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Archive for 2009

January 5, 2009

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Handel’s Messiah with The Sixteen

Two recordings by the English choir The Sixteen under the direction of Harry Christophers—Handel's Messiah and Bach's Christmas Oratorio.

January 5, 2009

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base of statue with Mozart medallions in park

Traditions Series: Memorials

This week, the Harmonia Traditions Series explores early memorials. Plus, Claire Guimond and Sonnerie perform in a new recording of Mozart's flute quartets.

January 12, 2009

podcast

La Serenissima

The Rise of the North Italian Violin Concerto, vol. 3

A new release by the dynamic British ensemble La Serenissima in the third installment of their Italian violin concerto series.

January 12, 2009

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woman with flowers and man, both on porch

Traditions Series: Courtship

This week, the Harmonia Traditions Series explores love and courtship, as well as a debut release by the Blue Heron Renaissance Choir.

January 19, 2009

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view of old city

17th-century Segovia with the Capilla Jeronimo de Carrion

Performances by the Capilla Jeronimo de Carrion in two recordings, including music by Miguel de Irizar as well as their namesake, Jeronimo de Carrion.

January 19, 2009

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portrait of Jesus on the cross

Traditions Series: Easter

The Harmonia Traditions Series explores music for Holy Week and Easter Sunday. Plus, a new release by Rinaldo Alessandrini's Concerto Italiano.

January 26, 2009

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pink flowers with orange centers

Traditions Series: Mother’s Day and Father’s Day

Our Traditions Series continues with a journey to the origin of Mother's and Father's Day. Also, a new release of Beethoven sonatas.

February 2, 2009

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Traditions Series: Eat, Drink, and Celebrate

The Traditions Series continues with a look at the appearances of food and drink in music of the baroque. Also, a new release by organist Johnathan Dimmock.

February 9, 2009

podcast

diptych of emma kirkby

Dieterich Buxtehude’s Vocal Music

Music of Dieterich Buxtehude, including a new Alpha label release with Hans Jorg-Mammel and La Fenice, followed by a classic recording with soprano Emma Kirkby.

February 16, 2009

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Déploration

This week, a look at the Renaissance lament known as the déploration. Also, the debut release of the Canadian ensemble I Furiosi.

February 23, 2009

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queenly woman in fancy outfit

The Winchester Part Books

An exploration of music from the Winchester Part Books, a important collection of Renaissance madrigals and chansons.

March 2, 2009

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Lute Songs of the 17th Century

Love songs for voice and lute are the focus this week with soprano Linda Tsatsanis and lutenist John Lenti.

March 8, 2009

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Baroque Guitarists Richard Savino and Taro Takeuchi

Guitarist Richard Savino explores the music of Ludovico Roncalli on the Dorian label while Taro Takeuchi performs a 17th Century program for Deux-Elles.

March 16, 2009

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Jean-Philippe Rameau: Baroque Nouveau and Les Talens Lyriques

Baroque Nouveau's release of the 'Pieces de Clavecin en Concert' for Reference, and then a glimpse of Les Talens Lyrique's recording of opera overtures.

March 23, 2009

podcast

musicians smiling

Trio Sonatas with London Baroque

London Baroque's recent BIS recording of trio sonatas from 17th-century Germany, and their 1984 Amon Ra release of English music from the 18th Century.

March 30, 2009

podcast

Daniel Cuiller

The Music of François Francoeur

A Mirare recording of the opera Piramus and Thisbe by François Rebel and François Francoeur, and an Alpha release of music by Francoeur with Ensemble Ausonia.

April 6, 2009

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musicians by river

Les Muffatti performs the music of Pez and Muffat

A look at the dynamic baroque orchestra Les Muffatti and their two Ramee label releases of music by Johann Christoph Pez (2007) and Georg Muffat (2005).

April 13, 2009

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Musique pour Mazarin!

The debut release of Le Jardin Secret on the Coro label.

April 20, 2009

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Circa 1500

A CRD label release of a new recording by ensemble Circa 1500.

April 27, 2009

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Stile Antico and the Song of Songs

The young British vocal ensemble Stile Antico and their latest Harmonia Mundi release, "Song of Songs."

May 3, 2009

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Music of Nicola Porpora

Two recordings of music by Italian baroque composer Nicola Porpora.

May 11, 2009

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Music from Late Medieval Cyprus

A look at two releases of of late medieval songs from Cyprus by La Morra and Ensemble PAN.

May 18, 2009

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Bach Sons and El Son Jarocho

A new recording by Bart Kuijken and a classic by the Mexican group Ensamble Continuo.

May 25, 2009

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Old style music print

Nicolas Gombert

The life and works of Nicolas Gombert, a Renaissance composer whose music will be explored as well as a new release by the English ensemble La Serenissima.

June 1, 2009

podcast

musicians and shawms and cd cover

Vespers/VSPRS

New music for vespers. A look at Kile Smith's composition for Choir and Renaissance band, as well as Fabrizio Cassol's post-modern work inspired by Monteverdi.

June 1, 2009

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manuscript of ouverture

Handel in Hamburg

Part one of a series that looks into the life of George Frideric Handel from the perspective of the many places he lived.

June 8, 2009

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La Donna Musicale: Celebrating the Music of Women Composers

A look at the Boston-based ensemble La Donna Musicale (Laury Gutierrez, dir.), including their recordings of music by women composers.

June 15, 2009

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Vices: Smoking, Gambling, Drinking, and Coffee

An exploration of the lighter side of four human vices.

June 15, 2009

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Obsidian Records

A look at Obsidian Records, a new early music label, with performances of music by Josquin, Senfl, Verdelot, Tomkins, and from the court of Henry VIII.

June 22, 2009

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Fundacion de Musica (Colombia)

Recordings of Spanish colonial music released by the Fundacion de Musica, an organization devoted to the research and study of Colombia’s music history.

June 22, 2009

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Celtic Music and the Viola da Gamba

A look at two new releases that feature Celtic music performed on the viola da gamba, with Jordi Savall (The Celtic Viol) and Tina Chancey (The Versatile Viol).

June 29, 2009

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Monteverdi’s “Selva morale e spirituale” of 1641

Claudio Monteverdi’s collection of sacred music, "Selva morale e spirituale," will be explored with performances by Cantus Cölln and Concerto Palatino.

July 6, 2009

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Handel in Italy: Music for Roman Patrons and a Neapolitan Wedding

Part two of a series that looks into the life of George Frideric Handel from the perspective of the many places he lived.

July 6, 2009

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Baroque Duets

A look at a couple classic recordings of music for two tenors ("A Doi Tenori") and two countertenors ("Countertenor Duets by Purcell and Blow").

July 12, 2009

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Musica Antiqua Köln (Sonatas and Concertos)

A look at three Archiv label recordings by Musica Antiqua Köln, including music by Telemann, Heinichen, and five Italian composers.

July 13, 2009

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The Lute Books of Francesco Spinacino

The first printed music for the lute, Francesco Spinacino’s "Intabulatura de lauto" of 1507... plus a new release of music by Georg Muffat.

July 20, 2009

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Amarillis on the Naïve Label

The French trio Amarillis and their recent box set, "Europe Baroque," as well as a new release of music by Johann Christoph Pez with Les Muffatti.

July 21, 2009

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Bergen Barokk performs Telemann and Bertouch

An introduction to the Norwegian ensemble Bergen Barokk with a couple of Toccata Classics releases of cantatas by Telemann and sonatas by Georg von Bertouch.

July 27, 2009

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man and woman in turltenecks

Late Medieval Songs from Cyprus

Ensemble La Morra’s exploration of late-medieval French songs from a Cyprian manuscript, and a new release by Le Jardin Secret entitled Musique pour Mazarin!

July 27, 2009

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Venus & Adonis

A look at three settings of the Venus and Adonis story by composers Henry Desmarest, John Blow, and Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco.

