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20200120

Featuring music making from the Herne Early Music Days.

Early Music from around Europe

20200323

The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir performs traditional English music and Arvo Part.

Early Music from around Europe

4 Times Baroque20191223

Music by Telemann, Merula, Bach and Vivaldi from Cologne and Stockholm.

Early Music from around Europe

4 Times Baroque20200113

Music by Telemann, Corelli and Prowo from the 4 Times Baroque Ensemble in Cologne.

Early Music from around Europe

4 Times Baroque20200504

Early music from around the world, featuring ensemble 4 Times Baroque.

Early Music from around Europe

Akademie F\u00fcr Alte Musik Berlin20200914

The Akademie f\u00fcr Alte Musik Berlin perform music by Froberger and his contemporaries.

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Akademie F\u00fcr Alte Musik, Berlin20200608

With soloist Kit Armstrong on fortepiano playing CPE Bach's Keyboard Concerto in C, Wq 20.

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The Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin, with CPE Bach's Keyboard Concerto in C, Wq. 20, with soloist Kit Armstrong on fortepiano. Bernhard Forck directs, leading from the violin. It was recorded in Wismar, Germany, as part of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Summer Festival 2019.
Presented by Penny Gore.

CPE Bach: Keyboard Concerto in C, Wq. 20
Kit Armstrong, fortepiano
The Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin
Bernhard Forck, directing from the violin

With soloist Kit Armstrong on fortepiano playing CPE Bach's Keyboard Concerto in C, Wq 20.

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Alexandre Tharaud20200511

Pianist Alexandre Tharaud explores the glories of the French Baroque keyboard tradition.

Early Music from around Europe

The celebrated pianist explores the glories of the French Baroque keyboard tradition.

Alexander Tharaud is one of the star pianists of his generation. From a concert recorded at the Palau de la Música Catalana, we'll hear music by François Couperin, Duphly and d'Anglebert in which his sense of characterisation and attention to detail really come to the fore. Tharaud is part of a long line of French pianists borrowing from the harpsichord oeuvre and proving that these pieces lose nothing in translation between instruments. In his hands we're transported to the exuberance and ostentation of the Court of Versailles. Presented by Georgia Mann.

François Couperin: La logivière, from 'Livre de Clavecin No. 1', Les baricades mistérieuses, from 'Livre de Clavecin No. 2', Passacaille, from 'Livre de Suites No. 2', Les ombres errantes, from 'Livre de Suites No. 4', Le tic-toc-choc ou les maillotins, from 'Livre de Suites No. 3'
Jacques Duphly: La Pothoüin
Jean-Henri d'Anglebert: Chaconne d'Anglebert
Alexandre Tharaud, piano

The celebrated pianist explores the glories of the French Baroque keyboard tradition.

Early Music from around Europe

Alexander Tharaud is one of the star pianists of his generation. From a concert recorded at the Palau de la Música Catalana, we'll hear music by François Couperin, Duphly and d'Anglebert in which his sense of characterisation and attention to detail really come to the fore. Tharaud is part of a long line of French pianists borrowing from the harpsichord oeuvre and proving that these pieces lose nothing in translation between instruments. In his hands we're transported to the exuberance and ostentation of the Court of Versailles. Presented by Georgia Mann.

François Couperin: La logivière, from 'Livre de Clavecin No. 1', Les baricades mistérieuses, from 'Livre de Clavecin No. 2', Passacaille, from 'Livre de Suites No. 2', Les ombres errantes, from 'Livre de Suites No. 4', Le tic-toc-choc ou les maillotins, from 'Livre de Suites No. 3'
Jacques Duphly: La Pothoüin
Jean-Henri d'Anglebert: Chaconne d'Anglebert
Alexandre Tharaud, piano

Pianist Alexandre Tharaud explores the glories of the French Baroque keyboard tradition.

Early Music from around Europe

Almira From Gottingen20200831

Early Music Now: Almira's Songbook - a musical portrait of Handel's first heroine from the 2019 Göttingen International Handel Festival
Almira – a unique figure in Handel’s oeuvre and the heroine of his first opera. A journey through the centuries, and through disparate historical worlds creates a musical portrait of the Spanish Queen.
Presented by Georgia Mann.

Handel: Vedrai s'a tuo dispeto, from 'Almira, HWV 1'
Sebastián Durón (1660-1716): Volcanes de Amor
Handel: Si del quereros - discente mis oios
Juan del Encina (1468-ca 1529): Los sopiros no sosiegan and Si amor pone las escalas
Handel (1685-1759) - Excerpts from 'Almira, HWV 1'
Werthe Schrift, geliebte Zeilen, Sarabande, Rigaudon
Sebastián Durón (1660-1716): Fin de Fiesta

Olalla Aléman, soprano, Almira, Queen of Castille
Marie Bailey, clavicimbalum, harpsichord, soprano, Almira, Memory of Castille
Seconda Prat!ca
The Queen's Singers
The Queen's Minstrels
Asuka Sumi, violin
Sara de Vries, violin
Julie Stalder, viola da gamba
David Mackor, lute, Baroque guitar, theorbo
Nuno Atalaia and Jonathan Avarado musical directors

Rec. 23/05/2019
Assembly Hall, University, Göttingen
Festival

Almira's Songbook: a musical portrait of Handel's heroine at the 2019 G\u00f6ttingen Festival.

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Arianna Savall And Her Group Hirundo Maris20200330

The harpist and singer Arianna Savall and her group Hirundo Maris perform Cantigas de Santa Maria by Alfonso the Wise, the antiphon O virtus sapientie by Hildegard of Bingen, and other early music repertoire, recorded at the RheinVokal Festival 2019, in the Middle Rhine Valley, Germany.

