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Archive for Harmonia Early Music

December 28, 2009

Lutenist Rolf Lislevand on the ECM Label

An innovative approach to lute music of the Renaissance and Baroque.

December 28, 2009

Early Music America's Medieval And Renaissance Competition of 2009

Performances by Ensemble Alkemia, Plaine & Easie, and Musica Fantasia.

December 24, 2009

What is Early Music?

The perennial question: "What is early music?" Help Harmonia in the beginning of our search for an answer.

December 20, 2009

The Noel: Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque

A Christian expression of joy, the word “noel” has been associated with Christmas for hundreds of years. This week, Harmonia looks at its many guises in music from the Middle Ages to the early baroque. Plus a new release of Mozart violin sonatas with Petra Müllejans and Kristian Bezuidenhout.

December 20, 2009

Top Ten Early Music Discoveries of 2009

New and classic recordings that made a lasting impression in 2009.

December 14, 2009

Music of the Renaissance with Alexander Blachly and Pomerium

Performances from three recordings, including a new release of music by Orlande de Lassus.

December 9, 2009

William Carter Performs Guitar Music of Corbetta, Murcia, and Sor

Three Linn Records releases by a renowned early guitarist.

December 7, 2009

WGBH Re-launches Boston Classical Music Station

Over the last year, Harmonia reached the ears of listeners in Boston via WGBH. And while Harmonia is not initially part of the new 99.5 All Classical schedule, we hope that, as the dust settles during this transition, Harmonia may be re-added in the near future.

December 7, 2009

Highlights from the 2009 Indianapolis Early Music Festival

This week, Harmonia explores many exciting concerts from the 2009 Indianapolis Early Music Festival, including performances by Ex Umbris, Reconstruction, Harmonious Blacksmith, and the Peabody Consort. Plus a new release by Ensemble 415.

December 1, 2009

Music of Spanish Colonial Latin America

Fine recordings of early music from Latin America with Ex Cathedra, Ensemble Elyma, the Boston Camerata, Canto, Florilegium, and Musica Temprana.

November 30, 2009

The Countertenor in Recording, pt. 1: 1960s-1980s

This week, Harmonia explores the countertenor in recording from the 1960s to the 1980s. Part one will include performances by the early pioneers alongside the second generation. Violinist Adrian Butterfield will perform in a new Naxos label release of music by Jean-Marie Leclair.

November 23, 2009

American Flutist Jed Wentz and Musica Ad Rhenum

Three excellent recordings of late-baroque music, including J.S. Bach, Couperin, Telemann, and Blavet.

November 23, 2009

Cornucopia: Music for the Harvest, Fertility, and Giving Thanks

This week, Harmonia looks at the cornucopia, an ancient symbol for the harvest, fertility, and giving thanks. Music from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and early America will be explored in addition to a featured release of works for horn and strings entitled “Cornucopia II.”

November 17, 2009

Pamela Thorby, Recorder Virtuosa

Pamela Thorby performs music of the Renaissance, baroque, and new works for the recorder.

November 9, 2009

Great Musicians: Kate Clark, Renaissance and Baroque Flutist

Our great musicians series continues with Australian flutist Kate Clark. Find out about how she started playing the baroque and Renaissance flutes, as well as hear her perform music of the French baroque, C.P.E. Bach, and various works with her Renaissance flute ensemble, The Attaignant Consort.

November 9, 2009

The English Renaissance with the Toronto Consort and Les Witches

Songs and instrumental pieces from Elizabethan England.

November 3, 2009

Medieval Music with Joglaresa, The Rose Ensemble, and Millenarium

Three new recordings of music from the Middle Ages, including songs of the trouvères, music for Saint Francis of Assisi, and medieval dances.

November 2, 2009

Handel at Cannons: Music for the Duke of Chandos

What do the oratorio Esther, the opera Acis and Galatea, and the Chandos Anthems have in common? They were all composed for a single patron. This week, Harmonia explores Handel’s works written during his tenure as composer-in-residence at Cannons, the stately home of the Duke of Chandos. Plus, a new release by the American ensemble Les Delices.

October 26, 2009

Ensemble 415 performs Albinoni and Muffat

A new release of Albinoni's "Sinfonie a Cinque" performed by Ensemble 415 (plus music of Georg Muffat).

