if the music and the performances were less than compelling. But there’s never any danger that the ear will wander as Smith and Pandolfo immerse themselves in these delectables.

Ear-Catching Violin Music Of The 17th Century

How can you not love a disc devoted to flashy violin music by lesser-known 17th-century composers, one of whom was afflicted with sleepwalking and killed himself by falling into an excavation ditch and another who was stabbed to death still owing money to the printer of his first (and only!) set of violin sonatas?

Center Stage, May 2017: Patrick Dittamo

Patrick Dittamo is a Kansan composer, scholar, and musician. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music composition from the College of William & Mary, […]

The Intriguing Return of Baroque Opera

It was during the Paul Kellogg era of the nineties and the aughts that New York City Opera became a force for Baroque opera—specifically works by Handel, which, with their historical-mythical plots and arrays of pleasing arias, were eminently adaptable to a plethora of production styles.

Carolina Pro Musica: Early Music, Family Style

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Looking ahead to their 40th season, starting in September, and beyond, the musicians of Carolina Pro Musica are eager to explore a variety of possibilities. Widening their horizons with new guest artists is one likely direction.

Is A Stradivarius Violin Easier To Hear? Science Says Nope

Another day, another study undercutting the myth surrounding the 18th-century Italian violin maker Antonio Stradivari.Since the early 20th century, musicians and instrument experts have been trying to figure out what, if anything, makes the violins he made sound better.

Ensemble Scholastica Makes Fine CD Debut

The recording is nicely varied and well performed; the ensemble sings with a tasteful sense of unity and phrasing, and the perfect intervals resonate well in their acoustic space.

Valuable Guide To 17th-Century Guitar Music

In Italian Guitar Music of the Seventeenth Century, Lex Eisenhardt makes it clear that the Baroque guitar has some very attractive repertoire that should be regarded as an important piece in the puzzle of 17th-century music.

Minkowski: “A Specialist Of Non-specialization”

French conductor Marc Minkowski, who is leading the San Francisco Opera production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” in June, has gone beyond the repertoire of his period-instrument ensemble, Les Musiciens du Louvre, to embrace music from the 19th to 21st centuries.

Baroque Music Inspired By A Murderous Painter

This album acts much like an aural wine tasting, suggesting that some of Caravaggio’s paintings pair well, in subject and style, with musical works composed in the same general time and place.

Montreal Ensemble Relishes Celtic Baroque Music

Music from Scotland, Ireland, and Wales is taken, for the most part, from published sources in the 18th and early 19th centuries and expertly played by Montreal-based Ensemble La Cigale on appropriate instruments in what was called, even then, “the Scots drawing room style.”

McFarlane: Rocking With Ayreheart At BEMF

Lutenist Ronn McFarlane and his colleagues will present “Will You Walk the Woods So Wild,” a program of John Dowland and William Byrd exploring the intersections between the folk music and art music of England, Scotland, and Wales, at the Boston Early Music Festival on June 12.

David Wulstan Obituary

As a scholar and musician, David Wulstan, who has died aged 80, established a style of performing Tudor polyphonic music that broke new ground in the 1970s, and has now become mainstream.

Pergolesi And Bach Handsomely Paired

Everyone can get a taste of Pergolesi’s easy way with the Baroque style on this new CD, which couples his “Stabat Mater” with two Bach cantatas in well-performed renderings by the British ensemble La Nuova Musica under the direction of David Bates.

Eybler Players Illuminate Vanhal Quartets

In recent years, our understanding of the development of the Classical Viennese style has changed dramatically, all due to one composer: Johann Baptist Vanhal. While Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven still tend to be household names, Vanhal is not. And yet, as the Eybler Quartet points out on its new recording, he was in fact quite the groundbreaker.

Planting The Wondrous Seeds Of Music

Derek Tam helps youngsters blossom at the Montessori Children’s School in San Francisco as they become more familiar with instruments and learn how to focus on musical concepts and works.

Berkeley Scholar Wins Prestigious Kyoto Prize

The Bay Area musicologist Richard Taruskin, a prolific and wide-ranging scholar whose work has challenged conventional notions of music history and performance, has won the prestigious Kyoto Prize — the first music scholar to win the award.

Ann Felter, Executive Director of EMA, To Step Down

A highly dedicated and resourceful senior nonprofit leader with broad experience, Felter initiated and implemented many critical updates during her tenure including the hiring of a new magazine editor, the re-design of EMAg, The Magazine of Early Music America, and a much-improved re-designed website with integrated database. Other significant projects included the launch of Early Music Month and MeetUps.

Meet German Composer Balthasar Fritsch

This new album by the Swiss viol consort Musicke & Mirth marks the recorded world premiere of both his dances and his secular songs. The material is at once strikingly new and strangely familiar.

Probing Bach’s Relationship With God

The scholarship of Michael Marissen has always been characterized by depth of research, fearlessness, and a tendency towards considerable speculation. Those qualities are found in the work under review, a compilation of seven of his essays dealing with religious issues in the music of J. S. Bach.

BEMF Animates Campra Opera-Ballet And More

The secret of the Boston Early Music Festival’s success is an ensemble framework that radiates from the centerpiece opera. “Le Carnaval de Venise” by André Campra provided not only a thematic focus for the festival but also the structural resources for many of its other events.

Center Stage, July 2017: The Rose Ensemble

As answered by The Rose Ensemble founder and Artistic Director, Jordan Sramek. After 20 seasons, how does The Rose Ensemble keep its programming ideas fresh? One of the things for which […]

Piffaro Invigorates Wind Music Leading To Bach

The works Piffaro has chosen for this journey through German and Franco-Flemish music gives the artists myriad opportunities to revel in the diverse colors their instruments lavish on 38 brief and varied selections.

Manchicourt Mass Makes Recording Debut

The Choir of St. Luke in the Fields has taken the rather refreshing approach of presenting the Mass in toto, instead of interspersing the other motets in between its movements.

Carmel Bach Festival Performs Balancing Act

Anyone unfamiliar with the festival might be surprised to learn that its programs also encompass a healthy dose of 19th, 20th, and even 21st-century works. Put simply, Bach is the foundation, but the festival builds a musical house on him of many colors, styles, and periods.

French Ensemble Scales Heights in La Descente

The members of Ensemble Correspondances seem to get everything right in Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers: easily swinging inégales, perfectly weighted appogiature, crisp articulation of text, and overall dramatic impersonation.

H+H Returns To Tanglewood With Purcell

The Handel and Haydn Society, absent from the Boston Symphony’s summer home since 1997, will perform Purcell’s “The Fairy-Queen” on Aug. 9, with artistic director Harry Christophers conducting and his daughter, “Game of Thrones” actress Antonia Christophers, narrating.

Center Stage, August 2017: Aage Nielsen

Aage Nielsen has served as an adjunct professor of music at the College of Idaho and Northwest Nazarene University, as well as the bass clarinetist with the Boise Philharmonic for 23 seasons, and the […]

Music From Henry VIII’s Court Springs To Life

The Spanish ensemble Tasto Solo plays with wonderful sensitivity, whether in the somewhat straightforward arrangements or in their charming improvisational approach to the grounds. One could easily imagine that if someone in Henry VIII’s court had played these instruments as well as these musicians, they might not have disappeared so quickly.

Ensemble Sounds Notes Of Triumph and Elegance

Kleine Kammermusik’s CD, Fanfare and Filigree: Chamber Music from Paris and Dresden, is an evocative collection of attractive pieces for oboes, recorders, bassoon, and continuo by six composers active in those cities between 1692 and the 1740s.

Gambist Lee Giving Back Through Residencies

Josh Lee has begun holding individual sessions for budding viol players eager to improve their skills and possibly enter the profession. This summer, Lee welcomed four musicians to his home in Jacksonville, Florida, for intensive lessons and conversations about the gamba, early music, and life in the field.

Dynamic Account Of Opera In 17th-Century Siena

Colleen Reardon’s engaging and meticulously researched study turns to Siena in the later 17th and early 18th centuries, and the complex social networks that nurtured the performance of some 30 operas presented there between 1669 and 1704 by composers such as Cesti, Scarlatti, Bononcini, and Melani.

Artistic Indulgences Performed With Panache

The Cleveland-based ensemble Les Délices focuses on an enticing selection of pieces: core Baroque genres, familiar French style, but repertoire far outside the typical offerings. As the liner notes point out, the composers here were among the last of their kind; this recording encapsulates the end of the Baroque era, and this moment in French history, in a series of rich, intricate works.

Matthew Halls Is Out As Artistic Director of Oregon Bach Festival

Matthew Halls, the popular artistic director of the Oregon Bach Festival, has been unexpectedly fired from his job at OBF. “I have been let go by the University of Oregon,” he told Eugene Weekly in a phone call Sunday (Aug. 27) morning from his home in Toronto. “And, as yet, I’m not sure why.”

