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Archive for 2013

January 4, 2013

podcast

Title page of Arnolt Schlick's Tabulaturen etlicher lobgesang und lidlein uff die orgeln un lauten (Mainz, 1512)

The First Printed Organ Music

Fritts and Schlick make good partners! Organ music performed by Kimberly Marshall.

January 6, 2013

show

julianne baird

Spotlight On Julianne Baird

We’re shining a spotlight on soprano Julianne Baird. We’ll also hear a modern approach to English renaissance music on a featured release by Joel Frederiksen.

January 7, 2013

show

Graduale Aboense

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1156

Let’s take a quick look back in time. . . to the year 1156, the death of Finland's Saint Henry and France's Peter the Venerable, and the birth a french count.

January 11, 2013

podcast

A vew of Westminster Abbey.

English Drive-By

We’re visiting that very special genre of English choral music with three new CD's

January 18, 2013

podcast

Tempesta di Mare Baroque Orchestra

The Fabulous Mr. Fasch

Tempesta di Mare's third CD in a series of Fasch orchestral works.

January 20, 2013

show

newberry consort

Celestial Sirens

Music from Occitan courts, Italian stages, and the cloisters of Italy and Mexico.

January 21, 2013

show

from The Chantilly Manuscript.

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1350

Let’s take a quick look back in time to the year 1350 and the birth of a Dominican friar, the death of two kings, and the Battle of Winchelsea.

January 25, 2013

podcast

The Attainment: The Vision of the Holy Grail to Sir Galahad, Sir Bors, and Sir Perceval

Percival, Tristan And The Holy Grail

Two recordings of medieval music from Capilla Antigua de Chinchilla.

February 4, 2013

podcast

BWV 29 Choral text

Bach Leipzig Cantatas

Collegium Vocale Gent and Bach Collegium Japan in two new releases of Bach cantatas.

February 8, 2013

podcast

A Music College, from

William Lawes: Harp Consorts And Consorts To The Organ

Music from a composer called the "Father of Musick."

February 10, 2013

show

painting of pygmalion, 1786.

Love’s Guises

We’re exploring the many faces of love. In its various guises, love is tender, desperate, misguided, sweet, jealous, confusing, funny…you name it!

February 11, 2013

show

Mariana's convent window

Harmonia Time Capsule: Mariana Alcoforado

Let’s take a quick look back to 17th-century Portugal and the legend of the famous love-sick nun, Mariana Alcoforado.

February 15, 2013

podcast

Portrait of Christoph Willibald von Gluck (1775)

Racks, Gibbets, Sword And Fire!

Countertenor Iestyn Davies and bass Christopher Purves in two new recordings with the ensemble Arcangelo.

February 17, 2013

show

Felipe III of Spain

Musical Tour Of Madrid

We’re on a musical tour of Madrid, where Roman, Visigothic, Jewish, Moorish and countless other traditions converged. Plus, a featured CD of Armenian music.

February 18, 2013

show

ceres

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1801

Let’s take a quick look back in time to 1801: the discovery of Ceres, the execution of an American murderer, the death of a virtuoso violinist, and more.

February 22, 2013

podcast

Portrait of Johann Christian Bach by Thomas Gainsborough (1776)

Sons Of Bach

Chamber music by two of Bach’s sons: Carl Philipp Emmanuel and Johann Christian.

March 1, 2013

podcast

Orchid blossoms

Les Deux François

Sonatas by François Couperin and music by his student, François Chauvon.

March 8, 2013

podcast

Greek depiction featuring Odysseus with the Sirens, including Parthenope, a siren and mythological founder of Naples.

A Napoli!

Harmonia heads to Italy for a visit to Naples by way of two recent recordings.

March 10, 2013

show

Saint Brigid

Music For Celtic Saints

We’re exploring music for saints associated with the Celtic Isles. Plus, we’ll focus on the harp's use in Renaissance consorts and hear music from Atalante.

March 11, 2013

show

death of wat tyler

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1381

Let’s take a quick look back in time to the year 1381: the Peasants Revolt in England, two 14th c. writers and theologians, and the music of Matteo da Perugia.

March 15, 2013

podcast

Willaert was maestro di capella here for a very long time!

Chansons, Madrigals And Villanelles Of Willaert

Secular music by a composer known mainly for his sacred music and as a teacher of famous composers.

March 22, 2013

podcast

St. Peter's: west facade and interior

Music For Lent And Easter

A journey through the Christian holy season with two recent recordings.

March 24, 2013

show

Adriano Banchieri.

Spotlight On The New York Pro Musica Antiqua, Part 1

We’ll explore the recorder, hear sacred music by Orlando di Lasso, and Wendy Gillespie brings us part one of a New York Pro Musica Antiqua retrospective.

March 25, 2013

show

bay psalm book

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1640

Let’s take a look back in time…to 1640 -- the births of Esther Elizabeth Velkiers and Carolus Hacquart, and the publising of the Bay Psalm Book.

March 29, 2013

podcast

Magdalen College Founders Tower and Cloisters Oxford England

Henry And Honest Dan

Did you know there was another composer in late 17th century England with the surname Purcell, besides Henry?

March 31, 2013

show

tavern songs

Spotlight On The New York Pro Musica Antiqua, Part 2

Join us for some fun with bawdy songs, rounds and catches, and Wendy Gillespie brings us part two of a New York Pro Musica Antiqua retrospective. And more...

April 1, 2013

show

council of constance

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1410

Let’s take a quick look back in time to the year 1410 -- the birth of Ockeghem and the installation of the world's oldest running clock!

April 5, 2013

podcast

Members of Ars Antiqua Austria.

Say, Who? Gregor Joseph Werner

A 2012 Challenge Classics release of Ars Antiqua Austria playing little-known music of composer Joseph Gregor Werner.

April 7, 2013

show

dafne and apollo

Spotlight On The New York Pro Musica Antiqua, Part 3

Wendy Gillespie brings us part 3 of a tribute to the NYPMA. Plus, we'll explore music with words by famous poets and feature a Capella de Ministrers' CD.

April 8, 2013

show

captain kidd

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1645

Let’s take a quick look back in time to the year 1645: pirate William Kidd was born, composer Tobias Hume died, and the first hospital was founded in Montreal.

April 12, 2013

podcast

Church of Nielles-lès-Ardres

Say, Who? Peeter Cornet

Introducing music of another little-known composer, Peeter Cornet, performed by organist Arnaud Van de Cauter.