October 26, 2009

Saints and Martyrs: Louis, Michel, and Cecilia

A look at the lives of Christian saints with celebrations from 17th-century France and England... plus a recent release of choral works by Jean Mouton.

October 21, 2009

Early Music Ensembles: What's in a Name?

A reflection on ensemble names in Early Music and what they represent.

October 19, 2009

Thoinot Arbeau's "Orchésographie"

An exploration of the most important French dance manual of the Late Renaissance, which includes advice for dancing, fencing, and proper etiquette for men.

October 13, 2009

Questions for Lutenist Nigel North

Lutenist Nigel North answers questions about his connection to the music of John Dowland.

October 12, 2009

Music for the Freemasons: Haydn and Mozart

The fraternal organization known as Freemasonry is explored and its connection to two 18th-century composers who were members—Joseph Haydn and W. A. Mozart.

October 5, 2009

Handel in Hanover, Düsseldorf, and London

This week, Harmonia continues to explore George Frideric Handel’s music through the many places in which he which lived, including his compositions for German patrons, London audiences, and a royal boat trip down the Thames. The Norwegian ensemble Bergen Barokk will perform in their latest release of cantatas by Telemann.

October 2, 2009

Linking Early Music: Paula Chateauneuf and Blanche Moyse

A few Early Music links for the end of the week (plus recent blog posts).

October 2, 2009

Early Music in America: Texas

A survey of established Early Music ensembles and organizations in the great state of Texas.

October 1, 2009

Sting: First Dowland, Now Schumann

Not long after his commercial success with the music of John Dowland, Sting explores Robert Schumann's music for a good cause.

September 29, 2009

Questions for Maria Coldwell, Exec. Director of Early Music America

Maria Coldwell introduces us to Early Music America, talks about some of its future projects, and describes her role as its Executive Director.

September 28, 2009

Corelli's Op. 5 on the Harmonia Mundi Label

Four recordings of Arcangelo Corelli's famous violin sonatas on the Harmonia Mundi record label.

September 28, 2009

Celtic Music/Early Music-Traditional Music of Ireland and Scotland

Traditional music from Ireland and Scotland is heard this week on Harmonia, but with a twist… all of the performers are early music specialists. Special attention will be given to the viola da gamba, pardessus de viole, and baroque cello. Jordi Savall will perform in a new release entitled “The Celtic Viol.”

September 25, 2009

King's Music: Death of an Early Music Publishing Company

Clifford Bartlett, owner of King's Music, have filed for bankruptcy.

September 25, 2009

Linking Early Music: Baroque Opera, Chopin, and BREMF

A handful of Early Music links for the end of the week.

September 24, 2009

What's on YouTube: Arcangelo Corelli

A YouTube search for "Corelli" yields a nice surprise.

September 23, 2009

Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" and the 21st Century

A new video of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" with the Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin, gives plenty of food for thought.

September 22, 2009

Questions for August Denhard (Early Music Guild of Seattle)

August Denhard, executive director of the Seattle Early Music Guild, answers questions about the Guild and early music in Seattle.

September 21, 2009

Highlights from the 2009 Bloomington Early Music Festival, pt. 2

Concerts with Nigel North, the winners of the Early Music Institute Recital Prize (Antonio Santos and Maho Sone), ensemble Sacabuche, and Fenix de los Ingenios.

September 21, 2009

Ten "Messiah" Recordings for a Handel Year

George Frideric Handel’s oratorio Messiah is one the most famous classical compositions ever written and one of the most oft-recorded choral works of the last century. Trying to find a good recording might seem a little daunting, but rest assured that one or more is out there to suit you.

September 18, 2009

Linking Early Music: Sandrine Piau, Stradivarius, and More

A few links from the world of Early Music for the end of the week.

September 17, 2009

What's on YouTube: The Goldberg Variations

One of the world's most famous pieces has a varied presence on Youtube.

September 16, 2009

Baroque Flutist Kate Clark "Followed a Sound"

A look at Australian baroque flutist Kate Clark (background and recordings).

September 15, 2009

Questions for American Countertenor Steven Rickards

American countertenor Steven Rickards answers questions about his voice type and aspects of his career.

September 14, 2009

Highlights from the 2009 Bloomington Early Music Festival, pt. 1

This week Harmonia samples the many concerts from the 2009 Bloomington Early Music Festival, including performances by Hesperus, fortepianist Shuann Chai, ensemble L'AURA, and Chatham Baroque. The Aulos Ensemble will perform in new release of arrangements from Rameau operas.

