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Archive for Harmonia Early Music

December 26, 2011

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1545

Let’s take a quick look back in time...to the year John Taverner died.

December 22, 2011

A Charpentier Christmas

This week, a little holiday cheer a la Charpentier.

December 19, 2011

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1512

Let’s take a quick look back in time. . . . to the year 1512

December 19, 2011

Seasonal Settings And Angelic Appearances

We'll hear renaissance composers’ settings of Christmas chants, and behold angelic visitations. Featured release by Theatre of Voices and Ars Nova Copenhagen.

December 18, 2011

Dancing In The Court Of The Sun King

We’ll dance at the court of Louis XIV to works by Jean-Baptiste Lully, and sound the bagpipe across time and space! Plus, a featured release by Anonymous 4.

December 7, 2011

Fretwork's Reinterpretation Of The Goldbergs

This week, Bach's influence continues to spread to the string instruments.

December 5, 2011

Harmonia Time Capsule: Saint Nicholas

Let’s take a quick look at the history of an icon of the Christmas season: jolly old Saint Nicholas.

December 4, 2011

Holiday CD Sampler

We’ll hear from Theatre of Voices, Gloriae dei Cantores Schola, The Choir of Westminster Cathedral and more. Maybe you’ll discover something for your wish list!

November 30, 2011

A French Soiree

An ensemble stops off in France after their exploration of other European centers.

November 25, 2011

Harmonia Holiday CD List

A further list of holiday CDs for your perusing pleasure!

November 23, 2011

Phantasm's Recording Of Byrd's Complete Consort Music

Byrd's complete music for viol consort recorded recently by the ensemble Phantasm.

November 21, 2011

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1361

Let's take a quick look back in time...to the year 1390.

November 20, 2011

Harvest Season

We'll hear merchant cries from London, witness the marriage of music and ritual, and dine at a Musical Banquet. For dessert: a featured release from A Chantar.

November 16, 2011

Robin and Marion: The First Celebrity Couple?

Robin and Marian before Nottingham and the Merry Men.

November 7, 2011

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1562

Let’s take a quick look back in time. . . to the year 1562.

November 6, 2011

Renaissance Bad Boys

We're investigating a line-up of musical bad boys from the Renaissance. Plus, music by Scottish composer Tobias Hume on our featured release, Alas Poore Men.

October 31, 2011

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1511

Let’s take a quick look back in time. . . .to the year 1511.

October 26, 2011

Buxtehude Organ Music

This week, organ work by one of the original masters.

October 24, 2011

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1612

Let’s take a quick look back in time. . . . to the year 1612.

October 23, 2011

The Far Side Of The Veil

We’re exploring the veil between this life and beyond through music.

October 19, 2011

Bach's Goldberg Variations Reinterpreted

This week, a fresh look at Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

October 11, 2011

Secret Voices Revealed By Anonymous 4

A sampling of music from Anonymous 4's newest album.

October 11, 2011

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1711

Let’s take a quick look back in time. . . . We spun the wheel, and it landed on the year 1711.

October 10, 2011

Harmonia Turns 20...Today!

The first radio broadcast of the show was October 10, 1991.

October 10, 2011

A Spotlight On Harry Christophers

We’re honoring the work of Harry Christophers – conductor, singer, and founder of The Sixteen. Plus, highlights from EMA’s Young Performer’s Festival and more.

October 5, 2011

Music And Dance Together In Seventeenth-Century France

A composer who could coordinate more than just his fingers.

October 4, 2011

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1578

Let’s take a quick look back in time… We spun the wheel, and it landed on 1578…a year of news and a year to remember.

September 26, 2011

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1331

Let’s take a quick look back in time . . . Crusades, explorers, sultans and composers...1331, a year of news, a year to remember.

September 26, 2011

REBEL At The Indianapolis Early Music Festival

A live performance by Ensemble REBEL from the 2011 Indianapolis Early Music Festival…plus, recorder music from a featured release by Nina Stern.

September 22, 2011

Henry V And The Old Hall Manuscript

This week, music from one of the many English Henrys.

September 20, 2011

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1619

Let’s take a quick look back in time…to the year 1619…

September 19, 2011

Bloomington Early Music Festival Summary

An all-too-short summary of what happened at the 2011 Bloomington Early Music Festival.

September 15, 2011

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1652 Rome

Let’s take a quick look back in time, to the city of Rome in the year 1652.

September 12, 2011

Elisabeth Wright Highlights A Valencian Organist

Spanish harpsichord music written by an organist...

September 12, 2011

When In Rome...

It's a mini-early-music tour of Rome. We'll visit Vatican City, sample some Roman Carnival music, and more. Plus a featured release by The Cardinall’s Musick.

September 6, 2011

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1163

Let’s take a quick look back in time . . . to the year 1163.

September 5, 2011

Thank You For Supporting Harmonia Online!

Many thanks to everyone who pitched in. We made our goal, raising over $1000 for Harmonia's online services!

September 4, 2011

Renaissance Music In Theory

Some theorists heralded the arrival of new musical eras; others chose to reflect on the musical achievements of past generations and peers.

