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Archive for 2014

January 3, 2014

podcast

Brothel by Joachim Beuckelaer (1562)

Wandering Down Grope Lane

Music of brothels and bawdy houses of Purcell's England, performed by The City Waites.

January 10, 2014

podcast

The Bologna Mozart copied in 1777 in Salzburg by an unknown painter from a lost original.

Mozart’s Requiem A La Levin

Mozart’s Requiem exists only as fragments—its completion attended to posthumously by many others.

January 13, 2014

show

Alison Melville

My Tunes: Alison Melville

We asked musician Alison Melville: "What are you listening to right now?" Also, music by Diomedes Cato, and a CD from The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado.

January 24, 2014

podcast

Trefoil

A Medieval Bouquet

Trefoil performs music centering on the symbolism of flowers in the music and poetry of the Middle Ages.

January 31, 2014

podcast

Daniel Stepner

Bach And The Violin, Part 1

The first of a three-part series featuring music that Bach wrote for the violin.

February 7, 2014

podcast

Catherine Manson.

Bach And The Violin, Part 2

A continuation of a three-part series featuring music that Bach wrote for the violin. Ton Koopman and Catherine Manson perform.

February 14, 2014

podcast

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.

Bach And The Violin, Part 3

The last in a series featuring music Bach wrote for the violin.The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra performs concertos for one, two and three violins.

February 21, 2014

podcast

The frontispiece to the first volume of Kircher's Musurgia Universalis, engraved by Baronius of Rome and colored by an unknown artist.

This Is Fantastic!

Two fantastic ensembles playing some fantastic music in the fantastic style.

February 28, 2014

podcast

Blue Heron.

Blue Heron and the Peterhouse Partbooks

Music from an important source of English music from the era of Henry VIII.

March 3, 2014

show

Musica Antiqua Köln LP

Reinhard Goebel and Musica Antiqua Köln

We’re celebrating the achievements of Reinhard Goebel, founder of Musica Antiqua Köln. Plus, more about 17th-c. theorist A. Kircher and a CD by Quire Cleveland.

March 7, 2014

podcast

Viola da gamba.

Say Who? David Funck

This week we revisit our "Say Who" series with music by the little known composer, David Funck.

March 14, 2014

podcast

Henry Purcell.

Musick For A While

Three recordings and three versions of Purcell’s "Musick for a While."

March 21, 2014

podcast

Arcangelo.

Love And Loss

Love and loss are "yin and yang…" the heads and tails of a coin...the inevitability of one fed by the other.

March 23, 2014

show

josquin manuscript

A Case Of Mistaken Identity

We’re exploring cases of mistaken identity and musical misattribution. Plus, we’ll hear medieval music performed by the ensemble Trefoil.

March 28, 2014

podcast

An early printing of Luther's hymn:

Telemann, Bach, And Luther

Two recordings of music from the Lutheran tradition composed by Bach and Telemann.

April 4, 2014

podcast

Ensemble Villancico in concert.

¡Tambalagumbá!

Early World Music in Latin America: a recording about the convergence of cultures.

April 6, 2014

show

organ bellows

Cranky Organists

Music by some “cranky” organists from Restoration England! Plus, we continue our look at theorist Athanasius Kircher and feature a recent CD by Chatham Baroque.

April 11, 2014

podcast

Pietro Perugino's depiction of Mary at the Cross, 1482.

Scenes From The Gospels And Music For Passiontide

Two recordings paint a picture through music of the life and Passion of Christ.

April 13, 2014

show

The Tailor

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

"Tinker, Tailor, / Soldier, Sailor, / Rich Man, Poor Man, / Beggar Man, Thief..."

April 18, 2014

podcast

 The

The French And English Suites

Bach's French and English Suites performed by Colin Tilney on clavichord and Richard Egarr on harpsichord.

April 25, 2014

podcast

Violin.

Unaccompanied

May 2, 2014

podcast

Alphabet

ACRONYM Knows Their ABC’s

The ACRONYM ensemble plays the Alphabet Sonatas by Johann Christoph Pezel.

May 5, 2014

show

spring crocus

All In A Garden Green

We’re celebrating gardens and harvesting musical blooms from across the centuries—flowers and fruit and everything green.

May 9, 2014

show

Title page of autograph

The Mozart-Bach Connection

Christophe Rousset plays Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier Book II, and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin plays related works by Mozart and his contemporaries.

May 12, 2014

show

battle of agincourt

And One Was A Soldier

We’re heading into battle this hour, for a sampling of music by, for, or about soldiers.

May 16, 2014

podcast

Music Director Jeanne Lamon & 1981 portrait

Onward And Upward

Kudos to Jeanne Lamon for over three decades with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra!

May 19, 2014

show

16th-century funeral procession

Elegies

For many composers grappling with the death of a colleague or patron, the best memorial proved to be...music. We’ll hear a selection of musical memorials.