September 14, 2009

Ensemble Zefiro Performs Handel's Water Music

A new recording of Handel's "Water Music" with Ensemble Zefiro and a classic one with The English Concert.

September 11, 2009

Linking Early Music: Bach, Beethoven, Bolivian Baroque,

Lots of links involving the letter "B" for the end of the week.

September 10, 2009

What's on YouTube: Philippe Jaroussky

French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and the many Youtube videos that feature him.

September 9, 2009

Wanna play baroque violin?

A Strings Magazine article on learning to play the baroque violin for the modern violinist.

September 8, 2009

Questions for Angela Mariani

Angela Mariani, host of Harmonia, answers questions about life as a professor of music history, running a non-profit organization, and ensemble Altramar.

September 7, 2009

The Other Scarlatti

A look at Alessandro Scarlatti and three of his oratorios with performances by Il Seminario Musicale, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, and Europa Galante.

September 7, 2009

A Purcell Celebration, pt. 2

The exploration of Henry Purcell’s music continues this week on Harmonia with a look at the large-scale works for church, court, and theater. Performances of anthems, odes, and music from his operas are all heard in addition to a new Plectra label release of J.S. Bach’s complete harpsichord concertos.

September 4, 2009

Linking Early Music: a Haydn Year

An (almost) all-Haydn link round-up for the end of the week.

September 3, 2009

What's on YouTube: Antonio Valente

Youtube discoveries of music by Italian Renaissance composer Antonio Valente.

September 2, 2009

Music of the Scottish Renaissance discovered at Stirling Castle

The earliest instrumental music in Scotland discovered on a carving at Stirling Castle.

September 1, 2009

Questions for Robert Green

Robert Green, musicologist and performer on the hurdy-gurdy, is asked questions about his chosen instrument.

August 31, 2009

Masaaki Suzuki at Yale

Masaaki Suzuki, founder and music director of the Bach Collegium Japan, will spend the next two academic years teaching at Yale University.

August 31, 2009

Harpist Maxine Eilander

Two recordings of music by Handel and Lawes on the ATMA label, featuring early harpist Maxine Eilander.

August 31, 2009

Medieval Instruments: Pipe & Tabor, Vielle, Organetto, & Recorder

Instruments from the middle ages are not likely to evoke pleasant thoughts unless it concerns ones of a musical variety. This week, Harmonia goes medieval on you in a tour of the typical instruments of the period--the vielle, recorder, organetto, and the pipe and tabor. La Colombina will also perform in a new release of music by Victoria.

August 28, 2009

Linking Early Music

A handful of early music links for the end of the week.

August 26, 2009

"The Play of Daniel" in the National Recording Registry

A look at the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress and its Early Music contents.

August 26, 2009

The NFA and the Baroque Flute

A summary of the baroque flute events at the 2009 National Flute Association Convention in New York City.

August 24, 2009

The Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra

Barthold Kuijken, artistic director of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, joins Harmonia this week to explore music from a live performance by the orchestra. The concert includes pieces by Campra, Purcell, and a flute concerto by Vivaldi. Bart Kuijken also performs in a new Accent label release of music by Johann Sebastian Bach's sons.

August 24, 2009

Les Délices: The Tastes Reunited

A look at the debut recording of Les Délices, an American chamber ensemble directed by Debra Nagy.

August 17, 2009

What's on Youtube: Sound The Trumpet

A look at the many Youtube video performances of Purcell's duet "Sound the trumpet."

August 17, 2009

Obsidian Records (UK)

This week, Harmonia samples releases from Obsidian Records, England’s newest label devoted to Early Music, including performances by Alamire, Quintessential, and Andrew Lawrence King, among others. Music of Renaissance composers Josquin, Tomkins, Senfl, and Verdelot are explored in addition to Obsidian’s latest release entitled Henry’s Music.

August 14, 2009

Emma Kirkby Tours America

Early Music icon Emma Kirby will tour the US with lutenist Jakob Lindberg during the 2009-2010 season.

August 14, 2009

La Simphonie du Marais

A look at the French ensemble La Simphonie du Marais in three recordings, including music by Lully and Delalande.

August 12, 2009

American Concert Series Round-up

A peek at four American early music concert series for the 2009-2010 season -- Berkeley, Seattle, Milwaukee, and Boston.

