Capriccio Baroque

Old Vine Cinsault: Heritage in a Glass - Don Winkler, International Wine Review

I recently had a wonderful opportunity to taste old vine Cinsault produced on three different continents. Cinsault  yields prolific grapes that can produce light wines of little distinction and, for this reason, often doesn’t get a lot of respect. But old vine Cinsault put in the hands of outstanding winemakers is another thing altogether. Some compare it to Burgundy, others say it’s Beaujolais-like, but it’s undoubtedly delicious! And, it’s a perfect accompaniment to assertive, exuberant, full-bodied harpsichord works -- Padre Antonio Soler’s Sonatas or Francois Couperin’s Huitiéme Ordre perhaps? Or, maybe something more contemporary  like Janine Johnson’s lovely harpsichord Suite in f-sharp minor, Opus 24 might work very well.

The Goldbergs on Harpsichord in NYC, 2017–18

Bach’s Goldberg Variations was published in Nuremberg in 1741 with the dryly descriptive title “Aria with assorted variations for a harpsichord with two manuals.” It was one of those rare works that Bach actually took the time and trouble to publish, and the work evidently represented an achievement that, as he entered what would be his final decade, he was determined to preserve for posterity.

Introducing OenoNote - Fine Wines to Enjoy with Baroque Music!

Capriccio introduces the launch of its new OenoNote Blog for music & wine lovers!  Don Winkler, wine reviewer & co-publisher of the International Wine Review (IWR), will be reviewing fine wines, those special accompaniments to an evening of glorious Baroque music.  With this Blog it'll be possible to get full information on wines served at Capriccio's concerts; access helpful reviews when choosing wines for your own special listening events; & hear artists' perspectives on wine & music pairings.  Click on the OenoNote link at top right of this home page to read Don's first Blog on some fine Italian Varietals.

Introducing Erik Ryding as Principal Capriccio Blogger

Capriccio is delighted to welcome Erik Ryding as a principal Blogger on its new Music Review & Literary Review Blogs.  A lutenist, Erik Ryding is an award-winning author, writer of program notes for NYC's most prestigious music venues, pre-concert lecturer, & president of Quill Classics.  Click on "Music Reviews" above to read Erik's blog on a recent NYC happening. 

Capriccio Offers a New Subscription Package for this Season!

Our just-announced subscription package offers 10% off two concerts highlighting dance music of the Baroque. March 18, 2018, Grammy nominee Jory Vinikour is joined by exquisite Baroque dancer Caroline Copeland  in a program of  J.S. Bach, Rameau, Handel & Scarlatti.  July 15, 2018, renowned harpsichordist Andrew Appel is joined by Loretta O'Sullivan on Baroque Cello & acclaimed Baroque dancer Paige Whitley-Bauguess  with works by F. Couperin, d'Anglebert, Fischer, Biber & more.

Ravensong Historic Keyboard Series launches in Philadelphia

RAVENSONG Historic Keyboard Series has just launched & announces its first Season.  Ravensong is the music-child of the exceptionally talented harpsichordist LEON SCHELHASE. Ravensong will present internationally acclaimed musicians performing on harpsichord, fortepiano & clavichord in intimate spaces in historic Philadelphia.  Leon performs J.S. Bach's eternal "Goldberg Variations" at the Series Opener on September 29  at St. Clement's Church, Philadelphia.  

Capriccio Baroque wishes Ravensong every success!!

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