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20170212Simon Heighes presents a concert featuring Telemann's take on the story of Don Quixote and an early Italian cantata by Handel, performed by Arcangelo directed by Jonathan Cohen.

Telemann: Burlesque de Quichotte, orchestral suite in G, TWV 55:G10

Jonathan Cohen, director

Handel: Il delirio amoroso - Italian Cantata No.12, HWV 99

Louise Alder, soprano

Recorded in the Sint-Jakobskerk in Bruges as part of the 2016 MaFestival of early music.

Telemann: Burlesque de Quichotte, orchestral suite in G, TWV 55:G10
Arcangelo
Jonathan Cohen, director

Handel: Il delirio amoroso - Italian Cantata No.12, HWV 99
Louise Alder, soprano
Arcangelo
Jonathan Cohen, director

Simon Heighes presents music from Telemann and Handel performed in Bruges by Arcangelo.

Performances of early music

Accademia Del Piacere And Nuria Rial At The Pyrenees Fesitval Of Early Music20180211Celine Scheen and Elin Manahan Thomas presents Nuria Rial and Accademia del Piacere in a concert from last year's Pyrenees Festival of Early Music, centered around the music of Sebastian Duron, Master of the Royal Chapel of King Charles II in Madrid, and one of the most influential Spanish composers of his time.

Duron: Sinfonia from 'Muerte en Amor es la ausencia'
Torres: Yo hermosisima ninfa from 'El imposible mayor en amor, le vence Amor'
Duron: Cuantos temeis al rigor, from 'Las nuevas armas de Amor'
Anon: Xacaras and folias
Duron: Glauco senor, dueno mio, from 'Veneno es de amor la envidia
Anon: All'assalto de pensieri
Murcia: Tarantella and Fandango
Duron: Sosieguen, descansen from 'Salir el Amor del Mundo'
Alqhai: Marionas
Bononcini: Pastorella che tra le selve
Alqhai: Canarios
Duron: Ay que me abrazo de amor en la llama
Anon: Song of the birds

Nuria Rial (soprano)
Accademia del Piacere
Fahmi Alqhai (director).

Nuria Rial and Accademia del Piacere perform the music of Sebastian Duron.

Performances of early music

Nuria Rial (soprano)
Accademia del Piacere
Fahmi Alqhai (director).

Akademie Fur Alte Musik Berlin20160522A performance of Handel's Water Music given the Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin.

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Elin Manahan Thomas presents a performance of Handel's Water Music performed by the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw earlier this year.

Handel: Water Music, HWV 348-350

Akademie für Alter Musik Berlin

Georg Kallweit (director/violin).

Akademie Fur Alte Musik Berlin - Biber, Telemann And Vivaldi20170326Elin Manahan Thomas introduces music performed by Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin recorded last December in Gdansk, Poland, including music by Biber, Telemann and Vivaldi.

Biber: Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 4 in D minor ('The Presentation of the Infant Jesus in the Temple')

Telemann: Overture in F, TWV 55:F7 ('A la pastorelle')

Vivaldi: Oboe Concerto in C, RV 450

Pezel: Concerto pastorale.

Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin performs music by Biber, Telemann and Vivaldi.

Performances of early music

Al Ayre Espagnol20190818Spanish Baroque music from Schwetzingen Festival. Elin Manahan Thomas presents.

Performances of early music

Alamire And The English Cornett And Sackbut Ensemble20181118Alamire and the English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble in Mouton, de la Rue and Agricola.

Performances of early music

Alamire and the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble in Mouton, de la Rue and Agricola.

Al-andalus: Sollazzo Ensemble In Granada20190929As part of Radio 3's celebration of Al-Andalus, the culture of medieval Spain and Portugal, The Sollazzo Ensemble, directed by Anna Danilevskaia, perform sacred music in the Ars Nova style in a concert recorded at San Jeronimo Monastery as part of the Festival de Granada in Spain - one of the most influential cities in Al-Andalus.

The Ensemble was founded in Basel in 2014 and in 2015 won the York Early Music International Young Artists Prize. Elin Manahan Thomas presents.

The Sollazzo Ensemble perform sacred music at the Festival de Granada in Spain.

Performances of early music

Aleaensemble20190825An all-Boccherini concert from Locarno International Early Music Festival in Switzerland.

Performances of early music

Amsterdam Sinfonietta20180624Hannah French presents a concert given last November at the Concertgebouw by the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, lead by Candida Thompson. The orchestra is joined by pianists and brothers Lucas and Arthur Jussen who play two of Bach's concertos for two keyboards, and as a glorious sandwich filler, Mozart's Serenata Notturna, K.239.

Hannah French presents a concert of Bach and Mozart performed by the Amsterdam Sinfonietta

Performances of early music

Hannah French presents a concert given last November at the Concertgebouw by the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, lead by Candida Thompson. The orchestra is joined by pianists and brothers Lucas and Arthur Jussen who play two of Bach's concertos for two keyboards, and as a glorious sandwich filler, Mozart's Serenata Notturna, K.239.

Andreas Staier20170101Harpsichordist Andreas Staier at the 2016 Spring Arts Festival in Monte Carlo.

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Simon Heighes introduces highlights from a recital given by German harpsichordist Andreas Staier at the 2016 Spring Arts Festival in Monte-Carlo, including music by Couperin, Froberger, Muffat and Clerambault.

Anna Prohaska Sings Dido And Cleopatra20160515Soprano Anna Prohaska sings music inspired by the characters of Dido and Cleopatra.

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Elin Manahan Thomas presents a concert given by soprano Anna Prohaska and Il Giardino Armonico inspired by the characters of Dido and Cleopatra in operatic settings. From the familiar Purcell Dido and Aeneas to less well known arias from Christoph Graupner's Dido Queen of Carthage and Antonio Sartorio's Giulio Cesare in Egitto.

Purcell: Overture to 'Dido and Aeneas'

Purcell: Ah Belinda from 'Dido and Aeneas'

Christoph Graupner: Holdestes Lispeln der spielenden Fluten from 'Dido Queen of Carthage'

Antonio Sartorio: Non voglio amar, from 'Giulio Cesare in Egitto'

Matthew Locke: The Tempest: excerpts

Daniele da Castrovillari: A Dio regi, a Sio scettri, from 'La Cleopatra'

Sartorio: Quando voglio, from 'Giulio Cesare in Egitto'

Purcell: Chaconne - Dance for the Chinese Man and Woman, from 'The Fairy Queen'

Graupner: Der Himmel ist von Donner..Indio Cupido from 'Dido, Queen of Carthage'

Graupner: Agitato da tempeste, from 'Dido, Queen of Carthage'

Dario Castello: Sonata decimaquinta a4, from 'Sonate concertante, Book II

Francesco Cavalli: Re de Getuli altero, from 'La Didone'

Johann Adolf Hasse: Morte col fiero aspetto, from 'Marc Antonio e Cleopatra'

Luigi Rossi: Passacaglia

Purcell: Oft she visits, from 'Dido and Aeneas'

Purcell:Thy hand, Belinda, from 'Dido and Aeneas'

Anna Prohaska (soprano)

Giovanni Antonini (director).

Anna Reinhold And Thomas Dunford20170806Soprano Anna Reinhold and lutenist Thomas Dunford perform music from 17th-century Italy.

Soprano Anna Reinhold and lutenist Thomas Dunford perform music from 17th-century Italy, including songs by Strozzi, Monteverdi, Frescobaldi, Caccini and Merula, and lute solos by Kapsberger.

Presented by Elin Manahan Thomas

Strozzi: L'eraclito amoroso
Kapsberger: Toccatas Nos 3 & 6 from 'Libro I d'intavolatura di lauto'
Monteverdi: La lettera amorosa
Kapsberger: Toccata No 2 from 'Libro I d'intavolatura di lauto'
Frescobaldi: Così mi disprezzate
Kapsberger: Toccata No 5 from 'Libro I d'intavolatura di lauto'
Caccini: Amarilli mia bella
Merula: Canzone spirituale sopra la nina nana

Anna Reinhold (mezzo-soprano)
Thomas Dunford (archlute)

Concert recorded on 17 January 2016 at the Temple, Montagny-près-Yverdon

Producer Lindsay Kemp.

Strozzi: L'eraclito amoroso
Kapsberger: Toccatas Nos 3 and 6 from 'Libro I d'intavolatura di lauto'
Monteverdi: La lettera amorosa
Kapsberger: Toccata No 2 from 'Libro I d'intavolatura di lauto'
Frescobaldi: Così mi disprezzate
Kapsberger: Toccata No 5 from 'Libro I d'intavolatura di lauto'
Caccini: Amarilli mia bella
Merula: Canzone spirituale sopra la nina nana

Performances of early music

Ars Nova Copenhagen At The Naestved Early Music Festival20190623Ars Nova Copenhagen's concert of love & death-obsessed music from late Renaissance Italy.

Performances of early music

Ascona Music Weeks Festival 201520160131Music for recorder and ensemble by Vivaldi and Veracini, performed in Ascona.

Performances of early music

Music for recorder and ensemble by Vivaldi and Veracini, recorded at last year's Ascona Music Weeks festival.

Avi Avital And Les Violons Du Roi20190421Mandolin player Avi Avital joins Les Violons du Roi for a concert in Montreal.

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Bach Cello Suites Bwv 1009 And Bwv 101220181111Alexander Kniazev performs Bach's solo Cello Suites No.3 in C major, BWV.1009 and No. 6 in D major, BWV.1012 in a concert recorded in Tokyo earlier this year. The Suites had long been written-off as mere studies and all but disappeared from the cello repertoire until 1890, when legendary cellist Pablo Casals stumbled across them in a sheet music shop in Barcelona. Casals went on to record all six, and to install the works in the canon of Baroque masterpieces. Alexander Kniazev gives two of the Suites - by turns joyful and contemplative.

Presented by Elin Manahan Thomas.

Alexander Kniazev performs JS Bach's Solo Cello Suites No 3 and No 6 in Tokyo.

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Bach Orchestral Suites From Slovenia20180916Bach orchestral suites played by the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra in Ljubljana

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Bach Performances Around Europe20171224Simon Heighes introduces highlights of Bach performances from around Europe.

Performances of early music

Simon Heighes introduces highlights of Bach performances from festivals and concert halls recorded earlier this year around Europe, including organ and keyboard music, concertos and cantatas.

J.S. Bach
Cantata BWV 18 (Gleich wie der Regen und Schnee)
Alia Mens (France)
Olivier Spilmont (director)
Regensburg Early Music Days

J.S. Bach arr. W.F. Bach
Wir glauben all' an einen Gott, BWV 680
J.S. Bach
Toccata in F, BWV 540/1
Ullrich Böhme (organ of St. Thomas' Church, Leipzig)
Leipzig Bach Festival

J.S. Bach
French Suite No. 5, BWV 816
Andreas Staier (fortepiano)
Chopin and his Europe International Music Festival

J.S. Bach
Concerto BWV.1060 for oboe, violin & strings reconstr. Schneider vers. in D minor
Irmgard Anderl Krajter (oboe)
Ivan Pejic (violin)
RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra
Andreas Knut (conductor)
Marjan Kozina Hall, Slovenian Philharmonic, Ljubljana

J.S. Bach
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C, BWV 564
Iveta Apkalna, (Klais organ of the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg)

J.S. Bach
Cantata BWV 106 (Gottes Zeit ist die allerbest Zeit) (Actus Tragicus)
Alia Mens (France)
Olivier Spilmont (director)
Regensburg Early Music Days.

J.S. Bach
Concerto BWV.1060 for oboe, violin and strings reconstr. Schneider vers. in D minor
Irmgard Anderl Krajter (oboe)
Ivan Pejic (violin)
RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra
Andreas Knut (conductor)
Marjan Kozina Hall, Slovenian Philharmonic, Ljubljana

Bach's Goldberg Variations20160918Pianist Christian Ihle Hadland performs Bach's Goldberg Variations.

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played by pianist Christian Ihle Hadland recorded at a concert given in May in Haakon Hall, Bergen as part of this year's Bergen Festival

Presented by Simon Heighes

JS Bach (1685-1750)

Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

Christian Ihle Hadland, piano

One of the pinnacles of the piano repertoire, Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations present technical and interpretative challenges of the highest order. The piece describes a perfect arch of thirty variations, beginning and ending with a beautifully simple aria.

Bach's Goldberg Variations played by pianist Christian Ihle Hadland recorded at a concert given in May in Haakon Hall, Bergen as part of this year's Bergen Festival

Barocco Boreale20170416Simon Heighes presents highlights of a concert given by Barocco Boreale at the Liminka church as part of the Oulunsalo Music Festival in Finland. Kreeta-Maria Kantala is the soloist in Vivaldi's complete Four Seasons, and mezzo-soprano Virpi Raisanin sings Dopo notte from Handel's Ariodante.

Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in E, RV269 'Spring'

Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in G minor, RV315 'Summer'

Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in F, RV293 'Autumn'

Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in F minor, RV297 'Winter'

Kreeta-Maria Kentala (violin)

Andrew Lawrence-King (harp, regale, psaltery and kantele continuo)

Handel: Harp Concerto, based on Handel's

Opp. 4 and 7 organ concertos

Andrew Lawrence-King (harp)

Handel: Doppo notte (Ariodante)

Virpi Raisanen (mezzo-soprano)

Barocco Boreale.

Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in E, RV269 'Spring'
Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in G minor, RV315 'Summer'
Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in F, RV293 'Autumn'
Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in F minor, RV297 'Winter'
Kreeta-Maria Kentala (violin)
Barocco Boreale
Andrew Lawrence-King (harp, regale, psaltery and kantele continuo)

Handel: Harp Concerto, based on Handel's
Opp. 4 and 7 organ concertos
Andrew Lawrence-King (harp)

Handel: Doppo notte (Ariodante)
Virpi Raisanen (mezzo-soprano)
Barocco Boreale.

Barocco Boreale at the Liminka church as part of the Oulu Music Festival in Finland.

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Barokkanerne Play Telemann And Bach20160925Early music ensemble Barokkanerne perform music by Telemann and Bach.

Performances of early music

Early music ensemble Barokkanerne under Alfredo Bernadini play Telemann and Bach

Presented by Simon Heighes

Georg Philipp Telemann

Overture in B flat major, TWV 55:B10, for three oboes, bassoon and strings

Oboe Concerto in C minor, TWV 51:c1

Johann Sebastian Bach

Cantata: Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust, BWV 170

Marianne Beate Kielland (contralto)

Barokkanerne, Alfredo Bernardini (oboe, conductor)

Joyously inventive Telemann is paired with one of Bach's most moving solo cantatas in this concert recorded in May as part of Germany's Regensburg Early Music Days festival.

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra - Handel, Rameau20170611Emmanuelle Haim conducts the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Handel and Rameau.

Simon Heighes present highlights of a concert recorded at Herkulessaal in Munich, in which Emmanuelle Haïm conducted the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and soprano Katherine Watson in music by Handel and Rameau.

Handel: Concerto grosso in G, Op 6 No 1
Handel: Aria 'Lascia ch'io pianga' from 'Rinaldo'
Handel: Ouverture from 'Water Music'
Rameau: Suite from 'Dardanus'

Katherine Watson (soprano)
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Emmanuelle Haïm (conductor)

Concert recorded in the Herkulessaal, Munich, on 17 March 2017.

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Camerata Bern20170129Elin Manahan Thomas presents highlights from a concert given by Camerata Bern at the Cour de l'Hotel de Ville, Geneva. Inspired by the world of 17th and 18th century Parisian ballet, Amandine Beyer leads the group in music by Rameau, Campra and Rebel.

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Orchestral Suite from the ballet 'Zaïs'

Andre Campra: Orchestral Suite from the opera 'L'Europe galante'

Jean-Féry Rebel: Les Elemens - Simphonie Nouvelle

Amandine Beyer (violin/director).

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Orchestral Suite from the ballet 'Zaïs'
Andre Campra: Orchestral Suite from the opera 'L'Europe galante'
Jean-Féry Rebel: Les Elemens - Simphonie Nouvelle

Camerata Bern
Amandine Beyer (violin/director).

Camerata Bern performs music by Rameau, Campra and Rebel in Geneva.

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Canada 150: Ensemble Masques20170702Hannah French introduces a concert given by Montreal-based Ensemble Masques.

As a postlude to Radio 3's Canada 150 celebrations, Hannah French introduces highlights from a concert entitled 'Erbarme dich', cantatas and instrumental music from 17th-century Germany, by Montreal-based Ensemble Masques. The name of the ensemble is inspired by the masques of the Elizabethan England-mystical performances which fused poetry, music, dance and drama.

Biber: Sonata No. 3 in D minor - Fidicinium sacro-profanum (1683)
Schütz: Vater Abraham, erbarme dich mein SWV.477
Erlebach: Auf des Kreuzes Finsternis folgt die Sonne ganz gewiss
Schmelzer: Lamento sopra la morte Ferdinandi III
Buxtehude: Muß der Tod denn auch entbinden
Biber: Sonata - 1676 no. 9 in B flat major [Sonatae tam aris quam aulis]
Schmelzer: Sonata a cinque [Sacro-profanus concentus musicus]
Christian Geist: Vater unser, der du bist im Himmel
Schmelzer: Sonata VI a Sei [Sacro-profanus concentus musicus]
JC Bach: Ach, daß ich Wassers gnug hätte

Damien Guillon, countertenor
Ensemble Masques
Olivier Fortin, director, harpsichord and organ.

