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Retrospective: Early Music America Competition Winners, pt. 2

Harmonia marks the 25th anniversary of Early Music America with a look at its past competition winners--Concord Ensemble, Masques, and Plaine & Easie.

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Plaine & Easie

Photo: Erika Chang

Plaine & Easie (left to right: Nathan Whittaker, John Lenti, Linda Tsatsanis, and Shulamit Kleinerman.

Time capsule for this episode: 1599

In celebration of Early Musica America’s 25th anniversary, we’re looking back at the past winners of its competitions, including three ensembles given the opportunity to make a recording, and three ensembles who were exceptional in the performance of Medieval/Renaissance repertoire.

This is part two of each group’s road to success since winning.

The Concord Ensemble

The Concord ensemble won the very first recording competition in 1998, which was in collaboration with Dorian records. The group went on to make a second CD with Dorian, jointly with the Piffaro Renaissance Band, and toured extensively on both sides of the Atlantic.

Today, the Concord Ensemble is based in Los Angeles, California, where group has been expanded from the original all-male line-up. Six men and five women now explore together the vocal consort repertoire from the Renaissance.

Mateo Flecha: La guerra
The Concord Ensemble — The Victory of Santiago: Voices of Renaissance Spain (Dorian, 1999)
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Masques

In the year 2000, the Montreal-based ensemble Masques became the second winner of the Early Music America/Dorian Recording competition. Olivier Fortin, director and harpsichordist of the group, says that the win and subsequent feature article in Early Music America Magazine were instrumental in getting them noticed.

Not only did they find an agent, but they were picked up by the Analekta label with which they made six recordings. Masques most recent CD is of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s complete Pièces de clavecin en concert on the ATMA label.

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Quatrième Concert: La Pantomime
Masques — Pièces de clavecin en concert (ATMA, 2010)
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Plaine & Easie

Since winning the 2009 Medieval/Renaissance competition, Plaine & Easie has been busy giving concerts of Renaissance music.

The ensemble recently performed in Seattle where they gave an all-English program entitled “Elisabeth’s Pleasure,” offering another opportunity to share their favorite repertoire from Tudor England. In fact, their name comes from a manual by English composer Thomas Morley.

Featured Release

Our featured release of the week is volume two of Jordi Savall’s continuing exploration of Celtic music played on the viola da gamba. An Alia Vox recording, Savall is joined by harpist Andrew Lawrence King and bodhran player Frank McGuire.

The program includes pieces such as the Gold Ring Jig, Lancaster Pipes, Pigges of Rumsey, Kate of Bardie, Cup of Tea, and A toye.

Anonymous: The Witches Dance in the Queen's Masque
Plaine & Easie — Elisabeth’s Pleasure (Early Music Guild Series (Fall, 2010), Seattle, Washington, 2010)
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Mateo Flecha: La guerra
The Concord Ensemble — The Victory of Santiago: Voices of Renaissance Spain (Dorian, 1999)
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Tomas Luis de Victoria: “O sacrum convivium”
The Concord Ensemble — The Victory of Santiago: Voices of Renaissance Spain (Dorian, 1999)
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Jean-Philippe Rameau: Quatrième Concert: La Pantomime
Masques — Pièces de clavecin en concert (ATMA, 2010)
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Jean-Philippe Rameau: Quatrième Concert: La Rameau
Masques — Pièces de clavecin en concert (ATMA, 2010)
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Thomas Ravenscroft: “Of Ale”
Plaine & Easie — Elisabeth’s Pleasure (Early Music Guild Series (Fall, 2010), Seattle, Washington, 2010)
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Anonymous: The Witches Dance in the Queen's Masque
Plaine & Easie — Elisabeth’s Pleasure (Early Music Guild Series (Fall, 2010), Seattle, Washington, 2010)
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John Dowland: Frog Gaillard
Plaine & Easie — Elisabeth’s Pleasure (Early Music Guild Series (Fall, 2010), Seattle, Washington, 2010)
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Anonymous: “Vuestros ojos”
Plaine & Easie — Elisabeth’s Pleasure (Early Music Guild Series (Fall, 2010), Seattle, Washington, 2010)
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Traditional: The Gold Ring Set - The Gold Ring Jig
Jordi Savall, viol, Andrew Lawrence King, harps, and Frank McGuire, bohdran — The Celtic Viol II (Alia Vox, 2010)
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Traditional: The Lancashire Pipes Set, Pigges of Rumsey / Kate of Bardie, The Cup of Tea, and A toye
Jordi Savall, viol, Andrew Lawrence King, harps, and Frank McGuire, bohdran — The Celtic Viol II (Alia Vox, 2010)
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Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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