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Drew Minter, The New York Consort of Viols, Nina Stern, Parthenia,
Pomerium, Quicksilver, Repast and Trefoil.
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Tamara Matthews, soprano, and Jennifer Lane, mezzo soprano, with Timothy Burris, lute, and Eric Milnes directing New York Baroque.
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Recordings by Asteria
FOR THE LOVE OF JAQUELINE $15.00 Asteria Released in 2012
For the love of Jaqueline tracks the highs and lows of a real medieval romance through the sumptuous music of Antoine Busnoys (1430-1492), newly transcribed and arranged by Asteria directly from the Dijon chansonnier and recorded at the 14th-century Burgundian palace of Germolles.
UN TRES DOULX REGARD $15.00 Asteria Released in 2009
The chansons on Asteria's third album are all gathered from one extraordinary manuscript, the celebrated Oxford 213 manuscript currently housed at the Bodleian Library in England. Aside from being the largest collection of 15th century chansons by known composers like Dufay and Binchois, it contains a great number of anonymous works from the earliest period of the the 15th century. Asteria chose to focus on this exquisite body of little-known works for Un tres doulx regard, and many of these songs have never before been recorded.
SOYES LOYAL $15.00 Asteria Released in 2006
Asteria's second collection of medieval French chansons is a fascinating look at the dual image of the "Lady" and the "Rose" in both secular and sacred music of the latter Middle Ages. In this exquisite repertoire the duo continues their exploration of the roots of courtly love and chivalry. Soyes Loyal lifts their interpretive skills to new heights with ravishing poetry and weaving melodies that inspire the senses. Featuring gorgeous music from the mid-fifteenth century by Dufay, Jacques Vide and others.
LE SOUVENIR DE VOUS ME TUE $15.00 Asteria Released in 2004
The chansons on Asteria's debut album are gathered from compositions which were likely performed in the courts of the Dukes of Burgundy at the height of their reign and cultural influence during the mid to late 15th century. As you listen to the work of these masters, let the emotions conveyed in their ancient melodies carry you away, as they did the courtly audiences of the middle ages.
Recordings by BREVE
CONVERSATIONS New Release! BREVE $15.00 Released in 2012
Deborah Booth, recorder and flute, and Stephen Rapp, harpsichord and organ. Conversations explores music of the 17th and 18th centuries from Italy, France, and Germany on original instruments -- recorders, flutes, harpsichord, organ, cello, viola da gamba, and basson. Works by Dario Castello, Jacque-Martin Hotteterre, Georg Philipp Telemann, and Francesco Mancini.
Recordings by Bud Roach
BUD ROACH New Release! Tenor and Baroque Guitar $15.00
GIOVANNI FELICE SANCES
Arie a voce sola, 1636 Released in 2014
Musica Omnia presents the première recording of Giovanni Felice Sances' complete arias for solo voice from 1636, performed as they would have been commonly heard in the 17th century: with the singer accompanying himself on the Baroque guitar. Trained in Rome at the Collegium Germanicum, Sances found success in Venice, where much of his secular music was written. The height of his fame there was the publication of Vincenti of his fourth book of cantats, arias, canzonettas, and ariettas. As was usual for such collections it includes a chart for "alfabeto" notation for the strummed Spanish guitar.
Recordings by East of the River (Nina Stern and Daphne Mor)
LENVANTERA New Release! East of the River $15.00
In the spirit of the album’s title “Levantera” (a strong easterly wind of the Mediterranean) East of the River explores Medieval music of Western Europe and travels eastward through the Balkans to Armenia and the Middle East, performing the earliest songs of those extraordinary cultures, together with their traditional dances – the origins of which go back centuries.
ROSE OF THE COMPASS $15.00 Nina Stern Release date: May 2011
A musical voyage from Medieval Italy to Armenia, from the Balkans to the Middle East, this compilation of unique arrangements explores the rich traditions of both folk and classical music. Called a recorder virtuoso by The New York Times, Nina Stern is joined by master percussionist Glen Velez, renowned multi-instrumentalist Shira Kammen and acclaimed oud player and composer Ara Dinkjian. They perform alluring ancient melodies, vibrant estampies from the 14th century, treasures of the famed Armenian bard Sayat Nova, and traditional dances from Bulgaria and Serbia.