Kroll In China: From Couperin To Cappucino

During a whirlwind tour in China, American harpsichordist Mark Kroll gave lectures, taught students, and played recitals in Beijing and Shanghai. Oh, and he ate Peking duck in Peking (i.e., Beijing).

Flanders Recorder Quartet Bids Adieu As Quintet

The old saying “all good things must come to an end” applies to everything, in its own time. Unfortunately, that time is now for the Flanders Recorder Quartet. After 30 years of performances, recordings, and early-music ambassadorship, the group has decided that this will be their last album together.

Montreal Rebels Salute Quantz And Telemann

This album vividly captures two of Quantz’s 281 concertos and three of Telemann’s approximately 125 in vibrant performances by the 13-member Montreal-based ensemble.

Center Stage, September 2017: Camilla Tassi

Born in Florence, Italy, and described by Third Coast Percussion as “sharing passion for meaningful cross-disciplinary collaboration”, Camilla Tassi is an engineer and musician interested in the production of interdisciplinary […]

Authentic Baroque Performance is Energizing Young Performers

“Period-instruments practice means deep reflections on interpretation and performance practice. This blank slate is a phenomenal sensation of freedom. That’s something really exciting for the new generation, and it demonstrates how classical music is absolutely alive.”

Glover Savors Bond With Music Of The Baroque

Jane Glover: “I happen to think that the MOB Chorus is the best chamber choir in North America. Actually, I would say that about the orchestra, too. I think it is the best chamber orchestra in North America. It’s thrilling to be part of.”

Goerne’s Bach Cantata CD A Partial Success

A catchy title for this release might be “Wotan Sings Bach.” Matthias Goerne, who has made an excellent impression as the Wanderer and Wotan in productions of Wagner’s Ring cycle, takes on two of the cantatas Bach wrote for the bass voice, “Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen,” BWV 56, and “Ich habe genug,” BWV 82.

Essays Define Early Music Making in England

These richly resourced essays, organized in chronological order, convincingly re-evaluate the use of architectural space and the distinctions between nationalities, gender, professional status, and class distinctions to arrive at a deeper understanding of the musical practices of this era.

Cellist Frey Awakens Fiorè Sonatas And Arias

The album marks the first time nine of Fiorè’s cello works have been recorded: three sonatas, two sinfonias, and four trattenimenti (“entertainments” or “divertimenti”). Frey’s recording also explores another important genre in early music represented in the Como collection: opera arias with cello obbligato.

Center Stage, October 2017: Lenora McCroskey

“Play the music the way it goes.” Sounds simplistic, but it implies that the student has studied the performance traditions and practices of the music; mastered the techniques; and then allows all that to stay in the background and plays from the heart.

2017 Summer Workshop Scholarship Reflection: Joseph Harris

My experience at TBSI gave me insight as to just how totally fun ensemble playing can be when you are working with musicians who share your passion and love for the music. I came away from the institute feeling inspired and encouraged to move forward with my efforts to continue my education and training in early music.

Tafelmusik Looks Ahead With Citterio At Helm

While Elisa Citterio’s onstage presence exudes confidence, in person her manner is careful and cautious. Partly, this is due to her command of the English language — which she speaks better than she thinks she does — but also by a sense that she’s finding her way in a new city, in a new country.

Vocal Works Reflect Anxiety in 17th-Century York

The Ebor Singers’ new CD, “Music for Troubled Times,” seeks to capture the essence of those difficult 12 weeks in vocal music by William Lawes, John Hutchinson, Thomas Tomkins, William Child, John Wilson, George Jeffreys, and Matthew Locke.

Bach’s Use Of Polonaise Persuasively Explored

Warsaw-based musicologist Szymon Paczkowski is uniquely qualified to undertake the first comprehensive study of this subject. The author first describes the characteristic rhythmic and structural features of the dance and the affects associated with it, and traces how it came to be introduced into Germany.

Badura-Skoda, 90, Savors Pianos Old And Newer

Paul Badura-Skoda, on old pianos: “I started to realize they were halfway between a harpsichord and a modern piano in the shape of a beautiful guitar, and with many extraordinary possibilities. I was converted and started to go parallel — both modern pianos, which I still love, and period instruments.”

Eton Choirbook Music Varied And Lustrous

Having been composed over several decades, the music in the Eton Choirbook reflects the changing styles in 15th-century English polyphony. So, too, do the five works on this recording.

City Musick Triumphs Toasting Topping Tooters

The Waits, performing mainly on wind instruments — shawms, dulcians, cornetts, and sackbuts — filled the city’s expanding musical needs. Widely hailed as England’s best musicians, in addition to their civic duties the London Waits may have given the first public concerts in England beginning in 1571. This brilliant album pays homage to their important role in London’s musical life around the turn of the 17th century.

New York Celebration Esteems Local Artists

While previous New York Early Music Celebrations had as many as 90 events, this year’s schedule listed a more manageable 21 public concerts and a handful of educational and private events. Any local ensemble performing Oct. 13-22 was eligible for inclusion in the celebration, which is led by Frederick Renz.

Center Stage, November 2017: Nick Jones

Nick Jones taught English literature at Oberlin College for forty years, specializing in Shakespeare, Milton, and the British Romantic poets. Recently retired and living in Berkeley, California, he and his […]

Quatuor Mosaïques Excels In Late Beethoven

Their playing is so natural and communicative that fans will find gold in every measure and newcomers will wonder why the late quartets, aside from the Grosse Fuge, are considered so difficult.

English Singers’ Early Recordings Live Again

The ensemble, which was active from 1920 to 1955, made a 12-disc set of 78 rpm records for the Roycroft “Living Tone” line, released in 1928. And now anyone with an internet connection can hear most of it.

Love & Lust With Voice & Viol

Elizabeth Hungerford and Andrew Arceci’s album “Love & Lust” presents a Caccini song alongside 14 others, carefully arranged for her soprano and his bass viol.

Podger And Friends Send Sonatas Aloft

The conceit for the recording seems to be a soirée in heaven in which the four violinist-composers discuss their craft and gossip about the musical scene of their day.

Toronto Consort Creates New Leadership Model

Long-serving artistic director and tenor vocalist David Fallis will step down at the end of the 2017-18 season (sort of), when the directorship will be assumed by an eight-member group of artistic associates, including Fallis.

Center Stage, December 2017: Claire Hammett

I have enjoyed getting to know a wide variety of harpsichord builders in the States and England, so I can understand best how to repair or regulate their instruments.  Knowing the performers is equally important so I can set a temperament they like and get the voicing to suit their technique.

Engaging Study Of Musical Life In Bach’s Time

For all its scrupulous erudition and factual density, Talle’s writing is eminently readable: unpretentious, lively, and frequently humorous, as he reconstructs the routines and conventions his subjects observed in their musical pursuits.

ARTEK Continues To Champion Rosenmüller

The New York-based ARTEK ensemble and Les Sacqueboutiers perform Johann Rosenmüller’s “Christmas Vespers” on Dec. 29 at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in lower Manhattan.

Stellar Glimpse Into Berlin Salon

Every composition here is somehow related to Sara Levy’s family or personal collection, and in some cases is known only from Levy’s salon. The sheer historical value of the album is immeasurable, but its musical value is certainly no less.

Magisterial Gift Of Correa Organ Works

In the five-disc set issued on Loft Recordings, Robert Bates brings this elegant, sophisticated repertoire to life using five New World instruments — three restored historic organs in the Mexican province of Oaxaca and two modern instruments built in the Hispanic style in Northern California.

Margriet Tindemans Early Strings Scholarship

We are happy to share the news that Early Music America has received a gift of $50,000 to establish a biennial Scholarship in Margriet’s honor.  It is the donor’s hope that you will consider joining others in matching the donation, for a fund of $100,000.

Early Music Vancouver forges all-female Festive Cantatas

HIP plays a big part in Early Music Vancouver’s upcoming Festive Cantatas concert, which focuses on Antonio Vivaldi’s music as it would have been heard during the Venetian composer-priest’s lifetime: performed by an all-female cast of singers and musicians from the Ospedale della Pietà convent, where he was violinmaster.

Plot Thick With Music in Latest Jacobus Mystery

Along the way, we encounter heated debates about HIP (Historically Informed Performance) in Baroque music, questionable student evaluations of a professor coming up for tenure, and a great deal of discussion about the interpretation of violin music, which proves important to our understanding of this mystery.

Happy 350th, François!

Birthday concerts are planned around the world to celebrate François Couperin, whose voluminous catalog of harpsichord music will have a prominent place amid performances of many of his other works.

Summer Workshop Scholarship Reflection: Gemma Goday

This summer was intense, but also very inspiring. I don’t have the words to thank the support received by Early Music America with its scholarship to attend the Berwick Academy, held during the Oregon Bach Festival.

