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Top Ten Discoveries of 2010

Some of the best early music heard in the past year.

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Spanish soprano Raquel Andueza is joined by theorbist Jesús Fernández Baena in a recording of early Italian Baroque song entitled "D'amore e tormenti."

This is the third annual podcast to focus on some of the most interesting early music heard throughout the year. The list, whittled down from hundreds of choices, is meant to cover recordings that have been heard either on the weekly podcast or program, yet there is at least one gem that will be new to Harmonia’s loyal followers.

The podcast contains musicians from Europe, North America, and the Middle East, music from the East and West, and many special approaches to each ensemble’s chosen repertoire.

Whether you like music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, or Baroque, all of the top ten discoveries are definite winners.

Music Heard On This Episode

Various/Improvisation: Guárdame Las Vacas
More Hispano/Vicente Parrilla — Yr a oydo (Carpe Diem, 2010)
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Various/Improvisation: Guárdame Las Vacas
More Hispano/Vicente Parrilla — Yr a oydo (Carpe Diem, 2010)
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General John Reid/Anonymous: Andante from Solo VI, The Garb Of The Old Gaul, and Hacky Honey
Chris Norman, flutes, Scottish small-pipes, and voice, and David Greenberg, violins — Let Me In This Ae Night (Boxwood, 2010)
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Anonymous: The Song Called Trumpets
Piffaro/Joan Kimball and Robert Wiemken — Waytes: English Music for a Renaissance Band (Navona, 2010)
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Benedetto Ferrari: “Voglio di vita uscir”
Raquel Andueza, soprano, and Jesús Fernández Baena, theorbo — D'amore e tormenti (NB, 2008)
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Georg Philipp Telemann: Concerto for Viola, Strings, and Basso Continuo, TWV 51:G9, II.Allegro
Musica Antiqua Koln/Reinhard Goebel — Telemann String Concertos (Archiv Produktion, 2000)
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Anonymous: Beliche – Istampitta
La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Hesperion XXI/Jordi Savall — The Forgotten Kingdom: The Albigensian Crusade (Alia Vox , 2009)
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Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata in D major, BWV 1028, II.Allegro
Ekkerhard Weber, viola da gamba, and Robert Hill, lautenwerck (lute-harpsichord) — Sonatas for Viola da Gamba, BWV 1027-1029 & 1038 (Ars Musici , 2009)
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George Frideric Handel: “Sento la gioia” from Amadigi
Bejun Mehta, countertenor, and Freiburg Baroque Orchestra/Rene Jacobs — Ombra Cara: Arias of George Frideric Handel (Harmonia Mundi, 2010)
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Conrad Paumann: "Mit ganczem Willen"
Cançonièr (Annette Bauer, Phoebe Jevtovic, Shira Kammen, and Tim Rayborn) — The Black Dragon: Music from the Time of Vlad Dracula (Cançonièr, 2010)
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Roque Jacinto de Chavarría: “Fuera, Fuera! Haganles lugar!”
Florilegium/Ashley Solomon — Bolivian Baroque, vol. 3 (Channel Classics, 2009)
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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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