(via New Music - A review of this week’s album releases - Winnipeg Free Press)
"STILE Antico’s ("in the old style") regally titled From the Imperial Court offers a fine collection of 15th- and 16th-century Spanish and Flemish choral works composed during the long-standing Hapsburg dynasty, which lasted, remarkably, until 1918. Founded by Oxford University students in 2001, the British a cappella vocal ensemble crafts each of its performances without a conductor. This helps create a more organically blended mix, with the 16-member troupe’s flowing, polyphonic lines wafting over the ear like a seamless tapestry of sound. For Renaissance music buffs, there are more widely known composers represented: Josquin’s Mille Regretz, composed for Spanish ruler Charles V, and Thomas Tallis’s seven-part motet Loquebantur Variis Linguis. However, this new release is particularly adept at showcasing lesser-known works, with comprehensive liner notes doubling as a fascinating history lesson. One of those, Heinrich Isaac’s Virgo Prudentissima, is a tour de force of slow-moving harmonies alternating with florid passagework, perhaps finally allowing the 15th-century court composer to emerge from the shadows of his oft-viewed rival Josquin. ★★★★”

(via New Music - A review of this week’s album releases - Winnipeg Free Press)

"STILE Antico’s ("in the old style") regally titled From the Imperial Court offers a fine collection of 15th- and 16th-century Spanish and Flemish choral works composed during the long-standing Hapsburg dynasty, which lasted, remarkably, until 1918.

Founded by Oxford University students in 2001, the British a cappella vocal ensemble crafts each of its performances without a conductor.

This helps create a more organically blended mix, with the 16-member troupe’s flowing, polyphonic lines wafting over the ear like a seamless tapestry of sound.

For Renaissance music buffs, there are more widely known composers represented: Josquin’s Mille Regretz, composed for Spanish ruler Charles V, and Thomas Tallis’s seven-part motet Loquebantur Variis Linguis.

However, this new release is particularly adept at showcasing lesser-known works, with comprehensive liner notes doubling as a fascinating history lesson. One of those, Heinrich Isaac’s Virgo Prudentissima, is a tour de force of slow-moving harmonies alternating with florid passagework, perhaps finally allowing the 15th-century court composer to emerge from the shadows of his oft-viewed rival Josquin. ★★★★”

Austerity Leads Ensemble to Adapt - William Christie and Les Arts Florissants in Season of Change - New York Times
"William Christie plans to lead his Baroque ensemble, Les Arts Florissants, in a pair of concerts at Versailles next summer to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the death of Louis XIV, whose patronage established the French musical style that Mr. Christie has helped revive.
The music of that era — works by Lully, Charpentier, Couperin, Marais and others — lives on, thanks in large part to groups like Les Arts Florissants. The extravagant court patronage, not so much. Now, as Europe grapples with austerity measures and changing paradigms in arts funding, Mr. Christie said that his ensemble, like many others, is learning to adapt…
Les Arts Florissants — the group takes its name from a short opera by Charpentier — will tour this season in Europe, South America and North America, where it will perform in April at Lincoln Center, according to a season announcement the group released this week. Its pending move to the new Philharmonie, where the Orchestre de Paris will be the resident orchestra, highlights the extent to which Mr. Christie — a harpsichordist, conductor and musicologist from Buffalo — has come to be accepted, and revered, in France.
..Les Arts Florissants is commemorating the 250th anniversary of the death of Rameau with a 10-CD boxed set featuring many of Mr. Christie’s Rameau recordings released by the Harmonia Mundi label, and a tour of Luxembourg, Moscow and London with the program “Rameau, Maître à Danser,” presenting two of his choreographed one-act ballets.
And Mr. Christie will bring Les Arts Florissants and six singers from Le Jardin des Voix to New York on April 23 for a concert of Italian music at Alice Tully Hall as part of Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series…”

Austerity Leads Ensemble to Adapt - William Christie and Les Arts Florissants in Season of Change - New York Times

"William Christie plans to lead his Baroque ensemble, Les Arts Florissants, in a pair of concerts at Versailles next summer to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the death of Louis XIV, whose patronage established the French musical style that Mr. Christie has helped revive.