Presented by Hannah French.

Alfonso X, The Wise: Cantiga de Santa Maria 166 - Como poden per sas culpas
Alfonso X, The Wise: Cantiga de Santa Maria 127 - Non pod' ome pela Virgen tanta coita endurar
Alfonso X, The Wise: Cantiga de Santa Maria 100 - Santa Maria, Strela do Dia
Giraut de Bornelh: Virgen Madre Gloriosa
Hildegard of Bingen: Antiphon O virtus sapientie
Anonymus (Troubadour): Quant ay lo mont consirat

Hirundo Maris
Arianna Savall - vocals, Baroque harp, lyra, Tibetan singing bowls
Petter Udland Johansen - vocals, hardingfele, lyra, fiddle monochord
Gesinde Bänffer - flutes, shawm, psalterium
Ian Harrison - flutes, shawm, bag pipes, gaita
David Mayoral - glockenspiel, santur, percussion

Music by Alfonso the Wise and Hildegard of Bingen from the 2019 RheinVokal Festival.

Early Music from around Europe

Bach At The Actus Humanus Festival20200203

Highlights from the 2019 Actus Humanus Festival in Poland

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Bach From St Thomas Church, Leipzig20200713

JS Bach's Organ Fantasia in G and Orchestral Suite No 3 from St Thomas Church, Leipzig.

Early Music from around Europe

Bach from the Leipzig Bach Festival 2019.
Penny Gore introduces two works recorded at St Thomas Church. One of Bach's grand fantasias is played on the church's 'Bach organ’, constructed in 2000, by the composer's successor as cantor at the church. And that is followed by one of the Bach's orchestral suites played by one of Germany's top period music ensembles.

Bach: Organ Fantasia in G, BWV 572
Ullrich Böhme ('Bach-organ')

Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D, BWV 1068

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Gotthold Schwarz (director)

Caesar Vive!20200810

Rumoured to be a mecca of occult practices, Prague became the cultural hot spot of late 16th-century Europe. Cappella Mariana and InAlto recreate the dazzling music scene under Rudolf ll, who was King of Bohemia, Archduke of Austria and Holy Roman Emperor for 35 years around 1600, with works by court composer Philippus de Monte and his contemporaries. Recorded in St James's Church, Bruges as part of the celebrated early music MA Festival in August last year.
Presented by Fiona Talkington.

Philippe de Monte: Già fu chi m’hebbe cara
Nicolaus Zangius: Magnificat
Kryštof Harant: Qui confidunt in Domino

Cappella Mariana
Vojtěch Semerád, conductor
InAlto
Lambert Colson, conductor

Esoteric music at the Court of Rudolf II, who was Holy Roman Emperor around 1600.

Early Music from around Europe

Charpentier And Lalande20200406

Tom McKinney introduces performances of music by Charpentier and Lalande from the 2019 Actus Humanus Festival in Gdańsk.

Marc-Antoine Charpentier – Septième repons après la première leçon du troisième nocturne, H.117
Marc-Antoine Charpentier – Cinquième repons après la seconde leçon du second nocturne, H.115
Marc-Antoine Charpentier – Second repons après la seconde leçon du premier nocturne, H.112
Les Talens Lyriques
Directed by Christophe Rousset (harpsichord / organ)

Marc-Antoine Charpentier – Ave regina coelorum, H.19
Michel-Richard DeLalande – Cantique Quatrième sur le Bonheur des Justes
Sophie Karthäuser (soprano)
Ensemble Correspondances
Directed by Sebastien Daucé (organ)

A performance of Charpentier and Lalande from the 2019 Actus Humanus Festival in Gda\u0144sk.

Early Music from around Europe

Christine De Pizan20191202

Music celebrating the life and work of the western world's first professional woman writer. Born in Venice in 1364, Christine de Pizan rose to advise kings and queens of France. She called out misogyny, championed women, and wrote the first French poem celebrating Joan of Arc. Soprano Margaret Hunter and the German ensemble Capella de la Torre perform fifteenth-century music associated with Christine, including Gilles Binchois's setting of her moving lament on the death of her husband, Deuil angoisseus (Anguished grief).

Early Music from around Europe

Come Ye Sons Of Art20200413

Presented by Georgia Mann

Purcell: Come, ye sons of art

Salome Kammer, soprano
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment
Laurence Cummings, conductor

Purcell wrote Come Ye Sons of Art, Z.323, as an Ode for Queen Mary's birthday, in 1694. The text of the ode is often attributed to Nahum Tate, who was poet laureate at the time. With its splendid vocal writing and instrumental interludes, it is an exuberant celebration of the Queen's virtues.

Purcell from Laurence Cummings and the Choir and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Early Music from around Europe

Concerto Copenhagen20200622

Bach's secular Coffee Cantata performed at the 17th-century Garrison Church in Copenhagen.

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Described as a mini comic opera, the secular cantata 'Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht' ('Be still, stop chattering') is all about getting addicted to coffee and was most likely first performed in a Leipzig coffee house. The celebrated Danish ensemble Concerto Copenhagen with their artistic director, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, recorded the work in concert at the 17th-century Garrison Church in Copenhagen.

Presented by Penny Gore.

Bach: Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht, BWV 211 ('Coffee Cantata')
Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
Eline Soelmark, soprano
Gerald Geerink, tenor
Jakob Bloch Jespersen, bass
Concerto Copenhagen
Conductor Lars Ulrik Mortensen

Bach's secular Coffee Cantata performed at the 17th-century Garrison Church in Copenhagen.

