Issue 38:2
Nov/Dec 2014
Magazine Contents

Collections: Early Music

I have to confess that when I first laid eyes upon this disc, I was immediately expecting a series of viola concertos, but almost immediately realized...

The five men of Amarcord and three instrumental players (gamba, lute, and percussion) went to the Veneto to record a video of madrigal performances, also shown...

Within the last few decades there’s been a growing acknowledgement of the part traditional music (what we might call folk music, if we didn’t associate it...

Where the music of the troubadours is concerned, there are a series of concerns that performers are faced with. Was the music meant to be accompanied...

As anyone who collects recordings of Renaissance sacred polyphony knows, the multifarious small ensembles devoted to that art—at least in England—draw upon many of the same...

I have long been in awe of this music, and of those who perform it, because it is not easy to do it well. Magnificat is...

The theme on the last release I reviewed of Cinquecento ( Fanfare 36:3) was the death of Josquin, with deplorations set in his honor, and a...

During the 17th century, one of the places relatively untouched by the war and devastation of the Thirty Years War was the firmly Protestant northern part...

Trigon was a newly formed ensemble of three women when its first recording was made, a program of music for Candlemas in chant and Notre-Dame polyphony...

The program for this album places it in Easter in 1043, when Edward Wessex, son of Æthelred the Unready, was crowned king at Winchester Cathedral. By...

The contents of this release derive entirely from a series of late 17th- and early 18th-century manuscripts acquired in the Low Countries and the Austro-Hungarian Empire....

This lavish book (like those Alia Vox has been issuing for years) is the seventh such issue on this label, but the first one I have...

The idea behind Sounds Baroque’s Conversazioni series is to present a mix of secular cantatas and non-vocal chamber music, such as would have been heard at...

I obtained this CD at a time when its American distribution was ineffectual or lacking, and a review appeared in Fanfare 33:3. Now with any luck...

Bosch’s triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights may have been intended as a didactic warning against debauchery, as some commentators suggest, but its central panel’s hedonism...

Captain Tobias Hume (c. 1569–1645) has drawn a fair amount of attention lately from gambists, ensembles, and record companies. This is in part because of his...