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April 27, 2020


Medieval image of Bernart de Ventadour

Potpourri: Hair Shirts & Blisters on Fingers

On today’s podcast, we’ll hear a trouvère song by Gace Brulé with voice and vielle by Aaron Cain and Joanna Blendulf. Then...ever heard of David Baudinger? You won’t forget the name after you hear this performance by viola da gamba player Joshua Keller.

April 13, 2020


50 Shades of Baroque

50 Shades of Baroque

The supergroup 50 Shades of Baroque perform in a concert most intriguingly titled eponymously. We'll hear music by the Italian composer Antonio Caldara.

March 30, 2020


Black Tulip

Black Tulip and the Delights of Arcadia

Ensemble Black Tulip in concert, celebrating the delights of Arcadia, including pastoral solo cantatas by Handel and Alessandro Scarlatti.

March 16, 2020


medieval alchemy lab

Ensemble Alkemie Unites Music and Magic

We’ll hear some ‘Alkemical’ medieval songs and dance,

March 2, 2020


Piffaro in concert.

Piffaro “Back before Bach”

Excerpts from renowned renaissance band Piffaro's March 2018 Philadelphia concert.

April 8, 2019


Piffaro in concert.

Father Vandini's Cello

The 18th century Italian cellist, Antonio Vandini, was like his contemporary, Antonio Vivalidi, also a priest.

March 9, 2019


Piffaro in concert.

The Topping Tooters of the Town

These are the topping tooters of the town, and have gowns, silver chains, and salaries, for playing “Lilliburlero” to my Lord Mayor’s horse through the city.

February 28, 2019


Piffaro in concert.

Biber and Biber

Music by Biber and Biber--father and son, Heinrich and Carl.

June 1, 2018


Piffaro in concert.

Say Who? Johann Franz Xaver Sterkel

Fortepianist Els Biesemans and violinist Meret Lüthi play music by the neglected but commendable Classical composer, Johann Franz Xaver Sterkel.

May 18, 2018


Piffaro in concert.

The Raimondi Manuscript

The Raimondi Manuscript is an important source for 16th and 17th century lute music.

May 4, 2018


Piffaro in concert.

Pergolesi Rediscovered

Despite his short life, Pergolesi left an impressive body of work behind.

January 25, 2018


Piffaro in concert.

Sounds So Nice, Feels So Good

The cornetto is a woodwind instrument with a brass-style cup mouth piece which flourished in the mid 1600’s, in the early to middle-baroque period.

January 5, 2018


Piffaro in concert.

Vienna Vocal Consort

Machaut's 'Messe de Nostre Dame' is inordinately famous, and is often cited as the first complete polyphonic setting of a Mass ordinary by a single composer.

December 22, 2017


Piffaro in concert.

Musica Fiorita plays Molter

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.

December 8, 2017


Piffaro in concert.

Un Jardin à l'Italienne

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.

November 29, 2017


Piffaro in concert.

Philidor Paris Quartets

Ars Antiqua transports listeners back in time to the gilded 18th century Rococo music rooms of Paris.

October 30, 2017


Piffaro in concert.

Ein Feste Burg

This October 31st marks half a millennium since the young priest, Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses that ushered in the Protestant Reformation.

October 13, 2017


Piffaro in concert.

Filippo Ruge

Charming music by Filippo Ruge has languished in the wings for too many years just waiting for his turn to be rediscovered.

October 6, 2017


Piffaro in concert.

St. Paul's Swallow's Nest

Prominent in Medieval and Renaissance churches, swallow’s nest organs perched high above their congregations suspended from platforms built in the church wall.

September 22, 2017


Piffaro in concert.

Dittersdorf's 'Ovid' Sonatas

When life give you lemons….make lemonade. It seems that’s what Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf decided to do.


September 22, 2017


Piffaro in concert.

Dittersdorf's 'Ovid' Sonatas

When life give you lemons….make lemonade. It seems that’s what Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf decided to do.

September 8, 2017


Piffaro in concert.

Secret Consolations

Many know Tinctoris only by way of his famous theoretical treatises, but he also composed a great deal of fine vocal and instrumental works.

August 28, 2017


Piffaro in concert.

21st Century Somersaults

"Everything has been thought of before, but the problem is to think of it again."

August 11, 2017


Piffaro in concert.

Divine Theatre: Giaches de Wert

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.

July 21, 2017


Piffaro in concert.

Ars Elaboratio

Ensemble Scholastica aims to recreate a medieval musician’s process.

July 7, 2017


Piffaro in concert.


Go back in time for a musical soirée in an 18th century Viennese drawing room.

June 30, 2017


Piffaro in concert.

Carlo Farina

The influential Italian composer, Carlo Farina, was at the forefront of the violin’s flourishing.

June 16, 2017


Piffaro in concert.

Say Who? Joseph-Hector Fiocco

Scherzi Musicali is helping to bring the Fiocco name and his music back to modern ears.

June 2, 2017


Piffaro in concert.

Duo Le Fils

The Elder, The Younger, The Son, The Duo.

May 27, 2017


Piffaro in concert.

Il Cembalo di Partenope

The 500 year old instrument is one of the earliest harpsichords that has survived the trials of travel and time.

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