April 14, 2013

show

L’Homme Arme

Going Green: Early Music Recycled

We’ll hear how composers have reused their own tunes and ideas, and what ideas they’ve borrowed from others. Plus, we’ll hear several instances of contrafacta.

April 15, 2013

show

William Penn

Harmonia Time Capsule: “Greene Countrie Towne” of Philadelphia

Let’s take a quick look back in time to the “Greene Countrie Towne” of Philadelphia.

April 19, 2013

podcast

Girolamo Crescentini, 19th c.

Historically-Informed: Crescentini And Cherubini

Later than we normally go...HIP performances of music by nineteenth-century composers.

April 21, 2013

show

King Alfonso X

Fit For A King

It's music "fit for a king," as powerful rulers do double-duty as composers. We’ll hear music composed by Frederick the Great, Alfonso X, Thibaut I, and more.

April 26, 2013

podcast

The exterior of Thomaskirche

Gregorian Chant From The Thomas Gradual

Two Gregorian Masses from the Thomas Gradual St. Thomas Church, Leipzig, c. 1300

April 26, 2013

show

Early musician and baroque violinist, Julia Wedman

A Conversation With Violinist Julia Wedman

Harmonia's Wendy Gillespie sits down in the studio for a conversation with early music performer, Julia Wedman.

May 3, 2013

podcast

Pegbox of a Stradivari guitar

Robert De Visée Performed On Two Original Instruments

Music of Robert de Visée performed on a guitar made by Antonio Stradivari in 1679, and on a lute made by Lorenz Greiff in 1610.

May 10, 2013

podcast

Bassoon reeds

Vivaldi And The Bassoon

Two new recordings of bassoon concertos by Antonio Vivaldi.

May 12, 2013

show

japanese embassy 1586

From Japan To Europe, And Back Again

We're exploring early music exchanges between Japan and Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. Plus we’ll hear music of the cornetto and Bach Collegium Japan.

May 17, 2013

podcast

Johannes Ockeghem (wearing glasses) together with members of the choir.

Paying Tribute To The Golden Voice Of Johannes Ockeghem

Tributes to Johannes Ockeghem and a new recording by the ensemble Diabolus in Musica, directed by Antoine Guerber.

May 22, 2013

show

Baroque oboe.

A Toast To Two Renaissance Masters

We’re marking the birth of John Dowland and the death of Gesualdo, and we’re saying goodbye to a friend, oboist Washington McClain.

May 24, 2013

podcast

Concerto Caledonia on a break from recording: Greg Lawson, David Greenberg, Alison McGillivray, David McGuinness.

Say Who? Robert ‘Red Rob’ Mackintosh

Music from 18th-century Scotland performed by Concerto Caledonia.

May 31, 2013

podcast

Josquin Capella at Kloster Steinfeld.

Sacred Music Of Jacques Arcadelt

Sacred music of Jacques Arcadelt, a composer who is better known for his madrigals and chansons.

June 2, 2013

show

new york polyphony

New Music, Early Music

Open your mind—as well as your ears—as we listen to music from the distant past alongside related music by living composers.

June 7, 2013

podcast

Cathedral in Girona, view from Montjuïc

Say Who? Tomàs Milans I Godayol

A 2012 Musièpoca recording of religious music of Tomàs Milans i Godayol, performed by the ensemble La Xantria, directed by Pere Lluis Biosca.

June 14, 2013

podcast

Garth Knox.

Garth Knox Saltarello

A 2012 release from EMC records features music that spans nearly a thousand years.

June 21, 2013

podcast

Ranunculus

The Four Seasons: Giovanni Antonio Guido

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons may be the most famous, but they weren’t the only ones composed during the Baroque era.

June 28, 2013

podcast

Amiens Cathedral

Firminus Caron

Masses and chansons by 15th-century French composer Firminus Caron.

July 5, 2013

podcast

The Dunedin Consort in concert.

The Dunedin Consort And Bach’s John Passion

Hear from a new recording that reconstructs Bach's Passion liturgy.

July 12, 2013

podcast

The Cardinall's Musick

The Cardinall’s Musick Sing William Byrd

A 2012 Hyperion CD by The Cardinall’s Musick, offers Byrd's "The Great Service" in addition to four other beloved Byrd songs and a Christmas carol.

July 19, 2013

podcast

East of the River

England And East Of The River

Music by the ensemble East of the River in a CD entitled Levantara, and 17th-century English music in a release called Strike the Viol.

July 26, 2013

podcast

Bach's Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor (BWV 1001)

Bach With A Twist, Part 1

Viol player Susanne Heinrich and lutenist Miguel Rincón perform transcriptions of Bach's Solo Violin Sonatas and Partitas.

August 2, 2013

podcast

Cello

Bach With A Twist, Part 2

Two recordings of the Bach cello suites, each with a completely different approach: Pieter Wispelway and Sigiswald Kuijken perform.

August 16, 2013

podcast

Johann Sebastian Bach (aged 61) in a portrait by Elias Gottlob Haussmann.

Bach With A Twist, Part 3

Part three of our mini-series on the music of JS Bach: this week, Art of Fugue performed by Les Voix Humaines and the Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin.

August 23, 2013

podcast

Memebers of Il Complesso Barocco in concert.

That’s A First!

Two recently released CD’s feature music never before recorded.

August 30, 2013

podcast

The Sixteen

The Sixteen: Monteverdi And Bartlomiej Pekiel

Hear from two new recordings that the The Sixteen released in 2013.

September 3, 2013

show

marais

Teachers And Students

We’re exploring the musical bonds between students and teachers. Plus, we'll hear viol music of Marin Marais on our featured recording.

September 5, 2013

show

News

Early Music In The News

Early Music in the news. Articles from The Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

September 6, 2013

podcast

Portrait of Jean-Marie Leclair by Gravure de F. Lugi d'après Loir, 1741

Leclair And The Violin

Sonatas and concertos for violin by the French baroque composer, Jean-Marie Leclair, performed by violinists Adrian Butterfield and Luis Otavio Santos.

September 10, 2013

show

echo

Echo!

On this episode of Harmonia, we’re listening for echoes! Plus, we’ll explore some curious inventions from composer Biagio Marini in our featured recording.

September 13, 2013

podcast

Title page of a 1604 publication of Dowland's Lachrimae.

John Dowland: 450 Years And Counting

Two new releases of music by John Dowland, a composer whose works are still being performed, admired and enjoyed.

September 16, 2013

show

field of cloth of gold

Field Of Cloth Of Gold

In 1520, kings Henry and Francis met for 17 days of celebration and pomp. We’ll explore the musical side of this meeting. Plus a release by the Boston Camerata.

