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Composer: Merula, Tarquinio (1595-1665)

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Year of birth1595
Year of death1665
NationalityUnknown
PeriodBaroque
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Sounds of darkness in Cantata Profana's “Visions of Silence”

Cantata Profana © Russ Rowland

An eerie program of resonant sounds and sacred songs overtakes New York’s St Peter's Chelsea with Alvin Lucier, Salvatore Sciarrino and Galina Ustvokskaya alongside 17th-century works for an evening not short on drama.

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Il giardino armonico’s bouquet of Baroque bonbons causes a sensation in Wrocław

Giovanni Antonini and Il giardino armonico © Joanna Stoga
A concert at the Andrzej Markowski International Wratislavia Cantans Festival that was anything but traditional or predictable.
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Polychoral virtuosity in Utrecht

Ensemble Correspondances give a virtuoso display of polychoral music from Marc-Antoine Charpentier and his Italian contemporaries.
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L'Arpeggiata: Inspired by the Baroque

Though they play Baroque music, the ensemble L’Arpeggiata is more like a jazz band than a traditional orchestra. Anchored by a continuo (rhythm section?) led by artistic director and theorbist Christina Pluhar, they are joined by various other instrumentalists, singers, and even dancers, fitting each of their projects.
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Purcell and Monteverdi at the Musikverein

If Vienna is the holy temple of classical music (Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Strauss, Bruckner and Mahler all spent large tracts of their careers here), then the Musikverein is its holy of holies. Just soaking in all that history makes a visit here into a special occasion, and the heavily gilt halls are as opulent and redolent of empire as you might imagine.
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