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(US) New Scientist Article: "Google Translate AI Invents its Own Language" (by Sam Wong, 30 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 10, 2016

(For those of you doing academic research or those in need of translation of text, help is on the way from Google in the form of its Google Translation services and its artificial intelligence technology -- Editor)

"Google Translate is getting brainier. The online translation tool recently started using a neural network to translate between some of its most popular languages – and the system is now so clever it can do this for language pairs on which it has not been explicitly trained. To do this, it seems to have created its own artificial language. ...


(DK) Dacapo Records CD Release: "Heinrich Schütz - The Complete Narrative Works" (Oct 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 10, 2016

"This box set presents the complete narrative works (historiae) of Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) in the acclaimed new recordings featuring Ars Nova Copenhagen conducted by Paul Hillier. The engaging account of the six stories of Christmas, Passion and Resurrection in Schütz’ sublime Baroque settings is presented along with authoritative notes and the conductor’s own commentaries. ...


(UK) BBC News Article: "Rare 17th Century cello loaned to teenager for life" (08 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 10, 2016

"A cello worth hundreds of thousands of pounds has been given on a lifetime loan to a gifted teenage musician.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 17, used the early 17th Century Amati instrument - which is 50 years older than the earliest-known Stradivarius - to scoop the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year title.

An anonymous donor has agreed to let the teenager use the cello, one of the first ever made, indefinitely. ...


(SE) BIS Records CD Release: Höör Barock ~ Dan Laurin, director "Telemann, Corelli & Bach" (Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 10, 2016

"The young period band Höör Barock, based in the south of Sweden, has chosen a colourful programme for its début disc. With recorder virtuoso Dan Laurin at the helm, the twelve musicians steer a course through Telemann’s celebrated Wassermusik (also known as Hamburger Ebb’ und Fluth) with its sea gods and goddesses dancing bourrées and gavottes before a rowdy crowd of seamen closes the suite with an energetic Canarie.  ...


(CZ) L'Armonia Terrena-Zdeněk Klauda New CD Release: "Jakub Jan Ryba - Stabat Matter" (ARTA Records, Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 09, 2016

(Although performed on modern instruments, the Czech composer is noteworthy. -- Editor)

"Jakub Jan Ryba is wrongly regarded as a composer of only one piece: the czech christmas Mass, without which today it is impossible to imagine czech christmas. His legacy as a composer, however, is much more diverse than anyone could think. It reflects the richness of Ryba’s multifaceted talent, stemming in part from his conscious conceptual thinking but at the same time wholly imbued with spiritual charge with which Ryba, a deeply religious man, endowed all his works. ...


(NL) Lucie Horsch CD Released: "Antonio Vivaldi" (Decca Classics, Oct 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 09, 2016

"Seventeen-year-old Lucie Horsch is one of the most remarkable musical talents of her generation, and already in great demand as a solo recorder player both in her native Netherlands and internationally.  ...


(PL) Capella Cracoviensis CD Released: "Pergolesi - Adriano in Siria" (Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 09, 2016

"Adriano in Siria, just like the remaining drammi per musica of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, was in oblivion for two and a half centuries. In his time, the composer was a prominent figure on the musical scene of Naples. Today, when his work has been retrieved, the contemporary audience may find out that this neglect was utterly unjustified and admire Pergolesi’s artistry in composing. ...


(IE) Irish Times Ticket Awards Nominees 2016

Contributed by admin on Dec 09, 2016

News from the "Irish Times Ticket Awards" that the Irish Baroque Orchestra (IBO) CD "Concerti Bizarri" and Gli Incognito CD "Teatro Alla Moda" are on their Ticket Awards site as nominees.

About the Irish Times Ticket Awards:

"We’ve asked our critics for their film and music highlights from the past 12 months, which are listed on these pages – but it’s your opinion that we are more interested in. So after you’ve read through these critical takes, let us know who you think were the culture kings of 2016 – and be in with a chance of winning one of our prizes ...


(CA) Musical Toronto Article: "COFFEE BREAK | The World's Oldest Surviving Piano Sounds Better That You'd Think" (by Musical Toronto, 07 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 08, 2016

" ... This priceless instrument was made in 1720 by the inventor of the piano, Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655-1731). The video features pianist Dongsok Shin performing one of the first pieces ever written for the piano — a Sonata composed in 1732 from the 12 Sonate da cimbalo di piano e forte detto volgarmente di martelletti, Op. 1, by Lodovico Giustini (1685-1743). ...


(US) The Atlantic Article: "Searching for Lost Knowledge in the Age of Intelligent Machines" (by Adrienne Lafrance, 01 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 08, 2016

An interesting in-depth article on the evolution of search engines and what to expect in the near future. How the compilation of historical facts may be presented/offered by future search engines.

"... engineers are building computer models of neural networks, machines that mimic the elegance and complexity of human thought. But there are still many challenges ahead. Sourcing is a big one. Even a database built from tens of millions of well-vetted books and articles isn’t comprehensive. And there’s still the question of how the results from these new search engines ought to appear to the person searching. A simple graph that shows a connect-the-dots web of related resources and ideas is one way. A more sophisticated map-like interface is another—“like Google Maps,” Gramatic offers—but you’d still lose scale and context as you zoom in and out. ...

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