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Ballo detto il Conte Orlando & Saltarello

Ballo detto il Conte Orlando & Saltarello composed by Simone Molinaro arranged by Ronn McFarlane and Ayreheart

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Apollo's Fire review

  comments Apollo's Fire and guests stoke the embers of Elizabethan lute music and songs to 'Drive the Cold Winter Away' (review)     Lutenist Ronn McFarlane joined soprano Meredith Hall and Apollo's Fire and friends for the ensemble's annual Fireside Concerts last week, with two performances at Rockefeller's restaurant in Cleveland Heights.   By *Special to The Plain Dealer *[http://connect.cleveland.com/user/clevepdspeci/posts.html] January 27, 2014     By Mark Satola Rockefeller's restaurant in Cleveland Heights was transformed from its usual culinary...

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Nine Notes that Shook the World

From Sono Luminus ~ GRAMMY®-nominated lutenist Ronn McFarlane is joined by flutist Mindy Rosenfeld to create the latest release from Sono Luminus, Nine Notes that Shook the World. This release will include a surround-sound Blu-ray® disc and a standard CD. Explained by Mindy Rosenfeld, “This recording is a gathering of some of our favorites, a musical feast. A wide cross section of styles, both ‘folk and fyne,’ evocative and...

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Apollo's Fire colleagues apply warmth and drama to music of Vivaldi and friends (review)

By Donald Rosenberg, The Plain Dealer February 2, 2013 Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, is always on the lookout for new ways to present old music. Its latest invention is a series of “Fireside” Concerts featuring a small contingent of players in chamber music, for which no conductor needs apply. The first program in the series, “The Intimate Vivaldi,” could have included music director Jeannette Sorrell, who, in addition...

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review of Two Lutes

CD Review Two Lutes: Lute Duets from England's Golden Age Ronn McFarlane & William Simms By Daniel Hathaway Lute music flourished during the Renaissance, but most of the repertoire that has come down to us was writtne for single players.  Ronn McFarlane and William Simms have selected twenty-seven works for lute duet from the over eighty examples that survive and have recorded them winningly for the...

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Two Lutes – A New CD from Ronn and William Simms

Two Lute CD Cover From Sono Luminus ~ Sono Luminus is proud to release Two Lutes: Lute Duets from England’s Golden Age, a wonderful collection of enchanting music performed by lute virtuosos Ronn McFarlane and William Simms. As stated by Ronn McFarlane, “Elizabethan lute duets yield the most companionable and friendly kind of music-making for the players. In equal duets each lutenist plays nearly the same music, alternating...

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The Borgias

SHOWTIME TV SERIES WILL USE RONN MCFARLANE TRACKS "The Borgias," depicting the powerful 16th century Italian family, has licensed two tracks from Ronn McFarlane's discography: "Catena d'Amore" by Cesare Negri from the Between Two Hearts CD, and "Passacaglia" by Alessandro Piccinni from The Renaissance Lute CD for the premier episode of its second season.  The new season premiers on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 10 PM ET/PT.  

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Review of The Art of Vivaldi's Lute in Gramophone magazine, October 2011

http://www.exacteditions.com/exact/browse/345/365/9340/3/15/0/ *Ronn McFarlane's lute is ever present in this varied and pleasurable programme* Vivaldi's output is so vast that listeners have opportunities to hear only a fraction of the composer's creative gifts.  So this new disc by the Bach Sinfonia, which is based near Washington DC, provides pleasurable engagement with music beyond the famed climatic concertos and other works that have raised the composer to such a high status....

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Ronn at the Indianapolis Early Music Festival

I had a great time this past weekend playing at the Indianapolis Early Music Festival. Friday night, was a performance with the Baltimore Consort. We played a program of English Broken Consort music - the music that the BC was created to play.  Saturday morning, we had a children's show with a great turnout of youngsters and their parents. It was a beautiful thing to see...