EAST OF THE RIVER $15.00 Nina Stern and Daphne Mor Released in 2007
Nina Stern and Daphna Mor are
internationally renowned recorder players, who have appeared playing as a
duo with groups as varied as The New York Philharmonic and Pharaoh's
Daughter. As artists who comfortably switch from concert halls to summer
festivals and New York City clubs, they bring their rich experience and
diversity to this CD.
Recordings by Drew Minter
A WIND BLOWS FROM THE EAST $15.00 Four German Medieval Tales Drew Minter Release date: December 13, 2011
Regarded for nearly three decades as one of the world’s finest countertenors, Drew Minter has appeared in leading roles with the opera companies of Brussels, Toulouse, Boston, Washington, Santa Fe, Wolf Trap, Glimmerglass, and Nice, among others. On this recording, in a tour de force of vocal and instrumental virtuosity, Minter accompanies himself on medieval harps, singing as both countertenor and baritone. The great tradition of the meistersinger and minnesinger is captured by Minter with an elegance and wit that brings this ancient music to vivid life.
Recordings by the New York Consort of Viols
THE ROAD FROM VALENCIA New York Consort of Viols Release date: 2011
This popular program
vibrantly captures the beauty of the viol and its elegant music from the
Middle Ages in Spain to the reign of Henry VIII in England. The Road
from Valencia follows the path of Sephardic musicians who, expelled from
Spain in 1492, fled to Italy before being recruited for the English
For generations these musicians handed down their artistry in viol craftsmanship, composition, and performances. Haunting
music from Spain, Italy, England and the Diaspora, with readings by actor John Genke from
Renaissance sources and contemporary writings, vividly illuminate the
viol’s fascinating past and the story of the Sephardic Jews, which continue to inspire performers and
Recordings by Parthenia
THE FLAMING FIRE New Release! Mary Queen of Scots and Her World $15.00 Parthenia with
Ryland Angel, tenor and countertenor
Dongsok Shin, virginal Release date: October 2014
Hauntingly beautiful music of Scotland and England from the 1500s for viol consort and voice performed by Parthenia, Grammy-nominated tenor/countertenor Ryland Angel and early keyboard expert Dongsok Shin. This rarely performed or recorded repertoire is music that Mary Queen of Scots and her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, and their friends, enemies and subjects might have heard. Also featured on the CD is a new song-cycle, SONGS OF LOVE AND BETRAYAL, by composer Richard Einhorn - stunning arrangements of four songs by Scottish poet and lyricist, Robert Burns.
AS IT FELL ON A HOLIE EVE $15.00 Music for an Elizabethan Christmas Parthenia with Julianne Baird, soprano Release date: August 31, 2010
a long-treasured tradition of music for Christmas, the viols of
Parthenia join famed soprano Julianne Baird to present a sparkling array
of songs, dances and carols from Elizabethan England. Along with music
by Thomas Morley, Anthony Holborne, Thomas Ravenscroft, Dr. John Bull
and Tobias Hume, this disc features a wide variety of music by the
celebrated master composer of England's Golden Age, William Byrd.
LES AMOURS DE MAI $15.00 Love Songs in the Age of Ronsard Parthenia with Julianne Baird, soprano & Robert Mealy, violin Release date: December 8, 2009
French Renaissance songs and dances marked by grace, balance and a wonderful sense of lightness, featuring song settings of the poetry of Pierre de Ronsard by such composers as Claude le Jeune, Guillaume Costeley, Claude Goudimel, Eustache du Caurroy and others. Parthenia is joined by renowned soprano Julianne Baird and Renaissance violinist Robert Mealy. Read the review in Fanfare Magazine!