September 4, 2011

Choral Works During Early Opera

Choral music during a time when opera was the new kid in town…

September 1, 2011

Could You Spare A Dime For Early Music?

We're getting closer to our goal of $1000 by Labor Day. If you appreciate our Harmonia archives, please let us know by giving now. Any amount is helpful!

August 30, 2011

Gregorian Chant's Greatest Hits!

This week, getting back to the basics of church music.

August 29, 2011

Harmonia Time Capsule: Notre Dame Cathedral

Let’s take a quick look back in time…in a special Harmonia Time Capsule tracing the history of one of the world’s most well-known cathedrals.

August 29, 2011

Support Harmonia Early Music: More Lute? More Loot!

We don't mean to beg, but we need your support to continue this educational service.

August 28, 2011

What Do You Know, Chalumeau?

Music for the chalumeau. Plus, some chant from the early Maronite Christian tradition, and we'll hear from the Gregorian Ensemble of Notre Dame de Paris.

August 22, 2011

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1669

Let’s take a quick look back in time... Diaries, conspiracy theories, and the death of an artistic genius: 1669…a year of news and a year to remember.

August 19, 2011

A Spaniard In The Papal Court

A family dynasty that makes the Sopranos look like the Cleavers.

August 15, 2011

Harmonia Time Capsule: Arts Patronage In 17th-Century Rome

Let’s take a quick look back in time…featuring the most significant arts patrons in Rome during the second half of the 17th Century.

August 10, 2011

Biber's Violin Sonatas

A Bohemian violinist walks away from one employer for the hope of greener grass on the other side.

August 8, 2011

Harmonia Time Capsule: Physiologus

Let’s take a quick look back in time . . . in a special Harmonia Time Capsule featuring a famous bestiary.

August 7, 2011

Beasts And Bestiaries

Harmonia goes where the wild things are as we delve into music inspired by the beasts within.

August 1, 2011

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1455

Let’s take a quick look back in time…to the year 1455…a year of news and a year to remember.

July 31, 2011

Power To The People!

A look at some musical manifestations of people taking their lives into their own hands.

July 29, 2011

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1599

Let’s take a quick look back in time to the year 1599…a year of news and a year to remember.

July 29, 2011

St. John Chrysostom Liturgy Recorded By Capella Romana

Revisions to an old tradition make for some great early music in the 20th century.

July 29, 2011

From France, To Italy, To China: Highlights From The IEMF

Highlights from the 2011 Indianapolis Early Music Festival.

July 20, 2011

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1776

Let’s take a quick look back in time. We shot an arrow, and it hit the target: 1776 ...a year of news and a year to remember.

July 14, 2011

Dancing, Whistling, and Vivaldi’s Lute: Hightlights from IEMF

Weekend Two of the Indianapolis Early Music Festival.

July 13, 2011

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1493

Let’s take a quick look back in time. Cupid shot his arrow, and it landed on 1493…a year of news and a year to remember.

July 13, 2011

A Recent Recorder Recording

Recorder music with an eastern twist by artist Nina Stern.

July 6, 2011

Early American Music

We're revisiting a CD of American music with its roots in the old country.

July 6, 2011

Who Is Shakespeare's Dark Lady?

An excerpt from Angela Mariani's conversation with Lawrence Rosenwald about an upcoming world-premier concert at the Amherst Early Music Festival.

July 4, 2011

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1789

Let’s take a quick look back in time…to the year 1789…a year of news and a year to remember.

July 3, 2011

Music From Colonial America

Music you might have heard in the homes, churches, taverns, and theaters of the North American colonies, around the time of the American Revolution.

June 29, 2011

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1759

Let’s take a quick look back in time…to 1759…a year of news and a year to remember.

June 27, 2011

Eighteenth-Century Madrid

A Spanish town with a French king and Portuguese daughter.

June 22, 2011

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1607

The first British colony in the US, the oldest church in the Philippines, and a cutting-edge opera – 1607… a year of news and a year to remember.

June 20, 2011

The Mysterious Philipp Schoendorff

An obscure composer from the end of the sixteenth century

June 16, 2011

2011 Summer Early Music Festivals

Looking for an early music festival in your area this summer? Check out this schedule!

June 15, 2011

Harmonia Time Capsule: Vienna Zoo

Let’s take a quick look back in time…in a special Harmonia Time Capsule featuring the world’s oldest zoo.

June 13, 2011

Ronn McFarlane And His Indigo Road

This week, an ancient instrument serves as the muse for new music.

June 12, 2011

Birds, Beasts, and Battles

The noble falcon, a crazed cyclops, and music imitating the sounds of battle - an exploration of of birds, beasts, and battles in Renaissance and Baroque music.

June 3, 2011

String Quartets In The Eighteenth Century

A Renaissance woman during the late seventeenth century.

May 30, 2011

Listener Favorites: Gesualdo, Tavener, Dalza, Pergolesi, And More

We asked our listening audience to tell us their favorite pieces of early music.

May 27, 2011

Ensemble Constantinople

This week, a recording where east meets west and the old and new blend together.

May 20, 2011

Johann Christian Bach's Keyboard Music

This week, music from one of the many Bach children.

