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Archive for Harmonia Early Music

December 29, 2008

Traditions Series: The New Year

The Harmonia Traditions Series continues with an exploration marking end of a year and beginning of a new one. The program will center on January 1st and look at the many kinds of celebratory music associated with the event. A new release of music by Boismortier will also be heard.

December 29, 2008

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.

December 22, 2008

Traditions Series: Christmas

This week, the Harmonia Traditions Series celebrates the holidays with a Baroque Christmas, including popular works from Germany, France, and Italy, along with a few surprises. Plus, a new release of Robert Dowland's Musical Banquet with Monika Mauch and Nigel North.

December 15, 2008

Traditions Series: Name Days and Birthdays

What's in a name? Apparently, plenty since the middle ages. The Harmonia Traditions Series continues this week with a look at the celebration of name days and birthdays. Early music composed for both special events will be heard along with a new release by harpsichordist Elizabeth Farr.

December 8, 2008

Traditions Series: Dancing

If singing has always been part of the human experience, then dancing is surely its equal. This week the Harmonia Traditions Series explores dancing from medieval Italy to 18th-century Scotland, as well as a new release of music by Hieronymous Praetorius.

December 1, 2008

Traditions Series: Weddings

Harmonia looks at early wedding music this week in continuation of the Traditions Series - medieval wedding songs, music from Renaissance and Baroque royal celebrations, and excerpts from a wedding cantata by J.S. Bach. Also, performs in a new release on the Naxos label.

December 1, 2008

Francesco Geminiani's Instrumental Music

A new release from the Alpha label brings us Bruno Cocset in a program of cello sonatas by Francesco Geminiani. We'll also have a look at Geminiani's orchestral arrangements of the op. 5 violin sonatas by Corelli.

November 24, 2008

Traditions Series: Thanksgiving

Today, the Thanksgiving holiday can mean many things to a multitude of people. This was not necessarily the case for those who celebrated it over two hundred years ago. This week, the Harmonia Traditions Series looks at Thanksgiving in early America… plus a new release by the English choir Ex Cathedra.

November 24, 2008

Jewish Music for Viols

The Harmonia Mundi label brings us Renaissance music by Jewish composers with the viola da gamba consort Fretwork. We'll also hear the ensemble in an earlier recording of music from the Odhecaton.

November 17, 2008

Traditions Series: Songs and Hymns

Singing has always been part of the human experience. Songs express emotion in myriad ways when words alone fall short. The Harmonia Traditions Series continues this week with an exploration of traditional songs and hymns from many cultures…and a new release by the Bach Collegium Japan.

November 17, 2008

The Beheadings of Saint John the Baptist and Saint Cecilia

The tragic stories of two famous Christian figures are at the center of oratorios by Stradella (San Giovanni Battista) and Alessandro Scarlatti (Il Martirio di Santa Cecilia). Alessandro de Marchi leads the Academia Montis Regalis in the Stradella while Scarlatti's oratorio receives its premiere recording under Diego Fasolis and I Barocchisti.

November 10, 2008

Traditions Series: Births

This week, Harmonia begins a new series exploring Traditions. The first of this series highlights the different facets surrounding the arrival of a newborn from many musical perspectives. Plus, a new release of bassoon music by Antonio Vivaldi.

November 10, 2008

Christophe Coin plays Vivaldi and Buxtehude

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.

November 3, 2008

The Early Music Guild of Seattle

One of the Pacific Northwest's most exciting live music series comes from the Early Music Guild of Seattle. On Harmonia this week, a sampling from recent seasons, including local and international artists performing music of the Spanish and Italian Renaissance, French Baroque, and J.S. Bach. Also, a new release of keyboard music by Peter Philips.

November 3, 2008

Nigel North and the Dowlands

We'll explore a new release of Robert Dowland's Musical banquet (ECM) with Nigel North and Monika Mauch followed by volume three of John Dowland's lute music (Naxos).

October 27, 2008

Moira Smiley & VOCO

The highlight of the 2008 Bloomington Early Music Festival was a performance by Moira Smiley and her group VOCO. Entitled "Circle, Square, Diamond, & Flag," the concert featured old and experimental folk hymns going back to the 18th Century. Also, a new release of Telemann wind concertos.

October 27, 2008

La Venexiana and Monteverdi's Madrigals

The Glossa labels brings us the final two recordings in La Venexiana's series of Monteverdi madrigals.

October 20, 2008

Great Musicians Series: Michael McCraw

This week we welcome Michael McCraw, highly influential performer and teacher of historical bassoons. Plus, a new release from The Hilliard Ensemble.

October 20, 2008

18th-Century Piano Concertos

This week we look at recordings with fortepianists Susan Alexander-Max (Naxos) and David Owen Norris (Avie).