July 31, 2009

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What’s on Youtube: Ballo del Granduca

A Youtube video of a Renaissance hit ("O che nuovo miracolo" by Emilio de Cavalieri).

August 3, 2009

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Circa 1500

Harmonia takes a trip this week through Renaissance England, Italy, and Spain with the London-based ensemble Circa 1500 and its director Nancy Hadden.

August 3, 2009

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New Ensemble: Per Far Lieto

An introduction to Per Far Lieto, a European duo that specializes in medieval music (Catalina Vicens, organetto, and David Kuckhermann, percussion).

August 7, 2009

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Cd covers in collage

Music of Latin America: Musica Temprana

A look at Música Temprana, a dynamic group specializing in music of Spanish Colonial America.

August 10, 2009

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painting of man's face

A Purcell Celebration, pt. 1

A look at Henry Purcell's small-scale compositions for keyboard, music for string ensembles, and songs.

August 12, 2009

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men and women in black

American Concert Series Round-up

A peek at four American early music concert series for the 2009-2010 season --- Berkeley, Seattle, Milwaukee, and Boston.

August 14, 2009

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La Simphonie du Marais

A look at three recordings by French ensemble La Simphonie du Marais, including music by Lully and Delalande.

August 14, 2009

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Emma Kirkby Tours America

Early Music icon Emma Kirby will tour the US with lutenist Jakob Lindberg during the October and November of 2009.

August 17, 2009

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Obsidian Records (UK)

An introduction to Obsidian Records, Britain's new early music label, featuring world-class performances of music from the Renaissance.

August 17, 2009

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What’s on Youtube: Sound The Trumpet

A look at the many Youtube video performances of Purcell's duet "Sound the trumpet."

August 24, 2009

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Les Délices: The Tastes Reunited

A look at the debut recording of Les Délices, an American chamber ensemble directed by Debra Nagy.

August 24, 2009

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Bart Kuijken and the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra

The Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra

Barthold Kuijken, artistic director of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, joins Harmonia this week to explore music from a recent performance by the orchestra.

August 26, 2009

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The NFA and the Baroque Flute

A summary of the baroque flute events at the 2009 National Flute Association Convention in New York City.

August 26, 2009

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“The Play of Daniel” in the National Recording Registry

A look at a special recording in the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress.

August 28, 2009

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Linking Early Music

A handful of early music links for the end of the week.

August 31, 2009

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Medieval Instruments: Pipe & Tabor, Vielle, Organetto, & Recorder

Harmonia goes medieval on you in a tour of a few of the typical instruments from the Middle Ages---the vielle, recorder, organetto, and the pipe and tabor.

August 31, 2009

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Harpist Maxine Eilander

Two recordings of music by Handel and Lawes on the ATMA label, featuring American early harpist Maxine Eilander.

August 31, 2009

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Masaaki Suzuki at Yale

Masaaki Suzuki, founder and music director of the Bach Collegium Japan, will spend the next two academic years teaching at Yale University.

September 1, 2009

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Questions for Robert Green

Robert Green, musicologist and performer on the hurdy-gurdy, answers questions about his chosen instrument.

September 2, 2009

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Music of the Scottish Renaissance discovered at Stirling Castle

The earliest instrumental music in Scotland discovered on a carving at Stirling Castle.

September 3, 2009

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What’s on YouTube: Antonio Valente

Youtube discoveries of music by Italian Renaissance composer Antonio Valente.

September 4, 2009

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Linking Early Music: a Haydn Year

An (almost) all-Haydn link round-up for the end of the week.

September 7, 2009

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A Purcell Celebration, pt. 2

Henry Purcell’s large-scale works for church, court, and theater, as well as a new release of J.S. Bach’s harpsichord concertos on the Plectra label.

September 7, 2009

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The Other Scarlatti

A look at Alessandro Scarlatti and three of his oratorios with performances by Il Seminario Musicale, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, and Europa Galante.

September 8, 2009

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angie and flammarion

Questions for Angela Mariani

Angela Mariani, host of Harmonia, answers questions about life as a professor of music history, running a non-profit organization, and the ensemble Altramar.

September 9, 2009

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Wanna play baroque violin?

A Strings Magazine article on learning to play the baroque violin for the modern violinist.

September 10, 2009

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What’s on YouTube: Philippe Jaroussky

French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and the many Youtube videos that feature him.

September 11, 2009

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Linking Early Music: Bach, Beethoven, Bolivian Baroque,

Lots of links involving the letter "B" for the end of the week.

September 14, 2009

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Ensemble Zefiro Performs Handel’s Water Music

A re-issue of Handel's "Water Music" with Ensemble Zefiro and a classic one with The English Concert.

September 14, 2009

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Highlights from the 2009 Bloomington Early Music Festival, pt. 1

Concerts from the 2009 Bloomington Early Music Festival, including performances by Hesperus, fortepianist Shuann Chai, ensemble L'AURA, and Chatham Baroque.

September 15, 2009

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Questions for American Countertenor Steven Rickards

American countertenor Steven Rickards answers questions about his voice type and aspects of his career.

September 16, 2009

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Baroque Flutist Kate Clark “Followed a Sound”

Kate Clark has a reputation as a fine early flutist and is a highly sought-after teacher on faculty at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.

September 17, 2009

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man in harpsichord recital

What’s on YouTube: The Goldberg Variations

One of the world's most famous pieces has a varied presence on Youtube.

September 18, 2009

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Linking Early Music: Sandrine Piau, Stradivarius, and More

A few links from the world of Early Music for the end of the week.

September 21, 2009

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handel play the lyre

Ten “Messiah” Recordings for a Handel Year

Notable recordings of George Frideric Handel's oratorio "Messiah."

September 21, 2009

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Highlights from the 2009 Bloomington Early Music Festival, pt. 2

Concerts with Nigel North, the winners of the Early Music Institute Recital Prize (Antonio Santos and Maho Sone), ensemble Sacabuche, and Fenix de los Ingenios.

September 22, 2009

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Questions for August Denhard (Early Music Guild of Seattle)

August Denhard, executive director of the Seattle Early Music Guild, answers questions about the Guild and early music in Seattle.

September 23, 2009

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asian woman

Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” and the 21st Century

A new video of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" with the Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin, gives plenty of food for thought.

September 24, 2009

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orchestra in performance

What’s on YouTube: Arcangelo Corelli

A YouTube search for "Corelli" yields a nice surprise.

September 25, 2009

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chain links and sky

Linking Early Music: Baroque Opera, Chopin, and BREMF

A handful of Early Music links for the end of the week.

September 25, 2009

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King’s Music: Death of an Early Music Publishing Company

Clifford Bartlett, owner of King's Music, has filed for bankruptcy.

September 28, 2009

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Celtic Music/Early Music-Traditional Music of Ireland and Scotland

This week on Harmonia: early music specialists perform traditional music from Ireland and Scotland

September 28, 2009

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Corelli’s Op. 5 on the Harmonia Mundi Label

Four recordings of Arcangelo Corelli's famous violin sonatas on the Harmonia Mundi record label.

September 29, 2009

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Questions for Maria Coldwell, Exec. Director of Early Music America

Maria Coldwell introduces us to Early Music America, talks about some of its future projects, and describes her role as its Executive Director.

October 1, 2009

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Sting: First Dowland, Now Schumann

Not long after his commercial success with the music of John Dowland, Sting explores Robert Schumann's music for a good cause.

October 2, 2009

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Early Music in America: Texas

A survey of established Early Music ensembles and organizations in the great state of Texas.

October 2, 2009

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Linking Early Music: Paula Chateauneuf and Blanche Moyse

A few Early Music links for the end of the week (plus recent blog posts).

October 5, 2009

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Handel in Hanover, Düsseldorf, and London

An exploration of George Frideric Handel’s music, including his compositions for German patrons, London audiences, and a royal boat trip down the Thames.

