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Archive for Harmonia Early Music

December 31, 2007

The Big Red Book

Harmonia this week explores the music from the Llibre Vermell de Montserrat. Using various recordings from the last three decades, we’ll discuss devotional songs written in honor of the “Black” Virgin of Monserrat, an ancient Spanish pilgrimage destination. Plus, a recent release by the ensemble Accordone.

December 31, 2007

Lachrimae Caravaggio

New compositions and improvisations inspired by the paintings of Caravaggio

December 24, 2007

Psallite Women's Choir of London

This week on Harmonia we celebrate the holidays with a new release featuring the Psallite Women's Choir of London. Carols from medieval and Renaissance England will be explored alongside selections from Britten’s Ceremony of Carols. We’ll also review a further new release of Sephardic music by the ensemble Brio with countertenor José Lemos.

December 24, 2007

Le Clavecin Francais

French harpsichord music performed by Davitt Moroney and Arthur Haas.

December 17, 2007

Early Music, Modern Instruments, and Historical Recordings

For lovers of baroque music on period instruments, it might be difficult to imagine a world before the influence of the early music movement. This week we explore that other sound world with historical recordings by Nadia Boulanger, Wilhem Furtwängler, Russell Oberlin, and Johannes Somary. Also, a new release by theorbist Rafael Bonavita.

December 17, 2007

Membra Jesu Nostri

Dietrich Buxtehude's "Membra Jesu Nostri," BuxWV 75.

December 10, 2007

The Bolivian Baroque with Florilegium

We travel to Bolivia this week on Harmonia and experience the music from its 18th-century missions. Selections from ensemble Florilegium’s Bolivian Baroque series will explore choral and instrumental music of a rich yet little-known repertoire. We’ll also review a new release of lute songs by Charles Daniels and Nigel North.

December 10, 2007

Madame d'amours: Renaissance Music for Flute Consort

Music for Renaissance flute consort from 16th-century France.

December 3, 2007

La Rota at the 2007 Bloomington Early Music Festival

The dynamic medieval ensemble La Rota gave an outstanding performance at this year's Bloomington Early Music Festival. On Harmonia this week we'll listen to selections from their memorable concert and festival highlight. We’ll follow with a new release of music by Jacob van Eyck with the Japanese ensemble Anthonello.

December 3, 2007

Handel's Italian Cantatas, vol. 2

Ensemble La Risonanza's recording series of the complete Italian Cantatas of George Frideric Handel.

November 26, 2007

The Art of Diminution

Instrumentalists have been imitating the human voice for hundreds of years. This week on Harmonia, we'll explore examples of how instrumentalists created diminutions out of music by Palestrina, Crequillon, and others. We’ll also review a new release by Le Concert d’Astree of Monterverdi arias and duets.

November 19, 2007

Great Musicians Series: Barthold Kuijken

The Great Musicians Series continues with Barthold Kuijken, one of the pioneers in baroque flute performance. On Harmonia this week, we discuss some of his recordings and hear him talk about how he came around to adding conductor to his long list of titles.

November 12, 2007

CDM Sampler (Licanus Records)

On Harmonia we'll hear selections from the CDM label. Travel with us this week to Valencia, Spain as we discuss songs, laments, and instrumental works from the middle ages. We’ll also explore a new release of Handel’s opera Fernando by Il Complesso Barroco.

November 5, 2007

Les Boréades of Montreal

For nearly two decades the French Canadian ensemble Les Boreades has brought audiences a fresh and exciting perspective on music of the baroque. From Boismortier to the Beatles, we'll get a formal introduction this week on Harmonia to one of Montreal's truly special ensembles, as well as a new release entitled Music of the Sistine Chapel.

October 29, 2007

Great Musicians Series: Bruce Dickey

The career of American cornettist Bruce Dickey has been a pioneering one, to the say the least. This week on Harmonia we explore some of his more recent recordings as well hear him talk about the cornetto, his ensemble Concerto Palatino, and how he started playing this unusual instrument. We'll also review an upcoming release by Musica Pacifica.

October 22, 2007

Music for the Infantas

The two kings who ruled France during the 17th Century had more in common than might be assumed. On Harmonia this week we'll look for remnants of Spanish culture at the courts of Louis XIII and XIV. Courtly song, opera arias, and the baroque guitar will be featured alongside a new release by the French vocal ensemble Ludus Modalis.

October 15, 2007

Saltarello Anyone?

The saltarello was a Renaissance dance that usually came in a package with other dances. This week on Harmonia we’ll get a feel for the lively saltarello and its occasional partners with a special focus on the lute music of the period. We’ll also listen a new release by Andrew Lawrence-King.

October 8, 2007

In Search of Mr. Pisendel

This week on Harmonia, we’ll explore music associated with a man that the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians calls “the most prominent German violinist of his day,” Johann Georg Pisendel. We’ll also review a new release by the ensemble Il Gardellino of music by Pisendel's star pupils, the Graun brothers.

October 1, 2007

The Latest Lully

This week on Harmonia we'll focus on two new recordings of operas by Jean-Baptiste Lully. Dynamic performances by the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra as well as La Simphonie du Marais will excite the soul and make you want to jump up and dance. In addition, we'll also enjoy a new release by the Hilliard Ensemble.

September 24, 2007

Musica Fictas (Spain and Colombia)

This week on Harmonia we explore two ensembles that have a single name in common. We’ll get a glimpse of the Spanish Renaissance with Musica Ficta of Spain and then cross the Atlantic where Musica Ficta of Colombia will delight us with Peruvian baroque music from the village and court. We'll also review a new release of music by Marin Marais.