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Canada 150: La Nef2017062620170625 (R3)For Canada 150, Hannah French introduces a concert by La Nef of Purcell arrangements.

As part of Radio 3's Canada 150 celebrations, Hannah French introduces a concert by Quebec-based ensemble La Nef featuring instrumental and vocal arrangements by members of the ensemble of music by Purcell

Purcell arr. Grégoire Jeay: Air (La Furstenburg) from 'The Virtuous Wife'; Gigue from 'Abdelazar'

Purcell arr. Grégoire Jeay: 'Music for a while' from 'Oedipus'

Purcell arr. Seán Dagher: Halcyon Suite

Purcell arr. Grégoire Jeay: 'If Love's a sweet passion' from 'The Fairy Queen'

Purcell arr. Amanda Keesmaat: King Arthur Suite

Purcell arr. Michael Slattery: 'Fairest Isle' from 'King Arthur'

Michael Slattery, tenor
La Nef Ensemble

CANADA 150: a week of programmes from across Canada, marking the 150th anniversary of the founding of the nation and exploring the range and diversity of Canadian music and arts.

As part of Radio 3's Canada 150 celebrations, Hannah French introduces a concert by Quebec-based ensemble La Nef featuring instrumental & vocal arrangements by members of the ensemble of music by Purcell

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Cantar Di Pietre Festival20160508Ensemble Peregrina perform motets and tropes from the 12th to the 14th century.

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Elin Manahan Thomas presents a concert given by Ensemble Peregrina in St Ambrose's Church, Cademario, as part of last year's Cantar di Pietre Festival. The music comprises motets and tropes from the 12th to the 14th century across Europe, including names such as Fulbert of Chartres, Philippe de Vitry and Guillaume Dufay.

Cantar Lontano, Directed By Marco Mencoboni20171112Music by Monteverdi, Sances and Marini performed by Cantar Lontano.

Music by Monteverdi, Sances and Marini performed at this summer's Concentus Moraviae Festival by Cantar Lontano, directed by Marco Mencoboni.

Introduced by Simon Heighes.

Monteverdi: Ed è pur dunque vero
Monteverdi: La lettera amorosa
Sances: Usurpator tiranno
Monteverdi: Combattimento de Tancredi e Clorinda
Monteverdi: Bel pastor dal cui bel guardo

Luca Dordolo (tenor)
Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli (soprano)
Riccardo Pisani (tenor)
Davide Benetti (bass)
Cantar Lontano
Marco Mencoboni (director).

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Canto Fiorito20190519Rodrigo Calveyra directs his Lithuanian ensemble Canto Fiorito performing music from the 15th-century Codex Faenza at St Lawrence's Church in Soderskoping, Sweden. The programme includes pieces by Flemish composer and theorist Johannes Ciconia.

Born in Liège around 1370, Ciconia was active mostly in Italy. His work is varied in genre (madrigal, virelai, ballata, canon) and language (French, Italian, Latin). He held important positions in Rome, Pavia and Padua, and he is the composer around 1400 from which we have nowadays the biggest amount of surviving music.

Presented by Elin Manahan-Thomas

Anon.: Kyrie from the Codex Faenza
Johnnes Ciconia: O felix templum jubila
Antonello da Caserta: Beauté parfait
Anon.: Gloria from the Codex Faenza
Antonio Zacara da Teramo: Un fior gentil
Johannes Ciconia: Venecie mundi splendour
Johannes Ciconia: Albane, misse celitus
Johannes Ciconia: O Rosa bella

Guillame de Machaut: De tout flors
Johannes Ciconia: O Padua, sidus praeclarum
Johannes Ciconia: Ligiadra donna
Johannes Ciconia: Una panther
Johannes Ciconia: Doctorum principem

Canto Fiorito
Roger Helou (organ)
Rodrigo Calveyra (recorder/director)

Lithuanian ensemble Canto Fiorito performs music from the 15th-century Codex Faenza.

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Cantus Colln20171015performs music by composers who lived and wrote through the Thirty Years' War

Cantus Cölln performs a programme of music by Heinrich Schutz, Johann Herman Schein, and Heinrich Albert; three composers who lived and wrote through the Thirty Years' War which raged in much of present-day Germany from 1618 to 1648. Introduced by Elin Manahan Thomas.

Heinrich Schütz: Il primo libro de madrigale
O primavera
O dolcezze amarissimi d'amore
Io moro, ecco ch'io moro
D'orrida selce alpina
Fiamma ch'allaccia

Johann Hermann Schein: Israelsbrünnlein
Was betrübst Du dich, meine Seele
Unser Leben währet siebnzig Jahr
Da Jacob vollendet hatte
Diletti Pastorali
Cupido blind, das Venuskind
Aurora schön mit ihrem Haar

Heinrich Albert (1604-1651):
Liederzyklus in 12 Teilen
Eine musikalische Kürbishütte

Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672): Il primo libro de madrigali
Selve beate

Cantus Cölln
Magdalene Harer, soprano
Elisabeth Popien, contralto
Hans Jörg Mammel, tenor
Gerd Türk, tenor
Wolf Matthias Friedrich, bass
Konrad Junghänel, director & lute.

Cantus Cölln
Magdalene Harer, soprano
Elisabeth Popien, contralto
Hans Jörg Mammel, tenor
Gerd Türk, tenor
Wolf Matthias Friedrich, bass
Konrad Junghänel, director and lute.

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Cantus Colln At The Schwetzingen Festival20160717Cantus Colln perform a programme of Bach at the 2016 Schwetzingen Festival.

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Elin Manahan Thomas presents a concert performed by Cantus Cölln and their director Konrad Junghänel at this year's Schwetzingen Festival. They perform Bach's church cantata, Erschallet ihr Lieder, erklinget, ihr Saiten, along with his Lutheran Mass in A major, BWV.234.

Bach: Erschallet ihr Lieder, erklinget, ihr Saiten, BWV.172

Bach: Mass in A major, BWV.234

Konrad Junghänel (director).

Cappella Mariana20170910Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals of War and Love and War.

Simon Heighes introduces a concert recorded earlier in the summer at Riding Castle Hall, Litomysl in the Czech Republic.
The ensemble Cappella Mariana, directed by Vojtěch Semerád, performs music to mark the 450th anniversary of the birth of Claudio Monteverdi, including a selection from his 6th and 8th books of madrigals, along with instrumental works by Merula, Piccinini and Castello.

Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals of War and Love, performed by Cappella Mariana.

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Cappella Marina20170910Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals of War and Love, performed by Cappella Marina.

Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals of War and Love and War.

Simon Heighes introduces a concert recorded earlier in the summer at Riding Castle Hall, Litomysl in the Czech Republic.
The ensemble Cappella Marina, directed by Vojtěch Semerád, performs music to mark the 450th anniversary of the birth of Claudio Monteverdi, including a selection from his 6th and 8th books of madrigals, along with instrumental works by Merula, Piccinini and Castello.

Simon Heighes introduces a concert recorded earlier in the summer at Riding Castle Hall, Litomysl in the Czech Republic.
The ensemble Cappella Mariana, directed by Vojtěch Semerád, performs music to mark the 450th anniversary of the birth of Claudio Monteverdi, including a selection from his 6th and 8th books of madrigals, along with instrumental works by Merula, Piccinini and Castello.

Carlos Mena And Daniel Zapico20160612The countertenor Carlos Mena and theorbo player Daniel Zapico perform music by Cesti, Kapsberger and Purcell in a concert in Girona, presented by Simon Heighes

Alessandro Grandi: Confitebor tibi Domine, motet

Benedetto Ferrari: Queste pungenti spine, from 'Musiche varie a voce sola', cantata

Antonio Cesti: Era la notte, cantata

G.G. Kapsberger: Arpeggiata

G.G. Kapsberger: La Kapsberger

Giovanni Felice Sances: Stabat Mater, from 'Pianto della Madonna'

Purcell: Music for a while, from 'Oedipus'

Purcell: Oh, fair Cedaria

Purcell: Since from My Dear Astrea's Sight, from 'The Prophetess'

Purcell: Here Let My Life, from 'If Ever I More Riches did Desire'

Carlos Mena, countertenor

Daniel Zapico, theorbo.

Carlos Mena and Daniel Zapico perform music by Cesti, Kapsberger and Purcell.

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Charpentier20150927with Simon Heighes, featuring sacred music by Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704) performed by ensembles La Fenice and Vox Luminis recorded in June at the Stockholm Early Music Festival

Charpentier: Messe pour les trepasses a 8 (excs); Miserere des Jesuites a 6

Jean Tubéry (director).

Christiane Karg And The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra20170820The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and soprano Christiane Karg perform Haydn and Mozart.

In a concert recorded at the 2017 Würzburg Mozart Festival, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra perform Haydn's Symphony No 70 and Mozart's 'Prague' Symphony, and are joined by Christiane Karg in an aria from Mozart's opera Mitridate, re di Ponto.

Presented by Elin Manahan Thomas.

Haydn: Symphony No 70 in D
Mozart: Lungi da te, mio bene (from Mitridate, re di Ponto)
Mozart: Symphony No 38 in D, K504 (Prague)

Christiane Karg (soprano)
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Gottfried von der Goltz (conductor)

Concert recorded on 2 June 2017 in the Kaisersaal, Würzburg, as part of the 2017 Würzburg Mozart Festival

Producer Lindsay Kemp.

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Claire Lefilliatre And Vincent Dumestre20160424perform a programme of songs and guitar pieces.

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A programme of songs and guitar pieces given by Claire Lefilliâtre (soprano) and Vincent Dumestre (baroque guitar and theorbo), introduced by Simon Heighes.

Collegium Vocale 170420170423Biber's Missa Salisburgensis performed by Collegium Vocale 1704.

Performances of early music

Simon Heighes presents highlights of a concert given by Collegium and Collegium Vocale 1704 at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw. They perform Biber's mighty Missa Salisburgensis.

Biber: Missa Salisburgensis

Collegium 1704

Vaclav Luks (conductor).

Concentus Musicus Wien20170226Simon Heighes introduces music performed by Concentus Musicus Wien, in a concert performed last summer at the Stockholm Early Music Festival.

Concentus Musicus Wien is one of the most successful early music ensembles worldwide, founded in 1953 by the recently passed away Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

in this concert, the ensemble presents works by Baroque composers active in Austria.

Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (~1623-1680)

Lamento sopra la morte di Ferdinandi III a 4 (1657)

Die Fechtschule, ballet in G a 4

Romanus Weichlein (1652-1706)

Sonata I in C

Georg Muffat (1653-1704)

Sonata II in G minor

Johann Joseph Fux (1660-1741)

Serenade in C a 8.

Concentus Musicus Wien is one of the most successful early music ensembles worldwide, founded in 1953 by the late Nikolaus Harnoncourt. In this concert, the ensemble presents works by Baroque composers active in Austria.

Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (~1623-1680)
Lamento sopra la morte di Ferdinandi III a 4 (1657)
Die Fechtschule, ballet in G a 4

Romanus Weichlein (1652-1706)
Sonata I in C

Georg Muffat (1653-1704)
Sonata II in G minor

Johann Joseph Fux (1660-1741)
Serenade in C a 8.

Programmes featuring performances of early music.

Performances of early music

Concerto Copenhagen20160501Highlights of a concert given by Concerto Copenhagen in Garrison Church, Copenhagen.

Performances of early music

Elin Manahan Thomas present highlights of a concert given by Concerto Copenhagen in Garrison Church, Copenhagen last year. The theme was dreams, nightmares and madness, and includes music by Fux, Telemann, Zelenka, and a contemporary setting of the Folia dance.

Fux: Concerto in D minor/major, Le dolcezze, e l'amerezze della notte

Telemann: Oboe concerto in C minor, TWV 51:c1

Zelenka: Hipocondrie a 7

Reinhard Keiser: Sinfonia from 'Der Lächerliche Printz Jodelet' (The laughable Prince Jodelet)

Karl Aage Rasmussen: Follia, follia (premiere)

Geminiani: Concerto grosso no.12 in D minor, after A Corelli's 'La Folia'

Alfredo Bernardini (director/oboe).

Concerto Copenhagen20170402Simon Heighes introduces highlights of a concert given by Concerto Copenhagen at last year's Tivoli Festival in Copenhagen. Handel's Overture to the opera Rodrigo is followed by his cantata Apollo e Dafne.

Handel: Overture in B flat from 'Rodrigo', HWV.336

Handel: Cantata 'Apollo e Dafne', HWV.122

Julia Doyle (soprano)

Jakob Bloch Jespersen (bass-baritone)

Alfredo Bernardini (director).

Handel: Overture in B flat from 'Rodrigo', HWV.336
Handel: Cantata 'Apollo e Dafne', HWV.122
Julia Doyle (soprano)
Jakob Bloch Jespersen (bass-baritone)
Concerto Copenhagen
Alfredo Bernardini (director).

Simon Heighes introduces Concerto Copenhagen at the 2016 Tivoli Festival in Copenhagen.

Performances of early music

Concerto Copenhagen At Melk International Baroque Days20190616Suites and concertos from around 17th century Europe performed by Concerto Copenhagen.

Performances of early music

Concerto Koln - Handel20161127Concerto Koln performs Handel's The King Shall Rejoice and excerpts from Hercules.

Performances of early music

Elin Manahan Thomas introduces a concert given by Concerto Köln of Handel's 'The King Shall Rejoice' plus extracts from his fiery oratorio 'Hercules'

Handel: The King Shall Rejoice

Olof Boman (conductor)

Handel: 'Hercules' (excerpts)

Overture

Recitative- O Hercules why art thou absent from me Aria

The world when day's career is run

Act II - Sinfonia

Recitative - Welcome the rising day!

Aria - Begone my fears fly hence away

Chorus - Crown with festal pomp the day

Act III - Sinfonia

Aria - Cease, ruler of the day to rise

Chorus - Jealousy! Infernal pest!

Scene - Where shall I fly?

Ann Hallenberg (mezzo-soprano)

Annika Hudak (contralto)

Niklas Engquist (tenor)

Swedish Radio Chorus

Concerto Koln With Attilio Cremonesi20170618Attilio Cremonesi conducts Concerto Koln in music by Vivaldi and Telemann.

Simon Heighes presents highlights of a concert recorded last month in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, in which Attilio Cremonesi conducted Concerto Koln in works by Vivaldi and Telemann, including Vivaldi's Stabat mater with countertenor Carlos Mena.

Vivaldi: Concerto in D minor for 2 violins and cello, RV565
Vivaldi: Stabat mater
Telemann: Ouverture and Conclusion (Tafelmusik, Book 2)

Carlos Mena (countertenor)
Concerto Koln
Attilio Cremonesi (conductor).

Simon Heighes presents highlights of a concert recorded last month in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, in which Attilio Cremonesi conducted Concerto Köln in works by Vivaldi and Telemann, including Vivaldi's Stabat mater with countertenor Carlos Mena.

Carlos Mena (countertenor)
Concerto Köln
Attilio Cremonesi (conductor).

Vivaldi: Concerto in D minor for 2 violins and cello, RV565
Vivaldi: Stabat mater
Telemann: Ouverture & Conclusion (Tafelmusik, Book 2)

Performances of early music

Concerto Romano20160605Simon Heighes with music by Pinto, Vivaldi and A Scarlatti performed by Concerto Romano.

Performances of early music

Simon Heighes presents music by Pinto, Vivaldi and Scarlatti performed by Concerto Romano and the soprano Francesca Aspromonte in the Palestrina Hall of the Pamphilj Palace in Rome:

Luis À?lvares Pinto: Lições de Solfejo XXII, XXIII, XXIV

Vivaldi: Laudate Pueri, RV 600

Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in A minor, RV 356

Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantata - O di Betlemme altera

Francesca Aspromonte (soprano)

Alessandro Quarta (director).

Cut Circle20170319Elin Manahan Thomas introduces a concert of Renaissance polyphony given by the vocal group Cut Circle recorded at last year's Regensburg Early Music Festival in Germany, with music by Josquin, Dufay and Busnois.

Josquin Desprez (~1440-1521): Virgo prudentissima

Antoine Busnois (ca.1430-1492): Quant vous me ferez

Guillaume Dufay (~1397-1474)/Josquin: Hymnus-Ave maris stella

Dufay: Missa Ecce ancilla Domini

Johannes Ockeghem (~1410-~1497): Aultre Venus

Josquin Desprez: Christe fili dei, motet No. 7 from 'Vultum tuum deprecabuntur'

Antoine Busnois: Terrible dame

Jesse Rodin (director).

Josquin Desprez (~1440-1521): Virgo prudentissima
Antoine Busnois (ca.1430-1492): Quant vous me ferez
Guillaume Dufay (~1397-1474)/Josquin: Hymnus-Ave maris stella
Dufay: Missa Ecce ancilla Domini
Johannes Ockeghem (~1410-~1497): Aultre Venus
Josquin Desprez: Christe fili dei, motet No. 7 from 'Vultum tuum deprecabuntur'
Antoine Busnois: Terrible dame

Cut Circle
Jesse Rodin (director).

Elin Manahan Thomas introduces a concert of Renaissance polyphony given by Cut Circle.