Captivating Vivaldi From House Of Time

  Vivaldi: The Four Seasons House of Time House of Time 888295612456 By Jeremy Reynolds CD Review — At home in New York City’s finest churches and coffee houses, the […]

Sounds Of Nature Inspire Musicians Of The Old Post Road

On their new CD, the New England-based ensemble brings together charming works by William Williams, Heinrich Biber, Antonio Vivaldi, Gregor Josef Werner, François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, and John Frederick Lampe.

EMA Board Member Highlight: Charles Metz

My first exposure to early music and harpsichord, in particular, was in High School when I visited the Smithsonian in Washington DC and saw a demonstration of a French Harpsichord. I remember the sound, the light, the room everything about the moment in vivid detail.  It changed my life.  

Songs about Napoleon Bonaparte

If songs that simply mention Napoleon are added to the tally, the number probably reaches into the thousands. Here’s a look at popular songs about Napoleon that have been written in English.

Catacoustic Consort Welcomes Theorbo

The tale of transporting a six-foot-long, unwieldy member of the lute family from its maker in the United Kingdom to its new home in Cincinnati was almost worthy of a John le Carré spy novel.

Hamburg Delights From Pallade Musica

On its new album, Montreal-based Pallade Musica (Athena’s Music) gives us a slice of musical history in the Hanseatic port city of Hamburg in the late 18th century.

Vibrant Treatment Of Monteverdi Works

This new release from conductor Pablo Heras-Casado and the Balthasar Neumann Chor & Ensemble contains fifteen of Monteverdi’s works from the “Selva morale e spirituale”: several of the hymns, psalms, motets, and madrigals, alongside settings of portions of the Credo.

Trio Settecento Celebrates 20th Anniversary

The ensemble marks the milestone Feb. 18 with a program at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston, IL, under the auspices of the Music Institute of Chicago, dubbed “Five at Twenty” featuring will six selections from Arcangelo Corelli’s Op. 5 from 1700.

Artistic differences lead to dueling Bach festivals

Creative differences between artistic leaders has led to the dissolution of the 2-year-old Portland Bach Festival, and each artistic director is emerging with a new Bach festival, both of which will be held in and around Portland over most of the month of June.

EMA Member Highlight: Lindsay Macchiarella

Dr. Lindsey Macchiarella is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Texas at El Paso.  While her musicological research focuses on 20th-century music, she is an avid […]

Bach Violin Sonatas Played To The Hilt

This extraordinary album presents all six of Johann Sebastian Bach’s sonatas for violin and obbligato harpsichord in compelling performances by Isabelle Faust and Kristian Bezuidenhout.

Music’s Power In The Face of Suffering

This new book by Remi Chiu, assistant professor of music at Loyola University Maryland, seeks to assess the intersections between music and the pestilential crisis of plague in these troubled societies.

Translation and the Idea(s) of Early Music

Rebecca Cypess: “If we disagree with some aspects of these interpretations, we must also be willing to live with the knowledge that in early music, few things are certain.”

Welcome to Early Music Month!

Welcome to March — otherwise known as Early Music Month — where our goal is to help the world become aware of the vitality of the early music community in North America. Throughout these 31 days, Early Music America will do our part by shining a spotlight on individuals and organizations, concerts, lectures, play-days, workshops, and more throughout the early music community.

Purcell’s Popularity On Intimate Display

Tenor Michael Slattery and the Canadian chamber ensemble La Nef infuse concern for a casual, direct, and, above all, personal interpretation throughout the program, with Slattery’s vocals driving the approach.

Hunt Fulfills Promise In Bach Cello Suites

Shirley Hunt’s series, J. S. Bach Suites and Sonatas, has issued Volume Two with the cello suites Nos. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008, and 5 in C minor, BWV 1011, along with the Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1027.

2018 Thomas Binkley Award

Early Music America is excited to announce Risa Browder and John Moran as recipients of the 2018 Thomas Binkley Award for outstanding achievement in performance and scholarship by the director of a university or college early music ensemble.

2018 Laurette Goldberg Award

Early Music America is pleased to announce The Rose Ensemble as the 2018 recipient of the Laurette Goldberg Award for lifetime achievement in early music outreach.

2018 Howard Mayer Brown Award

Early Music America is excited to announce Ross Duffin and Beverly Simmons as the recipients of the 2018 Howard Mayer Brown Award for lifetime achievement in the field of early music.

Take Time to Learn this Early Music Month

Early Music Month is a great time to take advantage of many wonderful performances, AND it’s a terrific opportunity to increase your knowledge about the field –  take in a lecture, attend a workshop, listen to a podcast, or crack open a book.  

Bach Around the Clock

The goal of BATC is to provide performers and listeners, individually and collectively, the opportunity to immerse themselves in the life-giving joy that is woven into the music of J.S. Bach. 

Baroque Music Pops Up in Louisville

We have embodied Early Music Month’s statement “to bring early music to it’s widest audience ever”, and in the spirit of outreach and community, we decided to take the music to those who might otherwise be unable to attend arts events.

2018 Emerging Artists Showcase: Costanoan Trio

The Costanoan Trio explores the piano trio repertoire of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, with special interests in lesser-known composers and recreating the world of domestic music-making in intimate concert spaces. 

Early Music, Late Night – Applications Welcome

Performers will present a short (12 minutes max!) program designed to grab the attention of Serendipity’s patrons and are encouraged consider innovative programming choices designed for a non-traditional space and audience.

The Vielle Has Its Day In the Sun

The different types of instrumentation, and Alejandro Tonatiuh Hernández’s varied performance tactics in rendering these polyphonic (or embellished monophonic) pieces on the vielle, bring new life to this repertoire.

Engaging Study Of 17th-Century Instrumental Music

In “Curious and Modern Inventions,” Rebecca Cypess takes a highly original approach to early modern Italian instrumental music, situating her study in the context of scientific curiosity in the early 17th century.

The High School Early Music Experience

We’ve worked hard over the years developing solid rhythmic skills, and now that this music is finally accessible, it is also the perfect repertoire for reinforcing and expanding those skills.

Play the Recorder Day 2018!

As part of the American Recorder Society’s 26th annual Play the Recorder Month celebrations, March 17th is declared Play-the-Recorder Day!

2018 Young Performers Festival: CWRU Baroque Ensemble

The Case Western Reserve University Baroque ensemble will perform as part of Early Music America’s Young Performers Festival, May 24-26, 2018, as part of the Bloomington Early Music Festival.   The CWRU […]

European Day of Early Music 2018

Today, March 21, 2018, marks the 6th edition of the European Day of Early Music, and EMA is happy to join with our friends in Europe for this celebration. 

Carolina Music Museum Makes Its Debut

The museum, located in Greenville, SC, opens officially March 27 with “Facing South: Keyboard Instruments in the Carolinas,” an exhibit focusing on 27 instruments associated with the Carolinas between 1700 and 1860.

My Stealth Campaign for Telemann

…when Music City Baroque, a period instrument ensemble in Nashville, allowed me to curate and direct my first program with them, I immediately thought of my secret love.

Humanity Triumphs On Agave Baroque Disc

If in war you can expect to win some and lose some, for Agave Baroque and its soloist, countertenor Reginald Mobley, this repertoire presents a win-win situation.

Couperin Marathon In Masterful Hands

Boston harpsichordist Mark Kroll is currently five CDs deep in his project to record the complete harpsichord works of François Couperin for the Centaur label. It’s a steep mountain to climb: The composer compiled 27 Ordres or suites of pieces in four books between 1713 and 1730, but Kroll is more than equal to the task.

Professor Emeritus, Musician and Scholar John Hsu Dies

In introducing the viola da gamba as a solo recital instrument in 1961, Hsu initiated the development of historical performance practice at Cornell, attracting expert faculty in the field and leading to the establishment of a center for the study of 18th-century instrumental music and a graduate degree program in historical performance practice.

Upward Journey For Countertenor Mobley

The sheer beauty of Reginald Mobley’s voice and the conviction that pervades all he sings have propelled him to a still-growing career, which so far has largely been based in Europe, often under the aegis of Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

Orpheus Brought To Blazing Life

Tenor Karim Sulayman and the Cleveland-based ensemble Apollo’s Fire under Jeannette Sorrell’s direction run the historical/stylistic gamut with emotional engagement and technical aplomb.

Singing Soaring Songs Of America

It is welcome news that David R. Godine has published Nym Cooke’s magisterial study of this repertoire, and in such an elegantly engraved and handsome boxed set.

Joan Benson: Clavichord Champion

At 92, Benson is still tall and sinewy, with fine features that belie the fortitude that took her around the world as a pioneering clavichord artist at a time when women rarely traveled alone.

