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Archive for 2012

January 1, 2012

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Astronomical Clock

A Musical Tour Of Prague

We’ll unravel the city’s intricate tradition of liturgical music, revel in masterworks by Czech natives and more. Plus, a featured release of music by Knüpfer.

January 5, 2012

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John I, Duke of Lorraine

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1390

Let’s take a quick look back in time. . . . to the year 1390 -- the year of John Dunstable's birth and the deaths of John I and Robert II.

January 15, 2012

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Wayward Sisters

2011 EMA Naxos Recording Competition Finalists

A sampling of music from the 2011 EMA Naxos Recording Competition. We’ll feature the five finalists including the winning ensemble, Wayward Sisters.

January 16, 2012

podcast

Ensemble Syntagma

Music Of Gautier d’Epinal Performed By Ensemble Syntagma

Music by a mysterious figure from medieval France.

January 17, 2012

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Brancacci Chapel

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1386

Let’s take a quick look back in time... to the battle of Margate, the establishment of the oldest university in Germany, and more...in the year 1386.

January 20, 2012

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Musica Pacifica

Q&A With Musica Pacifica

Read our interview with Judith Linsenberg and Elizabeth Blumenstock of the ensemble Musica Pacifica.

January 22, 2012

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Musica Pacifica

A Musica Pacifica Retrospective

We’ll visit with ensemble Musica Pacifica and learn the history of the early harp. Plus a featured release of Baroque music by Sphera AntiQua.

January 23, 2012

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Johann Geiler von Kaisersberg

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1445

Let's take a quick look back in time...to the death of Margaret Stewart and birth of one popular preacher and two prominent composers, in the year 1445.

January 23, 2012

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Gustav Leonhardt

The Passing Of An Early Music Icon

We remember the life and career of legendary early music performer, scholar, and teacher Gustav Leonhardt.

January 25, 2012

podcast

The Hagia Sophia in Instabul. It was built as a Greek Orthodox Church, converted to a mosque in 1453 and now serves as a museum.

Savall in Istanbul

This week, should we call it Istanbul or Constantinople?

February 5, 2012

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Botticelli's Venus

Immortal Beloved

No, we're not referring to the Beethoven movie... We're celebrating love on this episode with words by Petrarch, iconic lovers like Robin and Marion, and more.

February 6, 2012

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Seal of Albert I

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1170

Let’s take a quick look back in time. . . to the year 1170. . .and the birth of Sir Walter of the Bird-Field, and the death of a bear and an archbishop.

February 6, 2012

podcast

Gardens at Versailles

La Belle Danse

The celebrated 17th-century orchestra, the 24 Violons of Versailles, included many different sizes of violon.

February 12, 2012

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candle

Two Shadows & A Spotlight

A tribute to singer Montserrat Figueras who passed away in November 2011. Plus, we'll look at a couple of overshadowed composers that history has forgotten.

February 13, 2012

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funeral of Edward the Confessor

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1066

Let’s take a quick look back in time… to the year 1066 and the death of Edward the Confessor, the Battle of Hastings, and a manuscript of harp music.

February 14, 2012

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Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

Grammy-Nominated Early Music Recordings

Harmonia takes a look at early music recordings nominated for the 2011 Grammy Awards

February 15, 2012

podcast

Lucrezia Borgia

Brumel’s Missa “Et ecce terrae motus”

An early sixteenth century mass in twelve parts - very unusual!

March 2, 2012

podcast

Noah After the Flood

Il Diluvio Universale

A lost seventeenth century Italian "dialogue" is found and brought to life!

March 4, 2012

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Capella Artemisia

I Am Woman, Hear Me Sing

From an Italian nun to lady troubadours in the middle ages to twenty-first century female musicians: we're exploring music written and performed by women.

March 5, 2012

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Joan of Arc

Harmonia Time Capsule: Women Of The Middle Ages

Let’s take a look back in time… to the lives of some famous women from the Middle Ages.

March 9, 2012

podcast

Gluck by Duplessis

Ezio Performed By Il Complesso Barocco

Recording of a little-known opera that was very successful in its own time.

March 16, 2012

podcast

A baroque flute from an 18th c. portrait

Lost And Found: A Flute Concerto By Antonio Vivaldi

The ensemble Florilegium performs a flute concerto from the National Archives of Scotland, found in 2010.

March 26, 2012

podcast

Cappella Pratensis

Two Requiems

Cappella Pratensis strikes again with Ockeghem / de la Rue!

March 30, 2012

podcast

Neidhart portrayed in the Codex Manesse

Neidhart: Music From The Frankfurt Fragment

Ensemble Leones performs the music of Neidhart, a famous Minnesinger.

April 1, 2012

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Palazzo dei Diamanti

A Musical Tour Of Ferrara

Explore music from the city of Ferrara, and hear “new music” from 17th c. Italy performed by the ensemble Quicksilver. Also, we pay tribute to Gustav Leonhardt.

April 2, 2012

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Sir Walter Raleigh

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1618

Let’s take a look back in time. . . . We spun the wheel, and it landed on 1618.

April 6, 2012

podcast

mare nostrum

Mare Nostrum

Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall, Montserrat Figueras, peace and a dialogue of souls - what more do you need to know?

April 10, 2012

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Allegory of Spring

Harmonia Time Capsule: Siemiginowski’s Allegory Of Spring

Let’s take a quick look back in time…to the painting Allegory of Spring by 17th-century Polish painter and engraver Jerzy Siemiginowski.

April 12, 2012

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Wendy and Jacques

Catching Up With Jacques Ogg

I sat down with Jacques earlier this spring to discuss his latest projects and some of his favorite recordings.

April 13, 2012

podcast

Three kings

Kings Of Tharsis

Medieval and Renaissance Music for Epiphany by Schola Antiqua of Chicago.

April 20, 2012

podcast

Florence, Italy

Striggio Mass In 40 Parts

Move over, Thomas Tallis - more music in 40 parts!

April 27, 2012

podcast

Musik Ekklesia in concert

The Vanishing Nordic Chorale

Chorales and sacred music sung in Norwegian, Danish and Swedish.

April 29, 2012

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William Christie

A Spotlight On William Christie

We'll take a look at the Parisian chanson and explore the work of early music pioneer, William Christie. Plus, music by German composer Heinrich Isaac.

April 30, 2012

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Tudor Rose

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1486

Let’s take a quick look back in time to 1486...to the Tudor dynasty, the birth of Agricola and the publication of Mirandola's "Oration on the Dignity of Man."

May 4, 2012

podcast

Tom Tower Quad

Treasures Of Christ Church

The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, sings music from Taverner to Tavener!

May 7, 2012

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An Italian Family

2012 Early Music Festivals And Workshops

‘Tis the season for early music festivals and workshops!

May 8, 2012

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View of Robinson Crusoe Island

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1719

Let’s take a quick look back in time to 1719…to the birth of the quintessential stage “father” and a classic work of English literature.

May 11, 2012

podcast

brahms

A Historical Performance Of Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem

Brahms? On period instruments? Is that early music?

May 18, 2012

podcast

ursa major

The Galileo Project

The Canadian ensemble Tafelmusik celebrates the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first use of the telescope.

May 25, 2012

podcast

Capriccio of Palace Architecture with Musicians, 1596. Hans Vredemen de Vries (1527 - 1609).

Barockes Welttheater

17th century music with a groove! Music of Schmelzer performed by Freiburger Barock Consort.

May 31, 2012

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Bart Kuijken

Catching Up With Baroque Musician Barthold Kuijken

Kuijken talks about his role as artistic director of Indy Baroque and his approach to music making. He also shares memories of Gustav Leonhardt.

June 1, 2012

podcast

Boismortier

Simple Pleasures, Hidden Treasures

L'Ensemble Portique of Chicago plays Boismortier Trio Sonatas on recorder, violin, viola da gamba, violoncello and harpsichord.

