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Archive for Harmonia Early Music

December 31, 2012


Harmonia Time Capsule: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Let’s take a quick look back in time . . . to a renowned Parisian cemetery.

December 30, 2012


A Musical Tour Of Paris

We're recalling the history of some of Paris' most musical attractions! Plus, a featured release by Rogers Covey-Crump, Christopher O'Gorman, and John Potter.

December 28, 2012


A Countertenor And A Chitarrone

A re-issue of Alfred Deller's 1978 recording of Dowland lute songs, and Italian chitarrone music performed by Jakob Lindberg.

December 21, 2012


Tallis Scholars Sing Mouton

Peter Phillips and the Tallis Scholars bring us music by Jean Mouton, a composer who was compared in his own day to Josquin des Pres.

December 17, 2012


Harmonia Time Capsule: 1400

Let’s take a quick look back in time. . . to the year 1400. . .

December 17, 2012


Christmas Carols, Chant And Legend

We’re celebrating Christmas with music from a variety of traditions, including two well-known carols, medieval music about St Nick, Byzantine chant, and more.

December 14, 2012


Mundus Et Musica

Mundus et Musica - music from the mysterious late fifteenth century Segovia manuscript

December 7, 2012


Georgians And Californians

Georgians and the Californians: neighbors in a very different way!

November 30, 2012



Erin Headley directs the ensemble Atalante in a recording of "passionate, sensual, macabre and erotic narratives from 17th-century Rome"

November 26, 2012


Harmonia Time Capsule: 1700

Let’s take a quick look back in time. . . . We spun the wheel, and it landed on 1700. . .

November 25, 2012


2012 EMA Baroque Performance Competition

We'll hear performances from the six finalists of Early Music America’s 2012 Baroque Performance Competition, plus a featured release from Blue Heron.

November 23, 2012


Musiques Sacrées à Versailles

Sacred music from Versailles: Music written by French composers, performed by French musicians on a recording sponsored by a French institution.

November 19, 2012


Harmonia Time Capsule: 1250

Let’s take a quick look back in time. . . to the year 1250 and the birth of Giovanni Pisano and Guido Cavalcanti, the death of Leonardo Fibonacci, and more.

November 18, 2012


Music For The Holiday Season

We've handpicked a variety of early music recordings – new and old – to help get you into the spirit of the holiday season: Bach, Schutz, chant and more.

November 16, 2012


Scarlatti: Father And Son

Two Scarlatti recordings from the Houston based ensemble, Ars Lyrica.

November 12, 2012


Harmonia Time Capsule: 1715

Let’s take a quick look back in time…to the year 1715, the pinnacle of Stradivari's "golden period," the Sun King's death, and more.

November 11, 2012


Catching Up With The Boston Camerata, Part 2

Music from the Medici Codex, a continuation of our conversation with the Boston Camerata’s Anne Azéma, and the first solo concerto ever composed for the viola.

November 9, 2012


Pellingman's Saraband

2 musicians + 4 viols + 2 lutes = 18 tracks of a rich palette of colors

November 2, 2012


Medieval Music From England And France

Two recordings explore a pastiche of musical styles in England in France across several centuries.

October 26, 2012


Clérambault From Aston Magna

Three French cantatas, a trio sonata and a harpsichord suite from the musicians of Aston Magna.

October 19, 2012


Exploring The Clavecin: Couperin, Rameau, And Marchand

Join Wendy and Janelle as they listen to two new recordings of French harpsichord music.

October 15, 2012


Tafelmusik's Allison Mackay Talks About The Galileo Project

Keith Collins interview Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra's Allison MacKay about past and future multimedia concert projects.

October 15, 2012


Harmonia Time Capsule: 1600

Let’s take a quick look back in time…to 1600, the year of publication for Jacopo Peri's Euridice and the adoption of the Gregorian calendar, and more.

October 14, 2012


Tafelmusik's Galileo Project

Allison Mackay speaks about The Galileo Project. Plus, we explore the vihuela, and our featured release takes us down the path of the Pied Piper.

October 12, 2012


The Guerra Manuscript

17th-century secular Spanish vocal music.