May 23, 2014

podcast

J. N. Hummel by Möller, ca. 1814.

Hummel And The Fortepiano

We’re headed into the 19th century with Hummel piano concertos, recorded for the first time on period instruments by Solamente Naturali.

May 30, 2014

podcast

Constance, Germany ca. 1895

A Visit To Constance

We're dropping in on the historic Council of Constance with a recording from Capella de la Torre and music that might have been heard there in the 15th c.

June 2, 2014

show

broken heart

Tainted Love

Love’s gone bad this hour on Harmonia, as we explore music by—and for—the brokenhearted.

June 6, 2014

podcast

La Rosmira fedele, or Partenope. In the composer's hand.

Barqouevolution

Roberta Invernizzi and Filippo Mineccia sing music from the Baroque era in Italy.

June 13, 2014

podcast

Arcangelo Corelli

All In A Life’s Work: Arcangelo Corelli

Arcangelo Corelli’s life's work performed by the Avison Ensemble.

June 20, 2014

podcast

Lodewijk Theeuwes: Claviorganum (London 1579).

A Claviorga-whaa??

Hear an instrument that may be "new to you!"

June 23, 2014

show

catherine the great

Call Me Cate

This hour, we'll hear music by, for and about various "Catherines," shine a spotlight on Catherine Mackintosh, and feature a CD by the ensemble La Reverdie.

June 27, 2014

podcast

Ensemble Labyrinthus.

Ensemble Labyrinthus

Latin conductus and rondelli from 12th-14th century Swiss monasteries and libraries.

June 30, 2014

show

henry purcell

One Is The Loveliest Number

We're exploring paeans to solitude, songs of unrequited love—even a sumptuous soundscape sprung from a single note.

July 4, 2014

podcast

Ferrandini's signature.

Ferrandini (AKA Handel)

Music by a composer whose music you may have heard, but whose name you might not know.

July 14, 2014

podcast

Hercules carrying the celestial sphere.  Italian detail.

They Might Be Giants

Looking back at the giants and geniuses of music history through the medium of the string quartet: Palestrina, Lasso, Castello, Bach, Mozart, Pleyel and more.

July 18, 2014

podcast

Saint Luke as a painter, before Christ on the Cross.

The Ear Of Zurbarán

"Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings..."

August 1, 2014

podcast

La bailarina de flamenco (1892).

Spanish Baroque Meets Flamenco!

So what exactly is Flamenco? Where did it come from, and especially, what are its musical origins?

August 8, 2014

podcast

Court of Love in Provence in the Fourteenth Century.(Manuscript of the National Library of Paris)

Occitan Nights

A 2014 Ricercar release from Ensemble Céladon led by Paulin Bündgen presents music of the Troubadours.

August 11, 2014

show

Bishops debating with the pope at the Council of Constance.

Birthday Boys

Music from the Council of Contance convened 600 years ago, plus a celebration of the 300th birth anniversaries of three composers born in 1714.

August 15, 2014

podcast

Portrait of Oswald von Wolkenstein in the Innsbruck manuscript of 1432.

The Cosmopolitan: Oswald Von Wolkenstein

He wore many hats. Besides his activities as a poet-musician minnesinger, Oswald was also a politician, a diplomat...even a mercenary!

August 22, 2014

podcast

Rubens-Venus at a Mirror c.1615

The Triumph Of Time And Truth

"Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?"

August 29, 2014

podcast

Barocksolisten München (Munich Baroque Soloists).

Munich Baroque Soloists

The Munich Baroque Soloists play familiar and not-so-familiar music. Revisit Vivaldi favorites and get to know Johann Zach.

September 5, 2014

podcast

Freiberg Cathedral seen from the Untermarkt

Angel Instruments

Recreating the sounds of the Renaissance with the Freiberg Cathedral Angel Instruments of 1594.

September 12, 2014

podcast

Portrait of Rameau by Carmontelle, 1760

Rameau For Two

What’s better than one harpsichord? Two, of course!

September 22, 2014

podcast

Members of the Norwegian Baroque Orchestra.

Team Berlin

Father and son together on one recording from the Norwegian Baroque Orchestra: music by Johan Daniel and Johan Heinrich Berlin.

September 25, 2014

show

orpheus with lyre

Musica

We're listening to music about music on this edition of Harmonia!

September 26, 2014

podcast

Helsinki Baroque Orchestra.

Joseph Martin Kraus

Kraus’s writing is lyrical and singable..."Earworms" are guaranteed!

October 2, 2014

show

laughing fool

Laughter And Tears

Laughter and tears: two of the most human forms of expression. This week on Harmonia, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll sample a recording by John Holloway.

October 3, 2014

podcast

Romina Basso.

