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Featured in the Boston Globe 

William Byrd’s endearing — and enduring — song lives on By Matthew Guerrieri  |  GLOBE CORRESPONDENT      FEBRUARY 15, 2014 ARTICLE COMMENTS SUBSCRIBE PHOTO BY HULTON ARCHIVE/GETTY IMAGES   PRINT REPRINTS E-MAIL Share via e-mail   TO ADD A MESSAGE YOUR E-MAIL  Cancel SHARE  … Read more

Review: NBSO offers another dazzler 

SouthCoastToday.comBy Laurie Robertson-Lorant Contributing writer February 12, 2014 12:00 AM The first half of Saturday's program featured Suite #2 from Manuel de Falla's spirited ballet score "The Three-Cornered Hat," and Joaquin Rodrigo's soulful Concierto de Aranjuez — two works whose flirtations with the sexy harmonic minor evoke the exotic cross-cultural currents… Read more

Early Music Thursdays resumes 

The Music of First Church Boston announces Early Music Thursdays Thursdays, 12:15-12:45pm, February 13, 20 and 27; April 24; May 1 and 8 donations accepted First Church in Boston is handicapped accessible For more information, visit   About the series... Boston has long been known for its important role in the modern harpsichord… Read more

Breakfast with Paul: In Memorium 

A number of readers have enjoyed my Breakfast with Paul blog with the Fall River Herald News. The online version of the newspaper recently underwent some changes, and, consequently, all of my previous posts disappeared. Also, the new blog writer does not allow for video embedding. If you were a regular reader, you know that embedded videos were a big part of my "guides to classical… Read more

Website update 

After much delay, I've finally rebuilt my website. Enjoy!

Harpsichord Music for a Thin Place in review 

The original, with reviews of other CD's, is here:     “Harpsichord Music for a Thin Place.” Var comps. Var pieces. Paul Cienniwa (hpsi). Whaling City Sound WCS 059 (1 CD)  “…pour passer la mélancolie.” Var comps. Var pieces. Andreas… Read more

A review from my past life... 

In the early 90's, I played with Baal Tinne, a Chicago-based Irish semi-traditional band. I came upon this review yesterday of an album we released in 1994. If I'm not mistaken, the recording came out in cassette and CD. Now, you can download it. We're gonna party like it's 1994!The Celtic Music Fan, June 1, 2013 Band: Baal Tinne Album: The Haunting Musicians in the album: Noel… Read more

Podcast: Violin Adventures with Rachel Barton Pine 

When I was in Chicago in April to rehearse the Bach Violin Sonatas with Rachel Barton Pine for this month's Boston Early Music Festival, we recorded a podcast for her "Violin Adventures" series. The topic was "To Memorize or Not To Memorize, That is the Question." Click here to listen to the podcast:

By Heart: internalizing music 

As many of you know, performing solo repertoire from memory is a topic that has become very important to me. Over the past year or so, a number of audience members and colleagues have asked about how I memorize. In order to respond to this, I've created a blog, By Heart: internalizing music.  You can visit the blog here: If you're interested in the topic, be sure to sign up for email alerts via the "follow by email" box on the blog.

KRCB interview 

In advance of my performances last week in Sonama County, CA, I was interviewed on KRCB Radio's Curtain Call, a weeky show presented by Charles Sepos--who, I was really happy to learn, had studied harpsichord with Eiji Hashimoto at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. How fortuitous!  Click here to listen to the… Read more

Cienniwa chooses French works for Sunday recital 

The New Bedford Standard-Times March 07, 2013 12:00 AM At 3 p.m. Sunday, Paul Cienniwa, a favorite local musician and choral conductor, will be the featured recitalist in the Music at St. Anthony's program. Complimentary tea and refreshments will be served after the recital at a reception to meet the organist in the church hall. Freewill donations are collected during the… Read more

Assumption College recital in review 

Harpsichordist Paul Cienniwa pays Assumption a visit by Matt Doherty, Staff WriterLe ProvocateurFebruary 28, 2013 A once silent room quickly filled with applause as harpsichordist Paul Cienniwa approached the front of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit Community Room. He stood poised in a navy blazer and collared white shirt as he introduced the first piece he would play for the anticipated… Read more

"Choir Steps Out" 

Choir Steps Outby Joyce Painter Rice for The Boston Musical Intelligencer Heretofore relegated to singing only at Sunday morning services, the Choir of First Church in Boston, composed of twelve professional singers, presented its first full concert on Sunday afternoon under conductor Paul Cienniwa, now in his seventh year as music director. This was a celebratory event, underwritten by the church’s Collins Family… Read more

"Harpsichord was the electric guitar of the 17th century" 

Harpsichord was the electric guitar of the 17th century By TERESA SANTOSKI Staff Writer, Encore Buzz in The Nashua Telegraph Teenage rebellion never really goes away – it just manifests itself differently as we grow older. Simply ask Paul Cienniwa, who played thrash guitar with a punk band during his teen years and has since settled down with a perhaps even more… Read more

"Harpsichord Music for a Thin Place" featured in Yale Alumni Magazine 

Yale Alumni Magazine, Vol LXXVI, No 3, Jan/Feb 2013"Harpsichordist Cienniwa defines a “thin place” as the “threshold between the ordinary and the spiritual.” The delicate, plucked tones of this instrument, Cienniwa’s sure but understated execution of works by Bach, Rameau, Couperin, and Bell, and the recording’s venue—the St. Francis of Assisi Parish in… Read more

"Harpsichord Music for a Thin Place" reviewed in Early Music America 

Early Music America, Vol. 18, No. 4, Winter 2012 by Lance Hulme A "thin place" is an ancient Celtic spiritual concept currently enjoying revival within Catholic and Protestant Christianity. Thin places are where the dividing line between the earthly and the divine seems to diminish, allowing for healing presence. Music has always been a means of… Read more