We’re touring Vienna, with works by Haydn and Beethoven performed on period instruments, instrumental sonatas by Schmelzer and a groundbreaking opera by Gluck.
Can you dance a Polonaise? Would you do the Fandango? Music and dance have long been like-minded partners. Join us, as we dance the hour away!
Here's a sampling from an array of early music recordings – new and old, from performers like the Tallis Scholars, Boston Camerata, The Sixteen, and more.
"Of all the wind instruments, the most excellent is the cornett..."
John Kitchen performs on the 1755 Baillon harpsichord, and Manuel Staropoli plays music by Robert de Visee on flute and various recorders.
A new release of instrumental music by Thomas Simpson and William Brade performed by the Weser-Renaissance ensemble.
Music by cabinet makers, poets, world leaders, who ducked, or bucked, their non-musical lives to make music of lasting power. Plus, the flute in consort...
Masses and motets by the 16th century composer Cipriano de Rore.
Two recent recordings from The Cardinall’s Musick continue an exploration of the 16th century English choral tradition.
An album from Ron McFarlane and Mindy Rosenfeld self-described as a gathering of favorites spanning a wide cross section of styles both “folk and fyne.”
We’re spending time with composers who played and wrote for bass instruments, and we’ll explore music for three violins and hear chant from the Thomas Gradual.
Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI join with musicians from the Balkan region for a collective musical venture.
We’re exploring the Black Death and its influence in the lives of composers from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and beyond.
Music by Antonio de Cabezón from a 16th century collection called Obras de Música.
Music from 16th century England, alongside contemporary works, and music by lesser known and Portuguese composers.
Two stellar recordings from the Handel and Haydn Society, and the London Haydn Quartet.
Three new recordings dedicated to the music of Marin Marais.
Josquin des Prez set a text about a thousand regrets to music, and it swept through Europe like a fever! We’ll hear a multitude of settings.
Kate Clark, Nigel North and the Attaignant Consort explore the flute as a consort and solo instrument in two new recordings.
In 1520, kings Henry and Francis met for 17 days of celebration and pomp. We’ll explore the musical side of this meeting. Plus a release by the Boston Camerata.
Two new releases of music by John Dowland, a composer whose works are still being performed, admired and enjoyed.
On this episode of Harmonia, we’re listening for echoes! Plus, we’ll explore some curious inventions from composer Biagio Marini in our featured recording.
Violin sonatas and concertos of Jean-Marie Leclair performed by violinists Adrian Butterfield and Luis Otavio Santos.
Early Music in the news. Articles from the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.
We’re exploring the musical bonds between students and teachers. Plus, we'll hear viol music of Marin Marais on our featured recording.
Hear from two new recordings that the The Sixteen released in 2013.
Two CD’s released in 2012 feature music never before recorded.
Part three of our mini-series on the music of JS Bach: this week, Art of Fugue performed by Les Voix Humaines and the Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin.
Two recordings of the Bach cello suites, each with a completely different approach: Pieter Wispelway and Sigiswald Kuijken perform.
Viol player Susanne Heinrich and lutenist Miguel Rincón perform transcriptions of Bach's Solo Violin Sonatas and Partitas.
Music by the ensemble East of the River in a cd entitled "Levantara", and England in the 17th century in a release called "Strike the Viol."
A 2012 Hyperion CD by The Cardinall’s Musick, offers Byrd's "The Great Service" in addition to four other beloved Byrd songs and a Christmas carol.
Hear from a new recording that reconstructs Bach's Passion liturgy.
Masses and chansons by 15th century French composer, Firminus Caron.
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons may be the most famous, but they weren’t the only ones composed during the Baroque era.
A 2012 release from EMC records features music that spans nearly a thousand years.
A 2012 Musièpoca recording of religious music of Tomàs Milans i Godayol, performed by the ensemble La Xantria, directed by Pere Lluis Biosca
Open your mind—as well as your ears—as we listen to music from the distant past alongside related music by living composers.
Sacred music of Jacques Arcadelt, a composer who is better known for his madrigals and chansons.
Music from 18th century Scotland performed by Concerto Caledonia.
This week on Harmonia, we’re marking the birth of John Dowland and the death of Gesualdo, and we’re saying goodbye to a friend, oboist Washington McClain.