May 12, 2011

Ensemble Musica Nova Records Music To The Virgin Mary

On our podcast this week, praise to a different kind of mother.

May 5, 2011

Vivaldi's Complete Cello Sonatas

This week, a turbulent relationship with an Italian institution.

May 2, 2011

Flowers For Mother's Day

A look at flower themes in music, with a special focus on the rose. Plus, we’ll hear a featured release of Christopher Simpson’s “The Monthes.”

April 29, 2011

Oratorios, London, And Winchester College

This week, necessity is the mother of a new vocal genre.

April 22, 2011

Music From Ancient Greece

This week, a look back at a land before time: the music of Ancient Greece.

April 18, 2011

Musica Ficta And Spanish Baroque Music

A composer makes a bad political move and almost makes off with some musical gems!

April 14, 2011

Film, Harp, And Dance In Cincinnati

I recently attended an art film in Cincinnati and wanted to share my thoughts.

April 7, 2011

Madrigals Of Orlande De Lassus

One of the most versatile Renaissance composers revisits a versatile format near the end of his life.

April 4, 2011

Renaissance Poetry: Madrigals, Chansons, and Villancicos

A look at the poetry behind some of the most popular Renaissance vocal music. Plus, Nigel North performs in a featured release of music by Robert Johnson.

March 31, 2011

Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre By Karen Flint

This week, the keyboard music of a child prodigy takes center stage but this time, in the form of a French girl born in 1665.

March 29, 2011

A Springtime Celebration With Early Music Song And Dance

It's a celebration of Springtime with songs and dance music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and early Baroque.

March 19, 2011

Alla Luce By Chatham Baroque

We’re featuring the music of an early baroque composer whose compositions were considered unusual-if not downright quirky.

March 12, 2011

La Ritirata, La Galanía, Nigel North, and Ars Nova Copenhagen

Late-baroque sonatas (Arsis), 17th-century Spanish song (Anima e Corpo), lute music of Sylvius Leopold Weiss (BGS), and "histories" of Heinrich Schütz (Dacapo).

March 7, 2011

Queen Christina of Sweden

One of the 17th Century’s most famous women—her life, arts patronage, and historic accomplishments are explored as well as music associated with her court.

March 3, 2011

Sonate Al Pizzico and Alfabeto

17th-century music with Stephen Stubbs and Maxine Eilander (ATMA), and Rolf Lislevand with Ensemble Kapsberger (Astree).

February 23, 2011

German, French, and Chinese Music from the 17th Century

Performances by Musica Fiorita (Ars Musici) Musique des Lumières (Naïve).

February 21, 2011

Retrospective: Early Music America Competition Winners, pt. 2

Harmonia marks the 25th anniversary of Early Music America with a look at its past competition winners. Part two looks at the accomplishments of the Concord Ensemble, Masques, and Plaine & Easie. Jordi Savall continues his exploration of traditional music from Scotland and Ireland in the featured release Celtic Viol II.

February 16, 2011

Music of the Renaissance with Trulla de Bozes and Doulce Mémoire

Spanish consort songs (Passacaille) and Italian dances (Dorian).

February 10, 2011

L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra and La Symphonie du Marais

Baroque orchestral dance music by J.C.F. Fischer (CPO) and Michel-Richard Delalande (Harmonia Mundi).

February 7, 2011

You Gotta Have (Renaissance) Love

Love songs from the Renaissance by composers Luzzaschi, Crecquillon, Henry VIII, and Senfl.

February 7, 2011

What's Your Favorite Piece?

Help us put together a program of listener favorites.

February 4, 2011

18th-Century German Quartets and Sonatas for Flute

Performances by Musica Antiqua Cologne (Archiv) and flutist Pauliina Fred with harpsichordist Aapo Häkkinen (Naxos).

January 28, 2011

German Baroque Violin Sonatas with Anton Steck & Christian Rieger

Two recordings of music by Johann Georg Pisendel and Heinrich Biber (CPO).

January 24, 2011

New Music/Early Music: The New Brandenburgs, pt. 3

A continuation of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s commissions of new works inspired by the Brandenburg concertos of J.S. Bach, The Cardinall’s Musick completes their Byrd Series, and Jordi Savall explores music around Dimitrie Cantemir.

January 21, 2011

Early Spanish Organ Music

Two recordings of Renaissance and Baroque music from Spain with Jan Willem Jansen and Poul Pock-Steen.

January 14, 2011

Music of the Americas with the Boston Camerata

Patriotic and devotional music from early America as well as music from New Spain.

January 10, 2011

Retrospective: Early Music America Competition Winners, pt. 1

Harmonia marks the 25th anniversary of Early Music America with a look at its past competition winners. Part one of two looks at the accomplishments of Ensemble La Rota, Asteria, and the Catacoustic Consort. Jordi Savall and Le Concert des Nations perform in featured release of music from the time of Louis XV.

January 7, 2011

Aura Musicale and European Union Baroque Orchestra

Baroque flutist Benedek Csalog appears with Aura Musicale (Hungaroton) and Monica Huggett directs the European Union Baroque Orchestra (Channel Classics).

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