The music of that era — works by Lully, Charpentier, Couperin, Marais and others — lives on, thanks in large part to groups like Les Arts Florissants. The extravagant court patronage, not so much. Now, as Europe grapples with austerity measures and changing paradigms in arts funding, Mr. Christie said that his ensemble, like many others, is learning to adapt…

Les Arts Florissants — the group takes its name from a short opera by Charpentier — will tour this season in Europe, South America and North America, where it will perform in April at Lincoln Center, according to a season announcement the group released this week. Its pending move to the new Philharmonie, where the Orchestre de Paris will be the resident orchestra, highlights the extent to which Mr. Christie — a harpsichordist, conductor and musicologist from Buffalo — has come to be accepted, and revered, in France.

..Les Arts Florissants is commemorating the 250th anniversary of the death of Rameau with a 10-CD boxed set featuring many of Mr. Christie’s Rameau recordings released by the Harmonia Mundi label, and a tour of Luxembourg, Moscow and London with the program “Rameau, Maître à Danser,” presenting two of his choreographed one-act ballets.

And Mr. Christie will bring Les Arts Florissants and six singers from Le Jardin des Voix to New York on April 23 for a concert of Italian music at Alice Tully Hall as part of Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series…”

Check out The Cliburn Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko's upcoming schedule! http://ow.ly/BSV7210/17-10/19 - Copley Symphony Hall - San Diego Symphony - San Diego, CA10/21 - Western Washington University - Bellingham, WA10/24-10/26 - Bass Performance Hall - Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra - Ft Worth, TX10/29 - Pickman Hall - The Celebrity Series of Boston - Boston, MA

Check out The Cliburn Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko's upcoming schedule! http://ow.ly/BSV72

10/17-10/19 - Copley Symphony Hall - San Diego Symphony - San Diego, CA
10/21 - Western Washington University - Bellingham, WA
10/24-10/26 - Bass Performance Hall - Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra -
Ft Worth, TX
10/29 - Pickman Hall - The Celebrity Series of Boston - Boston, MA

Revisit The New York Times review of the Jerusalem Quartet's 2013 Shostakovich series at Alice Tully Hall: http://ow.ly/BWEFV 
"The Jerusalem Quartet brought a beautiful sense of flexibility to these cinematic changes of light and shadow…Mr. Pavlovsky, playing the first violin part, produced a veiled, floating sound…Mr. Kam’s viola glowed in the solo that opens the second movement of the first quartet."The Quartet tours the US beginning October 14! http://ow.ly/BWFfq

Revisit The New York Times review of the Jerusalem Quartet's 2013 Shostakovich series at Alice Tully Hallhttp://ow.ly/BWEFV 

"The Jerusalem Quartet brought a beautiful sense of flexibility to these cinematic changes of light and shadow…Mr. Pavlovsky, playing the first violin part, produced a veiled, floating sound…Mr. Kam’s viola glowed in the solo that opens the second movement of the first quartet."

The Quartet tours the US beginning October 14! http://ow.ly/BWFfq

(via Harbison: String Trio; Four Songs of Solitude; Songs America Loves to Sing CD review | 4 Stars | The Guardian)
"…The great string trios may be counted on the fingers of one hand, and Harbison’s model was the greatest of them all, Mozart’s Divertimento in E flat, K563. Like that work, Harbison’s half-hour Trio is in six movements, but their thematic material is derived from musical spellings of Lionel Messi’s name (he is, says Harbison, the “Mozart of soccer”), and the way that the three instruments relate to each other in an almost theatrical way, with the viola finally coming out on top, has more than a hint of the instrumental roleplay that is such a feature of Elliott Carter’s string quartets. Harbison’s string writing is generally less dense and confrontational than Carter’s, though, and as played by the three members of Camerata Pacifica for whom it was written, his Trio is wonderfully elegant and clear, and seems a major addition to the string trio repertory…"
iTunes: http://ow.ly/BNk36 Amazon: http://ow.ly/BNk8Y

(via Harbison: String Trio; Four Songs of Solitude; Songs America Loves to Sing CD review | 4 Stars | The Guardian)