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Concerto K\u00f6ln Plays Vivaldi And Bach20190916

Concerto Köln performs concertos by the Baroque masters from Amsterdam's legendary Royal Concertgebouw.

Presented by Fiona Talkington

Founded in 1989, Concerto Köln has become one of the world’s most exciting and dynamic early music ensembles. In this programme, recorded in April in the glorious acoustic of Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw, its players contrast a concise yet dazzling concerto written by Vivaldi for the orphan girls of Venice's Ospedale della Pieta with the fifth of Bach's inventive "Brandenburg" concertos with solo parts for harpsichord, violin and flute.

Vivaldi: Concerto for Strings in A, RV.158
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D, BWV.1050
Evgeny Sviridov, violin
Cordula Breuer, traverse flute
Wiebke Weidanz, harpsichord
Concerto Köln

Concertos by the Baroque masters from Amsterdam's legendary Royal Concertgebouw.

Early Music from around Europe

Early Music From Vienna20191230

As part of his celebration of music making from Vienna for the New Year, Tom McKinney introduces a recital of lute music recorded in the Mozart Hall of the Konzerthaus by lutenist Paul O’Dette.

Adrian Le Roy:
Petite fantasie dessus l'accord du Leut
Vray Dieu disoit une fillette (Lassus)
Branle simple – Le branle precedent plus diminué
Branle gay
Branles de Bourgongne (Premier, Quatryesme & Neufiesme Branles)

Francesco Canova da Milano:
O bone Jesu (Antonio de Ribera)
Fantasia (3)
Fantasia (64)
Tu discois que je mourroye (Claudin de Sermisy)
Fantasia (33)

Paul O’Dette (lute)

Adrian Le Roy and Francesco Canova da Milano

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European Summer Festivals - Valle Baroque Festival20200824

Tom McKinney introduces a performance of Carissimi's sacred masterpiece 'Jephte', recorded by Goteborg Baroque at the Abbey Church in Varnhem, in Sweden, as part of the Valle Baroque Festival.

Giacomo Carissimi: - Jephte, oratorio

Göteborg Baroque:
Anna Jobrant, Ann Kjellson - soprano
Amanda Flodin, Anna Einarsson - contraltos
Leif Aruhn-Solén, Carl Johan Lillierorh - tenors
Karl Peter Eriksson, Arvid Eriksson - basses
Fredrik From, Marie-Louise Marming - violins
Nora Roll - viola da gamba
Anders Ericson - theorbo
Mattias Frostensson - violone/double bass
Directed by Magnus Kjellson from the claviorganum

Carissimi's sacred oratorio Jephte from Varnhem

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From Schwetzingen Festival'1920191014

From the Schwetzingen Festival '19, the Camerata Villa Musica under the direction of Werner Ehrhardt with two operatic numbers based on the same story, that of Zemira and Azore. One is a duet by Niccolò Jommelli, with sopranos Yuliya Poleshchuk and Ekaterina Korotkova in the title roles, while the other is an aria by André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry, sung by Yuliya Poleshchuk as Zemira. In between them, the Oboe Concerto in F by Ludwig August Lebrun, with soloist Shaghayegh Shahrabi Farahani.

Presented by Penny Gore.

Niccolò Jommelli: Ferma!... Senti, from 'Zemira e Azore'
Ludwig August Lebrun: Oboe Concerto in F
André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry: L'usignuolo che al nido, from 'Zemira e Azor'

Yuliya Poleshchuk, soprano
Ekaterina Korotkova, soprano
Shaghayegh Shahrabi Farahani, oboe
Camerata Villa Musica
Werner Ehrhardt, conductor

Music by Jommelli, Lebrun and Gretry with the Camerata Villa Musica under Werner Ehrhardt.

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Grand Choral Music From Northern Italy And Germany20191125

A concert from the Prague Early Music Festival featuring lavish music for voices and instruments from early baroque Germany and northern Italy. Praetorius's setting of Psalm 31 from his exuberantly titled 'Polyhymnia Caduceatrix et Panegyrica (1619)' is followed by movements from a mass setting by Alessandro Grandi, a one-time assistant to Monteverdi at St Mark's in Venice. He died young but he was once one of the most popular composers of his day and his works were published throughout Italy, Germany and the Low Countries and continued to be reprinted long after his death.
Presented by Fiona Talkington.

Michael Praetorius: Motet 'In dich hab ich gehoffet, Herr'
Giovanni Gabrieli: Canzona a 7
Alessandro Grandi: Kyrie and Gloria, from 'Messa concertante a 8'

Cappella Mariana, Vojtěch Semerád (conductor)
Instrumenta Musica, Ercole Nisini (director)

Lavish choral music from northern Italy and Germany by Praetorius, Gabrieli and Grandi.

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Herne Early Music Days20200224
Herne Early Music Days Festival20190930

Music by Francesco Cavalli and Biagio Marini recorded at the Herne Early Music Days Festival in Germany. The Festival's theme was the Seven Deadly Sins and today's music comes from a concert exploring Wrath.

Presented by Tom McKinney

Francesco Cavalli: Dixit Dominus
Ensemble Polyharmonique
Orkiestra Historyczna
Alexander Schneider, conductor

Biagio Marini: Sonata terza variata per il violino
Orkiestra Historyczna

Music by Cavalli and Marini from Herne Early Music Days Festival.

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Historia Di Jephte20200928

Penny Gore continues the afternoon Royal Concertgebouw theme with another Dutch performance, from the Utrecht Early Music Festival. Christophe Rousset conducts Les Talens Lyriques in Carissimi's early baroque oratorio, Historia di Jephte, based on the story of Jephthah in the Old Testament Book of Judges.

