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Archive for 2008

January 7, 2008

podcast

Journey: Les Boreades of Montreal

Les Boreades of Montreal on the ATMA Classique label.

January 7, 2008

show

Great Musicians: Ellen Hargis

We spoke with American soprano Ellen Hargis and hear some of her more notable recordings. Plus, a release from the Attaignant Consort.

January 14, 2008

podcast

Schumann’s 1851 version of Bach’s Saint John Passion

Robert Schumann's arrangement of Johann Sebastian Bach's "Saint John Passion."

January 14, 2008

show

Blind Composers

This week on Harmonia: the music of a small fraternity of Renaissance and baroque composers who were blind from childhood, plus a new release by La Serenissima.

January 21, 2008

podcast

Sainte-Colombe: Music for Two Viola da Gambas

Les Voix Humaines: the fourth volume of Sainte-Colombe's "Concerts a deux violes esgales."

January 21, 2008

show

Young Person’s Guide to the Baroque Orchestra

This week on Harmonia, we’ll introduce you the main parts that make up a baroque orchestra, plus a new release by harpsichordist Davitt Moroney.

January 28, 2008

podcast

J.S. Bach: Missae Breves with Cantus Coelln

Cantus Coelln under the direction of Konrad Junghaenel perform J.S. Bach's Missae Breves.

January 28, 2008

show

The Recorder in the Middle Ages

This week on Harmonia, we'll look into the mystery of the recorder in the middle ages. Plus, we’ll hear from a new release by The Baltimore Consort.

February 4, 2008

podcast

Rebel: Corellisante

Ensemble Rebel performs music for two violins and basso continuo by Corelli and Telemann.

February 4, 2008

show

Great Musicians Series: Mary Springfels

Our Great Musicians Series continues this week with gambist Mary Springfels... plus a new release by harpsichordist Arthur Haas.

February 11, 2008

podcast

Locham Song Book with Ensemble Dulce Melos

Ensemble Dulce Melos performs German songs and intrumental pieces from the 15th Century.

February 11, 2008

show

A Harmonia Valentine

This week, Celebrate Valentine's Day with us as we listen to the new recording Beautiful Baroque: Music for Weddings and Special Moments, by ensemble L'AURA.

February 18, 2008

podcast

George Frideric Handel’s ‘Semele’ and ‘Partenope’

The Chandos label features The Early Opera Company in the first complete period instrument recording of Handel's opera Semele.

February 18, 2008

show

New Music, Period Instruments, and Recent Recordings

This week we explore new works for old instruments, plus a new release by the Basel Baroque Orchestra.

February 25, 2008

podcast

The Amorous Lyre: La Monica Baroque Ensemble

La Monica performs music of Tarquinio Merula and contemporaries.

March 3, 2008

podcast

Six Concertos for the Margrave of Brandenburg

A new Avie label release of Bach's Brandenburg concertos.

March 10, 2008

podcast

Couperin and the Viola da Gamba

Francois Couperin with a Finnish ensemble led by Markku Luolajan-Mikkola.

March 17, 2008

podcast

O Lusitano: Portuguese Vilancetes, Cantigas, and Romances

Portuguese early music with Gerard Lesne and Circa 1500 under the direction of Nancy Hadden.

March 24, 2008

podcast

Michel Blavet: Works for Flute

Jed Wentz and Musica ad Rhenum bring us Blavet's complete works for flute.

March 31, 2008

podcast

Handel: Concerti Grossi, Op. 3

Handel's op. 3 concertos for orchestra on the Harmonia Mundi label.

April 7, 2008

podcast

Jordi Savall and the Orchestra of the Sun King

Jordi Savall and Le Concert des Nations bring us theater music from the court of Louis XIV.

April 14, 2008

podcast

Narcisso Speculando: Madrigals of Paolo da Firenze

Pedro Memelsdorff and Mala Punica bring us the madrigals of Paolo da Firenze.

April 21, 2008

podcast

Grand Partita

Eric Hoeprich and Nachtmusique bring us a Glossa label release of Mozart's Grand Partita for wind ensemble.

April 28, 2008

podcast

Dansereye of 1551

Tielman Susato's collection of dances known as the Dansereye.

May 5, 2008

podcast

Marian Cantatas: Anne Sofie von Otter and Musica Antiqua Cologne

A recording of Handel's cantatas on Marian themes with mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and Reinhard Goebel directing Musica Antiqua Cologne.

May 12, 2008

podcast

Frottole

Marco Beasley and Accordone bring us the Renaissance popular song known as the frottola.

May 19, 2008

podcast

Songs of Guillaume Dufay with Diabolus in Musica

Antoine Guerber leads the French ensemble Diabolus in Musica.

May 26, 2008

podcast

Heavenly Harmonies

A Harmonia Mundi release of music by William Byrd and Thomas Tallis.

May 26, 2008

show

Psalm 42

This week we discuss the many settings of Psalm 42, "As pants the hart." Also, a new release by Brandywine Baroque.

June 2, 2008

podcast

Balcarres Lute Book

An ATMA label release of selections from the Scottish Balcarres Lute Book with French-Canadian lutenist Sylvain Bergeron.

June 2, 2008

show

Commemorating Fasch

On Harmonia this week, we’re commemorating the life of composer Johann Friedrich Fasch. Plus, we’ll review a recent release by Ensemble Battistin.

June 9, 2008

podcast

Geminiani’s Sonatas for Cello

Francesco Geminiani's complete cello sonatas, op. 5, with cellist Jaap ter Linden and harpsichordist Lars Ulrik Mortensen.

June 9, 2008

show

Feast of the Pheasant, 1454

This week, we take a look at the extravagant medieval banquet known as the Feast of the Pheasant. Plus, a recent release by Ensemble Dulce Melos.

June 16, 2008

podcast

Harpsichord Music of d’Anglebert

French harpsichordist Celine Frisch and the Alpha label bring us an essential recording of music by Jean-Henry d'Anglebert.