Performances of early music

Daniel Hope, Berlin Baroque Soloists - Vivaldi, Telemann, Bach20160221Concertos and sonatas by Vivaldi, Telemann and Bach recorded last summer at Germany's Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival

Vivaldi: Concerto for two violins in A minor, RV.522

Telemann: Concerto for two violins in A minor, TWV.51:a1

Vivaldi: Trio Sonata in D minor, RV.63 'La Follia'

Bach: Concerto for two violins in D minor, BWV.1043

Vivaldi: Concerto in G minor, RV.315 'Summer' from 'The Four Seasons'

Bernhard Forck (violin)

Berlin Baroque Soloists

Daniel Hope (violin/director).

Concertos and sonatas by Vivaldi, Telemann and Bach performed in Germany.

Performances of early music

Dhrupad Fantasia - Part 2: Afternoon, Evening And Night20180923Hannah French presents the second half of a concert from the York Early Music Festival - an imaginary meeting of Elizabethan consort music and Hindustani Dhrupad from the court of Akbar the Great.

This concert, given at the National Centre for Early Music as part of this year's York International Early Music Festival features the Belgium-based ensemble - the Hathor Consort, alongside Hindustani vocalist Uday Bhawalkar and jori player Jasdeep Singh.

"Dhrupad Fantasia" is the imagination of creating a wondrous fancie, a visionary idea or illusion to bring together raga-based improvisations over the idea of polyphonic instrumental music, both rooted in the art music of the 16th Century. This second half focuses on music associated with the afternoon, evening and night-time.

The programme also includes interviews with cultural historian Nima Poovaya-Smith and poems read by actor Art Malik.

A meeting of music from the 16th-century courts of Elizabeth I and Akbar the Great.

Performances of early music

The programme also includes interviews with cultural historian Nima Poovaya-Smith and poems read by actor Art Malik.

Early Birds20160619From concerts around Europe, music inspired by birds from Schmelzer and Handel.

Performances of early music

Early music from concerts around Europe inspired by birds

Schmelzer: Sonata 'Cucù'

Quirine van Hoek, violin

Handel: Organ Concerto in F, HWV 295 ('The Cuckoo and the Nightingale')

Combattimento Consort Amsterdam.

Emoke Barath At The Vac Early Music Days20190303Soprano Emoke Barath sings Kuhnau, Handel and Vivaldi at the Vac Early Music Days.

Performances of early music

Endless Telemann20180701The 18th-century ensemble with a concert of Telemann, presented by Elin Manahan Thomas.

Performances of early music

The 18th Century Ensemble, directed by Susanne Regel, give a concert of choice ensemble works by Telemann from Herne Early Music Days Festival 2017. Telemann was both prolific - writing almost as many works as Bach and Mozart combined - and accomplished - as a fine oboe player. Today's concert explores just some of this output, including his descriptive Overture 'Les Nations' and a Suite for oboe and strings. It's presented by Elin Manahan Thomas.

Programmes featuring performances of early music.

Ensemble 170020151206and guests including recorder player Dorothee Oberlinger and soprano Dorothee Mields perform 'nature music' by Van Eyck, Telemann, Biber, Vivaldi and others, in a concert recorded at the 2015 Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival. Presented by Simon Heighes.

Ensemble 170020161009Highlights from a concert by Ensemble 1700 at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.

Performances of early music

Elin Manahan Thomas introduces highlights from a concert of Baroque music at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany, given by Ensemble 1700 directed by Dorothee Oberlinger, who also features as a soloist on the recorder.

The music includes concertos for recorder and transverse flute.

J.F. Fasch (1688-1758) - Flute Concerto in F

Frantisek Jiránek (1698-1778) - Flute Concerto in G

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) - Flautino Concerto in G, RV 443

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) - Largo, from 'Flute Duet in B minor'

Georg Philipp Telemann - Concerto in E minor for recorder, flute, strings and continuo, TWV 52:e1

Michael Schmidt-Casdorff, transverse flute

Dorothee Oberlinger, recorder/director.

Ensemble 170020180520Simon Heighes introduces highlights from a concert of chamber concertos by Telemann given last year at the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg by Ensemble 1700, directed by recorder-player Dorothee Oberlinger.

Telemann: Concerto in C, TWV51:C1; Concerto in F, TWV52:F1; Concerto in D, TWV53:D5; Concerto in E minor, TWV52:e1

Ensemble 1700
Dorothee Oberlinger (recorder & director).

Ensemble 1700 perform chamber concertos by Telemann.

Performances of early music

Ensemble 1700
Dorothee Oberlinger (recorder & director).

Ensemble 1700
Dorothee Oberlinger (recorder and director).

Ensemble 170020180527Ensemble Nevermind perform chamber music by Marin Marais and Francois Couperin.

Performances of early music

Simon Heighes introduces chamber music by Marin Marais and François Couperin, performed by Ensemble Nevermind.

Marais: Suite No 4 in B flat (from Pièces en trio)
Couperin: L'Apothéose de Corelli
Couperin: La Piémontoise (from Les Nations)

Recorded in Paradyz, Poland, as part of the 2017 (Music in Paradise Festival).

Ensemble Amarillis In Montpellier20180930Ensemble Amarillis performs 18th-century French music at the Pasteur Hall in Montpellier.

Performances of early music

Ensemble Clement Janequin20160313performs chansons from 16th-century France.

Performances of early music

Ensemble Clément Janequin (director Dominique Visse) perform chansons from 16th-century France by Compère, Sermisy, Janequin, Lassus and others in the Knights' Hall of Moravsky Krumlov Castle, as part of the 2015 Concentus Moraviae Festival in the Czech Republic.

Presented by Elin Manahan Thomas

Compère: Nous sommes de l'ordre de Saint Babouyn

Anon: Frapes petit coup, Jehan mon amy

Anon: Fricasée (Aupres de vous)

Sermisy: Hau, hau je boiys

Costeley: Elle craint l'esperon

Le Roy: Allemande 'Le pied de cheval'; Bransles de Champagne

Lassus: Un jeune moine est sorti du couvent

Ninot Le Petit: Mon amy m'avoit promis

Janequin: Blason du beau tétin

Sermisy: La, la, maistre Pierre

Janequin: Or vien ça mamye Parrette

Attaingnant: Basses danses

Lassus: Lucescit jam, o socii

Janequin: Ung jour Robin vint Margot empoigner

Mittantier: Laissons amour qui nous fait tant souffrir

Lejeune: Je bois à toy mon compagnon

Janequin: La chasse

Anon: Tourdion

Dominique Visse (director).

Ensemble Inegal In Stockholm20180909Ensemble Inegal performs music by Zelenka at the 2018 Stockholm Early Music Festival.

Performances of early music

Ensemble Nevermind20171022Hannah French introduces a recital of Bach and Telemann given by the young and versatile 'Nevermind' ensemble, recorded at this year's Wallonie Festival in Brussels

Bach: Trio Sonata in G, BWV 1039
Telemann: Fugue No. 14, from 'Little Fugues for Organ'
Telemann: Paris Quartet No. 6 in E minor, TWV 43:e4
Telemann: Coulant (Paris Quartet in B minor, TWV.43:h2)

Nevermind Ensemble:
Jean Rondeau, harpsichord
Anna Besson, flute
Louis Creac'h, violin
Robin Pharo, viola da gamba.

Hannah French introduces a recital of Bach and Telemann given by the Nevermind ensemble.

Performances of early music

Ensemble Plus Ultra20160403perform sacred works by Victoria and Palestrina in Girona.

Performances of early music

Ensemble Plus Ultra perform sacred music by Victoria and Palestrina in Girona Cathedral, as part of the Classic Nights in Girona Festival. Introduced by Simon Heighes.

Ensemble Plus Ultra20180107Simon Heighes presents a concert of vocal music highlights from the BRQ Vantaa Festival in Finland. Ensemble Plus Ultra perform a selection of choral pieces reflecting the Cantiones Sacrae, a joint publication by William Byrd and his teacher Thomas Tallis which was dedicated to Queen Elizabeth I.

Thomas Tallis: Salvator mundi (I)
William Byrd: Mass for Four Voices(Kyrie and Gloria)

Tallis: Salve intemerata

Byrd: Mass for Four Voices (Credo)

Byrd: Ne irascaris, Domine

Byrd: Mass for Four Voices (Sanctus and Benedictus)
Tallis: O sacrum convivium
Byrd: Mass for Four Voices (Agnus Dei)

Tallis: O nata lux de lumine

Ensemble Plus Ultra
Rachel Ambrose Evans (soprano)
Martha McLorinan (mezzo-soprano)
David Martin (countertenor)
Guy Cutting (tenor)
Ben Durrant (tenor)
Jimmy Holliday (bass).

Simon Heighes presents a concert of highlights from the BRQ Vantaa Festival in Finland.

Performances of early music

Ensemble Plus Ultra
Rachel Ambrose Evans (soprano)
Martha McLorinan (mezzo-soprano)
David Martin (countertenor)
Guy Cutting (tenor)
Ben Durrant (tenor)
Jimmy Holliday (bass).

Europa Galante At Sanssouci20190203A concert given by Europa Galante at the 2018 Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival in Germany.

Performances of early music

Finnish Baroque Orchestra20181021The Finnish Baroque Orchestra performs music by Telemann and Leclair in Regensburg.

Performances of early music

Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra - Purcell, Sammartini, Vivaldi20170604Maurice Steger and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra: Purcell, Sammartini and Vivaldi

Elin Manahan Thomas introduces music by Purcell, Sammartini, Handel and Vivaldi, performed at the Frankfurt Hessischer Rundfunk by Maurice Steger and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony

Henry Purcell: Suite from 'King Arthur'

Giuseppe Sammartini: Concerto in F major for recorder and strings

Handel: Concerto a due cori No. 3 in F major HWV.334

Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in C major RV.443 for flautino and orchestra

Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Maurice Steger, recorder/director

Concert recorded at the Hessischer Rundfunk, Frankfurt in November.

Performances of early music

Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra And Jean-christophe Spinosi20170813Jean-Christophe Spinosi conducts the Frankfurt RSO in Monteverdi, Handel and Haydn.

Jean-Christophe Spinosi conducts the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra in Monteverdi's Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, arias by Handel and Haydn, and Haydn's 'Military' Symphony.

Presented by Elin Manahan Thomas.

Monteverdi: Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda
Handel: Rinaldo: Overture - Lascia ch'io pianga; Venti turbini
Haydn: Armida - Overture; Odio, furor, dispetto; Prence amato
Haydn: Symphony No 100 in G (Military)

Ekaterina Bakanova (soprano)
Filippo Mineccia (countertenor)
Topi Lehtipuu (tenor)
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Jean-Christophe Spinosi (conductor)

Concert recorded on 3 March 2017 in Broadcasting Hall, Hessicher Rundfunk, Frankfurt
Producer Lindsay Kemp.

Performances of early music

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra20151115Simon Heighes presents highlights from a concert given by the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra at the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona. Gottfried von de Goltz conducts the orchestra in music by Corelli and Bach, and Juan de la Rubia is soloist in organ works by Handel.

Handel: Organ Concerto in G minor, HWV.289

Corelli: Concerto Grosso in F major, Op.6'2

Bach: Orchestral Suite no.1 in C major, BWV.1066

Handel: Allegro from Organ Concerto No.13 in F major, HWV.295

Juan de la Rubia (organ)

Gottfried von der Goltz (conductor).

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra20151122Simon Heighes presents a concert given by the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra at the Concert Hall in Freiburg, featuring works by composers who were all born in the year 1714. Christine Schornsheim joins the orchestra for a harpsichord concerto by Gottfried August Homilius before Gaelle Arquez takes centre stage with arias by Gluck and Jommelli.

Homilius: Harpsichord Concerto in F major

Gluck: Ballet music and arias from Alceste

Jommelli: Arias from Fetonte and L'Olimpiade

Christine Schornsheim (harpsichord)

Gaelle Arquez (mezzo-soprano)

Gottfried von der Goltz (conductor).

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra20170917Hannah French introduces a concert by the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra of music by JS Bach.

Following the Early Music Show earlier today plotting Bach's arrival in Cöthen and the wealth of instrumental works he composed there, Hannah French continues that exploration through secular cantatas and concertos, as well as works composed or reworked in Leipzig. The performances come courtesy of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra in the sumptuous surroundings of the Ansbach Residenz Orangerie where they performed during the Ansbach Bach Week in July this year.

JS Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D, BWV 1068
Weichet nur, betruebte Schatten, BWV 202
Non sa che sia dolore, BWV 209
Stölzel: Bist du bei mir - from Diomedes
JS Bach: Triple Concerto in D, BWV 1064R

Anna Lucia Richter, soprano
Daniele Lieb, flute
Katharina Arfken, violin
Gottfried von der Goltz, violin
Anne Katharina Schreiber, violin
Stefan Mühleisen, cello
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Petra Müllejans, violin and director.

Anna Lucia Richter, soprano
Daniele Lieb, flute
Katharina Arfken, violin
Gottfried von der Goltz, violin
Anne Katharina Schreiber, violin
Stefan Mühleisen, cello
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Petra Müllejans, violin & director.

Performances of early music

French Baroque Chamber Music From Ensemble Nevermind20180527Simon Heighes introduces chamber music by Marin Marais and François Couperin, performed by Ensemble Nevermind.

Marais: Suite No 4 in B flat (from Pièces en trio)
Couperin: L'Apothéose de Corelli
Couperin: La Piémontoise (from Les Nations)

Recorded in Paradyz, Poland, as part of the 2017 (Music in Paradise Festival).

Ensemble Nevermind perform chamber music by Marin Marais and Francois Couperin.

Performances of early music

Friederike Heumann20151011with Simon Heighes, featuring works for viola da gamba by father and son JS and CPE Bach performed by Friederike Heumann with harpsichordist Dirk Borner. Recorded at last year's Poznan Baroque Festival in Poland

JS Bach (1685-1750): Sonata in G, BWV 1027

CPE Bach (1714-1788): Sonata in D, Wq 137; Trio Sonata in G minor, Wq 88

Friederike Heumann (viola da gamba)

Dirk Borner (harpsichord).

Gemma Bertagnolli, Dorothee Oberlinger, Ensemble 170020160207Cantatas and short works by Porpora, Geminiani and Handel.

Performances of early music

Cantatas and short works by Porpora, Geminiani and Handel performed by soprano Gemma Bertagnolli, recorder player Dorothee Oberlinger and Ensemble 1700 in a concert recorded at last year's RheinVokal Festival in Germany

Porpora: Cantata 'Gia la notte si avvicina'

Geminiani: Cello Sonata no.2 in D minor

Handel: Cantata 'Mi palpita il cor', HWV.132b

Gemma Bertagnolli (soprano)

Dorothee Oberlinger (recorder)

Ensemble 1700.

Gesualdo Madrigals20151101Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa, is known for the striking harmonies of his music, as well as being notorious for the violence of his personal life. He wrote seven books of madrigals of which six survive, and it is the sixth book that forms the basis of this concert given at the Stockholm Early Music Festival in June 2015, performed by Collegium Vocale, Gent, with lutenist Thomas Dunford, directed by Philippe Herreweghe.

The themes are of life and death, darkness and light, brought to life with extreme harmonies and dynamic contrasts. Centuries later this collection of madrigals was dubbed "canapes of caviar" by Igor Stravinsky.

Presented by Elin Manahan Thomas.

Gesualdo Six20170903Simon Heighes introduces a concert of English Renaissance polyphony by Gesualdo Six.

A Journey through the Music of the English Renaissance Masters

Simon Heighes introduces a concert of English Renaissance polyphony performed by The Gesualdo Six directed by Owain Park, recorded at Regensburg Early Music Days Festival in June.

Music includes works by Dunstable, Cornysh, Taverner, Sheppard, Tallis and Byrd.

Simon Heighes introduces a concert of English Renaissance polyphony performed by Gesualdo Six directed by Owain Park, recorded at Regensburg Early Music Days Festival in June.

Ghislieri Choir And Consort20171210The Ghislieri Choir and Consort perform Mediterranean polyphony.

Elin Manahan Thomas presents highlights of a concert of Mediterranean polyphony given by the Ghislieri Choir and Consort at the MAFestival in Bruges. The programme includes music by the little-known Benigno Zerafa , whose entire collection of sacred vocal works was found in a cupboard in Malta Cathedral in 1969, and an unusual version of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater.

Benigno Zerafa: Improperia per il Venerdi Santo per la Cappella della Cattedrale di Malta
Giuseppe Jannacconi/Pergolesi: La Sequenza Stabat Mater del Pergolese ridotta a 4, concertata e brevissima
Niccolo Jommelli: Miserere per la Basilica di San Pietro
David Perez: Mottetto in festo Sancti Michaelis Archangeli (part 1)
Ghislieri Choir
Ghislieri Consort
Giulio Prandi (director).

Performances of early music

Ghislieri Chorus And Consort20151227Sacred works by Durante, d'Astorga and Handel given by the Ghislieri Chorus and Consort, recorded at this year's Göttingen International Handel Festival

Francesco Durante: Magnificat in B flat

Handel: O del ciel Maria Regina, HWV.230

Emanuele d'Astorga: Stabat Mater

Marta Redealli (soprano)

Ghislieri Chorus and Consort, Giulio Prandi (director).

Giuliano Carmignola At The 2016 Aschau Festival20161120A concert from the Aschau Festival featuring baroque violinist Giuliano Carmignola.

Performances of early music

Simon Heighes presents a concert from the Aschau Festival featuring baroque violinist Giuliano Carmignola. He is joined by friends to perform a programme of Italian baroque music.

