Marking the 25th anniversary of Early Music America with a look at its past competition winners: Ensemble La Rota, Asteria, and the Catacoustic Consort.
Baroque flutist Benedek Csalog appears with Aura Musicale (Hungaroton) and Monica Huggett directs the European Union Baroque Orchestra (Channel Classics).
Henry Purcell's complete odes & welcome songs (Hyperion), and a debut recording of music for viola da gamba consort (Lunaris).
Ensemble Caprice offers music of Vivaldi, the New London Consort explores Tylman Susato’s “Dansereye,” and Bonporti inventions performed by Chiara Banchini.
Some of the best early music heard in the past year.
Songs by John Blow and Henry Purcell (Mirare) and music of 17th-century Italian women composers (Ambronay).
J.S. Bach's "Magnificat" (Channel Classics) and Purcell's "Dido & Aeneas" (Ambronay).
Music of Henry Purcell and the French Baroque on the ATMA Classique label.
Gluttony as found in music of the Renaissance and Baroque, and Les Voix Baroques performs early 17th-century carnival music.
Ensemble Masques explores Rameau's "Pièces de clavecin en concert" and Notturna plays the chamber sonatas of Janitsch.