Tributes to Johannes Ockeghem and a new recording by the ensemble Diabolus in Musica, directed by Antoine Guerber.
We're exploring early music exchanges between Japan and Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. Plus we’ll hear music of the cornetto and Bach Collegium Japan.
Two new recordings of bassoon concertos by Antonio Vivaldi.
Music of Robert de Visée performed on a guitar made by Antonio Stradivari in 1679, and on a lute made by Lorenz Greiff in 1610.
Harmonia's Wendy Gillespie sits down in the studio for a conversation with baroque violinist Julia Wedman.
Two Gregorian Masses from the Thomas Gradual St. Thomas Church, Leipzig, c. 1300
It's music "fit for a king," as powerful rulers do double-duty as composers. We’ll hear music composed by Frederick the Great, Alfonso X, Thibaut I, and more.
Later than we normally go...HIP performances of music by nineteenth-century composers.
Let’s take a quick look back in time to the “Greene Countrie Towne” of Philadelphia.
We’ll hear how composers have reused their own tunes and ideas, and what ideas they’ve borrowed from others. Plus, we’ll hear several instances of contrafacta.
Organ music of a little-known composer: Peeter Cornet.
Let’s take a quick look back in time to the year 1645: pirate William Kidd was born, composer Tobias Hume died, and the first hospital was founded in Montreal.
Wendy Gillespie brings us part 3 of a tribute to theNYPMA. Plus, we'll explore music with words by famous poets and feature a Capella de Ministrers' CD.
Little known music of the Austrian composer, Joseph Gregor Werner.
Let’s take a quick look back in time to the year 1410 - the birth of Ockeghem and the installation of the world's oldest running clock!
Join us for some fun with bawdy songs, rounds and catches, and Wendy Gillespie brings us part two of a New York Pro Musica Antiqua retrospective. And more...
Did you know there was another composer in late 17th century England with the surname Purcell, besides Henry?
Let’s take a look back in time…to the year 1640.
We’ll explore the recorder, hear sacred music by Orlando di Lasso, and Wendy Gillespie brings us part one of a New York Pro Musica Antiqua retrospective.
A journey through the Christian holy season with two new recordings.
Secular music by a composer known mainly for his sacred music and as a teacher of famous composers.
Let’s take a quick look back in time to the year 1381: the Peasants Revolt in England, two 14th c. writers and theologians, and the music of Matteo da Perugia.
We’re exploring musicfor saints associated with the Celtic Isles. Plus, we’ll focus on the harp's use in Renaissance consorts and hear music from Atalante.
Harmonia heads to Italy for a visit to Naples by way of two recent recordings.
Seven sonatas by François Couperin and music by his student, François Chauvon.
Chamber music by two of Bach’s sons: Carl Philipp Emmanuel and Johann Christian.
Let’s take a quick look back in time to 1801- the year the humans discovered the dwarf planet Ceres,
We’re on a musical tour of Madrid, where Roman, Visigothic, Jewish, Moorish and countless other traditions converged. Plus, a featured CD of Armenian music.
Countertenor, Iestyn Davies, and bass Christopher Purves in two new recordings with the ensemble Arcangelo directed by Jonathan Cohen.
Let’s take a quick look back to 17th-century Portugal and the legend of the famous love-sick nun, Mariana Alcoforado.
We’re exploring the many faces of love. In its various guises, love is tender, desperate, misguided, sweet, jealous, confusing, funny…you name it!
Music from a composer Charles I dubbed, "the Father of Musick."
Collegium Vocale Gent and Bach Collegium Japan in two new releases of Bach cantatas.
Two new recordings of Medieval music from Capilla Antigua de Chinchilla.
Let’s take a quick look back in time to the year 1350 and the birth of a Dominican friar, the death of two kings, and the Battle of Winchelsea.
Celestial sirens sing from Occitan courts, Italian stages, and the cloisters of Italy and Mexico.
Tempesta di Mare's third CD in a series of Fasch orcestral works.
We’re visiting that very special genre of English choral music with three new CD's
Let’s take a quick look back in time . . . to the year 1156. . .
We’re shining a spotlight on soprano Julianne Baird. We’ll also hear a modern approach to English renaissance music on a featured release by Joel Frederiksen.