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Archive for Harmonia Early Music

December 30, 2013

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A Musical Tour of Vienna

We’re touring Vienna, with works by Haydn and Beethoven performed on period instruments, instrumental sonatas by Schmelzer and a groundbreaking opera by Gluck.

December 23, 2013

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Shall We Dance?

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!

December 16, 2013

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Santa's Playlist

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.

December 13, 2013

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The Golden Age Of The Cornett

"Of all the wind instruments, the most excellent is the cornett..."

December 6, 2013

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Music From The Court Of Louis XIV

John Kitchen performs on the 1755 Baillon harpsichord, and Manuel Staropoli plays music by Robert de Visee on flute and various recorders.

November 29, 2013

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Along The River Weser

A new release of instrumental music by Thomas Simpson and William Brade performed by the Weser-Renaissance ensemble.

November 24, 2013

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Quit Your Day Job!

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...

November 22, 2013

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The Brabant Ensemble Sings Cipriano De Rore

Masses and motets by the 16th century composer Cipriano de Rore.

November 15, 2013

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The Cardinall's Musick Sing Tallis And Byrd

Two recent recordings from The Cardinall’s Musick continue an exploration of the 16th century English choral tradition.

November 8, 2013

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Nine Notes That Shook The World

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.”

November 4, 2013

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Music For Bass Instruments

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.

November 1, 2013

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Balkan Spirit

Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI join with musicians from the Balkan region for a collective musical venture.

October 28, 2013

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Ring Around The Rosie

We’re exploring the Black Death and its influence in the lives of composers from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and beyond.

October 25, 2013

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Antonio de Cabezón: Obras de Música

Music by Antonio de Cabezón from a 16th century collection called Obras de Música.

October 18, 2013

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Hear My Cry

Music from 16th century England, alongside contemporary works, and music by lesser known and Portuguese composers.

October 11, 2013

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Haydn, With Pleasure

Two stellar recordings from the Handel and Haydn Society, and the London Haydn Quartet.

October 4, 2013

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All In A Life's Work: Marin Marais

Three new recordings dedicated to the music of Marin Marais.

September 30, 2013

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Mille Regretz

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.

September 27, 2013

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Off The Cuff

The essential place of improvisation in early music.

September 20, 2013

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Flute And Lute

Kate Clark, Nigel North and the Attaignant Consort explore the flute as a consort and solo instrument in two new recordings.

September 16, 2013

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Field Of Cloth Of Gold

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.

September 13, 2013

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John Dowland: 450 Years And Counting

Two new releases of music by John Dowland, a composer whose works are still being performed, admired and enjoyed.

September 10, 2013

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Echo!

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.

September 6, 2013

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Leclair And The Violin

Violin sonatas and concertos of Jean-Marie Leclair performed by violinists Adrian Butterfield and Luis Otavio Santos.

September 5, 2013

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Early Music In The News

Early Music in the news. Articles from the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

September 3, 2013

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Teachers And Students

We’re exploring the musical bonds between students and teachers. Plus, we'll hear viol music of Marin Marais on our featured recording.

August 30, 2013

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The Sixteen: Monteverdi And Bartlomiej Pekiel

Hear from two new recordings that the The Sixteen released in 2013.

August 23, 2013

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That's A First!

Two CD’s released in 2012 feature music never before recorded.

August 16, 2013

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Bach With A Twist, Part 3

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.

August 2, 2013

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Bach With A Twist, Part 2

Two recordings of the Bach cello suites, each with a completely different approach: Pieter Wispelway and Sigiswald Kuijken perform.

July 26, 2013

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Bach With A Twist, Part 1

Viol player Susanne Heinrich and lutenist Miguel Rincón perform transcriptions of Bach's Solo Violin Sonatas and Partitas.

July 19, 2013

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England And East Of The River

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."

July 12, 2013

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The Cardinall's Musick Sing William Byrd

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.

July 5, 2013

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The Dunedin Consort And Bach's John Passion

Hear from a new recording that reconstructs Bach's Passion liturgy.

June 28, 2013

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Firminus Caron

Masses and chansons by 15th century French composer, Firminus Caron.

June 21, 2013

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The Four Seasons: Giovanni Antonio Guido

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons may be the most famous, but they weren’t the only ones composed during the Baroque era.

June 14, 2013

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Garth Knox Saltarello

A 2012 release from EMC records features music that spans nearly a thousand years.

June 13, 2013

Dowland And Gesualdo in 2013

2013 marks John Dowland's 450th birthday and the 400th anniversary of Carlo Gesualdo’s death.

June 7, 2013

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Say Who? Tomàs Milans I Godayol

A 2012 Musièpoca recording of religious music of Tomàs Milans i Godayol, performed by the ensemble La Xantria, directed by Pere Lluis Biosca

June 2, 2013

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New Music, Early Music

Open your mind—as well as your ears—as we listen to music from the distant past alongside related music by living composers.

May 31, 2013

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Sacred Music Of Jacques Arcadelt

Sacred music of Jacques Arcadelt, a composer who is better known for his madrigals and chansons.