October 12, 2009

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drawing of ceremony

Music for the Freemasons: Haydn and Mozart

The fraternal organization known as Freemasonry is explored and its connection to two 18th-century composers who were members—Joseph Haydn and W. A. Mozart.

October 13, 2009

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Questions for Lutenist Nigel North

Lutenist Nigel North answers questions about his connection to the music of John Dowland.

October 19, 2009

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Thoinot Arbeau’s “Orchésographie”

An exploration of the most important French dance manual of the Late Renaissance, which includes advice for dancing, fencing, and proper etiquette for men.

October 21, 2009

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Early Music Ensembles: What’s in a Name?

A reflection on ensemble names in Early Music and what they represent.

October 26, 2009

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Saints and Martyrs: Louis, Michel, and Cecilia

A look at the lives of Christian saints with celebrations from 17th-century France and England... plus a recent release of choral works by Jean Mouton.

October 26, 2009

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Ensemble 415 performs Albinoni and Muffat

A new release of Albinoni's "Sinfonie a Cinque" performed by Ensemble 415 (plus music of Georg Muffat).

November 2, 2009

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Handel at Cannons: Music for the Duke of Chandos

An exploration of Handel’s works written during his tenure as composer-in-residence at Cannons, the stately home of the Duke of Chandos.

November 3, 2009

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Medieval Music with Joglaresa, The Rose Ensemble, and Millenarium

Three new recordings of music from the Middle Ages, including songs of the trouvères, music for Saint Francis of Assisi, and medieval dances.

November 9, 2009

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The Toronto Consort

The English Renaissance with the Toronto Consort and Les Witches

Songs and instrumental pieces from Elizabethan England.

November 9, 2009

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Great Musicians: Kate Clark, Renaissance and Baroque Flutist

Our series continues with Australian flutist Kate Clark who performs music of the French baroque, C.P.E. Bach, and various works with the Attaignant Consort.

November 17, 2009

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Pamela Thorby, Recorder Virtuosa

Pamela Thorby performs music of the Renaissance, baroque, and new works for the recorder.

November 23, 2009

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Cornucopia: Music for the Harvest, Fertility, and Giving Thanks

A look at the cornucopia, an ancient symbol used in music from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and early America.

November 23, 2009

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American Flutist Jed Wentz and Musica Ad Rhenum

Three excellent recordings of late-baroque music, including J.S. Bach, Couperin, Telemann, and Blavet.

November 30, 2009

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The Countertenor in Recording, pt. 1: 1960s-1980s

An exploration of the countertenor in recording from the 1960s to the 1980s.

December 1, 2009

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Music of Spanish Colonial Latin America

Fine recordings of early music from Latin America with Ex Cathedra, Ensemble Elyma, the Boston Camerata, Canto, Florilegium, and Musica Temprana.

December 7, 2009

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Highlights from the 2009 Indianapolis Early Music Festival

Concerts from the 2009 Indianapolis Early Music Festival, including performances by Ex Umbris, Reconstruction, Harmonious Blacksmith, and the Peabody Consort.

December 7, 2009

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WGBH Re-launches Boston Classical Music Station

Harmonia extends congratulations to the staff of WGBH on the launching of the new (WCRB) 99.5 All Classical!

December 9, 2009

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William Carter Performs Guitar Music of Corbetta, Murcia, and Sor

Three Linn Records releases by a renowned early guitarist.

December 14, 2009

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Music of the Renaissance with Alexander Blachly and Pomerium

Performances from three recordings, including a new release of music by Orlande de Lassus.

December 20, 2009

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Top Ten Early Music Discoveries of 2009

New and classic recordings that made a lasting impression in 2009.

December 20, 2009

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candles inscribed with noel

The Noel: Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque

A Christian expression of joy, the word “noel” has been associated with Christmas for hundreds of years.

December 24, 2009

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What is Early Music?

The perennial question: "What is early music?" Help Harmonia in the beginning of our search for an answer.

December 28, 2009

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Early Music America’s Medieval And Renaissance Competition of 2009

Performances by Ensemble Alkemia, Plaine & Easie, and Musica Fantasia.

December 28, 2009

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Lutenist Rolf Lislevand on the ECM Label

An innovative approach to lute music of the Renaissance and Baroque.

January 5, 2009

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Handel’s Messiah with The Sixteen

Two recordings by the English choir The Sixteen under the direction of Harry Christophers—Handel's Messiah and Bach's Christmas Oratorio.

January 5, 2009

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base of statue with Mozart medallions in park

Traditions Series: Memorials

This week, the Harmonia Traditions Series explores early memorials. Plus, Claire Guimond and Sonnerie perform in a new recording of Mozart's flute quartets.

January 12, 2009

podcast

La Serenissima

The Rise of the North Italian Violin Concerto, vol. 3

A new release by the dynamic British ensemble La Serenissima in the third installment of their Italian violin concerto series.

January 12, 2009

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woman with flowers and man, both on porch

Traditions Series: Courtship

This week, the Harmonia Traditions Series explores love and courtship, as well as a debut release by the Blue Heron Renaissance Choir.

January 19, 2009

podcast

view of old city

17th-century Segovia with the Capilla Jeronimo de Carrion

Performances by the Capilla Jeronimo de Carrion in two recordings, including music by Miguel de Irizar as well as their namesake, Jeronimo de Carrion.

January 19, 2009

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portrait of Jesus on the cross

Traditions Series: Easter

The Harmonia Traditions Series explores music for Holy Week and Easter Sunday. Plus, a new release by Rinaldo Alessandrini's Concerto Italiano.

January 26, 2009

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pink flowers with orange centers

Traditions Series: Mother’s Day and Father’s Day

Our Traditions Series continues with a journey to the origin of Mother's and Father's Day. Also, a new release of Beethoven sonatas.

February 2, 2009

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title page with music

Traditions Series: Eat, Drink, and Celebrate

The Traditions Series continues with a look at the appearances of food and drink in music of the baroque. Also, a new release by organist Johnathan Dimmock.

February 9, 2009

podcast

diptych of emma kirkby

Dieterich Buxtehude’s Vocal Music

Music of Dieterich Buxtehude, including a new Alpha label release with Hans Jorg-Mammel and La Fenice, followed by a classic recording with soprano Emma Kirkby.

February 16, 2009

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silhouette of branches against dark blue sky

Déploration

This week, a look at the Renaissance lament known as the déploration. Also, the debut release of the Canadian ensemble I Furiosi.

February 23, 2009

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queenly woman in fancy outfit

The Winchester Part Books

An exploration of music from the Winchester Part Books, a important collection of Renaissance madrigals and chansons.

March 2, 2009

podcast

man with lute

Lute Songs of the 17th Century

Love songs for voice and lute are the focus this week with soprano Linda Tsatsanis and lutenist John Lenti.

March 8, 2009

podcast

smiling guitarist

Baroque Guitarists Richard Savino and Taro Takeuchi

Guitarist Richard Savino explores the music of Ludovico Roncalli on the Dorian label while Taro Takeuchi performs a 17th Century program for Deux-Elles.

March 16, 2009

podcast

headshot with white background

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Baroque Nouveau and Les Talens Lyriques

Baroque Nouveau's release of the 'Pieces de Clavecin en Concert' for Reference, and then a glimpse of Les Talens Lyrique's recording of opera overtures.

March 23, 2009

podcast

musicians smiling

Trio Sonatas with London Baroque

London Baroque's recent BIS recording of trio sonatas from 17th-century Germany, and their 1984 Amon Ra release of English music from the 18th Century.

March 30, 2009

podcast

Daniel Cuiller

The Music of François Francoeur

A Mirare recording of the opera Piramus and Thisbe by François Rebel and François Francoeur, and an Alpha release of music by Francoeur with Ensemble Ausonia.

