2 musicians + 4 viols + 2 lutes = 19 tracks in a rich palette of colors.
The Royall Consorts, William Lawes' best known works in his own lifetime, are performed by Les Voix Humaines.
A look at the work of Marcel Pérès, an introduction to the viola da gamba, and a featured release highlighting some of the earliest music for the cello.
Some of the best early music heard in the past year.
Celtic music with Jordi Savall (Alia Vox) and Musica Pacifica (Solimar).
Music from the time of Vlad Dracula with Cançonièr, Imagem da Melancolia and 17th-century Portugal, and Bach's viola da gamba sonatas on the lautenwerk.
American harpsichordist Robert Hill performs J.S. Bach's music on the gut-strung 'lautenwerck,' or lute-harpsichord.
A look at two new releases that feature Celtic music performed on the viola da gamba, with Jordi Savall (The Celtic Viol) and Tina Chancey (The Versatile Viol).
Renaissance music by Jewish composers with the viola da gamba consort Fretwork.
The renowned baroque cellist Christophe Coin is the soloist this week in a new Naïve label release of Vivaldi cello concertos with Il Giardino Armonico.