June 3, 2012

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The Abbey of Saint-Pierre

Marcel Pérès: Musician, Musicologist, Medievalist

A look at the work of Marcel Pérès, an introduction to the viola da gamba, and a featured release highlighting some of the earliest music for the cello.

June 4, 2012

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Statue of Filippo Brunelleschi

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1377

Let’s take a quick look back in time...to 1377, the year of Brunelleschi's birth, Machaut's death, and the Cesena bloodbath.

June 8, 2012

podcast

Prince Leopold of Cöthen

Trauer Music

Andrew Parrott reconstructs the music to mourn the death of Prince Leopold, the man who brought Bach to Cöthen.

June 11, 2012

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Home of Golf , St Andrews

Gifts For Father’s Day

We'll explore traditional music from Scotland and medieval music from the region of the Rhine River. Plus, a featured release of from Stile Antico and Fretwork.

June 11, 2012

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Portrait of Pietro Bembo by Lucas Cranach the Younger (1515-1586)

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1529

Let's take a look back in time to 1529...a year of theological debates, the reinstatement of the Edict of Worms, and the death of the Bishop of Bordeaux.

June 15, 2012

podcast

William Lawes (1602-1645)

The Royall Consorts

The Royall Consorts, William Lawes' best known works in his own lifetime, are performed by Les Voix Humaines.

June 22, 2012

podcast

Antique violin

Vivaldi – The French Connection

La Serenissima plays concertos for flute, oboe, violin, bassoon and strings

June 24, 2012

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Emil Doepler, ca.1905.

Music For The End Of Time

It’s the end of the world as we know it! We'll hear music on apocalyptic themes and explore some of the earliest polyphony ever sung.

June 25, 2012

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Isabella d'Este

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1474

Let’s take a quick look back in time...to the year 1474 and the births of two formidable women, and the death of Dufay.

June 29, 2012

podcast

South American traditional instrument

Los Pajaros Perdidos

South America's living baroque music is presented by L'Arpeggiata, led by Christina Pluhar

July 6, 2012

podcast

Vasnetsov-Apocalypse

1000: A Mass For The End Of Time

Anonymous 4 marks the current millennium by looking backward to the previous one with a mass from about the year 1000.

July 8, 2012

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Hans Sachs

A Musical Tour Of Nuremberg

We’ll hear music created and published in Nuremberg, plus music by Schmelzer performed by the Freiburger Barock Consort.

July 9, 2012

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Triple Portrait of Cardinal de Richelieu painted by Philippe de Champaigne (1602–1674).

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1638

Let’s take a quick look back in time…we rolled the dice and it added up to 1638.

July 13, 2012

podcast

Alina Rotaru

Froberger Suites And Toccatas

Harpsichord music of Johann Jacob Froberger played by the Romanian harpsichordist Alina Rotaru.

July 20, 2012

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Sweelinck

Fortune My Foe: Works For Harpsichord

Alina Rotaru plays harpsichord music by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck.

July 25, 2012

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Birds of a feather

Birds Of A Feather…Pledge Together!

If you like what we do at Harmonia, we might be sporting the same tail feathers! Please consider making a contribution now.

July 27, 2012

podcast

ensemble gaudior

Masters Of The Baroque

Ensemble Gaudior, led by Alexandra MacCracken, perform music of Bach, Rameau, Biber and more.

July 28, 2012

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strong ties

Strong Ties: Your Support Holds Us Together

Many threads come together to make Harmonia. Listeners are vital threads. Please support this online resource for early music.

July 29, 2012

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john taverner

Catchy Tunes: Gloria Tibi Trinitas

We’re solving an antiphon mystery: Why are there so many pieces titled “In nomine”? We’ll find out why, as well as explore the origins of the sackbut.

July 30, 2012

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Arno River

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1333

Let’s take a quick look back in time. . . . We spun the wheel, and it landed on 1333, a year of wars, murders and flood and so much more.

July 30, 2012

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duct tape

Sticking Together

Thanks to everyone who's already contributed to our web fund drive! If you haven't yet...please do so now. Your support is what holds it all together.

August 1, 2012

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Together

Thank You For Offering A Hand

We love what we do, and we really appreciate the support you've given to Harmonia.

August 3, 2012

podcast

Balloons!

Happy Birthday! And Many More…

We’re saying happy birthday to Baroque Band, Bourbon Baroque, Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Tempesta di Mare and Ensemble Voltaire!

August 10, 2012

podcast

St Nicholas Church Leipzig

Bach’s St. John Passion

Two new recordings are beautifully done, but different interpretations set each apart.

August 17, 2012

podcast

Christopher Gibbons, English composer (1615 - 1676)

Christopher Gibbons

Anthems, motets, fantasias and voluntaries recorded for the very first time.

August 19, 2012

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CDs on desk

What’s New: Six Recordings Worthy Of Your Early Music Collection

We’ll hear music of Neidhart, Ockeghem, Pierre de la Rue, Falvetti and Vivaldi. Plus, a “classic” release, the first recording by the ensemble La Petite Bande.

August 20, 2012

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galapagos

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1535

Let’s take a quick look back in time...to the year 1535, when explorers "discovered" Montreal, Canada, Lima, Peru, and the Galapegos Islands.

August 24, 2012

podcast

A road in Bruges, the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium

Three’s Company: Mouton, Richafort, And Josqin

Josquin is famous, but have you ever heard of Jean Mouton, or Jean Richafort?

August 31, 2012

podcast

A view of the inside of a harpsichord.

Bach, Haas, Cochard, And Two Original Harpsichords

The music of Bach performed on harpsichords built in 1740 and 1751.

September 7, 2012

podcast

Vivaldi portrait

Vivaldi’s Il Teuzzone

Jordi Savall leads the Concert des Nations and seven soloists in this Vivaldi opera set in China.

September 9, 2012

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big ben

A Musical Tour Of London

We’re exploring some of the oldest musical centers of London.

September 10, 2012

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Amazon parrot

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1500

Let’s take a quick look back to the year 1500. Pinzon discovered an estuary of the Amazon, future Holy Roman Emperor Charles V was born, and more.

September 14, 2012

podcast

wildcat viols

Wildcat Viols’ Fairest Isle

Wildcat Viols team up with Catherine Webster for music of seventeenth-century England.

September 16, 2012

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birthplace of the charango

Celebrating Early Music In Latin America

We’ll hear from two composers at Bogotá Cathedral, explore the origins of the saraband, and discover the ensemble Musica Temprana. Plus, a recent CD by Piffaro.

September 17, 2012

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bogota cathedral

Harmonia Time Capsule: Bogotá Cathedral

Let’s take a quick look back in time…to the musical heritage of the Cathedral in Bogotá, Columbia.

September 21, 2012

podcast

Detail from 'Adoration of the Shepherds and Angels' by Anning Bell, 1911

Music For Two

Music for two... two lutes, two vihuelas, and two new releases.

September 28, 2012

podcast

A page from the Eton Choirbook, c. 1490.

Music From The Eton Choirbook

Music from a 500 year old manuscript of Latin liturgical music from pre-Reformation England.

October 5, 2012

podcast

Helsinki Baroque Orchestra

Bach, Dussek And The Helsinki Baroque Orchestra

Two new recordings from Aapo Häkkinen and the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra.

October 7, 2012

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anne azema and joel cohen

Catching Up With The Boston Camerata, Part 1

Part one of a conversation with Boston Camerata director Anne Azéma. Plus, we’ll explore the shawm as an instrument of the renaissance consort, and more.

October 8, 2012

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James Nares

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1715, Music Publications

Let’s take a quick look back…to music-related publications in the year 1715.