Lamento

"Ah, let me die! I shall shed blood from my neck, but not tears from my eyes."

October 10, 2014

podcast

Photograph of Frontispiece – The Seasons by James Thomson. Published by Alexander Donaldson.

Smith’s Seasons

Toss your flip-flops in the back of the closet and dig out your favorite fuzzy sweater...summer has passed, autumn is here and winter is on the way.

October 17, 2014

podcast

Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam,18th century.

Music Of The Sephardim

Sephardic Music performed by Yaniv d'Or with Ensemble Naya, and the Apollo Ensemble.

October 24, 2014

podcast

The cellist Martin Bertaud red chalk.

Cello And Viola Da Gamba: Schenck, Berteau And Bach

Lixsania Fernandez and Johannes Schenck, Christophe Coin and Martin Berteau, Shirley Hunt and J.S. Bach.

October 31, 2014

podcast

Title page of Francesco Manfredini's Sinfonie da chiesa, Op.2.

Father And Son Manfredini

Like father, like son—music seemed to run in the family for the Manfredini’s.

November 7, 2014

podcast

Tangermünd, 17th century engraving by Matthäus Merian.

Father and Son Praetorius

Works by father and son composers Hieronymus and Jacob Praetorius performed on the historical Scherer organ.

November 14, 2014

podcast

Georg Philipp Telemann. Engraving by Georg Lichtensteger, c. 1745.

Giacoso! A Flair For The Playful

L’accademia Giocosa perform works by Telemann that represent the composers' versatility and the three-dimensionality of his imagination.

November 21, 2014

podcast

'Le Champion des Dames' by Martin le Franc (1410-61) 1440 (vellum)

Masses For 1453

Cantica Symphonia perform two of Dufay’s most influential polyphonic works: 'Missa Se la face ay pale and Missa L’homme arme.

November 28, 2014

podcast

Walter Crane, Pégase. Illustration de la fin du XIXe siècle

Merula, Opus 11

A world premiere of Tarquinio Merula’s complete op. 11, collected in one recording.

November 30, 2014

show

infusion baroque

2014 EMA Baroque Competition Finalists

Five ensembles performed in Early Music America's 2014 Baroque Performance Competition. We’ll hear from the finalists, including the winner, Infusion Baroque!

December 12, 2014

podcast

A page from the manuscript held in the British Library (Royal 8 G.vii) from a choirbook made for King Henry VIII of England (1509-1547).

The Spy’s Choirbook

Petrus Alamire, in addition to his musical endeavors, may have acted as a political spy for Henry the VIII.

December 18, 2014

show

Frans Brüggen

Remembering Frans Brüggen

Let's celebrate the life of early-music pioneer Frans Brüggen, who passed away in 2014. We'll also mark the 250th anniversary of Rameau's death.

December 19, 2014

podcast

Harpsichord detail, Christian Zell, MDMB 418, Museu de la Música de Barcelona

Bach for Two

Bach sonatas, concertos, and even an orchestral suite arranged for two harpsichords. Emer Buckley, Jochewed Schwarz, and Masaki and Masato Suzuki perform.

December 22, 2014

show

baroque christmas in the new world

A Baroque Christmas In The New World

We’ll hear villancicos, motets and so much more—all marking some part of the story of Christmas.

January 3, 2014

podcast

Brothel by Joachim Beuckelaer (1562)

Wandering Down Grope Lane

Music of brothels and bawdy houses of Purcell's England, performed by The City Waites.

January 10, 2014

podcast

The Bologna Mozart copied in 1777 in Salzburg by an unknown painter from a lost original.

Mozart’s Requiem A La Levin

Mozart’s Requiem exists only as fragments—its completion attended to posthumously by many others.

January 13, 2014

show

Alison Melville

My Tunes: Alison Melville

We asked musician Alison Melville: "What are you listening to right now?" Also, music by Diomedes Cato, and a CD from The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado.

January 24, 2014

podcast

Trefoil

A Medieval Bouquet

Trefoil performs music centering on the symbolism of flowers in the music and poetry of the Middle Ages.

January 31, 2014

podcast

Daniel Stepner

Bach And The Violin, Part 1

The first of a three-part series featuring music that Bach wrote for the violin.

February 7, 2014

podcast

Catherine Manson.

Bach And The Violin, Part 2

A continuation of a three-part series featuring music that Bach wrote for the violin. Ton Koopman and Catherine Manson perform.

February 14, 2014

podcast

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.

Bach And The Violin, Part 3

The last in a series featuring music Bach wrote for the violin.The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra performs concertos for one, two and three violins.

February 21, 2014

podcast

The frontispiece to the first volume of Kircher's Musurgia Universalis, engraved by Baronius of Rome and colored by an unknown artist.

This Is Fantastic!

Two fantastic ensembles playing some fantastic music in the fantastic style.