April 6, 2009

podcast

musicians by river

Les Muffatti performs the music of Pez and Muffat

A look at the dynamic baroque orchestra Les Muffatti and their two Ramee label releases of music by Johann Christoph Pez (2007) and Georg Muffat (2005).

April 13, 2009

podcast

painting of mazarin and cd cover

Musique pour Mazarin!

The debut release of Le Jardin Secret on the Coro label.

April 20, 2009

podcast

woman and flute

Circa 1500

A CRD label release of a new recording by ensemble Circa 1500.

April 27, 2009

podcast

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Stile Antico and the Song of Songs

The young British vocal ensemble Stile Antico and their latest Harmonia Mundi release, "Song of Songs."

May 3, 2009

podcast

singer with sunglasses

Music of Nicola Porpora

Two recordings of music by Italian baroque composer Nicola Porpora.

May 11, 2009

podcast

man and woman in turltenecks

Music from Late Medieval Cyprus

A look at two releases of of late medieval songs from Cyprus by La Morra and Ensemble PAN.

May 18, 2009

podcast

lutenist pulling horse

Bach Sons and El Son Jarocho

A new recording by Bart Kuijken and a classic by the Mexican group Ensamble Continuo.

May 25, 2009

show

Old style music print

Nicolas Gombert

The life and works of Nicolas Gombert, a Renaissance composer whose music will be explored as well as a new release by the English ensemble La Serenissima.

June 1, 2009

podcast

musicians and shawms and cd cover

Vespers/VSPRS

New music for vespers. A look at Kile Smith's composition for Choir and Renaissance band, as well as Fabrizio Cassol's post-modern work inspired by Monteverdi.

June 1, 2009

show

manuscript of ouverture

Handel in Hamburg

Part one of a series that looks into the life of George Frideric Handel from the perspective of the many places he lived.

June 8, 2009

show

soprano sings and musicians accompany

La Donna Musicale: Celebrating the Music of Women Composers

A look at the Boston-based ensemble La Donna Musicale (Laury Gutierrez, dir.), including their recordings of music by women composers.

June 15, 2009

show

three males playing cards

Vices: Smoking, Gambling, Drinking, and Coffee

An exploration of the lighter side of four human vices.

June 15, 2009

podcast

ensemble in black

Obsidian Records

A look at Obsidian Records, a new early music label, with performances of music by Josquin, Senfl, Verdelot, Tomkins, and from the court of Henry VIII.

June 22, 2009

show

handwritten music and text

Fundacion de Musica (Colombia)

Recordings of Spanish colonial music released by the Fundacion de Musica, an organization devoted to the research and study of Colombia’s music history.

June 22, 2009

podcast

a viol player and a harpist

Celtic Music and the Viola da Gamba

A look at two new releases that feature Celtic music performed on the viola da gamba, with Jordi Savall (The Celtic Viol) and Tina Chancey (The Versatile Viol).

June 29, 2009

show

portrait of monteverdi

Monteverdi’s “Selva morale e spirituale” of 1641

Claudio Monteverdi’s collection of sacred music, "Selva morale e spirituale," will be explored with performances by Cantus Cölln and Concerto Palatino.

July 6, 2009

show

Handel in Italy: Music for Roman Patrons and a Neapolitan Wedding

Part two of a series that looks into the life of George Frideric Handel from the perspective of the many places he lived.

July 6, 2009

podcast

man in tux and man uniterested

Baroque Duets

A look at a couple classic recordings of music for two tenors ("A Doi Tenori") and two countertenors ("Countertenor Duets by Purcell and Blow").

July 12, 2009

podcast

painting of church and other buildings with people all'round

Musica Antiqua Köln (Sonatas and Concertos)

A look at three Archiv label recordings by Musica Antiqua Köln, including music by Telemann, Heinichen, and five Italian composers.

July 13, 2009

show

four men and a lady against a wall

The Lute Books of Francesco Spinacino

The first printed music for the lute, Francesco Spinacino’s "Intabulatura de lauto" of 1507... plus a new release of music by Georg Muffat.

July 20, 2009

show

painting of floating figures in a frenzy

Amarillis on the Naïve Label

The French trio Amarillis and their recent box set, "Europe Baroque," as well as a new release of music by Johann Christoph Pez with Les Muffatti.

July 21, 2009

podcast

four men smiling

Bergen Barokk performs Telemann and Bertouch

An introduction to the Norwegian ensemble Bergen Barokk with a couple of Toccata Classics releases of cantatas by Telemann and sonatas by Georg von Bertouch.

July 27, 2009

show

man and woman in turltenecks

Late Medieval Songs from Cyprus

Ensemble La Morra’s exploration of late-medieval French songs from a Cyprian manuscript, and a new release by Le Jardin Secret entitled Musique pour Mazarin!

July 27, 2009

podcast

semi-nude woman embracing man

Venus & Adonis

A look at three settings of the Venus and Adonis story by composers Henry Desmarest, John Blow, and Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco.

July 31, 2009

show

man and woman dancing

What’s on Youtube: Ballo del Granduca

A Youtube video of a Renaissance hit ("O che nuovo miracolo" by Emilio de Cavalieri).

August 3, 2009

show

woman and flute

Circa 1500

Harmonia takes a trip this week through Renaissance England, Italy, and Spain with the London-based ensemble Circa 1500 and its director Nancy Hadden.

August 3, 2009

show

woman with organ and man with drum

New Ensemble: Per Far Lieto

An introduction to Per Far Lieto, a European duo that specializes in medieval music (Catalina Vicens, organetto, and David Kuckhermann, percussion).

August 7, 2009

show

Cd covers in collage

Music of Latin America: Musica Temprana

A look at Música Temprana, a dynamic group specializing in music of Spanish Colonial America.

August 10, 2009

show

painting of man's face

A Purcell Celebration, pt. 1

A look at Henry Purcell's small-scale compositions for keyboard, music for string ensembles, and songs.

August 12, 2009

show

men and women in black

American Concert Series Round-up

A peek at four American early music concert series for the 2009-2010 season --- Berkeley, Seattle, Milwaukee, and Boston.

August 14, 2009

podcast

orchestra in recording

La Simphonie du Marais

A look at three recordings by French ensemble La Simphonie du Marais, including music by Lully and Delalande.

August 14, 2009

show

diptych of emma kirkby

Emma Kirkby Tours America

Early Music icon Emma Kirby will tour the US with lutenist Jakob Lindberg during the October and November of 2009.

August 17, 2009

show

ensemble in black

Obsidian Records (UK)

An introduction to Obsidian Records, Britain's new early music label, featuring world-class performances of music from the Renaissance.

August 17, 2009

show

two men singing

What’s on Youtube: Sound The Trumpet

A look at the many Youtube video performances of Purcell's duet "Sound the trumpet."

August 24, 2009

podcast

lotus flower and ensemble

Les Délices: The Tastes Reunited

A look at the debut recording of Les Délices, an American chamber ensemble directed by Debra Nagy.

August 24, 2009

show

Bart Kuijken and the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra

The Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra

Barthold Kuijken, artistic director of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, joins Harmonia this week to explore music from a recent performance by the orchestra.

August 26, 2009

show

man and woman with flutes

The NFA and the Baroque Flute

A summary of the baroque flute events at the 2009 National Flute Association Convention in New York City.

August 26, 2009

show

front of library of congress

“The Play of Daniel” in the National Recording Registry

A look at a special recording in the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress.

August 28, 2009

show

single chain link

Linking Early Music

A handful of early music links for the end of the week.

August 31, 2009

show

musicians and instruments

Medieval Instruments: Pipe & Tabor, Vielle, Organetto, & Recorder

Harmonia goes medieval on you in a tour of a few of the typical instruments from the Middle Ages---the vielle, recorder, organetto, and the pipe and tabor.

