Great Dates: “Palestrina and the Rise of the Violin

A documentary by Howard Goodall.

«The year is 1564 and Europe is still reeling from the effects of the Reformation. The sacred music of the two churches Catholic and Protestant was developing in completely different ways. Instrumental music was also rapidly gaining in importance as was ballet, championed by Catherine de’ Medici, Queen of France. From the violin, which dominated her dance bands, the orchestra would emerge.» (mais…)

The Victoria Collection [Prize]

VictoriaWell, for me, this is the match of the year. In the 400th anniversary of Tomas Luis de Victoria’s death the two giants of the English early music scene release their packs entitled  “The Victoria Collection”: The Tallis Scholars vs. The Sixteen. So… who will win? Tomas Luis de Victoria will, for sure. (mais…)