On this edition of Harmonia, we tune up strings of the violin, cello, viola da gamba, and lute, with music in scordatura, or alternate tunings, of strange and familiar instruments.
On this week’s program, we journey to Kraków to bathe in the rich music of the Polish Golden Age. Then, on our featured release harpsichordist Byron Schenkman takes us to the National Music Museum in Vermillion, South Dakota with the recording The Art of the Harpsichord: From Cabezón to Mozart.
The music manuscript known as the Medici Codex was thought to have been created as a present for Lorenzo de’ Medici, Duke of Urbino, and his bride . . . but the story is not that simple.
“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.” This week on Harmonia, we’ll catch a fright listening to scary sounds for Halloween…but Halloween was not always reserved for trick-or-treaters.
In honor of his birthday on October 19th, we're exploring music for low double reed instruments played by one of their most passionate advocates--Michael McCraw.
Music of Central and Eastern Europe spanning two centuries.
We avoid the long lines and go directly into Lincoln’s Inn Fields theatre in London to hear music from some of its most popular shows. Then, we cross the English channel to France, to hear music from the time of Louis XIV from our featured release The Versailles Revolution.
Enlightenment philosopher Gotthold Ephraim Lessing said, “I'm coming to Leipzig, to the place where one can see the whole world in miniature.”
Robert Parsons, Gentleman of the Chapel Royal
Feeling landlocked? This week on Harmonia, we’re headed to the shore, exploring ocean-themed music from across the centuries.
Join us as we explore the musical legacy of Notre Dame Cathedral — plus, a tribute to the late Michael Jaffee.
Join us for music by a Czech violinist and composer who was sought after by Haydn and Beethoven, in the same freemasons’ lodge as Mozart, and very much a star of the Vienna musical scene.
The Musical World of Johannes Ciconia
What do the Mardi Gras parades of New Orleans, the famous Carnival of Venice, and the Jewish holiday Purim all have in common? Why, costumes, of course!