August 31, 2009

podcast

handels harp cover

Harpist Maxine Eilander

Two recordings of music by Handel and Lawes on the ATMA label, featuring American early harpist Maxine Eilander.

August 31, 2009

show

asian man smiling

Masaaki Suzuki at Yale

Masaaki Suzuki, founder and music director of the Bach Collegium Japan, will spend the next two academic years teaching at Yale University.

September 1, 2009

show

man holding a hurdy gurdy

Questions for Robert Green

Robert Green, musicologist and performer on the hurdy-gurdy, answers questions about his chosen instrument.

September 2, 2009

show

castle on top of mountain

Music of the Scottish Renaissance discovered at Stirling Castle

The earliest instrumental music in Scotland discovered on a carving at Stirling Castle.

September 3, 2009

show

harp and musicians

What’s on YouTube: Antonio Valente

Youtube discoveries of music by Italian Renaissance composer Antonio Valente.

September 4, 2009

show

rusty chain links

Linking Early Music: a Haydn Year

An (almost) all-Haydn link round-up for the end of the week.

September 7, 2009

show

westminster abbey

A Purcell Celebration, pt. 2

Henry Purcell’s large-scale works for church, court, and theater, as well as a new release of J.S. Bach’s harpsichord concertos on the Plectra label.

September 7, 2009

podcast

painting of cain and abel

The Other Scarlatti

A look at Alessandro Scarlatti and three of his oratorios with performances by Il Seminario Musicale, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, and Europa Galante.

September 8, 2009

show

angie and flammarion

Questions for Angela Mariani

Angela Mariani, host of Harmonia, answers questions about life as a professor of music history, running a non-profit organization, and the ensemble Altramar.

September 9, 2009

show

three violinists

Wanna play baroque violin?

A Strings Magazine article on learning to play the baroque violin for the modern violinist.

September 10, 2009

show

singer with sunglasses

What’s on YouTube: Philippe Jaroussky

French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and the many Youtube videos that feature him.

September 11, 2009

show

links with rust

Linking Early Music: Bach, Beethoven, Bolivian Baroque,

Lots of links involving the letter "B" for the end of the week.

September 14, 2009

podcast

handel and telemann cd cover

Ensemble Zefiro Performs Handel’s Water Music

A re-issue of Handel's "Water Music" with Ensemble Zefiro and a classic one with The English Concert.

September 14, 2009

show

bloomington early music festival opera tigrane

Highlights from the 2009 Bloomington Early Music Festival, pt. 1

Concerts from the 2009 Bloomington Early Music Festival, including performances by Hesperus, fortepianist Shuann Chai, ensemble L'AURA, and Chatham Baroque.

September 15, 2009

show

three men in suits

Questions for American Countertenor Steven Rickards

American countertenor Steven Rickards answers questions about his voice type and aspects of his career.

September 16, 2009

show

two shots of same woman

Baroque Flutist Kate Clark “Followed a Sound”

Kate Clark has a reputation as a fine early flutist and is a highly sought-after teacher on faculty at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.

September 17, 2009

show

man in harpsichord recital

What’s on YouTube: The Goldberg Variations

One of the world's most famous pieces has a varied presence on Youtube.

September 18, 2009

show

chain links and grass

Linking Early Music: Sandrine Piau, Stradivarius, and More

A few links from the world of Early Music for the end of the week.

September 21, 2009

podcast

handel play the lyre

Ten “Messiah” Recordings for a Handel Year

Notable recordings of George Frideric Handel's oratorio "Messiah."

September 21, 2009

show

man and lute outdoors

Highlights from the 2009 Bloomington Early Music Festival, pt. 2

Concerts with Nigel North, the winners of the Early Music Institute Recital Prize (Antonio Santos and Maho Sone), ensemble Sacabuche, and Fenix de los Ingenios.

September 22, 2009

show

man next to poster

Questions for August Denhard (Early Music Guild of Seattle)

August Denhard, executive director of the Seattle Early Music Guild, answers questions about the Guild and early music in Seattle.

September 23, 2009

show

asian woman

Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” and the 21st Century

A new video of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" with the Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin, gives plenty of food for thought.

September 24, 2009

show

orchestra in performance

What’s on YouTube: Arcangelo Corelli

A YouTube search for "Corelli" yields a nice surprise.

September 25, 2009

show

chain links and sky

Linking Early Music: Baroque Opera, Chopin, and BREMF

A handful of Early Music links for the end of the week.

September 25, 2009

show

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King’s Music: Death of an Early Music Publishing Company

Clifford Bartlett, owner of King's Music, has filed for bankruptcy.

September 28, 2009

show

man playing flute

Celtic Music/Early Music-Traditional Music of Ireland and Scotland

This week on Harmonia: early music specialists perform traditional music from Ireland and Scotland

September 28, 2009

podcast

classical scene

Corelli’s Op. 5 on the Harmonia Mundi Label

Four recordings of Arcangelo Corelli's famous violin sonatas on the Harmonia Mundi record label.

September 29, 2009

show

portrait of a woman and a logo

Questions for Maria Coldwell, Exec. Director of Early Music America

Maria Coldwell introduces us to Early Music America, talks about some of its future projects, and describes her role as its Executive Director.

October 1, 2009

show

sting performing

Sting: First Dowland, Now Schumann

Not long after his commercial success with the music of John Dowland, Sting explores Robert Schumann's music for a good cause.

October 2, 2009

show

welcome to texas

Early Music in America: Texas

A survey of established Early Music ensembles and organizations in the great state of Texas.

October 2, 2009

show

chain links on ground

Linking Early Music: Paula Chateauneuf and Blanche Moyse

A few Early Music links for the end of the week (plus recent blog posts).

October 5, 2009

show

after handel

Handel in Hanover, Düsseldorf, and London

An exploration of George Frideric Handel’s music, including his compositions for German patrons, London audiences, and a royal boat trip down the Thames.

October 12, 2009

show

drawing of ceremony

Music for the Freemasons: Haydn and Mozart

The fraternal organization known as Freemasonry is explored and its connection to two 18th-century composers who were members—Joseph Haydn and W. A. Mozart.

October 13, 2009

show

lutenist

Questions for Lutenist Nigel North

Lutenist Nigel North answers questions about his connection to the music of John Dowland.

October 19, 2009

show

dancers in costume

Thoinot Arbeau’s “Orchésographie”

An exploration of the most important French dance manual of the Late Renaissance, which includes advice for dancing, fencing, and proper etiquette for men.

October 21, 2009

show

empty names tag

Early Music Ensembles: What’s in a Name?

A reflection on ensemble names in Early Music and what they represent.

October 26, 2009

show

statue of deceased woman

Saints and Martyrs: Louis, Michel, and Cecilia

A look at the lives of Christian saints with celebrations from 17th-century France and England... plus a recent release of choral works by Jean Mouton.

October 26, 2009

podcast

violinist and orchestra

Ensemble 415 performs Albinoni and Muffat

A new release of Albinoni's "Sinfonie a Cinque" performed by Ensemble 415 (plus music of Georg Muffat).

November 2, 2009

show

painting of man in fancy clothes

Handel at Cannons: Music for the Duke of Chandos

An exploration of Handel’s works written during his tenure as composer-in-residence at Cannons, the stately home of the Duke of Chandos.

November 3, 2009

podcast

ensemble with medieval instruments

Medieval Music with Joglaresa, The Rose Ensemble, and Millenarium

Three new recordings of music from the Middle Ages, including songs of the trouvères, music for Saint Francis of Assisi, and medieval dances.

November 9, 2009

podcast

The Toronto Consort

The English Renaissance with the Toronto Consort and Les Witches

Songs and instrumental pieces from Elizabethan England.

November 9, 2009

show

headshot of woman with glasses and flutes

Great Musicians: Kate Clark, Renaissance and Baroque Flutist

Our series continues with Australian flutist Kate Clark who performs music of the French baroque, C.P.E. Bach, and various works with the Attaignant Consort.