"…The great string trios may be counted on the fingers of one hand, and Harbison’s model was the greatest of them all, Mozart’s Divertimento in E flat, K563. Like that work, Harbison’s half-hour Trio is in six movements, but their thematic material is derived from musical spellings of Lionel Messi’s name (he is, says Harbison, the “Mozart of soccer”), and the way that the three instruments relate to each other in an almost theatrical way, with the viola finally coming out on top, has more than a hint of the instrumental roleplay that is such a feature of Elliott Carter’s string quartets. Harbison’s string writing is generally less dense and confrontational than Carter’s, though, and as played by the three members of Camerata Pacifica for whom it was written, his Trio is wonderfully elegant and clear, and seems a major addition to the string trio repertory…"

iTunes: http://ow.ly/BNk36 Amazon: http://ow.ly/BNk8Y

The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge performs tonight at Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis! http://ow.ly/BVzNj Follow them on Facebook for tour news and photos! Tomorrow - Hendrix College - Conway, ARSaturday - First Presbyterian Church - Oklahoma City, OKSunday - St. Andrew United Methodist Church - Plano, TX

The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge performs tonight at Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis! http://ow.ly/BVzNj Follow them on Facebook for tour news and photos! 

Tomorrow - Hendrix College - Conway, AR
Saturday - First Presbyterian Church - Oklahoma City, OK
Sunday - St. Andrew United Methodist Church - Plano, TX

Beatrice Rana also has several concerts this month and in October! http://ow.ly/BSuYZ 

9/28 - Spivey Hall - Clayton State University - Morrow, GA
9/30 - Bass Performance Hall - Ft Worth, TX
10/2 - Aztec Theatre - San Antonio, TX
10/7 - Birmingham Museum of Art - Birmingham, AL 

"Béatrice Rana possesses an old soul that belies her 20 years, and more than a touch of genius." - Gramophone

(Source: youtube.com)

Sean Chen has a full schedule coming up for October! http://ow.ly/BSkga 9/26 - Butler University - Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra - Indianapolis, IN10/4 - Midland Center for the Arts - Midland, MI10/11 - Performing Arts Center - Carmel Symphony Orchestra - Carmel, IN10/12 - Smithsonian American Art Museum - Washington DC10/14 - Ball State University - Muncie, IN10/17 - El Camino College Torrance Campus - Torrance, CA10/19 - Pepperdine University - Malibu, CA10/28 - Phillips Exeter Academy - Exeter, NH

Sean Chen has a full schedule coming up for October! http://ow.ly/BSkga 

9/26 - Butler University - Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra - Indianapolis, IN
10/4 - Midland Center for the Arts - Midland, MI
10/11 - Performing Arts Center - Carmel Symphony Orchestra - Carmel, IN
10/12 - Smithsonian American Art Museum - Washington DC
10/14 - Ball State University - Muncie, IN
10/17 - El Camino College Torrance Campus - Torrance, CA
10/19 - Pepperdine University - Malibu, CA
10/28 - Phillips Exeter Academy - Exeter, NH

Come read the new updates on http://www.hm-distribution.com/!

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“Four Songs of Solitude” for solo violin are extremely expressive and beautifully played here by violinist Paul Huang…these versions of such songs as “Amazing Grace,” “Careless Love”…can’t help but move us as a smart composer’s musical statement on a kind of primal loss of musical innocence.” - The Buffalo News reviews John Harbison's String Trio, Songs by Camerata Pacifica: http://ow.ly/BNjYH iTunes: http://ow.ly/BNk36 Amazon: http://ow.ly/BNk8Y

“Four Songs of Solitude” for solo violin are extremely expressive and beautifully played here by violinist Paul Huang…these versions of such songs as “Amazing Grace,” “Careless Love”…can’t help but move us as a smart composer’s musical statement on a kind of primal loss of musical innocence.” - The Buffalo News reviews John Harbison's String Trio, Songs by Camerata Pacificahttp://ow.ly/BNjYH 

iTunes: http://ow.ly/BNk36 Amazon: http://ow.ly/BNk8Y