September 20, 2013

podcast

Detail of

Flute And Lute

Kate Clark, Nigel North and the Attaignant Consort explore the flute as a consort and solo instrument in two new recordings.

September 27, 2013

podcast

Members of Harmonious Blacksmith.

Off The Cuff

Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra and Harmonious Blacksmith explore the essential place of improvisation in early music.

September 30, 2013

show

josquin

Mille Regretz

Josquin des Prez set a text about a thousand regrets to music, and it swept through Europe like a fever! We’ll hear a multitude of settings.

October 4, 2013

podcast

Viola da Gamba made by Richard Meares, c. 1680.

All In A Life’s Work: Marin Marais

Take a tour of Marin Marias' life's work by way of three new recordings.

October 11, 2013

podcast

Portrait of young Joseph Haydn by Ludwig Guttenbrunn, ca. 1770.

Haydn, With Pleasure

Two stellar recordings from the Handel and Haydn Society, and the London Haydn Quartet.

October 18, 2013

podcast

Poet and Jesuit priest, Robert Southwell.

Hear My Cry

Music from 16th century England, alongside contemporary works, and music by lesser known and Portuguese composers.

October 25, 2013

podcast

Title page of Obras de música para tecla, arpa y vihuela (Madrid, 1578).

Antonio de Cabezón: Obras de Música

Music by Antonio de Cabezón from a 16th century collection called Obras de Música.

October 28, 2013

show

plague victims

Ring Around The Rosie

We’re exploring the Black Death and its influence in the lives of composers from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and beyond.

November 1, 2013

podcast

Central Stara planina, between Panitzite and hut

Balkan Spirit

Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI join with musicians from the Balkan region for a collective musical venture.

November 4, 2013

show

bass viol

Music For Bass Instruments

We’re spending time with composers who played and wrote for bass instruments, and we’ll explore music for three violins and hear chant from the Thomas Gradual.

November 8, 2013

podcast

The Bagpiper, by Hendrick ter Brugghen (17th Century, Netherlands).

Nine Notes That Shook The World

An album from Ron McFarlane and Mindy Rosenfeld spanning a wide cross section of styles both “folk and fyne.”

November 15, 2013

podcast

The Cardinall’s Musick Vocal Ensemble

The Cardinall’s Musick Sing Tallis And Byrd

Two recent recordings from The Cardinall’s Musick continue an exploration of the 16th century English choral tradition.

November 17, 2013

show

saint cecilia

Thanks And Praise

Gratitude is a theme often explored in early music, and we’ll hear expressions of thanks from a variety of sources on this edition of Harmonia.

November 22, 2013

podcast

Cipriano de Rore; detail of a miniature in the Munich State Library by Hans Müelich.

The Brabant Ensemble Sings Cipriano De Rore

Masses and motets by the 16th century composer Cipriano de Rore.

November 24, 2013

show

day job: blacksmith

Quit Your Day Job!

Music by cabinet makers, poets, world leaders, who ducked, or bucked, their non-musical lives to make music of lasting power. Plus, the flute in consort...

November 29, 2013

podcast

Clipping from a map made around 1685 by Nicolaes Visscher, showing the region of the estuary of the Weser River.

Along The River Weser

A recent release of instrumental music by Thomas Simpson and William Brade performed by the Bremen Weser-Renaissance ensemble.

December 6, 2013

podcast

Portrait of Louis XIV of France by Pierre Mignard (1612-1695).

Music From The Court Of Louis XIV

John Kitchen performs on the 1755 Baillon harpsichord, and Manuel Staropoli plays music by Robert de Visee on flute and various recorders.

December 13, 2013

podcast

Singender Zinkspieler (1623) by Gerard van Honthorst

The Golden Age Of The Cornett

"Of all the wind instruments, the most excellent is the cornett..." - Girolamo dalla Casa.

December 16, 2013

show

feat of st nick

Santa’s Playlist

Here's a sampling from an array of early music recordings – new and old, from performers like the Tallis Scholars, Boston Camerata, The Sixteen, and more.

December 23, 2013

show

fandango

Shall We Dance?

Can you dance a Polonaise? Would you do the Fandango? Music and dance have long been like-minded partners. Join us, as we dance the hour away!

December 30, 2013

show

Vienna

A Musical Tour of Vienna

We’re touring Vienna, with works by Haydn and Beethoven performed on period instruments, instrumental sonatas by Schmelzer and a groundbreaking opera by Gluck.

January 4, 2013

podcast

Title page of Arnolt Schlick's Tabulaturen etlicher lobgesang und lidlein uff die orgeln un lauten (Mainz, 1512)

The First Printed Organ Music

Fritts and Schlick make good partners! Organ music performed by Kimberly Marshall.

January 6, 2013

show

julianne baird

Spotlight On Julianne Baird

We’re shining a spotlight on soprano Julianne Baird. We’ll also hear a modern approach to English renaissance music on a featured release by Joel Frederiksen.

January 7, 2013

show

Graduale Aboense

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1156

Let’s take a quick look back in time. . . to the year 1156, the death of Finland's Saint Henry and France's Peter the Venerable, and the birth a french count.

January 11, 2013

podcast

A vew of Westminster Abbey.

English Drive-By

We’re visiting that very special genre of English choral music with three new CD's

January 18, 2013

podcast

Tempesta di Mare Baroque Orchestra

The Fabulous Mr. Fasch

Tempesta di Mare's third CD in a series of Fasch orchestral works.

January 20, 2013

show

newberry consort

Celestial Sirens

Music from Occitan courts, Italian stages, and the cloisters of Italy and Mexico.

January 21, 2013

show

from The Chantilly Manuscript.

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1350

Let’s take a quick look back in time to the year 1350 and the birth of a Dominican friar, the death of two kings, and the Battle of Winchelsea.

January 25, 2013

podcast

The Attainment: The Vision of the Holy Grail to Sir Galahad, Sir Bors, and Sir Perceval

Percival, Tristan And The Holy Grail

Two recordings of medieval music from Capilla Antigua de Chinchilla.

February 4, 2013

podcast

BWV 29 Choral text

Bach Leipzig Cantatas

Collegium Vocale Gent and Bach Collegium Japan in two new releases of Bach cantatas.

February 8, 2013

podcast

A Music College, from

William Lawes: Harp Consorts And Consorts To The Organ

Music from a composer called the "Father of Musick."

February 10, 2013

show

painting of pygmalion, 1786.

Love’s Guises

We’re exploring the many faces of love. In its various guises, love is tender, desperate, misguided, sweet, jealous, confusing, funny…you name it!