February 28, 2014

podcast

Blue Heron.

Blue Heron and the Peterhouse Partbooks

Music from an important source of English music from the era of Henry VIII.

March 3, 2014

show

Musica Antiqua Köln LP

Reinhard Goebel and Musica Antiqua Köln

We’re celebrating the achievements of Reinhard Goebel, founder of Musica Antiqua Köln. Plus, more about 17th-c. theorist A. Kircher and a CD by Quire Cleveland.

March 7, 2014

podcast

Viola da gamba.

Say Who? David Funck

This week we revisit our "Say Who" series with music by the little known composer, David Funck.

March 14, 2014

podcast

Henry Purcell.

Musick For A While

Three recordings and three versions of Purcell’s "Musick for a While."

March 21, 2014

podcast

Arcangelo.

Love And Loss

Love and loss are "yin and yang…" the heads and tails of a coin...the inevitability of one fed by the other.

March 23, 2014

show

josquin manuscript

A Case Of Mistaken Identity

We’re exploring cases of mistaken identity and musical misattribution. Plus, we’ll hear medieval music performed by the ensemble Trefoil.

March 28, 2014

podcast

An early printing of Luther's hymn:

Telemann, Bach, And Luther

Two recordings of music from the Lutheran tradition composed by Bach and Telemann.

April 4, 2014

podcast

Ensemble Villancico in concert.

¡Tambalagumbá!

Early World Music in Latin America: a recording about the convergence of cultures.

April 6, 2014

show

organ bellows

Cranky Organists

Music by some “cranky” organists from Restoration England! Plus, we continue our look at theorist Athanasius Kircher and feature a recent CD by Chatham Baroque.

April 11, 2014

podcast

Pietro Perugino's depiction of Mary at the Cross, 1482.

Scenes From The Gospels And Music For Passiontide

Two recordings paint a picture through music of the life and Passion of Christ.

April 13, 2014

show

The Tailor

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

"Tinker, Tailor, / Soldier, Sailor, / Rich Man, Poor Man, / Beggar Man, Thief..."

April 18, 2014

podcast

 The

The French And English Suites

Bach's French and English Suites performed by Colin Tilney on clavichord and Richard Egarr on harpsichord.

April 25, 2014

podcast

Violin.

Unaccompanied

May 2, 2014

podcast

Alphabet

ACRONYM Knows Their ABC’s

The ACRONYM ensemble plays the Alphabet Sonatas by Johann Christoph Pezel.

May 5, 2014

show

spring crocus

All In A Garden Green

We’re celebrating gardens and harvesting musical blooms from across the centuries—flowers and fruit and everything green.

May 9, 2014

show

Title page of autograph

The Mozart-Bach Connection

Christophe Rousset plays Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier Book II, and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin plays related works by Mozart and his contemporaries.

May 12, 2014

show

battle of agincourt

And One Was A Soldier

We’re heading into battle this hour, for a sampling of music by, for, or about soldiers.

May 16, 2014

podcast

Music Director Jeanne Lamon & 1981 portrait

Onward And Upward

Kudos to Jeanne Lamon for over three decades with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra!

May 19, 2014

show

16th-century funeral procession

Elegies

For many composers grappling with the death of a colleague or patron, the best memorial proved to be...music. We’ll hear a selection of musical memorials.

May 23, 2014

podcast

J. N. Hummel by Möller, ca. 1814.

Hummel And The Fortepiano

We’re headed into the 19th century with Hummel piano concertos, recorded for the first time on period instruments by Solamente Naturali.

May 30, 2014

podcast

Constance, Germany ca. 1895

A Visit To Constance

We're dropping in on the historic Council of Constance with a recording from Capella de la Torre and music that might have been heard there in the 15th c.

June 2, 2014

show

broken heart

Tainted Love

Love’s gone bad this hour on Harmonia, as we explore music by—and for—the brokenhearted.

June 6, 2014

podcast

La Rosmira fedele, or Partenope. In the composer's hand.

Barqouevolution

Roberta Invernizzi and Filippo Mineccia sing music from the Baroque era in Italy.

June 13, 2014

podcast

Arcangelo Corelli

All In A Life’s Work: Arcangelo Corelli

Arcangelo Corelli’s life's work performed by the Avison Ensemble.

June 20, 2014

podcast

Lodewijk Theeuwes: Claviorganum (London 1579).

A Claviorga-whaa??

Hear an instrument that may be "new to you!"

June 23, 2014

show

catherine the great

Call Me Cate

This hour, we'll hear music by, for and about various "Catherines," shine a spotlight on Catherine Mackintosh, and feature a CD by the ensemble La Reverdie.

June 27, 2014

podcast

Ensemble Labyrinthus.

Ensemble Labyrinthus

Latin conductus and rondelli from 12th-14th century Swiss monasteries and libraries.

