Week of October 5
Young Performers Festival Highlights, Part Three
We’ll hear even more highlights from Early Music America’s 2015 Young Performers Festival in the final part of our three-part series! Plus, we’ll feature a recording devoted to the work of 15th-century poet-musician Heinrich Laufenberg.
Week of October 12
From lover’s lip locks to sacred benedictions, kisses have inspired poets and musicians for millennia. A kiss can mean love or death, hello or goodbye. It can be saintly or salacious or shocking! This week on Harmonia, we bring you kisses in all times and tempos.
Week of October 19
Music seems to run in the family for some genetic bloodlines! Glance back through history and you might notice that there are lots of children who followed in their fathers’ musical footsteps. This week on Harmonia, we’re looking at families wired for song including the Praetoriuses, the Manfredinis, the Berlins, and the Forquerays. Plus, we’ll feature releases from Jordi Savall and his two musical offspring. (Repeat of June 15, 2015) LISTEN HERE
Week of October 26
A Tribute to Scott Reiss
We’re marking the tenth anniversary of the death of Scott Reiss, virtuoso recorder player and champion of early and traditional music. We’ll hear a remembrance from Reiss’ partner in life and music, Tina Chancey, and we’ll listen to a variety of music from his many projects and recordings. Join us!
Week of November 2
Does Your Voice Hang Low?
This week on Harmonia, we’re getting the lowdown on music written for gentlemen with supremely subterranean vocal ranges. No doubt, there’s something special about that “basso profundo” sound. Plus, our featured release by Christopher Wolverton and the Vox Early Music Ensemble takes record-setting depths with performances that include the lowest known ranges in Renaissance vocal music. Join us. (Repeat of June 22, 2015) LISTEN HERE
Week of November 9
What do LCD Soundsystem, Solage, the Beastie Boys, and Johannes de Porta all have in common? Give up? They’ve all engaged in the art of musical name-dropping, paying respect to the masters that came before them, (or the patrons providing the paychecks). This week on Harmonia, we’ll bring you music that gives credit where credit is due. Plus, our featured release by Musica Nova showcases a work that takes the time to acknowledge every one of the choir members who sang it with the composer. Join us. (Repeat of July 13, 2015) LISTEN HERE
Week of November 16
A Thomas Binkley Retrospective
In 1995, the early music pioneer Thomas Binkley died in his home in Bloomington, Indiana. At 63, Binkley was a gardener, a putterer, a husband and father, and still something of a musical firebrand-shaping the way medieval music was performed in American and beyond. Twenty years later, we’re spending some time with Binkley, listening to his words, his music, and the musical offerings of some of his many students.
Week of November 23
Cars, gadgets, literature, and even cuisine seem to be getting smaller as the years go on, but miniaturization is nothing new! This week on Harmonia, we’ll hear bite-sized masses artfully composed to end as quickly as possible. Plus, we’ll hear equally minute English consort miniatures in our featured release by the Flanders Recorder Quartet. Join us! (Repeat of April 13, 2015) LISTEN HERE
Week of November 30
A Tribute to Margriet Tindemans
This week on Harmonia, we’re paying tribute to Margaretha “Margriet” Tindemans, an early music pioneer and “ferociously talented” medieval fiddle player who passed away December 31, 2014. Join us for a special remembrance brought to us by Margriet’s colleague and good friend, gambist Wendy Gillespie. (Repeat of July 6, 2015) LISTEN HERE