Well, the blog has got me paying attention, if no one else. I realized I had to find out more, more! The Music Before 1800 list for this season looks good, if not outrageously adventurous. There is one group making its US premiere, the French male vocal consort Diabolus in Musica, who will perform the Machaut Mass — okay, that’s not novel, but they say they will give an “innovative” interpretation based on new analysis of the ficta and set it in its liturgical context with plainchant propers. Clicking here will get you a quick clip of their performance when the page comes up. Their Mb1800 concert is on November 2. The full list of dates is after the jump.
All concerts are at Corpus Christi Church, 122nd Street east of Broadway, Sunday afternoons at 4:00.
October 5, 2008: Marion Verbruggen, recorder, with members of Philharmonia Baroque
October 19: Pomerium, Mannerist choral music (more on this later)
November 2: Diabolus in Musica
November 23: Trio Medieval, music for the Virgin from Worcester
January 11, 2009: Bradley Brookshire, Bach on the harpsichord
January 25: Ensemble REBEL, Baroque ensemble – Dan Swenberg on theorbo, guitar, & lute
February 15: Concerto Palatino, wind band (Wim Becu on sacbut, more on this later, too)
April 19: Choir of Corpus Christi, Iberian polyphony