October 13, 2008

Masters of the King's Musick

This week Harmonia will explore the songs and instrumental works of the first seven composers who held the post of Master of the Queen's Musick. A new release by recorder virtuoso Dan Laurin will also be reviewed.

October 13, 2008

Simon Standage and the Collegium Musicum 90

Christmas cantatas and concertos as well as Leclair violin sonatas are explored this week with two Chandos label releases.

October 6, 2008

New Music, Early Music

Today's composers are drawn to period instruments for their unique qualities. This week Harmonia explores a new work for choir and Renaissance band. We'll discuss the premiere of Kile Smith's Vespers by The Crossing and Piffaro, and a new release of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo.

October 6, 2008

Music of William and Henry Lawes

A recent ATMA label release of William Lawes' harp consorts and a Hyperion recording of songs and instrumental pieces by the Lawes brothers.

September 29, 2008

Alfred C. Kinsey's "Music and Love"

If I were to ask you about Alfred Kinsey, you might tell me that he was a noted behavioral scientist, but you might be surprised to discover that he had a profound love of music. This week on Harmonia we’ll explore Kinsey’s secret love: his record collections, and the music and musicians he admired, plus a new release for recorder and harp.

September 29, 2008

The Cologne Chamber Orchestra

The Naxos label brings us new and notable releases (Haydn and J.S. Bach) by the critically acclaimed Cologne Chamber Orchestra.

September 22, 2008

Alla Turca

The influence of Turkish music in 17th and 18th century Europe inspired many a composer. Also, a new release of music from the Borel Manuscript.

September 22, 2008

Bassoon Music of Antonio Vivaldi

This week we explore three recordings of Vivaldi's music for the bassoon with virtuosos Frans Berkhout, Sergio Azzolini, and Michael McCraw.

September 15, 2008

Handel's Unknown Oratorios

Can you name for me a Handel oratorio other than Messiah? This week on Harmonia we’ll take a look at some of Handel’s lesser-known oratorios as we focus on their male title characters. We’ll explore the stories of Saul, Belshazzar, Hercules, as well as Joseph and his Brethren. A new release of Geminiani’s cello sonatas will also be reviewed.

September 8, 2008

Knights Templar

On Harmonia this week we’ll explore the Naxos label release Time of the Templars. The Knights of the Temple are the legendary monastic order whose story is at the center of a new compilation recording of medieval music. We’ll explore performances by the Ensembles Oni Wytars and Unicorn, as well as a new release by viola da gambist Susanne Heinrich.

September 8, 2008

Ex Cathedra

The Hyperion label brings us a three volume series of Latin American baroque music with the English choir Ex Cathedra under the direction of Jeffrey Skidmore.

September 1, 2008

Music for the Jesuits, pt. 2

On Harmonia this week we continue our exploration of composers who were associated with the Catholic order known as the Jesuits. We'll travel to Europe, South America, and China, as well as listen to a new release by Les Boreades of Montreal.

September 1, 2008

The Leuven Dance Book and English Dancing Master

This week we'll listen to a couple releases of dance music published by Petrus Phalesius (Passacaille) and John Playford (Berlin Classics).

August 25, 2008

Music for the Jesuits, pt. 1

The Society of Jesus was founded by Ignatius Loyola during the first half of the 16th Century. This week on Harmonia we'll explore some of the composers associated with the Jesuits, including Massenzio, Kapsperger, Charpentier, and others. A new release by French Canadian lutenist Sylvain Bergeron will also be heard.

August 25, 2008

Psyche and Semele

This week we explore two exceptional recent releases of operas by Jean Baptiste Lully (Psyche) and Marin Marais (Semele).

August 18, 2008

The New Release Show

This week on Harmonia we’ll enjoy an entire program of new releases. We’ll be skipping the main course and moving straight on to dessert as we explore music of Dufay, the English Renaissance, Heinrich Schütz, little-known German baroque composers, and Handel.

August 18, 2008

Telemann's Wind Concertos

The German CPO label brings us the latest release by La Stagione Frankfurt and Camerata Cologne in volume three of their Telemann wind concerto series.

August 11, 2008

The Rose Ensemble

This week, music by The Rose Ensemble from early Spain, Baroque Mexico, and 19th-century Hawaii, plus a debut release of the trio Rubato Appassionato.

August 4, 2008

La Pellegrina

The main entertainment of the 1589 wedding of Ferdinando de’ Medici to Christine of Lorraine was the comedy La pellegrina. Today it is remembered for the six musical interludes or intermedi that accompanied it. This week we discuss performances by the Huelgas Ensemble and the Taverner Consort and explore a new release by William and Henry Lawes.

July 28, 2008

Great Musicians Series: Eric Hoeprich

Our Great Musicians Series continues this week on Harmonia with early clarinetist Eric Hoeprich. Plus, a new release by harpsichordist Bradley Brookshire.

