EMA’s Top 10 Most Popular of 2023

by EMA Staff
Published December 18, 2023

As 2023 comes to a close, check out EMA’s 10 most popular features and reviews from the world of early music. For more news, profiles, and ideas, subscribe to EMA’s weekly E-Notes newsletter.


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21st Century Baroque

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Meet Nuova Pratica, a stylish ensemble with a progressive-retro attitude. They reject the notion that everything’s already been said in the Baroque language. By re-opening the book on Baroque composition, their new works are at turns fresh, varied, and imaginative.
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The 10 Hosting Commandments

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With the season in full swing and the holidays fast approaching, it’s a good time to revisit one of the most-read EMA stories of 2023. First published in January, it’s a top-10 list of “home stay” dos and don’ts. An early-music host shares his tips for making a home stay easy and low-stress for everyone. Share it with anyone who invites musicians into their house…and traveling musicians will be grateful.
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Recent EMA Features

A Teenage Mystic, a Revelation from God, and Bossy Parents: the Academy of Sacred Drama Revives a Lost Oratorio

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Biblical oratorios by Handel and Bach are cornerstones of a vast repertoire filled with forgotten treasures. New York's Academy of Sacred Drama is reviving these often-gorgeous obscurities, one show at a time. Led by violinist Jeremy Rhizor, their latest discovery is 'Santa Maria Maddalena de' Pazzi,' with performances this week. 'The oratorios exist as literary narratives as well as stories of Biblical histories and lessons.'
Read More A Teenage Mystic, a Revelation from God, and Bossy Parents: the Academy of Sacred Drama Revives a Lost Oratorio

Showcasing The Fooles from EMA’s Boston Summit

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You can now watch EMA's extraordinary 2023 Emerging Artists Showcase, with three headliners. To introduce their performance, a member of The Fooles here offers insights into new postures and techniques required of this 17th-c. repertoire. And period-instrument ensembles everywhere should take note of their brilliant tuning regimen, where tuning fickle instruments isn't a disruption but an engaging part of the show.
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A Handelian Feast in Portland

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Like a jukebox musical, a pasticcio opera takes hit tunes from an artist or era and stitches them together with a bespoke plot. Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Portland Baroque Orchestra is set to perform 'Dinner with Handel,' a pasticcio where the great composer is caught in a surprise dinner party—revealing the man and his complicated relationships.
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