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Linking Early Music: Sandrine Piau, Stradivarius, and More

A few links from the world of Early Music for the end of the week.

Here are a few gems, some familiar and others, less so—a new recording by a beloved soprano, a Stradivarius “taste test,” an eye-opening graphic animation, and a Handel experiment at the Barbican Centre in London.

  • French soprano Sandrine Piau has just released a new CD.
  • Not everyone prefers a Stradivarius violin (or can tell that they’re listening to one).
  • A new way of “looking” at baroque music.
  • Five modern composers take on Handel. Why? Because we’re in a Handel Year.

In case you missed them, here are this week’s posts:

“Questions for Steven Rickards” – The American countertenor answers questions about his voice type.

“Kate Clark ‘followed a sound'” – A sneak peak at an upcoming Harmonia program featuring the Australian early flutist, Kate Clark.

“What’s on Youtube: The Goldberg Variations” – One of the most famous Bach works and its popularity on Youtube.

Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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