2018 Emerging Artists Showcase: Adriana Ruiz

Soprano Adriana Ruiz will perform in Early Music America’s Emerging Artists Showcase, May 24-26, 2018, as part of the Bloomington Early Music Festival. Cuban-born Adriana Ruiz started her studies of Piano […]

Stile Antico Brings Radiance To Victoria Responsories

Stile Antico was made to sing this music. Their commitment to bringing musical texts to life by pushing dynamic boundaries and unapologetically, even defiantly exploring the gamut of human emotion meets its soulmate in Victoria’s dramatic settings of these heart-wrenching texts.

Renaissance & Baroque to Merge with Chatham Baroque

In an email announcement made earlier today, Renaissance & Baroque and Chatham Baroque have stated that the two organizations are officially merging under the umbrella and leadership of Chatham Baroque, Inc.

2018 Young Performers Festival: Tarara

Tarara, representing Indiana University, will perform as part of Early Music America’s Young Performers Festival, May 24-26, 2018, as part of the Bloomington Early Music Festival. 

Canto: Memory Games

Much to my surprise, no one had been taught how to memorize, either by their music teachers or by anyone else, and the one person who did admit to having a memory technique said she had devised it herself.

Chatham Baroque Ascends With Artistic Coupling

The merger of the two major players in Pittsburgh’s early music scene, announced after the conclusion of their seasons, emphasizes the strength of the younger organization, Chatham Baroque.

2018 Emerging Artists Showcase: Voyage Sonique

Voyage Sonique will perform as part of the Early Music America’s Emerging Artists Showcase, May 25 & 26, 2018, as part of the Bloomington Early Music Festival. Voyage Sonique is […]

Madrid Ensemble Embraces Baroque Love Music

For its debut CD, the Madrid-based ensemble L’Estro d’Orfeo has assembled an attractive collection of 17th-century instrumental works by Monteverdi, Marini, Uccellini, Cavalli, Merula, and Rognoni, naming the recording after a madrigal from Monteverdi’s Eighth Book.

A Well-Tempered Clavier Full Of Character

Rebecca Pechefsky makes an engaging addition to the catalog with confident, characterful interpretations of Bach’s “other” 24 preludes and fugues composed in all major and minor keys.

The Rebel Harpsichordists

Jean Rondeau and Mahan Esfahani, tackling Bach’s Goldberg Variations, give new character to an old instrument.

Thank You for Joining Us in Bloomington!

As the temperatures rose in Bloomington (IN) last week, local audiences poured into cool interiors for EMA’s Young Performers Festival and Emerging Artists Showcase.

Singing The Praises Of Medieval Women

Seattle’s Medieval Women’s Choir, which gives the final concert of its 27th season on June 2 under artistic director Eric Mentzel, was the brainchild of the late Margriet Tindemans, the renowned scholar of medieval music and performer on early stringed instruments.

The Rose Ensemble Announces Final Performance Season

The internationally acclaimed early music vocal ensemble, The Rose Ensemble, announces the 2018-2019 season – its twenty-third – will be its last. The organization reported that circumstances encountered this year led to a financial deficit too overwhelming to overcome.

DJ Sessions: Early Music from Medieval to Baroque

On this week’s Here & Now DJ Session, host Jeremy Hobson speaks with Mariani, host of the nationally syndicated radio show “Harmonia Early Music” from WFIU Public Radio, which highlights medieval, renaissance and baroque music.

In Studio A with Early Music specialists Mark Cudek and Sarah Huebsch

Interlochen’s College of Creative Arts is nearing the end of this week’s Early Music Workshop. This will be the final year of the Workshop for Program Director Mark Cudek, Chair of the Early Music department at the Peabody Institute and founding member of The Baltimore Consort. He’ll be handing over the reigns to Sarah Huebsch, a period oboist and performance practice specialist.

Bach Fests Bloom In The Carolinas

None of the artistic directors at these three festivals was ready to proclaim a new wave of Bach enthusiasm sweeping the region. In the Charlotte area, however, there is definitely something different in the air.

Notes From The Berkeley Festival

Berkeley and Boston’s every-other-year festivals have long been on the schedules of musicians and music lovers alike, and this year’s Berkeley Festival had the same schedule of morn-til-night music, all within a few square blocks.

BOOK REVIEW: Sorting Out Keyboard Quandaries

  The Eighteenth-Century Fortepiano Grand and Its Patrons from Scarlatti to Beethoven. Eva Badura-Skoda. Indiana University Press, 2017. 492 pages. By Peter Sykes BOOK REVIEW — What’s in a name? […]

BOOK REVIEW: Cousser: An Obscure Musician No Longer

This wonderful and much-needed monograph not only provides the essential information about Cousser’s life and career, but also allows us to examine the contents of a precious little book, pocket-sized, that Cousser kept and wrote in from the 1690s until his death.

CD REVIEW: English Concert’s C.P.E. Bach Sparkles Anew

A listener could enjoy this disc for years without ever finding out (or caring) that it is a reissue of a 1979 Archiv LP. Trevor Pinnock and The English Concert’s contributions to early music and historically-informed performance are now the stuff of textbooks, yet nearly 40 years later these performances continue to crackle with energy and insight.

CD REVIEW: Keyboards Galore Played By An Engaging Artist

Byron Schenkman’s recent recording, “The Art of the Harpsichord from Cabezón to Mozart,” released on his own label, features performances on eight instruments in the vast collection at the National Music Museum in Vermillion, SD.

BOOK REVIEW: How Leipzig Fared Post-Bach

Jeffrey S. Sposato has carefully constructed a narrative that threads together a wealth of political, social, and musical history, bringing clarity to a topic deserving of such attention.

CD REVIEW: Hallelujah For Handel Arias

The origins of these works in private musicking, the spare accompaniment, and the musicians’ sensitive interplay make this a thoroughly intimate affair.

CD REVIEW: Biber Mystery Sonatas Mesmerize

Canadian-born violinist Christina Day Martinson and Boston Baroque have released a two-CD set on the Linn label featuring Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber’s 15 short Mystery Sonatas for violin and continuo.

CD REVIEW: McKay Lodge Blooms In Rare Works

A new Naxos CD featuring baroque violinist Augusta McKay Lodge reveals the extent to which Bach stood on the shoulders of predecessors named Baltzar, Biber, and Matteis and was in the company of contemporaries like Pisendel, Nogueira, and Locatelli.

Canto: Nurtured by Bach

This has been my joy and inspiration for the past year— to discover, little by little, a cross section of Bach’s early compositional moments in Leipzig.

Dana Marsh: Basking In Bach In DC

The new artistic director of the Washington Bach Consort conducts his first concert Sept. 16 at National Presbyterian Church. He succeeds Consort founder J. Reilly Lewis, who died in 2016.

Studying the Organ Abroad

Vox Humana Editorial Board members Christopher Holman, Katelyn Emerson, and Guy Whatley present and discuss the major grants with which American organists can study abroad, and give general information about everyday life and jobs in a foreign country.

CD REVIEW: Tempesta’s Tantalizing Telemann

Coming almost a generation after Bach’s Brandenburg concertos, Telemann’s concerti-en-suite exhibit a still-wonderful flexibility in the definition of what makes a concerto (or suite, for that matter) and express a genuine joy in communal music-making, before the form had fully hardened into a vehicle for spotlit virtuosity.

Boston Camerata And BSO Share Paris Weekend

The event, at the Philharmonie de Paris, features two performances each by the Camerata and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and includes lecture presentations and collaborative rehearsals.

CD REVIEW: Bach Reunites Stellar Artists

It’s obvious from their excellent ensemble playing and total agreement on matters of articulation and phrasing that violinist Rachel Barton Pine and harpsichordist Jory Vinikour have lived intimately with these pieces over an extended period of time and given ample thought to interpretative decisions.

BOOK REVIEW: Harris Continues Purcell Journey

Ellen T. Harris’ comprehensive, concise, and well-organized volume about ‘Dido and Aeneas’ will prove a durable, invaluable guide for musicologist, conductor, singer, stage director, dramaturg, or opera fan.

Chatting With Barthold Kuijken

Barthold Kuijken has been in the vanguard of the early-music movement since the 1970s, performing, teaching, and recording around the world. For the past ten years, he has served as the artistic director of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra.

CD REVIEW: Dark Works of Dowland

Lutenist Nigel North and Les voix humaines have crafted an album that is a pleasure to hear. It would make a fine addition to anyone’s ‘Lachrimae’ collection.

CD REVIEW: Vivaldi Recorder Concertos

Vivaldi’s highly-structured, often virtuosic, and incredibly expansive catalog of works may sometimes blur together, but recorder player Vincent Lauzer and Canada’s Arion Baroque Orchestra illuminate its formal as well as its expressive variety.

Sarasa Ensemble Continues To Reach Out

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Sarasa continues to work performances in adult prisons, correctional facilities for teenagers, and mental hospitals into its regular concert schedule in the Boston area.

