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.
Two excellent Handel recordings with countertenor Bejun Mehta (Harmonia Mundi) and contralto Nathalie Stutzmann (DHM).
Marian music by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (Harmonia Mundi) and George Frideric Handel (Archiv Produktion).
Musicologist Andrew Woolley discovers a flute concerto by Antonio Vivaldi at the National Archives of Scotland.
Savall directs Les Concert des Nations in music for the orchestras of Louis XIII and XIV, as well as works from the time of Louis XV.