Woman Reading a Letter, Johannes Vermeer, c. 1663

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Once a month, we will gather the top 10 links from the Bonus Content section in our weekly newsletter for Premium subscribers, Tafel Notes. Here are the favourite articles and videos from January.

  1. WATCH Did you know Princess Diana was an accomplished pianist? Recently a video was unearthed of the Princess of Wales playing a passage from Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 on a piano while on her 1988 royal tour to Australia with Prince Charles. (Classic FM)
  2. WATCH Tafelmusik oboist Marco Cera is quite comfortable on the banjo, and recently recorded an arrangement for three banjos and bass of Verdi’s prelude from La Traviata. (Yes, you read that correctly—three banjos.)
  3. WATCH Baroque dancer Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière and colleagues of Jardins Chorégraphiques celebrate the streets of Montreal, set to Purcell’s The Fairy Queen from Tafelmusik’s recording, Purcell: Ayres for the Theatre.
  4. WATCH What can the Toronto Symphony Orchestra give Mozart for his 265th birthday? How about a beautiful new version of his Eine kleine Nachtmusik!
  5. READ Bridgerton, a period drama set in London of 1813, took Netflix by storm over the holidays. How much of this fictional retelling of history is forgivable and explores why audiences can't get enough of the land of Austen? (CNN)
  6. READ Andrea Bocelli unveils his foundation’s new office—one of the most iconic, and few, examples of Baroque buildings in Florence. (Architectural Digest)
  7. WATCH Lake Area Music Festival goes baroque for their annual Winter Series concerts—and one of their latest programs, Chaos and Order, features Tafelmusik’s own cellist Keiran Campbell, as well as his partner  violinist Chloe Fedor.
  8. WATCH Enjoy French baroque music in The King's Bedtime, an intimate and informal concert from the King’s private bedchamber in Versailles with Thibaut Roussel and Les Musiciens du Roi. (Arte)
  9. WATCH Apollo’s Fire Musettes (Treble Youth Choir) share There is No Rose of Swych Vertue, a medieval English carol, part of their 6-week project titled “Ancient Carols from Around the World.”
  10. READ When puppets meet baroque opera: before Basil Twist’s directorial debut in France, with Mondonville’s Titon et l’Aurore at the Opéra Comique, the virtuoso puppeteer discussed the challenges of working in a pandemic. (The New York Times)


Image: Woman Reading a Letter, Johannes Vermeer, c. 1663 courtesy of The Rijksmuseum.

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