October 8, 2012

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Anne Azema

Out Of The Glass Case: A Conversation With Anne Azéma

Earlier this year, Angela Mariani spoke with the Boston Camerata's artistic director Anne Azéma. Here's the extended interview.

October 12, 2012

podcast

A building at the University of Santiago de Compostela, where the Guerra Manuscript is held.

The Guerra Manuscript

17th-century secular Spanish vocal music.

October 14, 2012

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The Galileo Project concert.

Tafelmusik’s Galileo Project

Allison Mackay speaks about The Galileo Project. Plus, we explore the vihuela, and our featured release takes us down the path of the Pied Piper.

October 15, 2012

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Giordano Bruno

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1600

Let’s take a quick look back in time…to 1600, the year of publication for Jacopo Peri's Euridice, the adoption of the Gregorian calendar, and more.

October 15, 2012

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Allison Mackay

Tafelmusik’s Allison Mackay Talks About The Galileo Project

Keith Collins interviews Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra's Allison Mackay about past and future multimedia concert projects.

October 19, 2012

podcast

Facade of the church Saint-Gervais et Saint-Protais in Paris.

Exploring The Clavecin: Couperin, Rameau, And Marchand

Join Wendy and Janelle as they listen to two new recordings of French harpsichord music.

October 26, 2012

podcast

Clerambault

Clérambault From Aston Magna

Three French cantatas, a trio sonata and a harpsichord suite from the musicians of Aston Magna.

November 2, 2012

podcast

NASA MODIS satellite imagery of the Strait of Dover, the narrowest part of the English Channel.

Medieval Music From England And France

Two recordings explore a pastiche of musical styles in England and France across several centuries.

November 9, 2012

podcast

St. Agatha's Church

Pellingman’s Saraband

2 musicians + 4 viols + 2 lutes = 19 tracks in a rich palette of colors.

November 11, 2012

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anne azema

Catching Up With The Boston Camerata, Part 2

Music from the Medici Codex, a continuation of our conversation with the Boston Camerata’s Anne Azéma, and the first solo concerto ever composed for the viola.

November 12, 2012

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antonio stradivari

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1715

Let’s take a quick look back in time…to the year 1715, the pinnacle of Stradivari's "golden period," the Sun King's death, and more.

November 16, 2012

podcast

Ars Lyrica Ensemble

Scarlatti: Father And Son

Music by Alessandro Scarlatti and his son Domenico, performed by the Houston-based early music ensemble, Ars Lyrica.

November 18, 2012

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The Mystical Nativity

Music For The Holiday Season

We've handpicked a variety of early music recordings – new and old – to help get you into the spirit of the holiday season: Bach, Schutz, chant and more.

November 19, 2012

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siena facade

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1250

Let’s take a quick look back in time. . . to the year 1250 and the birth of Giovanni Pisano and Guido Cavalcanti, the death of Leonardo Fibonacci, and more.

November 23, 2012

podcast

View of the Palace of Versailles from the garden.

Musiques Sacrées à Versailles

Sacred music from Versailles: Music written by French composers, performed by French musicians on a recording sponsored by a French institution.

November 25, 2012

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Pallade Musica

2012 EMA Baroque Performance Competition

We'll hear performances from the six finalists of Early Music America’s 2012 Baroque Performance Competition, plus a featured release from Blue Heron.

November 26, 2012

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dryden

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1700

Let’s take a quick look back in time, to the year 1700. . .the birth of Michel Blavet and Luigi Vanvitelli, the death of John Dryden, and more...

November 30, 2012

podcast

lirone

Lamentarium

Erin Headley directs the ensemble Atalante in a recording of "passionate, sensual, macabre and erotic narratives from 17th-century Rome."

December 7, 2012

podcast

Cave of the Apocalypse

Georgians And Californians

Georgians and the Californians: neighbors in a very different way!

December 14, 2012

podcast

Segovia, Spain

Mundus Et Musica

Mundus et Musica - music from the mysterious late fifteenth-century Segovia manuscript.

December 17, 2012

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 dowry for the three virgins

Christmas Carols, Chant And Legend

We’re celebrating Christmas with music from a variety of traditions, including two well-known carols, medieval music about St Nick, Byzantine chant, and more.

December 17, 2012

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Dufay and Binchois

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1400

Let’s take a quick look back in time. . . to the year 1400. . .the death of Chaucer and the birth of Binchois.

December 21, 2012

podcast

labyrinth at St. Quentin

Tallis Scholars Sing Mouton

Peter Phillips and the Tallis Scholars bring us music by Jean Mouton, a composer who was compared in his own day to Josquin des Pres.

December 28, 2012

podcast

An instrument from the lute family.

A Countertenor And A Chitarrone

A re-issue of Alfred Deller's 1978 recording of Dowland lute songs, and Italian chitarrone music performed by Jakob Lindberg.

December 30, 2012

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plan de paris

A Musical Tour Of Paris

We're recalling the history of some of Paris' most musical attractions! Plus, a featured release by Rogers Covey-Crump, Christopher O'Gorman, and John Potter.

December 31, 2012

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abelard at pere lachaise

Harmonia Time Capsule: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Let’s take a quick look back in time . . . to a renowned Parisian cemetery.

January 1, 2012

show

Astronomical Clock

A Musical Tour Of Prague

We’ll unravel the city’s intricate tradition of liturgical music, revel in masterworks by Czech natives and more. Plus, a featured release of music by Knüpfer.

January 5, 2012

show

John I, Duke of Lorraine

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1390

Let’s take a quick look back in time. . . . to the year 1390 -- the year of John Dunstable's birth and the deaths of John I and Robert II.

January 15, 2012

show

Wayward Sisters

2011 EMA Naxos Recording Competition Finalists

A sampling of music from the 2011 EMA Naxos Recording Competition. We’ll feature the five finalists including the winning ensemble, Wayward Sisters.

January 16, 2012

podcast

Ensemble Syntagma

Music Of Gautier d’Epinal Performed By Ensemble Syntagma

Music by a mysterious figure from medieval France.

January 17, 2012

show

Brancacci Chapel

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1386

Let’s take a quick look back in time... to the battle of Margate, the establishment of the oldest university in Germany, and more...in the year 1386.

January 20, 2012

show

Musica Pacifica

Q&A With Musica Pacifica

Read our interview with Judith Linsenberg and Elizabeth Blumenstock of the ensemble Musica Pacifica.

January 22, 2012

show

Musica Pacifica

A Musica Pacifica Retrospective

We’ll visit with ensemble Musica Pacifica and learn the history of the early harp. Plus a featured release of Baroque music by Sphera AntiQua.

January 23, 2012

show

Johann Geiler von Kaisersberg

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1445

Let's take a quick look back in time...to the death of Margaret Stewart and birth of one popular preacher and two prominent composers, in the year 1445.

January 23, 2012

show

Gustav Leonhardt

The Passing Of An Early Music Icon

We remember the life and career of legendary early music performer, scholar, and teacher Gustav Leonhardt.

January 25, 2012

podcast

The Hagia Sophia in Instabul. It was built as a Greek Orthodox Church, converted to a mosque in 1453 and now serves as a museum.

Savall in Istanbul

This week, should we call it Istanbul or Constantinople?

February 5, 2012

show

Botticelli's Venus

Immortal Beloved

No, we're not referring to the Beethoven movie... We're celebrating love on this episode with words by Petrarch, iconic lovers like Robin and Marion, and more.

February 6, 2012

show

Seal of Albert I

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1170

Let’s take a quick look back in time. . . to the year 1170. . .and the birth of Sir Walter of the Bird-Field, and the death of a bear and an archbishop.

February 6, 2012

podcast

Gardens at Versailles

La Belle Danse

The celebrated 17th-century orchestra, the 24 Violons of Versailles, included many different sizes of violon.

