Links: Joshua Rifkin, Dmitry Badiarov, and David McAllister



A few early music links of note.

  • Joplin Celebration: Joshua Rifkin, a noted authority on J.S. Bach, will soon return to performing the music of Scott Joplin, an American composer he helped to revive four decades ago. Rifkin is set to mark the fortieth anniversary (give or take a couple months) of his acclaimed Nonesuch recording of Joplin rags with a celebratory performance at New York City’s Le Poisson Rouge. Related: download a free track, “Maple Leaf Rag,” from the recording (through Jan. 30 only).
  • Modern vs Baroque Violins: Luthier Dmitry Badiarov shares his thoughts on the difference between violins played by most classical musicians today and ones played in the 17th and 18th Centuries. Hint: it can’t be reduced to just measurements.
  • New Handel Festival President: David McAllister has been appointed to the presidency of the Göttingen Handel Festival. Apparently, he has more in common with Handel than you might imagine, figuratively speaking.

(The cover to Joshua Rifkin’s acclaimed recording.)

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