An innovative approach to lute music of the Renaissance and Baroque.
Performances by Ensemble Alkemia, Plaine & Easie, and Musica Fantasia.
The perennial question: "What is early music?" Help Harmonia in the beginning of our search for an answer.
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.
New and classic recordings that made a lasting impression in 2009.
Performances from three recordings, including a new release of music by Orlande de Lassus.
Three Linn Records releases by a renowned early guitarist.
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.
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.
Fine recordings of early music from Latin America with Ex Cathedra, Ensemble Elyma, the Boston Camerata, Canto, Florilegium, and Musica Temprana.
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.
Three excellent recordings of late-baroque music, including J.S. Bach, Couperin, Telemann, and Blavet.
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.”
Pamela Thorby performs music of the Renaissance, baroque, and new works for the recorder.
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.
Songs and instrumental pieces from Elizabethan England.
Three new recordings of music from the Middle Ages, including songs of the trouvères, music for Saint Francis of Assisi, and medieval dances.
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.
A new release of Albinoni's "Sinfonie a Cinque" performed by Ensemble 415 (plus music of Georg Muffat).
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.
A reflection on ensemble names in Early Music and what they represent.
An exploration of the most important French dance manual of the Late Renaissance, which includes advice for dancing, fencing, and proper etiquette for men.
Lutenist Nigel North answers questions about his connection to the music of John Dowland.
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.
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.
A few Early Music links for the end of the week (plus recent blog posts).
A survey of established Early Music ensembles and organizations in the great state of Texas.
Not long after his commercial success with the music of John Dowland, Sting explores Robert Schumann's music for a good cause.
Maria Coldwell introduces us to Early Music America, talks about some of its future projects, and describes her role as its Executive Director.
Four recordings of Arcangelo Corelli's famous violin sonatas on the Harmonia Mundi record label.
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.”
Clifford Bartlett, owner of King's Music, have filed for bankruptcy.
A handful of Early Music links for the end of the week.
A YouTube search for "Corelli" yields a nice surprise.
A new video of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" with the Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin, gives plenty of food for thought.
August Denhard, executive director of the Seattle Early Music Guild, answers questions about the Guild and early music in Seattle.
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.
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.
A few links from the world of Early Music for the end of the week.
One of the world's most famous pieces has a varied presence on Youtube.
A look at Australian baroque flutist Kate Clark (background and recordings).
American countertenor Steven Rickards answers questions about his voice type and aspects of his career.
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.
A new recording of Handel's "Water Music" with Ensemble Zefiro and a classic one with The English Concert.
Lots of links involving the letter "B" for the end of the week.
French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and the many Youtube videos that feature him.
A Strings Magazine article on learning to play the baroque violin for the modern violinist.
Angela Mariani, host of Harmonia, answers questions about life as a professor of music history, running a non-profit organization, and ensemble Altramar.
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.
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.
An (almost) all-Haydn link round-up for the end of the week.
Youtube discoveries of music by Italian Renaissance composer Antonio Valente.
The earliest instrumental music in Scotland discovered on a carving at Stirling Castle.
Robert Green, musicologist and performer on the hurdy-gurdy, is asked questions about his chosen instrument.
Masaaki Suzuki, founder and music director of the Bach Collegium Japan, will spend the next two academic years teaching at Yale University.
Two recordings of music by Handel and Lawes on the ATMA label, featuring early harpist Maxine Eilander.
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.
A handful of early music links for the end of the week.
A look at the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress and its Early Music contents.
A summary of the baroque flute events at the 2009 National Flute Association Convention in New York City.
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.
A look at the debut recording of Les Délices, an American chamber ensemble directed by Debra Nagy.
A look at the many Youtube video performances of Purcell's duet "Sound the trumpet."
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.
Early Music icon Emma Kirby will tour the US with lutenist Jakob Lindberg during the 2009-2010 season.
A look at the French ensemble La Simphonie du Marais in three recordings, including music by Lully and Delalande.
A peek at four American early music concert series for the 2009-2010 season -- Berkeley, Seattle, Milwaukee, and Boston.
A look at Henry Purcell's small-scale compositions for keyboard, music for string ensembles, and songs.
A look at Música Temprana, a dynamic group specializing in music of Colonial Latin America.
An introduction to Per Far Lieto, a new duo from Europe that specializes in medieval music (Catalina Vicens, organetto, and David Kuckhermann, percussion).
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.”
A Youtube video of a Renaissance hit ("O che nuovo miracolo" by Emilio de Cavalieri).
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.
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!
An introduction to the Norwegian ensemble Bergen Barokk, including two recent releases of Telemann cantatas and a world-premiere recording of music by Bertouch.
The French trio Amarillis and their recent box set, "Europe Baroque," and a new release of music by Johann Christoph Pez with Les Muffatti.
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.
A look at the recordings by esteemed German ensemble Musica Antiqua Köln, including music by Telemann, Heinichen, and five Italian composers.
A look at a couple classic recordings of music for two tenors ("A Doi Tenori") and two countertenors ("Countertenor Duets by Purcell and Blow").
Part two of a series that looks into the life of George Frideric Handel from the perspective of the many places he lived.
Claudio Monteverdi’s monumental collection of sacred music, Selva morale e spirituale, will be explored with performances by Cantus Cölln and Concerto Palatino.
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).
Recordings of Spanish colonial music released by the Fundacion de Musica, an organization devoted to the research and study of Colombia’s music history.
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.
An exploration of the lighter side of four human vices.
An exploration of the Boston-based ensemble La Donna Musicale (Laury Gutierrez, dir.), including their recordings of music by women composers.
Part one of a series that looks into the life of George Frideric Handel from the perspective of the many places he lived.
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.
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.
A new recording by Bart Kuijken and a classic by the Mexican group Ensamble Continuo.
A look at two releases of of late medieval songs from Cyprus by La Morra and Ensemble PAN.
Two recordings of music by Italian baroque composer Nicola Porpora.
The young British vocal ensemble Stile Antico and their latest Harmonia Mundi release, "Song of Songs."
A CRD label release of a new recording by ensemble Circa 1500.
The debut release of Le Jardin Secret on the Coro label.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Guitarist Richard Savino explores the music of Ludovico Roncalli on the Dorian label while Taro Takeuchi performs a 17th Century program for Deux-Elles.
Love songs for voice and lute are the focus this week with soprano Linda Tsatsanis and lutenist John Lenti.
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.
This week, a look at the Renaissance lament known as the déploration. Also, the debut release of the Canadian ensemble I Furiosi.
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.
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.
Our Traditions Series continues with a journey to the origin of Mother's and Father's Day. Also, a new release of Beethoven sonatas.
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.
Performances by the Capilla Jeronimo de Carrion in two recordings, including music by Miguel de Irizar as well as their namesake, Jeronimo de Carrion.
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.
A new release by the dynamic British ensemble La Serenissima in the third installment of their Italian violin concerto series.
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.