October 8, 2012


Out Of The Glass Case: A Conversation With Anne Azéma

Earlier this year, Angela Mariani spoke with Boston Camerata's artistic director Anne Azéma. Here's the extended interview.

October 8, 2012


Harmonia Time Capsule: 1715, Music Publications

Let’s take a quick look back…to music-related publications in the year 1715.

October 7, 2012


Catching Up With The Boston Camerata, Part 1

Part one of a conversation with Boston Camerata director Anne Azema. Plus, we’ll explore the shawm as an instrument of the renaissance consort, and more.

October 5, 2012


Bach, Dussek And The Helsinki Baroque Orchestra

Two new recordings from Aapo Häkkinen and the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra.

September 28, 2012


Music From The Eton Choirbook

Music from a 500 year old manuscript of Latin liturgical music from pre-Reformation England.

September 21, 2012


Music For Two

Music for two: two lutes, two vihuelas and two new releases...

September 17, 2012


Harmonia Time Capsule: Bogotá Cathedral

Let’s take a quick look back in time…to the musical heritage of the Cathedral in Bogotá, Columbia.

September 16, 2012


Celebrating Early Music In Latin America

We’ll hear from two composers at Bogotá Cathedral, explore the origins of the saraband, and discover the ensemble Musica Temprana. Plus, a recent CD by Piffaro.

September 14, 2012


Wildcat Viols' Fairest Isle

Wildcat Viols team up with Catherine Webster for music of seventeenth-century England.

September 10, 2012


Harmonia Time Capsule: 1500

Let’s take a quick look back to the year 1500. Pinzon discovered an estuary of the Amazon, future Holy Roman Emperor Charles V was born, and more.

September 9, 2012


A Musical Tour Of London

We’re exploring some of the oldest musical centers of London.

September 7, 2012


Vivaldi's Il Teuzzone

Jordi Savall leads the Concert des Nations and seven soloists in this Vivaldi opera set in China.

August 31, 2012


Bach, Haas, Cochard, And Two Original Harpsichords

The music of Bach performed by Violaine Cochard and Frédérick Haas on orginial harpsichords built in 1740 and 1751.

August 24, 2012


Three's Company: Mouton, Richafort, And Josqin

Josquin is famous, but have you ever heard of Jean Mouton, or Jean Richafort?

August 20, 2012


Harmonia Time Capsule: 1535

Let’s take a quick look back in the year 1535, when explorers "discovered" Montreal, Canada, Lima, Peru, and the Galapegos Islands.

August 19, 2012


What's New: Six Recordings Worthy Of Your Early Music Collection

We’ll hear music of Neidhart, Ockeghem, Pierre de la Rue, Falvetti and Vivaldi. Plus, a “classic” release, the first recording by the ensemble La Petite Bande.

August 17, 2012


Christopher Gibbons

Anthems, motets, fantasias and voluntaries are recorded for the very first time.

August 10, 2012


Bach's St. John Passion

Both recordings are beautifully done, but there are different choices in their interpretations which set each apart.

August 3, 2012


Happy Birthday! And Many More...

We’re saying happy birthday to Baroque Band, Bourbon Baroque, Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Tempesta di Mare and Ensemble Voltaire!

August 1, 2012


Thank You For Offering A Hand

Thank you for your support of Harmonia, especially online.

July 30, 2012


Sticking Together

Stuck like gum on a shoe? No, we prefer duct tape!

July 30, 2012


Harmonia Time Capsule: 1333

Let’s take a quick look back in time. . . . We spun the wheel, and it landed on 1333, a year of wars, murders and flood and so much more.

July 29, 2012


Catchy Tunes: Gloria Tibi Trinitas

We’re solving an antiphon mystery: Why are there so many pieces titled “In nomine”? We’ll find out why, as well as explore the origins of the sackbut.

July 28, 2012


Strong Ties: Your Support Holds Us Together

A braid is stronger than any single strand on its own. Please consider a contribution! We can't do it without your support!

July 27, 2012


Masters Of The Baroque

Ensemble Gaudior, led by Alexandra MacCracken, perform music of Bach, Rameau, Biber and more.

July 25, 2012


Birds Of A Feather...Pledge Together!

If you like what we do at Harmonia, we might be sporting the same tail feather!