June 30, 2014

show

henry purcell

One Is The Loveliest Number

We're exploring paeans to solitude, songs of unrequited love—even a sumptuous soundscape sprung from a single note.

July 4, 2014

podcast

Ferrandini's signature.

Ferrandini (AKA Handel)

Music by a composer whose music you may have heard, but whose name you might not know.

July 14, 2014

podcast

Hercules carrying the celestial sphere.  Italian detail.

They Might Be Giants

Looking back at the giants and geniuses of music history through the medium of the string quartet: Palestrina, Lasso, Castello, Bach, Mozart, Pleyel and more.

July 18, 2014

podcast

Saint Luke as a painter, before Christ on the Cross.

The Ear Of Zurbarán

"Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings..."

August 1, 2014

podcast

La bailarina de flamenco (1892).

Spanish Baroque Meets Flamenco!

So what exactly is Flamenco? Where did it come from, and especially, what are its musical origins?

August 8, 2014

podcast

Court of Love in Provence in the Fourteenth Century.(Manuscript of the National Library of Paris)

Occitan Nights

A 2014 Ricercar release from Ensemble Céladon led by Paulin Bündgen presents music of the Troubadours.

August 11, 2014

show

Bishops debating with the pope at the Council of Constance.

Birthday Boys

Music from the Council of Contance convened 600 years ago, plus a celebration of the 300th birth anniversaries of three composers born in 1714.

August 15, 2014

podcast

Portrait of Oswald von Wolkenstein in the Innsbruck manuscript of 1432.

The Cosmopolitan: Oswald Von Wolkenstein

He wore many hats. Besides his activities as a poet-musician minnesinger, Oswald was also a politician, a diplomat...even a mercenary!

August 22, 2014

podcast

Rubens-Venus at a Mirror c.1615

The Triumph Of Time And Truth

"Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?"

August 29, 2014

podcast

Barocksolisten München (Munich Baroque Soloists).

Munich Baroque Soloists

The Munich Baroque Soloists play familiar and not-so-familiar music. Revisit Vivaldi favorites and get to know Johann Zach.

September 5, 2014

podcast

Freiberg Cathedral seen from the Untermarkt

Angel Instruments

Recreating the sounds of the Renaissance with the Freiberg Cathedral Angel Instruments of 1594.

September 12, 2014

podcast

Portrait of Rameau by Carmontelle, 1760

Rameau For Two

What’s better than one harpsichord? Two, of course!

September 22, 2014

podcast

Members of the Norwegian Baroque Orchestra.

Team Berlin

Father and son together on one recording from the Norwegian Baroque Orchestra: music by Johan Daniel and Johan Heinrich Berlin.

September 25, 2014

show

orpheus with lyre

Musica

We're listening to music about music on this edition of Harmonia!

September 26, 2014

podcast

Helsinki Baroque Orchestra.

Joseph Martin Kraus

Kraus’s writing is lyrical and singable..."Earworms" are guaranteed!

October 2, 2014

show

laughing fool

Laughter And Tears

Laughter and tears: two of the most human forms of expression. This week on Harmonia, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll sample a recording by John Holloway.

October 3, 2014

podcast

Romina Basso.

Lamento

"Ah, let me die! I shall shed blood from my neck, but not tears from my eyes."

October 10, 2014

podcast

Photograph of Frontispiece – The Seasons by James Thomson. Published by Alexander Donaldson.

Smith’s Seasons

Toss your flip-flops in the back of the closet and dig out your favorite fuzzy sweater...summer has passed, autumn is here and winter is on the way.

October 17, 2014

podcast

Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam,18th century.

Music Of The Sephardim

Sephardic Music performed by Yaniv d'Or with Ensemble Naya, and the Apollo Ensemble.

October 24, 2014

podcast

The cellist Martin Bertaud red chalk.

Cello And Viola Da Gamba: Schenck, Berteau And Bach

Lixsania Fernandez and Johannes Schenck, Christophe Coin and Martin Berteau, Shirley Hunt and J.S. Bach.

October 31, 2014

podcast

Title page of Francesco Manfredini's Sinfonie da chiesa, Op.2.

Father And Son Manfredini

Like father, like son—music seemed to run in the family for the Manfredini’s.

November 7, 2014

podcast

Tangermünd, 17th century engraving by Matthäus Merian.

Father and Son Praetorius

Works by father and son composers Hieronymus and Jacob Praetorius performed on the historical Scherer organ.

November 14, 2014

podcast

Georg Philipp Telemann. Engraving by Georg Lichtensteger, c. 1745.

Giacoso! A Flair For The Playful

L’accademia Giocosa perform works by Telemann that represent the composers' versatility and the three-dimensionality of his imagination.