February 11, 2013

show

Mariana's convent window

Harmonia Time Capsule: Mariana Alcoforado

Let’s take a quick look back to 17th-century Portugal and the legend of the famous love-sick nun, Mariana Alcoforado.

February 15, 2013

podcast

Portrait of Christoph Willibald von Gluck (1775)

Racks, Gibbets, Sword And Fire!

Countertenor Iestyn Davies and bass Christopher Purves in two new recordings with the ensemble Arcangelo.

February 17, 2013

show

Felipe III of Spain

Musical Tour Of Madrid

We’re on a musical tour of Madrid, where Roman, Visigothic, Jewish, Moorish and countless other traditions converged. Plus, a featured CD of Armenian music.

February 18, 2013

show

ceres

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1801

Let’s take a quick look back in time to 1801: the discovery of Ceres, the execution of an American murderer, the death of a virtuoso violinist, and more.

February 22, 2013

podcast

Portrait of Johann Christian Bach by Thomas Gainsborough (1776)

Sons Of Bach

Chamber music by two of Bach’s sons: Carl Philipp Emmanuel and Johann Christian.

March 1, 2013

podcast

Orchid blossoms

Les Deux François

Sonatas by François Couperin and music by his student, François Chauvon.

March 8, 2013

podcast

Greek depiction featuring Odysseus with the Sirens, including Parthenope, a siren and mythological founder of Naples.

A Napoli!

Harmonia heads to Italy for a visit to Naples by way of two recent recordings.

March 10, 2013

show

Saint Brigid

Music For Celtic Saints

We’re exploring music for saints associated with the Celtic Isles. Plus, we’ll focus on the harp's use in Renaissance consorts and hear music from Atalante.

March 11, 2013

show

death of wat tyler

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1381

Let’s take a quick look back in time to the year 1381: the Peasants Revolt in England, two 14th c. writers and theologians, and the music of Matteo da Perugia.

March 15, 2013

podcast

Willaert was maestro di capella here for a very long time!

Chansons, Madrigals And Villanelles Of Willaert

Secular music by a composer known mainly for his sacred music and as a teacher of famous composers.

March 22, 2013

podcast

St. Peter's: west facade and interior

Music For Lent And Easter

A journey through the Christian holy season with two recent recordings.

March 24, 2013

show

Adriano Banchieri.

Spotlight On The New York Pro Musica Antiqua, Part 1

We’ll explore the recorder, hear sacred music by Orlando di Lasso, and Wendy Gillespie brings us part one of a New York Pro Musica Antiqua retrospective.

March 25, 2013

show

bay psalm book

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1640

Let’s take a look back in time…to 1640 -- the births of Esther Elizabeth Velkiers and Carolus Hacquart, and the publising of the Bay Psalm Book.

March 29, 2013

podcast

Magdalen College Founders Tower and Cloisters Oxford England

Henry And Honest Dan

Did you know there was another composer in late 17th century England with the surname Purcell, besides Henry?

March 31, 2013

show

tavern songs

Spotlight On The New York Pro Musica Antiqua, Part 2

Join us for some fun with bawdy songs, rounds and catches, and Wendy Gillespie brings us part two of a New York Pro Musica Antiqua retrospective. And more...

April 1, 2013

show

council of constance

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1410

Let’s take a quick look back in time to the year 1410 -- the birth of Ockeghem and the installation of the world's oldest running clock!

April 5, 2013

podcast

Members of Ars Antiqua Austria.

Say, Who? Gregor Joseph Werner

A 2012 Challenge Classics release of Ars Antiqua Austria playing little-known music of composer Joseph Gregor Werner.

April 7, 2013

show

dafne and apollo

Spotlight On The New York Pro Musica Antiqua, Part 3

Wendy Gillespie brings us part 3 of a tribute to the NYPMA. Plus, we'll explore music with words by famous poets and feature a Capella de Ministrers' CD.

April 8, 2013

show

captain kidd

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1645

Let’s take a quick look back in time to the year 1645: pirate William Kidd was born, composer Tobias Hume died, and the first hospital was founded in Montreal.

April 12, 2013

podcast

Church of Nielles-lès-Ardres

Say, Who? Peeter Cornet

Introducing music of another little-known composer, Peeter Cornet, performed by organist Arnaud Van de Cauter.

April 14, 2013

show

L’Homme Arme

Going Green: Early Music Recycled

We’ll hear how composers have reused their own tunes and ideas, and what ideas they’ve borrowed from others. Plus, we’ll hear several instances of contrafacta.

April 15, 2013

show

William Penn

Harmonia Time Capsule: “Greene Countrie Towne” of Philadelphia

Let’s take a quick look back in time to the “Greene Countrie Towne” of Philadelphia.

April 19, 2013

podcast

Girolamo Crescentini, 19th c.

Historically-Informed: Crescentini And Cherubini

Later than we normally go...HIP performances of music by nineteenth-century composers.

April 21, 2013

show

King Alfonso X

Fit For A King

It's music "fit for a king," as powerful rulers do double-duty as composers. We’ll hear music composed by Frederick the Great, Alfonso X, Thibaut I, and more.

April 26, 2013

podcast

The exterior of Thomaskirche

Gregorian Chant From The Thomas Gradual

Two Gregorian Masses from the Thomas Gradual St. Thomas Church, Leipzig, c. 1300

April 26, 2013

show

Early musician and baroque violinist, Julia Wedman

A Conversation With Violinist Julia Wedman

Harmonia's Wendy Gillespie sits down in the studio for a conversation with early music performer, Julia Wedman.

May 3, 2013

podcast

Pegbox of a Stradivari guitar

Robert De Visée Performed On Two Original Instruments

Music of Robert de Visée performed on a guitar made by Antonio Stradivari in 1679, and on a lute made by Lorenz Greiff in 1610.

May 10, 2013

podcast

Bassoon reeds

Vivaldi And The Bassoon

Two new recordings of bassoon concertos by Antonio Vivaldi.

May 12, 2013

show

japanese embassy 1586

From Japan To Europe, And Back Again

We're exploring early music exchanges between Japan and Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. Plus we’ll hear music of the cornetto and Bach Collegium Japan.

May 17, 2013

podcast

Johannes Ockeghem (wearing glasses) together with members of the choir.

Paying Tribute To The Golden Voice Of Johannes Ockeghem

Tributes to Johannes Ockeghem and a new recording by the ensemble Diabolus in Musica, directed by Antoine Guerber.

May 22, 2013

show

Baroque oboe.