A RELIQUARY FOR WILLIAM BLAKE $15.00 Music by American composer Will Ayton Parthenia with Alexandra Montano, mezzo-soprano Release date: January 30, 2007
American composer Will Ayton's love of folk music, Elizabethan poetry, his Celtic heritage, his devotion to the art of polyphony, his love of old legends, and things philosophical and spiritual all shine through in this mesmerizing CD, featuring the song cycle, A Reliquary for William Blake, composed for Parthenia in 2005. Mezzo-soprano Alexandra Montano’s purity of tone, both as singer and as narrator in the prose passages, makes her an ideal interpreter.
WITHIN THE LABYRINTH $15.00 Parthenia Release date: December 17, 2002
Defined by the ethereal quality which is at the soul of the viol consort sound, Within the Labyrinth explores an unusual collection of music that reflects the healing and spiritual aspects of the Labyrinth-walking experience, at times taking unexpected musical turns, from the simple canon of Ravenscroft’s Browning Madame to the mesmerizing variations of Hugh Ashton's Masque and Bevin's Browning, and the highly stylized dances of Scheidt and Farina.
TRUMPET AFTER DARK $15.00 The Randy Sandke Quartet, featuring Bill Charlap with Parthenia, A Consort of Viols Release date: April 1, 2005
Randy Sandke's use of a string section comprised of viols, as well as his always trenchant writing and commanding trumpet technique, breathes new life into the "jazz-with-strings" concept. Sandke's influences and interests encompass Beiderbecke, Armstrong, metatonal music and everything in between. This collection of ballads and other atmospheric pieces is certainly easy to listen to but is far from "easy listening."
Recordings by Pomerium
A VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS $15.00 Mannerist Motets of the RenaissanceNew Release! Pomerium Alexander Blachly, Director Release date: December 2012
Pomerium’s latest CD has been heralded as the best recording Pomerium has ever made, and has already been submitted for a Grammy Nomination—a fitting way to commemorate the group’s 40th Anniversary season.
ORLANDE DE LASSUS
$15.00 Motets & Magnificat Pomerium Alexander
Blachly, Director Release date: November 2008
selection of five- and six-voice motets by the most prolific and
honored composer of the sixteenth century, including such famous works
as Tristis est anima mea, Timor et tremor, Cum essem parvulus, and Descendit sicut pluvia. The Magnificat super Ancor che col partire
rounds out this selection of colorful and dynamic works recorded in
Ascension Roman Catholic Church in New York. This is the first CD on
Pomerium's own new label, Old Hall Recordings.
OLD WORLD CHRISTMAS $15.00 Christmas Music of the Middle Ages & Renaissance Pomerium Alexander Blachly, Director Release date: August 1997
Works by Praetorius, Erbach, Lassus, Josquin, Du Fay, Byrd, Horwood, Ockeghem, and Cipriano, recorded for Archiv Produktion. This CD, under the title Creator of the Stars, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1999. Includes Josquin's famous Preter rerum, Lassus's Resonet in laudibus, Horwood's Magnificat secundi toni from the Eton Choirbook, Ockeghem's Alma redemptoris mater, and Cipriano's seven-voice Quem vidistis pastores.
MUSICA VATICANA $15.00 Music from the Vatican Manuscripts (1503-1534) Pomerium Alexander Blachly, Director Release date: March 1998
A selection of monumental Roman works from the Cappella Sistina music manuscripts in the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana dating from the time of popes Julius II, Leo X, and Clement VII (1503-1534). This CD, recorded for Pure Classics/Glissando, was produced to be sold at the exhibition titled "Hochrenaissance im Vatikan (1503-1534). Kunst und Kultur im Rom der Päpste I" shown at the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Bonn, Germany, in the year 1998. It is Pomerium's most popular recording. Includes such classic's of Renaissance sacred music as Josquin's Benedicta es, celorum regina and Virgo salutiferi, Mouton's Tua est potentia, Carpentras's Lamentationes Jeremie, and Willaert's Enixa est puerpera.