Nicola Antonio Porpora: Violin Sonata in G major Op12?2

Nicola Matteis: Excerpts from ?Ayres for the Violin?

Antonio Vivaldi: Violin Sonata in D major, RV 10

Domenico Scarlatti: Three Keyboard Sonatas

Emanuele Barbella: Sonata in B flat major "Arlecchino, Arlecchinessa, Rosetta, e Pulcinella con Ninna Nanna e Minuetto del Pazzo

Giuliano Carmignola (baroque violin), Riccardo Doni (harpsichord),

Ivano Zanenghi (lute), Francesco Galligioni (cello).

Giuliano Carmignola With Academia 175020170507Giuliano Carmignola and Academia 1750 perform Haydn and Mozart in Catalonia.

Elin Manahan Thomas presents violin concertos by Haydn and Mozart performed by Giuliano Carmignola with Acadèmia 1750 recorded at the Torroella de Montgri Music Festival in Catalonia

Haydn: Violin Concerto No. 1 in C, Hob. VIIa:1

Haydn: Symphony No. 49 in F minor, Hob. I:49 ('Passione')

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 1 in B flat, K. 207

Giuliano Carmignola, violin
Acadèmia 1750
Massimo Spadano, conductor.

Performances of early music

Giuliano Carmignola With Concerto Koln20180304in baroque concertos by Charles Avison and Vivaldi.

Performances of early music

Elin Manahan Thomas presents highlights of a concert of baroque violin concertos given by Giuliano Carmignola with Concerto Köln at the George Enescu International Festival and Competition in Bucharest. Vivaldi's Four Seasons is paired with less familiar works by Evaristo Felice Dall'Abaco and Charles Avison.

Evaristo Felice Dall'Abaco Concerto in D minor, Op.2'1 from 'Concerti a quarto da chiesa'
Charles Avison Concerto no.6 in D, from '12 Concertos in Seven Parts'
Antonio Vivaldi The Four Seasons:
La Primavera, Violin Concerto no.1 in E, RV.269
L'Estate, Violin Concerto no.2 in G minor RV.315
L'Autunno, Violin Concerto no.3 in F, RV.293
L'Inverno, Violin Concerto no.4 in F minor, RV.297

Giuliano Carmignola (violin)
Concerto Köln
Mayumi Hirasaki (director).

Gli Incogniti20161030perform Purcell and Matteis at the 2016 Pyrenees Festival of Early Music.

Performances of early music

Simon Heighes presents highlights of a concert from the Pyrenees Festival of Early Music. Taking as its theme the false consonances of melancholy, Gli Incogniti perform a programme of Purcell and Nicola Matteis.

Purcell: Sonata no.6 in C, Z795 from 'Twelve Sonatas of Three Parts'

Nicola Matteis: Suite in A minor, From 'Ayrs for the Violin'

Purcell: Sonata no.10 in A, Z799 from 'Twelve Sonatas of Three Parts'

Matteis: Suite in G, From 'Ayrs for the Violin'

Purcell: Works for harpsichord

Matteis: Suite in C, From 'Ayrs for the Violin'

Amandine Beyer (director).

Gli Incogniti20181125perform music by Francois Couperin including his tributes to fellow composers "L'Apothéose de Lully" and "L'Apothéose de Corelli", alongside music by Marin Marais and Jean-Fery Rebel. Simon Heighes introduces highlights of this concert recorded at the Pau Casals International Music Festival in the Spanish town of El Vendrell, birthplace of the cellist Pablo Casals.

Baroque music ensemble Gli Incogniti perform music by Couperin, Marais, Rebel and Rameau.

Performances of early music

Gondolas On The Seine20180819Hannah French introduces a concert given by harpsichordist Beatrice Martin, who plays French & Italian keyboard music at the Clam-Gallas Palace in Prague, as part of the city's annual Summer Festivities of Early Music.

Music includes pieces by Domenico Scarlatti, Louis Couperin, Rameau, Vivaldi and Francois Couperin.

Beatrice Martin plays French and Italian harpsichord music at Prague's Clam-Gallas Palace.

Performances of early music

Music includes pieces by Domenico Scarlatti, Louis Couperin, Rameau, Vivaldi and Francois Couperin.

Hannah French introduces a concert given by harpsichordist Beatrice Martin, who plays French and Italian keyboard music at the Clam-Gallas Palace in Prague, as part of the city's annual Summer Festivities of Early Music.

Gottingen Festival Orchestra20161002The Gottingen Festival Orchestra under Laurence Cummings in CPE Bach, Quantz, Bach, Handel

Performances of early music

Elin Manahan Thomas introduces highlights from the Göttingen International Handel Festival in a concert recorded last May.

The Göttingen Festival Orchestra performs Baroque music directed from the harpsichord by Laurence Cummings, well-known in the UK as Musical Director of the London Handel Festival.

C.P.E. Bach (1714-1788) - Symphony No. 3 in F, Wq. 183/3

Johann Joachim Quantz (1697-1773) - Concerto for Two Flutes in G, QV 6:7

J.S. Bach (1685-1750) - Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D, BWV 1050

G.F. Handel (1685-1759) - Aria No. 13, from 'Imeneo'

Kate Clarke, flute

Brian Berryman, flute

William Berger, tenor

Laurence Cummings, harpsichord and director.

Hesperion Xxi20160529in a concert recounting the life of writer and philosopher Ramon Llull.

Performances of early music

Hesperion XXI directed by Jordi Savall performs music recounting the life of the 13th century writer, philosopher, logician & Franciscan tertiary Ramon Llull who is credited with writing the first major work of Catalan literature.

Anonymous: Fanfare

Raimon de Miraval (1191-1229): Ductia

Anonymous: Veri dulcis in tempore (codex from 1010)

Lluís Vilamajó, tenor

Alphonse The Wise: Cantiga de Santa Maria, 100: Santa Maria, strela do dia

La Capella Reial de Catalunya

Anonymous: Ya Mariam el bekr, Arabic hymn to the Virgin

Waed Bouhassoun, vocals, ud

Anonymous: Mater Dei plena gratia / Mater, virgo pia / Eius

Anonymous: Lauda di Cortona: Ave, donna santissima

María Cristina Kiehr, soprano

Anonymous: Complaint of Jerusalem against Rome: Jerusalem se plaint et li païs

Anonymous: Mowachah Billadi Askara Mon abdi Llama

Anonymous: Conductus: Roma gaudins jubila

Teobaldo I de Navarra (1201-1253): Deus est ainsi comme li pelicans

Anonymous: Quant ai lo mont consirat, spiritual chant

Anonymous: Wind Dance

Moslem Rahal, ney (Syria)

Anonymous: Piangeti christiani

Philippe de Vitry (1291-1361): Motet: Tribum / Quoniam secta / Merito hec patimur

Anonymous: Taksim (duduk) and Ghazali

Waed Bouhassoun, ud

Hakan Güngör, kanun

Yurdal Tokcan, ud

Haïg Sarikouyoumdjia, duduk, ney

Dimitri Psonis, santur, moresca

Guillaume Dufay (1397-1474): Veni Sancte Spiritus

Pascal Bertin, countertenor

David Sagastume, countertenor

Anonymous: Propiñan de Melyor - Der Makam 'Uzzäl usules Darb-i feth'

Guillaume Dufay (1397-1474): Gloria Patri et Filio (Magnificat)

Anonymous: Dindirindin

Jordi Savall (director).

directed by Jordi Savall performs music recounting the life of the 13th century writer, philosopher, logician and Franciscan tertiary Ramon Llull who is credited with writing the first major work of Catalan literature.

Hesperion Xxi Directed Jordi Savall20170122Elin Manahan Thomas presents highlights of a concert given by La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Hesperion XXI under Jordi Savall featuring profane and sacred songs from two of the most important Iberian music collections; the Llibre Vermell de Montserrat and the Cantigas de Santa Maria.

Alfonso the Wise: Alba; Rotundellus (CSM 105)

Alfonso the Wise: Santa Maria, strela do dia (CSM 100)

Alfonso the Wise: Ductia (CSM 123)

Anon: Los set gotxs (Llibre Vermell de Montserrat)

Marcabru (1127-~1150): Lament - Pax in nomine Domini

Anon: Mariam matrem Virginem (Llibre Vermell de Montserrat)

Anon: Istampitta: Saltarello (Italian Trecento)

Anon: Imperayritz de la ciutat joyosa (Llibre Vermell de Montserrat)

Trad Catalan: El Mestre (The master)

Trad Catalan: La Mare de Déu (The Mother of Jesus)

Trad Catalan: La Mariagneta

Bartomeu Càrceres (fl.-mid 16th): Tau garçó la durundena

Jordi Savall (director).

Alfonso the Wise: Alba; Rotundellus (CSM 105)
Alfonso the Wise: Santa Maria, strela do dia (CSM 100)
Alfonso the Wise: Ductia (CSM 123)
Anon: Los set gotxs (Llibre Vermell de Montserrat)
Marcabru (1127-~1150): Lament - Pax in nomine Domini
Anon: Mariam matrem Virginem (Llibre Vermell de Montserrat)
Anon: Istampitta: Saltarello (Italian Trecento)
Anon: Imperayritz de la ciutat joyosa (Llibre Vermell de Montserrat)
Trad Catalan: El Mestre (The master)
Trad Catalan: La Mare de Déu (The Mother of Jesus)
Trad Catalan: La Mariagneta
Bartomeu Càrceres (fl.-mid 16th): Tau garçó la durundena

La Capella Reial de Catalunya
Hesperion XXI
Jordi Savall (director).

Elin Manahan Thomas presents a highlights of a concert given by Hesperion XXI.

Performances of early music

Hortus Musicus20160214Sequences of music from Italy and England by composers including Monteverdi and Purcell.

Performances of early music

Sequences of vocal and instrumental music from Italy and England by composers including Monteverdi and Purcell performed by Estonian ensemble Hortus Musicus, recorded at last year's RheinVokal Festival in Germany

Gabrielli: Canzona quarta

Monteverdi: Salve Regina; Si dolce e'l tormento; Chiome d'oro; Seventh Book of Madrigals (excerpts)

Frescobaldi: Toccata nono

Holborne: Pavaan; Heigh ho holiday; The Honeysuckle

Purcell: I spy Celia; Sound the trumpet; Music for a while

Andres Mustonen (director).

Huelgas Ensemble20170205Elin Manahan Thomas presents a sequence of music for Advent from a concert given last year by the Huelgas Ensemble at St Paul's Church, Antwerp. They perform music from the manuscript J.11.9, the only source of medieval Cypriot music in existence.

Ordo sanctorum militum, à 1

Sanctus in eternis

O Sapientia (triplum) / Nos demoramur (duplum)

O Adonay (triplum) / Pictor eterne (duplum)

O Radix Yesse (triplum) / Cunti fundent (duplum)

O clavis David (triplum) / Quis igitur (duplum)

O lucis eterne (triplum) / Veni splendor (duplum)

O rex virtutum (triplum) / Quis possit (duplum)

O Emanuel (triplum) / Magne virtutum (duplum)

O sacra virgo (triplum) / Tu nati nata (duplum)

Hodie puer (triplum) / Homo mortalis (duplum)

The Huelgas Ensemble

Paul Van Nevel (director).

Ordo sanctorum militum, à 1
Sanctus in eternis
O Sapientia (triplum) / Nos demoramur (duplum)
O Adonay (triplum) / Pictor eterne (duplum)
O Radix Yesse (triplum) / Cunti fundent (duplum)
O clavis David (triplum) / Quis igitur (duplum)
O lucis eterne (triplum) / Veni splendor (duplum)
O rex virtutum (triplum) / Quis possit (duplum)
O Emanuel (triplum) / Magne virtutum (duplum)
O sacra virgo (triplum) / Tu nati nata (duplum)
Hodie puer (triplum) / Homo mortalis (duplum)

The Huelgas Ensemble
Paul Van Nevel (director).

Elin Manahan Thomas presents music from medieval Cyprus sung by the Huelgas Ensemble.

Performances of early music

Huelgas Ensemble At Resonanzen 201820180805The Huelgas Ensemble performs a range of polyphony from England, France, Spain, Italy, Poland and Croatia from as long ago as the 11th Century, including pieces from the Winchester Troper and music by Palestrina, LeJeune, Skjavetic, de Rore, Soriano, Rossi, Klabon and Ponce in a concert from the 2018 Resonanzen Festival in Vienna.

The Huelgas Ensemble sings a range of European polyphony from across 700 years.

Performances of early music

The Huelgas Ensemble performs a range of polyphony from England, France, Spain, Italy, Poland and Croatia from as long ago as the 11th Century, including pieces from the Winchester Troper and music by Palestrina, LeJeune, Skjavetic, de Rore, Soriano, Rossi, Klabon and Ponce in a concert from the 2018 Resonanzen Festival in Vienna.

I Barocchisti20160626Simon Heighes presents music by Vivaldi performed by I Barocchisti under Diego Fasolis.

Performances of early music

Simon Heighes presents a concert of Vivaldi by I Barocchisti conducted by Diego Fasolis

Vivaldi: Overture to 'Il Farnace, RV 711'

Vivaldi: Concerto for Oboe and Bassoon in G, RV 545

Paolo Grazzi, oboe

Michele Fattori, bassoon

Vivaldi: Flute Concerto in G minor, RV 439, Op.10 No.2 ('La notte')

Maurice Steger, recorder

Vivaldi: Concerto in G minor, RV 152

Vivaldi: Gloria, RV 589

RSI Chorus

Diego Fasolis, conductor.

I Pellegrini Al Sepolcro Di Nostro Signore20180826Hasse's oratorio I pellegrini al sepolcro di Nostro Signore from Warsaw's Capuchin Church.

Performances of early music

Il Gardellino - Colours Of The Winds20151108Colours of the Winds"" is the title given to this concert of baroque music for wind instruments and orchestra given by the ensemble Il Gardellino at this year's Stockholm Early Music Festival.

Elin Manahan Thomas presents a programme which includes :

Handel: Concerto in G minor for strings and continuo, HWV 287

Marcello: Concerto in D minor for oboe, strings and continuo. Soloist Marcel Ponseele (oboe)

CPE Bach: Flute Concerto in D minor, Wq 22. Soloist Jan De Winne (flute)

Vivaldi: Sinfonia in B minor for strings and continuo, RV 169 (""Al Santo Sepolcro"")

Fasch: Concerto in B minor for oboe, flute, strings and continuo, FaWV L:h1.

Il Giardino Armonico20160103Works by Biber, Locke, Vivaldi and Bach from Il Giardino Armonico under Giovanni Antonini.

Performances of early music

Works by Biber, Locke, Vivaldi and Bach performed by Il Giardino Armonico directed by Giovanni Antonini, recorded at this year's Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival

Biber: Battaglia

Locke: Suite - The Tempest

Vivaldi: Concerto in C, RV.443

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto n.4 in G, BWV.1049

Giovanni Antonini (director).

Il Giardino Armonico20170430in a concert of 16th- and 17th-century European instrumental music.

Elin Manahan Thomas introduces a concert of 16th- and 17th-century European instrumental music by Il Giardino Armonico, led by their charismatic director the flautist and recorder player Giovanni Antonini. The concert is entitled 'La morte de la ragione' - the death of reason, taken from the title of an anonymous Renaissance Italian pavan.

Thomas Preston: Uppon La Mi Re
Giorgio Mainiero (1535-1582): Schiarazula Marazula, Ungarescha and Saltarello
Anon / Vincenzo Ruffo (~1508-1587): Two versions of 'La Gamba'
Giovanni Gabrieli (~1553-1612): Sonata XIII a otto voci

Giovanni de Macque (1548/50-1614): Seconde Stravaganze
Nicolas Gombert (~1495-~1560): Variations on the chanson 'La Rose'
Gasparo Zanetti (~1626-1645): La bella Pedrina
Tarquinio Merula (~1595-1665): Canzon La Pedrina

Dario Castello (1590-~1650): Sonata 14 a Quattro
Lodovico Grossi da Viadana (ca 1560-1627): La Napoletana a 8

John Baldwine (ca.1560-1615): 4 Vocum
Gesualdo da Venosa (1566-1613): Canzon Francese del Principe
Cristoforo Caresana (1640-1709): Tarantella

Giovanni Pietro del buono (ca.1641-1657): Sonata VII 'Stravagante', after 'Ave Maris stella'
Jacob van Eyck (~1590-1657): Fantasia and Echo
Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654): Galliard Battagli

Il Giardino Armonico
Giovanni Antonini, director.

Il Giardino Armonico in a concert of 16th- and 17th-century European instrumental music.

Performances of early music

Il Pomo D'oro20160410and recorder player Maurice Steger perform concertos by Vivaldi.

Performances of early music

Concertos by Vivaldi played by Il Pomo d'Oro directed by Zefira Valova with recorder player Maurice Steger, recorded at last summer's Menuhin Festival in Gstaad. Introduced by Simon Heighes.

Imaginarium Ensemble20180114Simon Heighes presents highlights from a concert of 17th century virtuoso Italian violin repertoire, given at the Pyrenees Festival of Early Music in 2017. Imaginarium Ensemble explore the music of a period when the violin was liberated from its role as a vocal accompanist and became a solo instrument in its own right.