November 17, 2009

podcast

beautiful woman with recorder

Pamela Thorby, Recorder Virtuosa

Pamela Thorby performs music of the Renaissance, baroque, and new works for the recorder.

November 23, 2009

show

carving of a horn of plenty on side of ship

Cornucopia: Music for the Harvest, Fertility, and Giving Thanks

A look at the cornucopia, an ancient symbol used in music from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and early America.

November 23, 2009

podcast

three men in suits

American Flutist Jed Wentz and Musica Ad Rhenum

Three excellent recordings of late-baroque music, including J.S. Bach, Couperin, Telemann, and Blavet.

November 30, 2009

show

smiling man

The Countertenor in Recording, pt. 1: 1960s-1980s

An exploration of the countertenor in recording from the 1960s to the 1980s.

December 1, 2009

podcast

pink baroque church

Music of Spanish Colonial Latin America

Fine recordings of early music from Latin America with Ex Cathedra, Ensemble Elyma, the Boston Camerata, Canto, Florilegium, and Musica Temprana.

December 7, 2009

show

ensemble of singers and instrumentalists

Highlights from the 2009 Indianapolis Early Music Festival

Concerts from the 2009 Indianapolis Early Music Festival, including performances by Ex Umbris, Reconstruction, Harmonious Blacksmith, and the Peabody Consort.

December 7, 2009

show

screenshot of 99.5 All Classical homepage

WGBH Re-launches Boston Classical Music Station

Harmonia extends congratulations to the staff of WGBH on the launching of the new (WCRB) 99.5 All Classical!

December 9, 2009

podcast

man with baroque guitar

William Carter Performs Guitar Music of Corbetta, Murcia, and Sor

Three Linn Records releases by a renowned early guitarist.

December 14, 2009

podcast

vocal ensemble in concert

Music of the Renaissance with Alexander Blachly and Pomerium

Performances from three recordings, including a new release of music by Orlande de Lassus.

December 20, 2009

podcast

man in front with ensemble in background

Top Ten Early Music Discoveries of 2009

New and classic recordings that made a lasting impression in 2009.

December 20, 2009

show

candles inscribed with noel

The Noel: Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque

A Christian expression of joy, the word “noel” has been associated with Christmas for hundreds of years.

December 24, 2009

show

portrait of chopin

What is Early Music?

The perennial question: "What is early music?" Help Harmonia in the beginning of our search for an answer.

December 28, 2009

show

smiling group in formal clothes

Early Music America’s Medieval And Renaissance Competition of 2009

Performances by Ensemble Alkemia, Plaine & Easie, and Musica Fantasia.

December 28, 2009

podcast

smiling man with large lute

Lutenist Rolf Lislevand on the ECM Label

An innovative approach to lute music of the Renaissance and Baroque.

January 5, 2009

podcast

man in front with ensemble in background

Handel’s Messiah with The Sixteen

Two recordings by the English choir The Sixteen under the direction of Harry Christophers—Handel's Messiah and Bach's Christmas Oratorio.

January 5, 2009

show

base of statue with Mozart medallions in park

Traditions Series: Memorials

This week, the Harmonia Traditions Series explores early memorials. Plus, Claire Guimond and Sonnerie perform in a new recording of Mozart's flute quartets.

January 12, 2009

podcast

La Serenissima

The Rise of the North Italian Violin Concerto, vol. 3

A new release by the dynamic British ensemble La Serenissima in the third installment of their Italian violin concerto series.

January 12, 2009

show

woman with flowers and man, both on porch

Traditions Series: Courtship

This week, the Harmonia Traditions Series explores love and courtship, as well as a debut release by the Blue Heron Renaissance Choir.

January 19, 2009

podcast

view of old city

17th-century Segovia with the Capilla Jeronimo de Carrion

Performances by the Capilla Jeronimo de Carrion in two recordings, including music by Miguel de Irizar as well as their namesake, Jeronimo de Carrion.

January 19, 2009

show

portrait of Jesus on the cross

Traditions Series: Easter

The Harmonia Traditions Series explores music for Holy Week and Easter Sunday. Plus, a new release by Rinaldo Alessandrini's Concerto Italiano.

January 26, 2009

show

pink flowers with orange centers

Traditions Series: Mother’s Day and Father’s Day

Our Traditions Series continues with a journey to the origin of Mother's and Father's Day. Also, a new release of Beethoven sonatas.

February 2, 2009

show

title page with music

Traditions Series: Eat, Drink, and Celebrate

The Traditions Series continues with a look at the appearances of food and drink in music of the baroque. Also, a new release by organist Johnathan Dimmock.

February 9, 2009

podcast

diptych of emma kirkby

Dieterich Buxtehude’s Vocal Music

Music of Dieterich Buxtehude, including a new Alpha label release with Hans Jorg-Mammel and La Fenice, followed by a classic recording with soprano Emma Kirkby.

February 16, 2009

show

silhouette of branches against dark blue sky

Déploration

This week, a look at the Renaissance lament known as the déploration. Also, the debut release of the Canadian ensemble I Furiosi.

February 23, 2009

show

queenly woman in fancy outfit

The Winchester Part Books

An exploration of music from the Winchester Part Books, a important collection of Renaissance madrigals and chansons.

March 2, 2009

podcast

man with lute

Lute Songs of the 17th Century

Love songs for voice and lute are the focus this week with soprano Linda Tsatsanis and lutenist John Lenti.

March 8, 2009

podcast

smiling guitarist

Baroque Guitarists Richard Savino and Taro Takeuchi

Guitarist Richard Savino explores the music of Ludovico Roncalli on the Dorian label while Taro Takeuchi performs a 17th Century program for Deux-Elles.

March 16, 2009

podcast

headshot with white background

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Baroque Nouveau and Les Talens Lyriques

Baroque Nouveau's release of the 'Pieces de Clavecin en Concert' for Reference, and then a glimpse of Les Talens Lyrique's recording of opera overtures.

March 23, 2009

podcast

musicians smiling

Trio Sonatas with London Baroque

London Baroque's recent BIS recording of trio sonatas from 17th-century Germany, and their 1984 Amon Ra release of English music from the 18th Century.

March 30, 2009

podcast

Daniel Cuiller

The Music of François Francoeur

A Mirare recording of the opera Piramus and Thisbe by François Rebel and François Francoeur, and an Alpha release of music by Francoeur with Ensemble Ausonia.

April 6, 2009

podcast

musicians by river

Les Muffatti performs the music of Pez and Muffat

A look at the dynamic baroque orchestra Les Muffatti and their two Ramee label releases of music by Johann Christoph Pez (2007) and Georg Muffat (2005).

April 13, 2009

podcast

painting of mazarin and cd cover

Musique pour Mazarin!

The debut release of Le Jardin Secret on the Coro label.

April 20, 2009

podcast

woman and flute

Circa 1500

A CRD label release of a new recording by ensemble Circa 1500.

April 27, 2009

podcast

cd cover stile antico

Stile Antico and the Song of Songs

The young British vocal ensemble Stile Antico and their latest Harmonia Mundi release, "Song of Songs."

May 3, 2009

podcast

singer with sunglasses

Music of Nicola Porpora

Two recordings of music by Italian baroque composer Nicola Porpora.

May 11, 2009

podcast

man and woman in turltenecks

Music from Late Medieval Cyprus

A look at two releases of of late medieval songs from Cyprus by La Morra and Ensemble PAN.

May 18, 2009

podcast

lutenist pulling horse

Bach Sons and El Son Jarocho

A new recording by Bart Kuijken and a classic by the Mexican group Ensamble Continuo.

May 25, 2009

show

Old style music print

Nicolas Gombert

The life and works of Nicolas Gombert, a Renaissance composer whose music will be explored as well as a new release by the English ensemble La Serenissima.