February 12, 2012

show

candle

Two Shadows & A Spotlight

A tribute to singer Montserrat Figueras who passed away in November 2011. Plus, we'll look at a couple of overshadowed composers that history has forgotten.

February 13, 2012

show

funeral of Edward the Confessor

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1066

Let’s take a quick look back in time… to the year 1066 and the death of Edward the Confessor, the Battle of Hastings, and a manuscript of harp music.

February 14, 2012

show

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

Grammy-Nominated Early Music Recordings

Harmonia takes a look at early music recordings nominated for the 2011 Grammy Awards

February 15, 2012

podcast

Lucrezia Borgia

Brumel’s Missa “Et ecce terrae motus”

An early sixteenth century mass in twelve parts - very unusual!

March 2, 2012

podcast

Noah After the Flood

Il Diluvio Universale

A lost seventeenth century Italian "dialogue" is found and brought to life!

March 4, 2012

show

Capella Artemisia

I Am Woman, Hear Me Sing

From an Italian nun to lady troubadours in the middle ages to twenty-first century female musicians: we're exploring music written and performed by women.

March 5, 2012

show

Joan of Arc

Harmonia Time Capsule: Women Of The Middle Ages

Let’s take a look back in time… to the lives of some famous women from the Middle Ages.

March 9, 2012

podcast

Gluck by Duplessis

Ezio Performed By Il Complesso Barocco

Recording of a little-known opera that was very successful in its own time.

March 16, 2012

podcast

A baroque flute from an 18th c. portrait

Lost And Found: A Flute Concerto By Antonio Vivaldi

The ensemble Florilegium performs a flute concerto from the National Archives of Scotland, found in 2010.

March 26, 2012

podcast

Cappella Pratensis

Two Requiems

Cappella Pratensis strikes again with Ockeghem / de la Rue!

March 30, 2012

podcast

Neidhart portrayed in the Codex Manesse

Neidhart: Music From The Frankfurt Fragment

Ensemble Leones performs the music of Neidhart, a famous Minnesinger.

April 1, 2012

show

Palazzo dei Diamanti

A Musical Tour Of Ferrara

Explore music from the city of Ferrara, and hear “new music” from 17th c. Italy performed by the ensemble Quicksilver. Also, we pay tribute to Gustav Leonhardt.

April 2, 2012

show

Sir Walter Raleigh

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1618

Let’s take a look back in time. . . . We spun the wheel, and it landed on 1618.

April 6, 2012

podcast

mare nostrum

Mare Nostrum

Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall, Montserrat Figueras, peace and a dialogue of souls - what more do you need to know?

April 10, 2012

show

Allegory of Spring

Harmonia Time Capsule: Siemiginowski’s Allegory Of Spring

Let’s take a quick look back in time…to the painting Allegory of Spring by 17th-century Polish painter and engraver Jerzy Siemiginowski.

April 12, 2012

show

Wendy and Jacques

Catching Up With Jacques Ogg

I sat down with Jacques earlier this spring to discuss his latest projects and some of his favorite recordings.

April 13, 2012

podcast

Three kings

Kings Of Tharsis

Medieval and Renaissance Music for Epiphany by Schola Antiqua of Chicago.

April 20, 2012

podcast

Florence, Italy

Striggio Mass In 40 Parts

Move over, Thomas Tallis - more music in 40 parts!

April 27, 2012

podcast

Musik Ekklesia in concert

The Vanishing Nordic Chorale

Chorales and sacred music sung in Norwegian, Danish and Swedish.

April 29, 2012

show

William Christie

A Spotlight On William Christie

We'll take a look at the Parisian chanson and explore the work of early music pioneer, William Christie. Plus, music by German composer Heinrich Isaac.

April 30, 2012

show

Tudor Rose

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1486

Let’s take a quick look back in time to 1486...to the Tudor dynasty, the birth of Agricola and the publication of Mirandola's "Oration on the Dignity of Man."

May 4, 2012

podcast

Tom Tower Quad

Treasures Of Christ Church

The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, sings music from Taverner to Tavener!

May 7, 2012

show

An Italian Family

2012 Early Music Festivals And Workshops

‘Tis the season for early music festivals and workshops!

May 8, 2012

show

View of Robinson Crusoe Island

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1719

Let’s take a quick look back in time to 1719…to the birth of the quintessential stage “father” and a classic work of English literature.

May 11, 2012

podcast

brahms

A Historical Performance Of Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem

Brahms? On period instruments? Is that early music?

May 18, 2012

podcast

ursa major

The Galileo Project

The Canadian ensemble Tafelmusik celebrates the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first use of the telescope.

May 25, 2012

podcast

Capriccio of Palace Architecture with Musicians, 1596. Hans Vredemen de Vries (1527 - 1609).

Barockes Welttheater

17th century music with a groove! Music of Schmelzer performed by Freiburger Barock Consort.

May 31, 2012

show

Bart Kuijken

Catching Up With Baroque Musician Barthold Kuijken

Kuijken talks about his role as artistic director of Indy Baroque and his approach to music making. He also shares memories of Gustav Leonhardt.

June 1, 2012

podcast

Boismortier

Simple Pleasures, Hidden Treasures

L'Ensemble Portique of Chicago plays Boismortier Trio Sonatas on recorder, violin, viola da gamba, violoncello and harpsichord.

June 3, 2012

show

The Abbey of Saint-Pierre

Marcel Pérès: Musician, Musicologist, Medievalist

A look at the work of Marcel Pérès, an introduction to the viola da gamba, and a featured release highlighting some of the earliest music for the cello.

June 4, 2012

show

Statue of Filippo Brunelleschi

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1377

Let’s take a quick look back in time...to 1377, the year of Brunelleschi's birth, Machaut's death, and the Cesena bloodbath.

June 8, 2012

podcast

Prince Leopold of Cöthen

Trauer Music

Andrew Parrott reconstructs the music to mourn the death of Prince Leopold, the man who brought Bach to Cöthen.

June 11, 2012

show

Home of Golf , St Andrews

Gifts For Father’s Day

We'll explore traditional music from Scotland and medieval music from the region of the Rhine River. Plus, a featured release of from Stile Antico and Fretwork.

June 11, 2012

show

Portrait of Pietro Bembo by Lucas Cranach the Younger (1515-1586)

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1529

Let's take a look back in time to 1529...a year of theological debates, the reinstatement of the Edict of Worms, and the death of the Bishop of Bordeaux.

June 15, 2012

podcast

William Lawes (1602-1645)

The Royall Consorts

The Royall Consorts, William Lawes' best known works in his own lifetime, are performed by Les Voix Humaines.

June 22, 2012

podcast

Antique violin

Vivaldi – The French Connection

La Serenissima plays concertos for flute, oboe, violin, bassoon and strings

June 24, 2012

show

Emil Doepler, ca.1905.

Music For The End Of Time

It’s the end of the world as we know it! We'll hear music on apocalyptic themes and explore some of the earliest polyphony ever sung.

June 25, 2012

show

Isabella d'Este

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1474

Let’s take a quick look back in time...to the year 1474 and the births of two formidable women, and the death of Dufay.

June 29, 2012

podcast

South American traditional instrument

Los Pajaros Perdidos

South America's living baroque music is presented by L'Arpeggiata, led by Christina Pluhar

July 6, 2012

podcast

Vasnetsov-Apocalypse

1000: A Mass For The End Of Time

Anonymous 4 marks the current millennium by looking backward to the previous one with a mass from about the year 1000.

July 8, 2012

show

Hans Sachs

A Musical Tour Of Nuremberg

We’ll hear music created and published in Nuremberg, plus music by Schmelzer performed by the Freiburger Barock Consort.

July 9, 2012

show

Triple Portrait of Cardinal de Richelieu painted by Philippe de Champaigne (1602–1674).

