The young Johann Melchior Molter likely learned the basics of music before attending Gymnasium in Eisenach where J.S. Bach had been a pupil a few years earlier.
With the thunderous applause at the end of this CD, you can almost imagine yourself on tour with the Académie in Australia at the Melbourne Recital Centre.
Ars Antiqua transports listeners back in time to the gilded 18th century Rococo music rooms of Paris.
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
This October 31st marks half a millennium since the young priest, Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses that ushered in the Protestant Reformation.
Charming music by Filippo Ruge has languished in the wings for too many years just waiting for his turn to be rediscovered.
Prominent in Medieval and Renaissance churches, swallow’s nest organs perched high above their congregations suspended from platforms built in the church wall.
“I was never less alone than when by myself,” wrote English historian Edward Gibbon.
When life give you lemons….make lemonade. It seems that’s what Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf decided to do.
Dulcian is one of many names used to describe the one-piece ancestor of the modern bassoon.
Many know Tinctoris only by way of his famous theoretical treatises, but he also composed a great deal of fine vocal and instrumental works.
"Everything has been thought of before, but the problem is to think of it again."
This week on Harmonia, we’ll hit the road, exploring medieval and renaissance songs of travel, mostly from Spain and Portugal.
Giaches de Wert is famous for his madrigals and his influence on Claudio Monteverdi is often stated. But Wert also composed a significant body of church music.
This week on Harmonia we explore one of the most fascinating and complex instruments that was ever misunderstood: the hurdy-gurdy.
The English poet Robert Graves once said, “There’s no money in poetry, but there’s no poetry in money.”
Ensemble Scholastica aims to recreate a medieval musician’s process.
Go back in time for a musical soirée in an 18th century Viennese drawing room.
"Whilst snug in their Club-Room, they jovially twine / The Myrtle of Venus with Bacchus’s Vine.” Those are some of the original words to our national anthem.
The influential Italian composer, Carlo Farina, was at the forefront of the violin’s flourishing.
Knights, peasants, crusades, chants, and saints—this week on Harmonia, we’ll explore aspects of medieval European history.
Scherzi Musicali is helping to bring the Fiocco name and his music back to modern ears.
The 500 year old instrument is one of the earliest harpsichords that has survived the trials of travel and time.
Sit, stay, good dog! This week on Harmonia, our furry and feathered friends are taking center stage.
Ratis’s Canzonette are more personal than theological or formal-sometimes blithe, sometimes tender, sometimes sensual, often humorous.
Did you know that founding father Thomas Jefferson was the first major contributor to the Library of Congress?
Keyboard music by Johann Wilhelm Hässler, played on harpsichord, clavichord, and fortepiano.
How did tunes “go viral,” so to speak, centuries before there was any such thing as social media?
Marco Dall’Aquila bridged the gap between two very different periods in the life of the lute, its music, and its playing techniques.
Mendelssohn's three sonatas for violin and fortepiano played on 19th century period instruments.
Although famous in his day, the music of French baroque composer Jean-Joseph de Mondonville has, nowadays, mostly been forgotten.
Ensemble Zefiro explores Bach's associations with France, and the incorporation of the French style into his music.
Verdelot’s madrigals (“à la Ganassi”) from the ensemble, Doulce Mémoire.
It would be interesting to know the story behind the name of the ensemble, Beauty Farm. But never mind…it’s peculiar enough that you’re not likely to forget it!
Ah, Valentine’s Day – a time to cherish a new romance or rekindle an old flame! This week on Harmonia, we explore the sounds of a trio of instruments d'amore.
Chopin’s famous concertos played on two original Erard grand pianos.