Gian Paolo Cima: Sonata a 2 in G minor from 'Concerti ecclesiastici'
Giulio Caccini: 'Amarilli, passeggiato' and 'Belle rose purpurine' from 'Le nuove musiche'
Biagio Marini: Sonata variata from 'Sonate, symphonie, canzoni', Op 8
Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi Mealli: Sonata 'La cesta' from 'Sonate a violino solo, per chiesa e camera', Op 3
Arcangelo Corelli: Violin Sonata in C, Op 5 No 3
Antonio Vivaldi: Violin Sonata in D minor, RV 12 (Manchester Sonata No 2)
Francesco Maria Veracini: Violin Sonata in E minor, Op 2 No 8

Imaginarium Ensemble:
Enrico Onofri, violin
Alessandro Palmeri, cello
Simone Vallerotonda, archlute.

Simon Heighes presents highlights from the Pyrenees Festival of Early Music in 2017.

Performances of early music

Imaginarium Ensemble:
Enrico Onofri, violin
Alessandro Palmeri, cello
Simone Vallerotonda, archlute.

Jean-guihen Queyras At The Schwetzingen Festival20160710Jean-Guihen Queyras performs a concert of Bach interspersed with contemporary music echoes

Performances of early music

Jean-Guihen Queyras performs a concert of Bach Cello Suites, interspersed with contemporary music 'echoes' at the Schwetzingen Festival.

Presented by Elin Manahan Thomas

Jonathan Harvey: Pre-echo for Jean-Guihen

Bach: Cello Suite No.2 in D minor, BWV.1008

Ichiro Nodaira: Enigme

Bach: Cello Suite No.6 in D, BWV.1012

Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello).

Jordi Savall20151129Presented by Simon Heighes. Catalan viola da gamba virtuoso Jordi Savall plays works by Marais, Sainte-Colombe and Bach, in a concert recorded at the Fundacion Juan March in Madrid.

Jordi Savall And Hesperion Xxi20170409Simon Heighes introduces highlights of a concert given to explore The Routes of Slavery with music from Spain and Latin America ranging from the 15th to 19th centuries. Jordi Savall curates and directs the combined forces of La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Hespèrion XXI and the Tembembe Ensamble Continuo.

Simon Heighes introduces highlights of a concert focusing on the routes of slavery.

Performances of early music

Jordi Savall At The 2016 Poblet Early Music Festival20161113Jordi Savall performs Irish and Scottish music from the 17th to 19th centuries.

Performances of early music

Simon Heighes presents highlights from the Poblet Early Music Festival. The theme of the concert is 'Man and Nature', with sequences of music of Celtic dialogues between the Ancient and the New World. Jordi Savall goes back to original manuscripts to reveal the hidden beauties of Irish and Scottish music from the 17th to 19th centuries.

The Caledonia Set

The Lancashire Pipes Set

Flowers of Edinburg Set

The Donegal Set

Jordi Savall (viols - treble and lyra)

Andrew Lawrence-King (Irish harp and psaltery)

Frank MacGuire (bodhran).

Jos Van Immerseel20160306performs organ works by Valente, Gibbons, Purcell, Mozart, Bach and others at the Church of the Elevation of the Holy Cross, Doubravnik in the Czech Republic, as part of the 2015 Concentus Moraviae Festival. Introduced by Elin Manahan Thomas.

Valente: Gagliarda napoletana

Bull: In nomine IX

Bruna: Letania de la Virgen

Gibbons: Fantazia of four parts

Kerckhoven: Prelude and Fugue in D minor

Purcell: Voluntary in D minor, Z719

Mozart: Andante in F, K618

JS Bach: Pastorale in F, BWV790

Jos van Immerseel (organ).

Jos van Immerseel performs organ works by Valente, Gibbons, Mozart, Bach and others.

Performances of early music

Kristian Bezuidenhout In Tokyo20181007Kristian Bezuidenhout plays Mozart sonatas on the fortepiano in Tokyo.

Performances of early music

La Capella De Ministrers Performs The Llibre Vermell20180902Simon Heighes introduces a concert given at the Palau de Musica Catalana in Barcelona by the Spanish ensemble La Capella de Ministrers. They perform excerpts from the fascinating 14th Century illuminated manuscript - the Llibre Vermell de Montserrat, or "Red Book of Montserrat".

The manuscript was prepared around the year 1399, originally containing 172 double pages, of which 32 have since been lost. The title "The Red Book of Montserrat" describes the red binding in which the collection was placed in the 19th century. The monastery after which the book was named holds the shrine of the Virgin of Montserrat, which was a major site of pilgrimage during the time it was compiled.

La Capella de Ministrers performs excerpts from the 14th-century Red Book of Montserrat.

Performances of early music

The manuscript was prepared around the year 1399, originally containing 172 double pages, of which 32 have since been lost. The title "The Red Book of Montserrat" describes the red binding in which the collection was placed in the 19th century. The monastery after which the book was named holds the shrine of the Virgin of Montserrat, which was a major site of pilgrimage during the time it was compiled.

La Compagnia Del Madrigale20170115A concert from the 2016 Fribourg International Festival of Sacred Music Festival.

Performances of early music

Simon Heighes introduces a concert from the International Sacred Music Festival, Fribourg. The Italian vocal group La Compagnia del Madrigale perform 16th and 17th century music, including sacred madrigals by Monteverdi and some of the tenebrae responsories by Gesualdo.

La Follia And Ensemble Polyharmonique20181014Simon Heighes introduces a concert given by La Follia and Ensemble Polyharmonique at the Regensburg Early Music Days festival in Germany. The music all has a Bach connection, although we're hardly going to hear a note by the man himself, because we're entering the shadowy world of ‘Bach the arranger'. Many of his arrangements are now amongst his best-loved works, like his keyboard versions of Vivaldi's concertos, and tonight we're going to hear his tinkerings with the works of Francesco Durante, Marco Peranda and Francesco Conti.

La Follia & Ensemble Polyharmonique in music by Peranda, Conti and Durante in Regensburg.

Performances of early music

La Follia and Ensemble Polyharmonique in music by Peranda, Conti and Durante in Regensburg.

La Nascita Dell'opera (the Birth Of Opera)20190714Soprano Magdalena Kožená and La Cetra perform in a concert that mines the dramatic wealth of early Italian opera. From that great operatic pioneer Monteverdi to Marula, composers revelled in the dramatic potential of the new form to explore the depths of human emotions through the power of the voice. Works by Uccellini and Castello sit alongside a passionate aria from Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea and his opera in all but name, the 'scena' Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda in a concert recorded at 2018's Verbier Festival.

Soprano Magdalena Kozena and La Cetra mine the dramatic wealth of early Italian opera.

Performances of early music

La Reverdie At The Granada Festival20190512A concert of C13th devotional music from laReverdie at the 2018 Granada Festival in Spain

Performances of early music

La Risonanza With Yetzabel Arias Fernandez20160117La Risonanza and soprano Yetzabel Arias Fernandez in Handel, Vivaldi, Duron and Torres.

Performances of early music

La Risonanza (director Fabio Bonizzoni) and soprano Yetzabel Arias Fernandez perform chamber music by Handel and Vivaldi and arias by Duron and Torres at the 54th Cuenca Sacred Music Week in Spain.

Presented by Elin Manahan Thomas.

Handel: Trio Sonata in G minor, HWV 399 (Op 5 No 4)

Fabio Bonizzoni (director)

Sebastián Durón: Atiendan, escuchen

Yetzabel Arias Fernandez (soprano)

Vivaldi: Trio Sonata in D minor, RV64 (Op 1 No 8)

Fabio Bonizzoni (organ/director)

José de Torres: Ego vir videns

Fabio Bonizzoni (organ)

Sebastián Durón: Ay, que me abraso de amor en la llama

Sebastián Durón: Corazón que suspiras atento

L'arpeggiata At The George Enescu International Festival20180708Simon Heighes presents soprano Celine Scheen singing Handel arias with L'Arpeggiata.

Performances of early music

L'arpeggiata Directed By Christina Pluhar20180204Elin Manahan Thomas presents a sequence of vocal music by Bach and his predecessors, performed by Philippe Jaroussky, Celine Scheen and L'Arpeggiata under their director Christina Pluhar at the Utrecht Early Music Festival.

Bach: Mein Jesu, was vor Seelenweh, BWV 487
Bach: Komm, süsser Tod, komm, sel'ge Ruh, BWV 478
Biber: Prelude from Rosary Sonata No 1 in D minor (The Annunciation)
Anon: Ninna nanna al Bambin Giesu
Cazzati: Ciaccona from Codex Rost
Donati: O gloriosa domina, from Flores
praestantissimorum, Milan
Merula: Hor che tempo di dormire
Mealli: La Vinciolina
Sances: Stabat mater (Pianto della Madonna)
Monteverdi: Laudate Dominum in sanctis eius, from Selva morale 1641

Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor)
Celine Scheen (soprano)
L'Arpeggiata
Christina Pluhar (director).

Elin Manahan Thomas presents L'Arpeggiata in concert at the Utrecht Early Music Festival.

Performances of early music

Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor)
Celine Scheen (soprano)
L'Arpeggiata
Christina Pluhar (director).

L'arpeggiata In Utrecht20170108Simon Heighes introduces highlights from a concert given by the Baroque ensemble L'Arpeggiata directed by Christina Pluhar in the Utrecht Early Music Festival last summer.

The music is mostly by the the prolific Italian opera composer Francesco Cavalli, who flourished in Venice during the 17th century.

L'Arpeggiata perform music by Cavalli at the Utrecht Early Music Festival 2016.

Performances of early music

Le Concert Spirituel Performed Orazio Benevoli's Missa Si Deus Pro Nobis20171119Orazio Benevoli's Missa Si Deus pro nobis performed by Le Concert Spirituel.

Hervé Niquet directs Le Concert Spirituel in Orazio Benevoli's Missa Si Deus pro nobis and Magnificat a 16, in a concert given at this year's Radio France and Montpellier Festival.

Introduced by Simon Heighes.

Benevoli: Missa Si Deus pro nobis
Benevoli: Magnificat a 16

Le Concert Spirituel Chorus and Orchestra
Hervé Niquet (conductor).

Performances of early music

Le Consort At The 'music In Paradise' Festival, Poland20190407Le Consort travel to the Music in Paradise Festival in Poland to perform music from England which was influenced by the Italian Baroque style. Coupled with Purcell and Handel, Le Consort delve into works of lesser known lights of that period in England, John Eccles and Nicholas Matteis (II) to give a rounded picture of the music from that time.

Presented by Elin Manahan Thomas.

Corelli: Sonata in D major, op. 5 no. 1
Le Consort

Corelli: Trio Sonata in B minor, op. 2 no. 8
Le Consort

Purcell: A new ground in E minor
Justin Taylor (harpsichord)

Purcell: Sonata no. 6 Z. 807
Le Consort

John Eccles: An Air from 'The Mad Lover'
Le Consort

Handel: Trio Sonata in B minor, op. 2 no. 1
Le Consort

Nicola Matteis (II): Trio Sonata in G minor
Le Consort

Le Consort perform Baroque music in the Italian style at the Music in Paradise Festival

Performances of early music

Le Poeme Harmonique20161016Elin Manahan Thomas introduces a concert from Le Poeme Harmonique and Vincent Dumestre.

Performances of early music

Elin Manahan Thomas transports us to Versailles in the seventeenth century, with a concert given earlier this year in Brussels by Le Poème Harmonique conducted by Vincent Dumestre.

Music includes

Jean-Baptiste Lully - Choeur des Quatre Parties du Monde, from 'Ballet de Flore'

Jean-Baptiste Lully - extracts from 'Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme', 'Ballet de l'Impatience' and 'Ballet des Muses'

Charles Tessier - Chansons Suisses, from 'Airs de cour'; Airs Turquestes

Etienne Moulinié - Air du Juif Errant, from 'Airs de Cour'

Joseph-Marie Amiot - See hoang sien Tsou Yo Ling yu Tien, from 'Hymne en l'honneur des ancêtres'.

Leipzig Bach Festival20180722Simon Heighes presents highlights of the opening concert of the 2018 Leipzig Bach Festival

Performances of early music

L'ensemble Inegal20161023Elin Manahan Thomas introduces Baroque music performed in Dresden by L'Ensemble Inegal.

Performances of early music

Elin Manahan Thomas introduces a concert recorded earlier this year in Belgium, given by the Czech consort L'Ensemble Inégal, directed by Adam Viktora, and featuring soprano soloist and co-founder of the ensemble, Gabriela Eibenova

The music transports us to eighteenth-century Germany, with a focus on Dresden, as a pearl of baroque eastern Germany at its pinnacle. The programme features the foremost composers of the Dresden Court.

Music includes

Johann David Heinichen - Concerto in G, S238, for recorder, oboe and strings

Johann Adolf Hasse - Salve Regina in G, for soprano, strings and basso continuo

Antonio Vivaldi - Concerto in D minor, RV 242, for violin, strings and basso continuo ('For Pisandel')

Jan Dismas Zelenka - Alma redemptoris mater in A, ZWV 123

Antonio Vivaldi - In turbato mare irato, RV 627.

Les Ambassadeurs20161211Elin Manahan Thomas introduces a concert from the theatres of 18th-century France.

Performances of early music

Elin Manahan Thomas introduces a concert of theatrical music from 18th-century France by Rameau, Leclair, Marais and de Mondonville performed by Les Ambassadeurs

Rameau: Zoroastre Overture

Marin Marais: Aria of the High Priestess of Bacchus, from 'Sémélé '

Rameau: Tambourin, from 'Castor et Pollux'

Rameau: Trajan's aria, from 'Le Temple de la Gloire'

Rameau: Entrée des quatre nations, from 'Les Indes Galantes'

Leclair: 1er et 2ème Airs en rondeau, from 'Scylla et Glaucus'

Rameau: Bataille, from 'Dardanus'

Leclair: Circe's invocation, from 'Scylla et Glaucus'

Rameau: Ballet figuré, from 'Zoroastre'

Rameau: Finale, from 'Les Indes Galantes'

J.-J. de C. de Mondonville: Overture to 'Titon et l'Aurore'

Rameau: Neides' aria, from 'Le Temple de la Gloire'

Campra: Récit de Zaide, from 'L'Europe Galante'

Rameau: De rochers entassés, from 'La Princesse de Navarre'

Rameau: Air for Trumpet, from 'La Princesse de Navarre'

Rameau: Duo d'un Français et un Espagnol, from 'La Princesse de Navarre'

Rameau: Chaconne, from 'Les Indes Galantes'

Rameau: Pénétrez les humains, from 'Le Temple de la Gloire'

Katherine Watson (soprano)

Anders Dahlin (tenor)

Aimery Lefèvere (baritone)

Alexis Kossenko (director).

Les Muffatti20150920with Simon Heighes, featuring works by Vivaldi, Jiranek and Zelenka in a concert given by early music ensemble Les Muffatti during last year's Liege Festival in Belgium

Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto grosso in F, op. 8/3 ('Autumn' from 'The Four Seasons')

Frantisek Jiranek; Oboe Concerto in B flat; Flute Concerto in G

Jan Dismas Zelenka: Simphonie in A

Benoit Laurent (oboe)

Stefanie Troffaes (flute)

Peter van Heyghen (director).

Les Talens Lyriques20160417French baroque music played by Les Talens Lyriques directed by Christophe Rousset.

Performances of early music

French baroque music by Couperin, Marais, Rebel and Jacquet de la Guerre, played by Les Talens Lyriques directed by Christophe Rousset. Introduced by Simon Heighes.

Les Talens Lyriques20180318Elin Manahan Thomas introduces highlights from a concert recorded in the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg last year, given by Les Talens Lyriques directed by Christophe Rousset, featuring music by Telemann and Rameau.

The instrumental and vocal ensemble Les Talens Lyriques was founded twenty-five years ago by the harpsichordist and conductor Christophe Rousset. It owes its name to an opera by Rameau, and it's the music of Rameau which features in this performance, along with two colourful overtures by Telemann.

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) - Overture in G, TWV 55:G1 ('La musette')
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) - Le berger fidèle, cantata
Georg Philipp Telemann - Overture in B flat, TWV 55:B5 ('Les Nations')

Les Talens Lyriques
Christophe Rousset, director

Producer Helen Garrison.

Elin Manahan Thomas introduces highlights from a concert given by Les Talens Lyriques.

Performances of early music

Producer Helen Garrison.

L'homme Arme And Grand Motets From Utrecht20190317Simon Heighes introduces highlights from two concerts recorded at the Utrecht Early Music Festival.

The song L'Homme Armé (The armed man) caught the imagination of numerous European composers during the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries and there are over 30 known settings based on the melody. This concert features one of two such settings by Josquin.

The Grands Motets were fairly early works by Rameau, who was not generally known to write sacred music and is became more famous for his immensely colourful theatrical works. Deus noster refugium - Our God is our refuge - takes its text from the psalms.

Josquin des Prez: Missa L'homme armé super voces musicales
Cantar Lontano
Capella de la Torre, director Katharina Bäuml (shawm)
Marco Mencoboni, conductor

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Grands Motet - Deus noster refugium
Vox Luminis
Lionel Meunier, conductor

Josquin's Missa L'Homme arme and Rameau's Grand Motets from Utrecht Early Music Festival.