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Podcast interview with Ronn McFarlane on Indigo Road

This Harmonia Early Music Podcast can be heard and downloaded at InstantEncore: http://www.instantencore.com/buzz/item.aspx?FeedEntryId=143844

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Indigo Road CD featured on Harmonia Early Music radio broadcast this week

Ronn McFarlane's GRAMMY nominated recording, Indigo Road is featured on this week's radio broadcast of Harmonia, a nationally broadcast program devoted to Early Music       http://indianapublicmedia.org/harmonia/ronn-mcfarlane-indigo-road/

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The Art of Vivaldi's Lute is "Pick of the Week" for WETA in Washington, DC

* * * * * * * * Week of June 27, 2011 A brand-new release by Washington’s own Bach Sinfonia features the talents of lutenist Ronn McFarlane.  * * * * http://www.weta.org/fm/features/cdpick/Art+Vivaldi’s+Lute * * * * *The Art of Vivaldi’s Lute | WETA* * www.weta.org * The title of this...

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A New CD from Ronn & The Bach Sinfonia

Ronn recently collaborated with  The Bach Sinfonia for an album of compositions by Vivaldi. The CD album is currently available from Sono Luminus, while digital downloads are available through iTunes. The CD is also available for preorder at Amazon.com. Links are included at the bottom of the article. From the Sono Luminus website: One of the United States best period instrument ensembles teams up with one of the...

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Of Love and Evil

I just learned about the new Anne Rice novel, Of Love and Evil.  I heard from one of her enthusiastic readers that the main character in the book is a Renaissance lute player named Toby.  And at the end of the book, in the Author's Note, she writes:  "With regard to the Renaissance lute, I listened to a good deal of music while writing this...

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It's a Wammie!

It’s a Wammie!   Each year, not long after the GRAMMY Awards are announced, the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) presents the Wammies!   The Wammie winner for Best Classical Recording of 2010 is Blame Not My Lute Ronn McFarlane, lute & Robert Aubry Davis, spoken word.   This program of Elizabethan lute music and poetry is one that Ronn and Robert have performed together live for many years.  ...

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Ronn Discusses One Morning on the Naxos Blog

Ronn recently spent time discussing the lute, musical inspiration, and his new album, One Morning, with Raymond Bisha of the Naxos blog. The conversation is available as a podcast and features extended clips of several tracks from the new CD. You can listen to the interview on the Naxos Blog by clicking on the link below. http://blog.naxos.com/2010/06/01/podcast-one-morning-with-ronn-mcfarlane/

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One Morning Now Available for Purchase

One Morning is now available for purchase from a variety of retail outlets. "A new day dawns with GRAMMY® nominated lutenist Ronn McFarlane's new album One Morning. The follow-up release to his wildly popular original music album Indigo Road, Ronn continues to show the world that the lute is a living instrument suited for more than just classical performances by past composers, but is ready to introduce new music into the world. Joined...

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Through the Looking Glass

I was already in bed when the phone rang. I let the answering machine take the call, rolled over and had a good night’s sleep. The next morning, I was amazed and delighted to find that Indigo Road really was one of the five nominees in the “Best Classical Crossover Album” category. My first Grammy nomination! And I was delighted to learn that Paul O’Dette and Stephen...

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Indigo Road Nominated for Grammy

Winchester, VA – Dorian  / Sono Luminus  is very proud to announce that  world renowned American lute player Ronn McFarlane has been nominated for a Grammy Award as announced by the Recording Academy last week. McFarlane’s album Indigo Road (dorian / sono luminus) has been nominated in the Best Classical Crossover Album category. The 51st Annual Grammy Awards are to be held on February 8, 2009. McFarlane...

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One Morning Release

The album's title tune “One Morning” was written one early Spring morning - a surprise respite from the Winter chill, making the spirit feel full of possibility and glad to be alive.  It was on of those moments when one realizes, with rare clarity, that with every day come an opportunity for a new beginning. This is also the debut recording with the instrumentalist of my new...

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