Carissimi: Historia di Jephte
Les Talens Lyriques
Christophe Rousset (conductor)

Les Talens Lyriques conducted by Christophe Rousset in Carissimi's Historia di Jephte

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Kate Molleson20200316

Cantatas by Buxtehude from the ensemble Vox Luminis conducted by Lionel Meunier.

Recorded live last year at Barcelona's Casals Hall, the award-winning Belgian ensemble explore vocal works by the prolific and fascinating composer German-Danish composer Dietrich Buxtehude, a musician considered so great by his contemporaries that none other than a young Bach made a 400km pilgrimage to hear him play.

Presented by Kate Molleson

4.30pm
Dietrich Buxtehude
Gott hilf mir, BuxWV.34 for chorus, strings and continuo
Jesu, meine Freude, BuxWV.60 for chorus, strings, bassoon and continuo
Vox Luminis
Lionel Meunier, conductor

Buxtehude from Vox Luminis

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La Scintilla20191216

Elizabeth Alker presents recent highlights from the world of Early Music. Today we'll hear a Sinfonia by Giuseppe Brescianello and a Concerto for 4 Violins by Vivaldi played by the Swiss ensemble La Scintilla at a concert given at the Zurich Opera House. There's also a chance to hear a Sonata by Giuseppe Sammartini played by the young German group 4 Times Baroque in a concert given last month in Cologne.

Giuseppe Brescianello - Sinfonia in F, Op.1 No.5
Antonio Vivaldi - Concerto for 4 violins in F, RV.567
La Scintilla

Giuseppe Sammartini - Sonata in F
4 Times Baroque

La Scintilla with music by Brescianello and Vivaldi and 4 Times Baroque plays Sammartini.

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Laurence Cummings Conducts The Oae20191209

Laurence Cummings conducts the Choir and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in Purcell's so-called welcome song 'Why, why are all the Muses mute?'.

Presented by Kate Molleson

This delightful, rich work was written as an extravagant welcome for James II's return to Whitehall from Windsor in 1685, referencing political events such as the Monmouth Rebellion, discord at home and even the country's relationship with Europe. While such a text might invite dryness, Purcell's score is sumptuous and endlessly inventive

Purcell
Why, why are all the Muses mute?
Choir & Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Laurence Cummings, conductor

Purcell from Laurence Cummings and the Choir and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

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London International Festival Of Early Music20200615

Elizabeth Kenny, Parandrus and Solomon's Knot.

Early Music from around Europe

Elizabeth Kenny and Parandrus with Kapsberger and Lassus

Elizabeth Kenny, Parandrus and Solomon's Knot.

Early Music from around Europe

Tom McKinney introduces a selection of items recorded at last year’s London International Festival of Early Music from lutenist Elizabeth Kenny, the Parandrus Ensemble, Chetham’s School of Music and Solomon’s Knot.

Kapsperger – Toccata V ( Il Primo Libro d’Intavolatura di Liuto) 
Robert Johnson - The Last of the Queenes Masques (Varietie)   
Elizabeth Kenny (lute)

Orlande de Lassus - Susanne un jour
Josquin des Prez - Mille regretz
Parandrus: Daniel Swain, Charlotte Barbour-Condini, Grace Shih, Sophie Westbrooke (recorders) / Sarah Anne Champion (mezzo-soprano)

Thomas Arne – Morning Cantata 
Isobel Coughlan (soprano)
Chethams Baroque Ensemble
Martyn Shaw (conductor)

Tallis – Lamantationes Jeremiae  I
Solomon’s Knot

From performances given at the London International Festival of Early Music, in Blackheath Concert Halls in early November 2019.

Recordings supplied by London International Festival of Early Music.

Many thanks to:
Festival Director - Chris Butler
Recording Engineer - Jonas Persson

Elizabeth Kenny, Parandrus and Solomon's Knot.

Early Music from around Europe

Tom McKinney introduces a selection of items recorded at last year’s London International Festival of Early Music from lutenist Elizabeth Kenny, the Parandrus Ensemble, Chetham’s School of Music and Solomon’s Knot.

Kapsperger – Toccata V ( Il Primo Libro d’Intavolatura di Liuto) 
Robert Johnson - The Last of the Queenes Masques (Varietie)   
Elizabeth Kenny (lute)

Orlande de Lassus - Susanne un jour
Josquin des Prez - Mille regretz
Parandrus: Daniel Swain, Charlotte Barbour-Condini, Grace Shih, Sophie Westbrooke (recorders) / Sarah Anne Champion (mezzo-soprano)

Thomas Arne – Morning Cantata 
Isobel Coughlan (soprano)
Chethams Baroque Ensemble
Martyn Shaw (conductor)

Tallis – Lamantationes Jeremiae  I
Solomon’s Knot

From performances given at the London International Festival of Early Music, in Blackheath Concert Halls in early November 2019.

Recordings supplied by London International Festival of Early Music.

Many thanks to:
Festival Director - Chris Butler
Recording Engineer - Jonas Persson

Elizabeth Kenny and Parandrus with Kapsberger and Lassus

Early Music from around Europe

Marguerite Of Navarre20200217

Music celebrating the life and work of a remarkable 16th-century French princess, the writer and artistic patron Marguerite de Navarre, who's been called "the first modern woman". Having narrowly escaped a mooted marriage to the young Henry VIII, Marguerite ended up married to another King Henry - Henri IV of Navarre. She wrote poems and plays, supported virtually every leading artist in Europe - from Rabelais to Leonardo da Vinci - and pioneered public works to alleviate poverty. Featuring the ensemble Capella de la Torre and soprano Margaret Hunter.