Medieval Organ Music

Kimberly Marshall, Professor of Organ at Arizona State University, discusses medieval organ literature, instrument reconstructions, and ornamentation and improvisation practice with Vox Humana Associate Editor Guy Whatley.

Book Review: Splendid Couperin Edition

The volume, published by Bärenreiter, contains probing discussions about the genesis of the compositions, many having been written years before their publication, and their engraving, publication, and reception.

CD Review: Gems Of Italian Renaissance

As documentation of an almost-lost practice of the Renaissance — how to take a multi-part vocal work and play it with just a solo voice and a viola da gamba — the recording by soprano Nadine Balbeisi and gambist Fernando Marín is worth its weight in gold.

Dutch Group Embraces Renaissance

Cappella Pratensis, which predominantly sings sacred repertoire from the 15th and 16th centuries, returns to the United States for a five-city tour starting Nov. 10 in New York.

CD Review: Three Lutes Played With Love

Mark Rimple has produced a well designed and beautifully executed album that showcases the longevity and ingenuity of lute composition in early modern Italy, and a marvelous modern approach to its performance.

CD Review: Baroque Recorder Ride

Recorder player Olwen Foulkes has assembled a real Baroque grab bag packed with plenty of technical and expressive possibilities. Listeners might not even notice that, apart from two pieces, none of the music on this disc was actually intended for her instrument.

Reaping Rewards Of Period Performance

From Monteverdi to Mozart, the notion of period performance — or historically informed performance — has grown up. And all music, not just Renaissance and Baroque compositions, can benefit from the newfound adulthood.

Boulder Bach Festival returns to the B-Minor Mass, but differently

Conductor Zachary Carrettin and the Boulder Bach Festival return to one of J.S. Bach’s masterworks of their repertoire on Sunday (Nov. 11), the Mass in B minor. But if you heard it the last time they performed the same work, in 2015, you should know this time will be different.

Book Review: Bach In Berlin Salons

Rebecca Cypess and Nancy Sinkoff’s monograph, a collection of fascinating essays based on a conference they had produced at Rutgers University, provides a significant resource for reassessing the historical record.

CD Review: Beethoven With Period Style

The sheer joy that cellist Jaap ter Linden and fortepianist David Breitman describe in the liner notes about getting to play this music with each other is on display throughout the album.

FM89 Launches New Early Music Program This December

Fans of early music have a new addition to their weekend radio lineup. Early Music Now with Sara Schneider is a new one-hour program showcasing music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and early Baroque: from sonorous medieval chant and polyphony to delightful renaissance madrigals, dances, and consort music to magnificent baroque cantatas and keyboard music.

Wolfgang Zuckermann, whose DIY kit fueled a harpsichord revival, dies at 96

At the fore of this antiquarian revival was Wolfgang Zuckermann, a German-born Jew who fled to the United States after Adolf Hitler came to power, worked as a child psychologist and piano technician and, in 1959, developed a build-it-yourself harpsichord kit that brought this once-obscure instrument into thousands of homes from North America to Australia.

Handel’s Messiah Still Reigns In Dublin

Each year on April 13, Our Lady’s Choral Society and the Dublin Handelian Orchestra commemorate the first performance of ‘Messiah’ with an hour-long version of the oratorio on Fishamble Street in front of the spot where the concert hall once stood that presented the 1742 premiere.

CD Review: Cello Gems By Another Bach

On his latest recording, the remarkable cellist Guy Fishman proves that Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach — so admired by the likes of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven — should be viewed as more than the transitional composer he is often thought to be.

CD Review: ACRONYM In Splendid Battle

The ensemble’s new recording explores music composed by or attributed to Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, including scores preserved in the Archdiocesan Museum in the Moravian town of Kroměříž, where the composer worked briefly as a court valet and musician beginning in 1668.

Tributes paid to early music revivalist Jeanne-Marie Dolmetsch

Jeanne-Marie Dolmetsch, elder twin-daughter of Dr Carl Dolmetsch CBE, and his first wife Mary, grew up amid a whirlwind of music-making that encompassed teaching, concert-giving both at home and abroad, and musical-instrument making at the family’s Haslemere workshops.

The Folger Consort’s Sumptuous Feast

The early music ensemble in residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., will perform 12 concerts titled “A Christmas Messe: A Banquet of Seasonal English Music” Dec. 14-23.

Book Review: Probing Old French Music

‘The Montpellier Codex, The Final Fascicle: Contents, Contexts, Chronologies’ is an accompaniment to a manuscript containing the largest collection of Medieval motets and an important source of 13th-century polyphony.

CD Review: Handel (Maybe) Sonatas

Only four of the nine sonatas for violin and continuo on this recording by the Brook Street Band can be definitively attributed to the master through an extant autograph score. Authorship aside, all of these sonatas are at the very least charming, often clever, and always beautiful.

Canto: Make Our Gardens Grow

Life in the arts is never easy, of course, but lately I’ve seen and heard so many of my fellow musicians crying out for help, not just financially but existentially.

An Interview with Laurence Equilbey

The French conductor talks about her new Beethoven recording on the Erato label featuring Nicholas Angelich performing the Fourth and Fifth piano concertos on an 1892 Pleyel.

Beyond Bach: 12 tips for better Baroque playing

A thorough knowledge of Baroque repertoire apart from the works of Bach is so important if modern players are to gain a proper understanding of Classical and Romantic works, writes Adrian Butterfield.

Academy of Sacred Drama Exalts Moses

The organization’s 2018-19 season has been styled “The Year of Moses.” To that end, artistic director Jeremy Rhizor has found three oratorios and an evening’s worth of cantatas celebrating the man who parted the Red Sea.

Book Review: Saluting Guillaume Du Fay

Alejandro Planchart’s monumental study of Du Fay is bound to have a long and fruitful reception, and stands as a testament to not one but two extraordinary sets of lives and works: its subject’s and its author’s.

CD Review: Delicious Bridging Of Periods

Rather than simply playing jazz on period instruments or Baroque interpretations of popular music, Les Délices’ new recording, “Songs Without Words,” is an inventive and warm performance of what Duke Ellington astutely called “good music.”

Celebrating The Baroque In Colorado

It might come as something of a surprise that Denver is home to the 14-year-old Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado. More than a mere regional outpost, it has built a national reputation as a first-rate period-instrument ensemble.

CD Review: Keyboard Master At Work

Joan Benson has had a formidable career as a recording artist, teacher, pedagogue, and published author. Now, at 93, her prolific performing career is once again visible to the masses through this collection: a two-CDd set of works culled from her live performances and studio albums spanning 40 years.

CD Review: Brahms Goes Historical

Yi-heng Yang and Kate Bennett Wadsworth are not the first modern musicians to record Brahms’ Cello Sonatas on period instruments — in this case an 1875 Streicher piano and a gut-strung cello played without endpin. But they are the first to do so while attempting to revive late 19th-century performance practice.

Australian Chamber Orchestra Instrument Fund acquires Brothers Amati violin

The Australian Chamber Orchestra has acquired its fourth ‘Golden Age’ string instrument: a violin made in 1590 by Antonio and Hieronymus Amati. The violin, whose purchase was enabled by an AU$1 million investment from the Australian industry super fund Media Super, will be played by ACO violinist Ike See.

Frescobaldi and Early Italian Organs

Scholar Christopher Stembridge discusses his new editions of Frescobaldi’s music and extensive experience with early Italian organs with Vox Humana Associate Editor Guy Whatley.

CD Review: Vivaldian Virtuosity

Spanish violinist Lina Tur Bonet brings abundant flair to Vivaldi’s demanding ‘Il Grosso Mogul’ concerto, as well as other works by the Italian composer and an excerpt from a concerto by his pupil Johann Georg Pisendel, edited by the master himself.

Book Review: Listening to Bach

Daniel R. Melamed’s book packs quite a wallop. In fewer than 150 pages, it provides enlightening insights along with provocative, even unsettling, commentary regarding two of the most celebrated — and challenging — compositions to issue from the pen of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Vancouver’s Historical Piano Boom

Developments in Vancouver give significant indications of how audiences are enthusiastically responding to authentic-instrument performances and how presenters are searching for better ways to satisfy this demand.

Period Instruments Meet Modern Dance

This weekend, in a collaboration with the Seattle Baroque Orchestra and soloists, Seattle-based choreographer Olivier Wevers unveils his new take on Pergolesi’s ‘Stabat Mater’ with his contemporary dance company, Whim W’Him.

CD Review: Tallis Sung At The Source

Whether in reduced or expanded form, the texture of the vocal ensemble, The Gentlemen of HM Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace under the direction of London-born Carl Jackson, sounds ideal. Were the ghosts of earlier Chapel Royal musicians guiding the singers?

CD Review: Cantatas For Countertenor

American countertenor Bejun Mehta and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin perform eight full-length cantatas and excerpts that depict pastoral love, deep piety, and bitter jealousy while also demonstrating the flexibility of this popular Baroque form.