A Toast To Two Renaissance Masters

We’re marking the birth of John Dowland and the death of Gesualdo, and we’re saying goodbye to a friend, oboist Washington McClain.

May 24, 2013

podcast

Concerto Caledonia on a break from recording: Greg Lawson, David Greenberg, Alison McGillivray, David McGuinness.

Say Who? Robert ‘Red Rob’ Mackintosh

Music from 18th-century Scotland performed by Concerto Caledonia.

May 31, 2013

podcast

Josquin Capella at Kloster Steinfeld.

Sacred Music Of Jacques Arcadelt

Sacred music of Jacques Arcadelt, a composer who is better known for his madrigals and chansons.

June 2, 2013

show

new york polyphony

New Music, Early Music

Open your mind—as well as your ears—as we listen to music from the distant past alongside related music by living composers.

June 7, 2013

podcast

Cathedral in Girona, view from Montjuïc

Say Who? Tomàs Milans I Godayol

A 2012 Musièpoca recording of religious music of Tomàs Milans i Godayol, performed by the ensemble La Xantria, directed by Pere Lluis Biosca.

June 14, 2013

podcast

Garth Knox.

Garth Knox Saltarello

A 2012 release from EMC records features music that spans nearly a thousand years.

June 21, 2013

podcast

Ranunculus

The Four Seasons: Giovanni Antonio Guido

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons may be the most famous, but they weren’t the only ones composed during the Baroque era.

June 28, 2013

podcast

Amiens Cathedral

Firminus Caron

Masses and chansons by 15th-century French composer Firminus Caron.

July 5, 2013

podcast

The Dunedin Consort in concert.

The Dunedin Consort And Bach’s John Passion

Hear from a new recording that reconstructs Bach's Passion liturgy.

July 12, 2013

podcast

The Cardinall's Musick

The Cardinall’s Musick Sing William Byrd

A 2012 Hyperion CD by The Cardinall’s Musick, offers Byrd's "The Great Service" in addition to four other beloved Byrd songs and a Christmas carol.

July 19, 2013

podcast

East of the River

England And East Of The River

Music by the ensemble East of the River in a CD entitled Levantara, and 17th-century English music in a release called Strike the Viol.

July 26, 2013

podcast

Bach's Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor (BWV 1001)

Bach With A Twist, Part 1

Viol player Susanne Heinrich and lutenist Miguel Rincón perform transcriptions of Bach's Solo Violin Sonatas and Partitas.

August 2, 2013

podcast

Cello

Bach With A Twist, Part 2

Two recordings of the Bach cello suites, each with a completely different approach: Pieter Wispelway and Sigiswald Kuijken perform.

August 16, 2013

podcast

Johann Sebastian Bach (aged 61) in a portrait by Elias Gottlob Haussmann.

Bach With A Twist, Part 3

Part three of our mini-series on the music of JS Bach: this week, Art of Fugue performed by Les Voix Humaines and the Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin.

August 23, 2013

podcast

Memebers of Il Complesso Barocco in concert.

That’s A First!

Two recently released CD’s feature music never before recorded.

August 30, 2013

podcast

The Sixteen

The Sixteen: Monteverdi And Bartlomiej Pekiel

Hear from two new recordings that the The Sixteen released in 2013.

September 3, 2013

show

marais

Teachers And Students

We’re exploring the musical bonds between students and teachers. Plus, we'll hear viol music of Marin Marais on our featured recording.

September 5, 2013

show

News

Early Music In The News

Early Music in the news. Articles from The Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

September 6, 2013

podcast

Portrait of Jean-Marie Leclair by Gravure de F. Lugi d'après Loir, 1741

Leclair And The Violin

Sonatas and concertos for violin by the French baroque composer, Jean-Marie Leclair, performed by violinists Adrian Butterfield and Luis Otavio Santos.

September 10, 2013

show

echo

Echo!

On this episode of Harmonia, we’re listening for echoes! Plus, we’ll explore some curious inventions from composer Biagio Marini in our featured recording.

September 13, 2013

podcast

Title page of a 1604 publication of Dowland's Lachrimae.

John Dowland: 450 Years And Counting

Two new releases of music by John Dowland, a composer whose works are still being performed, admired and enjoyed.

September 16, 2013

show

field of cloth of gold

Field Of Cloth Of Gold

In 1520, kings Henry and Francis met for 17 days of celebration and pomp. We’ll explore the musical side of this meeting. Plus a release by the Boston Camerata.

September 20, 2013

podcast

Detail of

Flute And Lute

Kate Clark, Nigel North and the Attaignant Consort explore the flute as a consort and solo instrument in two new recordings.

September 27, 2013

podcast

Members of Harmonious Blacksmith.

Off The Cuff

Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra and Harmonious Blacksmith explore the essential place of improvisation in early music.

September 30, 2013

show

josquin

Mille Regretz

Josquin des Prez set a text about a thousand regrets to music, and it swept through Europe like a fever! We’ll hear a multitude of settings.

October 4, 2013

podcast

Viola da Gamba made by Richard Meares, c. 1680.

All In A Life’s Work: Marin Marais

Take a tour of Marin Marias' life's work by way of three new recordings.

October 11, 2013

podcast

Portrait of young Joseph Haydn by Ludwig Guttenbrunn, ca. 1770.

Haydn, With Pleasure

Two stellar recordings from the Handel and Haydn Society, and the London Haydn Quartet.

October 18, 2013

podcast

Poet and Jesuit priest, Robert Southwell.

Hear My Cry

Music from 16th century England, alongside contemporary works, and music by lesser known and Portuguese composers.

October 25, 2013

podcast

Title page of Obras de música para tecla, arpa y vihuela (Madrid, 1578).

Antonio de Cabezón: Obras de Música

Music by Antonio de Cabezón from a 16th century collection called Obras de Música.

October 28, 2013

show

plague victims

Ring Around The Rosie

We’re exploring the Black Death and its influence in the lives of composers from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and beyond.

November 1, 2013

podcast

Central Stara planina, between Panitzite and hut

Balkan Spirit

Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI join with musicians from the Balkan region for a collective musical venture.

November 4, 2013

show

bass viol

Music For Bass Instruments

We’re spending time with composers who played and wrote for bass instruments, and we’ll explore music for three violins and hear chant from the Thomas Gradual.

November 8, 2013

podcast

The Bagpiper, by Hendrick ter Brugghen (17th Century, Netherlands).

Nine Notes That Shook The World

An album from Ron McFarlane and Mindy Rosenfeld spanning a wide cross section of styles both “folk and fyne.”