Music celebrating the life and work of a remarkable 16th-century French princess.

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Mexican Baroque From Latvia20200720

Fiona Talkington presents the Latvian Radio Choir with funky rhythms from Baroque Mexico - a concert from the 2019 Early Music Festival in Riga, directed by the polymathic English Baroque harpist and conductor Andrew Lawrence-King. You may not have heard of the composers, but the music will have you dancing - including one tune that's become a popular hit.

Fiona Talkington presents the Latvian Radio Choir with funky rhythms from Baroque Mexico.

Early Music from around Europe

More Vivaldi in Brussels20201005

Highlights from an all-Vivaldi concert by the Jupiter Ensemble and lutenist Thomas Dunford at the 2019 Musiq3 Festival in Brussels.
Presented by Tom McKinney.

Vivaldi: Armatae face et anguibus, from 'Juditha triumphans, RV 644' 3’00 plus appl

Vivaldi: Cello Concerto in C minor, RV 416
9’53 plus appl

Vivaldi: Gelido in ogni vena, from 'Farnace, RV 711'
10’38 plus appl

Jupiter Ensemble
Léa Desandre, mezzo-soprano
Théotime Langlois de Swarte, violin
Sophie Gent, violin
Jérôme van Waerbeke, viola
Bruno Philippe, cello
Doug Balliett, double bass
Peter Whelan, bassoon
Jean Rondeau, harpsichord
Thomas Dunford, conductor, lute

The Jupiter Ensemble play Vivaldi at the 2019 Musiq3 Festival in Brussels.

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Music By Bach And Buxtehude20200525

Music by Bach and Buxtehude

Early Music from around Europe

Music by Bach and Buxtehude

Buxtehude: Das neugeborne Kinderlein, BuxWV13
Ricercar Consort

Buxtehude: Fuga in C major, BuxWV174
Christopher Herrick (organ)

Bach: Cantata No 150 'Nach dir, Herr', verlanget mich', BWV150
Gillian Keith (soprano)
Daniel Taylor (counter-tenor)
Charles Daniels (tenor)
Stephen Varcoe (bass)
Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists
Sir John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

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Music By Handel And Cpe Bach20200302

Czech period instrument group, Ensemble 18+, under the direction of Blanka Karnetová, with Handel's overture to his oratorio Messiah, then his Harp Concerto in B flat, Op. 4/6, with soloist Kateřina Englichová, finishing with the Sinfonia in C Wq. 182/3, by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.
Presented by Penny Gore.

4.30pm
Handel: Messiah HWV 56, overture
Handel: Harp Concerto in B flat major, op. 4/6, HWV 294
CPE Bach: Sinfonia in C Wq. 182/3

Kateřina Englichová, harp
Ensemble 18+
Blanka Karnetová, director

With Czech period instrument group, Ensemble 18+, under the direction of Blanka Karnetov\u00e1.

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Music From Montserrat20200706

Jordi Savall conducts sacred music by 17th-century Catalan monk-musician Joan Cererols.

Early Music from around Europe

Jordi Savall conducts sacred music by the 17th-century Catalan monk-musician Joan Cererols, who spent virtually his whole life at the Monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat. The performers continue the youthful theme of this week's Afternoon Concert, including an ensemble co-founded by Jordi Savall as a platform for talented young Spanish and Catalan musicians in the field of early music. Presented by Fiona Talkington.

Joan Cererols: Missa de Batalla (Battle Mass)
Kristin Mulders (mezzo-soprano)
David Sagastume (tenor)
Josep Ramon Olivé (baritone)
Finalists of the 11th Academy of the International Ancient Music Centre Foundation
Youth Capella Reial de Catalunya
Instrumental ensemble conducted by Jordi Savall

Music To Celebrate A Medici Wedding In 158920200210

A Medici Wedding in 1589:
On 2 May 1589 in Florence, the wedding of Duke Ferdinando I de Medici and Princess Christina of Lorraine was celebrated with one of the most spectacular stage performances in history. Special effects like advanced stage machinery, enormous backdrops and a fire-breathing dragon entertained the wedding guests. Just as spectacular was the music, written by the most famous composers of the time.
Here Mariangiola Martello directs Camerata La Pellegrina in two of these Intermedi in which the story of Florence's supposedly Greek origin is used as an an allegory to celebrate the wedding couple. These Intermedi became so successful that Duke Ferdinando demanded more performances and published the scores.
Presented by Penny Gore.

Cristofano Malvezzi: Sinfonia
Antonio Archilei: Dalle più alte sfere
Cristofano Malvezzi (1547-1599): Noi che cantando;
Cristofano Malvezzi: Sinfonia
Cristofano Malvezzi: Dolcissime sirene
Cristofano Malvezzi:A voi reali amanti
Cristofano Malvezzi: Coppia gentil
Luca Marenzio (1553/4-1599): Sinfonia
Luca Marenzio: Belle ne fa natura
Luca Marenzio : Chi dal delfino
Luca Marenzio: Se nelle voci nostre
Luca Marenzio: O figlie di Piero

Christina Larsson Malmberg (soprano), Sofia Niklasson (soprano), Anna Zander (contralto), Håkan Ekenäs (baritone)
Camerata La Pellegrina
Vokalharmonin
Mariagiola Martello (organ, virginal and musical direction)

The marriage of Duke Ferdinando de Medici and Princess Christina of Lorraine.