Performances of early music

London Calling: Violin Works From The Baroque Capital20190120Beautiful and unusual works spanning two centuries by Byrd, Geminiani, Babell, Matteis, Eccles, given by Ilia Korol (violin) and Jermaine Sprosse (harpsichord). London has always drawn artists and musicians to its cultural heart, and perhaps especially so in the Baroque era. German-born Handel spent most of his career in the English capital, and not only composed his finest works but also influenced notable local musicians such as William Babell. Such successes attracted musicians from other English cities, as well as places as far-flung as Italy. But it wasn't all grand gestures - this concert presents works for smaller ensembles and drawing rooms, by turns florid, intimate and fun.

Byrd, Geminiani, Babell, Matteis, Eccles and a nod to Handel in works for violin.

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L'orfeo Baroque Orchestra20160110Telemann's late cantata Ino, performed by Nuria Rial and L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra.

Performances of early music

Telemann's late dramatic cantata Ino performed by Nuria Rial and L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra, recorded at last year's Bad Arolsen Baroque Festival. Written at the age of 84, the culmination of this prolific composer's lifetime of experience, it is preceded by his vibrant Overture 'Les Nations anciennes et modernes'

Telemann: Overture (Suite) - Les Nations, TWV.55:B5

Telemann: Cantata: Ino, TWV.20:41

Nuria Rial (soprano)

Love, Jupiter And The Underworld20190113Zefiro, directed by oboist Alfredo Bernardini, performs suites from Jean-Philippe Rameau's greatest operas. Love, the Underworld, Jupiter and immortality - add a step-mother, a genie or fraternal vying for a princess's affections, and you have all the ingredients for Rameau's 'new style' of opera. Zefiro open with Rameau's first, Hippolyte et Aricie, and end with his somewhat risky wedding gift to the Dauphin Louis, Platee, via his greatest work, the tragedy Castor et Pollux.

Zefiro perform suites from Hippolyte et Aricie, Castor et Pollux and Platee by Rameau

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Lucia Cirillo And I Barocchisti20171105Soprano Lucia Cirillo sings Handel with I Barocchisti conducted by Diego Fasolis.

Soprano Lucia Cirillo performs excerpts from Handel's oratorio Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno with I Barocchisti conducted by Diego Fasolis, in a concert given in the Lac Theatre in Lugano.

Introduced by Simon Heighes.

Handel: Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (excerpts)
Handel: Trio Sonata in G, Op 5 No 4
Handel: Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (excerpts).

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Lumen Valo20190901Music from the Finnish Reformation presented by Elin Manahan Thomas.

Performances of early music

L'univers Frane7ais Celebrate Couperin's 350th Anniversary20181209L'univers fran\u00e7ais with music for the 350th anniversary of the birth of Fran\u00e7ois Couperin.

Performances of early music

Magdalena Kozena And The Venice Baroque Orchestra20180311Elin Manahan Thomas presents highlights of a concert of Handel given by Magdalena Kožená and the Venice Baroque Orchestra at the George Enescu International Festival and Competition in Bucharest. A selection of opera arias are interspersed with his Concerto Grossi.

Handel
Concerto grosso in G, HWV 319
Venti, turbini, from Rinaldo
Overture to Ariodante
'Verdi prati' from Alcina
'Se pietà di me non senti' from Giulio Cesare in Egitto
Concerto grosso in A minor, HWV 322
'Pensieri, voi mi tormentate' from Agrippina

Magdalena Kožená
Venice Baroque Orchestra
Andrea Marcon (director).

A concert of Handel given by Magdalena Kozena and the Venice Baroque Orchestra.

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Magdalena Kožená
Venice Baroque Orchestra
Andrea Marcon (director).

Mahan Esfahani20161204Elin Manahan Thomas presents music by the Bach family and Dusek played by Mahan Esfahani.

Performances of early music

Elin Manahan Thomas presents a concert of music by the Bach Family and Frantisek Xaver Dusek performed by the virtuoso harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani

JS Bach: Prelude and Fugue in D, BWV 874

CPE Bach: Keyboard Sonata in G minor, Wq. 65/17

JC Bach: Keyboard Sonata in C minor, op. 5/6

Frantisek Xaver Dusek: Keyboard Sonata in B flat

Frantisek Xaver Dusek: Andante, from 'Keyboard Sonata in G minor'

Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord).

Elin Manahan Thomas presents a concert of music by the Bach Family & Frantisek Xaver Dusek performed by the virtuoso harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani

Marian Consort20160228Sacred music by Byrd and others performed by the Marian Consort at the RheinVokal Festival

Performances of early music

Elin Manahan Thomas introduces sacred music by William Byrd (including movements from his Mass for 4 voices), plus works by Strogers, Gerarde, Mundy and Peerson, performed by the Marian Consort in the Pfarrkirche St Severus in Boppard, as part of the 2015 RheinVokal Festival.

Byrd: Miserere mei Deus

Byrd: Gaudeamus omnis in Domino

Byrd: Kyrie (Mass for 4 voices)

Strogers: Non me vincat, Deus meus

Byrd: Gloria (Mass for 4 voices)

Byrd: Timete Dominum

Mundy: Adhaesit pavimento

Byrd: Justorum animae

Byrd: Sanctus and Benedictus (Mass for 4 voices)

Peerson: Laboravi in gemitu meo

Byrd: Agnus Dei (Mass for 4 voices)

Byrd: Ave verum corpus

The Marian Consort

Rory McCleery (director).

Byrd: Sanctus & Benedictus (Mass for 4 voices)

Merseburg Organ Festival20190217Collegium Vocale Leipzig perform Lully and de Grigny at the Merseburg Organ Festival.

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Mezzogiorno: Medieval Hymns And Sacred Chant From Italy And Sardinia20181104Medieval hymns and sacred chant from southern Italy and Sardinia, given by the Tiburtina Ensemble and presented by Elin Manahan Thomas. The concert was recorded in the atmospheric Church of the Our Lady of the Slavs at the Emmaus monastery of Na Slovanech, Prague, and the venue reflects the special intimacy of these thirteenth century anonymous Laudas (or vernacular songs) from the famous manuscript collection ‘Laudario di Cortona.

Medieval hymns from southern Italy and Sardinia performed by the Tiburtina Ensemble.

Performances of early music

Midori Seiler And Christian Rieger At The Schwetzingen Festival20160703Midori Seiler and Christian Rieger perform Biber's Rosary Sonatas in Schwetzingen.

Performances of early music

Midori Seiler and Christian Rieger perform Biber's devotional Rosary Sonatas at the Jagdsaal in Schwetzingen: We'll hear the complete Glorious Mysteries with the famous final Passacaglia.

Introduced by Elin Manahan Thomas

Biber:

Rosary Sonatas Nos 11-15 (The Glorious Mysteries): The Resurrection; The Ascension; Pentecost; The Assumption of the Virgin; The Beatification of the Virgin

Rosary Sonata No 16: Passacaglia (The Guardian Angel)

Midori Seiler (violin)

Christian Rieger (harpsichord/organ).

Monica Piccinini And Friends At The Resonanzen Festival2019080416th Century Italian music for voice, harp and gamba from the 2019 Resonanzen Festival.

Performances of early music

Monteverdi Vespers Of The Blessed Virgin20171203Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 performed by Ensemble La Fenice.

Elin Manahan Thomas presents a complete performance of Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610, performed by I Favoriti della Fenice and Ensemble La Fenice at this summer's Torroelle de Montgri Music Festival in Catalonia.

Monteverdi Vespers of the Blessed Virgin
I Favoriti della Fenice
Ensemble La Fenice
Jean Tubery (conductor).

Performances of early music

Music For Voice And Cornett20170305Simon Heighes introduces Italian Baroque music from the RheinVokal Festival, Germany, focusing on music written for the voice and cornett in a programme devised by cornett player Bruce Dickey.

Maurizio Cazzati (~1620-1677)

Regina coeli

Nicolo Corradini (?-1646)

Spargite flores

Biagio Marini (~1594-1663)

Sonata seconda

Sigismondo d'India (1580-1629)

Dilectus meus

Giacomo Carissimi (1605-1674)

Summi regis puerpera

Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725)

Non pianger solo, dolce usignuolo

From 'L'Emireno overo il consiglio dell'ombra'

Tarquinio Merula (~1595-1665)

Nigra sum

Giovanni B. Bassani (1657-1716)

Sonata prima a 3, Op. 5/12

Excerpts from 'La Morte delusa'

Suzie LeBlanc (soprano)

Bruce Dickey (cornett)

Veronika Skuplik (violin)

Catherine Aglibut (violin)

Mieneke van der Velden (viola da gamba)

Jakob Lindberg (theorbo)

Kris Verhelst (organ).

Maurizio Cazzati (~1620-1677)
Regina coeli

Nicolo Corradini (?-1646)
Spargite flores

Biagio Marini (~1594-1663)
Sonata seconda

Sigismondo d'India (1580-1629)
Dilectus meus

Giacomo Carissimi (1605-1674)
Summi regis puerpera

Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725)
Non pianger solo, dolce usignuolo
From 'L'Emireno overo il consiglio dell'ombra'

Tarquinio Merula (~1595-1665)
Nigra sum

Giovanni B. Bassani (1657-1716)
Sonata prima a 3, Op. 5/12
Excerpts from 'La Morte delusa'

Suzie LeBlanc (soprano)
Bruce Dickey (cornett)
Veronika Skuplik (violin)
Catherine Aglibut (violin)
Mieneke van der Velden (viola da gamba)
Jakob Lindberg (theorbo)
Kris Verhelst (organ).

Simon Heighes introduces Italian Baroque music from the 2016 Rheinvokal Festival, Germany.

Performances of early music

Music From Luther's Wedding20180715Katharina B\u00e4uml conducts Capella della Torre in music associated with Martin Luther.

Performances of early music

Nevermind20171022Hannah French introduces a recital of Bach and Telemann given by the Nevermind ensemble.

Hannah French introduces a recital of Bach and Telemann given by the young and versatile 'Nevermind' ensemble, recorded at this year's Wallonie Festival in Brussels

Bach: Trio Sonata in G, BWV 1039
Telemann: Fugue No. 14, from 'Little Fugues for Organ'
Telemann: Paris Quartet No. 6 in E minor, TWV 43:e4
Telemann: Coulant (Paris Quartet in B minor, TWV.43:h2)

Nevermind Ensemble:
Jean Rondeau, harpsichord
Anna Besson, flute
Louis Creac'h, violin
Robin Pharo, viola da gamba.

Northern Lights: Hans-ola Ericsson20151213Hans-Ola Ericsson plays works by Bach, Frescobaldi, Rameau and Böhm on the organ of the German Church, Stockholm, as part of the 2015 Stockholm Early Music Festival.

Ericsson's programme, entitled The Golden Queen, was recorded on the renowned Düben Organ.

Nuria Rial With The Basel Chamber Orchestra20171126Elin Manahan Thomas presents highlights from the Gstaad Menuhin Festival in Switzerland.

Elin Manahan Thomas presents highlights of a concert of Baroque music from the 2017 Gstaad Menuhin Festival in Switzerland. The Basel Chamber Orchestra is joined by soprano Nuria Rial for a sequence of operatic arias and concertos with recorder player Maurice Steger.

Vivaldi: Overture to La Senna festeggiante, RV 693
Albinoni: Zeffiretti che spiegate, from 'Eraclea'
A Scarlatti: Piu non m'alletta e piace, from 'Il giardino d'amore'
Vivaldi: Quel'usignolo che al caro nido, from 'Arsilda regina di Ponto'
Leonardo Vinci: Rondinella che dal lido, from 'Ifigenia in Tauride'

Francesco Mancini: Sonata No 14 in G minor, for recorder, two violins, viola and continuo
Vivaldi: Recorder Concerto in F major, Op 10 No 5 (RV 434)
Maurice Steger (recorder)

Andrea Stefano Fiorè: Usignolo che col volo, from 'Engelberta'
Pietro Torri: Amorosa rondinella, from 'Nicomede'

Charles Dieupart: Recorder Concerto in A minor

Nuria Rial (soprano)
Maurice Steger (recorder)
Basel Chamber Orchestra
Stefano Barneschi (conductor).

Performances of early music

Os Musicos Do Tejo20180513Elin Manahan Thomas presents a concert of vocal and instrumental music from 18th-century Lisbon, given last November at the Tage Alter Musik festival in the German city of Herne, near Dortmund.

Marcos Magalhães directs the ensemble Os Músicos do Tejo, with Joana Seara (soprano) and João Fernandes (bass), in music by Francisco António de Almeida, Carlos de Seixas, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, António Cláudio Pereira, Pedro António Avondano, Joaquim Manoel da Câmara, José Palomino, and Domenico Scarlatti who lived in Lisbon for eight years.

Elin Manahan Thomas presents 18th Century vocal & instrumental music from Lisbon.

Performances of early music

Marcos Magalhães directs the ensemble Os Músicos do Tejo, with Joana Seara (soprano) and João Fernandes (bass), in music by Francisco António de Almeida, Carlos de Seixas, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, António Cláudio Pereira, Pedro António Avondano, Joaquim Manoel da Câmara, José Palomino, and Domenico Scarlatti who lived in Lisbon for eight years.

Elin Manahan Thomas presents 18th Century vocal and instrumental music from Lisbon.

Passionate Cantatas20190728I Barocchisti and the Swiss Radio Choir perform four of JS Bach's choral cantatas, including surely one of his greatest, Jesu, der du meine Seele, BWV 78 - Jesus, you who have my soul, based on Johann Rist's popular hymn. Director lutenist Luca Pianca opens the concert with Luther's grand Advent hymn, Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (Come now, saviour of the heathen) BWV 62 with its ringing soprano lines, and the introspective Wer weiß, wie nahe mir mein Ende, BWV 27 (Who knows how near I am to my death). There's also Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig, BWV 26 (Ah, how fleeting, how empty) - all performed with soloists Bernhard Bechtold (tenor) and Florian Boesch (bass) at the Lugano festival earlier this year.

I Barocchisti and the Swiss Radio Choir perform four of JS Bach's great choral cantatas.

Performances of early music

Patricia Petibon And La Cetra20160124perform Purcell, Rameau, Charpentier and Nebra.

Performances of early music

Soprano Patricia Petibon and orchestra La Cetra perform works by Merula, Purcell, Rameau, Charpentier, Nebra and Lambert in concert in Copenhagen.

Introduced by Elin Manahan Thomas.

Merula: Ballo detta il Pollicio

(from Canzoni, overo sonate concertante per chiesa e camera, Venice 1637)

Henri le Bailly: Yo soy la locura

(from Airs de cours mis en tablature, Paris, 1614)

Patricia Petibon (soprano)

Purcell: Suite from The Fairy Queen

segue

Purcell: Thy hand Belinda - When I am laid in earth (Dido and Aeneas)

Rameau: La nuit couvre les cieux (Les Indes galantes);

Air pour les fous gais; Air d'Emilie (Les Indes galantes)

Air pour les fous tristes; Tambourin (Platée)

Aux langueurs d'Apollon (Platée); Air de la folie (Platée)

Charpentier: Quel prix de mon amour (Médée)

Handel: Sarabande; Gigue

José de Nebra: El bajel que no recela

(from Vendado es amor, no es ciego)

Lambert: Vos mespris chaque jour

José de Nebra: En amor, pastorcillos

La Cetra.

Phantasm20170514Hannah French introduces a concert given by Phantasm at the Frick Collection in New York.

Hannah French presents a concert of risk-taking repertoire for four viols from Byrd to Bach, the Elizabethan era to the Baroque, performed by the viol consort Phantasm at the Frick Collection, New York

ALFONSO FERRABOSCO (1543‒1588)
A Fancy
WILLIAM BYRD (CA. 1540‒1623)
Kyrie from Missa a4
Fantasia III a4 (In manus tuus)
Fantasia III a3
Fantasia II a3
ELWAY BEVIN (CA. 1554‒1638)
Browning a3
THOMAS TOMKINS (1572‒1656)
Alman

RICHARD MICO (CA. 1590‒1661)
Pavan No. 3 a 4
Fancy No. 4 a4
Fancy No. 5 a4

MATTHEW LOCKE (1622‒1677)
Sett No. 6 in G Major
Fantazie-Courante-Ayre-Saraband

HENRY PURCELL (1659‒1695)
Four Fantazias
Fantazia No. 2 a3, Z.733
Fantazia No. 6 a4, Z.737
Fantazia No. 8 a4, Z. 739
Fantazia No. 11 a4, Z. 742

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685‒1750)
Contrapunctus 1, 2, 11, 9, from The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080

Phantasm
Laurence Dreyfus, treble viol, director
Emilia Benjamin, treble viol
Jonathan Manson, tenor viol
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, bass viol.

Phantasm2017052120170514 (R3)Hannah French presents a concert of risk-taking repertoire for four viols from Byrd to Bach, the Elizabethan era to the Baroque, performed by the viol consort Phantasm at the Frick Collection, New York

ALFONSO FERRABOSCO (1543‒1588)
A Fancy
WILLIAM BYRD (CA. 1540‒1623)
Kyrie from Missa a4
Fantasia III a4 (In manus tuus)
Fantasia III a3
Fantasia II a3
ELWAY BEVIN (CA. 1554‒1638)
Browning a3
THOMAS TOMKINS (1572‒1656)
Alman

RICHARD MICO (CA. 1590‒1661)
Pavan No. 3 a 4
Fancy No. 4 a4
Fancy No. 5 a4

MATTHEW LOCKE (1622‒1677)
Sett No. 6 in G Major
Fantazie-Courante-Ayre-Saraband

HENRY PURCELL (1659‒1695)
Four Fantazias
Fantazia No. 2 a3, Z.733
Fantazia No. 6 a4, Z.737
Fantazia No. 8 a4, Z. 739
Fantazia No. 11 a4, Z. 742

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685‒1750)
Contrapunctus 1, 2, 11, 9, from The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080

Phantasm
Laurence Dreyfus, treble viol, director
Emilia Benjamin, treble viol
Jonathan Manson, tenor viol
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, bass viol.

