A look at the poetry behind some of the most popular Renaissance vocal music. Plus, Nigel North performs in a featured release of music by Robert Johnson.
Late-baroque sonatas (Arsis), 17th-century Spanish song (Anima e Corpo), lute music of Sylvius Leopold Weiss (BGS), and "histories" of Heinrich Schütz (Dacapo).
Some of the best early music heard in the past year.
Musical instruments from the Middle Ages, Baroque oboist John Abberger, and Private Musicke performs music of Spanish Renaissance composer Alonso Mudarra.
Improvisations with the Spanish ensemble More Hispano (Carpe Diem) and Portuguese polyphony with Imagem da Melancolia Recorder Consort (Challenge Classics).
Music for Carnival and Lent with Les Voix Baroques (ATMA) and Alonso Mudarra's "Tres Libros de Musica" with soprano Raquel Andueza and Private Musicke (ACCENT).