June 1, 2009

podcast

musicians and shawms and cd cover

Vespers/VSPRS

New music for vespers. A look at Kile Smith's composition for Choir and Renaissance band, as well as Fabrizio Cassol's post-modern work inspired by Monteverdi.

June 1, 2009

show

manuscript of ouverture

Handel in Hamburg

Part one of a series that looks into the life of George Frideric Handel from the perspective of the many places he lived.

June 8, 2009

show

soprano sings and musicians accompany

La Donna Musicale: Celebrating the Music of Women Composers

A look at the Boston-based ensemble La Donna Musicale (Laury Gutierrez, dir.), including their recordings of music by women composers.

June 15, 2009

show

three males playing cards

Vices: Smoking, Gambling, Drinking, and Coffee

An exploration of the lighter side of four human vices.

June 15, 2009

podcast

ensemble in black

Obsidian Records

A look at Obsidian Records, a new early music label, with performances of music by Josquin, Senfl, Verdelot, Tomkins, and from the court of Henry VIII.

June 22, 2009

show

handwritten music and text

Fundacion de Musica (Colombia)

Recordings of Spanish colonial music released by the Fundacion de Musica, an organization devoted to the research and study of Colombia’s music history.

June 22, 2009

podcast

a viol player and a harpist

Celtic Music and the Viola da Gamba

A look at two new releases that feature Celtic music performed on the viola da gamba, with Jordi Savall (The Celtic Viol) and Tina Chancey (The Versatile Viol).

June 29, 2009

show

portrait of monteverdi

Monteverdi’s “Selva morale e spirituale” of 1641

Claudio Monteverdi’s collection of sacred music, "Selva morale e spirituale," will be explored with performances by Cantus Cölln and Concerto Palatino.

July 6, 2009

show

Handel in Italy: Music for Roman Patrons and a Neapolitan Wedding

Part two of a series that looks into the life of George Frideric Handel from the perspective of the many places he lived.

July 6, 2009

podcast

man in tux and man uniterested

Baroque Duets

A look at a couple classic recordings of music for two tenors ("A Doi Tenori") and two countertenors ("Countertenor Duets by Purcell and Blow").

July 12, 2009

podcast

painting of church and other buildings with people all'round

Musica Antiqua Köln (Sonatas and Concertos)

A look at three Archiv label recordings by Musica Antiqua Köln, including music by Telemann, Heinichen, and five Italian composers.

July 13, 2009

show

four men and a lady against a wall

The Lute Books of Francesco Spinacino

The first printed music for the lute, Francesco Spinacino’s "Intabulatura de lauto" of 1507... plus a new release of music by Georg Muffat.

July 20, 2009

show

painting of floating figures in a frenzy

Amarillis on the Naïve Label

The French trio Amarillis and their recent box set, "Europe Baroque," as well as a new release of music by Johann Christoph Pez with Les Muffatti.

July 21, 2009

podcast

four men smiling

Bergen Barokk performs Telemann and Bertouch

An introduction to the Norwegian ensemble Bergen Barokk with a couple of Toccata Classics releases of cantatas by Telemann and sonatas by Georg von Bertouch.

July 27, 2009

show

man and woman in turltenecks

Late Medieval Songs from Cyprus

Ensemble La Morra’s exploration of late-medieval French songs from a Cyprian manuscript, and a new release by Le Jardin Secret entitled Musique pour Mazarin!

July 27, 2009

podcast

semi-nude woman embracing man

Venus & Adonis

A look at three settings of the Venus and Adonis story by composers Henry Desmarest, John Blow, and Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco.

July 31, 2009

show

man and woman dancing

What’s on Youtube: Ballo del Granduca

A Youtube video of a Renaissance hit ("O che nuovo miracolo" by Emilio de Cavalieri).

August 3, 2009

show

woman and flute

Circa 1500

Harmonia takes a trip this week through Renaissance England, Italy, and Spain with the London-based ensemble Circa 1500 and its director Nancy Hadden.

August 3, 2009

show

woman with organ and man with drum

New Ensemble: Per Far Lieto

An introduction to Per Far Lieto, a European duo that specializes in medieval music (Catalina Vicens, organetto, and David Kuckhermann, percussion).

August 7, 2009

show

Cd covers in collage

Music of Latin America: Musica Temprana

A look at Música Temprana, a dynamic group specializing in music of Spanish Colonial America.

August 10, 2009

show

painting of man's face

A Purcell Celebration, pt. 1

A look at Henry Purcell's small-scale compositions for keyboard, music for string ensembles, and songs.

August 12, 2009

show

men and women in black

American Concert Series Round-up

A peek at four American early music concert series for the 2009-2010 season --- Berkeley, Seattle, Milwaukee, and Boston.

August 14, 2009

podcast

orchestra in recording

La Simphonie du Marais

A look at three recordings by French ensemble La Simphonie du Marais, including music by Lully and Delalande.

August 14, 2009

show

diptych of emma kirkby

Emma Kirkby Tours America

Early Music icon Emma Kirby will tour the US with lutenist Jakob Lindberg during the October and November of 2009.

August 17, 2009

show

ensemble in black

Obsidian Records (UK)

An introduction to Obsidian Records, Britain's new early music label, featuring world-class performances of music from the Renaissance.

August 17, 2009

show

two men singing

What’s on Youtube: Sound The Trumpet

A look at the many Youtube video performances of Purcell's duet "Sound the trumpet."

August 24, 2009

podcast

lotus flower and ensemble

Les Délices: The Tastes Reunited

A look at the debut recording of Les Délices, an American chamber ensemble directed by Debra Nagy.

August 24, 2009

show

Bart Kuijken and the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra

The Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra

Barthold Kuijken, artistic director of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, joins Harmonia this week to explore music from a recent performance by the orchestra.

August 26, 2009

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man and woman with flutes

The NFA and the Baroque Flute

A summary of the baroque flute events at the 2009 National Flute Association Convention in New York City.

August 26, 2009

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“The Play of Daniel” in the National Recording Registry

A look at a special recording in the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress.

August 28, 2009

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Linking Early Music

A handful of early music links for the end of the week.

August 31, 2009

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Medieval Instruments: Pipe & Tabor, Vielle, Organetto, & Recorder

Harmonia goes medieval on you in a tour of a few of the typical instruments from the Middle Ages---the vielle, recorder, organetto, and the pipe and tabor.

August 31, 2009

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Harpist Maxine Eilander

Two recordings of music by Handel and Lawes on the ATMA label, featuring American early harpist Maxine Eilander.

August 31, 2009

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Masaaki Suzuki at Yale

Masaaki Suzuki, founder and music director of the Bach Collegium Japan, will spend the next two academic years teaching at Yale University.

September 1, 2009

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Questions for Robert Green

Robert Green, musicologist and performer on the hurdy-gurdy, answers questions about his chosen instrument.

September 2, 2009

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Music of the Scottish Renaissance discovered at Stirling Castle

The earliest instrumental music in Scotland discovered on a carving at Stirling Castle.

September 3, 2009

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What’s on YouTube: Antonio Valente

Youtube discoveries of music by Italian Renaissance composer Antonio Valente.

September 4, 2009

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Linking Early Music: a Haydn Year

An (almost) all-Haydn link round-up for the end of the week.

September 7, 2009

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A Purcell Celebration, pt. 2

Henry Purcell’s large-scale works for church, court, and theater, as well as a new release of J.S. Bach’s harpsichord concertos on the Plectra label.

September 7, 2009

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The Other Scarlatti

A look at Alessandro Scarlatti and three of his oratorios with performances by Il Seminario Musicale, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, and Europa Galante.

September 8, 2009

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Questions for Angela Mariani

Angela Mariani, host of Harmonia, answers questions about life as a professor of music history, running a non-profit organization, and the ensemble Altramar.