Living the Classical Life: Jeannette Sorrell

Grammy®-winner Jeannette Sorrel recounts how she built one of the largest audiences for baroque music in the U.S. despite having no money, no role model and being told that neither audiences nor musicians would accept a woman as a conductor.

It’s Early Music Month Again!

Throughout March, Early Music America will highlight the variety and diversity of early music in North America – from individuals and organizations, to concerts, lectures, play-days, workshops, and more.

Johanness Ciconia: “Una Panthera”

Listening to Ensemble PAN’s interpretation of this classic Ciconia piece was one of the reasons I went to graduate school to study medieval music with Laurie Monahan. The music flows […]

Robert Wylkynson: “Salve regina”

In Robert Wylkynson’s “Salve regina” from the Eton Choirbook we find a brilliant example of the English love of extravagant sonority, here with a rich nine-voice texture spanning soaring trebles […]

Musicians Of The Old Post Road At 30

The ensemble was created by flutist Suzanne Stumpf and cellist Daniel Ryan to rediscover music of the late 17th through early 19th centuries performed on period instruments in historic venues across the Boston area.

Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger: “Sonino, scherzino”

L’Arpeggiata reconstructs the piece (via varied instrumentation and “orchestration“) in a way that allows one to truly appreciate the immense freedom we have as historically-informed performers. When all one has […]

Early Music On-The-Air

This Early Music Month, Early Music America applauds the work of terrestrial radio and streaming audio broadcasters who see the value in providing a home for early music.

The Liberating Necessity of Student Crisis Mode

In my experience, Student Crisis Mode is the most important stage of the learning process; it reminds us why we choose to continue studying what we love even when it tests us and, in our desperate need to feel capable again, opens our hearts to embracing radical ideas and new interpretations.

Book Review: Probing Medieval Motets

The goal of “A Critical Companion to Medieval Motets” is to define the motet genre as pluralistic and multifaceted in style, giving space to both French- and English-language motets.

CD Review: Infusion Honors Kreüsser

A beguiling new album by the Montreal-based ensemble Infusion Baroque focuses on works by the German composer Georg Anton Kreüsser (1746-1810).

Antonio Bertali: Sonata à 3 in D minor

<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Lesser known music from the early-mid 17th century is becoming more popular for historical ensembles to perform, although still […]

Young Performers Festival 2019: USC Collegium Workshop

The USC Collegium Workshop will present “Mi verry joy: Music from the Shores of England and France” as part of Early Music America’s Young Performers Festival, May 22-24, 2019, during the Bloomington Early Music Festival.

Anonymous: “Con Qué la Lavaré”

This is a haunting meoldy of loss, the loss of love and the loss of the Sephardic world. The performance shows off the way a great ensemble can make a […]

Turlough O’Carolan: Bridget Cruise

I came to early music through my love for the traditional music of Ireland and the Irish language, so when I discovered the compositions of the blind Irish harper Turlough […]

Andrés Flores: “A este edificio célebre”

My friend, the wonderful lutenist/guitarist and scholar, Daniel Zuluaga introduced this piece to me. The text is by the renowned Mexican poet and intellectual Son Juana Inés de la Cruz […]

The Advent of Early Music in Quebec

Coinciding with the culmination of Quebec’s Revolution Tranquille (1960-1975), an increasing awareness of the non-conformist early-music movement in Europe started spreading in the province as recordings were made available in the early 1970s.

Antonio Vivaldi: “L’Estro Armonico” Op. 3

I was writing a research paper in undergraduate school on Antonio Vivaldi’s L’Estro Armonico, Op. 3, discussing the differences between concerto and concerto grosso. I picked some old recording in […]

EMA Announces 2019 Annual Award Recipients

Please join us in congratulating this year’s recipients: Eric Rice (Thomas Binkley Award), Lyle Nordstrom (Howard Mayer Brown Award), and S’Cool Sounds (Laurette Goldberg Award).

2019 Laurette Goldberg Award

Early Music America is pleased to announce Nina Stern and S’Cool Sounds as recipients of the 2019 Laurette Goldberg Award for lifetime achievement in early music outreach and/or educational projects for […]

2019 Thomas Binkley Award

Early Music America is pleased to announce Eric Rice as the recipient of the 2019 Thomas Binkley Award for outstanding achievement in performance and scholarship by the director of a university […]

2019 Howard Mayer Brown Award

Early Music America is excited to announce Lyle Nordstrom as the recipients of the 2018 Howard Mayer Brown Award for lifetime achievement in the field of early music.

Jean-Marie Leclair: Sonates a Deux Violons, Op. 12

<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Marc Destrubé is one of the world’s foremost baroque violinists. He has few solo recordings but he has led […]

Antonio Vivaldi: “Sposa son disprezzata”

In the early 1990’s I saw Cecilia Bartoli in recital and was very impressed with her coloratura, which has always been her signature brand. However, it was her performance of […]

Antonio Vivaldi: “Winter” from the Four Seasons

The 2nd movement of this recording is 100% improvised and unlike anything I have ever heard. It’s something really unique. Jeffrey Smith Period violinist and violist Chair, Emerging ProfessionalLeadership Council […]

CD Review: Indianapolis Est Magnifique

Barthold Kuijken leads the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra in delectable performances of music by Lully, Telemann, and Rameau on their new recording, ‘The Lully Effect.’

CD Review: Lorenzani Opera Charms

‘Nicandro e Fileno,’ an 1681 comic opera by Paolo Lorenzani, receives a winning account by Le Nouvel Opéra and Les Boréades de Montréal under Francis Colpron.

Project Breathing New Life into Forgotten Medieval Chants

Trinity College Dublin is involved in an ambitious international cultural heritage project which is bringing back to life forgotten medieval chants and prayers associated with Irish saints such as St Patrick, St Brigit and St Colmcille.

Early Music Finds An Old Kentucky Home

Kentucky has a small but respectable showing in historical performance throughout the state. Ensembles, experts, community members, and audiences are all part of bringing exposure and promanance to our field.

Third Coast Baroque Awakens Handel Rarity

The composer’s first oratorio, ‘Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno,’ will be performed April 12 and 13 in the original 2¾-hour version that premiered in 1707 with Arcangelo Corelli as concertmaster.

CD Review: Devienne Sonatas Delight

Flutist Joanna Marsden joins forces with harpsichordist Mark Edwards to perform five of François Devienne’s flute sonatas, two of which are accompanied by an introductory prelude.

CD Review: Wayward And United

‘A Restless Heart’ is an attractive collection of original music and arrangements played by the wonderfully talented ensemble Wayward Sisters.

2019 Emerging Artists Showcase: Aperi Animam

The Milwaukee, WI-based vocal ensemble will perform as part of the Early Music America’s Emerging Artists Showcase, May 23 & 24, 2019, during the Bloomington Early Music Festival.

Book Review: Hailing The Harpsichord

Approachable and comprehensive, “The Cambridge Companion to the Harpsichord,” edited by Mark Kroll, teaches us about the harpsichord’s history and construction, role in chamber ensembles, tuning and temperament, and repertoire from nearly every national school.

CD Review: Fischer’s Gifts Celebrated

The Boston-based Renaissance vocal ensemble Exsultemus teams with Newton Baroque for a complete Vespers setting from Johann C. F. Fischer’s Opus 3 of 1701.

Euripides, with Notes

The musical dimension of ancient tragedy was long given up for lost, but a performance of Euripides’s Herakles at Barnard College, staged from April 4 to April 6, showed how much is being recovered, thanks to recent archeological finds and painstaking research.

REBEL Thrives At Home And On Road

The heralded baroque ensemble will give two programs in May — the first, titled “BAROCCO,” on the 11th at the Westport Arts Center in Connecticut and a Mother’s Day program on the 12th at Bedford Presbyterian Church in New York.

Canto: Gifts of Healing

From the May 2019 issue of EMAg The important thing about early music is that humans do it. It is true that it is beautiful and can soothe the soul, […]

CD Review: Bach’s Luther Cantatas Inspirited

“Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott,” a hymn virtually synonymous with Lutheranism, opens BWV 80 and exemplifies the reverent yet uniquely moving aesthetic of this recording by Montréal Baroque under Eric Milnes.

Defying Expectations, With an Obscure Instrument and a Hipster Look

Mr. Byrne, 36, is regarded by many as the leading viol player of his generation, a specialist in obscure repertoire and a leader in Europe’s early-music scene. But his appearance — hipsterish beard, close-cropped hair, all-black outfit, sneakers — suggested something a little edgier.

Book Review: ‘Bach’s Famous Choir’

The universal interest in St. Thomas School and its famous choir derives from the fact that J.S. Bach was in charge of it from 1723 to 1750, yet Michael Maul’s treatment of the school makes clear that the most glorious days of the choir (as opposed to its repertory) were not under Bach.