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1638

Let’s take a quick look back in time…we rolled the dice and it added up to 1638.

July 13, 2012

podcast

Alina Rotaru

Froberger Suites And Toccatas

Harpsichord music of Johann Jacob Froberger played by the Romanian harpsichordist Alina Rotaru.

July 20, 2012

podcast

Sweelinck

Fortune My Foe: Works For Harpsichord

Alina Rotaru plays harpsichord music by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck.

July 25, 2012

show

Birds of a feather

Birds Of A Feather…Pledge Together!

If you like what we do at Harmonia, we might be sporting the same tail feathers! Please consider making a contribution now.

July 27, 2012

podcast

ensemble gaudior

Masters Of The Baroque

Ensemble Gaudior, led by Alexandra MacCracken, perform music of Bach, Rameau, Biber and more.

July 28, 2012

show

strong ties

Strong Ties: Your Support Holds Us Together

Many threads come together to make Harmonia. Listeners are vital threads. Please support this online resource for early music.

July 29, 2012

show

john taverner

Catchy Tunes: Gloria Tibi Trinitas

We’re solving an antiphon mystery: Why are there so many pieces titled “In nomine”? We’ll find out why, as well as explore the origins of the sackbut.

July 30, 2012

show

Arno River

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1333

Let’s take a quick look back in time. . . . We spun the wheel, and it landed on 1333, a year of wars, murders and flood and so much more.

July 30, 2012

show

duct tape

Sticking Together

Thanks to everyone who's already contributed to our web fund drive! If you haven't yet...please do so now. Your support is what holds it all together.

August 1, 2012

show

Together

Thank You For Offering A Hand

We love what we do, and we really appreciate the support you've given to Harmonia.

August 3, 2012

podcast

Balloons!

Happy Birthday! And Many More…

We’re saying happy birthday to Baroque Band, Bourbon Baroque, Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Tempesta di Mare and Ensemble Voltaire!

August 10, 2012

podcast

St Nicholas Church Leipzig

Bach’s St. John Passion

Two new recordings are beautifully done, but different interpretations set each apart.

August 17, 2012

podcast

Christopher Gibbons, English composer (1615 - 1676)

Christopher Gibbons

Anthems, motets, fantasias and voluntaries recorded for the very first time.

August 19, 2012

show

CDs on desk

What’s New: Six Recordings Worthy Of Your Early Music Collection

We’ll hear music of Neidhart, Ockeghem, Pierre de la Rue, Falvetti and Vivaldi. Plus, a “classic” release, the first recording by the ensemble La Petite Bande.

August 20, 2012

show

galapagos

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1535

Let’s take a quick look back in time...to the year 1535, when explorers "discovered" Montreal, Canada, Lima, Peru, and the Galapegos Islands.

August 24, 2012

podcast

A road in Bruges, the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium

Three’s Company: Mouton, Richafort, And Josqin

Josquin is famous, but have you ever heard of Jean Mouton, or Jean Richafort?

August 31, 2012

podcast

A view of the inside of a harpsichord.

Bach, Haas, Cochard, And Two Original Harpsichords

The music of Bach performed on harpsichords built in 1740 and 1751.

September 7, 2012

podcast

Vivaldi portrait

Vivaldi’s Il Teuzzone

Jordi Savall leads the Concert des Nations and seven soloists in this Vivaldi opera set in China.

September 9, 2012

show

big ben

A Musical Tour Of London

We’re exploring some of the oldest musical centers of London.

September 10, 2012

show

Amazon parrot

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1500

Let’s take a quick look back to the year 1500. Pinzon discovered an estuary of the Amazon, future Holy Roman Emperor Charles V was born, and more.

September 14, 2012

podcast

wildcat viols

Wildcat Viols’ Fairest Isle

Wildcat Viols team up with Catherine Webster for music of seventeenth-century England.

September 16, 2012

show

birthplace of the charango

Celebrating Early Music In Latin America

We’ll hear from two composers at Bogotá Cathedral, explore the origins of the saraband, and discover the ensemble Musica Temprana. Plus, a recent CD by Piffaro.

September 17, 2012

show

bogota cathedral

Harmonia Time Capsule: Bogotá Cathedral

Let’s take a quick look back in time…to the musical heritage of the Cathedral in Bogotá, Columbia.

September 21, 2012

podcast

Detail from 'Adoration of the Shepherds and Angels' by Anning Bell, 1911

Music For Two

Music for two... two lutes, two vihuelas, and two new releases.

September 28, 2012

podcast

A page from the Eton Choirbook, c. 1490.

Music From The Eton Choirbook

Music from a 500 year old manuscript of Latin liturgical music from pre-Reformation England.

October 5, 2012

podcast

Helsinki Baroque Orchestra

Bach, Dussek And The Helsinki Baroque Orchestra

Two new recordings from Aapo Häkkinen and the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra.

October 7, 2012

show

anne azema and joel cohen

Catching Up With The Boston Camerata, Part 1

Part one of a conversation with Boston Camerata director Anne Azéma. Plus, we’ll explore the shawm as an instrument of the renaissance consort, and more.

October 8, 2012

show

James Nares

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1715, Music Publications

Let’s take a quick look back…to music-related publications in the year 1715.

October 8, 2012

show

Anne Azema

Out Of The Glass Case: A Conversation With Anne Azéma

Earlier this year, Angela Mariani spoke with the Boston Camerata's artistic director Anne Azéma. Here's the extended interview.

October 12, 2012

podcast

A building at the University of Santiago de Compostela, where the Guerra Manuscript is held.

The Guerra Manuscript

17th-century secular Spanish vocal music.

October 14, 2012

show

The Galileo Project concert.

Tafelmusik’s Galileo Project

Allison Mackay speaks about The Galileo Project. Plus, we explore the vihuela, and our featured release takes us down the path of the Pied Piper.

October 15, 2012

show

Giordano Bruno

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1600

Let’s take a quick look back in time…to 1600, the year of publication for Jacopo Peri's Euridice, the adoption of the Gregorian calendar, and more.

October 15, 2012

show

Allison Mackay

Tafelmusik’s Allison Mackay Talks About The Galileo Project

Keith Collins interviews Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra's Allison Mackay about past and future multimedia concert projects.

October 19, 2012

podcast

Facade of the church Saint-Gervais et Saint-Protais in Paris.

Exploring The Clavecin: Couperin, Rameau, And Marchand

Join Wendy and Janelle as they listen to two new recordings of French harpsichord music.

October 26, 2012

podcast

Clerambault

Clérambault From Aston Magna

Three French cantatas, a trio sonata and a harpsichord suite from the musicians of Aston Magna.

November 2, 2012

podcast

NASA MODIS satellite imagery of the Strait of Dover, the narrowest part of the English Channel.

Medieval Music From England And France

Two recordings explore a pastiche of musical styles in England and France across several centuries.

November 9, 2012

podcast

St. Agatha's Church

Pellingman’s Saraband

2 musicians + 4 viols + 2 lutes = 19 tracks in a rich palette of colors.

November 11, 2012

show

anne azema

Catching Up With The Boston Camerata, Part 2

Music from the Medici Codex, a continuation of our conversation with the Boston Camerata’s Anne Azéma, and the first solo concerto ever composed for the viola.

November 12, 2012

show

antonio stradivari

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1715

Let’s take a quick look back in time…to the year 1715, the pinnacle of Stradivari's "golden period," the Sun King's death, and more.

November 16, 2012

podcast

Ars Lyrica Ensemble

Scarlatti: Father And Son

Music by Alessandro Scarlatti and his son Domenico, performed by the Houston-based early music ensemble, Ars Lyrica.