June 16, 2008

show

The Portuguese Renaissance

This week, we’ll explore some of the finest composers of the Portuguese Renaissance. Plus, we’ll review from a recent recording by fortepianist Ira Braus.

June 23, 2008

podcast

Ay Luna: Music of Renaissance Spain

A performance of Spanish Renaissance music with Guillemette Laurens and the ensemble Unda Maris.

June 23, 2008

show

The Corellisti

This week we explore music created in honor of Arcangelo Corelli. We’ll also review a new release of Handel’s opera Semele.

June 30, 2008

podcast

Garden of Early Delights

Pamela Thorby and Andrew Lawrence-King perform Renaissance and early Baroque music for recorder and early harp.

June 30, 2008

show

The Ursuline Manuscript

This week, we explore excerpts from the Ursuline Manuscript, the sole-surviving collection of music from 18th-century New Orleans.

July 7, 2008

podcast

La Real Camara: Spanish Violin Music and Boccherini String Trios

La Real Camara brings us two Glossa label recordings, Tientos y Batallas and Boccherini en Boadilla.

July 7, 2008

show

Great Musicians Series: Han Tol

This week we speak with Dutch recorder virtuoso Han Tol. Plus, a new release of music by François Couperin.

July 14, 2008

podcast

The Borel Manuscript

A Plectra Music release of late 17th-century French harpsichord pieces from the Borel Manuscript.

July 14, 2008

show

Leonardo Vinci, Neapolitan Composer

This week on Harmonia we’ll explore the music of late-Baroque composer Leonardo Vinci. A new release by the Academy of Ancient Music will also be reviewed.

July 21, 2008

podcast

The Hilliard Ensemble

Two recent recordings with the Hilliard Ensemble, including Latin church music of the 16th Century and J.S. Bach's complete motets.

July 21, 2008

show

Acis, Galatea, and Polyphemus

This week we discuss versions of the story Acis and Galatea by Lully, Literes, Handel, and Naumann, as well as a new release of Buxtehude’s organ music.

July 28, 2008

podcast

Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo

Two releases of Monteverdi's opera L'Orfeo, a new one performed by Music from Aston Magna and a classic one with the New London Consort.

July 28, 2008

show

Great Musicians Series: Eric Hoeprich

Our Great Musicians Series continues this week on Harmonia with early clarinetist Eric Hoeprich. Plus, a new release by harpsichordist Bradley Brookshire.

August 4, 2008

show

La Pellegrina

This week, the intermedi from La Pellegrina performed by the Huelgas Ensemble and the Taverner Consort. Plus, a new release of songs by William and Henry Lawes.

August 11, 2008

show

The Rose Ensemble

Music by The Rose Ensemble from early Spain, Baroque Mexico, and 19th-century Hawaii, plus a debut release of the trio Rubato Appassionato.

August 18, 2008

podcast

Telemann’s Wind Concertos

The German CPO label brings us the latest release by La Stagione Frankfurt and Camerata Cologne in volume three of their Telemann wind concerto series.

August 18, 2008

show

The New Release Show

On Harmonia this week, new releases, featuring music of Dufay, the English Renaissance, Heinrich Schütz, little-known German baroque composers, and Handel.

August 25, 2008

podcast

Psyche and Semele

This week we explore two exceptional recent releases of operas by Jean Baptiste Lully (Psyche) and Marin Marais (Semele).

August 25, 2008

show

Music for the Jesuits, pt. 1

Harmonia looks at some of the composers associated with the rich musical legacy of the Jesuits. Plus, a new release from lutenist Sylvain Bergeron.

September 1, 2008

podcast

The Leuven Dance Book and English Dancing Master

This week we'll listen to a couple releases of dance music published by Petrus Phalesius (Passacaille) and John Playford (Berlin Classics).

September 1, 2008

show

Music for the Jesuits, pt. 2

This week we continue our exploration of composers associated with the Catholic order known as the Jesuits. Plus a new release by Les Boreades of Montreal.

September 8, 2008

podcast

Ex Cathedra

The Hyperion label brings us a three volume series of Latin American baroque music with the English choir Ex Cathedra under the direction of Jeffrey Skidmore.

September 8, 2008

show

Knights Templar

On Harmonia this week we’ll explore the Naxos label release "Time of the Templars." Also, we'll review a new release by viola da gambist Susanne Heinrich.

September 15, 2008

show

Handel’s Unknown Oratorios

A look at some of Handel’s lesser-known oratorios, plus a featured release of Geminiani’s cello sonatas.

September 22, 2008

podcast

Bassoon Music of Antonio Vivaldi

This week we explore three recordings of Vivaldi's music for the bassoon with virtuosos Frans Berkhout, Sergio Azzolini, and Michael McCraw.

September 22, 2008

show

Alla Turca

This week on Harmonia we’ll learn about the Battle of Vienna, Jannissary bands and music with a tinge of Turkey. Plus, a new release from the Borel Manuscript.

September 29, 2008

podcast

The Cologne Chamber Orchestra

The Naxos label brings us new and notable releases (Haydn and J.S. Bach) by the critically acclaimed Cologne Chamber Orchestra.

September 29, 2008

show

Alfred C. Kinsey’s “Music and Love”

This week on Harmonia, behavioral scientist Alfred Kinsey’s secret love: his record collections, and the music and musicians he admired.

October 6, 2008

podcast

Music of William and Henry Lawes

A recent ATMA label release of William Lawes' harp consorts and a Hyperion recording of songs and instrumental pieces by the Lawes brothers.

October 6, 2008

show

New Music, Early Music

This week Harmonia explores Kile Smith's Vespers, a new work for choir and Renaissance band, plus a new release of Monteverdi's "L'Orfeo."

October 13, 2008

podcast

Simon Standage and the Collegium Musicum 90

Christmas cantatas and concertos as well as Leclair violin sonatas are explored this week with two Chandos label releases.