September 9, 2009

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Wanna play baroque violin?

A Strings Magazine article on learning to play the baroque violin for the modern violinist.

September 10, 2009

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What’s on YouTube: Philippe Jaroussky

French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and the many Youtube videos that feature him.

September 11, 2009

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Linking Early Music: Bach, Beethoven, Bolivian Baroque,

Lots of links involving the letter "B" for the end of the week.

September 14, 2009

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Ensemble Zefiro Performs Handel’s Water Music

A re-issue of Handel's "Water Music" with Ensemble Zefiro and a classic one with The English Concert.

September 14, 2009

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Highlights from the 2009 Bloomington Early Music Festival, pt. 1

Concerts from the 2009 Bloomington Early Music Festival, including performances by Hesperus, fortepianist Shuann Chai, ensemble L'AURA, and Chatham Baroque.

September 15, 2009

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Questions for American Countertenor Steven Rickards

American countertenor Steven Rickards answers questions about his voice type and aspects of his career.

September 16, 2009

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Baroque Flutist Kate Clark “Followed a Sound”

Kate Clark has a reputation as a fine early flutist and is a highly sought-after teacher on faculty at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.

September 17, 2009

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What’s on YouTube: The Goldberg Variations

One of the world's most famous pieces has a varied presence on Youtube.

September 18, 2009

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Linking Early Music: Sandrine Piau, Stradivarius, and More

A few links from the world of Early Music for the end of the week.

September 21, 2009

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Ten “Messiah” Recordings for a Handel Year

Notable recordings of George Frideric Handel's oratorio "Messiah."

September 21, 2009

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Highlights from the 2009 Bloomington Early Music Festival, pt. 2

Concerts with Nigel North, the winners of the Early Music Institute Recital Prize (Antonio Santos and Maho Sone), ensemble Sacabuche, and Fenix de los Ingenios.

September 22, 2009

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Questions for August Denhard (Early Music Guild of Seattle)

August Denhard, executive director of the Seattle Early Music Guild, answers questions about the Guild and early music in Seattle.

September 23, 2009

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Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” and the 21st Century

A new video of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" with the Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin, gives plenty of food for thought.

September 24, 2009

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What’s on YouTube: Arcangelo Corelli

A YouTube search for "Corelli" yields a nice surprise.

September 25, 2009

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Linking Early Music: Baroque Opera, Chopin, and BREMF

A handful of Early Music links for the end of the week.

September 25, 2009

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King’s Music: Death of an Early Music Publishing Company

Clifford Bartlett, owner of King's Music, has filed for bankruptcy.

September 28, 2009

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Celtic Music/Early Music-Traditional Music of Ireland and Scotland

This week on Harmonia: early music specialists perform traditional music from Ireland and Scotland

September 28, 2009

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Corelli’s Op. 5 on the Harmonia Mundi Label

Four recordings of Arcangelo Corelli's famous violin sonatas on the Harmonia Mundi record label.

September 29, 2009

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Questions for Maria Coldwell, Exec. Director of Early Music America

Maria Coldwell introduces us to Early Music America, talks about some of its future projects, and describes her role as its Executive Director.

October 1, 2009

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Sting: First Dowland, Now Schumann

Not long after his commercial success with the music of John Dowland, Sting explores Robert Schumann's music for a good cause.

October 2, 2009

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Early Music in America: Texas

A survey of established Early Music ensembles and organizations in the great state of Texas.

October 2, 2009

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Linking Early Music: Paula Chateauneuf and Blanche Moyse

A few Early Music links for the end of the week (plus recent blog posts).

October 5, 2009

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Handel in Hanover, Düsseldorf, and London

An exploration of George Frideric Handel’s music, including his compositions for German patrons, London audiences, and a royal boat trip down the Thames.

October 12, 2009

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Music for the Freemasons: Haydn and Mozart

The fraternal organization known as Freemasonry is explored and its connection to two 18th-century composers who were members—Joseph Haydn and W. A. Mozart.

October 13, 2009

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Questions for Lutenist Nigel North

Lutenist Nigel North answers questions about his connection to the music of John Dowland.

October 19, 2009

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Thoinot Arbeau’s “Orchésographie”

An exploration of the most important French dance manual of the Late Renaissance, which includes advice for dancing, fencing, and proper etiquette for men.

October 21, 2009

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Early Music Ensembles: What’s in a Name?

A reflection on ensemble names in Early Music and what they represent.

October 26, 2009

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Saints and Martyrs: Louis, Michel, and Cecilia

A look at the lives of Christian saints with celebrations from 17th-century France and England... plus a recent release of choral works by Jean Mouton.

October 26, 2009

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Ensemble 415 performs Albinoni and Muffat

A new release of Albinoni's "Sinfonie a Cinque" performed by Ensemble 415 (plus music of Georg Muffat).

November 2, 2009

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Handel at Cannons: Music for the Duke of Chandos

An exploration of Handel’s works written during his tenure as composer-in-residence at Cannons, the stately home of the Duke of Chandos.

November 3, 2009

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Medieval Music with Joglaresa, The Rose Ensemble, and Millenarium

Three new recordings of music from the Middle Ages, including songs of the trouvères, music for Saint Francis of Assisi, and medieval dances.

November 9, 2009

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The Toronto Consort

The English Renaissance with the Toronto Consort and Les Witches

Songs and instrumental pieces from Elizabethan England.

November 9, 2009

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Great Musicians: Kate Clark, Renaissance and Baroque Flutist

Our series continues with Australian flutist Kate Clark who performs music of the French baroque, C.P.E. Bach, and various works with the Attaignant Consort.

November 17, 2009

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Pamela Thorby, Recorder Virtuosa

Pamela Thorby performs music of the Renaissance, baroque, and new works for the recorder.

November 23, 2009

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Cornucopia: Music for the Harvest, Fertility, and Giving Thanks

A look at the cornucopia, an ancient symbol used in music from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and early America.

November 23, 2009

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American Flutist Jed Wentz and Musica Ad Rhenum

Three excellent recordings of late-baroque music, including J.S. Bach, Couperin, Telemann, and Blavet.

November 30, 2009

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The Countertenor in Recording, pt. 1: 1960s-1980s

An exploration of the countertenor in recording from the 1960s to the 1980s.

December 1, 2009

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Music of Spanish Colonial Latin America

Fine recordings of early music from Latin America with Ex Cathedra, Ensemble Elyma, the Boston Camerata, Canto, Florilegium, and Musica Temprana.

December 7, 2009

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Highlights from the 2009 Indianapolis Early Music Festival

Concerts from the 2009 Indianapolis Early Music Festival, including performances by Ex Umbris, Reconstruction, Harmonious Blacksmith, and the Peabody Consort.

December 7, 2009

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WGBH Re-launches Boston Classical Music Station

Harmonia extends congratulations to the staff of WGBH on the launching of the new (WCRB) 99.5 All Classical!

December 9, 2009

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William Carter Performs Guitar Music of Corbetta, Murcia, and Sor

Three Linn Records releases by a renowned early guitarist.

December 14, 2009

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Music of the Renaissance with Alexander Blachly and Pomerium

Performances from three recordings, including a new release of music by Orlande de Lassus.

December 20, 2009

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Top Ten Early Music Discoveries of 2009

New and classic recordings that made a lasting impression in 2009.

December 20, 2009

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The Noel: Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque

A Christian expression of joy, the word “noel” has been associated with Christmas for hundreds of years.

December 24, 2009

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What is Early Music?

The perennial question: "What is early music?" Help Harmonia in the beginning of our search for an answer.

December 28, 2009

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Early Music America’s Medieval And Renaissance Competition of 2009

Performances by Ensemble Alkemia, Plaine & Easie, and Musica Fantasia.

December 28, 2009

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Lutenist Rolf Lislevand on the ECM Label

An innovative approach to lute music of the Renaissance and Baroque.

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