November 21, 2014

podcast

'Le Champion des Dames' by Martin le Franc (1410-61) 1440 (vellum)

Masses For 1453

Cantica Symphonia perform two of Dufay’s most influential polyphonic works: 'Missa Se la face ay pale and Missa L’homme arme.

November 28, 2014

podcast

Walter Crane, Pégase. Illustration de la fin du XIXe siècle

Merula, Opus 11

A world premiere of Tarquinio Merula’s complete op. 11, collected in one recording.

November 30, 2014

show

infusion baroque

2014 EMA Baroque Competition Finalists

Five ensembles performed in Early Music America's 2014 Baroque Performance Competition. We’ll hear from the finalists, including the winner, Infusion Baroque!

December 12, 2014

podcast

A page from the manuscript held in the British Library (Royal 8 G.vii) from a choirbook made for King Henry VIII of England (1509-1547).

The Spy’s Choirbook

Petrus Alamire, in addition to his musical endeavors, may have acted as a political spy for Henry the VIII.

December 18, 2014

show

Frans Brüggen

Remembering Frans Brüggen

Let's celebrate the life of early-music pioneer Frans Brüggen, who passed away in 2014. We'll also mark the 250th anniversary of Rameau's death.

December 19, 2014

podcast

Harpsichord detail, Christian Zell, MDMB 418, Museu de la Música de Barcelona

Bach for Two

Bach sonatas, concertos, and even an orchestral suite arranged for two harpsichords. Emer Buckley, Jochewed Schwarz, and Masaki and Masato Suzuki perform.

December 22, 2014

show

baroque christmas in the new world

A Baroque Christmas In The New World

We’ll hear villancicos, motets and so much more—all marking some part of the story of Christmas.

January 3, 2014

podcast

Brothel by Joachim Beuckelaer (1562)

Wandering Down Grope Lane

Music of brothels and bawdy houses of Purcell's England, performed by The City Waites.

January 10, 2014

podcast

The Bologna Mozart copied in 1777 in Salzburg by an unknown painter from a lost original.

Mozart’s Requiem A La Levin

Mozart’s Requiem exists only as fragments—its completion attended to posthumously by many others.

January 13, 2014

show

Alison Melville

My Tunes: Alison Melville

We asked musician Alison Melville: "What are you listening to right now?" Also, music by Diomedes Cato, and a CD from The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado.

January 24, 2014

podcast

Trefoil

A Medieval Bouquet

Trefoil performs music centering on the symbolism of flowers in the music and poetry of the Middle Ages.

January 31, 2014

podcast

Daniel Stepner

Bach And The Violin, Part 1

The first of a three-part series featuring music that Bach wrote for the violin.

February 7, 2014

podcast

Catherine Manson.

Bach And The Violin, Part 2

A continuation of a three-part series featuring music that Bach wrote for the violin. Ton Koopman and Catherine Manson perform.

February 14, 2014

podcast

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.

Bach And The Violin, Part 3

The last in a series featuring music Bach wrote for the violin.The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra performs concertos for one, two and three violins.

February 21, 2014

podcast

The frontispiece to the first volume of Kircher's Musurgia Universalis, engraved by Baronius of Rome and colored by an unknown artist.

This Is Fantastic!

Two fantastic ensembles playing some fantastic music in the fantastic style.

February 28, 2014

podcast

Blue Heron.

Blue Heron and the Peterhouse Partbooks

Music from an important source of English music from the era of Henry VIII.

March 3, 2014

show

Musica Antiqua Köln LP

Reinhard Goebel and Musica Antiqua Köln

We’re celebrating the achievements of Reinhard Goebel, founder of Musica Antiqua Köln. Plus, more about 17th-c. theorist A. Kircher and a CD by Quire Cleveland.

March 7, 2014

podcast

Viola da gamba.

Say Who? David Funck

This week we revisit our "Say Who" series with music by the little known composer, David Funck.

March 14, 2014

podcast

Henry Purcell.

Musick For A While

Three recordings and three versions of Purcell’s "Musick for a While."

March 21, 2014

podcast

Arcangelo.

Love And Loss

Love and loss are "yin and yang…" the heads and tails of a coin...the inevitability of one fed by the other.

March 23, 2014

show

josquin manuscript

A Case Of Mistaken Identity

We’re exploring cases of mistaken identity and musical misattribution. Plus, we’ll hear medieval music performed by the ensemble Trefoil.

March 28, 2014

podcast

An early printing of Luther's hymn:

Telemann, Bach, And Luther

Two recordings of music from the Lutheran tradition composed by Bach and Telemann.

April 4, 2014

podcast

Ensemble Villancico in concert.

¡Tambalagumbá!

Early World Music in Latin America: a recording about the convergence of cultures.

April 6, 2014

show

organ bellows

Cranky Organists

Music by some “cranky” organists from Restoration England! Plus, we continue our look at theorist Athanasius Kircher and feature a recent CD by Chatham Baroque.