October 13, 2008

show

Masters of the King’s Musick

Explore music of the first seven composers who were dubbed The Master of the Queen's Music. Also, a new release from recorder virtuoso Dan Laurin.

October 20, 2008

podcast

18th-Century Piano Concertos

A look at recordings with fortepianists Susan Alexander-Max (Naxos) and David Owen Norris (Avie).

October 20, 2008

show

Great Musicians Series: Michael McCraw

This week we welcome Michael McCraw, highly influential performer and teacher of historical bassoons. Plus, a new release from The Hilliard Ensemble.

October 27, 2008

podcast

La Venexiana and Monteverdi’s Madrigals

The Glossa labels brings us the final two recordings in La Venexiana's series of Monteverdi madrigals.

October 27, 2008

show

Moira Smiley & VOCO

Moira Smiley and VOCO at the 2008 Bloomington Early Music Festival... plus a new release of Telemann wind concertos.

November 3, 2008

podcast

Nigel North and the Dowlands

A new release of Robert Dowland's Musical banquet (ECM) with Nigel North and Monika Mauch followed by volume three of John Dowland's lute music (Naxos).

November 3, 2008

show

The Early Music Guild of Seattle

A sampling from recent seasons of the Early Music Guild of Seattle concert series, plus a new release of keyboard music by Peter Philips.

November 10, 2008

podcast

Christophe Coin plays Vivaldi and Buxtehude

The renowned baroque cellist Christophe Coin is the soloist this week in a new Naïve label release of Vivaldi cello concertos with Il Giardino Armonico.

November 10, 2008

show

Traditions Series: Births

The first program of our Traditions Series explores the different musical facets surrounding birth. Plus, a new release of bassoon music by Antonio Vivaldi.

November 17, 2008

podcast

The Beheadings of Saint John the Baptist and Saint Cecilia

The tragic stories of two famous Christian figures set by Stradella (San Giovanni Battista) and Alessandro Scarlatti (Il Martirio di Santa Cecilia).

November 17, 2008

show

Traditions Series: Songs and Hymns

This week, the Harmonia Traditions Series explores traditional songs and hymns from many cultures…and a new release by the Bach Collegium Japan.

November 24, 2008

podcast

Jewish Music for Viols

Renaissance music by Jewish composers with the viola da gamba consort Fretwork.

November 24, 2008

show

Traditions Series: Thanksgiving

This week, the Harmonia Traditions Series explores the Thanksgiving holiday in early America, plus a new release by the English choir Ex Cathedra.

December 1, 2008

podcast

Francesco Geminiani’s Instrumental Music

A new release from the Alpha label brings us Bruno Cocset in a program of cello sonatas by Francesco Geminiani.

December 1, 2008

show

Traditions Series: Weddings

This week, the Harmonia Traditions Series explores early wedding music. Plus a new release by American fortepianist Susan Alexander-Max.

December 8, 2008

show

Traditions Series: Dancing

This week, the Traditions Series explores dancing from medieval Italy to 18th-century Scotland, as well as a new release of music by Hieronymous Praetorius.

December 15, 2008

show

Traditions Series: Name Days and Birthdays

This week, the Traditions Series explores the celebration of name days and birthdays. Also, a new release by harpsichordist Elizabeth Farr.

December 22, 2008

show

Traditions Series: Christmas

This week, the Harmonia Traditions Series celebrates the holidays with a Baroque Christmas, including popular works from Germany, France, and Italy.

December 22, 2008

podcast

Paul O’Dette plays Melchior Neusidler

Paul O'Dette brings us a program of lute music by Melchior Neusidler. We'll also listen to a classic release by O'Dette of works by Nicolas Vallet.

December 29, 2008

podcast

Top Ten Early Music Discoveries of 2008

Music performed by a host of artists and ensembles, including Ex Cathedra, Nachtmusique, Huelgas Ensemble, Les Talens Lyrique, Doulce Memoire, and many others.

December 29, 2008

show

Traditions Series: The New Year

This week, the Harmonia Traditions Series explores the end of a year and beginning of a new one. Plus, a new release of music by Boismortier.

January 7, 2008

podcast

Journey: Les Boreades of Montreal

Les Boreades of Montreal on the ATMA Classique label.

January 7, 2008

show

Great Musicians: Ellen Hargis

We spoke with American soprano Ellen Hargis and hear some of her more notable recordings. Plus, a release from the Attaignant Consort.

January 14, 2008

podcast

Schumann’s 1851 version of Bach’s Saint John Passion

Robert Schumann's arrangement of Johann Sebastian Bach's "Saint John Passion."

January 14, 2008

show

Blind Composers

This week on Harmonia: the music of a small fraternity of Renaissance and baroque composers who were blind from childhood, plus a new release by La Serenissima.

January 21, 2008

podcast

Sainte-Colombe: Music for Two Viola da Gambas

Les Voix Humaines: the fourth volume of Sainte-Colombe's "Concerts a deux violes esgales."

January 21, 2008

show

Young Person’s Guide to the Baroque Orchestra

This week on Harmonia, we’ll introduce you the main parts that make up a baroque orchestra, plus a new release by harpsichordist Davitt Moroney.

January 28, 2008

podcast

J.S. Bach: Missae Breves with Cantus Coelln

Cantus Coelln under the direction of Konrad Junghaenel perform J.S. Bach's Missae Breves.

January 28, 2008

show

The Recorder in the Middle Ages

This week on Harmonia, we'll look into the mystery of the recorder in the middle ages. Plus, we’ll hear from a new release by The Baltimore Consort.

February 4, 2008

podcast

Rebel: Corellisante

Ensemble Rebel performs music for two violins and basso continuo by Corelli and Telemann.

February 4, 2008

show

Great Musicians Series: Mary Springfels

Our Great Musicians Series continues this week with gambist Mary Springfels... plus a new release by harpsichordist Arthur Haas.

February 11, 2008

podcast

Locham Song Book with Ensemble Dulce Melos

Ensemble Dulce Melos performs German songs and intrumental pieces from the 15th Century.