November 15, 2013

podcast

The Cardinall’s Musick Vocal Ensemble

The Cardinall’s Musick Sing Tallis And Byrd

Two recent recordings from The Cardinall’s Musick continue an exploration of the 16th century English choral tradition.

November 17, 2013

show

saint cecilia

Thanks And Praise

Gratitude is a theme often explored in early music, and we’ll hear expressions of thanks from a variety of sources on this edition of Harmonia.

November 22, 2013

podcast

Cipriano de Rore; detail of a miniature in the Munich State Library by Hans Müelich.

The Brabant Ensemble Sings Cipriano De Rore

Masses and motets by the 16th century composer Cipriano de Rore.

November 24, 2013

show

day job: blacksmith

Quit Your Day Job!

Music by cabinet makers, poets, world leaders, who ducked, or bucked, their non-musical lives to make music of lasting power. Plus, the flute in consort...

November 29, 2013

podcast

Clipping from a map made around 1685 by Nicolaes Visscher, showing the region of the estuary of the Weser River.

Along The River Weser

A recent release of instrumental music by Thomas Simpson and William Brade performed by the Bremen Weser-Renaissance ensemble.

December 6, 2013

podcast

Portrait of Louis XIV of France by Pierre Mignard (1612-1695).

Music From The Court Of Louis XIV

John Kitchen performs on the 1755 Baillon harpsichord, and Manuel Staropoli plays music by Robert de Visee on flute and various recorders.

December 13, 2013

podcast

Singender Zinkspieler (1623) by Gerard van Honthorst

The Golden Age Of The Cornett

"Of all the wind instruments, the most excellent is the cornett..." - Girolamo dalla Casa.

December 16, 2013

show

feat of st nick

Santa’s Playlist

Here's a sampling from an array of early music recordings – new and old, from performers like the Tallis Scholars, Boston Camerata, The Sixteen, and more.

December 23, 2013

show

fandango

Shall We Dance?

Can you dance a Polonaise? Would you do the Fandango? Music and dance have long been like-minded partners. Join us, as we dance the hour away!

December 30, 2013

show

Vienna

A Musical Tour of Vienna

We’re touring Vienna, with works by Haydn and Beethoven performed on period instruments, instrumental sonatas by Schmelzer and a groundbreaking opera by Gluck.

January 4, 2013

podcast

Title page of Arnolt Schlick's Tabulaturen etlicher lobgesang und lidlein uff die orgeln un lauten (Mainz, 1512)

The First Printed Organ Music

Fritts and Schlick make good partners! Organ music performed by Kimberly Marshall.

January 6, 2013

show

julianne baird

Spotlight On Julianne Baird

We’re shining a spotlight on soprano Julianne Baird. We’ll also hear a modern approach to English renaissance music on a featured release by Joel Frederiksen.

January 7, 2013

show

Graduale Aboense

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1156

Let’s take a quick look back in time. . . to the year 1156, the death of Finland's Saint Henry and France's Peter the Venerable, and the birth a french count.

January 11, 2013

podcast

A vew of Westminster Abbey.

English Drive-By

We’re visiting that very special genre of English choral music with three new CD's

January 18, 2013

podcast

Tempesta di Mare Baroque Orchestra

The Fabulous Mr. Fasch

Tempesta di Mare's third CD in a series of Fasch orchestral works.

January 20, 2013

show

newberry consort

Celestial Sirens

Music from Occitan courts, Italian stages, and the cloisters of Italy and Mexico.

January 21, 2013

show

from The Chantilly Manuscript.

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1350

Let’s take a quick look back in time to the year 1350 and the birth of a Dominican friar, the death of two kings, and the Battle of Winchelsea.

January 25, 2013

podcast

The Attainment: The Vision of the Holy Grail to Sir Galahad, Sir Bors, and Sir Perceval

Percival, Tristan And The Holy Grail

Two recordings of medieval music from Capilla Antigua de Chinchilla.

February 4, 2013

podcast

BWV 29 Choral text

Bach Leipzig Cantatas

Collegium Vocale Gent and Bach Collegium Japan in two new releases of Bach cantatas.

February 8, 2013

podcast

A Music College, from

William Lawes: Harp Consorts And Consorts To The Organ

Music from a composer called the "Father of Musick."

February 10, 2013

show

painting of pygmalion, 1786.

Love’s Guises

We’re exploring the many faces of love. In its various guises, love is tender, desperate, misguided, sweet, jealous, confusing, funny…you name it!

February 11, 2013

show

Mariana's convent window

Harmonia Time Capsule: Mariana Alcoforado

Let’s take a quick look back to 17th-century Portugal and the legend of the famous love-sick nun, Mariana Alcoforado.

February 15, 2013

podcast

Portrait of Christoph Willibald von Gluck (1775)

Racks, Gibbets, Sword And Fire!

Countertenor Iestyn Davies and bass Christopher Purves in two new recordings with the ensemble Arcangelo.

February 17, 2013

show

Felipe III of Spain

Musical Tour Of Madrid

We’re on a musical tour of Madrid, where Roman, Visigothic, Jewish, Moorish and countless other traditions converged. Plus, a featured CD of Armenian music.

February 18, 2013

show

ceres

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1801

Let’s take a quick look back in time to 1801: the discovery of Ceres, the execution of an American murderer, the death of a virtuoso violinist, and more.

February 22, 2013

podcast

Portrait of Johann Christian Bach by Thomas Gainsborough (1776)

Sons Of Bach

Chamber music by two of Bach’s sons: Carl Philipp Emmanuel and Johann Christian.

March 1, 2013

podcast

Orchid blossoms

Les Deux François

Sonatas by François Couperin and music by his student, François Chauvon.

March 8, 2013

podcast

Greek depiction featuring Odysseus with the Sirens, including Parthenope, a siren and mythological founder of Naples.

A Napoli!

Harmonia heads to Italy for a visit to Naples by way of two recent recordings.

March 10, 2013

show

Saint Brigid

Music For Celtic Saints

We’re exploring music for saints associated with the Celtic Isles. Plus, we’ll focus on the harp's use in Renaissance consorts and hear music from Atalante.

March 11, 2013

show

death of wat tyler

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1381

Let’s take a quick look back in time to the year 1381: the Peasants Revolt in England, two 14th c. writers and theologians, and the music of Matteo da Perugia.

March 15, 2013

podcast

Willaert was maestro di capella here for a very long time!

Chansons, Madrigals And Villanelles Of Willaert

Secular music by a composer known mainly for his sacred music and as a teacher of famous composers.

March 22, 2013

podcast

St. Peter's: west facade and interior

Music For Lent And Easter

A journey through the Christian holy season with two recent recordings.