July 28, 2008

Monteverdi's L'Orfeo

Two releases of Monteverdi's opera L'Orfeo, a new one performed by Music from Aston Magna and a classic one with the New London Consort.

July 21, 2008

Acis, Galatea, and Polyphemus

The tale of Acis and Galatea was an ideal story for setting to music. Its cast of characters and surprise ending made it a favorite of opera composers. This week on Harmonia we’ll explore versions by Lully, Literes, Handel, and Naumann, as well as a new release of Buxtehude’s organ music.

July 21, 2008

The Hilliard Ensemble

Two recent recordings with the Hilliard Ensemble, including Latin church music of the 16th Century and J.S. Bach's complete motets.

July 14, 2008

Leonardo Vinci, Neapolitan Composer

This week on Harmonia we’ll explore the music of late-Baroque composer Leonardo Vinci. A new release by the Academy of Ancient Music will also be reviewed.

July 14, 2008

The Borel Manuscript

A Plectra Music release of late 17th-century French harpsichord pieces from the Borel Manuscript.

July 7, 2008

Great Musicians Series: Han Tol

This week we speak with Dutch recorder virtuoso Han Tol. Plus, we’ll review a new release of music by François Couperin.

July 7, 2008

La Real Camara: Spanish Violin Music and Boccherini String Trios

This week the Spanish ensemble La Real Camara brings us two Glossa label recordings, Tientos y Batallas and Boccherini en Boadilla.

June 30, 2008

The Ursuline Manuscript

We’ll celebrate the Fourth of July this week on Harmonia with a trip to the Deep South. The French ensemble Le Concert Lorrain performs excerpts from the Ursuline Manuscript, the sole-surviving collection of music from 18th-century New Orleans. Also, a recent release of Michel Blavet’s flute music.

June 30, 2008

Garden of Early Delights

Pamela Thorby and Andrew Lawrence-King perform Renaissance and early Baroque music for recorder and early harp.

June 23, 2008

The Corellisti

The music of Arcangelo Corelli was immensely popular throughout the 18th Century. As a result, many composers were influenced in a variety ways. This week on Harmonia we’ll look at the different types of pieces that were created in his honor. We’ll also review a new release of Handel’s opera Semele.

June 23, 2008

Ay Luna: Music of Renaissance Spain

A performance of Spanish Renaissance music with Guillemette Laurens and the ensemble Unda Maris.

June 16, 2008

The Portuguese Renaissance

The Portuguese Renaissance produced a wealth of beautiful and fascinating music. This week on Harmonia we’ll discuss some of its finest composers: Manuel Machado, Gaspar Fernandes, and Pedro de Escobar. We’ll also review a new Centaur label release by fortepianist Ira Braus.

June 16, 2008

Harpsichord Music of d'Anglebert

French harpsichordist Celine Frisch and the Alpha label bring us an essential recording of music by Jean-Henry d'Anglebert.

June 9, 2008

Feast of the Pheasant, 1454

This week on Harmonia we’ll take a look at the extravagant medieval banquet known as the Feast of the Pheasant. Hosted by Duke Philip the Good of Burgundy, the event was intended to kick-off a crusade. The feast itself was nothing short of a spectacle, especially its musical entertainments. Plus, a new release by Ensemble Dulce Melos.

June 9, 2008

Geminiani's Sonatas for Cello

Francesco Geminiani's complete cello sonatas, op. 5 with cellist Jaap ter Linden and harpsichordist Lars Ulrik Mortensen.

June 2, 2008

Commemorating Fasch

This week on Harmonia we’ll mark the 250th anniversary of the death of Johann Friedrich Fasch with a commemoration of his life as an exceptional composer. Instrumental works both large and small ensemble will be the focus along with a pair of cantatas. A new release of French baroque cantatas by Ensemble Battistin will also be featured.

June 2, 2008

Balcarres Lute Book

An ATMA label release of selections from the Scottish Balcarres Lute Book with French-Canadian lutenist Sylvain Bergeron.

May 26, 2008

Psalm 42

This week on Harmonia we’ll listen to settings of Psalm 42 – As pants the hart for cooling streams. Italy, Germany, France, England, and America will be represented as we explore a lesser-known yet beautiful psalm. A new release by Brandywine Baroque on the Plectra label will also be featured.

May 26, 2008

Heavenly Harmonies

A Harmonia Mundi release of music by William Byrd and Thomas Tallis.

May 19, 2008

Songs of Guillaume Dufay with Diabolus in Musica

Antoine Guerber leads the French ensemble Diabolus in Musica.

May 12, 2008


Marco Beasley and Accordone bring us the Renaissance popular song known as the frottola.