February 11, 2008

show

A Harmonia Valentine

This week, Celebrate Valentine's Day with us as we listen to the new recording Beautiful Baroque: Music for Weddings and Special Moments, by ensemble L'AURA.

February 18, 2008

podcast

George Frideric Handel’s ‘Semele’ and ‘Partenope’

The Chandos label features The Early Opera Company in the first complete period instrument recording of Handel's opera Semele.

February 18, 2008

show

New Music, Period Instruments, and Recent Recordings

This week we explore new works for old instruments, plus a new release by the Basel Baroque Orchestra.

February 25, 2008

podcast

The Amorous Lyre: La Monica Baroque Ensemble

La Monica performs music of Tarquinio Merula and contemporaries.

March 3, 2008

podcast

Six Concertos for the Margrave of Brandenburg

A new Avie label release of Bach's Brandenburg concertos.

March 10, 2008

podcast

Couperin and the Viola da Gamba

Francois Couperin with a Finnish ensemble led by Markku Luolajan-Mikkola.

March 17, 2008

podcast

O Lusitano: Portuguese Vilancetes, Cantigas, and Romances

Portuguese early music with Gerard Lesne and Circa 1500 under the direction of Nancy Hadden.

March 24, 2008

podcast

Michel Blavet: Works for Flute

Jed Wentz and Musica ad Rhenum bring us Blavet's complete works for flute.

March 31, 2008

podcast

Handel: Concerti Grossi, Op. 3

Handel's op. 3 concertos for orchestra on the Harmonia Mundi label.

April 7, 2008

podcast

Jordi Savall and the Orchestra of the Sun King

Jordi Savall and Le Concert des Nations bring us theater music from the court of Louis XIV.

April 14, 2008

podcast

Narcisso Speculando: Madrigals of Paolo da Firenze

Pedro Memelsdorff and Mala Punica bring us the madrigals of Paolo da Firenze.

April 21, 2008

podcast

Grand Partita

Eric Hoeprich and Nachtmusique bring us a Glossa label release of Mozart's Grand Partita for wind ensemble.

April 28, 2008

podcast

Dansereye of 1551

Tielman Susato's collection of dances known as the Dansereye.

May 5, 2008

podcast

Marian Cantatas: Anne Sofie von Otter and Musica Antiqua Cologne

A recording of Handel's cantatas on Marian themes with mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and Reinhard Goebel directing Musica Antiqua Cologne.

May 12, 2008

podcast

Frottole

Marco Beasley and Accordone bring us the Renaissance popular song known as the frottola.

May 19, 2008

podcast

Songs of Guillaume Dufay with Diabolus in Musica

Antoine Guerber leads the French ensemble Diabolus in Musica.

May 26, 2008

podcast

Heavenly Harmonies

A Harmonia Mundi release of music by William Byrd and Thomas Tallis.

May 26, 2008

show

Psalm 42

This week we discuss the many settings of Psalm 42, "As pants the hart." Also, a new release by Brandywine Baroque.

June 2, 2008

podcast

Balcarres Lute Book

An ATMA label release of selections from the Scottish Balcarres Lute Book with French-Canadian lutenist Sylvain Bergeron.

June 2, 2008

show

Commemorating Fasch

On Harmonia this week, we’re commemorating the life of composer Johann Friedrich Fasch. Plus, we’ll review a recent release by Ensemble Battistin.

June 9, 2008

podcast

Geminiani’s Sonatas for Cello

Francesco Geminiani's complete cello sonatas, op. 5, with cellist Jaap ter Linden and harpsichordist Lars Ulrik Mortensen.

June 9, 2008

show

Feast of the Pheasant, 1454

This week, we take a look at the extravagant medieval banquet known as the Feast of the Pheasant. Plus, a recent release by Ensemble Dulce Melos.

June 16, 2008

podcast

Harpsichord Music of d’Anglebert

French harpsichordist Celine Frisch and the Alpha label bring us an essential recording of music by Jean-Henry d'Anglebert.

June 16, 2008

show

The Portuguese Renaissance

This week, we’ll explore some of the finest composers of the Portuguese Renaissance. Plus, we’ll review from a recent recording by fortepianist Ira Braus.

June 23, 2008

podcast

Ay Luna: Music of Renaissance Spain

A performance of Spanish Renaissance music with Guillemette Laurens and the ensemble Unda Maris.

June 23, 2008

show

The Corellisti

This week we explore music created in honor of Arcangelo Corelli. We’ll also review a new release of Handel’s opera Semele.

June 30, 2008

podcast

Garden of Early Delights

Pamela Thorby and Andrew Lawrence-King perform Renaissance and early Baroque music for recorder and early harp.

June 30, 2008

show

The Ursuline Manuscript

This week, we explore excerpts from the Ursuline Manuscript, the sole-surviving collection of music from 18th-century New Orleans.

July 7, 2008

podcast

La Real Camara: Spanish Violin Music and Boccherini String Trios

La Real Camara brings us two Glossa label recordings, Tientos y Batallas and Boccherini en Boadilla.

July 7, 2008

show

Great Musicians Series: Han Tol

This week we speak with Dutch recorder virtuoso Han Tol. Plus, a new release of music by François Couperin.

July 14, 2008

podcast

The Borel Manuscript

A Plectra Music release of late 17th-century French harpsichord pieces from the Borel Manuscript.

July 14, 2008

show

Leonardo Vinci, Neapolitan Composer

This week on Harmonia we’ll explore the music of late-Baroque composer Leonardo Vinci. A new release by the Academy of Ancient Music will also be reviewed.

July 21, 2008

podcast

The Hilliard Ensemble

Two recent recordings with the Hilliard Ensemble, including Latin church music of the 16th Century and J.S. Bach's complete motets.

July 21, 2008

show

Acis, Galatea, and Polyphemus

This week we discuss versions of the story Acis and Galatea by Lully, Literes, Handel, and Naumann, as well as a new release of Buxtehude’s organ music.