March 24, 2013

show

Adriano Banchieri.

Spotlight On The New York Pro Musica Antiqua, Part 1

We’ll explore the recorder, hear sacred music by Orlando di Lasso, and Wendy Gillespie brings us part one of a New York Pro Musica Antiqua retrospective.

March 25, 2013

show

bay psalm book

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1640

Let’s take a look back in time…to 1640 -- the births of Esther Elizabeth Velkiers and Carolus Hacquart, and the publising of the Bay Psalm Book.

March 29, 2013

podcast

Magdalen College Founders Tower and Cloisters Oxford England

Henry And Honest Dan

Did you know there was another composer in late 17th century England with the surname Purcell, besides Henry?

March 31, 2013

show

tavern songs

Spotlight On The New York Pro Musica Antiqua, Part 2

Join us for some fun with bawdy songs, rounds and catches, and Wendy Gillespie brings us part two of a New York Pro Musica Antiqua retrospective. And more...

April 1, 2013

show

council of constance

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1410

Let’s take a quick look back in time to the year 1410 -- the birth of Ockeghem and the installation of the world's oldest running clock!

April 5, 2013

podcast

Members of Ars Antiqua Austria.

Say, Who? Gregor Joseph Werner

A 2012 Challenge Classics release of Ars Antiqua Austria playing little-known music of composer Joseph Gregor Werner.

April 7, 2013

show

dafne and apollo

Spotlight On The New York Pro Musica Antiqua, Part 3

Wendy Gillespie brings us part 3 of a tribute to the NYPMA. Plus, we'll explore music with words by famous poets and feature a Capella de Ministrers' CD.

April 8, 2013

show

captain kidd

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1645

Let’s take a quick look back in time to the year 1645: pirate William Kidd was born, composer Tobias Hume died, and the first hospital was founded in Montreal.

April 12, 2013

podcast

Church of Nielles-lès-Ardres

Say, Who? Peeter Cornet

Introducing music of another little-known composer, Peeter Cornet, performed by organist Arnaud Van de Cauter.

April 14, 2013

show

L’Homme Arme

Going Green: Early Music Recycled

We’ll hear how composers have reused their own tunes and ideas, and what ideas they’ve borrowed from others. Plus, we’ll hear several instances of contrafacta.

April 15, 2013

show

William Penn

Harmonia Time Capsule: “Greene Countrie Towne” of Philadelphia

Let’s take a quick look back in time to the “Greene Countrie Towne” of Philadelphia.

April 19, 2013

podcast

Girolamo Crescentini, 19th c.

Historically-Informed: Crescentini And Cherubini

Later than we normally go...HIP performances of music by nineteenth-century composers.

April 21, 2013

show

King Alfonso X

Fit For A King

It's music "fit for a king," as powerful rulers do double-duty as composers. We’ll hear music composed by Frederick the Great, Alfonso X, Thibaut I, and more.

April 26, 2013

podcast

The exterior of Thomaskirche

Gregorian Chant From The Thomas Gradual

Two Gregorian Masses from the Thomas Gradual St. Thomas Church, Leipzig, c. 1300

April 26, 2013

show

Early musician and baroque violinist, Julia Wedman

A Conversation With Violinist Julia Wedman

Harmonia's Wendy Gillespie sits down in the studio for a conversation with early music performer, Julia Wedman.

May 3, 2013

podcast

Pegbox of a Stradivari guitar

Robert De Visée Performed On Two Original Instruments

Music of Robert de Visée performed on a guitar made by Antonio Stradivari in 1679, and on a lute made by Lorenz Greiff in 1610.

May 10, 2013

podcast

Bassoon reeds

Vivaldi And The Bassoon

Two new recordings of bassoon concertos by Antonio Vivaldi.

May 12, 2013

show

japanese embassy 1586

From Japan To Europe, And Back Again

We're exploring early music exchanges between Japan and Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. Plus we’ll hear music of the cornetto and Bach Collegium Japan.

May 17, 2013

podcast

Johannes Ockeghem (wearing glasses) together with members of the choir.

Paying Tribute To The Golden Voice Of Johannes Ockeghem

Tributes to Johannes Ockeghem and a new recording by the ensemble Diabolus in Musica, directed by Antoine Guerber.

May 22, 2013

show

Baroque oboe.

A Toast To Two Renaissance Masters

We’re marking the birth of John Dowland and the death of Gesualdo, and we’re saying goodbye to a friend, oboist Washington McClain.

May 24, 2013

podcast

Concerto Caledonia on a break from recording: Greg Lawson, David Greenberg, Alison McGillivray, David McGuinness.

Say Who? Robert ‘Red Rob’ Mackintosh

Music from 18th-century Scotland performed by Concerto Caledonia.

May 31, 2013

podcast

Josquin Capella at Kloster Steinfeld.

Sacred Music Of Jacques Arcadelt

Sacred music of Jacques Arcadelt, a composer who is better known for his madrigals and chansons.

June 2, 2013

show

new york polyphony

New Music, Early Music

Open your mind—as well as your ears—as we listen to music from the distant past alongside related music by living composers.

June 7, 2013

podcast

Cathedral in Girona, view from Montjuïc

Say Who? Tomàs Milans I Godayol

A 2012 Musièpoca recording of religious music of Tomàs Milans i Godayol, performed by the ensemble La Xantria, directed by Pere Lluis Biosca.

June 14, 2013

podcast

Garth Knox.

Garth Knox Saltarello

A 2012 release from EMC records features music that spans nearly a thousand years.

June 21, 2013

podcast

Ranunculus

The Four Seasons: Giovanni Antonio Guido

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons may be the most famous, but they weren’t the only ones composed during the Baroque era.

June 28, 2013

podcast

Amiens Cathedral

Firminus Caron

Masses and chansons by 15th-century French composer Firminus Caron.

July 5, 2013

podcast

The Dunedin Consort in concert.

The Dunedin Consort And Bach’s John Passion

Hear from a new recording that reconstructs Bach's Passion liturgy.

July 12, 2013

podcast

The Cardinall's Musick

The Cardinall’s Musick Sing William Byrd

A 2012 Hyperion CD by The Cardinall’s Musick, offers Byrd's "The Great Service" in addition to four other beloved Byrd songs and a Christmas carol.

July 19, 2013

podcast

East of the River

England And East Of The River

Music by the ensemble East of the River in a CD entitled Levantara, and 17th-century English music in a release called Strike the Viol.

