Henry Purcell's complete odes & welcome songs (Hyperion), and a debut recording of music for viol consort (Lunaris).
Ensemble Caprice offers music of Vivaldi, the New London Consort explores Tylman Susato’s “Dansereye,” and Bonporti inventions performed by Chiara Banchini.
Some of the best early music heard in the past year.
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.
Songs by John Blow and Henry Purcell (Mirare) and music of 17th-century Italian women composers (Ambronay).
J.S. Bach's "Magnificat" (Channel Classics) and Purcell's "Dido & Aeneas" (Ambronay).
Music of Henry Purcell and the French Baroque on the ATMA Classique label.
Celtic music with Jordi Savall (Alia Vox) and Musica Pacifica (Solimar).
Gluttony: found in music of the Renaissance and Baroque, and Les Voix Baroques performs early 17th-century carnival music.
Ensemble Masques explores Rameau's "Pièces de clavecin en concert" and Notturna plays the chamber sonatas of Janitsch.
Harmonia celebrates the airing of its 700th episode.
Two excellent recordings with countertenor Bejun Mehta (Harmonia Mundi) and contralto Nathalie Stutzmann (DHM).
Early Music America and Naxos Records collaborate in a recording competition.
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.
Decca Records selects the French nuns of Our Lady of the Annunciation Abbey for their next recording of Gregorian Chant.
Showcase recordings for Canada's top countertenors.
Marian music by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (Harmonia Mundi) and George Frideric Handel (Archiv Produktion).
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.
Musicologist Andrew Woolley discovered a flute concerto by Antonio Vivaldi at the National Archives of Scotland.
Music for the orchestras of Louis XIII and XIV, as well as works from the time of Louis XV.
The complete Musique de Table with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra (Harmonia Mundi) and string concertos with Musica Antiqua Cologne (Archiv Produktion).
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.
A sneak-preview of prominent early music concert series for the 2010-2011 season.
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.
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.
Mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux sings virtuoso baroque composed for castrato Farinelli and Le Concert de Nations performs excerpts from Vivaldi's opera 'Farnace.'
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.
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.
Renowned British violinist Andrew Manze is featured in two recordings of music by W.A. Mozart (Harmonia Mundi).
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.”
Medieval and early Anglo-American songs with Anonymous 4 (Harmonia Mundi) and the Tudor Renaissance with Stile Antico (Harmonia Mundi).
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.
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).
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.
Two recordings from a notable British ensemble (Linn).
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.”
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.
Philip Picket leads the Musicians of the Globe in music from Shakespeare's plays and the Masque of Oberon.
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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.
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Haydn symphonies with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra (Harmonia Mundi) and Nocturnes for the King of Naples with Mozzafiato and L’Archibudelli (Sony).
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.
Virtuosos Paul Odette and Rolf Lislevand explore the baroque guitar music of Murcia.
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.
Le Jardin Secret performs music for the Habsburg Imperial Court and for Cardinal Mazarin.
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.
Francesco Geminiani's concertos after Corelli with the English Concert (Harmonia Mundi) and Ensemble 415 (Zig-Zag Territories).
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.
This week on the Harmonia Early Music Podcast we listen to Florilegium's three-volume Channel Classics series.
Music from the English Renaissance with Piffaro and choral music by Vivaldi with Ensemble Caprice.
American harpsichordist Robert Hill performs J.S. Bach's music on the gut-strung 'lautenwerck,' or lute-harpsichord.
Improvisations with the Spanish ensemble More Hispano (Carpe Diem) and Portuguese polyphony with Imagem da Melancolia (Challenge Classics).
Ensemble L'Arpeggiata's "Way of the Cross" and composer Anna Bon with La Donna Musicale.
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.
Bach's Matthew Passion and two modern works inspired by it.
Brian Dickie answers questions about the company's history with early opera and their current production of Cavalli's "Giasone."
Music for harpsichord and organ by one of the German baroque's most prominent composers before J.S. Bach.
Jordi Savall explores music for the Cathars (Alia Vox), and the Tallis Scholars perform Victoria's Lamentations (Gimell).
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).
Early clarinetist Eric Hoeprich answers questions about his instrument, ensemble (Nachtmusique), and other projects.
The Berkeley Festival and Exhibition presents world-class ensembles and Early Music America hosts a conference dedicated to Monteverdi's Vespers (1610).
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.
Music of Venetian composers from the Early Baroque.
Clarke answers questions about his career, the founding of the Baroque Band, and their forthcoming participation in Chicago's first-ever Early Music festival.
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.
Chicago's first-ever festival devoted to Early Music will include six centuries of music.
Two excellent recordings of music by H.I.F. Biber with the Baroque Band (Cedille) and Musica Antiqua Cologne (Archiv).
Performances by Les Arts Florissants (Erato), The English Concert (Archiv), and the Goettingen Festival Orchestra (Carus).
Tina Chancey performs on the pardessus de viole, Opera Lafayette explores "Zelindor," and Les Inventions discovers little-known works by Touchemoulin.
Music written by some of the most significant female composers of the baroque era.
World premiere recordings of music by Johann Mattheson, Ferdinand Ries, Carl Stamitz, and Johann Christian Fischer.
One of North America's top baroque oboists answers questions about the instruments she plays, her ensemble, their debut recording, and her upcoming projects.
Willens answers questions about his career path, the orchestra he directs, and their recording project known as the Forgotten Treasures Series.
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).
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.
Depictions of Cupid in baroque music from France, Italy, England, and Latin America.
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.
The Early Opera Company performs Eccles' "The Judgement of Paris" and harpsichordist Mitzi Meyerson plays Muffat's complete "Componimenti Musicali" of 1736.
Music for lute, organ, harpsichord, and a little-known Italian Baroque oratorio.
A look at the background and working life of one the world's great performers of baroque dance.
Excellent recordings of villancicos and violin sonatas.