Hannah French introduces a concert given by Phantasm at the Frick Collection in New York.

Performances of early music

Philippe Jaroussky20151025Elin Manahan Thomas presents a concert given at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona by the great French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky.

He sings virtuoso operatic arias by the eighteenth century Neapolitan composer Nicola Porpora, who also taught the famous singer Farinelli.

Jaroussky is accompanied by the Venice Baroque Orchestra, conducted by Andrea Marcon.

Philippe Jaroussky And Artaserse20170528Elin Manahan Thomas with a recital of arias and instrumental music from baroque Italy.

Elin Manahan Thomas introduces a recital by the celebrated countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and the Artaserse Ensemble of arias and instrumental music from across baroque Italy

Antonio Cesti (1623-1669): Sinfonia, from 'Le disgrazie d'amore'; Festeggia mio core, Amicizia's aria, from 'Le disgrazie d'amore'
Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676): Two excerpts from 'La Calisto': Erme, e solighe cime / Lucidissima face; Endymion's recitative and aria from 'La Calisto'

Luigi Rossi (1597-1653): Lasciate averno, from 'L'Orfeo'

G.A. Pandolfi Mealli (fl. 1660-1669): Violin Sonata, Op. 3 No. 2 ('La Cesta')
Francesco Cavalli: All'armi mio core, Brimonte's aria, from 'Statira principessa di Persia'
Marco Uccellini (~1603-1680): Sinfonia quinta à cinque stromenti, Op. 7
Giovanni Legrenzi (1626-1690): O del Cielo ingiunta legge, Giustino's aria, from 'Il Giustino'

Biagio Marini (~1594-1663): Passacaglia a quattro,
op. 22
Luigi Rossi (1597-1653): M'uccidete begl'occhi, aria (Yoko Kakamura, harpsichord, organ)
Agostino Steffani (1654-1728): Sorge Anteo, from 'Alarico il Baltha, Re de Gothi'

Marco Uccellini: Sinfonia sesta à cinque stromenti, Op. 7
Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643): Adagiati, Poppea, from 'L'incoronazione di Poppea'

Francesco Cavalli: Sinfonietta, from 'Ercole Amante'; Delizie contente, Giasone's aria, from 'Il Giasone'
Agostino Steffani: Gelosia, lasciami in pace, from 'Alarica, il Baltha, Re de Gothi'

Philippe Jaroussky, countertenor
Artaserse Ensemble.

Performances of early music

Pieter Wispelwey Plays Bach20160327Pieter Wispelwey performs Bach's Cello Suites Nos 5 and 6, BWV1011 and BWV1012.

Performances of early music

Cellist Pieter Wispelwey plays Bach's Solo Cello Suites Nos 5 and 6 in the Vienna Konzerthaus. Introduced by Elin Manahan Thomas.

JS Bach: Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV1011

JS Bach: Cello Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV1012

Pieter Wispelwey (cello)

(Recorded last March at the Konzerthaus, Vienna).

Poblet Early Music Festival20180121Simon Heighes introduces highlights from a concert recorded at last summer's Early Music Festival in the Catalonian town of Poblet.

Recorded al fresco in the square of the 12th-century Cistercian monastery of Santa Maria de Poblet, Jordi Savall and the Hespèrion XXI Ensemble with guest musicians from China, Afghanistan, Armenia, Syria and Turkey, perform music inspired by the extraordinary journey of the Medieval Morrocan explorer Ibn Battuta.

Savall takes us via Constantinople to the Far East and to Sub-Saharan Africa before returning to Fez, recreating Battuta's 14th-century journey through music.

Producer Helen Garrison.

Simon Heighes introduces highlights from last year's Poblet Early Music Festival.

Performances of early music

Producer Helen Garrison.

Rachel Podger And Eubo20160724Rachel Podger joins the European Union Baroque Orchestra for music by Lully, Vivaldi and Handel recorded at the Regensburg Early Music Days festival in Germany in May this year.

Presented by Simon Heighes

Lully: Phaeton (excerpts)

Handel: Concerto grosso in B flat, Op 3 No 1

Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in E, RV 265 (Op 3 No 12)

Handel: Concerto grosso in C, HWV 318, 'Alexander's Feast'

Rachel Podger, violin/director.

Rachel Podger joins the EU Baroque Orchestra in music by Lully, Vivaldi and Handel.

Performances of early music

Raquel Andueza And La Galania20171029Soprano Raquel Andueza and La Galania perform music by Monteverdi and his contemporaries.

Simon Heighes introduces a concert given by soprano Raquel Andueza and the ensemble La Galanía at the Alhambra Place in Granada, as part of last June's Granada International Music Festival.

Merula: Sentirete una canzonetta
Monteverdi: Perché se m'odiavi
Anon: Viver in questo stato
Cavalli: Vieni in questo stato
Marini: Romanesca
Anon: Bella mia
Anglesi: Un sol bacio
Monteverdi: Viglio di vita uscir
Monteverdi: Oblivion soave
Monteverdi: Si dolce è'l tormento
Anon: Cruda signor

Raquel Andueza (soprano)
La Galanía.

Performances of early music

Rebel Against The Renaissance20180603Elin Manahan Thomas presents a concert recorded at the Herne Early Music Days Festival in Germany in November 2017. The Magnificat Consort and Philip Cave perform vocal music inspired by the execution of the Dominican friar Savonarola, who rebelled against the Renaissance. Music includes pieces by Josquin des Prez, William Byrd, Orlando Lassus and Heinrich Isaac.

The Magnificat Consort with Philip Cave in vocal music inspired by Girolamo Savonarola.

Performances of early music

Elin Manahan Thomas presents a concert recorded at the Herne Early Music Days Festival in Germany in November 2017. The Magnificat Consort and Philip Cave perform vocal music inspired by the execution of the Dominican friar Savonarola, who rebelled against the Renaissance. Music includes pieces by Josquin des Prez, William Byrd, Orlando Lassus and Heinrich Isaac.

Ricercar Consort20170312Elin Manahan Thomas introduces highlights from a concert given by the Ricercar Consort at the Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival in Germany. With music by Marais, Corelli, Couperin and Rameau.

Marin Marais (1656-1728)

La Rêveuse and L'Arabesque, from 'Suite d'un goût étranger'

Couplets de folies

Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)

Variations on La Folia, Op. 5 No. 12

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)

Fifth Concerto, from 'Pièces de clavecin en concerts'

Jean-Féry Rebel (1666-1747)

Récit: Très doux-gai, from Violin Sonata No. 4 in E minor

Anonymous

Allegro, from Sonata No. 6 in A minor

François Couperin (1668-1773)

Concert Royal No. 3

Jean-Philippe Rameau arr. L.C. Hesse

La Lyre enchantée (encore)

François Fernandez (violin)

Rainer Zipperling (cello, viola da gamba)

Julien Wolfs (harpsichord)

Philippe Pierlot (director/viola da gamba).

Marin Marais (1656-1728)
La Rêveuse and L'Arabesque, from 'Suite d'un goût étranger'
Couplets de folies

Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
Variations on La Folia, Op. 5 No. 12

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
Fifth Concerto, from 'Pièces de clavecin en concerts'

Jean-Féry Rebel (1666-1747)
Récit: Très doux-gai, from Violin Sonata No. 4 in E minor

Anonymous
Allegro, from Sonata No. 6 in A minor

François Couperin (1668-1773)
Concert Royal No. 3

Jean-Philippe Rameau arr. L.C. Hesse
La Lyre enchantée (encore)

Ricercar Consort
François Fernandez (violin)
Rainer Zipperling (cello, viola da gamba)
Julien Wolfs (harpsichord)
Philippe Pierlot (director/viola da gamba).

Elin Manahan Thomas introduces highlights from the 2016 Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival.

Performances of early music

Sacred Music By Charpentier And Du Mont20180415Simon Heighes introduces sacred music by Du Mont and Charpentier (including his famous Te Deum) performed by Ensemble Correspondances, directed by Sébastien Daucé.

Charpentier: Miserimini
Du Mont: Sub umbra noctis
Du Mont: O mysterium
Du Mont: Super flumina Babylonis
Charpentier: Te Deum

Ensemble Correspondances
Sébastien Daucé (director)

Recorded in the TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht , during the 2017 Utrecht Early Music Festival.

Ensemble Correspondances perform sacred music by Charpentier and Du Mont.

Performances of early music

Recorded in the TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht , during the 2017 Utrecht Early Music Festival.

Sacred Music By Monteverdi20190310The Lautten Compagney conducted by Wolfgang Katschner performs excerpts from the 1610 Vespers and selected works from "Selva morale e spirituale", Monteverdi's large collection of spiritual madrigals and sacred music for Mass and Vespers, published in the 1640s and written whilst the composer was working as choirmaster at St Mark's in Venice. The concert was recorded at the 2018 International Organ Week in Nuremberg.

Introduced by Simon Heighes.

The Lautten Compagney performs sacred works by Claudio Monteverdi, recorded in Nuremburg.

Performances of early music

The Lautten Compagney and amarcordplus conducted by Wolfgang Katschner perform excerpts from the 1610 Vespers and selected works from "Selva Morale e Spirituale", Monteverdi's large collection of spiritual madrigals and sacred music for Mass and Vespers, published in the 1640s and written whilst the composer was working as choirmaster at St Mark's in Venice. The concert was recorded at the 2018 International Organ Week in Nuremberg.

Sarah Connolly And The Gottingen Festival Orchestra20151018Elin Manahan Thomas introduces highlights of a gala concert from this year's Göttingen International Handel Festival, including arias by Handel and Charpentier sung by mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, and orchestral excerpts from Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre's opera Céphale et Procris. Laurence Cummings directs the Göttingen Festival Orchestra.

Handel: Excerpts from Serse: Overture; Frondi tenere... Ombra mai fu; Più che penso

Jacquet de La Guerre: Excerpts from Céphale et Procris: Ouverture; Passepied pour les violons - Passepied pour les hautbois; Air pour les Athéniens; Second Air pour les Athéniens; Air des Démons

Passacaille

Charpentier: Quel prix de mon amour (from Médée)

Handel: Overture 'Alceste'

Handel: Excerpts from Ariodante: E vivo ancora... Scherza infida; Dopo notte, altra e funesta

Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)

Laurence Cummings (director).

Scherzi Musicali2017092420171001 (R3)Belgian ensemble Scherzi Musicali performs Antonio Bertali's oratorio 'La Maddalena'.

The exciting young Belgian ensemble Scherzi Musicali performs Antonio Bertali's oratorio 'La Maddalena', recorded at the Regensburg Early Music Festival. With anywhere from three to over twenty musicians, the ensemble was founded and is directed by Nicolas Achten, who sings and simultaneously accompanies the ensemble on the lute, the harp, and the harpsichord, reviving this forgotten practice.
Presented by Elin Manahan Thomas

Monteverdi: Prologue (Su le penne de' venti) to 'La Madddalena'

Mutio Effrem: Frà le rugiade eterne

Alessandro Ghivizzani: Da la fonte del core

Mutio Effrem: Anime fortunate

Salomone Rossi: Spazziam pront' o'vecchiarelle

Antonio Bertali: La Maddalena.

Performances of early music

Scherzi Musicali20171001Belgian ensemble Scherzi Musicali performs Antonio Bertali's oratorio 'La Maddalena'.

The exciting young Belgian ensemble Scherzi Musicali performs Antonio Bertali's oratorio 'La Maddalena', recorded at the Regensburg Early Music Festival. With anywhere from three to over twenty musicians, the ensemble was founded and is directed by Nicolas Achten, who sings and simultaneously accompanies the ensemble on the lute, the harp, and the harpsichord, reviving this forgotten practice.
Presented by Elin Manahan Thomas

Monteverdi: Prologue (Su le penne de' venti) to 'La Madddalena'

Mutio Effrem: Frà le rugiade eterne

Alessandro Ghivizzani: Da la fonte del core

Mutio Effrem: Anime fortunate

Salomone Rossi: Spazziam pront' o'vecchiarelle

Antonio Bertali: La Maddalena.

Schutz/praetorius Mass For Reformation Jubilee (dresden, 1617)20180128Musica Fiata and La Capella Ducale perform a reconstruction of a mass celebrated in Dresden in 1617 on the 100th anniversary of the Reformation movement, based on works by Michael Praetorius and Heinrich Schütz. Then more music by Schütz - excerpts from his Symphoniae Sacrae II performed by L'Arpeggiata.

Presented by Elin Manahan Thomas.

Schütz/Praetorius: Mass for the Reformation Jubilee (Dresden, 1617)
Schütz: Eine feste Burg ist unser Gott, SWV deest
Schütz: Singet dem Herren ein neues Lied a 8, SWV35
Praetorius: Missa Gantz Teudsch (Kyrie, Gloria)
Schütz: Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren, SWV41
Praetorius: Wir glauben all an einen Gott
Schütz: Nicht uns, Herr, sondern deinem Namen gib Ehre, SWV43
Schütz: Esaia, dem Propheten, das geschah, SWV496
Praetorius: Christe, du Lamm Gottes
Praetorius: Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein: Das Silber durchs Feuer siebenmal
Schütz: Verleih uns Frieden gnadiglich, SWV372
Schütz: Danket dem Herren, denn er ist freundlich, SWV45
Musica Fiata
La Capella Ducale
Roland Wilson (conductor)

Schütz: Excerpts from Symphoniae Sacrae II, Op.10
Erbarm Dich mein, o Herre Gott, SWV447
Von Gott will ich nicht lassen, SWV366
Céline Scheen (soprano)
Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor)
L'Arpeggiata
Christina Pluhar (director).

Musica Fiata peform a reconstruction of a mass celebrated in Dresden in 1617.

Performances of early music

Schütz: Excerpts from Symphoniae Sacrae II, Op.10
Erbarm Dich mein, o Herre Gott, SWV447
Von Gott will ich nicht lassen, SWV366
Céline Scheen (soprano)
Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor)
L'Arpeggiata
Christina Pluhar (director).

Schwetzingen Festival - Akademie Fur Alte Musik Berlin20170723Sandrine Piau and Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin at the 2017 Schwetzingen Festival.

Simon Heighes presents highlights from a concert Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin gave at this year's Schwetzingen Festival. They were joined by soprano Sandrine Piau for a programme of music by Rameau, Handel and Vivaldi.

Rameau: Excerpts from 'Les Indes galantes' and 'Platée'
Handel: Delirio amoroso, HWV.99
Vivaldi: Sonno, se pur sei sonno, from 'Tito Manlio', RV738

Sandrine Piau (soprano)
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Emmanuelle Haïm (director)

Producer Ellie Mant.

Performances of early music

Schwetzingen Festival - Neobarock20170716NeoBarock perform music by Biber, Bach and Handel at the 2017 Schwetzingen Festival.

Simon Heighes presents highlights of a concert given by the early music ensemble NeoBarock at this year's Schwetzingen Festival. Music for two violins features, including a trio sonata arrangement of Bach's Double Violin Concerto.

Biber: Partita IV from 'Harmonia Artificiosa-ariosa'
Bach: Trio Sonata in G minor, BWV.1029 (arr Maren Ries from viola da gamba sonata)
attrib Handel: Trio Sonata in E flat
Bach arr Volker Möller: Sonata in D minor for Two Violins, BWV.1043
Biber: Ciacona, from 'Pars III'

NeoBarock.

Performances of early music

Schwetzingen Festival 2017 - Helene Schmitt And The Luceram Ensemble20170709Violinist Helene Schmitt with the Luceram Ensemble at the 2017 Schwetzingen Festival.

Simon Heighes presents highlights of a concert given by violinist Hélène Schmitt with the Luceram Ensemble as part of this year's Schwetzingen Festival. A programme of Baroque violin sonatas includes music by Matteis, Tartini and Veracini.

Nicola Matteis: Suite in E minor, from 'Ayrs for the Violin' (1685)
Giovanni Carbonelli: Sonata No.12 in B minor
Giuseppe Tartini: Violin Sonata in G minor, Op.1 No.10 'Didone abbandonata'
Francesco Maria Veracini: Violin Sonata in D minor, Op.2 No.12
Traditional, arr Thomas Barlow: Greensleeves

Hélène Schmitt (violin/director)
Luceram Ensemble.

Performances of early music

Seville Baroque20180812Hannah French presents highlights of two concerts from Seville Baroque with sopranos Vivica Genaux & Ann Hallenberg, and from viola player Nils Monkemeyer with lutenist Andreas Arend.

Seville Baroque are joined by sopranos Vivica Genaux and Ann Halldenberg, who perform operatic arias by Handel and Vivaldi. Nils Monkemeyer and Adreas Arend put together a concert of Baroque pieces alongside contemporary music by John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix and Arend himself - we'll hear the pieces from the early end of the spectrum, by Bach, Marais and Robert de Visee.

Highlights of concerts from Seville Baroque and from viola player Nils Monkemeyer.