April 11, 2014

podcast

Pietro Perugino's depiction of Mary at the Cross, 1482.

Scenes From The Gospels And Music For Passiontide

Two recordings paint a picture through music of the life and Passion of Christ.

April 13, 2014

show

The Tailor

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

"Tinker, Tailor, / Soldier, Sailor, / Rich Man, Poor Man, / Beggar Man, Thief..."

April 18, 2014

podcast

 The

The French And English Suites

Bach's French and English Suites performed by Colin Tilney on clavichord and Richard Egarr on harpsichord.

April 25, 2014

podcast

Violin.

Unaccompanied

May 2, 2014

podcast

Alphabet

ACRONYM Knows Their ABC’s

The ACRONYM ensemble plays the Alphabet Sonatas by Johann Christoph Pezel.

May 5, 2014

show

spring crocus

All In A Garden Green

We’re celebrating gardens and harvesting musical blooms from across the centuries—flowers and fruit and everything green.

May 9, 2014

show

Title page of autograph

The Mozart-Bach Connection

Christophe Rousset plays Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier Book II, and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin plays related works by Mozart and his contemporaries.

May 12, 2014

show

battle of agincourt

And One Was A Soldier

We’re heading into battle this hour, for a sampling of music by, for, or about soldiers.

May 16, 2014

podcast

Music Director Jeanne Lamon & 1981 portrait

Onward And Upward

Kudos to Jeanne Lamon for over three decades with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra!

May 19, 2014

show

16th-century funeral procession

Elegies

For many composers grappling with the death of a colleague or patron, the best memorial proved to be...music. We’ll hear a selection of musical memorials.

May 23, 2014

podcast

J. N. Hummel by Möller, ca. 1814.

Hummel And The Fortepiano

We’re headed into the 19th century with Hummel piano concertos, recorded for the first time on period instruments by Solamente Naturali.

May 30, 2014

podcast

Constance, Germany ca. 1895

A Visit To Constance

We're dropping in on the historic Council of Constance with a recording from Capella de la Torre and music that might have been heard there in the 15th c.

June 2, 2014

show

broken heart

Tainted Love

Love’s gone bad this hour on Harmonia, as we explore music by—and for—the brokenhearted.

June 6, 2014

podcast

La Rosmira fedele, or Partenope. In the composer's hand.

Barqouevolution

Roberta Invernizzi and Filippo Mineccia sing music from the Baroque era in Italy.

June 13, 2014

podcast

Arcangelo Corelli

All In A Life’s Work: Arcangelo Corelli

Arcangelo Corelli’s life's work performed by the Avison Ensemble.

June 20, 2014

podcast

Lodewijk Theeuwes: Claviorganum (London 1579).

A Claviorga-whaa??

Hear an instrument that may be "new to you!"

June 23, 2014

show

catherine the great

Call Me Cate

This hour, we'll hear music by, for and about various "Catherines," shine a spotlight on Catherine Mackintosh, and feature a CD by the ensemble La Reverdie.

June 27, 2014

podcast

Ensemble Labyrinthus.

Ensemble Labyrinthus

Latin conductus and rondelli from 12th-14th century Swiss monasteries and libraries.

June 30, 2014

show

henry purcell

One Is The Loveliest Number

We're exploring paeans to solitude, songs of unrequited love—even a sumptuous soundscape sprung from a single note.

July 4, 2014

podcast

Ferrandini's signature.

Ferrandini (AKA Handel)

Music by a composer whose music you may have heard, but whose name you might not know.

July 14, 2014

podcast

Hercules carrying the celestial sphere.  Italian detail.

They Might Be Giants

Looking back at the giants and geniuses of music history through the medium of the string quartet: Palestrina, Lasso, Castello, Bach, Mozart, Pleyel and more.

July 18, 2014

podcast

Saint Luke as a painter, before Christ on the Cross.

The Ear Of Zurbarán

"Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings..."

August 1, 2014

podcast

La bailarina de flamenco (1892).

Spanish Baroque Meets Flamenco!

So what exactly is Flamenco? Where did it come from, and especially, what are its musical origins?

August 8, 2014

podcast

Court of Love in Provence in the Fourteenth Century.(Manuscript of the National Library of Paris)

Occitan Nights

A 2014 Ricercar release from Ensemble Céladon led by Paulin Bündgen presents music of the Troubadours.

August 11, 2014

show

Bishops debating with the pope at the Council of Constance.

Birthday Boys

Music from the Council of Contance convened 600 years ago, plus a celebration of the 300th birth anniversaries of three composers born in 1714.

August 15, 2014

podcast

Portrait of Oswald von Wolkenstein in the Innsbruck manuscript of 1432.

