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Madness, Revenge, and New Music: Looking for the Lost Finale of ‘L’Orfeo’

Madness, Revenge, and New Music: Looking for the Lost Finale of ‘L’Orfeo’

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Thomas May
This week, Seattle-based Pacific MusicWorks, for their upcoming season finale (May 20 and 21), will give the world premiere of a new musical completion of the finale scene that appeared at the end of the originally published libretto for Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo. Combining sung and danced performance, this alternate ending is the work of Stephen Stubbs, the lutenist, conductor, and the founder and artistic director of Pacific MusicWorks, with choreography by Baroque dance specialist Anna Mansbridge.
South Asian Singers Find a Home in Early Music

South Asian Singers Find a Home in Early Music

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Natasha Gauthier
Sopranos Maya Kherani and Sherezade Panthaki (at right) and tenor Asitha Tennekoon are among a growing number of South Asian musicians working to promote more diversity in early-music casting and programming while building their own impressive careers. “I knew what it was like to not have role models," says Kherani. "I thought if I could change that for one young person by being proud and open about my heritage, I should do it.”
Viols to Virginia, Music in Colonial America

Viols to Virginia, Music in Colonial America

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Loren Ludwig
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.

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EMA CD & BOOK REVIEWS

Book Review: New Perspectives on Music and Jewish Culture in Italy

Book Review: New Perspectives on Music and Jewish Culture in Italy

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Joshua R. Jacobson
This insightful and well-researched collection of 10 essays shed light on Jewish musical activity in the Italian peninsula from the 14th to the 17th centuries. Unique to this time and place was an efflorescence of musical activity—in the sense of European “high culture”—and the authors point to the many instances of cultural, economic and social connections. There's a focus on two phenomena: the participation by Jews in European musical culture, and the creation of new Jewish musical artifacts that resulted from a fusion of the two cultures.
CD Review: Mozart for Historical Bassoon

CD Review: Mozart for Historical Bassoon

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Andrew J. Sammut
'Mozart’s Bassoon' features Peter Whelan as the soloist in the popular Bassoon Concerto while also directing his period-instrument group Ensemble Marsyas. The disc includes compelling performances of Mozart’s lesser-known Bassoon Sonata in B flat and one of his convention-defying wind serenades.
CD Review: Music of Early America from Three Notch'd Road

CD Review: Music of Early America from Three Notch’d Road

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Kyle MacMillan
In Three Notch'd Road's latest recording, 'Shining Shore: Music of Early America,' the Charlottesville group has mined the rich heritage of its own musically fertile region, presenting a fresh, inviting line-up of short songs and instrumental works that were likely heard in Virginia or its preceding colony from the late 17th-to mid-19th-centuries.
CD Review: Strikingly Original Music from Handel's Violinist

CD Review: Strikingly Original Music from Handel’s Violinist

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Carol Lieberman
Pietro Castrucci is not well enough known. He studied violin with Arcangelo Corelli, moved to London in 1715, and served as leader of Handel's opera orchestra. Castrucci often performed with Handel and another of Corelli’s students in London, Francesco Geminiani. Although Castrucci’s compositional output is relatively small, his incredible invention and skill are much to be admired. This recording is the first complete set of his Op. 1 sonatas, a welcome addition to the Baroque violin repertoire.

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EARLY MUSIC NEWS FROM OTHER SOURCES

The baroque cellist and viola da gamba specialist passed away aged 64 on 10 February following a long battle with cancer.
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#1 [Improvise] free [suelto] counterpoint on a plainsong in the bass, as well as concerted [counterpoint], showing two voices on the [Guidonian] hand and singing another.
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A master of the viola da gamba and other stringed instruments, she was a central part of the early-music scene.
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Cellist of the CBSO Baroque Ensemble Jackie Tyler MBE shares her insights on the role of a continuo player, as well as how working with wind players and her Baroque cello set-up inform her playing.
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Interactive tool features more than 500 women who are often forgotten in the classical music world.
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COMMUNITY NEWS & PRESS RELEASES

The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado is now accepting applications for its Apprentice Program for the 2022-23 season. The Apprentice Program provides the opportunity for a recent college graduate, current ...
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For this online release of our April 10 in-person concert, virtuoso violinist and guest soloist Julia Wedman gives us a glimpse into some of her favourite music, bringing you works ...
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Jouyssance Early Music Ensemble will present a lavish polychoral concert of music by Venetian masters Claudio Monteverdi, Andrea Gabrieli and Giovanni Gabrieli.   ...
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(Boston May 12, 2022) – The Handel and Haydn Society announces its 208th consecutive season, the most of any performing arts organization in the country. The 2022-23 season features masterpieces ...
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Tempesta di Mare concludes its 20th anniversary season with the orchestral concerts of its three-program focus, Season XX. The program, Season XX: Orchestra features works from Tempesta di Mare’s past ...
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