May 24, 2013

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Say Who? Robert 'Red Rob' Mackintosh

Music from 18th century Scotland performed by Concerto Caledonia.

May 22, 2013

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A Toast To Two Renaissance Masters

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.

May 17, 2013

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Paying Tribute To The Golden Voice Of Johannes Ockeghem

Tributes to Johannes Ockeghem and a new recording by the ensemble Diabolus in Musica, directed by Antoine Guerber.

May 12, 2013

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From Japan To Europe, And Back Again

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.

May 10, 2013

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Vivaldi And The Bassoon

Two new recordings of bassoon concertos by Antonio Vivaldi.

May 3, 2013

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Robert De Visée Performed On Two Original Instruments

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.

April 26, 2013

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A Conversation With Violinist Julia Wedman

Harmonia's Wendy Gillespie sits down in the studio for a conversation with baroque violinist Julia Wedman.

April 26, 2013

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Gregorian Chant From The Thomas Gradual

Two Gregorian Masses from the Thomas Gradual St. Thomas Church, Leipzig, c. 1300

April 21, 2013

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Fit For A King

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.

April 19, 2013

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Historically-Informed: Crescentini And Cherubini

Later than we normally go...HIP performances of music by nineteenth-century composers.

April 15, 2013

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Harmonia Time Capsule: “Greene Countrie Towne” of Philadelphia

Let’s take a quick look back in time to the “Greene Countrie Towne” of Philadelphia.

April 14, 2013

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Going Green: Early Music Recycled

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.

April 12, 2013

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Say, Who? Peeter Cornet

Organ music of a little-known composer: Peeter Cornet.

April 8, 2013

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Harmonia Time Capsule: 1645

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.

April 7, 2013

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Spotlight On The New York Pro Musica Antiqua, Part 3

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.

April 5, 2013

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Say, Who? Gregor Joseph Werner

Little known music of the Austrian composer, Joseph Gregor Werner.

April 1, 2013

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Harmonia Time Capsule: 1410

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!

March 31, 2013

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Spotlight On The New York Pro Musica Antiqua, Part 2

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...

March 29, 2013

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Henry And Honest Dan

Did you know there was another composer in late 17th century England with the surname Purcell, besides Henry?

March 25, 2013

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Harmonia Time Capsule: 1640

Let’s take a look back in time…to the year 1640.

March 24, 2013

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Spotlight On The New York Pro Musica Antiqua, Part 1

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.

March 22, 2013

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Music For Lent And Easter

A journey through the Christian holy season with two new recordings.

March 15, 2013

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Chansons, Madrigals And Villanelles Of Willaert

Secular music by a composer known mainly for his sacred music and as a teacher of famous composers.

March 11, 2013

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Harmonia Time Capsule: 1381

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.

March 10, 2013

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Music For Celtic Saints

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.

March 8, 2013

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A Napoli!

Harmonia heads to Italy for a visit to Naples by way of two recent recordings.

March 1, 2013

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Les Deux François

Seven sonatas by François Couperin and music by his student, François Chauvon.

February 22, 2013

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Sons Of Bach

Chamber music by two of Bach’s sons: Carl Philipp Emmanuel and Johann Christian.

February 18, 2013

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Harmonia Time Capsule: 1801

Let’s take a quick look back in time to 1801- the year the humans discovered the dwarf planet Ceres,

February 17, 2013

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Musical Tour Of Madrid

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.

February 15, 2013

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Racks, Gibbets, Sword And Fire!

Countertenor, Iestyn Davies, and bass Christopher Purves in two new recordings with the ensemble Arcangelo directed by Jonathan Cohen.

February 11, 2013

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Harmonia Time Capsule: Mariana Alcoforado

Let’s take a quick look back to 17th-century Portugal and the legend of the famous love-sick nun, Mariana Alcoforado.

February 10, 2013

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Love's Guises

We’re exploring the many faces of love. In its various guises, love is tender, desperate, misguided, sweet, jealous, confusing, funny…you name it!

February 8, 2013

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William Lawes: Harp Consorts And Consorts To The Organ

Music from a composer Charles I dubbed, "the Father of Musick."

February 4, 2013

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Bach Leipzig Cantatas

Collegium Vocale Gent and Bach Collegium Japan in two new releases of Bach cantatas.

January 25, 2013

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Percival, Tristan And The Holy Grail

Two new recordings of Medieval music from Capilla Antigua de Chinchilla.

January 21, 2013

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Harmonia Time Capsule: 1350

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.

January 20, 2013

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Celestial Sirens

Celestial sirens sing from Occitan courts, Italian stages, and the cloisters of Italy and Mexico.

January 18, 2013

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The Fabulous Mr. Fasch

Tempesta di Mare's third CD in a series of Fasch orcestral works.

January 11, 2013

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English Drive-By

We’re visiting that very special genre of English choral music with three new CD's

January 7, 2013

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Harmonia Time Capsule: 1156

Let’s take a quick look back in time . . . to the year 1156. . .

January 6, 2013

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Spotlight On Julianne Baird

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.

January 4, 2013

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The First Printed Organ Music

Fritz and Schlick make good partners! Organ music performed by Kimberly Marshall.

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