November 18, 2012

show

The Mystical Nativity

Music For The Holiday Season

We've handpicked a variety of early music recordings – new and old – to help get you into the spirit of the holiday season: Bach, Schutz, chant and more.

November 19, 2012

show

siena facade

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1250

Let’s take a quick look back in time. . . to the year 1250 and the birth of Giovanni Pisano and Guido Cavalcanti, the death of Leonardo Fibonacci, and more.

November 23, 2012

podcast

View of the Palace of Versailles from the garden.

Musiques Sacrées à Versailles

Sacred music from Versailles: Music written by French composers, performed by French musicians on a recording sponsored by a French institution.

November 25, 2012

show

Pallade Musica

2012 EMA Baroque Performance Competition

We'll hear performances from the six finalists of Early Music America’s 2012 Baroque Performance Competition, plus a featured release from Blue Heron.

November 26, 2012

show

dryden

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1700

Let’s take a quick look back in time, to the year 1700. . .the birth of Michel Blavet and Luigi Vanvitelli, the death of John Dryden, and more...

November 30, 2012

podcast

lirone

Lamentarium

Erin Headley directs the ensemble Atalante in a recording of "passionate, sensual, macabre and erotic narratives from 17th-century Rome."

December 7, 2012

podcast

Cave of the Apocalypse

Georgians And Californians

Georgians and the Californians: neighbors in a very different way!

December 14, 2012

podcast

Segovia, Spain

Mundus Et Musica

Mundus et Musica - music from the mysterious late fifteenth-century Segovia manuscript.

December 17, 2012

show

 dowry for the three virgins

Christmas Carols, Chant And Legend

We’re celebrating Christmas with music from a variety of traditions, including two well-known carols, medieval music about St Nick, Byzantine chant, and more.

December 17, 2012

show

Dufay and Binchois

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1400

Let’s take a quick look back in time. . . to the year 1400. . .the death of Chaucer and the birth of Binchois.

December 21, 2012

podcast

labyrinth at St. Quentin

Tallis Scholars Sing Mouton

Peter Phillips and the Tallis Scholars bring us music by Jean Mouton, a composer who was compared in his own day to Josquin des Pres.

December 28, 2012

podcast

An instrument from the lute family.

A Countertenor And A Chitarrone

A re-issue of Alfred Deller's 1978 recording of Dowland lute songs, and Italian chitarrone music performed by Jakob Lindberg.

December 30, 2012

show

plan de paris

A Musical Tour Of Paris

We're recalling the history of some of Paris' most musical attractions! Plus, a featured release by Rogers Covey-Crump, Christopher O'Gorman, and John Potter.

December 31, 2012

show

abelard at pere lachaise

Harmonia Time Capsule: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Let’s take a quick look back in time . . . to a renowned Parisian cemetery.

January 1, 2012

show

Astronomical Clock

A Musical Tour Of Prague

We’ll unravel the city’s intricate tradition of liturgical music, revel in masterworks by Czech natives and more. Plus, a featured release of music by Knüpfer.

January 5, 2012

show

John I, Duke of Lorraine

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1390

Let’s take a quick look back in time. . . . to the year 1390 -- the year of John Dunstable's birth and the deaths of John I and Robert II.

January 15, 2012

show

Wayward Sisters

2011 EMA Naxos Recording Competition Finalists

A sampling of music from the 2011 EMA Naxos Recording Competition. We’ll feature the five finalists including the winning ensemble, Wayward Sisters.

January 16, 2012

podcast

Ensemble Syntagma

Music Of Gautier d’Epinal Performed By Ensemble Syntagma

Music by a mysterious figure from medieval France.

January 17, 2012

show

Brancacci Chapel

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1386

Let’s take a quick look back in time... to the battle of Margate, the establishment of the oldest university in Germany, and more...in the year 1386.

January 20, 2012

show

Musica Pacifica

Q&A With Musica Pacifica

Read our interview with Judith Linsenberg and Elizabeth Blumenstock of the ensemble Musica Pacifica.

January 22, 2012

show

Musica Pacifica

A Musica Pacifica Retrospective

We’ll visit with ensemble Musica Pacifica and learn the history of the early harp. Plus a featured release of Baroque music by Sphera AntiQua.

January 23, 2012

show

Johann Geiler von Kaisersberg

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1445

Let's take a quick look back in time...to the death of Margaret Stewart and birth of one popular preacher and two prominent composers, in the year 1445.

January 23, 2012

show

Gustav Leonhardt

The Passing Of An Early Music Icon

We remember the life and career of legendary early music performer, scholar, and teacher Gustav Leonhardt.

January 25, 2012

podcast

The Hagia Sophia in Instabul. It was built as a Greek Orthodox Church, converted to a mosque in 1453 and now serves as a museum.

Savall in Istanbul

This week, should we call it Istanbul or Constantinople?

February 5, 2012

show

Botticelli's Venus

Immortal Beloved

No, we're not referring to the Beethoven movie... We're celebrating love on this episode with words by Petrarch, iconic lovers like Robin and Marion, and more.

February 6, 2012

show

Seal of Albert I

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1170

Let’s take a quick look back in time. . . to the year 1170. . .and the birth of Sir Walter of the Bird-Field, and the death of a bear and an archbishop.

February 6, 2012

podcast

Gardens at Versailles

La Belle Danse

The celebrated 17th-century orchestra, the 24 Violons of Versailles, included many different sizes of violon.

February 12, 2012

show

candle

Two Shadows & A Spotlight

A tribute to singer Montserrat Figueras who passed away in November 2011. Plus, we'll look at a couple of overshadowed composers that history has forgotten.

February 13, 2012

show

funeral of Edward the Confessor

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1066

Let’s take a quick look back in time… to the year 1066 and the death of Edward the Confessor, the Battle of Hastings, and a manuscript of harp music.

February 14, 2012

show

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

Grammy-Nominated Early Music Recordings

Harmonia takes a look at early music recordings nominated for the 2011 Grammy Awards

February 15, 2012

podcast

Lucrezia Borgia

Brumel’s Missa “Et ecce terrae motus”

An early sixteenth century mass in twelve parts - very unusual!

March 2, 2012

podcast

Noah After the Flood

Il Diluvio Universale

A lost seventeenth century Italian "dialogue" is found and brought to life!

March 4, 2012

show

Capella Artemisia

I Am Woman, Hear Me Sing

From an Italian nun to lady troubadours in the middle ages to twenty-first century female musicians: we're exploring music written and performed by women.

March 5, 2012

show

Joan of Arc

Harmonia Time Capsule: Women Of The Middle Ages

Let’s take a look back in time… to the lives of some famous women from the Middle Ages.

March 9, 2012

podcast

Gluck by Duplessis

Ezio Performed By Il Complesso Barocco

Recording of a little-known opera that was very successful in its own time.

March 16, 2012

podcast

A baroque flute from an 18th c. portrait

Lost And Found: A Flute Concerto By Antonio Vivaldi

The ensemble Florilegium performs a flute concerto from the National Archives of Scotland, found in 2010.

March 26, 2012

podcast

Cappella Pratensis

Two Requiems

Cappella Pratensis strikes again with Ockeghem / de la Rue!

March 30, 2012

podcast

Neidhart portrayed in the Codex Manesse

Neidhart: Music From The Frankfurt Fragment

Ensemble Leones performs the music of Neidhart, a famous Minnesinger.

April 1, 2012

show

Palazzo dei Diamanti

A Musical Tour Of Ferrara

Explore music from the city of Ferrara, and hear “new music” from 17th c. Italy performed by the ensemble Quicksilver. Also, we pay tribute to Gustav Leonhardt.

April 2, 2012

show

Sir Walter Raleigh

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1618

Let’s take a look back in time. . . . We spun the wheel, and it landed on 1618.