July 20, 2012


Fortune My Foe: Works For Harpsichord

Alina Rotaru plays harpsichord music by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck.

July 13, 2012


Froberger Suites And Toccatas

Harpsichord music of Johann Jacob Froberger played by the Romanian harpsichordist Alina Rotaru.

July 9, 2012


Harmonia Time Capsule: 1638

Let’s take a quick look back in time…we rolled the dice and it added up to 1638.

July 8, 2012


A Musical Tour Of Nuremberg

We’ll hear music created and published in Nuremberg, plus music by Schmelzer performed by the Freiburger Barock Consort.

July 6, 2012


1000: A Mass For The End Of Time

Anonymous 4 celebrate the current millennium by looking back to the previous one.

June 29, 2012


Los Pajaros Perdidos

South America's living baroque music is presented by L'Arpeggiata, led by Christina Pluhar.

June 25, 2012


Harmonia Time Capsule: 1474

Let’s take a quick look back in time...we spun the wheel, and it landed on 1474.

June 24, 2012


Music For The End Of Time

It’s the end of the world as we know it! We'll hear music on apocalyptic themes and explore some of the earliest polyphony ever sung.

June 22, 2012


Vivaldi - The French Connection

La Serenissima play concertos for flute, oboe, violin, bassoon and strings

June 15, 2012


The Royall Consorts

The Royall Consorts, William Lawes' best known works in his own lifetime, are performed by Les Voix Humaines.

June 11, 2012


Harmonia Time Capsule: 1529

Let's take a look back in time to 1529...a year of theological debates, the reinstatement of the Edict of Worms, and the death of the Bishop of Bordeaux...

June 11, 2012


Gifts For Father’s Day

We'll explore traditional music from Scotland and medieval music from the region of the Rhine River. Plus, a featured release of from Stile Antico and Fretwork.

June 8, 2012


Trauer Music

Andrew Parrott reconstructs the music to mourn the death of Prince Leopold, the man who brought Bach to Cöthen.

June 4, 2012


Harmonia Time Capsule: 1377

Let’s take a quick look back in time...we spun the wheel, and it landed on 1377.

June 3, 2012


Marcel Pérès: Musician, Musicologist, Medievalist

A look at the work of Marcel Pérès, an introduction to the viola da gamba, and a featured release highlighting some of the earliest music for the cello.

June 1, 2012


Simple Pleasures, Hidden Treasures

L'Ensemble Portique of Chicago plays Boismortier Trio Sonatas on recorder, violin, viola da gamba, violoncello and harpsichord

May 31, 2012


Catching Up With Baroque Musician Barthold Kuijken

Kuijken talks about his role as artistic director of Indy Baroque and his approach to music making. He also shares memories of Gustav Leonhardt.

May 25, 2012


Barockes Welttheater

17th century music with a groove! A new recording of music composed by Schmelzer and performed by Freiburger Barock Consort.

May 18, 2012


The Galileo Project

The Canadian ensemble Tafelmusik celebrates the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first use of the telescope.

May 11, 2012


A Historical Performance Of Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem

Brahms? On period instruments? Is that early music?

May 8, 2012


Harmonia Time Capsule: 1719

1719…a year of news and a year to remember

May 7, 2012


2012 Early Music Festivals And Workshops

‘Tis the season for early music festivals and workshops!

May 4, 2012


Treasures Of Christ Church

The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, sings music from Taverner to Tavener!

April 30, 2012


Harmonia Time Capsule: 1486

Let’s take a quick look back in time. . . . We spun the wheel, and it landed on 1486.

April 29, 2012


A Spotlight On William Christie

We'll explore the work of early music pioneer, William Christie, and take a look at the Parisian chanson. Plus, music by German composer Heinrich Isaac.

April 27, 2012


The Vanishing Nordic Chorale

Chorales of the Reformation and musical tradition across the centuries...blah..blah blahh...

April 20, 2012


Striggio Mass In 40 Parts

Move over, Thomas Tallis - more music in 40 parts!

April 13, 2012


Kings Of Tharsis

Medieval and Renaissance Music for Epiphany by Schola Antiqua of Chicago

April 12, 2012


Catching Up With Jacques Ogg

I sat down with Jacques earlier this spring to discuss his latest projects and some of his favorite recordings.

