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Archive for Harmonia Early Music

December 30, 2010

The King's Consort and ORLANDOviols

Henry Purcell's complete odes & welcome songs (Hyperion), and a debut recording of music for viol consort (Lunaris).

December 28, 2010

Vivaldi’s Angels with Ensemble Caprice

Ensemble Caprice offers music of Vivaldi, the New London Consort explores Tylman Susato’s “Dansereye,” and Bonporti inventions performed by Chiara Banchini.

December 22, 2010

Top Ten Discoveries of 2010

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

December 20, 2010

Holidays with Anonymous 4, Stile Antico, and Montserrat Figueras

Anonymous 4 explores medieval English carol and early American Christmas songs and ballads, Stile Antico serves up Tudor music for Christmas and Advent, and Monserrat Figueras and Hesperion XXI offer a special holiday feature.

December 15, 2010

Carlos Mena and Maria Cristina Kiehr

Songs by John Blow and Henry Purcell (Mirare) and music of 17th-century Italian women composers (Ambronay).

December 10, 2010

Netherlands Bach Society and La Nouvelle Menestrandie

J.S. Bach's "Magnificat" (Channel Classics) and Purcell's "Dido & Aeneas" (Ambronay).

November 30, 2010

Karina Gauvin and Les Boréades

Music of Henry Purcell and the French Baroque on the ATMA Classique label.

November 24, 2010

The Celtic Viol II and Dancing in the Isles

Celtic music with Jordi Savall (Alia Vox) and Musica Pacifica (Solimar).

November 22, 2010

Feasting and Gluttony

Gluttony: found in music of the Renaissance and Baroque, and Les Voix Baroques performs early 17th-century carnival music.

November 16, 2010

ATMA: Masques and Notturna

Ensemble Masques explores Rameau's "Pièces de clavecin en concert" and Notturna plays the chamber sonatas of Janitsch.

November 13, 2010

700 Harmonia Episodes And Counting

Harmonia celebrates the airing of its 700th episode.

November 11, 2010

Handel Opera Arias: Bejun Mehta and Nathalie Stutzmann

Two excellent recordings with countertenor Bejun Mehta (Harmonia Mundi) and contralto Nathalie Stutzmann (DHM).

November 9, 2010

Early Music America: Naxos Recording Competition

Early Music America and Naxos Records collaborate in a recording competition.

November 8, 2010

New Music/Early Music: The New Brandenburgs, pt. 2

A continuation of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s commissions of new works inspired by the Brandenburg concertos of J.S. Bach, American lutenist Ronn McFarlane joins us to talk about his compositions, and the Dunedin Consort & Players are featured in a release of Bach’s B minor Mass.

November 4, 2010

Gaga For Gregorian Chant

Decca Records selects the French nuns of Our Lady of the Annunciation Abbey for their next recording of Gregorian Chant.

November 3, 2010

Countertenors: Daniel Taylor and Matthew White

Showcase recordings for Canada's top countertenors.

October 26, 2010

Stabat Mater and Marian Cantatas

Marian music by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (Harmonia Mundi) and George Frideric Handel (Archiv Produktion).

October 25, 2010

Witchcraft and Madness in Restoration England

A look at witches and insanity in songs and scenes from late 17th-century English stage works, violinist Ingrid Matthews and harpsichordist Byron Schenkman perform live in recital from Seattle, and Esterházy Machine explores Haydn’s trios for the baryton.

October 20, 2010

Vivaldi Concerto Discovered Where?

Musicologist Andrew Woolley discovered a flute concerto by Antonio Vivaldi at the National Archives of Scotland.

October 19, 2010

Jordi Savall and Music for a French King

Music for the orchestras of Louis XIII and XIV, as well as works from the time of Louis XV.

October 15, 2010

Telemann: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra And Musica Antiqua Cologne

The complete Musique de Table with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra (Harmonia Mundi) and string concertos with Musica Antiqua Cologne (Archiv Produktion).

October 11, 2010

The Tudor Choir in Seattle

On Harmonia, the Tudor Choir performs live on the Early Music Guild's International Series, the Hilliard Ensemble interprets the music of Perotin, and Ensemble Sarband re-imagines Bach in the Arabian Passion.

October 6, 2010

Early Music Concert Series Round-up

A sneak-preview of prominent early music concert series for the 2010-2011 season.

