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Early Music Fri Aug 11 2017 13:00:46 GMT+0000 (UTC)
WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- I join the lovely ladies and gentlemen of Consort 8 in their next concert at St Paul's in Burwood. Amongst the many lovely works for recorders, viols and lutes that will be presented, I will perform one of the solo fantasies by Telemann that were rec
Matteo Ricci was the first Westerner to be invited into the Forbidden City in Beijing. During his years in China, Ricci wrote extensively and maintained an unprecedented dialogue with the Chinese intelligentia.Matteo Ricci Matteo Ricci was born into
This week on Harmonia we explore one of the most fascinating and complex instruments that was ever misunderstood: the hurdy-gurdy.This week on Harmonia we explore one of the most fascinating and complex instruments that was ever misunderstood: the hu
Photo Credit: Kitt PhotographyReview by Larry Turner from Sounds Like Sydney.'In Es ist vollbracht she [Sally-Ann Russell] created a hushed, poignant atmosphere which was enhanced by Shaun Ngs delicately expressive playing of the viola da ga
In the early 80s, while studying baroque cello at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland I had the opportunity to play Bach St. John Passion at a lovely church in the Schwarzwald. I was thrilled. There are few assignments for a baroque cellist tha
The English poet Robert Graves once said, Theres no money in poetry, but theres no poetry in money.The English poet Robert Graves once said, Theres no money in poetry, but theres no poetry in money.
Photo Credit: Kitt PhotographyReview by Angus McPherson from Limelight Magazine.'Mezzo-soprano Sally-Anne Russells Es ist vollbracht was moving, sung against the sparse texture of continuo and Shaun Ngs burnished viola da gamba lines.'The roiling str
Dietrich Buxtehude was born in 1637 in what is now Denmark. At the age of 20 he was appointed organist at St. Marys Church in Helsingr, where his father had earlier worked and in 1660, he took a position at another St. Marys Church, this time in Hals
Ensemble Scholastica aims to recreate a medieval musicians process.Ensemble Scholastica aims to recreate a medieval musicians process.
Photo Credit: Han G. LeeReview by Victoria Watson from the Sounds Like Sydney.'Shaun Ng was particularly impressive in the slow sonata movements for viola da gamba where the mellifluous tone of the instrument is ideally exploited. The affetuoso third
A very 2009 moment occurred the other day when, allowing myself to be distracted from working on the score for La Liberazione di Ruggiero, I noticed a tweet from @krashangel about the fact that the ciaconna used in Rene Jacobs recording and DVD of Ca
Go back in time for a musical soire in an 18th century Viennese drawing room.Go back in time for a musical soire in an 18th century Viennese drawing room.
"Whilst snug in their Club-Room, they jovially twine / The Myrtle of Venus with Bacchuss Vine. Those are some of the original words to our national anthem."Whilst snug in their Club-Room, they jovially twine / The Myrtle of Venus with Bacchuss Vine.
Knights, peasants, crusades, chants, and saintsthis week on Harmonia, well explore aspects of medieval European history.Knights, peasants, crusades, chants, and saintsthis week on Harmonia, well explore aspects of medieval European history.
This week on Harmonia we celebrate Telemanns legacy.This week on Harmonia we celebrate Telemanns legacy.
Scherzi Musicali is helping to bring the Fiocco name and his music back to modern ears.Scherzi Musicali is helping to bring the Fiocco name and his music back to modern ears.
The Elder, The Younger, The Son, The Duo.The Elder, The Younger, The Son, The Duo.
The 500 year old instrument is one of the earliest harpsichords that has survived the trials of travel and time.The 500 year old instrument is one of the earliest harpsichords that has survived the trials of travel and time.
Sit, stay, good dog! This week on Harmonia, our furry and feathered friends are taking center stage.Sit, stay, good dog! This week on Harmonia, our furry and feathered friends are taking center stage.
Ratiss Canzonette are more personal than theological or formal--sometimes blithe, sometimes tender, sometimes sensual, often humorous.Ratiss Canzonette are more personal than theological or formal--sometimes blithe, sometimes tender, sometimes sensua
Did you know that founding father Thomas Jefferson was the first major contributor to the Library of Congress?Did you know that founding father Thomas Jefferson was the first major contributor to the Library of Congress?
Keyboard music by Johann Wilhelm Hssler, played on harpsichord, clavichord, and fortepiano.Keyboard music by Johann Wilhelm Hssler, played on harpsichord, clavichord, and fortepiano.
How did tunes go viral, so to speak, centuries before there was any such thing as social media?How did tunes go viral, so to speak, centuries before there was any such thing as social media?
Marco DallAquila bridged the gap between two very different periods in the life of the lute, its music, and its playing techniques.Marco DallAquila bridged the gap between two very different periods in the life of the lute, its music, and its playing
Mendelssohn's three sonatas for violin and fortepiano played on 19th century period instruments.Mendelssohn's three sonatas for violin and fortepiano played on 19th century period instruments.
Although famous in his day, the music of French baroque composer Jean-Joseph de Mondonville has, nowadays, mostly been forgotten.Although famous in his day, the music of French baroque composer Jean-Joseph de Mondonville has, nowadays, mostly been fo
Ensemble Zefiro explores Bach's associations with France, and the incorporation of the French style into his music.Ensemble Zefiro explores Bach's associations with France, and the incorporation of the French style into his music.
What do the Mardi Gras parades of New Orleans, the famous Carnival of Venice, and the Jewish holiday Purim all have in common? Why, costumes, of course!What do the Mardi Gras parades of New Orleans, the famous Carnival of Venice, and the Jewish holid
Verdelots madrigals ( la Ganassi) from the ensemble, Doulce Mmoire.Verdelots madrigals ( la Ganassi) from the ensemble, Doulce Mmoire.
What if your name was famous, but your work wasnt?What if your name was famous, but your work wasnt?
It would be interesting to know the story behind the name of the ensemble, Beauty Farm. But never mindits peculiar enough that youre not likely to forget it!It would be interesting to know the story behind the name of the ensemble, Beauty Farm. But n