Imagine being a singer in your late 20’s in the Sistine Chapel choir, with Josquin des Pres as a colleague. That was the fate of Costanzo Festa.
On this week’s program we journey to the 15th century for a program of music from Cyprus.
Once upon a time, in 14th century France, there was a nobleman who was able to bring people from opposite sides of, oh, say, a papal schism, together for a meal and some entertainment. His name was Gaston.
Occasionally we like to ask people in the field of early music: "What are you listening to?" This hour, we’re focusing on multi-instrumentalist Shira Kammen!
An early sixteenth century mass in twelve parts - very unusual!
A Youtube video of a Renaissance hit ("O che nuovo miracolo" by Emilio de Cavalieri).
Music performed by a host of artists and ensembles, including Ex Cathedra, Nachtmusique, Huelgas Ensemble, Les Talens Lyrique, Doulce Memoire, and many others.