July 28, 2008

podcast

Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo

Two releases of Monteverdi's opera L'Orfeo, a new one performed by Music from Aston Magna and a classic one with the New London Consort.

July 28, 2008

show

Great Musicians Series: Eric Hoeprich

Our Great Musicians Series continues this week on Harmonia with early clarinetist Eric Hoeprich. Plus, a new release by harpsichordist Bradley Brookshire.

August 4, 2008

show

La Pellegrina

This week, the intermedi from La Pellegrina performed by the Huelgas Ensemble and the Taverner Consort. Plus, a new release of songs by William and Henry Lawes.

August 11, 2008

show

The Rose Ensemble

Music by The Rose Ensemble from early Spain, Baroque Mexico, and 19th-century Hawaii, plus a debut release of the trio Rubato Appassionato.

August 18, 2008

podcast

Telemann’s Wind Concertos

The German CPO label brings us the latest release by La Stagione Frankfurt and Camerata Cologne in volume three of their Telemann wind concerto series.

August 18, 2008

show

The New Release Show

On Harmonia this week, new releases, featuring music of Dufay, the English Renaissance, Heinrich Schütz, little-known German baroque composers, and Handel.

August 25, 2008

podcast

Psyche and Semele

This week we explore two exceptional recent releases of operas by Jean Baptiste Lully (Psyche) and Marin Marais (Semele).

August 25, 2008

show

Music for the Jesuits, pt. 1

Harmonia looks at some of the composers associated with the rich musical legacy of the Jesuits. Plus, a new release from lutenist Sylvain Bergeron.

September 1, 2008

podcast

The Leuven Dance Book and English Dancing Master

This week we'll listen to a couple releases of dance music published by Petrus Phalesius (Passacaille) and John Playford (Berlin Classics).

September 1, 2008

show

Music for the Jesuits, pt. 2

This week we continue our exploration of composers associated with the Catholic order known as the Jesuits. Plus a new release by Les Boreades of Montreal.

September 8, 2008

podcast

Ex Cathedra

The Hyperion label brings us a three volume series of Latin American baroque music with the English choir Ex Cathedra under the direction of Jeffrey Skidmore.

September 8, 2008

show

Knights Templar

On Harmonia this week we’ll explore the Naxos label release "Time of the Templars." Also, we'll review a new release by viola da gambist Susanne Heinrich.

September 15, 2008

show

Handel’s Unknown Oratorios

A look at some of Handel’s lesser-known oratorios, plus a featured release of Geminiani’s cello sonatas.

September 22, 2008

podcast

Bassoon Music of Antonio Vivaldi

This week we explore three recordings of Vivaldi's music for the bassoon with virtuosos Frans Berkhout, Sergio Azzolini, and Michael McCraw.

September 22, 2008

show

Alla Turca

This week on Harmonia we’ll learn about the Battle of Vienna, Jannissary bands and music with a tinge of Turkey. Plus, a new release from the Borel Manuscript.

September 29, 2008

podcast

The Cologne Chamber Orchestra

The Naxos label brings us new and notable releases (Haydn and J.S. Bach) by the critically acclaimed Cologne Chamber Orchestra.

September 29, 2008

show

Alfred C. Kinsey’s “Music and Love”

This week on Harmonia, behavioral scientist Alfred Kinsey’s secret love: his record collections, and the music and musicians he admired.

October 6, 2008

podcast

Music of William and Henry Lawes

A recent ATMA label release of William Lawes' harp consorts and a Hyperion recording of songs and instrumental pieces by the Lawes brothers.

October 6, 2008

show

New Music, Early Music

This week Harmonia explores Kile Smith's Vespers, a new work for choir and Renaissance band, plus a new release of Monteverdi's "L'Orfeo."

October 13, 2008

podcast

Simon Standage and the Collegium Musicum 90

Christmas cantatas and concertos as well as Leclair violin sonatas are explored this week with two Chandos label releases.

October 13, 2008

show

Masters of the King’s Musick

Explore music of the first seven composers who were dubbed The Master of the Queen's Music. Also, a new release from recorder virtuoso Dan Laurin.

October 20, 2008

podcast

18th-Century Piano Concertos

A look at recordings with fortepianists Susan Alexander-Max (Naxos) and David Owen Norris (Avie).

October 20, 2008

show

Great Musicians Series: Michael McCraw

This week we welcome Michael McCraw, highly influential performer and teacher of historical bassoons. Plus, a new release from The Hilliard Ensemble.

October 27, 2008

podcast

La Venexiana and Monteverdi’s Madrigals

The Glossa labels brings us the final two recordings in La Venexiana's series of Monteverdi madrigals.

October 27, 2008

show

Moira Smiley & VOCO

Moira Smiley and VOCO at the 2008 Bloomington Early Music Festival... plus a new release of Telemann wind concertos.

November 3, 2008

podcast

Nigel North and the Dowlands

A new release of Robert Dowland's Musical banquet (ECM) with Nigel North and Monika Mauch followed by volume three of John Dowland's lute music (Naxos).

November 3, 2008

show

The Early Music Guild of Seattle

A sampling from recent seasons of the Early Music Guild of Seattle concert series, plus a new release of keyboard music by Peter Philips.

November 10, 2008

podcast

Christophe Coin plays Vivaldi and Buxtehude

The renowned baroque cellist Christophe Coin is the soloist this week in a new Naïve label release of Vivaldi cello concertos with Il Giardino Armonico.

November 10, 2008

show

Traditions Series: Births

The first program of our Traditions Series explores the different musical facets surrounding birth. Plus, a new release of bassoon music by Antonio Vivaldi.

November 17, 2008

podcast

The Beheadings of Saint John the Baptist and Saint Cecilia

The tragic stories of two famous Christian figures set by Stradella (San Giovanni Battista) and Alessandro Scarlatti (Il Martirio di Santa Cecilia).

November 17, 2008

show

Traditions Series: Songs and Hymns

This week, the Harmonia Traditions Series explores traditional songs and hymns from many cultures…and a new release by the Bach Collegium Japan.

