Links

Ensembles

Magdalena Consort Peter Harvey's new group: news, programme ideas, publicity material and discussion of performance practice
The Gabrieli Consort and Players News of forthcoming concerts, reviews of performances and recordings
The Monteverdi Choir Information on the Monteverdi Choir and the orchestras founded by Sir John Eliot Gardiner; The English Baroque Soloists and L'Orchestre Romantique et Révolutionnaire
De Nederlandse Bachvereniging The Netherlands Bach Society was created (as were so many "Bach Societies") to perform the St. Matthew Passion, which it has been doing every Easter for decades. Although the music of Bach is still the core repertoire, under its conductor, Jos van Veldhoven, the ensemble performs and records a wide range of music on period instruments, with a smaller consort, "Capella Figuralis" tackling ealier music requiring smaller forces (in Dutch and English - click the flag)
Retrospect Ensemble Retrospect Ensemble, directed by Matthew Halls, is a new, flexible group which performs as an orchestra, a choir and chamber ensemble
Le Concert Spirituel Le Concert Spirituel, directed by Hervé Niquet, has been around for fifteen years, and has recorded a large quantity of sacred music from the French Baroque. More recently "Dido and Aeneas", and "King Arthur", both by Purcell. (Website in English)
L'Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne The Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne has been Europe's most accomplished choirs since Michel Corboz founded it. It has recorded many discs, many of which pointed the way for the next generation of "historically informed" performances, and has toured worldwide to great acclaim (French language)
The Theatre of Early Music The Theatre of Early Music is a Montreal-based group set up by counter-tenor Daniel Taylor which focuses on 17th and 18th Century sacred music
The Bach Players The Bach Players is a small ensemble dedicated to performing the music of J.S. Bach, frequently with, and sometimes without singers


Individual Performers

Gary Cooper Hugely gifted player of all kinds of keyboard instruments. Recorded Die Winterreise with Peter in 2009


Record Companies

Deutsche Grammophon Records The Gabrieli Consort
Chandos Records The Purcell Quartet
Channel Classics Small company with an independent approach; records The Netherlands Bach Society and Capella Figuralis
Glossa Records Le Concert Spirituel


General Music Sites

Bach Digital Truly wonderful project to make the majority of Bach's manuscripts and source material available online. An unsurpassed resource for anyone interested in resolving areas of editorial doubt by themselves
IMSLP / Petrucci online music library Scores and parts for a huge range of music - available legally for free, since they are out of copyright. This enormous (and growing) collection contains (for instance) the complete Bach Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Handel Gesellschaft Ausgabe, all (?) Mozart, etc., etc.
Düben Collection Very interesting and useful 18th Century collection of facsimiles, all available on the web
Bach Cantatas Huge site with discussions of the works, performances, recordings and biographical material relating to the performers
Lieder Texts of Lieder, with information on who set which texts. The translations are not always up to the standard required for concert programmes, but very useful for getting to grips with repertoire
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