October 4, 2010

Piffaro and the English Renaissance

Harmonia looks at Piffaro's recording "Waytes," Ensemble Instrumenta Musica performs 17th-century Venetian wind music, and Florilegium continues its exploration of the Bolivian Baroque.

September 27, 2010

Cançonièr and the Black Dragon

Harmonia explores medieval music from the time of Vlad Dracula with ensemble Cançonièr, Imagem da Melancolia performs works from 17th-century Portugal, and harpsichordist Robert Hill plays Bach's viola da gamba sonatas on the lautenwerk with gambist Ekkehard Weber.

September 22, 2010

Arias for Farinelli and Favorites from Farnace

Mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux sings virtuoso baroque composed for castrato Farinelli and Le Concert de Nations performs excerpts from Vivaldi's opera 'Farnace.'

September 20, 2010

Handel’s Harp with Maxine Eilander

Harmonia explores George Frideric Handel’s harp music with baroque harp virtuoso Maxine Eilander, the Toronto Consort performs works for Queen Elizabeth I, and More Hispano improvises on music from the Spanish and Italian Renaissance.

September 13, 2010

Music of Baroque Mexico: Fernandes, Padilla, and Murcia

Harmonia devotes itself to the baroque music of Mexico, including works by Gaspar Fernandes and Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla, a brief look at the Jesús Sánchez Garza Collection of Spanish colonial manuscripts, and Lee Santana leads Ensamble Continuo in an unusual take on the guitar music of Santiago de Murcia.

September 8, 2010

Andrew Manze and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Renowned British violinist Andrew Manze is featured in two recordings of music by W.A. Mozart (Harmonia Mundi).

September 6, 2010

New Music/Early Music: The New Brandenburgs, pt. 1

Harmonia begins an exploration the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s commissions inspired by the Brandenburg Concertos of J.S. Bach, a look at prominent countertenors from the 1990s, and Rolf Lislevand performs music of the Italian Renaissance on the featured recording “Diminuito.”

September 3, 2010

Christmas Music with Anonymous 4 and Stile Antico

Medieval and early Anglo-American songs with Anonymous 4 (Harmonia Mundi) and the Tudor Renaissance with Stile Antico (Harmonia Mundi).

August 30, 2010

The Frottola and Renaissance Love

Harmonia explores themes of love found in the popular Renaissance song known as the frottola, Musicologist Robert Green joins us to talk about the French Baroque hurdy-gurdy, and Nicholas McGegan directs in the world-premiere recording of a Mendelssohn arrangement of Handel’s Acis and Galatea.

August 26, 2010

Cançonièr and the Dunedin Consort & Players

The medieval ensemble Cançonièr explores music from the time of Vlad Dracula and the Dunedin Consort and Players perform J.S. Bach's Mass in B minor (Linn).

August 23, 2010

Great Musicians: Paul O’Dette, Lutenist

American lutenist Paul O’Dette joins Harmonia to talk about his recording of pieces by Marco dall’Aquila, Gregory Geehern directs the Indiana University Pro Arte ensemble in choral music from the Spanish Renaissance, and Los Musicos de Su Alteza performs in a world-premiere recording of villancicos by Joseph Ruiz Samaniego.

August 19, 2010

The Palladians: Devil's Trill and An Excess of Pleasure

Two recordings from a notable British ensemble (Linn).

August 16, 2010

Peter Phillips And The Tallis Scholars

Peter Phillips joins Harmonia to talk about the Tallis Scholars’ recording “Lamentations of Jeremiah,” Gary Cooper leads the New Chamber Opera Ensemble in music from the Gresham Autograph, and L’Arpeggiata is featured in the release “Via Crucis.”

August 11, 2010

Anna Bon with La Donna Musicale

La Donna Musicale performs the music of Anna Bon, soprano Carolyn Sampson and lutenist Matthew Wadsworth explore the lute songs of John Dowland and his contemporaries, and the vocal ensemble Stile Antico surveys the liturgical works of John Sheppard.

August 3, 2010

Musicians of the Globe: Shakespeare and Oberon

Philip Picket leads the Musicians of the Globe in music from Shakespeare's plays and the Masque of Oberon.

August 2, 2010

Many thanks for your support!

The results are in and while we fell short of our goal, we did raise over $1000!!! Many thanks to all who contributed. And thanks for sharing your thoughts and comments along with your contributions.

