How Goes Gesualdo?

In some repertoire, the gulf between singers and instrumentalists is narrowing. The author calls it ‘among the more exciting developments in historical performance,’ which might reshape our understanding of Italian Renaissance music. (Photo of Nicolas Achten)

The Great Isabella Leonarda, Discovered Anew

She spent most of her life in the convent and composed prolifically. Suor Isabella Leonarda’s sacred and instrumental music is given deluxe performances in this terrific new recording.

Making a Parody of Bach, No Kidding

The so-called parody process requires a great deal of historical knowledge but also a willingness to fill in the gaps. Performer-composer Jessica Korotkin, a Baroque cellist, combines historical scholarship with her own ingenuity for a new set of Bach-inspired cello suites.

Listening to the Fur Trade in British North America

The Indigenous peoples of British North America did the trapping and skinning of animal pelts and traded them to European settlers. To keep these mutually beneficial exchanges flowing, the disparate cultures used music, dance, and sound as a vital means of communication. This fascinating book explores how music helped forge cross-cultural trade.

Calling All Medievalists

A doctoral student at the Sorbonne is studying acoustic heritage related to music by the Notre-Dame School of composers, part of a larger project on the sonic history of Notre-Dame Cathedral. This is an invitation to participate in a web-based study that examines the reception of medieval vocal music in varying performance spaces.

From Karaoke to Handel, a Countertenor’s Path

Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen is perhaps on the fastest track among American countertenors. His ‘rich, gender-ambiguous tone is otherworldly,’ wrote one critic. We’ll meet the rising star, who sings a program titled Countertenor Fireworks, later this week in Philadelphia.

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