November 24, 2008

podcast

Jewish Music for Viols

Renaissance music by Jewish composers with the viola da gamba consort Fretwork.

November 24, 2008

show

Traditions Series: Thanksgiving

This week, the Harmonia Traditions Series explores the Thanksgiving holiday in early America, plus a new release by the English choir Ex Cathedra.

December 1, 2008

podcast

Francesco Geminiani’s Instrumental Music

A new release from the Alpha label brings us Bruno Cocset in a program of cello sonatas by Francesco Geminiani.

December 1, 2008

show

Traditions Series: Weddings

This week, the Harmonia Traditions Series explores early wedding music. Plus a new release by American fortepianist Susan Alexander-Max.

December 8, 2008

show

Traditions Series: Dancing

This week, the Traditions Series explores dancing from medieval Italy to 18th-century Scotland, as well as a new release of music by Hieronymous Praetorius.

December 15, 2008

show

Traditions Series: Name Days and Birthdays

This week, the Traditions Series explores the celebration of name days and birthdays. Also, a new release by harpsichordist Elizabeth Farr.

December 22, 2008

show

Traditions Series: Christmas

This week, the Harmonia Traditions Series celebrates the holidays with a Baroque Christmas, including popular works from Germany, France, and Italy.

December 22, 2008

podcast

Paul O’Dette plays Melchior Neusidler

Paul O'Dette brings us a program of lute music by Melchior Neusidler. We'll also listen to a classic release by O'Dette of works by Nicolas Vallet.

December 29, 2008

podcast

Top Ten Early Music Discoveries of 2008

Music performed by a host of artists and ensembles, including Ex Cathedra, Nachtmusique, Huelgas Ensemble, Les Talens Lyrique, Doulce Memoire, and many others.

December 29, 2008

show

Traditions Series: The New Year

This week, the Harmonia Traditions Series explores the end of a year and beginning of a new one. Plus, a new release of music by Boismortier.

January 7, 2008

podcast

Journey: Les Boreades of Montreal

Les Boreades of Montreal on the ATMA Classique label.

January 7, 2008

show

Great Musicians: Ellen Hargis

We spoke with American soprano Ellen Hargis and hear some of her more notable recordings. Plus, a release from the Attaignant Consort.

January 14, 2008

podcast

Schumann’s 1851 version of Bach’s Saint John Passion

Robert Schumann's arrangement of Johann Sebastian Bach's "Saint John Passion."

January 14, 2008

show

Blind Composers

This week on Harmonia: the music of a small fraternity of Renaissance and baroque composers who were blind from childhood, plus a new release by La Serenissima.

January 21, 2008

podcast

Sainte-Colombe: Music for Two Viola da Gambas

Les Voix Humaines: the fourth volume of Sainte-Colombe's "Concerts a deux violes esgales."

January 21, 2008

show

Young Person’s Guide to the Baroque Orchestra

This week on Harmonia, we’ll introduce you the main parts that make up a baroque orchestra, plus a new release by harpsichordist Davitt Moroney.

January 28, 2008

podcast

J.S. Bach: Missae Breves with Cantus Coelln

Cantus Coelln under the direction of Konrad Junghaenel perform J.S. Bach's Missae Breves.

January 28, 2008

show

The Recorder in the Middle Ages

This week on Harmonia, we'll look into the mystery of the recorder in the middle ages. Plus, we’ll hear from a new release by The Baltimore Consort.

February 4, 2008

podcast

Rebel: Corellisante

Ensemble Rebel performs music for two violins and basso continuo by Corelli and Telemann.

February 4, 2008

show

Great Musicians Series: Mary Springfels

Our Great Musicians Series continues this week with gambist Mary Springfels... plus a new release by harpsichordist Arthur Haas.

February 11, 2008

podcast

Locham Song Book with Ensemble Dulce Melos

Ensemble Dulce Melos performs German songs and intrumental pieces from the 15th Century.

February 11, 2008

show

A Harmonia Valentine

This week, Celebrate Valentine's Day with us as we listen to the new recording Beautiful Baroque: Music for Weddings and Special Moments, by ensemble L'AURA.

February 18, 2008

podcast

George Frideric Handel’s ‘Semele’ and ‘Partenope’

The Chandos label features The Early Opera Company in the first complete period instrument recording of Handel's opera Semele.

February 18, 2008

show

New Music, Period Instruments, and Recent Recordings

This week we explore new works for old instruments, plus a new release by the Basel Baroque Orchestra.

February 25, 2008

podcast

The Amorous Lyre: La Monica Baroque Ensemble

La Monica performs music of Tarquinio Merula and contemporaries.

March 3, 2008

podcast

Six Concertos for the Margrave of Brandenburg

A new Avie label release of Bach's Brandenburg concertos.

March 10, 2008

podcast

Couperin and the Viola da Gamba

Francois Couperin with a Finnish ensemble led by Markku Luolajan-Mikkola.

March 17, 2008

podcast

O Lusitano: Portuguese Vilancetes, Cantigas, and Romances

Portuguese early music with Gerard Lesne and Circa 1500 under the direction of Nancy Hadden.

March 24, 2008

podcast

Michel Blavet: Works for Flute

Jed Wentz and Musica ad Rhenum bring us Blavet's complete works for flute.

March 31, 2008

podcast

Handel: Concerti Grossi, Op. 3

Handel's op. 3 concertos for orchestra on the Harmonia Mundi label.

April 7, 2008

podcast

Jordi Savall and the Orchestra of the Sun King

Jordi Savall and Le Concert des Nations bring us theater music from the court of Louis XIV.

April 14, 2008

podcast

Narcisso Speculando: Madrigals of Paolo da Firenze

Pedro Memelsdorff and Mala Punica bring us the madrigals of Paolo da Firenze.

April 21, 2008

podcast

Grand Partita

Eric Hoeprich and Nachtmusique bring us a Glossa label release of Mozart's Grand Partita for wind ensemble.