Early Music from around Europe

A Medici Wedding in 1589:
On 2 May 1589 in Florence, the wedding of Duke Ferdinando I de Medici and Princess Christina of Lorraine was celebrated with one of the most spectacular stage performances in history. Special effects like advanced stage machinery, enormous backdrops and a fire-breathing dragon entertained the wedding guests. Just as spectacular was the music, written by the most famous composers of the time.
Here Mariangiola Martello directs Camerata La Pellegrina in two of these Intermedi in which the story of Florence's supposedly Greek origin is used as an an allegory to celebrate the wedding couple. These Intermedi became so successful that Duke Ferdinando demanded more performances and published the scores.
Presented by Penny Gore.

My Spanish Heart20200817
My Spanish Heart20200817

Penny Gore introduces a programme of 17th-century repertoire called 'Mi corazón español' (My Spanish heart) including works by Santiago de Murcia, Gabriel Bataille, Gaspar Sanz, Lucas Ruiz de Ribayaz, Tomás Torrejón y Velasco and Sebastián Durón, with the Exclamation String Quartet, Baroque and early Romantic guitar and voice, given at the Prague Early Music Festival in 2019.

Santiago de Murcia: Tarantellas
Gabriel Bataille: El baxel
Lucas Ruiz de Ribayaz: Xácaras (Luz y Norte Musical)
Sebastián Durón: Ondas, riscos, pezes, mares
Sebastián Durón: El pícaro de Cupido
Gaspar Sanz: Canarios (Instrucción de Música para la guitarra española)
Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco: No hay que decirle al primor, from 'La Púrpura de la Rosa'
Anonymous - Improvisation on Santiago de Murcia’s Fandango

Anna Reinhold - mezzo-soprano
Quito Gato - Baroque guitar, Early Romantic guitar
Exclamation String Quartet

Music from 17th-century Spain with the Exclamation String Quartet, guitar and voice.

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New Generation Bach20200127

New Generation Artists at 20. Cellist Andrei Ionit plays Bach.

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Polyhymnia Ensemble20200427

The Polyhymnia ensemble performs music by Cl\u00e9rambault and Dornel in Switzerland.

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The Polyhymnia ensemble performs motets by Louis-Nicolas Clérambault and a recorder suite by Louis-Antoin Dornel Dornel in a concert given at Romainmôtier Abbey in Switzerland.

Clérambault: Motet pour le jour de Noel;
Clérambault: Motet pour les trois jours qui precedent le Caresme

Louis-Antoin Dornel: Suite No.2

Clérambault: De profundis

Polyhymnia ensemble
Charles-Edouard Fantin (lute)
Florence Boeuf-Albert (recorder / viola da gamba)
Franck Marcon (organ / director)

The Polyhymnia Ensemble performs motets by Louis-Nicolas Clérambault and a recorder suite by Louis-Antoin Dornel Dornel in a concert given at Romainmôtier Abbey in Switzerland.

Clérambault: Motet pour le jour de Noel;
Clérambault: Motet pour les trois jours qui precedent le Caresme

Louis-Antoin Dornel: Suite No.2

Clérambault: De profundis

Polyhymnia Ensemble
Charles-Edouard Fantin (lute)
Florence Boeuf-Albert (recorder / viola da gamba)
Franck Marcon (organ / director)

The Polyhymnia ensemble performs music by Cl\u00e9rambault and Dornel in Switzerland.

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Polyhymnia Ensemble At Romainm\u00f4tier Abbey20200309

Franck Marcon conducts the women's voices of the Polyhymnia Ensemble in a performance of early 18th-century composer Louis-Nicolas Clerambault's Miserere at a concert they gave at Romainmôtier Abbey in Switzerland last May.

The abbey, one of the oldest Romanesque churches in Switzerland, was built between 990 and 1028 according to the plans of Cluny church. It nestles in beautiful verdant surroundings, and is one of the jewels of the Yverdon-les-Bains region. Its resonant acoustics and impressive contemporary organ make it a popular venue for concerts.

Polyhymnia Ensemble performs Clerambault's Miserere at Romainm\u00f4tier Abbey in Switzerland.

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Prague Early Music Festival20200803

Continuing our visit to summer festivals this week, Penny Gore introduces a recital given by Vittorio Ghielmi on viola da gamba and Luca Pianca on lute with music by Marin Marais, Robert de Visée, Carlo Zuccari and Antoine Forqueray, from last year's Prague Early Music Festival.

Marin Marais: Ballet en Rondeau, from Suite No. 1 in D minor
Marin Marais: L´Arabesque, from 'Suitte d´un Goût Entranger'
Antoine Forqueray: Chaconne
Robert de Visée: Prélude, from 'Suite No. 6'
Robert de Visée: Sarabande en Rondeau, from 'Suite No. 6'
Antoine Forqueray: Chaconne ‘La Buisson’
Carlo Zuccari: Solo per la viola da gamba e basso - Presto

Vittorio Ghielmi, viola da gamba
Luca Pianca, lute

Vittorio Ghielmi on viola da gamba and Luca Pianca on lute. Music by Marais and Forqueray.

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Recorder Rarities20200601

Highlights of the 2019 Arolsen Baroque Music Festival.

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Scarlatti's Stabat Mater20200420

Scarlatti's Stabat mater led by Jordi Savall at the Monastery of Santa Maria de Poblet

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Songs Of Hope20200106

ORA Singers with conductor Suzi Digby perform settings of the Miserere - Songs of Hope - by Allegri, Byrd and Tallis. Psalm 51 is one of the seven penitential psalms, whose plaintive call for forgiveness and salvation has been set to music by countless composers. Recorded at St Peter's Cathedral, Regensburg as part of the 2019 Regensburg Early Music Days Festival. Presented by Georgia Mann.