April 6, 2012

podcast

mare nostrum

Mare Nostrum

Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall, Montserrat Figueras, peace and a dialogue of souls - what more do you need to know?

April 10, 2012

show

Allegory of Spring

Harmonia Time Capsule: Siemiginowski’s Allegory Of Spring

Let’s take a quick look back in time…to the painting Allegory of Spring by 17th-century Polish painter and engraver Jerzy Siemiginowski.

April 12, 2012

show

Wendy and Jacques

Catching Up With Jacques Ogg

I sat down with Jacques earlier this spring to discuss his latest projects and some of his favorite recordings.

April 13, 2012

podcast

Three kings

Kings Of Tharsis

Medieval and Renaissance Music for Epiphany by Schola Antiqua of Chicago.

April 20, 2012

podcast

Florence, Italy

Striggio Mass In 40 Parts

Move over, Thomas Tallis - more music in 40 parts!

April 27, 2012

podcast

Musik Ekklesia in concert

The Vanishing Nordic Chorale

Chorales and sacred music sung in Norwegian, Danish and Swedish.

April 29, 2012

show

William Christie

A Spotlight On William Christie

We'll take a look at the Parisian chanson and explore the work of early music pioneer, William Christie. Plus, music by German composer Heinrich Isaac.

April 30, 2012

show

Tudor Rose

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1486

Let’s take a quick look back in time to 1486...to the Tudor dynasty, the birth of Agricola and the publication of Mirandola's "Oration on the Dignity of Man."

May 4, 2012

podcast

Tom Tower Quad

Treasures Of Christ Church

The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, sings music from Taverner to Tavener!

May 7, 2012

show

An Italian Family

2012 Early Music Festivals And Workshops

‘Tis the season for early music festivals and workshops!

May 8, 2012

show

View of Robinson Crusoe Island

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1719

Let’s take a quick look back in time to 1719…to the birth of the quintessential stage “father” and a classic work of English literature.

May 11, 2012

podcast

brahms

A Historical Performance Of Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem

Brahms? On period instruments? Is that early music?

May 18, 2012

podcast

ursa major

The Galileo Project

The Canadian ensemble Tafelmusik celebrates the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first use of the telescope.

May 25, 2012

podcast

Capriccio of Palace Architecture with Musicians, 1596. Hans Vredemen de Vries (1527 - 1609).

Barockes Welttheater

17th century music with a groove! Music of Schmelzer performed by Freiburger Barock Consort.

May 31, 2012

show

Bart Kuijken

Catching Up With Baroque Musician Barthold Kuijken

Kuijken talks about his role as artistic director of Indy Baroque and his approach to music making. He also shares memories of Gustav Leonhardt.

June 1, 2012

podcast

Boismortier

Simple Pleasures, Hidden Treasures

L'Ensemble Portique of Chicago plays Boismortier Trio Sonatas on recorder, violin, viola da gamba, violoncello and harpsichord.

June 3, 2012

show

The Abbey of Saint-Pierre

Marcel Pérès: Musician, Musicologist, Medievalist

A look at the work of Marcel Pérès, an introduction to the viola da gamba, and a featured release highlighting some of the earliest music for the cello.

June 4, 2012

show

Statue of Filippo Brunelleschi

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1377

Let’s take a quick look back in time...to 1377, the year of Brunelleschi's birth, Machaut's death, and the Cesena bloodbath.

June 8, 2012

podcast

Prince Leopold of Cöthen

Trauer Music

Andrew Parrott reconstructs the music to mourn the death of Prince Leopold, the man who brought Bach to Cöthen.

June 11, 2012

show

Home of Golf , St Andrews

Gifts For Father’s Day

We'll explore traditional music from Scotland and medieval music from the region of the Rhine River. Plus, a featured release of from Stile Antico and Fretwork.

June 11, 2012

show

Portrait of Pietro Bembo by Lucas Cranach the Younger (1515-1586)

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1529

Let's take a look back in time to 1529...a year of theological debates, the reinstatement of the Edict of Worms, and the death of the Bishop of Bordeaux.

June 15, 2012

podcast

William Lawes (1602-1645)

The Royall Consorts

The Royall Consorts, William Lawes' best known works in his own lifetime, are performed by Les Voix Humaines.

June 22, 2012

podcast

Antique violin

Vivaldi – The French Connection

La Serenissima plays concertos for flute, oboe, violin, bassoon and strings

June 24, 2012

show

Emil Doepler, ca.1905.

Music For The End Of Time

It’s the end of the world as we know it! We'll hear music on apocalyptic themes and explore some of the earliest polyphony ever sung.

June 25, 2012

show

Isabella d'Este

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1474

Let’s take a quick look back in time...to the year 1474 and the births of two formidable women, and the death of Dufay.

June 29, 2012

podcast

South American traditional instrument

Los Pajaros Perdidos

South America's living baroque music is presented by L'Arpeggiata, led by Christina Pluhar

July 6, 2012

podcast

Vasnetsov-Apocalypse

1000: A Mass For The End Of Time

Anonymous 4 marks the current millennium by looking backward to the previous one with a mass from about the year 1000.

July 8, 2012

show

Hans Sachs

A Musical Tour Of Nuremberg

We’ll hear music created and published in Nuremberg, plus music by Schmelzer performed by the Freiburger Barock Consort.

July 9, 2012

show

Triple Portrait of Cardinal de Richelieu painted by Philippe de Champaigne (1602–1674).

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1638

Let’s take a quick look back in time…we rolled the dice and it added up to 1638.

July 13, 2012

podcast

Alina Rotaru

Froberger Suites And Toccatas

Harpsichord music of Johann Jacob Froberger played by the Romanian harpsichordist Alina Rotaru.

July 20, 2012

podcast

Sweelinck

Fortune My Foe: Works For Harpsichord

Alina Rotaru plays harpsichord music by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck.

July 25, 2012

show

Birds of a feather

Birds Of A Feather…Pledge Together!

If you like what we do at Harmonia, we might be sporting the same tail feathers! Please consider making a contribution now.

July 27, 2012

podcast

ensemble gaudior

Masters Of The Baroque

Ensemble Gaudior, led by Alexandra MacCracken, perform music of Bach, Rameau, Biber and more.

July 28, 2012

show

strong ties

Strong Ties: Your Support Holds Us Together

Many threads come together to make Harmonia. Listeners are vital threads. Please support this online resource for early music.

July 29, 2012

show

john taverner

Catchy Tunes: Gloria Tibi Trinitas

We’re solving an antiphon mystery: Why are there so many pieces titled “In nomine”? We’ll find out why, as well as explore the origins of the sackbut.

July 30, 2012

show

Arno River

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1333

Let’s take a quick look back in time. . . . We spun the wheel, and it landed on 1333, a year of wars, murders and flood and so much more.

July 30, 2012

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duct tape

Sticking Together

Thanks to everyone who's already contributed to our web fund drive! If you haven't yet...please do so now. Your support is what holds it all together.

August 1, 2012

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Together

Thank You For Offering A Hand

We love what we do, and we really appreciate the support you've given to Harmonia.

August 3, 2012

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Balloons!

Happy Birthday! And Many More…

We’re saying happy birthday to Baroque Band, Bourbon Baroque, Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Tempesta di Mare and Ensemble Voltaire!

August 10, 2012

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St Nicholas Church Leipzig

Bach’s St. John Passion

Two new recordings are beautifully done, but different interpretations set each apart.

August 17, 2012

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Christopher Gibbons, English composer (1615 - 1676)

Christopher Gibbons

Anthems, motets, fantasias and voluntaries recorded for the very first time.

August 19, 2012

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CDs on desk

What’s New: Six Recordings Worthy Of Your Early Music Collection

We’ll hear music of Neidhart, Ockeghem, Pierre de la Rue, Falvetti and Vivaldi. Plus, a “classic” release, the first recording by the ensemble La Petite Bande.

