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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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, where he studied performance practice and early wind instruments with Dr. Ruth van Baak Griffioen and composition with …