July 26, 2013

podcast

Bach's Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor (BWV 1001)

Bach With A Twist, Part 1

Viol player Susanne Heinrich and lutenist Miguel Rincón perform transcriptions of Bach's Solo Violin Sonatas and Partitas.

August 2, 2013

podcast

Cello

Bach With A Twist, Part 2

Two recordings of the Bach cello suites, each with a completely different approach: Pieter Wispelway and Sigiswald Kuijken perform.

August 16, 2013

podcast

Johann Sebastian Bach (aged 61) in a portrait by Elias Gottlob Haussmann.

Bach With A Twist, Part 3

Part three of our mini-series on the music of JS Bach: this week, Art of Fugue performed by Les Voix Humaines and the Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin.

August 23, 2013

podcast

Memebers of Il Complesso Barocco in concert.

That’s A First!

Two recently released CD’s feature music never before recorded.

August 30, 2013

podcast

The Sixteen

The Sixteen: Monteverdi And Bartlomiej Pekiel

Hear from two new recordings that the The Sixteen released in 2013.

September 3, 2013

show

marais

Teachers And Students

We’re exploring the musical bonds between students and teachers. Plus, we'll hear viol music of Marin Marais on our featured recording.

September 5, 2013

show

News

Early Music In The News

Early Music in the news. Articles from The Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

September 6, 2013

podcast

Portrait of Jean-Marie Leclair by Gravure de F. Lugi d'après Loir, 1741

Leclair And The Violin

Sonatas and concertos for violin by the French baroque composer, Jean-Marie Leclair, performed by violinists Adrian Butterfield and Luis Otavio Santos.

September 10, 2013

show

echo

Echo!

On this episode of Harmonia, we’re listening for echoes! Plus, we’ll explore some curious inventions from composer Biagio Marini in our featured recording.

September 13, 2013

podcast

Title page of a 1604 publication of Dowland's Lachrimae.

John Dowland: 450 Years And Counting

Two new releases of music by John Dowland, a composer whose works are still being performed, admired and enjoyed.

September 16, 2013

show

field of cloth of gold

Field Of Cloth Of Gold

In 1520, kings Henry and Francis met for 17 days of celebration and pomp. We’ll explore the musical side of this meeting. Plus a release by the Boston Camerata.

September 20, 2013

podcast

Detail of

Flute And Lute

Kate Clark, Nigel North and the Attaignant Consort explore the flute as a consort and solo instrument in two new recordings.

September 27, 2013

podcast

Members of Harmonious Blacksmith.

Off The Cuff

Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra and Harmonious Blacksmith explore the essential place of improvisation in early music.

September 30, 2013

show

josquin

Mille Regretz

Josquin des Prez set a text about a thousand regrets to music, and it swept through Europe like a fever! We’ll hear a multitude of settings.

October 4, 2013

podcast

Viola da Gamba made by Richard Meares, c. 1680.

All In A Life’s Work: Marin Marais

Take a tour of Marin Marias' life's work by way of three new recordings.

October 11, 2013

podcast

Portrait of young Joseph Haydn by Ludwig Guttenbrunn, ca. 1770.

Haydn, With Pleasure

Two stellar recordings from the Handel and Haydn Society, and the London Haydn Quartet.

October 18, 2013

podcast

Poet and Jesuit priest, Robert Southwell.

Hear My Cry

Music from 16th century England, alongside contemporary works, and music by lesser known and Portuguese composers.

October 25, 2013

podcast

Title page of Obras de música para tecla, arpa y vihuela (Madrid, 1578).

Antonio de Cabezón: Obras de Música

Music by Antonio de Cabezón from a 16th century collection called Obras de Música.

October 28, 2013

show

plague victims

Ring Around The Rosie

We’re exploring the Black Death and its influence in the lives of composers from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and beyond.

November 1, 2013

podcast

Central Stara planina, between Panitzite and hut

Balkan Spirit

Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI join with musicians from the Balkan region for a collective musical venture.

November 4, 2013

show

bass viol

Music For Bass Instruments

We’re spending time with composers who played and wrote for bass instruments, and we’ll explore music for three violins and hear chant from the Thomas Gradual.

November 8, 2013

podcast

The Bagpiper, by Hendrick ter Brugghen (17th Century, Netherlands).

Nine Notes That Shook The World

An album from Ron McFarlane and Mindy Rosenfeld spanning a wide cross section of styles both “folk and fyne.”

November 15, 2013

podcast

The Cardinall’s Musick Vocal Ensemble

The Cardinall’s Musick Sing Tallis And Byrd

Two recent recordings from The Cardinall’s Musick continue an exploration of the 16th century English choral tradition.

November 17, 2013

show

saint cecilia

Thanks And Praise

Gratitude is a theme often explored in early music, and we’ll hear expressions of thanks from a variety of sources on this edition of Harmonia.

November 22, 2013

podcast

Cipriano de Rore; detail of a miniature in the Munich State Library by Hans Müelich.

The Brabant Ensemble Sings Cipriano De Rore

Masses and motets by the 16th century composer Cipriano de Rore.

November 24, 2013

show

day job: blacksmith

Quit Your Day Job!

Music by cabinet makers, poets, world leaders, who ducked, or bucked, their non-musical lives to make music of lasting power. Plus, the flute in consort...

November 29, 2013

podcast

Clipping from a map made around 1685 by Nicolaes Visscher, showing the region of the estuary of the Weser River.

Along The River Weser

A recent release of instrumental music by Thomas Simpson and William Brade performed by the Bremen Weser-Renaissance ensemble.

December 6, 2013

podcast

Portrait of Louis XIV of France by Pierre Mignard (1612-1695).

Music From The Court Of Louis XIV

John Kitchen performs on the 1755 Baillon harpsichord, and Manuel Staropoli plays music by Robert de Visee on flute and various recorders.

December 13, 2013

podcast

Singender Zinkspieler (1623) by Gerard van Honthorst

The Golden Age Of The Cornett

"Of all the wind instruments, the most excellent is the cornett..." - Girolamo dalla Casa.

December 16, 2013

show

feat of st nick

Santa’s Playlist

Here's a sampling from an array of early music recordings – new and old, from performers like the Tallis Scholars, Boston Camerata, The Sixteen, and more.

December 23, 2013

show

fandango

Shall We Dance?

Can you dance a Polonaise? Would you do the Fandango? Music and dance have long been like-minded partners. Join us, as we dance the hour away!

December 30, 2013

show

Vienna

A Musical Tour of Vienna

We’re touring Vienna, with works by Haydn and Beethoven performed on period instruments, instrumental sonatas by Schmelzer and a groundbreaking opera by Gluck.

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