August 10, 2009

A Purcell Celebration, pt. 1

A look at Henry Purcell's small-scale compositions for keyboard, music for string ensembles, and songs.

August 7, 2009

Music of Latin America: Musica Temprana

A look at Música Temprana, a dynamic group specializing in music of Colonial Latin America.

August 3, 2009

New Ensemble: Per Far Lieto

An introduction to Per Far Lieto, a new duo from Europe that specializes in medieval music (Catalina Vicens, organetto, and David Kuckhermann, percussion).

August 3, 2009

Circa 1500

Harmonia takes a trip this week through Renaissance England, Italy, and Spain with the London-based ensemble Circa 1500 and its director Nancy Hadden. Music from the time of the Mary Rose, the Courts of Mantua and Ferrara, the Spanish Kingdoms, and the London streets... plus, their latest release of German motets entitled “Sacred Concerti.”

July 31, 2009

What's on Youtube: Ballo del Granduca

A Youtube video of a Renaissance hit ("O che nuovo miracolo" by Emilio de Cavalieri).

July 27, 2009

Venus & Adonis

This week’s edition features three settings of the Venus and Adonis story, including works by Henry Desmarest, John Blow, and Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco.

July 27, 2009

Late Medieval Songs from Cyprus

Ensemble La Morra’s exploration of late-medieval French songs from a Cyprian manuscript, and a new release by Le Jardin Secret entitled Musique pour Mazarin!

July 21, 2009

Bergen Barokk performs Telemann and Bertouch

An introduction to the Norwegian ensemble Bergen Barokk, including two recent releases of Telemann cantatas and a world-premiere recording of music by Bertouch.

July 20, 2009

Amarillis on the Naïve Label

The French trio Amarillis and their recent box set, "Europe Baroque," and a new release of music by Johann Christoph Pez with Les Muffatti.

July 13, 2009

The Lute Books of Francesco Spinacino

An exploration of the first printed music for the lute, Francesco Spinacino’s "Intabulatura de lauto" of 1507... plus a new release of music by Georg Muffat.

July 12, 2009

Musica Antiqua Köln (Sonatas and Concertos)

A look at the recordings by esteemed German ensemble Musica Antiqua Köln, including music by Telemann, Heinichen, and five Italian composers.

July 6, 2009

Baroque Duets

A look at a couple classic recordings of music for two tenors ("A Doi Tenori") and two countertenors ("Countertenor Duets by Purcell and Blow").

July 6, 2009

Handel in Italy: Music for Roman Patrons and a Neapolitan Wedding

Part two of a series that looks into the life of George Frideric Handel from the perspective of the many places he lived.

June 29, 2009

Monteverdi's "Selva morale e spirituale" of 1641

Claudio Monteverdi’s monumental collection of sacred music, Selva morale e spirituale, will be explored with performances by Cantus Cölln and Concerto Palatino.

June 22, 2009

Celtic Music and the Viola da Gamba

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).

June 22, 2009

Fundacion de Musica (Colombia)

Recordings of Spanish colonial music released by the Fundacion de Musica, an organization devoted to the research and study of Colombia’s music history.

June 15, 2009

Obsidian Records

A look at Obsidian Records, an excellent new music label, with performances of music by Josquin, Senfl, Verdelot, Tomkins, and from the court of the Henry VIII.

June 15, 2009

Vices: Smoking, Gambling, Drinking, and Coffee

An exploration of the lighter side of four human vices.

June 8, 2009

La Donna Musicale: Celebrating the Music of Women Composers

An exploration of the Boston-based ensemble La Donna Musicale (Laury Gutierrez, dir.), including their recordings of music by women composers.

June 1, 2009

Handel in Hamburg

Part one of a series that looks into the life of George Frideric Handel from the perspective of the many places he lived.

June 1, 2009


New music for vespers. A look at Kile Smith's composition for Choir and Renaissance band, as well as Fabrizio Cassol's post-modern work inspired by Monteverdi.

May 25, 2009

Nicolas Gombert

The life and works of Nicolas Gombert, a Renaissance composer whose music will be explored as well as a new release by the English ensemble La Serenissima.

May 18, 2009

Bach Sons and El Son Jarocho

A new recording by Bart Kuijken and a classic by the Mexican group Ensamble Continuo.

May 11, 2009

Music from Late Medieval Cyprus

A look at two releases of of late medieval songs from Cyprus by La Morra and Ensemble PAN.