August 2, 2010

Lucidarium: 'La Istoria de Purim'

Lucidarium explores Jewish music and poetry of Renaissance Italy, Ensemble Caprice performs gypsy-inspired baroque music, and a unique LP from Leonard Bernstein’s record collection.

July 28, 2010

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July 27, 2010

Joseph Haydn Symphonies and Nocturnes

Haydn symphonies with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra (Harmonia Mundi) and Nocturnes for the King of Naples with Mozzafiato and L’Archibudelli (Sony).

July 26, 2010

More Medieval Instruments, John Abberger, and Alonso Mudarra

Harmonia continues it look at musical instruments from the Middle Ages, Baroque oboist John Abberger talks about his chosen instrument, and Private Musicke performs music of Spanish Renaissance composer Alonso Mudarra.

July 20, 2010

Santiago de Murcia with Paul O’Dette and Rolf Lislevand

Virtuosos Paul Odette and Rolf Lislevand explore the baroque guitar music of Murcia.

July 19, 2010

World Premieres with the Koelner Akademie

Harmonia looks at world-premiere recordings of music by Mattheson and Fischer with the Koelner Akademie, in addition to exploring Byzantine chant with Greek-American singer John Michael Boyer. Paul O’Dette performs in a featured release of Renaissance lute music by Marco dall’Aquila.

July 13, 2010

Le Jardin Secret on the Coro Label

Le Jardin Secret performs music for the Habsburg Imperial Court and for Cardinal Mazarin.

July 12, 2010

Ramee Label Sampler: Bononcini, Touchemoulin, and Gaultier

Ramee label releases of music by composers Bononcini, Touchemoulin, and Gaultier, as well a look at Pomerium’s Old Hall label recording of Orlandus Lassus.

July 6, 2010

The English Concert and Ensemble 415 perform Geminiani Concertos

Francesco Geminiani's concertos after Corelli with the English Concert (Harmonia Mundi) and Ensemble 415 (Zig-Zag Territories).

July 5, 2010

Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610: New, Old, and Now

Harmonia marks the 400th anniversary of the publication of Claudio Monteverdi’s “Marian Vespers” of 1610 with performances by Tragicomedia, Concerto Palatino, and the Magnificat Baroque Ensemble.

June 25, 2010

Florilegium And The Bolivian Baroque Series

This week on the Harmonia Early Music Podcast we listen to Florilegium's three-volume Channel Classics series.

June 12, 2010

Waytes and Vivaldi's Angels

Music from the English Renaissance with Piffaro and choral music by Vivaldi with Ensemble Caprice.

June 5, 2010

Bach, Robert Hill, and the Lute-Harpsichord

American harpsichordist Robert Hill performs J.S. Bach's music on the gut-strung 'lautenwerck,' or lute-harpsichord.

May 28, 2010

More Hispano and Imagem da Melancolia

Improvisations with the Spanish ensemble More Hispano (Carpe Diem) and Portuguese polyphony with Imagem da Melancolia (Challenge Classics).

May 22, 2010

Via Crucis and Anna Bon

Ensemble L'Arpeggiata's "Way of the Cross" and composer Anna Bon with La Donna Musicale.

May 14, 2010

Music of Telemann, Haydn, and dall’Aquila

Ensemble Caprice tackles Telemann's Gypsy music, Esterházy Machine plays Haydn's baryton trios, and Paul O’Dette champions Marco dall’Aquila’s lute pieces.

May 7, 2010

J.S. Bach PASSIONS: Matthew, Arabian, and Pitié

Bach's Matthew Passion and two modern works inspired by it.

April 29, 2010

Questions for Brian Dickie, Director of the Chicago Opera Theater

Brian Dickie answers questions about the company's history with early opera and their current production of Cavalli's "Giasone."

April 21, 2010

Keyboard Music of Froberger: Christophe Rousset and Webb Wiggins

Music for harpsichord and organ by one of the German baroque's most prominent composers before J.S. Bach.

April 13, 2010

The Forgotten Kingdom and Lamentations of Jeremiah

Jordi Savall explores music for the Cathars (Alia Vox), and the Tallis Scholars perform Victoria's Lamentations (Gimell).

April 8, 2010

Mozart Sonatas and Myslivecek Wind Music

Duo Amade performs Mozart's sonatas for violin and keyboard (Chandos), and the L'Orfeo Wind Ensemble plays Myslivecek's complete quintets and octets (CPO).