CD Review: Buxtehude Cantatas Revived

The Ricercar Consort performs the cycle of seven Buxtehude cantatas collectively called ‘Membra Jesu nostri,’ which was dedicated to Gustav Düben, an organist, composer, and director of music to the King of Sweden, in 1680.

Exploring Music From Old World To New

Boston University’s Center for Early Music Studies (CEMS) seeks to make connections with a conference, “Atlantic Crossings: Music from 1492 through the Long Eighteenth Century,” which will be held June 7 and 8.

CD Review: Schubert Cycle Poignantly Shaped

Baritone Thomas Meglioranza and pianist Reiko Uchida made their recording in Oberlin Conservatory’s Clonick Hall, where they had access to an 1829 Viennese fortepiano built by Anton Zierer only six years after the ink was dry on Schubert’s manuscript.
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2019 Handel Aria Competition Winners

The 7th annual Handel Aria Competition took place on Friday, June 7, 2019 in Mills Concert Hall of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Mead Witter School of Music.

Remembering Michael Jaffee (1938-2019)

Rosamund Morley, a viola gamba player and longtime member of the Waverly Consort, pays tribute to the ensemble’s co-founder, who died June 15 at the age of 81.
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UO lays off Oregon Bach Festival executive director

The University of Oregon will lay off the current director, Janelle McCoy, and permanently eliminate the position in a cost-cutting move, said Sabrina Madison-Cannon, dean of the university’s School of Music and Dance, in a message to donors Friday.

Book Review: Boston As Harpsichord Haven

‘The Boston School of Harpsichord Building: William Dowd, Eric Herz and Frank Hubbard, Personal Reminiscences by the People Who Knew and Worked with Them’ tells the story of an early-music revolution, the re-revival of the historical harpsichord.

CD Review: Celebrating Handel’s Tenor

Tenor Aaron Sheehan, shown above in Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s ‘La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers’ at the 2013 Boston Early Music Festival, teams with the Pacific MusicWorks Orchestra on an outstanding recording of works Handel wrote for tenor John Beard.

Over The Moon For Period Instruments

Fortepianist Eric Zivian and cellist Tanya Tomkins have led the Valley of the Moon Music Festival in California’s Sonoma Valley since 2014 with the mission of offering historically informed performances of Classical and Romantic music. The 2019 festival runs July 14-28.

Scott Allen Jarrett Named EMA Board President

An interview with Jarrett — artistic director of Bach Akademie Charlotte, director of music at Boston University’s Marsh Chapel, resident conductor of the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus, and music director of the Back Bay Chorale — about his new role with EMA.

CD Review: Classical Obscurities Elegantly Shaped

A new recording by Simon Murphy and the New Dutch Academy includes world-premiere recordings of three symphonies and Stephen Storace’s aria “Domestic Peace,” as well as the first recording of Carl Friedrich Zelter’s Concerto in E-flat for Viola and Orchestra on period instruments.

Book Review: Handel Documents Aplenty

The magisterial multi-volume set of Handel documents put together by Donald Burrows and the distinguished Handel scholars Helen Coffey, John Greenacombe, and the late Anthony Hicks promises to include just about everything written about, by, to, and for Handel.

Remembering Anner Bylsma

In his studies with the great Dutch cellist Anner Bylsma, who died July 25 at the age of 85, Guy Fishman writes that “the level of inquiry and erudition was intoxicating.”

Book Review: Entrancing Guide To Singing Early Music

Martha Elliott is excellent in discussing how to read Baroque scores, closely comparing various published versions (including facsimile, early publication, 19th-century edition, and complete works edition) of a single piece.

Harpsichord Finds Home In The 20th Century

Four works for harpsichord and orchestra are featured on a new CD from the Chicago-based Cedille Records label with soloist Jory Vinikour, conductor Scott Speck, and the Chicago Philharmonic.

Boccherini Works Elegantly Performed

Sarasa Ensemble’s latest CD brackets Boccherini’s ‘Stabat Mater,’ featuring soprano Dominique Labelle, with two pieces of chamber music for strings, a quartet, Op. 52, No. 3 (G. 234), in G major, and a quintet, Op. 42, No. 1 (G. 348), in F minor.

CD Review: Bachs On Harpsichord And Fortepiano

There are a lot of compelling and fascinating arguments for this kind of program featuring harpsichordist Rebecca Cypess and fortepianist Yi-heng Yang. Yet the recital justifies itself entirely on musical grounds.
Reggie Mobley

Canto: Times That Bind

Feelings and emotions are the glue of the human experience. And the unfailing conduit for linking us to who we always were, and will be, is music. It has existed along with humanity predating traumas like war, slavery, and injustice.

Book Review: Inspiring Profile In Courage

The Czech-born harpsichordist Zuzana Růžičková (1927-2017) recounted her amazing life in ‘One Hundred Miracles: A Memoir of Music and Survival,’ written with Wendy Holden.

Teamwork Pays Off In Pittsburgh

Chatham Baroque (above) and the presenting organization Renaissance & Baroque, which merged in 2018, are looking to build on the success of their first year together as they head into 2019-20 season.

CD Review: Sonnambula Debuts With Duarte

The ensemble’s impressive first disc promises and delivers the complete works of Leonora Duarte (1610-1678), the accomplished daughter of a prosperous Iberian converso jeweler who was resident in Antwerp.

Period Ensembles Alive And Well

The outlines of North America’s exciting landscape of period-instrument ensembles are taking shape as the 2019-2020 season unfolds.

Book Review: Wood’s Love of Bach Illuminated

Viewing Sir Henry Wood as an unappreciated figure in the “Bach revival” movement, Hannah French has industriously researched the scores and orchestral parts of the Bach works belonging to the conductor and used for his performances.

CD Review: Galou Offers Deeply Expressive Vivaldi

The latest release in Naïve’s Vivaldi Edition — which is recording the entire collection of the composer’s manuscripts at Turin’s Italian National University Library — gives the deepest feminine voice lots of love.

CD Review: Diverse Sides Of A Violinist’s Art

This musical scrapbook of recordings by Carol Lieberman shows a progression from earlier to later performances, paralleling the evolution of historical playing styles over several decades.

An Ambassador For Flutes Baroque and Classical

Janet See is an admired artist and teacher whose affiliations include Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Seattle’s Pacific MusicWorks, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, and Portland Baroque Orchestra

Book Review: Portrait Of A Remarkable Artist

Berta Joncus’ brilliant new book compels us to imagine London’s rich musical scene through the eyes and voice of one of the 18th century’s most extraordinary performers: Kitty Clive.

CD Review: Fresh Take On Goldberg Variations

These performances bubble over with the energy and warmth of a celebration for five friends who just happen to be incredibly knowledgeable and sensitive students of Bach’s music.

Fulbright: One Year Later

Cellist Erin Lupardus completes her three-part series detailing her experience studying Baroque cello as a 2018-2019 Fulbright Scholar.

Book Review: Giving Anna Magdalena Bach Her Due

David Yearsley’s ‘Sex, Death, and Minuets: Anna Magdalena Bach and Her Musical Notebooks’ is a comprehensive study of the two famous Clavier-Büchlein that belonged to J. S. Bach’s second wife and eventual widow.

Canto: Voices of Inspiration

How can we teach children that music is a space where all people are welcome? How can we lift up voices instead of suppressing them in a world that talks about openness and inclusivity but often falls short? How can we use our own voices to effect change?

New Institutes To Nurture Young Musicians

The Carmel Bach Festival introduces a session for an early-music string quartet, while Oklahoma City University will offer a training institute aimed at singers and instrumentalists.

CD Review: Brahms Performed With Historical Panache

Brahms would have been pleased with this recording of his works featuring clarinet: Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120, No. 1; Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 120, No. 2; and the Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano, Op. 114.

Newberry Consort And Piffaro Mark Milestones Together

The beloved ensembles are teaming in February in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Wilmington, DE, with a collaborative show, ‘La Marchesa,’ focusing on Isabella d’Este, marchioness, Gonzaga-in-law, and fabled North Italian patroness of art and music.

EMA Scholarship Celebrates Music Master Zajac

Early Music America is establishing the biennial Thomas Zajac Memorial Scholarship for performers and scholars who embody the multi-instrumentalist and educator’s adventurous spirit.

Book Review: In Praise Of A Stellar Countertenor

We learn not only about Alfred Deller’s remarkable career in Christine Headley’s wonderful book, ‘Sound the Trumpet,’ but also about the Stour Music Festival, with which he was so closely associated.

Robert Carver: O bone Jesu a19

I have always loved Carver’s nineteen-voice motet for its easy navigation between intricately decorative figures and large-scale tutti acclamations that are both grand and serene at the same time.

Vasquez: De los alamos vengo

early music fans may prefer (I know I do) a more serene version of the “alamo” by early 16th-century Spanish composer Juan Vazquez, the lovely Villancicos, “De los alamos venue” — “from the cottonwoods.”