May 5, 2008

Marian Cantatas: Anne Sofie von Otter and Musica Antiqua Cologne

A recording of Handel's cantatas on Marian themes with mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and Reinhard Goebel directing Musica Antiqua Cologne.

April 28, 2008

Dansereye of 1551

Tielman Susato's collection of dances known as the Dansereye.

April 21, 2008

Grand Partita

Eric Hoeprich and Nachtmusique bring us a Glossa label release of Mozart's Grand Partita for wind ensemble.

April 14, 2008

Narcisso Speculando: Madrigals of Paolo da Firenze

Pedro Memelsdorff and Mala Punica bring us the madrigals of Paolo da Firenze.

April 7, 2008

Jordi Savall and the Orchestra of the Sun King

Jordi Savall and Le Concert des Nations bring us theater music from the court of Louis XIV.

March 31, 2008

Handel: Concerti Grossi, Op. 3

Handel's op. 3 concertos for orchestra on the Harmonia Mundi label.

March 24, 2008

Michel Blavet: Works for Flute

Jed Wentz and Musica ad Rhenum bring us Blavet's complete works for flute.

March 17, 2008

O Lusitano: Portuguese Vilancetes, Cantigas, and Romances

Portuguese early music with Gerard Lesne and Circa 1500 under the direction of Nancy Hadden.

March 10, 2008

Couperin and the Viola da Gamba

Francois Couperin with a Finnish ensemble led by Markku Luolajan-Mikkola.

March 3, 2008

Six Concertos for the Margrave of Brandenburg

A new Avie label release of Bach's Brandenburg concertos.

February 25, 2008

The Amorous Lyre: La Monica Baroque Ensemble

La Monica perfoms music of Tarquinio Merula and contemporaries.

February 18, 2008

New Music, Period Instruments, and Recent Recordings

New works for period instruments will be the feature this week as we explore the vast world of new music. The musician-composer will be highlighted as we look at compositions both large and small. We'll also listen to a new release by the Basel Baroque Orchestra.

February 18, 2008

George Frideric Handel's 'Semele' and 'Partenope'

The Chandos label features The Early Opera Company in the first complete period instrument recording of Handel's opera Semele.

February 11, 2008

A Harmonia Valentine

Love will definitely be in the air this week on Harmonia. Celebrate Valentine's Day with us as we listen to the new recording Beautiful Baroque: Music for Weddings and Special Moments, from ensemble L'AURA. A new release by Rebel of music by Telemann and Corelli will also be featured.

February 11, 2008

Locham Song Book with Ensemble Dulce Melos

Ensemble Dulce Melos performs German songs and intrumental pieces from the 15th Century.

February 4, 2008

Great Musicians Series: Mary Springfels

Our Great Musicians Series continues this week with gambist Mary Springfels, an American original. We'll hear her talk on a few topics and we’ll highlight a few Newberry Consort recordings from the last two decades. A new release of French harpsichord music with Arthur Haas will also be featured.

February 4, 2008

Rebel: Corellisante

Ensemble Rebel performs music for two violins by Corelli and Telemann.

January 28, 2008

The Recorder in the Middle Ages

On Harmonia this week we'll look into the mystery of the recorder in the middle ages. We'll present all the evidence in an effort to paint a picture of an instrument whose early history leaves few details and many questions. We'll also listen to a new release by The Baltimore Consort.

January 28, 2008

J.S. Bach: Missae Breves with Cantus Coelln

Cantus Coelln under the direction of Konrad Junghaenel perform J.S. Bach's Missae Breves.

January 21, 2008

Young Person's Guide to the Baroque Orchestra

This week’s show is specially created for the young and the young at heart. From strings and winds to the continuo section, we’ll introduce you the main parts that make up a baroque orchestra. A new release by harpsichordist Davitt Moroney will also be featured.

January 21, 2008

Sainte-Colombe: Music for Two Viola da Gambas

Les Voix Humaines: the fourth volume of Sainte-Colombe's "Concerts a deux violes esgales."

January 14, 2008

Blind Composers

This week on Harmonia we’ll listen to the music of a small fraternity of Renaissance and baroque composers who were blind from childhood. We’ll travel to Spain, Italy, England, and the Netherlands to meet these exceptional musicians. A new release of Antonio Vivaldi’s music by the ensemble La Serenissima will also be featured.

January 14, 2008

Schumann's 1851 version of Bach's Saint John Passion

Robert Schumann's arrangement of Johann Sebastian Bach's "Saint John Passion."

January 7, 2008

Great Musicians: Ellen Hargis

Our series continues with American soprano Ellen Hargis. We'll listen to some of her more notable recordings as well hear her talk on a number of topics. We'll also listen to a new release of Renaissance flute music by the Attaignant Consort.

January 7, 2008

Journey: Les Boreades of Montreal

Les Boreades of Montreal on the ATMA Classique label.

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