April 7, 2010

Questions for Early Clarinetist Eric Hoeprich

Early clarinetist Eric Hoeprich answers questions about his instrument, ensemble (Nachtmusique), and other projects.

April 5, 2010

Upcoming Event: Berkeley Festival and Exhibition (BFX TEN)

The Berkeley Festival and Exhibition presents world-class ensembles and Early Music America hosts a conference dedicated to Monteverdi's Vespers (1610).

March 30, 2010

Celtic Music: Norman/Greenberg Duo and Concerto Caledonia

A new recording of Celtic music from the 18th Century with flutist Chris Norman and violinist David Greenberg, and a classic one with Concerto Caledonia.

March 23, 2010

17th-Century Venice with Musica Fiata and Instrumenta Musica

Music of Venetian composers from the Early Baroque.

March 18, 2010

Questions for Garry Clarke, Director of the Baroque Band

Clarke answers questions about his career, the founding of the Baroque Band, and their forthcoming participation in Chicago's first-ever Early Music festival.

March 18, 2010

Chalice Consort Presents Early Music Mining Conference, April 2010

Chalice Consort is collaborating with global early music scholars and musicians to produce the first annual Early Music Mining Conference, to be held in San Francisco on April 10, 2010. This Conference features the presentation of newly edited and previously unpublished works of Renaissance choral music.

March 18, 2010

Chicago Early Music Festival

Chicago's first-ever festival devoted to Early Music will include six centuries of music.

March 16, 2010

Biber with the Baroque Band and Musica Antiqua Cologne

Two excellent recordings of music by H.I.F. Biber with the Baroque Band (Cedille) and Musica Antiqua Cologne (Archiv).

March 10, 2010

Handel's Acis and Galatea: Arrangements by Mozart and Mendelssohn

Performances by Les Arts Florissants (Erato), The English Concert (Archiv), and the Goettingen Festival Orchestra (Carus).

March 3, 2010

Music of 18th-Century France: Leclair, Rebel, and Touchemoulin

Tina Chancey performs on the pardessus de viole, Opera Lafayette explores "Zelindor," and Les Inventions discovers little-known works by Touchemoulin.

March 1, 2010

Women in Early Music: Strozzi, Cozzolani, de La Guerre & Leonarda

Music written by some of the most significant female composers of the baroque era.

February 20, 2010

World Premieres with Michael Willens and Die Koelner Akademie

World premiere recordings of music by Johann Mattheson, Ferdinand Ries, Carl Stamitz, and Johann Christian Fischer.

February 17, 2010

Questions for Debra Nagy, Baroque Oboist

One of North America's top baroque oboists answers questions about the instruments she plays, her ensemble, their debut recording, and her upcoming projects.

February 9, 2010

Questions for Michael Willens, Director of Die Koelner Akademie

Willens answers questions about his career path, the orchestra he directs, and their recording project known as the Forgotten Treasures Series.

February 8, 2010

'Humori' with Les Voix Baroques and 'Mudarra' with Private Musicke

Music for Carnival and Lent with Les Voix Baroques (ATMA) and Alonso Mudarra's "Tres Libros de Musica" with soprano Raquel Andueza and Private Musicke (ACCENT).

February 8, 2010

Linking Early Music: Conductors and Concerts

Meet a couple of directors you might not have heard of, read about ones you probably have, and listen to a couple of recorded performances.

February 8, 2010

Cupid, Love, and the Baroque

Depictions of Cupid in baroque music from France, Italy, England, and Latin America.

February 2, 2010

The English Renaissance with Stile Antico and the Brabant Ensemble

Choral music from England, including Stile Antico's exploration of composer John Seppard and the Brabant Ensemble's offerings from the Chirk Castle Part-Books.

January 25, 2010

Music of John Eccles and Gottlieb Muffat

The Early Opera Company performs Eccles' "The Judgement of Paris" and harpsichordist Mitzi Meyerson plays Muffat's complete "Componimenti Musicali" of 1736.

January 18, 2010

J.S. Bach, Bononcini, and the Gaultiers on the Ramée Label

Music for lute, organ, harpsichord, and a little-known Italian Baroque oratorio.

January 14, 2010

Questions for Catherine Turocy, Baroque Dancer

A look at the background and working life of one the world's great performers of baroque dance.

January 11, 2010

Spanish Composers Joseph Ruiz Samaniego and Juan de Ledesma

Excellent recordings of villancicos and violin sonatas.

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