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CAROLUS MAXIMUS $15.00 Music in the Life of Charles V Pomerium Alexander Blachly, Director
A selection of motets and chansons associated with Emperor Charles V in the first half of the sixteenth century. This CD, recorded for Pure Classics/Glissando, was produced to be sold at the exhibition titled "Kaiser Karl V (1500-1558). Macht und Ohnmacht Europas" shown at the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Bonn, German in the year 2000. Includes works by Lassus (Heroum soboles, Si qua tibi obtulerint), Gombert (Missa Sur tous regretz, Mille regres), Josquin (Mille regretz), Morales (Missa L'homme armé, Circumdederunt), Crecquillon (Carole, magnus erat), and Narváez (Mille regres).
Recordings by Quicksilver
FANTASTICUS: Extravagant and Virtuosic music from 17th-century Germany Quicksilver New Release! Released October 2014 $18.00 The seventeenth century in Germany was a time of incredible upheaval: wars of religion and politics swept the land, bringing famine and plague in their wake and an ongoing state of crisis. The chamber music of the time reflects this fraught, unpredictable cultural climate. Inspired by the experimental works of Italian composers, the virtuosos working in Germany explored the sonata as an abstract form of wordless conversation in music, delighting and astonishing the listener. They described this style as the “stylus Fantasticus,” “instituted to display genius” in the words of mathematician Athanasius Kirchner. Music by Weckmann, Buxtehude, Kerll, Bertali, Schmeltzer, Vierdanck and Oswald.
“each work was a discovery: inventive and wonderfully crafted music that offered the listener consistent rewards” -The Vancouver Sun
“dazzling technical mastery and sound ensemble practice, but transcending these…to achieve a performance that was surpassingly communicative and soulful” -Boston Musical Intelligenser
STILE MODERNO New Music from 17th-century Italy Quicksilver $18.00 Released June 2011
The seventeenth century was a transformative moment in our Western cultural history. The world became modern: new technologies were emerging, our modern economic system was developing, the earth was no longer at the center of the universe. Among the cultural revolutions was one in music. Composers consciously began to create a nuove musiche or stile moderno of dramatic oppositions and vivid emotions. Their new invention was the sonata: a pure instrumental work, a piece simply meant to be “sounded,” with no agenda but the imagination of the composer . This “new music” is virtuosic, experimental, unexpected, and deeply moving: the closest we come to wordless rhetoric. Music by Castello, Fontana, Merula, Marini, Neri and Cima.
“technically expert, flexible in phrasing, and stylish in ornamentation, fully aware of this music’s rich sense of theater” -Fanfare Magazine
“made me want to see them perform live…this is a terrific disc.” -Early Music (Oxford Journal)
Recordings by Repast
REPAST New Release! Repast Baroque Ensemble $15.00 with Claire Jolivet, baroque violin Release date: December 21, 2010
A tasting sampler of luscious baroque chamber music, Repast presents trios for violin, viola da gamba and harpsichord by Buxtehude, Leclair, Rameau and Morel, plus two pieces with an addition violin: Couperin's Apotheosis of Corelli and an unknown gem by Hacquart.
Recordings by Trefoil
MASTERS, MONSTERS & MAZES $15.00 Treading the Medieval Labyrinth Trefoil Released in 2005
At the heart of the labyrinth lies the Minotaur, and the decoding of medieval musical compositions often mimicked Theseus’ quest: indirect clues hiding a single positive solution. Along their journey, Trefoil encounters other fabulous beasts – the Unicorn, the Lion, the Python, and the treacherous Basilisk – and a cavalcade of heroes from ages past: Julius Caesar; valiant Galahad; the colorful Gaston Febus, Count of Foix; and the beloved crusader King Richard Coeur de Lion.
CHRISTO E NATO $15.00 Lauding the Nativity in Medieval Florence Trefoil Released in 2003
The ancient themes of the Christmas season – Advent, Nativity, and Epiphany – find eloquent voice in this recording of laude from 14th century Italy. Carols, mass movements, narrative poems, and songs of praise and prayer are arranged for lute, psaltery, voices, and medieval harps.