Performances of early music

Seville Baroque are joined by sopranos Vivica Genaux and Ann Halldenberg, who perform operatic arias by Handel and Vivaldi. Nils Monkemeyer and Adreas Arend put together a concert of Baroque pieces alongside contemporary music by Robbie Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix and Arend himself - we'll hear the pieces from the early end of the spectrum, by Bach, Marais and Robert de Visee.

Hannah French presents highlights of two concerts from Seville Baroque with sopranos Vivica Genaux and Ann Hallenberg, and from viola player Nils Monkemeyer with lutenist Andreas Arend.

Sonnambula Ensemble20190602The Sonnambula Ensemble plays DeLalande, Charpentier and Jacquet de la Guerre.

Performances of early music

Sonnambula Ensemble At The Nordic Festival For Medieval Music20190602The Sonnambula Ensemble plays DeLalande, Charpentier and Jacquet de la Guerre in New York.

Performances of early music

Stylus Phantasticus20151004with Simon Heighes. Featuring works by Monteverdi, Landi, d'India and other Italian composers performed by Stylus Phantasticus, recorded at last year's Poznan Baroque Festival in Poland

works include:

Stefano Landi: Bevi, bevi sicura l'onda; Volge Orfeo gli occhi; Narrerò s'il dolore lascia

Claudio Monteverdi: Rosa del ciel; Possente spirto

Sigismondo d'India: Cara mia cetra

Luigi Rossi: Lasciate Averno o pene

Stylus Phantasticus:

Marc Mauillon (baritone)

William Dongois (cornett)

Pablo Valetti (violin)

Friederike Heumann (viola da gamba, lirone)

Angelique Mauillon (baroque harp)

Eduardo Eguez (theorbo, guitar)

Dirk Borner (organ, harpsichord).

Stylus Phantasticus20181202and soprano Claire Lefilliatre with music of 17th-century France

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Summer Early Music Festival, Prague20190630Celebrating a summer of love with songs and dances of late-Renaissance Italy in a concert given at Prague's Troja Castle. Soprano Lore Binon, recorder player Jowan Merckx, lutenist Sofie Vanden Eynde and harpist Sarah Louise Reidy bring us the full gamut of love, from the cicada who hopes to die singing in the heat of the day to the tears of an abandoned lover. Simon Heighes presents.

Celebrating a summer of love with songs and dances of late-Renaissance Italy.

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Celebrating a summer of love with songs and dances of late-Renaissance Italy in a concert given at Prague's Troja Castle. Soprano Lore Binon, recorder player Jowan Merckx, lutenist Sofie Vanden Eynde and harpist Sarah Louise Ridy bring us the full gamut of love, from the cicada who hopes to die singing in the heat of the day to the tears of an abandoned lover. Simon Heighes presents.

Tempesta Di Mare20170521Hannah French introduces Tempesta di Mare in concert at the Frick Collection in New York.

Hannah French presents a Tale of Two Italian Cities: Venice and Naples, through music performed by Tempesta di Mare, the Philadelphia Baroque Chamber Players, at the Frick Collection in New York City.

Giovanni Legrenzi: Sonata à 3, No. 1 in C; Sonata à 3, No. 5 in D from La Cetra, Op. 10 (1673)

Dario Castello: Sonata à 4, No. 16 from Sonate Concertate in Stil Moderno (1629)

Vivaldi: Lute Concerto in D, RV 93 (1730)

Pietro Marchitelli: Sonata a Quattro, No. 2 in F (ca. 1710)

Andrea Falconieri: L'Eroica, Fantasia, Folias, L'Arcibizzarra from Canzone con il basso continuo (1650)

Francesco Mancini: Concerto in A Minor (1725)

Tempesta di Mare:
Gwyn Roberts, recorder & flute
Emlyn Ngai, Karina Schmitz, violins
Lisa Terry, cello
Richard Stone, theorbo.

Tempesta di Mare:
Gwyn Roberts, recorder and flute
Emlyn Ngai, Karina Schmitz, violins
Lisa Terry, cello
Richard Stone, theorbo.

Performances of early music

The Akademie Fur Alte Musik Berlin Play Vivaldi's Four Seasons20180422The Akademie f\u00fcr Alte Musik Berlin play Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

Performances of early music

French violinist Amandine Beyer directs the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin in a Sinfonia by Johann Friedrich Fasch, and is the soloist in Vivaldi's Four Seasons in a concert recorded at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Introduced by Simon Heighes.

Fasch: Sinfonia in G minor, FWV M:g1
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Amandine Beyer (violin & director)

Concert recorded at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, on 25 October 2017.

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Amandine Beyer (violin and director)

The Gesualdo Six20170903A Journey through the Music of the English Renaissance Masters

Simon Heighes introduces a concert of English Renaissance polyphony performed by The Gesualdo Six directed by Owain Park, recorded at Regensburg Early Music Days Festival in June.

Music includes works by Dunstable, Cornysh, Taverner, Sheppard, Tallis and Byrd.

Simon Heighes introduces English Renaissance polyphony performed by The Gesualdo Six.

Performances of early music

The International Summer Academy Of Early Music20161106Highlights from the International Summer Academy of Early Music in Warsaw.

Performances of early music

Simon Heighes presents highlights of the opening concert of the International Summer Academy of Early Music in Warsaw. Given in memory of Frans Brüggen, the 23rd ISAEM Orchestra perform a programme of music in the Italian Style.

Corelli: Concerto Grosso in D, Op.6 No.4

Vivaldi: Concerto in D minor, Op.3 No.11 (RV 565) for two violins, cello, strings and basso

Simon Standage (violin), Agata Sapiecha (violin), Teresa Kaminska (cello)

Bach, reconstructed Brüggen: Recorder Concerto in D, BWV 169/1053/49

Daniel Bruggen (recorder)

Bach Concerto in C minor for two harpsichords and strings, BWV 1060

Nicholas Parle and Weronika Janyst (harpsichords)

International Summer Academy of Early Music Orchestra

Simon Standage (director).

The Italian Job: Music From The Polish Court20190721Il Tempo Baroque Ensemble perform a concert of works in the Italian style that was all the rage in Warsaw's Commonwealth Court. Composers such as Gabrieli and Merula made their homes there, alongside native composers such as Marcin Mielczewski and Adam Jarzebski. Il Tempo Baroque Ensemble are joined by sopranos Olga Pasiecznik), Ewelina Siedlecka and Katarzyna Bienias, along with Piotr Olech (contralto), Aleksander Rewiński (tenor) and Piotr Pieron (bass) in a concert given at the Royal Castle in Warsaw as part of the International Summer Academy of Early Music 2018.

Il Tempo Baroque Ensemble perform the Italian style that was all the rage in Warsaw.

Performances of early music

The London Handel Players At The Frick Collection20180617Hannah French presents a concert given by The London Handel Players in New York.

Performances of early music

The Musical Birth Of Paganini20190922'The devil's violinist' didn't just spring up fully-formed in pyrotechnical isolation. Italy has a long and noble tradition of violin playing, and in this concert Fiorenza De Donatis and Luca Pianca explore the connections between them. They include works by eminent musical progenitors such as Corelli, Castello and that other famous fiend of the violin, Antonio Vivaldi.

'The devil's violinist', who emerged from a noble tradition of Italian bow-wielding.

Performances of early music

The Regenc'hips20170924Two great interpreters of Monteverdi's music pay tribute to the great composer in this anniversary year. Neopolitan tenor Marco Beasley and the young Belgian conductor Nicolas Achten are joined by the Regenc'hips to perform the love drama Il Combattimento di Tancredi et Clorinda which ends with a death scene to rival any for emotional drama.
Presented by Elin Manahan Thomas

Monteverdi:
Tempro la cetra
Vi ricorda boschi ombrosi, from 'Orfeo'
Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda
Ballo, from 'Il Ballo delle Ingrate'
Ahi, troppo crudel sentenza
Sì dolce è'l tormento

Marco Beasley, tenor
The Regenc'hips
Nicolas Achten, director & theorbo.

Marco Beasley and the Regenc'hips perform Combattimento di Tancredi et Clorinda.

Performances of early music

The Tallis Scholars - Palestrina20170219Simon Heighes presents a concert celebrating that master of Italian Renaissance polyphony Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, performed by The Tallis Scholars directed by Peter Phillips at the Abbey Church of Maria Laach on the southwestern shore of the Laacher See in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, during the RheinVokal Festival in July last year.

Gregorian Chant: Assumpta est Maria

Palestrina: Motet, Assumpta est Maria

Palestrina: Missa Assumpta est Maria

Palestrina: Stabat Mater a 8

Francesco Soriano: Salve Regina a 8

Palestrina: Laudate Pueri

Peter Phillips (director).

Gregorian Chant: Assumpta est Maria
Palestrina: Motet, Assumpta est Maria
Palestrina: Missa Assumpta est Maria
Palestrina: Stabat Mater a 8
Francesco Soriano: Salve Regina a 8
Palestrina: Laudate Pueri

The Tallis Scholars
Peter Phillips (director).

Simon Heighes presents a concert of music by Palestrina, featuring The Tallis Scholars.

Performances of early music

The Tallis Scholars In Utrecht20180218The Tallis Scholars perform at the 2017 Utrecht Early Music Festival.

The first of two programmes in which the Tallis Scholars, directed by Peter Phillips, perform psalm settings by Victoria, Gibbons, Guerrero, La Rue, Haydn and others at the 2017 Utrecht Early Music Festival.

Gregorian Chant: Psalm 58
Hemmel: Deus stetit in synagoga
Handel: In the Lord put I my trust (excerpt)
De Monte: Donnez au Seigneur gloire
Pederson: In siel nu loffue herren
Mouton: Benedicam Dominum in omni tempore
Guerrero: In conspectu angelorum
Haydn: Maker of all! Be thou my guard
Victoria: Credidi propter quod
Gibbons: Sing unto the Lord
La Rue: Lauda anima mea Dominum
Le Jeune: Après avoir constamment attendu

The Tallis Scholars
Peter Phillips (director).

Gregorian Chant: Psalm 58
Hemmel: Deus stetit in synagoga
Handel: In the Lord put I my trust (excerpt)
De Monte: Donnez au Seigneur gloire
Pederson: Min siel nu loffue herren
Mouton: Benedicam Dominum in omni tempore
Guerrero: In conspectu angelorum
Haydn: Maker of all! Be thou my guard
Victoria: Credidi propter quod
Gibbons: Sing unto the Lord
La Rue: Lauda anima mea Dominum
Le Jeune: Après avoir constamment attendu

Performances of early music

The Tallis Scholars In Utrecht20180225The Tallis Scholars perform at the 2017 Utrecht Early Music Festival.

Performances of early music

Treasures From The Royal Swedish Court20190526The Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble performs musical treasures from the 18th-century Swedish Royal Court, including music by Roman, Dall'Oglio, Szarzynski, Agrell and Muthel. This concert was given at Radio France in Paris.

Introduced by Elin Manahan-Thomas

Domenico dall'Oglio: Sinfonia for Strings in F major
Johann Gottfried Müthel: Harpsichord Concerto no. 5 in B flat major
Stanislaw Szarzynski: Sonata a 3 in D major
Johan Joachim Agrell: Double Concerto in A major, op. 4 no. 1
Johan Helmich Roman: Allegro from the Drottningholm Music

Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble
Nils-Erik Sparf (Director)

The Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble performs music from the C18th Swedish Royal Court

Performances of early music

Trio Mediaeval At Schwetzingen20190811Trio Mediaeval sing music from the 12th-century Huelgas Codex at the Schwetzingen Festival

Performances of early music

Un Compas: Circumnavigating The Mediterranean20181028Be transported to Spain, Italy, Macedonia, Moldova and Turkey with the Euskal Baroque Ensemble's concert of Mediterranean music. Tonight their programme is called ‘Un compas' – compass – with music the navigational tool linking Europe with the Orient. Elin Manahan Thomas explores the riches they've gleaned from their musical travels.

Un Compas: Euskal Baroque Ensemble performs early music from around the Med.

Performances of early music

Utrecht Early Music Festival - Buxtehude20180401The Netherlands Bach Society directed by Jos van Veldhoven perform sacred and secular works by Buxtehude, Bach, Hassler and Schein.

Using a chorale melody as a starting point in each half, the director Jos van Veldhoven has devised a programme of music with melodic links threading through each half of this concert, which includes organ works and choral cantatas by Germany's greatest Baroque composers.

This concert was recorded last summer as part of the Utrecht Early Music Festival.

The longer works by Buxtedhude include:

Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
Herzlich lieb hab' ich dich, o Herr, BuxWV 41
Jesu, meines Lebens, BuxWV 62
Frohlocket mit Händen all Völker, BuxWV 29
Nimm von uns Herr, BuxWV 78

Maria Keohane, Lucia Caihuela, sopranos
Margot Oitzinger, contralto
Thomas Hobbs, tenor
Stephan MacLeod , bass
Netherlands Bach Society
Bart Naessens organ
Jos van Veldhoven, director

Producer Helen Garrison.

The Netherlands Bach Society directed by Jos van Veldhoven perform Buxtehude.

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The longer works by Buxtehude include:

Maria Keo, soprano
Margot Oitzinger, contralto
Thomas Hobbs, tenor
Stephan MacLeod , bass
Netherlands Bach Society
Bart Naessens organ
Jos van Veldhoven, director

Producer Helen Garrison.

Venice: City Of Music And Loss20190224Inalto performs music from the time of the plague in Renaissance Venice, including works by Monteverdi, Bassano and Gabrieli. In the 1570s, Venice was a crossing point, a place of east meets west and a celebration of life, colour and the flourishing arts. But it was also a time of plague and of immense, terrible loss. Inalto lead us through the shadowy city and a gamut of emotions, including the constant, plaintive cry of "I have sinned": Domine Deus meus peccavi by Giovanni Rovetta.

Inalto performs music from the time of the plague in Renaissance Venice.

Performances of early music

Vox Luminis20160911Lionel Meunier directs Vox Luminis in a performance of music by Purcell, Locke and Blow.

Performances of early music

Both of our presenters, Simon Heighes and Elin Manahan Thomas, join together to launch the brand new season of Early Music concerts from around Europe with a terrific programme of Purcell, Locke and Blow from Vox Luminis directed by Lionel Meunier.

Purcell: Hear My Prayer

Purcell: An Evening Hymn

Blow: God Spake Sometime in Visions

Purcell: Morning Hymn

Blow: My God, My God, Look upon Me

Locke: Curtain Tune, from 'The Tempest'

Purcell: My Heart is Inditing

Purcell: Rejoice in the Lord alway

Lionel Meunier (director).

Vox Luminis At Klarafestival20180729Vox Luminis performs Schutz, Buxtehude, Steffani and Kerll at the KlaraFestival in Belgium

Performances of early music

Vox Luminis At The Utrecht Early Music Festival20190324Lionel Meunier conducts his ensemble Vox Luminis at the 2018 Utrecht Early Music Festival. which focussed on music from the court of Burgundy.

A native of Dijon, Jean-Philippe Rameau's total sacred output comprised of only four motets. Quam dilecta and In convertendo Dominus, written whilst Rameau was organist at Lyon Cathedral, are both grand and contemplative masterpieces.

Presented by Elin Manahan Thomas.

Rameau: Quam dilecta
Rameau: In convertendo Dominus

Vox Luminis
Lionel Meunier (conductor)

Vox Luminis performs two of Rameau's Grand Motets at the 2018 Utrecht Early Music Festival

Performances of early music

War! Huh! England And The Glorious Revolution20190908Henry Purcell's depiction of English battle through his operatic arias, in a concert given by La Folia Barockorchester at Nuremberg's Historical City Hall in July. Purcell lived through the overthrow of the Catholic king James II in 1689, and many of his works - such as King Arthur, Bonduca and Dido and Aeneas - employ ancient history and literature to address the theme of conflict. Soprano Anna Prohaska, alto Julia Bohme, tenor Richard Resch and bass Nikolay Borchev join the ensemble to run the gamut of emotion in war, from pride, to bravery, to despair and to the ultimate joy of victory.
Presented by Simon Heighes.

Henry Purcell's depiction of English battle performed by La Folia Barockorchester.

Performances of early music

Warsaw Summer Academy20171008Elin Manahan Thomas with a concert of music by Telemann, Hasse, Philidor and Boismortier.

Elin Manahan Thomas introduces a concert of music by Telemann, Hasse, Philidor and Boismortier recorded at the Warsaw International Summer Academy of Early Music featuring soloists Simon Standage, Frank de Bruine and Daniël Brüggen

Georg Philipp Telemann: Trio in F major for recorder, horn and continuo, TWV 42:F14
Johann Adolf Hasse: Concerto in F major for oboe, chalumeau, bassoon and continuo
Pierre Danican Philidor: Suite in D minor, Op.1 No.3 (Lentement; Fugue; Rondeau; Chaconne)
Georg Philipp Telemann: Trio in E minor for flute, oboe and continuo, from 'Tafelmusik', TWV 42:e2
Joseph Bodin de Boismortier: Concerto in E minor for flute, oboe, violin, bassoon and continuo, Op.37 No.6

Daniël Brüggen, recorder
Juan José Molero Ramos, chalumeau
Malgorzata Wojciechowska, flute
Frank de Bruine, oboe
Kim Stocks, bassoon
Mateusz Cendlak, horn
Simon Standage, violin
Agata Sapiecha, violin
Teresa Kaminska, cello
Nicholas Parle, harpsichord.

Performances of early music