August 20, 2012

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galapagos

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1535

Let’s take a quick look back in time...to the year 1535, when explorers "discovered" Montreal, Canada, Lima, Peru, and the Galapegos Islands.

August 24, 2012

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A road in Bruges, the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium

Three’s Company: Mouton, Richafort, And Josqin

Josquin is famous, but have you ever heard of Jean Mouton, or Jean Richafort?

August 31, 2012

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A view of the inside of a harpsichord.

Bach, Haas, Cochard, And Two Original Harpsichords

The music of Bach performed on harpsichords built in 1740 and 1751.

September 7, 2012

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Vivaldi portrait

Vivaldi’s Il Teuzzone

Jordi Savall leads the Concert des Nations and seven soloists in this Vivaldi opera set in China.

September 9, 2012

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big ben

A Musical Tour Of London

We’re exploring some of the oldest musical centers of London.

September 10, 2012

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Amazon parrot

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1500

Let’s take a quick look back to the year 1500. Pinzon discovered an estuary of the Amazon, future Holy Roman Emperor Charles V was born, and more.

September 14, 2012

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wildcat viols

Wildcat Viols’ Fairest Isle

Wildcat Viols team up with Catherine Webster for music of seventeenth-century England.

September 16, 2012

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birthplace of the charango

Celebrating Early Music In Latin America

We’ll hear from two composers at Bogotá Cathedral, explore the origins of the saraband, and discover the ensemble Musica Temprana. Plus, a recent CD by Piffaro.

September 17, 2012

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bogota cathedral

Harmonia Time Capsule: Bogotá Cathedral

Let’s take a quick look back in time…to the musical heritage of the Cathedral in Bogotá, Columbia.

September 21, 2012

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Detail from 'Adoration of the Shepherds and Angels' by Anning Bell, 1911

Music For Two

Music for two... two lutes, two vihuelas, and two new releases.

September 28, 2012

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A page from the Eton Choirbook, c. 1490.

Music From The Eton Choirbook

Music from a 500 year old manuscript of Latin liturgical music from pre-Reformation England.

October 5, 2012

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Helsinki Baroque Orchestra

Bach, Dussek And The Helsinki Baroque Orchestra

Two new recordings from Aapo Häkkinen and the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra.

October 7, 2012

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anne azema and joel cohen

Catching Up With The Boston Camerata, Part 1

Part one of a conversation with Boston Camerata director Anne Azéma. Plus, we’ll explore the shawm as an instrument of the renaissance consort, and more.

October 8, 2012

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James Nares

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1715, Music Publications

Let’s take a quick look back…to music-related publications in the year 1715.

October 8, 2012

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Anne Azema

Out Of The Glass Case: A Conversation With Anne Azéma

Earlier this year, Angela Mariani spoke with the Boston Camerata's artistic director Anne Azéma. Here's the extended interview.

October 12, 2012

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A building at the University of Santiago de Compostela, where the Guerra Manuscript is held.

The Guerra Manuscript

17th-century secular Spanish vocal music.

October 14, 2012

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The Galileo Project concert.

Tafelmusik’s Galileo Project

Allison Mackay speaks about The Galileo Project. Plus, we explore the vihuela, and our featured release takes us down the path of the Pied Piper.

October 15, 2012

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Giordano Bruno

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1600

Let’s take a quick look back in time…to 1600, the year of publication for Jacopo Peri's Euridice, the adoption of the Gregorian calendar, and more.

October 15, 2012

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Allison Mackay

Tafelmusik’s Allison Mackay Talks About The Galileo Project

Keith Collins interviews Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra's Allison Mackay about past and future multimedia concert projects.

October 19, 2012

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Facade of the church Saint-Gervais et Saint-Protais in Paris.

Exploring The Clavecin: Couperin, Rameau, And Marchand

Join Wendy and Janelle as they listen to two new recordings of French harpsichord music.

October 26, 2012

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Clerambault

Clérambault From Aston Magna

Three French cantatas, a trio sonata and a harpsichord suite from the musicians of Aston Magna.

November 2, 2012

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NASA MODIS satellite imagery of the Strait of Dover, the narrowest part of the English Channel.

Medieval Music From England And France

Two recordings explore a pastiche of musical styles in England and France across several centuries.

November 9, 2012

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St. Agatha's Church

Pellingman’s Saraband

2 musicians + 4 viols + 2 lutes = 19 tracks in a rich palette of colors.

November 11, 2012

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anne azema

Catching Up With The Boston Camerata, Part 2

Music from the Medici Codex, a continuation of our conversation with the Boston Camerata’s Anne Azéma, and the first solo concerto ever composed for the viola.

November 12, 2012

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antonio stradivari

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1715

Let’s take a quick look back in time…to the year 1715, the pinnacle of Stradivari's "golden period," the Sun King's death, and more.

November 16, 2012

podcast

Ars Lyrica Ensemble

Scarlatti: Father And Son

Music by Alessandro Scarlatti and his son Domenico, performed by the Houston-based early music ensemble, Ars Lyrica.

November 18, 2012

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The Mystical Nativity

Music For The Holiday Season

We've handpicked a variety of early music recordings – new and old – to help get you into the spirit of the holiday season: Bach, Schutz, chant and more.

November 19, 2012

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siena facade

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1250

Let’s take a quick look back in time. . . to the year 1250 and the birth of Giovanni Pisano and Guido Cavalcanti, the death of Leonardo Fibonacci, and more.

November 23, 2012

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View of the Palace of Versailles from the garden.

Musiques Sacrées à Versailles

Sacred music from Versailles: Music written by French composers, performed by French musicians on a recording sponsored by a French institution.

November 25, 2012

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Pallade Musica

2012 EMA Baroque Performance Competition

We'll hear performances from the six finalists of Early Music America’s 2012 Baroque Performance Competition, plus a featured release from Blue Heron.

November 26, 2012

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dryden

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1700

Let’s take a quick look back in time, to the year 1700. . .the birth of Michel Blavet and Luigi Vanvitelli, the death of John Dryden, and more...

November 30, 2012

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lirone

Lamentarium

Erin Headley directs the ensemble Atalante in a recording of "passionate, sensual, macabre and erotic narratives from 17th-century Rome."

December 7, 2012

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Cave of the Apocalypse

Georgians And Californians

Georgians and the Californians: neighbors in a very different way!

December 14, 2012

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Segovia, Spain

Mundus Et Musica

Mundus et Musica - music from the mysterious late fifteenth-century Segovia manuscript.

December 17, 2012

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 dowry for the three virgins

Christmas Carols, Chant And Legend

We’re celebrating Christmas with music from a variety of traditions, including two well-known carols, medieval music about St Nick, Byzantine chant, and more.

December 17, 2012

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Dufay and Binchois

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1400

Let’s take a quick look back in time. . . to the year 1400. . .the death of Chaucer and the birth of Binchois.

December 21, 2012

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labyrinth at St. Quentin

Tallis Scholars Sing Mouton

Peter Phillips and the Tallis Scholars bring us music by Jean Mouton, a composer who was compared in his own day to Josquin des Pres.

December 28, 2012

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An instrument from the lute family.

A Countertenor And A Chitarrone

A re-issue of Alfred Deller's 1978 recording of Dowland lute songs, and Italian chitarrone music performed by Jakob Lindberg.

December 30, 2012

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plan de paris

A Musical Tour Of Paris

We're recalling the history of some of Paris' most musical attractions! Plus, a featured release by Rogers Covey-Crump, Christopher O'Gorman, and John Potter.

December 31, 2012

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abelard at pere lachaise

Harmonia Time Capsule: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Let’s take a quick look back in time . . . to a renowned Parisian cemetery.

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