Pachelbel: Canon in D

Both of Musica Antiqua Köln’s recordings of Pachelbel’s (in)famous Canon in D served as my gateway into the world of Early Music.

J.S. Bach: Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major

Rachel Podger’s recording of the Bach Sonatas and Partitas were my very first exposure to baroque violin. I was blown away by the clarity and roundness of the sound, but […]

Duarte: Sinfonia No. 4

We recently released the first complete recording of Duarte’s works, and Sinfonia No. 4 is particularly moving and showcases our ensemble sound beautifully. We’ve had to postpone a number of […]

CD Review: Elegant Artistry On Pardessus De Viole

While much of the music for the pardessus remains unrecorded, a CD by Mélisande Corriveau, a Montreal-based gamba player and member of Les Voix Humaines, brings it to life with harpsichordist Eric Milnes.

Book Review: Fresh Take On Musical Authorship

Stephen Rose challenges contemporary critical views that de-emphasize the role of the composer by showing that performers and composers were understood as occupying two separate spheres, blurring the line of authorial primacy.

Rameau: Messe de Requiem: Requiem aeternam

A fantastic group and a super dramatic piece! I’m always in awe of Ensemble Pygmalion‘s choir, and the intense shapes they manage to get together. If you can’t make it […]

Schop: Lachrimae Pavan

I loved recording this piece and this album – Restless Heart – making music with others is such a privilege, and one of the saddest things about the pandemic is […]

A Historically Informed Approach To Music In Times Of Pandemic

In his essay for Early Music America, Christopher Macklin notes that he has been “most struck by the importance of music and its power to define and maintain those capillaries of nourishing connection, far more than I have by any dirges or fears of collapse.”

Isaac: Fortuna disperata / Sancte Petre

The album “The Lion’s Ear” which contains this track is a tribute to Pope Leo X (Giovanni de’ Medici, 1475-1521), a rare and extraordinary patron of music as well as […]

Ockeghem: Aultre Venus estes sans faille

This is my favorite Ockeghem song of all time and making this album with Blue Heron was such a special experience. I couldn’t be more proud of this recording. I […]

Purcell: If Musick Be the Food of Love

It is a joyful song, Henry Purcell is one of my favorite composers, and what the world needs now is Musick, Musick Musick! I was very much looking forward to […]

Haydn: “Harmoniemesse” Credo: Et resurrexit

There are many occasions when professional choral singers have the opportunity to sing the great liturgical works of classical composers like Mozart, Schubert, and Haydn. However it is rare to […]

Lasso: La nuit froide et sombre

I was looking forward to coming to New York with the Ratas in April, and to sharing some of this music. There will be a next time… but until then […]

Hildegard: Ave Generosa

This is our most recent (and only) recording. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Vajra Voices and founder/director Karen R. Clark are —like many— suffering the sadness and loss […]

Vivaldi: Care selve, amici prati

I chose this recording because of the light and joyful feeling it evokes and lifts my spirit at during trying time. Translation: Dear woods, friendly meadows, I come back to […]

Book Review: Early English Keyboard Music Explored

David J. Smith’s ‘Aspects of Early English Keyboard Music before c.1630’ contains 11 studies ranging widely in structure and focus, reflecting their diverse origins as papers first delivered at various conferences between 2004 and 2008.

N.N.: Concerto in G Minor I: Allegro

It is representative of my repertoire, and I believe it is the only recording of this piece that is available. All of my gigs have been canceled for the foreseeable […]

Leaders In Early Music Ponder The Future

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, notions about restarting any public performances vary wildly. Geography matters. Organizational size. Repertoire has something to do with it — early music may have some advantage. Nobody suggests there is one answer.

How Period Musicians View The Pandemic

Musicians have been hit especially hard financially by the coronavirus outbreak because many are freelancers who earn money concert by concert and cannot count on full-time salaries or benefits such as health insurance.

Medieval Chant Blossoms In Virtual Acoustic

Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, painstaking work of two college professors, and radiant sound of Cappella Romana, it is possible to imagine what a medieval Byzantine service might have sounded like.
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Canto: Relishing Recitativo

My favorite part of any rehearsal process begins when the focus is on recitative. For many singers, especially those who concentrate on Baroque music, recitative is a Holy Grail of […]

Book Review: Collection Abounds In Telemann Topics

As the only English-language resource of its kind, Steve Zohn’s excellent book should be considered a long overdue and much welcomed addition for libraries and anyone with an interest in 18th-century music.

Two Early Music Programs Embrace Change And Inclusion

“As long as I can remember, inclusion has been an important focus, but it’s come much more to the fore recently,” says cellist Kenneth Slowik, director of both the Smithsonian Haydn Academy and the Oberlin Conservatory’s Baroque Performance Institute.

CD Review: Early Scarlatti Opera Handsomely Done

“Gli equivoci nel sembiante” makes a very pleasant impression on the Canadian label Musica Omnia’s well-engineered new recording featuring Capella Intima, Gallery Players of Niagara, and Nota Bene Baroque Players.

CD Review: Fresh Takes On Beethoven And C.P.E. Bach Symphonies

Beethoven’s early symphonies are obviously in the vanguard when compared with the music composed in prior decades. To amplify the comparison, this disc by the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin includes two short symphonies by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.

Book Review: More Ilumination About François Couperin

The harpsichordist and musicologist Jane Clark, Swansea University professor emeritus Derek Connon, and Keyword Press have published a third, revised edition of The Mirror of Human Life. They have improved what was already a very good thing.

CD Review: Schubert Songs Sound More Timely Than Ever

Tenor Karim Sulayman and fortepianist Yi-heng Yang have released a compelling collection of Schubert songs, Where Only Stars Can Hear Us, comprising 18 Lieder spanning 14 years of the composer’s life with texts by 12 poets.

Early Music? There’s An App For That

The Acapella app, which allows users to create multi-track videos, singing or playing musical instruments on their own, has recently seen a resurgence among HIP musicians, especially those craving polyphony in this increasingly monophonic world.

Canto: The Case for Choir

“[During the pandemic] Health and safety concerns are at the forefront of our decision-making, but the solutions we create for this current situation need not create a “new normal.”

CD Review: ACRONYM Brings Neglected Works To Vivid Life

The 12 pieces on the ensemble’s new recording are culled from 2,300 in the collection of the Düben family, whose members over three generations served as Kapellmeisters for the Royal Swedish Court in Stockholm; they are the best of the best.

CD Review: Bach’s Cello Suites Soar On Expressive Wings

André Laurent O’Neil’s intimate knowledge of these works is palpable, and he treats them with a kind of familiar, tender reverence that causes the listener to feel almost as if they have been an accidental witness to a very private moment.

Notorious Strumpets On The English Restoration Stage

The Restoration singer-actresses Nell Gwyn and Mary “Moll” Davis rose to fame during a period of sweeping social, legal, and scientific change on issues that directly impacted gender roles in all levels of English society.

CD Review: Savall Puts Stamp On Beethoven Symphonies

Working with Le Concert des Nations, a period-instrument orchestra he founded in 1989, Jordi Savall clearly believes he is rediscovering these works in some sense by performing them in a historically informed manner.

According The Accordion Its Historical Due

Throughout the Classical and Romantic periods, the humble accordion and its simpler cousin, the concertina, were important parlor, chamber, and accompanying instruments.

Project Aims To Broaden Diversity In Early Music Research

The Inclusive Early Music project’s most comprehensive resource is a bibliography cataloguing more than 100 scholarly articles, including sources that explore music-making both outside of Europe and by marginalized peoples within Europe.

CD Review: Clarinet Works Disarm On Two Discs

June 2019 was a productive month for clarinetist Eric Hoeprich, resulting in two albums that have been released over the past several months. One was recorded in England, the other in the Netherlands.

CD Review: Bach Motets Placed In Historical Context

Raphaël Pichon and Pygmalion juxtapose Bach’s six mighty motets with works that could have formed part of the weekly repertoire at the Thomaskirche and helped to introduce Southern European musical innovations to the North.

Canto: The Pursuit of Truth

At some point, the mature artist must dare to infuse that study, diligent practice, and those personal experiences and deep emotions into a point of view that transcends mere rote learning.

CD Review: Heavenly Meeting Of Cosmology And Music

Cornetto player Bruce Dickey’s new recording includes 15 works by contemporaries of the German astronomer Johannes Kepler, who believed that the harmonic organization of the heavens was mirrored on earth.

Book Review: Cello Works By A British Master

Not only does this new edition of the Capriccios and Exercises for the Violoncello, Op. 15, by Robert Lindley fill an important gap in our knowledge of the history of cello playing, but it also will be of great use to teachers and students of the instrument.

Masses Of Monteverdi Madrigals

To take on the task of recording this monumental body of work is equally monumental, and thus few ensembles have done it.