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Archive for Harmonia Early Music

December 3, 2016

Les Filles de Sainte Colombe

Angela Mariani is exploring the history and music of the all-female viol ensemble Les Filles de Sainte Colombe, with founding member Wendy Gillespie.

November 22, 2016

Zero Emission Baroque Plays Kuhlau

A new release on the Brilliant Classics label features some lesser known music by Friedrich Kuhlau.

November 19, 2016

With Lute and Harp

This week on Harmonia, we’re celebrating the feast day of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of – you guessed it – music.

November 12, 2016

The Devil's Acre

You already know what it looks like – the soaring towers and imposing façade of Westminster Abbey. But do you know what it sounds like?

November 5, 2016

Joyful and Content: Dances from Spain

This hour on Harmonia, we’ll explore the diverse musical influences in medieval and baroque Spain through the lens of some innovative performers.

November 2, 2016

The Organ at European Courts

Organist Francesco Cera plays an original positive organ built in 1772, now kept at the Franciscan Convent of Lustra Cilento in Italy.

October 29, 2016

Something Wicked This Way Comes

“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.” This hour on Harmonia, we’ll catch a fright listening to scary sounds for Halloween.

October 22, 2016

Slippery, Slimy, and Slithering Things

This hour on Harmonia, we’re listening to the sounds of frogs, snakes, and serpents, both real and mythological.

October 15, 2016

Happy Birthday to You

This hour on Harmonia, we’re donning our party hats and pulling out the balloons and streamers, to celebrate our 25th birthday!

October 7, 2016

The Drexel Manuscript

The Music Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts owes much of its collection to the 19th century financier, Joseph W. Drexel.

October 1, 2016

A Fretwork Retrospective, Part 3

This week on Harmonia, we finish up our 3-part celebration of the British-based viol consort Fretwork.

September 24, 2016

A Fretwork Retrospective, Part 2

This week on Harmonia, we continue our 3-part celebration of the British-based viol consort Fretwork.

September 23, 2016


The Basel based chamber orchestra I TEMPI hopes to bridge the separation between baroque and modern orchestras.

September 17, 2016

A Fretwork Retrospective, Part 1

This week on Harmonia, we begin our 3-part celebration of the British-based viol consort Fretwork.

September 10, 2016

Fyer, Fyer!

Ever since some bright human ancestor got the idea to rub two sticks together, fire has enthralled us.

September 9, 2016

Fischer Vespers

Two Boston based ensembles, Newton Baroque and Exsultemus, come together in a world-premiere recording of Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer's Vespers.

September 3, 2016


This week on Harmonia, we’re firing up our time machine and setting the dial back four hundred years to 1616 – what will we hear?

August 27, 2016

Into the Lion's Den

This week on Harmonia, we’re headed into the lion’s den, as we go on safari with ensembles ranging from the New York Pro Musica to the Dufay Collective.

August 26, 2016

Concerti Bizarri

A concerto program from the Irish Baroque Orchestra features instruments less often on exhibit in solo roles, as well as instruments in unusual combinations.

August 20, 2016

Remembering Nikolaus Harnoncourt

The early music world lost one of its most important figures when Nikolaus Harnoncourt passed away on March 5th, 2016.

August 13, 2016

Dancing in the New World

Tap your toes, grab your dancing shoes, and find a partner. This week on Harmonia, we’re exploring dances heard in the Spanish Viceroys of Colonial America.

August 12, 2016


C.P.E. Bach and gala music for the Captains of the Hamburg Citizens Guard.

July 29, 2016

Keeping up with the Joneses

For all the Joneses of the world, how many know the 18th century contemporary of Handel, John Jones?

July 18, 2016

Tempesting Through Time

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July 15, 2016

Reicha And The Wind Quintet

“No description, no imagination can do justice to these compositions...the admiration of the musical world."

July 4, 2016


We’re sighing, in love, loss, or some combination of the two, as we hear recordings featuring the Consort of Musicke.

July 3, 2016

Discovering The Classical Trio

The string quartet is the pinnacle of classical chamber music, but the string trio doesn’t get the same respect.

June 20, 2016

Harmonia Top 40

We’re spinning some of early music’s “hit #1 singles,” alongside some listener requests.

June 17, 2016

Western Wind

Taverner’s Western Wind Mass is considered the first mass of its kind in England to use a secular tune rather than plainchant as its cantus firmus.

June 3, 2016

Voices of Eternity

"The repetition of a...harmonic motif evoked a sense of time stretching far beyond the limits of our physical world, thus creating an illusion of eternity!"

May 30, 2016

Cries of London: A David Munrow Retrospective

Some people leave an indelible mark on their profession. This week’s edition of Harmonia is dedicated to just such a person: David Munrow.

May 26, 2016

"Mewses": Wooster and Delilah

In "Mewses," we'll meet those who eat with, sleep with, and perhaps occasionally lick the faces of some of today's busiest early music performers.

May 6, 2016

One Without Alike

Musicke’s Pleasure Garden plays Jaques Paisible’s complete sonatas and suites for baroque treble recorder and continuo.

April 18, 2016

Stormy Weather

We’ll sample storms on sea and land, plus a featured release by the stormily named American baroque orchestra Tempesta di Mare.

April 10, 2016

A Next Generation

Thomas Tallis brings us a 40-voice motet, and a new generation of period performers plays music for an unusual combination of instruments, and more.

April 8, 2016

Missa Corona Spinea

The Tallis Scholars' most recent release of music by John Taverner.

March 25, 2016


A recording titled FINGERGULL references the golden ring of a medieval blood relic, and presents the chant cycle for the Holy Blood Office in its entirety.

March 21, 2016

Easter Through The Ages

We’re exploring nearly seven hundred years of Easter, from the 11th century to the 18th century.

March 11, 2016

Musica Boscareccia

The United Continuo Ensemble performs the "little woodland songs" of Johann Hermann Schein.

February 26, 2016

I Have Set My Hert So Hy

The Dufay Collective: capturing the essence of medieval poetry in song.

February 14, 2016

Liar, Liar

We're ferreting out lies and liars in early music. From fibs to falsification, cover-ups to conspiracies, plus the music of Oswald von Wolkenstein.

February 12, 2016

A Tribute To Handel

A 2015 release from cellist Kristin von der Goltz showcases the music of two little known 18th century composers-Francis Caporale and Johann Galliard.

January 31, 2016

It's An Honor To Be Nominated

Music from the 2015 GRAMMY nominees for Best Opera, Best Classical, Classical Producer of the Year, and more. And it's not about who wins or loses...

January 29, 2016

Cantigas de Santa Maria

The Cantigas de Santa Maria are what a 2015 Phi records release calls "a unique medieval monument."

January 15, 2016

Praetorius, Praetorius, Praetorius.

Pablo Heras-Casado and the Balthasar-Neumann Choir and Ensemble present a new recording of music by Praetorius, Praetorius, and Praetorius!

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