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Concert Review: Four Nations Ensemble and Sherezade Panthaki – ‘Fête Galante’ (NYC, 17 May 2018)

Fête Galante: The Anatomy of Melancholy with soprano Sherezade Panthaki and the Four Nations Ensemble with illustrated talks by Tav Holmes at the Italian Academy in New York on May 17, 2018. (COPYRIGHT: Benjamin Chasteen for ASPECT Foundation for Music & Arts)

The music of the Fête Galante-era composers like Jean-Marie Leclair counteracted the grand style of their predecessors, just as Watteau's paintings of regular people enjoying simple pleasures in the outdoors contrasted with the heavy subject matter of the art he'd grown up with.

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Concert and CD Review: Trio Vitruvi – U.S. Debut and Album Release (Carnegie Hall, NYC, 17 April 2018)

Trio Vitruvi

The young Danish piano trio makes a smashing U.S. concert debut upon the release of their first album, with music by Schubert, Shostakovich, and Dvořák.

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Music Review: Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI: ‘Musica Nova: Harmonie Des Nations 1500-1700’

jordi savall musica nova

The celebrated musician-scholar and eminence grise of the viol offers representative pieces of what can be broadly termed the "Musica Nova" movement of the 16th and 17th centuries in Italy, France, England, Germany, Spain, and Portugal. But you don't need experience with or knowledge of early music to appreciate the beauty, and the consummate expertise, of these performances.

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New Enthusiasm for Eurythmy: Gabrielle Armenier Moves to Illuminate the Human Experience and Creative Process  

Eurythmy produces a performing experience unlike many others; it lures you in to new shores, perhaps a bit like the song of the sirens once captured Odysseus.

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