The Cosmopolitan: Oswald Von Wolkenstein

He wore many hats. Besides his activities as a poet-musician minnesinger, Oswald was also a politician, a diplomat...even a mercenary!

August 22, 2014

podcast

Rubens-Venus at a Mirror c.1615

The Triumph Of Time And Truth

"Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?"

August 29, 2014

podcast

Barocksolisten München (Munich Baroque Soloists).

Munich Baroque Soloists

The Munich Baroque Soloists play familiar and not-so-familiar music. Revisit Vivaldi favorites and get to know Johann Zach.

September 5, 2014

podcast

Freiberg Cathedral seen from the Untermarkt

Angel Instruments

Recreating the sounds of the Renaissance with the Freiberg Cathedral Angel Instruments of 1594.

September 12, 2014

podcast

Portrait of Rameau by Carmontelle, 1760

Rameau For Two

What’s better than one harpsichord? Two, of course!

September 22, 2014

podcast

Members of the Norwegian Baroque Orchestra.

Team Berlin

Father and son together on one recording from the Norwegian Baroque Orchestra: music by Johan Daniel and Johan Heinrich Berlin.

September 25, 2014

show

orpheus with lyre

Musica

We're listening to music about music on this edition of Harmonia!

September 26, 2014

podcast

Helsinki Baroque Orchestra.

Joseph Martin Kraus

Kraus’s writing is lyrical and singable..."Earworms" are guaranteed!

October 2, 2014

show

laughing fool

Laughter And Tears

Laughter and tears: two of the most human forms of expression. This week on Harmonia, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll sample a recording by John Holloway.

October 3, 2014

podcast

Romina Basso.

Lamento

"Ah, let me die! I shall shed blood from my neck, but not tears from my eyes."

October 10, 2014

podcast

Photograph of Frontispiece – The Seasons by James Thomson. Published by Alexander Donaldson.

Smith’s Seasons

Toss your flip-flops in the back of the closet and dig out your favorite fuzzy sweater...summer has passed, autumn is here and winter is on the way.

October 17, 2014

podcast

Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam,18th century.

Music Of The Sephardim

Sephardic Music performed by Yaniv d'Or with Ensemble Naya, and the Apollo Ensemble.

October 24, 2014

podcast

The cellist Martin Bertaud red chalk.

Cello And Viola Da Gamba: Schenck, Berteau And Bach

Lixsania Fernandez and Johannes Schenck, Christophe Coin and Martin Berteau, Shirley Hunt and J.S. Bach.

October 31, 2014

podcast

Title page of Francesco Manfredini's Sinfonie da chiesa, Op.2.

Father And Son Manfredini

Like father, like son—music seemed to run in the family for the Manfredini’s.

November 7, 2014

podcast

Tangermünd, 17th century engraving by Matthäus Merian.

Father and Son Praetorius

Works by father and son composers Hieronymus and Jacob Praetorius performed on the historical Scherer organ.

November 14, 2014

podcast

Georg Philipp Telemann. Engraving by Georg Lichtensteger, c. 1745.

Giacoso! A Flair For The Playful

L’accademia Giocosa perform works by Telemann that represent the composers' versatility and the three-dimensionality of his imagination.

November 21, 2014

podcast

'Le Champion des Dames' by Martin le Franc (1410-61) 1440 (vellum)

Masses For 1453

Cantica Symphonia perform two of Dufay’s most influential polyphonic works: 'Missa Se la face ay pale and Missa L’homme arme.

November 28, 2014

podcast

Walter Crane, Pégase. Illustration de la fin du XIXe siècle

Merula, Opus 11

A world premiere of Tarquinio Merula’s complete op. 11, collected in one recording.

November 30, 2014

show

infusion baroque

2014 EMA Baroque Competition Finalists

Five ensembles performed in Early Music America's 2014 Baroque Performance Competition. We’ll hear from the finalists, including the winner, Infusion Baroque!

December 12, 2014

podcast

A page from the manuscript held in the British Library (Royal 8 G.vii) from a choirbook made for King Henry VIII of England (1509-1547).

The Spy’s Choirbook

Petrus Alamire, in addition to his musical endeavors, may have acted as a political spy for Henry the VIII.

December 18, 2014

show

Frans Brüggen

Remembering Frans Brüggen

Let's celebrate the life of early-music pioneer Frans Brüggen, who passed away in 2014. We'll also mark the 250th anniversary of Rameau's death.

December 19, 2014

podcast

Harpsichord detail, Christian Zell, MDMB 418, Museu de la Música de Barcelona

Bach for Two

Bach sonatas, concertos, and even an orchestral suite arranged for two harpsichords. Emer Buckley, Jochewed Schwarz, and Masaki and Masato Suzuki perform.

December 22, 2014

show

baroque christmas in the new world

A Baroque Christmas In The New World

We’ll hear villancicos, motets and so much more—all marking some part of the story of Christmas.

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