Links: Meder’s St. Matthew Passion, Berkeley Early Music Festival, and Lee Santana



A few early music links of note.

  • Music for Holy Week: In celebration of one of the most important weeks in the Christian calendar, why not explore a Passion Oratorio by a composer other than J.S. Bach? Listen to excerpts from a St. Matthew Passion by Johann Valentin Meder (1649-1719) with Die Koelner Akademie (Michael Willens, dir.), recorded by the ensemble not long ago.
  • BFX TEN: The Berkeley Early Music Festival and Exhibition has been officially announced and will take place from the 6th through the 13th of June. It will include an impressive line-up of homegrown ensembles, concluding with a grand event—a tour of vespers music from Monteverdi to Vivaldi. Early Music America will host a conference entitled “400 Years of Vespers,” which commemorates the 400th anniversary of Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine. The festival will also feature the ever-popular Fringe concert series.
  • Website of the Week: Lee Santana, American lutenist and composer, has a visually striking website that is as comprehensive a source as I’ve ever seen for an individual musician, including solo and ensemble performance projects, recordings, and compositions, among other tradtional fare.

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