April 10, 2012


Harmonia Time Capsule: Siemiginowski’s Allegory Of Spring

Let’s take a quick look back in time…to the painting Allegory of Spring by 17th-century Polish painter and engraver Jerzy Siemiginowski.

April 6, 2012


Mare Nostrum

Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall, Montserrat Figueras, peace and a dialogue of souls - what more do you need to know?

April 2, 2012


Harmonia Time Capsule: 1618

Let’s take a look back in time. . . . We spun the wheel, and it landed on 1618.

April 1, 2012


A Musical Tour Of Ferrara

Explore music from the city of Ferrara, and hear “new music” from 17th c. Italy performed by the ensemble Quicksilver. But first, a tribute to Gustav Leonhardt.

March 30, 2012


Neidhart: Music From The Frankfurt Fragment

Ensemble Leones performs the music of Neidhart, a German Minnesinger.

March 26, 2012


Two Requiems

Cappella Pratensis strikes again with Ockeghem / de la Rue!

March 9, 2012


Ezio Performed By Il Complesso Barocco

Recording of a little-known opera that was very successful in its own time.

March 5, 2012


Harmonia Time Capsule: Women Of The Middle Ages

Let’s take a look back in time… to the lives of some famous women from the Middle Ages.

March 4, 2012


I Am Woman, Hear Me Sing

From an Italian nun to lady troubadours in the middle ages to twenty-first century female musicians: we're exploring music written and performed by women.

March 2, 2012


Il Diluvio Universale

A lost seventeenth century Italian "dialogue" is found!

February 15, 2012


Brumel's Missa "Et ecce terrae motus"

An early sixteenth century mass in twelve parts - very unusual!

February 14, 2012


Grammy-Nominated Early Music Recordings

Harmonia extends congratulations to all this years' Grammy winners.

February 13, 2012


Harmonia Time Capsule: 1066

Let’s take a quick look back in time… to the year 1066 and the death of Edward the Confessor, the Battle of Hastings, and a manuscript of harp music.

February 12, 2012


Two Shadows & A Spotlight

A look at some composers that history has forgotten. Plus, we'll celebrate the life of singer Montserrat Figueras, who passed away in November 2011.

February 6, 2012


La Belle Danse

The celebrated 17th-century orchestra, the 24 Violons of Versailles, included many different sizes of violon.

February 6, 2012


Harmonia Time Capsule: 1170

Let’s take a quick look back in time. . . . to the year 1170. . .

February 5, 2012


Immortal Beloved

No, we're not referring to the Beethoven movie... We're celebrating love on this episode with words by Petrarch and iconic lovers like Robin and Marion.

January 25, 2012


Savall in Istanbul

This week, should we call it Istanbul or Constantinople?

January 23, 2012


The Passing Of An Early Music Icon

We remember the life and career of legendary early music performer, scholar, and teacher Gustav Leonhardt.

January 23, 2012


Harmonia Time Capsule: 1445

Let's take a quick look back in the death of Margaret Stewart and birth of one popular preacher and two prominent composers, in the year 1445.

January 22, 2012


A Musica Pacifica Retrospective

We’ll visit with ensemble Musica Pacifica and learn the history of the early harp. Plus a featured release of Baroque music by Sphera AntiQua.

January 20, 2012


Q&A With Musica Pacifica

Read our interview with Judith Linsenberg and Elizabeth Blumenstock of the ensemble Musica Pacifica.

January 17, 2012


Harmonia Time Capsule: 1386

Let’s take a quick look back in time... to the battle of Margate, the establishment of the oldest university in Germany, and the year 1386.

January 16, 2012


Music Of Gautier d’Epinal Performed By Ensemble Syntagma

Music from a mysterious figure from medieval France.

January 15, 2012


2011 EMA Naxos Recording Competition Finalists

A sampling of music from the 2011 EMA Naxos Recording Competition. We’ll feature the five finalists including the winning ensemble, The Wayward Sisters.

January 5, 2012


Harmonia Time Capsule: 1390

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

January 1, 2012


A Musical Tour Of Prague

We’ll unravel the city’s intricate tradition of liturgical music, revel in masterworks by Czech natives and more. Plus, a featured release of music by Knüpfer.

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