May 3, 2009

Music of Nicola Porpora

Two recordings of music by Italian baroque composer Nicola Porpora.

April 27, 2009

Stile Antico and the Song of Songs

The young British vocal ensemble Stile Antico and their latest Harmonia Mundi release, "Song of Songs."

April 20, 2009

Circa 1500

A CRD label release of a new recording by ensemble Circa 1500.

April 13, 2009

Musique pour Mazarin!

The debut release of Le Jardin Secret on the Coro label.

April 6, 2009

Les Muffatti performs the music of Pez and Muffat

A look at the dynamic baroque orchestra Les Muffatti and their two Ramee label releases of music by Johann Christoph Pez (2007) and Georg Muffat (2005).

March 30, 2009

The Music of François Francoeur

A Mirare recording of the opera Piramus and Thisbe by François Rebel and François Francoeur, and an Alpha release of music by Francoeur with Ensemble Ausonia.

March 23, 2009

Trio Sonatas with London Baroque

London Baroque's recent BIS recording of trio sonatas from 17th-century Germany, and their 1984 Amon Ra release of English music from the 18th Century.

March 16, 2009

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Baroque Nouveau and Les Talens Lyriques

Baroque Nouveau's release of the 'Pieces de Clavecin en Concert' for Reference, and then a glimpse of Les Talens Lyrique's recording of opera overtures.

March 8, 2009

Baroque Guitarists Richard Savino and Taro Takeuchi

Guitarist Richard Savino explores the music of Ludovico Roncalli on the Dorian label while Taro Takeuchi performs a 17th Century program for Deux-Elles.

March 2, 2009

Lute Songs of the 17th Century

Love songs for voice and lute are the focus this week with soprano Linda Tsatsanis and lutenist John Lenti.

February 23, 2009

The Winchester Part Books

This week, Harmonia explores music from the Winchester Part Books, a collection of madrigals and chansons by of some of the most well-known composers in Renaissance Europe, including Adrian Willaert, Orlando di Lasso, Filippo Azzaiolo, Claudin de Sermisy, and others.

February 16, 2009


This week, a look at the Renaissance lament known as the déploration. Also, the debut release of the Canadian ensemble I Furiosi.

February 9, 2009

Dieterich Buxtehude's Vocal Music

Music of Dieterich Buxtehude, including a new Alpha label release with Hans Jorg-Mammel and La Fenice, followed by a recording with soprano Emma Kirkby.

February 2, 2009

Traditions Series: Eat, Drink, and Celebrate

The Traditions Series continues with a look at the appearances of food and drink in music of the baroque. Also, a new release by organist Johnathan Dimmock.

January 26, 2009

Traditions Series: Mother's Day and Father's Day

Our Traditions Series continues with a journey to the origin of Mother's and Father's Day. Also, a new release of Beethoven sonatas.

January 19, 2009

Traditions Series: Easter

The Traditions Series continues with music to celebrate the Christian holidays around Easter. From the Renaissance through the baroque, music for Holy Week and Easter Sunday will be explored, in addition to a new release by Rinaldo Alessandrini's Concerto Italiano.

January 19, 2009

17th-century Segovia with the Capilla Jeronimo de Carrion

Performances by the Capilla Jeronimo de Carrion in two recordings, including music by Miguel de Irizar as well as their namesake, Jeronimo de Carrion.

January 12, 2009

Traditions Series: Courtship

Dating, courting, or wooing. Call it what you will, the ways in which two lovers acquaint themselves and the myriad of feelings shared are somewhat indescribable. This week on Harmonia the Traditions Series continues with a look at love and courtship, as well as a debut release by the Blue Heron Renaissance Choir.

January 12, 2009

The Rise of the North Italian Violin Concerto, vol. 3

A new release by the dynamic British ensemble La Serenissima in the third installment of their Italian violin concerto series.

January 5, 2009

Traditions Series: Memorials

Composers have often been called on to provide music which marks the passing away of family members, colleagues, and public figures. The Harmonia Traditions Series continues this week with an exploration of early memorials. Plus, Claire Guimond and Sonnerie perform in a new recording of Mozart's flute quartets.

January 5, 2009

Handel's Messiah with The Sixteen

Two recordings by the English choir The Sixteen under the direction of Harry Christophers—Handel's Messiah and Bach's Christmas Oratorio.

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