September 17, 2007

Magnificat anima mea

On Harmonia this week we visit Europe and Mexico as we explore the many settings of the Magnificat, from the quiet devotion of William Byrd to the exuberant polychoral music of Heinrich Schütz. We also review a new release by the English viol consort Concordia.

September 10, 2007

Late-Baroque Aria for Trumpet and Voice

The trumpet shall certainly sound this week on Harmonia as we look at the late-baroque aria for trumpet and voice, an unusual partnership employed by composers to make a specific point. We’ll also review a new release of the complete works of Vincent Lübeck.

September 3, 2007

The Villancico

On Harmonia this week we’ll begin to explore the Spanish popular song known as the villancico. What is now known as a Christmas carol was once a song that expressed a subtle and varied range of emotions for Spanish and New World composers. We'll also review a new release of Mozart works for keyboard and violin.

August 27, 2007

Trio Mediaeval and Liber unUsualis

Audiences in North America and Europe have enjoyed the highly individual interpretations of medieval music by ensembles Trio Mediaeval and Liber unUsualis. This week on Harmonia we’ll sneak a peek at each ensemble and their recordings. We’ll also listen to a new release by Canadian harpsichordist Luc Beauséjour.

August 20, 2007

Marie Antoinette

The recent Sofia Coppola film about Marie Antoinette’s life featured a heavy dose of rock music with a sprinkling of Rameau, Vivaldi, Scarlatti, and François Couperin. This week on Harmonia we’ll look at some Marie Antoinette’s favorites as well as review a new release by lutenist Rolf Lislevand.

August 13, 2007

The Kölner Akademie

On Harmonia this week we’ll look at a recent series of recordings by the Kölner Akademie directed by Michael Alexander Willens. The first four volumes in the Forgotten Treasures series will be accompanied by a new release of music by Johann Valentin Meder, also performed by the Kölner Akademie.

August 6, 2007

Handel and the Seven Deadly Sins

This week on Harmonia we’ll be searching for sins a la The Inquisition in the vocal music of George Frideric Handel. And while there won’t be any cruel or unusual punishment for our discoveries, it’ll be exciting enough just to find examples of The Seven Deadly Sins. We’ll also review a new release of forgotten arias by Baldassare Galuppi.

July 30, 2007

Leipzig Job Ads

Did you also know that Johann Sebastian Bach was considered part of the mediocre group of candidates for the Leipzig Kantor's job? This week on Harmonia we’ll look at all the men who were taken into consideration. We’ll also review a new release from John Eliot Gardiner’s Bach Cantata Pilgrimage series.

July 23, 2007

The Early Clarinet

Of the many instruments found in the woodwind section of our modern orchestra, the clarinet may be the youngest. On Harmonia this week we’ll look at the 18th-century clarinet and its repertoire with a special focus on the recordings of American clarinetist Eric Hoeprich. We’ll also review a new release of heroic arias by Antonio Vivaldi.

July 16, 2007

The Good, the Bad, and the Wronged

Celebrated women are the focus on this week’s Harmonia as we look at the stories of deserted women. We’ll also review the debut release of the young British vocal ensemble Stile Antico.

July 9, 2007

A Pocket L'Orfeo

Loud music, a musician in love, a turn for the worst, lots of good friends, and an alternate ending. No, it’s not this year’s Academy Award nominee for best picture. It’s Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, That and more on this week’s Harmonia with a new release featuring the French harpsichordist Bertrand Cuiller.

July 2, 2007

Names of the Rose

The rose has been a symbol for as long as it has been around. There is most likely no better emblem for love or beauty. This week on Harmonia we’ll look at the rose as a noun… a person, place and thing. We’ll also review Nigel North’s second installment from his complete John Dowland series.

June 25, 2007

Hamburger Deluxe

The music of Baroque Hamburg is in focus this week on Harmonia as we look at its composers for both the church and opera house. We’ll explore overtures, songs, and motets from the late 17th century as well as a new release from the lutenist Andrew Maginley.

June 18, 2007

Keeping it "Reel"

The music of 18th-century Scotland is explored on Harmonia this week as we look at composers James Oswald, Thomas Erskine, and Robert Mackintosh. Love songs, strathspeys and reels are on the menu. We’ll also review a new release by the Clare College Choir and Freiburg Baroque Orchestra as directed by Rene Jacobs.

June 11, 2007

Getting "Jiggy" with it. . .

Of the names that stand out in the world of early music, John Eliot Gardiner is one of distinction. “Jiggy,” as he’s also sometimes affectionately known, has had a long and varied career spanning over four decades. On Harmonia this week we’ll look at his accomplishments as well a new recording of Leclair’s violin sonatas by Simon Standage.

June 4, 2007

Buxtehude and the Suitors

A job offer can mean a long and arduous decision for the candidate. It can also be quick and simple if the perks turn out to be less than attractive. On Harmonia this week we’ll look at the men who applied to succeed Dietrich Buxtehude and we’ll review a new release of Machaut and Solage by the ensemble Gothic Voices.

May 28, 2007

Medieval Melting Pot

For seven centuries, medieval Spain had a unique intersection of Christian, Jewish, and Islamic peoples coexisting in a climate that nurtured special developments in the music of its various regions. This week Harmonia explores music inspired by the Sephardic Jews, Persian poet Ziriyab, and Alfonso "El Sabio."

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