Allegri: Miserere mei, Deus

Byrd: Vigilate, from 'Cantiones Sacrae' (1589); Miserere mihi, Domine, from 'Cantiones Sacrae' (1589); Civitas sancti tui, from 'Cantiones Sacrae' (1589)

Tallis: Miserere nostri, Domine

ORA Singers
Suzi Digby, conductor

Georgia Mann presents ORA Singers performing settings of the Miserere in C20 arrangements.

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Georgia Mann presents ORA Singers performing settings of the Miserere - Songs of Hope

ORA Singers with conductor Suzi Digby perform settings of the Miserere - Songs of Hope - Renaissance masterpieces in twentieth-century arrangements. Psalm 51 is one of the seven penitential psalms, whose plaintive call for forgiveness and salvation has been set to music by countless composers. Recorded at St Peter's Cathedral, Regensburg as part of the 2019 Regensburg Early Music Days Festival. Presented by Georgia Mann.

Allegri arr. Ben Byram-Wigfield: Miserere mei, Deus

Byrd arr. Sally Dunkley: Vigilate, from 'Cantiones Sacrae' (1589)
Miserere mihi, Domine, from 'Cantiones Sacrae' (1589)
Civitas sancti tui, from 'Cantiones Sacrae' (1589)

Tallis arr. Paul R. Marchesano: Miserere nostri, Domine

Spectacular Baroque Music For Multiple Choirs20191007

Early Music Now: spectacular music for multiple choirs from early Baroque Venice and Saxony.
Penny Gore introduces performances from the opening concert of the Prague Early Music Festival with music by Giovanni Gabrieli and his pupil, Heinrich Schütz who brought the colourful polychoral sounds of Venice back to Germany.

Heinrich Schütz: Herr, unser Herrscher, SWV 449
Samuel Scheidt: Paduan a 4, SSWV 43
Samuel Scheidt: Galliard battaglia a 5 SSWV 59
Heinrich Schütz: Fili mi Absalon, SWV 269
Giovanni Gabrieli: Intonazione, C248, for organ
Giovanni Gabrieli: In Ecclesii, C78

Cappella Mariana, Vojtěch Semerád (conductor)
Instrumenta Musica, Ercole Nisini (director)
Recorded at the Church of St. Simon and St. Jude, Prague

Penny Gore introduces early music from around Europe, including Schutz and Gabrieli.

Early Music from around Europe

Steffani's Stabat Mater20191028

Tom McKinney introduces a performance of Agostino Steffani’s Stabat Mater recorded By Vox Luminis at the Concertgebouw, Bruges as part of the International KlaraFestival in Belgium.

Agostino Steffani: Stabat Mater for 6 voices, 6 strings and organ

L’Achéron
Vox Luminis
François Joubert-Caillet Conductor L’Achéron
Lionel Meunier Conductor Vox Luminis

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The Basel Chamber Orchestra At Sommets Musicaux 201920200518

Operatic overtures and arias by Torelli, Porpora, Hasse and Leo with soprano Sandrine Piau

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From the Swiss Alps, recorded at the 2019 Sommets Musicaux festival in Gstaad, the Basel Chamber Orchestra, with Anne Katharina Schreiber directing from the violin, play music from the 18th century including a majestic opera overture, a colourful concerto grosso and virtuoso arias sung by Sandrine Piau.

Presented by Hannah French

Hasse: Sinfonia (Overture), from 'Cleofide'
Porpora: 'Mentre rendo a te la vita', from 'Angelica e Medoro'
Torelli: Concerto grosso No. 5 in G, op. 8 no. 5
Leo: 'Rendimi il figlio mio', from 'Il Ciro riconosciuto'
Sandrine Piau, soprano
Basel Chamber Orchestra
Anne Katharina Schreiber, conductor and violin

Operatic overtures and arias by Torelli, Porpora, Hasse and Leo with soprano Sandrine Piau

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The Tallis Scholars At Herne Early Music Days Festival20200921

Fiona Talkington introduces a recital with the Tallis Scholars, directed by Peter Philips, exploring sacred vocal polyphony before and after the Council of Trent, in mid-16th century, which decreed that clarity of texts was paramount in music, as part of the Counter-Reformation. This recital includes music by Josquin des Prez with its rich textures, the kind of complexity that Trent rejected, followed by works by Palestrina, composed in the new, much simpler style. Recorded at last year's Herne Early Music Days festival, in Germany.

Josquin des Prez: Praeter rerum seriem
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Stabat Mater
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Surge illuminare Ierusalem
Antonio Lotti: Crucifixus (encore)

The Tallis Scholars
Peter Phillips, director

Music by Josquin des Prez, Giovanni Pierluigi di Palestrina and Antonio Lotti.

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Ton Koopman In Recital20190923

Organ masterpieces by CPE Bach, Buxtehude and François Couperin performed by Ton Koopman in Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall, Japan.

Presented by Penny Gore

Celebrated organist, harpsichordist and conductor Ton Koopman is celebrated as one of the foremost authorities on early music worldwide. As founder of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Koopman is a leading figure in the "authentic performance" movement. As a soloist, he has recorded the complete works of Dietrich Buxtehude and is renowned for his interpretations of repertoire ranging from the early Baroque to the late Classics. He stops, he says, "at Mozart's death".

