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Top Ten Early Music Discoveries of 2008

Music performed by a host of artists and ensembles, including Ex Cathedra, Nachtmusique, Huelgas Ensemble, Les Talens Lyrique, Doulce Memoire, and many others.

The Huelgas Ensemble

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The Huelgas Ensemble in performance (Paul van Nevel, dir.).

We’ll look at the top ten recordings – new and old – discovered in the past year. Music from the Renaissance, baroque, and classical periods performed by a host of artists and ensembles, including Ex Cathedra, Nachtmusique, Huelgas Ensemble, Les Talens Lyrique, Doulce Memoire, Canto, and others.

Music Heard On This Episode

Juan de Araujo: ¡Salga el torillo hosquillo!
Ex Cathedra — Fire Burning in Snow (Hyperion, 2008)
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Juan de Araujo: ¡Salga el torillo hosquillo!
Ex Cathedra — Fire Burning in Snow (Hyperion, 2008)
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Serenade in Bb major, Grand Partita, KV 361, Final
Nachtmusique (Eric Hoeprich, dir.) — ‘Grand Partita’ (Glossa, 2002)
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John Dowland: Fine knacks for ladies
The Attaignant Consort (Kate Clark, dir.) — Madame d’amours (Ramée, 2007)
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Emilio de’ Cavalieri: O che nuovo miracolo
Huelgas Ensemble (Paul van Nevel, dir.) — La Pellegrina (Sony Vivarte , 1998)
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Francesco Geminiani: Sonata in A major, op. 1, no. 7, III.Allegro
Lyriarte (Rüdiger Lotter, violin, and Olga Watts, harpsichord) — Veracini and Geminiani (Oehms , 2004)
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Simon Boyleau: Per la Natività della Beata Vergine
Various ensembles (Francois Picard, dir.) — Mass of the Jesuits of Beijing (Astree, 1998)
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Jean-Philippe Rameau: Quatrième Concert, III.La Rameau
Les Talens Lyrique (Christophe Rousset, dir.) — Six Concerts en sextuor (Decca, 2003)
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William Billings: Africa
His Majestie’s Clerkes (Paul Hillier, dir.) — Anthems and Fuging Tunes (HCX , 2001)
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Adrian Willaert: Vecchie letrose
Doulce Memoire (Denis Raisin-Dadre, dir.) — Viva Napoli (Astree, 2000)
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Anonymous: Vengan, que lo plegona la negla
Canto (Egberto Bermudez, dir.) — Al Dichoso Nacer de mi Niño (De Musica, 2002)
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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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