April 28, 2008

podcast

Dansereye of 1551

Tielman Susato's collection of dances known as the Dansereye.

May 5, 2008

podcast

Marian Cantatas: Anne Sofie von Otter and Musica Antiqua Cologne

A recording of Handel's cantatas on Marian themes with mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and Reinhard Goebel directing Musica Antiqua Cologne.

May 12, 2008

podcast

Frottole

Marco Beasley and Accordone bring us the Renaissance popular song known as the frottola.

May 19, 2008

podcast

Songs of Guillaume Dufay with Diabolus in Musica

Antoine Guerber leads the French ensemble Diabolus in Musica.

May 26, 2008

podcast

Heavenly Harmonies

A Harmonia Mundi release of music by William Byrd and Thomas Tallis.

May 26, 2008

show

Psalm 42

This week we discuss the many settings of Psalm 42, "As pants the hart." Also, a new release by Brandywine Baroque.

June 2, 2008

podcast

Balcarres Lute Book

An ATMA label release of selections from the Scottish Balcarres Lute Book with French-Canadian lutenist Sylvain Bergeron.

June 2, 2008

show

Commemorating Fasch

On Harmonia this week, we’re commemorating the life of composer Johann Friedrich Fasch. Plus, we’ll review a recent release by Ensemble Battistin.

June 9, 2008

podcast

Geminiani’s Sonatas for Cello

Francesco Geminiani's complete cello sonatas, op. 5, with cellist Jaap ter Linden and harpsichordist Lars Ulrik Mortensen.

June 9, 2008

show

Feast of the Pheasant, 1454

This week, we take a look at the extravagant medieval banquet known as the Feast of the Pheasant. Plus, a recent release by Ensemble Dulce Melos.

June 16, 2008

podcast

Harpsichord Music of d’Anglebert

French harpsichordist Celine Frisch and the Alpha label bring us an essential recording of music by Jean-Henry d'Anglebert.

June 16, 2008

show

The Portuguese Renaissance

This week, we’ll explore some of the finest composers of the Portuguese Renaissance. Plus, we’ll review from a recent recording by fortepianist Ira Braus.

June 23, 2008

podcast

Ay Luna: Music of Renaissance Spain

A performance of Spanish Renaissance music with Guillemette Laurens and the ensemble Unda Maris.

June 23, 2008

show

The Corellisti

This week we explore music created in honor of Arcangelo Corelli. We’ll also review a new release of Handel’s opera Semele.

June 30, 2008

podcast

Garden of Early Delights

Pamela Thorby and Andrew Lawrence-King perform Renaissance and early Baroque music for recorder and early harp.

June 30, 2008

show

The Ursuline Manuscript

This week, we explore excerpts from the Ursuline Manuscript, the sole-surviving collection of music from 18th-century New Orleans.

July 7, 2008

podcast

La Real Camara: Spanish Violin Music and Boccherini String Trios

La Real Camara brings us two Glossa label recordings, Tientos y Batallas and Boccherini en Boadilla.

July 7, 2008

show

Great Musicians Series: Han Tol

This week we speak with Dutch recorder virtuoso Han Tol. Plus, a new release of music by François Couperin.

July 14, 2008

podcast

The Borel Manuscript

A Plectra Music release of late 17th-century French harpsichord pieces from the Borel Manuscript.

July 14, 2008

show

Leonardo Vinci, Neapolitan Composer

This week on Harmonia we’ll explore the music of late-Baroque composer Leonardo Vinci. A new release by the Academy of Ancient Music will also be reviewed.

July 21, 2008

podcast

The Hilliard Ensemble

Two recent recordings with the Hilliard Ensemble, including Latin church music of the 16th Century and J.S. Bach's complete motets.

July 21, 2008

show

Acis, Galatea, and Polyphemus

This week we discuss versions of the story Acis and Galatea by Lully, Literes, Handel, and Naumann, as well as a new release of Buxtehude’s organ music.

July 28, 2008

podcast

Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo

Two releases of Monteverdi's opera L'Orfeo, a new one performed by Music from Aston Magna and a classic one with the New London Consort.

July 28, 2008

show

Great Musicians Series: Eric Hoeprich

Our Great Musicians Series continues this week on Harmonia with early clarinetist Eric Hoeprich. Plus, a new release by harpsichordist Bradley Brookshire.

August 4, 2008

show

La Pellegrina

This week, the intermedi from La Pellegrina performed by the Huelgas Ensemble and the Taverner Consort. Plus, a new release of songs by William and Henry Lawes.

August 11, 2008

show

The Rose Ensemble

Music by The Rose Ensemble from early Spain, Baroque Mexico, and 19th-century Hawaii, plus a debut release of the trio Rubato Appassionato.

August 18, 2008

podcast

Telemann’s Wind Concertos

The German CPO label brings us the latest release by La Stagione Frankfurt and Camerata Cologne in volume three of their Telemann wind concerto series.

August 18, 2008

show

The New Release Show

On Harmonia this week, new releases, featuring music of Dufay, the English Renaissance, Heinrich Schütz, little-known German baroque composers, and Handel.

August 25, 2008

podcast

Psyche and Semele

This week we explore two exceptional recent releases of operas by Jean Baptiste Lully (Psyche) and Marin Marais (Semele).

August 25, 2008

show

Music for the Jesuits, pt. 1

Harmonia looks at some of the composers associated with the rich musical legacy of the Jesuits. Plus, a new release from lutenist Sylvain Bergeron.

September 1, 2008

podcast

The Leuven Dance Book and English Dancing Master

This week we'll listen to a couple releases of dance music published by Petrus Phalesius (Passacaille) and John Playford (Berlin Classics).

September 1, 2008

show

Music for the Jesuits, pt. 2

This week we continue our exploration of composers associated with the Catholic order known as the Jesuits. Plus a new release by Les Boreades of Montreal.