Johann Kaspar Kerll: Battaglia
Dietrich Buxtehude: Fugue in C, BuxWV 174
François Couperin: Offertoire sur les grands jeux; Elevation, Tierce en Taille
CPE Bach: Organ Sonata in D, Wq. 70/5
Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in G (encore)

Ton Koopman, organ

Organ masterpieces by CPE Bach, Buxtehude and Couperin performed in Kawasaki, Japan.

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Treasures From Swedish Court20191118

The Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, directed from the violin by Nils-Erik Sparf and performing on period instruments, with music by Dall'Oglio, Agrell and Szarzynski, repertoire played at the Swedish Court of King Gustav III, reflecting the artistic trends of 18th-Century Europe.

Presented by Fiona Talkington.

Domenico Dall’Oglio: Sinfonia for Strings in F
Johan Joachim Agrell: Double Concerto in A, op. 4/1, for flute and harpsichord
Stanislaw Sylwester Szarzynski: Sonata a 3 in D

The Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble
Nils-Erik Sparf - violin and director

The Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble with music by Dall'Oglio, Agrell and Szarzynski.

Early Music from around Europe

Treasures From The Swedish Court20191118

The Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, directed from the violin by Nils-Erik Sparf and performing on period instruments, with music by Dall'Oglio, Agrell and Szarzynski - repertoire played at the Swedish Court of King Gustav III, reflecting the artistic trends of 18th-century Europe.

Presented by Fiona Talkington.

Domenico Dall`Oglio: Sinfonia for Strings in F
Johan Joachim Agrell: Double Concerto in A, Op. 4 No. 1, for flute and harpsichord
Stanislaw Sylwester Szarzynski: Sonata a 3 in D

Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble
Nils-Erik Sparf - violin and director

The Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble with music by Dall'Oglio, Agrell and Szarzynski.

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Viol Music At The 2019 Musiq3 Festival In Brussels20200629

Viol Music at the 2019 Musiq3 Festival in Brussels, performed by the Ricercar Consort

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Vivaldi In Brussels20200907

Highlights from an all-Vivaldi concert by the Jupiter Ensemble and lutenist Thomas Dunford at the 2019 Musiq3 Festival in Brussels.
Presented by Tom McKinney.

Vivaldi: Bassoon Concerto in C minor, RV 495

Vivaldi: Vedrò con mio diletto, from 'Il Giustino, RV 717'

Vivaldi: Lute Concerto in D, RV 93

Jupiter Ensemble
Léa Desandre, mezzo-soprano
Théotime Langlois de Swarte, violin
Sophie Gent, violin
Jérôme van Waerbeke, viola
Bruno Philippe, cello
Douglas Balliett, double bass
Peter Whelan, bassoon
Jean Rondeau, harpsichord
Thomas Dunford, conductor, lute

Highlights from an all Vivaldi concert at the 2019 Musiq3 Festival in Brussels.

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Voces Suaves At The Rheinvokal Festival20191111

Giacomo Carissimi pioneered the genre of sacred music drama that became known as 'oratorio'. Jephte is his best-known work, based on the story in the Old Testament Book of Judges. Interestingly, Carissimi remains faithful to the story as told whereas Handel a century later provides a happy ending. The world-renowned Renaissance vocal group Voces Suaves, trained and formed at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, performs this masterpiece of 17th-century music recorded during the 2019 RheinVokal Festival at the spectacular church of St Severus, Boppard in Germany, which lies in the Rhine Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To open the concert, a harpsichord miniature by Carissimi's contemporary Luigi Rossi, performed by Jörg-Andreas Bötticher.

Luigi Rossi: Durezze e legature
Jörg-Andreas Bötticher, harpsichord

Giacomo Carissimi: Jephte,
Voces Suaves
Jörg-Andreas Bötticher, conductor & organ

Luigi Rossi and Giacomo Carissimi recorded at the church of St Severus, Boppard in Germany

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Vox Luminis20191104

Vox Luminis performs vocal music by Domenico Scarlatti recorded at the closing concert of this year's Utrecht Early Music Festival.

Perhaps best known for his 500+ keyboard sonatas, Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) left a substantial corpus of vocal music, much of it inventive and sensuously beautiful. The three works this afternoon range from the dramatic Te Deum to the devotional, relative simplicity of the Miserere

D Scarlatti
Te Deum; Salve Regina; Miserere
Vox Luminis
Lionel Meunier, conductor

Vox Luminis performs vocal music by Domenico Scarlatti.

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York Early Music Festival 202020200727

Highlights from the 2020 York Early Music Festival from Iestyn Davies and Richard Boothby.

Early Music from around Europe

York Early Music Festival Young Artists Competition20191021

Early Music from around Europe: Highlights from the 2019 York Early Music Festival Young Artists Competition, featuring three young ensembles in performances of music by Carl Stamitz, Telemann, Haydn and Marin Marais.

Kate Molleson introduces performances from the three prize-winning ensembles at this year’s York Early Music Festival Young Artists Competition. The Swiss group El Gran Teatro del Mundo, The Butter Quartet from The Netherlands and the Spanish ensemble L’Apotheose were the winning finalists back in July and impressed the judges and the YEMF audience with their performances of Marais, Haydn, Stamitz & Telemann.

Marin Marais: Tremblement de terre (from Sémélé)
Têmpete (from Alcyone)
El Gran Teatro del Mundo (Switzerland)

Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in C major, Op.20 No.2 (2nd & 3rd movements)
The Butter Quartet (The Netherlands)

Carl Stamitz: Trio Sonata in G minor, Op.14 No.4 (1st movement)
Georg Phillip Telemann: Quatuor No.6 in E minor, TWV.43:e4 (5th movement)
L’Apotheose (Spain)

Highlights from the 2019 York Early Music Festival Young Artists Competition.