September 8, 2008

podcast

Ex Cathedra

The Hyperion label brings us a three volume series of Latin American baroque music with the English choir Ex Cathedra under the direction of Jeffrey Skidmore.

September 8, 2008

show

Knights Templar

On Harmonia this week we’ll explore the Naxos label release "Time of the Templars." Also, we'll review a new release by viola da gambist Susanne Heinrich.

September 15, 2008

show

Handel’s Unknown Oratorios

A look at some of Handel’s lesser-known oratorios, plus a featured release of Geminiani’s cello sonatas.

September 22, 2008

podcast

Bassoon Music of Antonio Vivaldi

This week we explore three recordings of Vivaldi's music for the bassoon with virtuosos Frans Berkhout, Sergio Azzolini, and Michael McCraw.

September 22, 2008

show

Alla Turca

This week on Harmonia we’ll learn about the Battle of Vienna, Jannissary bands and music with a tinge of Turkey. Plus, a new release from the Borel Manuscript.

September 29, 2008

podcast

The Cologne Chamber Orchestra

The Naxos label brings us new and notable releases (Haydn and J.S. Bach) by the critically acclaimed Cologne Chamber Orchestra.

September 29, 2008

show

Alfred C. Kinsey’s “Music and Love”

This week on Harmonia, behavioral scientist Alfred Kinsey’s secret love: his record collections, and the music and musicians he admired.

October 6, 2008

podcast

Music of William and Henry Lawes

A recent ATMA label release of William Lawes' harp consorts and a Hyperion recording of songs and instrumental pieces by the Lawes brothers.

October 6, 2008

show

New Music, Early Music

This week Harmonia explores Kile Smith's Vespers, a new work for choir and Renaissance band, plus a new release of Monteverdi's "L'Orfeo."

October 13, 2008

podcast

Simon Standage and the Collegium Musicum 90

Christmas cantatas and concertos as well as Leclair violin sonatas are explored this week with two Chandos label releases.

October 13, 2008

show

Masters of the King’s Musick

Explore music of the first seven composers who were dubbed The Master of the Queen's Music. Also, a new release from recorder virtuoso Dan Laurin.

October 20, 2008

podcast

18th-Century Piano Concertos

A look at recordings with fortepianists Susan Alexander-Max (Naxos) and David Owen Norris (Avie).

October 20, 2008

show

Great Musicians Series: Michael McCraw

This week we welcome Michael McCraw, highly influential performer and teacher of historical bassoons. Plus, a new release from The Hilliard Ensemble.

October 27, 2008

podcast

La Venexiana and Monteverdi’s Madrigals

The Glossa labels brings us the final two recordings in La Venexiana's series of Monteverdi madrigals.

October 27, 2008

show

Moira Smiley & VOCO

Moira Smiley and VOCO at the 2008 Bloomington Early Music Festival... plus a new release of Telemann wind concertos.

November 3, 2008

podcast

Nigel North and the Dowlands

A new release of Robert Dowland's Musical banquet (ECM) with Nigel North and Monika Mauch followed by volume three of John Dowland's lute music (Naxos).

November 3, 2008

show

The Early Music Guild of Seattle

A sampling from recent seasons of the Early Music Guild of Seattle concert series, plus a new release of keyboard music by Peter Philips.

November 10, 2008

podcast

Christophe Coin plays Vivaldi and Buxtehude

The renowned baroque cellist Christophe Coin is the soloist this week in a new Naïve label release of Vivaldi cello concertos with Il Giardino Armonico.

November 10, 2008

show

Traditions Series: Births

The first program of our Traditions Series explores the different musical facets surrounding birth. Plus, a new release of bassoon music by Antonio Vivaldi.

November 17, 2008

podcast

The Beheadings of Saint John the Baptist and Saint Cecilia

The tragic stories of two famous Christian figures set by Stradella (San Giovanni Battista) and Alessandro Scarlatti (Il Martirio di Santa Cecilia).

November 17, 2008

show

Traditions Series: Songs and Hymns

This week, the Harmonia Traditions Series explores traditional songs and hymns from many cultures…and a new release by the Bach Collegium Japan.

November 24, 2008

podcast

Jewish Music for Viols

Renaissance music by Jewish composers with the viola da gamba consort Fretwork.

November 24, 2008

show

Traditions Series: Thanksgiving

This week, the Harmonia Traditions Series explores the Thanksgiving holiday in early America, plus a new release by the English choir Ex Cathedra.

December 1, 2008

podcast

Francesco Geminiani’s Instrumental Music

A new release from the Alpha label brings us Bruno Cocset in a program of cello sonatas by Francesco Geminiani.

December 1, 2008

show

Traditions Series: Weddings

This week, the Harmonia Traditions Series explores early wedding music. Plus a new release by American fortepianist Susan Alexander-Max.

December 8, 2008

show

Traditions Series: Dancing

This week, the Traditions Series explores dancing from medieval Italy to 18th-century Scotland, as well as a new release of music by Hieronymous Praetorius.

December 15, 2008

show

Traditions Series: Name Days and Birthdays

This week, the Traditions Series explores the celebration of name days and birthdays. Also, a new release by harpsichordist Elizabeth Farr.

December 22, 2008

show

Traditions Series: Christmas

This week, the Harmonia Traditions Series celebrates the holidays with a Baroque Christmas, including popular works from Germany, France, and Italy.

December 22, 2008

podcast

Paul O’Dette plays Melchior Neusidler

Paul O'Dette brings us a program of lute music by Melchior Neusidler. We'll also listen to a classic release by O'Dette of works by Nicolas Vallet.

December 29, 2008

podcast

Top Ten Early Music Discoveries of 2008

Music performed by a host of artists and ensembles, including Ex Cathedra, Nachtmusique, Huelgas Ensemble, Les Talens Lyrique, Doulce Memoire, and many others.

December 29, 2008

show

Traditions Series: The New Year

This week, the Harmonia Traditions Series explores the end of a year and beginning of a new one. Plus, a new release of music by Boismortier.

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